Resilience is no longer a luxury. All of us need to consider what tools we have available to help us recover from life's challenges. In this podcast, I discuss how Reiki healing as a personal practice can help to quiet the mind, increase inner calmness, and overall improve anyone's ability to grow during times of challenge.
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This podcast episode, we'll be discussing medically related issues. I would like to remind you that, although I am a practicing physician, this podcast is for educational and informational purposes. Only. This is not medical, mental, or religious advice. This is not legal or financial advice, and it is your responsibility to pursue medical care as recommended. Please see my website for further information on this. Disclaimer, thanks.Speaker 2:
Hello and welcome back to the art of healing podcast. This is Charlise . Thank you so much for joining me for today's episode. I am going to cover Reiki is a lifestyle of resilience, Reiki as a lifestyle resilience. Um, as I was deciding what I wanted to record for this episode and , um , just like everyone else, you know, the , um, ongoing saga of 2020 continues where , um, most as you think, you know, what to expect, and then you quickly learn , um, that you're going to shift gears, change channels, regroup pretty quickly to get through your day for me personally. Um, and if you have , uh , looked at any of my , um , other information online, I am a practicing physician. I practice internal medicine. Um, um, the day-to-day of , uh, treating patients , um, changed . Thankfully I was able to keep doing my job one way or the other virtually or in person. Um, and the ongoing pandemic. I felt the effects, a multitude of whites from my own patients to myself , uh, being tested for coronavirus after developing some out symptoms. And thank goodness I was negative , um, to seeing the effects it has had on the , uh , family members of my patients. Um, but most recently my brother has been hospitalized with a severe illness and , um, it's been during his hospitalization that I've really felt the effects of , um, how Reiki as a lifestyle can be truly beneficial and why I feel so inspired to share this with others and cut an aphid Avenue for others to , uh, add this to their lifestyle. Um, before I became attuned to Reiki before I became a Reiki practitioner , um, like most people I dealt with stress , um , one way or the other, I , I like to exercise. I like to go to the gym, but , um, I would say for definitely the first 35 years of my life , um, I had sort of a concept inside of me that , um, I knew there was a certain amount of stress and adversity that I could take. And there was sort of this internal tank that I had that could fill up to a certain point. Um, I actually had a feeling of what field the tank is sort of my life and do whatever, what would rejuvenate it and what would depleted , what would deplete this internal sort of tank of , um , energy reservoir. And , um, as long as things are going well, it was pretty easy to go through this cycle of refill empty, refill empty , um, and just like with anyone else, things that would empty the tank would be my , um, you know, stress with my job , uh, interpersonal stress , um, prior to becoming a tuned to Reiki, I was in a relationship that ended abruptly , um, took a big hit on me, but even before it ended, I often would fill this relationship with a source of that drain, but then it can also refill the tank. So how would go through this cycle endlessly for years of refill drain, refill drain? Once I became attuned to Reiki , um, this concept was completely turned upside down. Um, for those of you that practice , um, any sort of energy work or spiritual work, or just have anything that renews you, that comes from a source, that's not you from beyond, from a higher source. I no longer needed this sort of tank. It just stayed field. And I personally noticed my resilience, my tolerance for adversity exponentially grew. Um, and not that I would ever consider myself a whiner , but again, I knew I had sort of a set point of so many things I could tolerate first , so many aspects of life until it got depleted. And once I was depleted, I actually knew there's, you know, I'm going to get sick, I'm going to get cold. I'm going to get the flu. Um, I'm going to injure myself. Um, I remember in residency when I was a second year resident , um, and it was , um, let me correct myself. It was , uh , towards the end of my residency, I was working with the most stressful environments was ICU and , um, like most training physicians, I was thankful to be there, but definitely , uh , I think it was a winter month. It was dark. Um, it was a very busy unit. Um, this is going many years back, so this is nothing in comparison to what it would be now , um, during the pandemic, but it was a difficult time, you know , a lot to learn , uh, medically , um, emotionally very stressful. So I'm living in the Midwest. Uh , we had an incoming ice storm coming and , um, basically what happened. Um, it had been very stressful several days. Um, and at the time when I was in residency days off, you didn't really get that many days off, usually once a week. Um, but I had concern that we had incoming weather. We started our rounds very early. I brought up to our attending physician that I think we should try to delay when we started rounds, keeping in mind that , um, I didn't feel it would