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A Day of Healing For All
--Healer's Gather to Relieve Stress--Full report
Dear fellow healers and friends of Reiki Peace Network,
Dear fellow healers and friends of Reiki Peace Network,
Here's an update on our Day of Healing For All which took
place on Saturday, November 24, 2001:
First, we are very grateful to the Cross Island YMCA, to
director of community resources for the YMCA of Greater New York,
Bernadette Lee, and to Andrea Eder, director of health and wellness, for
providing space and to the staff for accommodating our needs, for the very
generous outreach programs (for including us in their Y program, National Family
Health Day)--for opening their hearts and the Y center to all who need healing
and stress relief, for publicizing the event in New York area press outlets.
The very special people involved with the Cross Island Y have offered (by mail,
and as is posted in their entrance window) to team with other support
organizations to offer extended services (such as grief counseling, de-stressing
and healing) for grieving, stressed New Yorkers.
This was a beautiful day, a gift of the spirit from many,
many healers in the New York area and others from all over the world who sent
Reiki distant healing and prayers to take down stresses and fears in beleaguered
New Yorkers and others who have suffered multiple tragedies this fall (besides
the terrorist attack on the WTC, followed by the plane crash in Rockaway, loss
of jobs, continued fires and emergencies, anthrax attacks through the mails,
Twenty-five very special (top New York) healers met that
Saturday, November 24, at the Cross Island YMCA for a day of healing. In
the morning hours, we served those who were (already waiting on line at the
door) to receive healing in three rooms donated by the Y for the event.
Many healers traveled from all over the New York City, from Long Island, and
even upstate New York to participate.
When there was a "lull" in demand during mid
morning for our healing services, the chiropractors, Reiki Masters, JoRei
practitioner, massage therapists, reflexologists, Trager@ therapist, Amma®
therapist, a hospice grief counselor, two nutritionists, et al received healing
from one another. As we said prior to the event, every healer was welcome
to receive and participate in this Reiki Peace Network event (and we all did).
Thanks to Reiki Master Kristin Ott (my strong right hand
during the day) and my assistant and dear friend, Marianne Cancelleri, who
organized materials prior to the event, registration went smoothly and we were
able to serve over 76 people during the course of the day. We may have
under counted, though, as some people may walked in without registering.
As an indication of our busy schedule, one massage therapist reported that he
gave 40-50 massages during the course of the day. Many people received
multiple de-stressing healing modalities, as we worked to see that all received
We donated healing in the quiet comfortable YMCA facility
rooms on massage and chiropractic tables, in chairs, accompanied by relaxing and
healing music in two of the three rooms.
We used healing modalities on people of all ages,
backgrounds, nationalities. We came together in peace to promote inner
peace and healing. We were truly a Peace Network, working for all.
We treated children, adults and the elders (and one of our elders, Reiki Master/Karuna
V Master Healer Rose Kalich, at 87 years, was both healer and recipient of
Dr. Joan Jacobs and her spouse, Dr. Louis Vella, along with
Dr. Gail Whittacker used gentle, non force chiropractic methods to clear and
heal many people.
Many of the healing recipients went outside to inform friends
involved in other Y programs of the wonderful healing which was taking place.
Many members of the Y staff came for healing on their breaks, as well.
Some respondants came because of the thousands of flyers, mailings, press
releases in New York area papers, radio announcements, etc., which proliferated
over the days and weeks prior to the event.
One policeman who received healing (with his family) was
particularly memorable to us. This officer, along with several trained
corrections officers, the head of the Bronx (New York) prison system, and
others, received an attunement for Reiki level I (which I personally
administered) during the course of his "Day of Healing." His
wife explained that this was the officer's "first day off, since September
11!" He was so drained by the constant work schedule, by the lack of
days off that he needed "everything" our healing hands could provide.
So, we gave him everything! Each time I turned around, I
spotted this precious officer on another table receiving another healing
modality. We worked on him sequentially and in concert for hours. At
the end of our day, he looked happy, relaxed and at peace, as did his wife and
two young children who (also) received healing.
Another police officer, Ginny McCarthy, is an old friend and
colleague (she's a Reiki healer whom I've known for years). Ginny has been
assigned downtown to the WTC since Sept. 11, and has been counseling officers
who have spent many days without relief at ground zero. She arrived close
to our closing hour so we were only able to do a few minutes of healing on her,
but she was so grateful for this event, for all the healing which was donated at
the St. John's Center (under the auspices of the Massage Association's
volunteers) and at Pier 49 given by the Olive Leaf Wholeness Center. Ginny
told me that this type of hands on healing was so important "it was all
that kept us going at times." She was concerned because several of
the lower Manhattan programs have been discontinued now and she felt they are
still very much needed.
