Friday, August 22, 2014



( I wrote this material after I received a question from a fellow reiki healer on how to deal with oneself regarding signs of depression. This is a follow up from my previous writing on depression.  Thanks for the query for giving me inspiration to write.)

Health Line reports that an estimate number of  121 M people around the world currently suffer from some forms of depression.  This could be alarming. But what is more alarming is how  the society usually sees depression. Let us quote here the words from Maureen Roberts, Phd, a Soul Therapist in Australia:
               sufferers of depression are often forced to endure, 
                 in addition to their pain and energy 
                 loss, the stigma of being told that they're "ill", 
                 hence that their depression is a  problem to be 
                 eliminated,or that it has no potential value, 
                 meaning, or purpose.”
                          Maureen Roberts, Ph.D.
                                      Depression: Soul's Quest for Depth, 
                                      Meaning & Wholeness

Let us move away from the stigma and take the following steps:

1.     1.  Don’t panic. Don’t be afraid to be sad. It is alright to be afraid. Accept the emotions.

Painful experience in life is inevitable. We all experience  down moments 

where we become sad or  fearful. But some people are trained to deny sadness or fear because they are un-natural emotions. Some people are even frightened that they feel sad or fearful after experience loss or any tragedy in life.

Sadness, anger, or fear is a part of whole experience in life. Accepting the feeling that goes with a painful event is the key to healing. I know it is hard because these are all uncomfortable feeling. But this is also the process.  I have seen many clients whose face brightened up when I told them “ It’s ok to feel sad,” “ it’s ok to feel frustrated or angry, ” “ as long as you don’t harm yourself.” The truth is these low emotions are not illness but natural emotions in the process of life.

When my second daughter died, I have to tell myself over and over again that it is ok to feel sad. It is ok to grieve for two years or more as long as I still do what I need to do in life.  This acceptance of my emotions kept me going until I saw myself fully accepting the death and then later seeing things in a different light.

You may use the mantra “I feel this emotion, but I am not my emotion. I am a soul”. Or “I have this thought, but I am not my thoughts.  I am a soul.” We can translate these as, “I feel this anger (or nay emotion) but I am not my anger. I am a soul.” “I am fearful, but I am not the fear, I am a soul.”

1    2.   Take charge.

When we accept our emotions, we empower ourselves to take charge of our lives. Our thoughts start to move forward. We start to ask ourselves why we have those emotions and thoughts. And when we found the answers, we go into the process of acceptance and then later to the question of what can we do.

Those who couldn’t accept the low emotions, try to deny the emotions by engaging into harmful or addicted behavior. The real acceptance comes with the search how to make oneself better and whole again.

3.  Enhance your energies.

Emotion and thoughts are not physical matter. They are energy fields, a part of our subtle body as a human body called emotional and astral body. Hence, healing or treatments on the physical body alone can help but is not enough enough. Everything that we do on our physical body affects our physical body and energy fields, so take time to enhance more of our energy fields by doing the following:
a)   If you are a reiki practitioner or you do other energy healing, start healing yourself.
b)  Enhance your living space. Re arrange your home to welcome new flow of energy. Brighten up your place with colors, sounds or even scents.
c)  Take time to be in silence for 10-15 mins a day. Connect to yourself. Watch your breathing or watch your thought and emotions. Just watch without putting impressions. This will lead you into a calmer state and awakened with an expanded feeling.
d)  Wear bright colored clothing. Do not wallow on dark shade. Dark shade colors absorb emotions, but bright or light colors expand and move them.
e)   Eat food that energizes the body like natural or organic fruits and vegetables. Avoid eating  food with dead energy such as processed ones. And drink lots of water to wash out toxins.
f)    Bathe with the sun.  Sun is the center of our physical energies in this physical world.  Get the healthy far infra-red from 6am-8am.
g)   Exercise. Keep your body moving.  This can activate the energy centers in our physical body and release the happy hormone called endorphins.
h)   Avoid places with varied low energies like discos, bars, and the likes. Be with positive and happy people.
i)   Get enough sleep. Even if sometimes, it’s hard to sleep, just lie down and don’t be frustrated when you can’t. Just submit to the idea of closing eyes to sleep. Submission will allow your body to relax then later will put you into sleep.
j)   Get inspirations from reading, listening to music, playing and things that can make you happy without harming yourself. Avoid loud low energy music like rock, and the likes.