impact the patients to delay. Um, I had already heard throughout the hospital that many of the services our patients would be meeting would be delayed. So thinking of the safety of the , uh , medical team, if we could start a little later , um, what resulted , um, and when I say this, please give a on , have no anger, nothing like that. And I totally see that the person that did this was, you know, going through his own things. Um, the attending physician proceeded to , um, uh, assault me verbally for several minutes. Um, but Nikki's Piedmont. And I , you know, in my podcast and throughout my blog and everything, I discuss medicine, there are many websites of discussing the toxic environment of medicine and I have been through it. Um, but this , uh, attending physicians could several minutes berating me, verbally screaming, yelling , um, oddly enough, and I say this with a smile face, I'm laughing, I was not necessarily affected. Um, I had sort of gotten used to his temper tantrums. Um, and as he did it, if our , when I recall my room where I think I actually kept writing some of my notes, it was a fairly bizarre moment. However , um, I think once it was done and the rest of the team was concerned and thought I was upset, I was like , no, I'm fine. Let's, let's keep going and seeing our patients. Um, but , um, you know, at least at that time I felt like I had recovered from that toxic exchange. Um, I remember leaving , um, the , the storm had already started to coming in. So my commute home was quadruple the time it normally took. And once I got home , um, you know, arrested slip eight , got up to go in the next day. And , um, getting up that morning, I remember my stress levels were the highest , uh , the weather was the worst. It was the coldest and even worse. Um, I knew there were sick patients in a team that needed me there. And , um, needless to say, my, my tank that I ran on was emptied out and I fell and injured myself, ended up with a fracture in my leg. And , um, that was my first taste. And it was in my twenties as many, many years ago of what it's like to run that tank out now , um, since having learned some self care and , um, learning that self care is beyond a hobby. That's , it's a necessity, which I started with yoga training, actually formally trained in yoga. They're learning Reiki that , um, I'm learning that it's so much easier not to have to depend on my own inner supply to just simply tap into a higher source. Um, let that take, never run empty, just let it fill up and I can immediately bounce back and come back. So before I became a tuned to Reiki, I definitely dealt with , uh, feelings of anxiety , um, most of the time. And I don't say I don't deal with them now, especially during 2020. But the one thing that I noticed is that , um, having something like an energy medicine technique like Reiki , um, in being more in tuned with my own energy amount of feelings , um, I can feel my anxiety coming before it gets there so much so that I never really have to go through it. Um, I can feel changes in my own energy body. I could start working on myself. Um, and oftentimes what I do now is I have , um, you know, others, I may work with that. I will prepare to get myself a session and about as soon as I think I'm gonna probably run myself too low, I'm able to turn it around , uh , just by doing Reiki sessions on myself, my favorites to do them at night, sometimes in the morning, or even , uh , during the day, maybe just a three minute, six minute or nine minute session. Um, one of the biggest things I noticed, which a lot of people are in Reiki to heal physical , um, um, injuries. And it, it helps , um, even if you suffer something mild, like an ankle sprain, if you are tuned to Reiki, you can treat yourself. And the way that I think of it depends on the depth and the severity of the injury. So Reiki may not have enough juice to necessarily turn that around, but maybe it will . Um, but it can definitely help mitigate what you're going through for something like ankle sprain cut yourself. Um, of course , um , using Reiki on more serious chronic conditions , um, helps in a number of ways, which at some point, I think I'll I'll cover. It helps you tune into why it's happening. What's happened to get into deeper levels, to actually start to heal yourself. Um, and the biggest thing with the Reiki as a resilience lifestyle is increasing my personal intuition. Um, my Reiki clients often say that I'm psychic and I often tell them I am not psychic. Um , I do think there are people who are very gifted that are born with it that can see and sense and feel things beyond their normal human sense organs. Um, I don't, but , um, I think what they pick up and , and actually my medical patients often think that , uh , I've have used some sort of , um, you know, super power . Um, it's, it's the way I describe it is the inner peace that I have from having a Reiki practice and from , um, using it so much that it becomes sort of a minute to minute thing throughout my day is that I can tune in and quiet my own thoughts enough that other information comes forward and comes forward rapidly, and then it tends to make my life easier. Um, this helps when you're dealing with your family, especially when they're upset. So I know in my own family, our recent , um, you know, having a member in the hospital that's been difficult , um, in when treating rural patients, if my patients particularly upset, they're suffering, they're