The rooms were so hot because of the continuous energy work
and "good healing vibrations," we had to open the windows and drink
lots of water (that's another thing which Reiki Peace Network provided, plenty
of water, bags of organic apples for everyone, trail mix and dried fruit).
For anyone who was motivated to contribute a donation for our
"free" healing services, we provided envelopes addressed to the
September 11 Fund for each person to take home and "fill." So,
our contribution was a double blessing, as survivors/families who lost loved
ones in the September 11, World Trade Center tragedy received our support, as
We printed 1000 newsletters for distribution containing
information on the November 24 event, including brief definitions of the healing
modalities which were used, and an article on how to de-stress and heal for the
holidays. Also, we distributed guidelines for healers and for recipients
of healing, in order to make sure that everyone had a common understanding, so
that everything could proceed quietly and smoothly. If anyone would like a
copy of the newsletter or the guidelines, we can accommodate you for a limited
time (as supplies allow), if you send us your request promptly along with your
full name and snailmail address. (You may copy our Day of Healing
materials, with attribution, and/or use the healing guidelines for similar
healing events in your area).
Also, we intend to organize, promote and serve at smaller,
donated local healing events on a regular basis, in order to hold the light of
healing for ourselves and others. If any of you would like to volunteer to
help in this capacity, as healers, please contact us, as we will be doing
outreach in the local New York community shortly (we're thinking of bringing
healing directly to police precincts, fire houses, and local churches and
organizations). If you can help with this, please let us know. If
anyone would like help to organize a similar event outside of New York
(worldwide), please email HealNet@aol.com for helpful suggestions.
As I looked around, as I walked between the rooms, making
sure that all was going smoothly, so that everyone was served, I saw what all
the healing, all the teaching, all the prayers and love had brought together on
that special day.
We were, we are, we have grown to be truly a Reiki
Peace Network, promoting peace and healing through Reiki, linking our
healing hands with other healers around the world to relieve stress to empower,
to bless with healing.
As we were leaving, one of the Y staff remarked to me that
this was "the best program I have ever seen at the Y in all the many years
I've worked here." For this, the credit belongs to every one of you
who served to heal, who came for healing, who sent distant healing and prayers
from around the world for all of us and, first and foremost, to Higher Power for
Thank you so much for your support, for those of you who
spread the word, for each and every voluntary healer, for all who gave their
love and skills unconditionally, for those who received blessing of healing
(which was all of us), I am deeply and truly grateful for each and every
contribution, for the space and time to heal, for every healing word, and deed.
Much love, peace and blessings, Ellen
Ellen Louise Kahne, founder
Reiki Peace Network and Reiki University
The following are some of the modalities (and definitions) which were utilized
to help, heal and de-stress on our Day of Healing For All:
of Hands-on Healing Modalities:
Reiki is a system of
subtle energy healing using laying on of hands and distant healing techniques
which originated in 19th Century Japan. Reiki issues from the limitless
source of Spiritually guided (intelligent) Energy in the Universe which is
responsible for life itself and for all healing. It comes from Divine
Source, or Higher Power, that is, the organizing principle of the Universe.
Reiki is available to and practiced by people of all cultures, faiths, ages and
backgrounds worldwide and is transmitted by a unique system of attunements
(healing empowerments) which open the capacities of each student for passing
subtle energies through his or her hands. Reiki is used for both
self-healing and for de-stressing and healing others.
Chiropractic is a method of
removing interference from the nervous system by applying gentle (hands on)
forces to the spine in order to enhance the innate healing powers of the body.
According to New
York State law: “The practice of the profession of massage therapy is
defined as engaging in applying a scientific system of activity to the muscular
structure of the human body by means of stroking, kneading, tapping, and
vibrating with the hands or vibrators for the purpose of improving muscle tone
Reflexology is the study,
science and art of using specific “pressure maps”--resembling the shape of
the human body--found on the feet, hands and outer ears. Using specific
relaxing touch therapy techniques, gentle pressure is applied to pressure points
which correspond and connect to organs and systems of the human body.
Accupressure is an ancient
healing art from the far east in which the therapist uses fingers to press key
points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the natural healing abilities of
the body. When these points are pressed or stimulated, they release
muscular tension and promote circulation of blood and the body’s life force
energy to aid in healing.
Developed by Milton Trager over 60 years ago, Trager® work
includes gentle movement and bodywork to relieve stress and retrain muscular
Amma® therapy is a wholistic Asian healing system rooted in
ancient traditional Chinese medicine. Amma, meaning “push, pull,”
focuses and balances life energies in the human body using a system of massage
techniques including shiatsu, accupressure, point manipulation and reflexology,
stress management, diet, exercise and spiritual counseling.