 4.      Accept the NEW YOU. Accept the change that is at hand

Nothing on earth is permanent. Everything changes, every minute, or every hour.  To try to be the same person like you were before, especially after a painful experience is an illusion.

The road to wholeness means accepting the good and the bad experiences of our lives. I always joke to people about life, saying one  when  has reached  the lowest stage, surely the next move is to go up. 

Being whole again means reinventing ourselves again after a loss. Asking ourselves about the meaning and challenge of the experience can bring us to the new image of ourselves. An experience can challenge us to be more courageous, more outspoken, loving to  ourselves  and others.  The challenges can give bring us to our new physical realities – new  aura, new look, new friends, and new environment. Hence, OUR NEW SELF IS BORN.

1    5.  Ask for help when needed.  

Find a confidant who will never judge you but just listen and  who will extend help when needed. It is an act of humility to ask help.  Sometimes the lesson for the experience is for us to learn how to receive and accept things that we can’t change.

2    6.   Most of all, connect to the Divine Creator.  The Divine Creator is taking you towards AWAKENING.

In my lecture on Soul Awakening and Spiritual Emergencies, I pointed out that soul awakening usually comes  from an experience that will lead the person to question about life and its essence. This questioning about life is usually accompanied with physical symptoms that we can relate as the physical signs of depression.

Soul Awakening means going back to our true nature and remembering that we are human being with a Soul. This also means realizing that everything in the universe is governed by Infinite laws beyond the physical universe. Above all, that we are one with the Divine God.

Psychiatrist Christina Groff, MD described a stage when a person can’t rightly assimilate the flow of light or the spiritual energy that comes with the spiritual awakening because of the following reasons:

     1)  the intellect is not well coordinated and developed;
     2)  when the emotions and imaginations are uncontrollable;
     3)  and the inrush of the spiritual energy is overwhelming.

Every major change  in our life is accompanied by an overwhelming experience. When we feel  alone and emotions are devastating, we are called ,to accept the structures of the unknown. We allow God to help us. After all, we are not really alone, God is with us. The lesson is about faith and trust.  When we accept the unknown, the magic begins. The unexpected and the  impossible can happen. 

We can do this by:

     a)   Working on our emotions and removing what blocks us. 
            Go to number 1.
     b)   Developing our higher functions, which mean developing 
           our spiritual senses, understanding the spiritual essence of 
           things. If you need help, seek the help of a 
           spiritual teacher or counselor.
     c)   Working on our Higher Essence which means 
           remembering that we are not only physical beings 
           but soul on our physical body. Hence, 
           the spirit is more important.

One of our higher functions of a human being is that we can control our emotions and lift them into a higher understanding. This is our difference  from animals. The reason why depression seems to be prevalent now is because the humanity is being called to develop our Higher functions on dealing with emotions. This  is a part of our human process to know how to control, direct and transform  our emotions and to develop our Higher Mind above all things that we face.

There is more to life, more to unfold. Fear nothing.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

On Reiki Healing and Depression

On Reiki Healing and Depression

Robin Williams’ death prompted me to share about reiki, energy diagnosis and depression. Robin has indeed made depression a household topic now. 

People who come to me for reiki healing for their depression are usually medically diagnosed, while some are just self-labelled for this condition by the clients themselves. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, here are some of the major signs and symptoms:

1.       Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings
2.       Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
3.       Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
4.       Irritability, restlessness
5.       Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
6.       Fatigue and decreased energy
7.       Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
8.       Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
9.       Overeating, or appetite loss
10.   Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
11.   Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment

In my experience on reiki healing for depression, the energy diagnosis varies.  I would classify them as Alert Case and ALARM Case.  Note that on reiki, the diagnosis is based on the condition of the energy centers popularly known as chakra(s).  These energy centers or chakras are like wheels of energies where the human energy fields flow to nourish our human physical body along with the subtle body.  The subtle body is the non-physical layer of the human body that relates to the emotions, mental and spiritual state of being.

I show here the energy centers as related to the mental and emotional state in reference to the case of depression:

     1.      Base
At the end of the tail bone or coccyx region
Ability to stand for self, feeling at home, will to live
     2.      Sacral
At the lower part of the stomach, about 2 inches below the navel.
Ability to manifest material or physical creativity, feeling of guilt
     3.     Solar Plexus
At the upper part of the stomach about 2 inches above the navel.
Will power, Trust, fear , self- esteem/ confidence, care for Oneself/ Others,  anger
     4.      Heart
At the heart center
Love and Hatred, Resentment and Bitterness, Grief 
     5.      Throat
Center of throat
Ability to communicate and make choices in life
     6.      Forehead
Center of the forehead
Foresight, Intellectual Abilities, Feeling of Adequacy, Openness to Other’s Ideas, Ability to learn from experience,
      7.     Crown
At the top of the head
Ability to trust life, ability to see larger patterns,  faith
and inspiration,  spirituality and

The emanation of aura or energy from the chakras can be detected thru a quantum machine or psychically seen or felt by a gifted healer or any reiki practitioner. Seeing the conditions of the energy centers helps in understanding the condition of the depressed person beyond the physical symptoms and focusing the healing into the subtle body.


Majority of the people who come to me are on the ALARM CASE. What to me is the ALARM CASE?

In the ALARM Case, a person has a strong base, a depleted sex energy center, a depleted or congested solar plexus, a depleted and congested heart, a depleted forehead and imbalanced or strong crown energy centers.

This kind of person, even though appearing sad and depressed, still has a willingness to live, as seen in the strong base energy center. Sad and depressive moods are usually a camouflaged feeling of anger, fear and frustration that steamed out from painful experiences in life. These can be seen in the congestion or depletion of the solar plexus and heart energy centers.  These emotions block the ability to see the larger patterns of life, thus preventing the flow of spiritual inspiration, a condition that can be seen on the depleted forehead and imbalanced crown energy centers.

DEFINING ALERT CASE                

The vital energy signs that I am looking for in an ALERT CASE consist of a depleted base , closed heart and  depleted forehead and crown energy centers.  In this case, a person with this state of energy has lost the willingness to live as seen in the depleted base energy center.  With a closed heart energy center, a person is so deeply hurt that he/she doesn’t  want to relate to anyone.  This means the person is closing his/her heart to the world. A closed heart can often lead to the depletion of the forehead energy center.  A depleted forehead energy center means the person does not see any hope in the future nor does he or she want to receive any inspiration about the future. Lastly, the depleted crown means, that there is no spiritual energy flowing into the person and that the person is blocking any spiritual awakening that could happen during the state of depression. This is the overall energy state  that could lead a person to commit suicide. However, sometimes a spiritual intervention can happen where a “normal” (as compared to suicidal which is not normal) death through sudden illness, stroke or even an accident may release the person into such a physical state.


I use reiki to help people who suffer from depression. This is not new, since reiki  has been accepted in the world through various types of research and the sharing of experiences by people who have experienced reiki treatments. The most noted ones are the Touch Stone Project conducted by the Center for Reiki Research (CRR) and Reiki Research-Australia.  Significant reduction of symptoms of depression, perceived stress, hopelessness, and physiological stress are among the effects.

Depression is more than a physical illness.  Using reiki for treatments focuses on treating beyond the physical body which is the subtle body where the thoughts and emotions reside. It is done by laying of hands on each of the energy centers of the body to balance and heal blocked energy centers.

In my experience, classifying the clients into Alarm and Alert Cases helps me to determine the level of depression. Both cases will involve a series of reiki emotional and transformational healing sessions.  In the Alarm Case when emotional pain has been released, the client will recover quickly.  Releasing and understanding the pain can unblock the forehead energy center that will enable the person to see hope in the future and to trust in the Divine intervention. While the Alert Case needs a deep spiritual and transformational healing.

No Alert Case of depression can be healed without spiritual healing. Because it’s only by reconnecting to the Divine Essence or God that one can understand the meaning of what one perceived as a hopeless situation in life. Through spiritual healing, a transformation happens, transforming despair into hope, pain into trust, hurt into forgiveness, and aloneness into oneness.  The challenge for me comes when a client does not believe in God. Yet, God has a way. The peace that comes during the treatments in a series of sessions usually brings the magic of trust and later into an understanding that there is a Divine Being up there somewhere and beyond. It is also my deep prayer that reiki treatments will lead people into the understanding that there is a God who gives us life. This realization is the ultimate healing for depression.

Thru balancing and healing the energy centers that need healing, a person’s pain can be released, a heart can again love, a vision can be seen and Divine inspiration can flow.

There is always hope. The message that I get in healing people with depression is that this is just a state of being, not a condition. If taken as spiritual or soul dis-ease, what is considered a breakdown can be a BREAKTHROUGH.

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Photos from Google Photos
Illustrations of Chakras from Healing With the Lights of Brenda Brenan