having a very difficult time , um, knowing that , um, I can make space for them. I can quiet my own emotions and allow them to express themselves , um, helps them in ways beyond and allows me to operate in their care in ways that I never could have before. Um, uh, being attuned to Reiki. Um, the way I sometimes see that is I know some physicians will feel drained or , uh , feel like patients drain them. And now that I am Reiki attuned to Reiki master, and I've used it when they have practice, this doesn't happen to me. This doesn't happen. Um, I don't worry about patients depleting my emotional, physical, spiritual energy. Um, I don't want to sound overly confident, but again, I think it's just being attuned do when I meet someone, the amount of suffering they're going through , um, understanding a few energy medicine techniques that there's no need for me to kind of go down the path of suffering with them. If I'm going to help them, I need to stay strong and where I'm at. And , um, I think for mine, my final reasons that , um, Reiki can be a lifestyle, a resilience is , um, in addition to just helping you cope during difficult personal times , um, definitely helps me to tune in, in my work environment. Um, it's easier to work with staff , um, easier for me to work with my colleagues , um, because of understanding and just having just a little bit better intuition, which I'm tuned into myself that I don't , uh, worry or feel the need to respond or see anyone's issues, responses or anything is anything towards me personally, going back to my previous example at the time that that happened as a resident, I was much younger, but I understood just a little bit that at that time, the attending that did that was must have been very stressed. So I , I didn't, I didn't honestly take it personally, although it was, I mean, it was very, you know , personally slung at me. Um, but when I revisit that now, and especially understanding , um, energy medicine that inform you're working in the stress, we were under the stress, my attending must've been feeling , um, I have a much more complete understanding of why he would have lashed out. Um, and , um, I mean, I don't don't know cause you know, it , um, ironically after that event, I never actually saw him again because of my injury. I was out of work for four weeks. I did always wonder, you know, if he interpreted or if he worried, but you know, don't matter, it doesn't matter. Um, because , um, you know, at the time I don't, I know it wasn't towards me personally. It was just the environment, how we were working, the limitations, the illness, the suffering that we were in, that people that were very, very sick and dying. Um, and , um, finally , um, one of the nice things about this Reiki as a resilience lifestyle is , um, your role in your family. Um, as a parent, a sibling, the child , um, it allows you to have the personal resilience, so you can be more present for others. Um, I don't have kids. Um, I do have pets and , um, also practice animal Reiki theme . That's been coming up a little bit more frequently than usual , um, is , uh , Reiki for animals, but I'll tell you , um, many times it's , uh, it's not with the animal that needs it. Cause I think if you're a pet parent, you agree that they're pretty much celestial and chilling buildings that are may pretty perfect. They might do little things that get you here and there, but you know, they're very different from us, energetically, emotionally. Um, but , um, a lot of times owner that's , um , so owner that's carrying some issues, some heavy energy and because of , uh , the role, our pits will play in our life, they will sacrifice themselves to carry that energy for you. So , um, when it does come up, sometimes I'll , um, we'll wonder if this, you know, if it's appropriate, if it's allowable out , I'll recommend the owner. Do you want a session of Reiki? Because , um, while it may be the animal animal definitely may have past trauma, especially if it was a shelter, an animal rescued, something like that. Um, I'm going to always wonder if maybe the owner is having some suffering that the pit is simply caring for them. So , um, as a resilience lifestyle, which , um, as we move forward and as we get closer to the, even more stressful events as you know, the election and just so many things going on, I don't think that it's a terrible idea to think about , um, what you can have to help yourself , um, Reiki as a modality. I know, I know some of yoga , um, I'm a practicing physician, so not saying it's the only path, it's just the topic that I'm comfortable with it. I know, but , um, I do hope for yourself. You'll find something. Um, if it's your , um, prayer circle or , um, just however you , you know , find it to help refill you so that you don't feel drained. Um, cause the one thing we're learning in 2020 is as we go through whatever we're going through this worldwide global transition , um, change, rapid change and certainty is now kind of our normal. So thank you so much for listening. Thank you so much for your time with me. I value it. I hope this is helpful. Um, as always you can find me at my website, healing, arts, health and wellness.com. Um, I am also on Instagram and , and you have to forgive me I'm I always say I'm not the most tech savvy, but I know I'm on social media, but I can't ever remember those handles. Um, but thank you so much for listening. Um, and hope we can interact soon. Thanks. Bye-byeSpeaker 2: