Sylvia Tillman, Jikiden Reiki Practitioner.  The Healer, the How and the Why.  #53

Sylvia Tillman, Jikiden Reiki Practitioner. The Healer, the How and the Why. #53

In this month’s episode of The Healer, The How and The Why we talk to Sylvia Tillman, practitioner of Jikiden Reiki (Japanese Reiki).

Sylvia treated a lot of people remotely during the Covid Pandemic and was involved in an NHS project that supported medical professionals, using Reiki!

Listen as Sylvia describes her history, why she practises this particular type of Reiki and what it is best used for.

She also tells us about a very left-brained scientist who had a repetitive strain injury by playing too much cello – and his initial reluctance (he was recommended seeing Sylvia) but then his absolute amazement about the pain easing considerably after just one session!

Jikiden Reiki is Japanese energy healing in its purest, most authentic form. It is an energy healing practice that uses the life force energy (qi or chi) that is all around us and part of us. This supportive energy stimulates and accelerates the body’s natural self-healing ability with amazing results.

“I wouldn’t even describe myself as a healer – maybe this comes from my Jikiden Reiki approach to Reiki and healing. The Japanese are very humble and would never call themselves a Reiki Master for example. So, I would describe myself as an enabler who encourages or stimulates my clients’ bodies to activate their self-healing capacities. Also, I’m quite keen on pointing out that Reiki is nothing woo-woo – there’s plenty of research around and … as I always say … the proof is in the pudding. The best feedback for me comes from initially very sceptical clients who are realising, wow, something is happening inside my body and the healing process is being sped up. Nobody needs to believe Reiki can heal, it does its job anyway – and that’s a beautiful fact.”

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Book review: “Messages from the Heart” by Sheila Doffman-Goldsmith

Book review: “Messages from the Heart” by Sheila Doffman-Goldsmith

“Messages from the Heart” by Sheila Doffman-Goldsmith is a tender and uplifting collection of poetry that speaks directly to the soul.

Through her verses, Doffman-Goldsmith invites readers on a journey of self-discovery, love, and resilience.

Each poem offers a peek into the author’s innermost thoughts and feelings, capturing moments of joy, sorrow, and everything in between. Whether exploring the intricacies of human relationships or celebrating the beauty of nature, Doffman-Goldsmith’s words are ingrained with sincerity and authenticity.

Doffman-Goldsmith has a gift for clarifying complex emotions into brief and poignant verses, making her poetry accessible to readers of all backgrounds.

Throughout the book, themes of love and hope shine brightly. Doffman-Goldsmith’s optimism is infectious, offering comfort and reassurance to those who may be struggling with their challenges.

While the overall tone of the collection is uplifting, there are moments of reflection and sadness that add depth to the poetry. Doffman-Goldsmith is unafraid to confront the darker aspects of the human experience, resulting in a collection that is both poignant and thought-provoking.

Overall, “Messages from the Heart” is a beautiful testament to the power of poetry to heal, inspire, and connect us. Sheila Doffman-Goldsmith’s heartfelt words are a reminder of the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring strength of love. This collection is sure to touch the hearts of readers and leave a lasting impression. Highly recommended for anyone in search of solace, inspiration, or simply a moment of quiet reflection.

Unravelling the Mystery of Energy Medicine

Unravelling the Mystery of Energy Medicine

A question that often sparks curiosity is, “Does energy medicine work?”

Let’s look at the essence of this practice and ponder its pros and cons. And, of course, we can’t forget to explore the intriguing question – can energy medicine be done remotely?

So, what is energy medicine?

Essentially, it’s an alternative approach to healing that taps into the body’s energy flow. Think acupuncture, Reiki, or even yoga – they all fall under this umbrella. The idea is that by addressing disruptions in this energy, we can potentially bring about healing.

Now, let’s explore the positives. Energy medicine takes a holistic stance, viewing our physical, emotional, and spiritual facets as interconnected. It’s like a symphony where each instrument plays a crucial role, and by addressing the energetic imbalances, practitioners aim to restore harmony on all fronts. Many find it to be a complementary aide to conventional medicine, offering relief from chronic issues and easing the side effects of medical treatments.

One of the gems in the energy medicine treasure chest is its minimal side effects.

Unlike some medications that come with a list of potential drawbacks, the practices involved in energy medicine are often gentle and non-invasive. It’s like a gentle nudge rather than a forceful push.

Critics sometimes point to the lack of concrete scientific validation as a stumbling block. While there are numerous stories of healing, the absence of rigorous scientific studies can leave sceptics raising an eyebrow. Some argue that the perceived benefits might just be the result of the powerful placebo effect.  I would ask myself if that matters to me or not.  If there are usually no adverse side effects, even if it is a placebo, if it works for you does it matter?  That’s a personal decision depending on your beliefs.

Energy medicine encompasses a myriad of techniques, each with its theories and methods. This diversity can be a double-edged sword, providing options but also making it challenging to discern what works best.  Trust your instincts and be willing to try a few different methods before finding a technique and practitioner that resonates with you and your own needs.

Now, let’s tackle the million-dollar question:

Can energy medicine be done remotely?

Hold on to your hats because the answer is a surprising yes! Thanks to technology and a deeper understanding of energy fields, practitioners say that distance is no obstacle to healing energy.  But, as with any new concept, there are some sceptics in the room. Trust becomes a key player in remote healing. Without the physical presence of a practitioner, doubts can creep in, questioning the authenticity of the practice.  Again, try. things out and go with what sings to your heart the most.

One thing is clear – the world of energy medicine is a fascinating and complex landscape. The question of “Does energy medicine work?” remains a topic of ongoing discussion and research within the community. Whether you choose to dive into this realm or remain an intrigued observer, the key is to stay open-minded. After all, as the saying goes, “Where attention goes, energy flows.” So, let’s keep the conversation flowing and continue our journey into the mysteries of energy medicine!



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