Pipestone, Minnesota







Just for today I will

Let go of Anger        
  Let go of Worry      
    Count my Many Blessings    
      Do my work Honestly  
        Be kind to every Living Creature


Reiki is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Force Energy. In Chinese this energy is called Chi as in Tai Chi. The origin of Reiki can be traced back to ancient Tibet, thousands of years ago. This technique was re-discovered in the mid 1800s by Dr. Mikao Usui of Japan and brought to the U.S. by Mrs. Hawayo Takata of Hawaii in 1930s.

Reiki is a non-invasive technique. There is no manipulation of muscles; there is no need to remove clothing. Healing can be done on one spot where tension or pain is concentrated or on the entire body to balance and energize the complete system. For a full treatment, the practitioner merely places his or her hands on specific areas on both sides of the body. Most will feel the hands of the practitioner get warm or even cool depending on what is needed. As in therapeutic touch, Reiki healing helps to balance the energy surrounding the body but in addition Reiki helps to balance the energy within the body and supply it with additional life force energy as needed. The life force energy supplied is not the practitioner’s. The practitioner acts as a conduit bringing the energy in from its Source. As with electricity, the wires and overhead lines are bringing electricity to where it is needed. The practitioner would be considered the wires and overhead lines to bring in the Life Force Energy the body needs. Because the practitioner is not using his or her own energy, Reiki can be used for self-healing as well as healing others.

Reiki does not take the place of medical help when illness warrants it but Reiki helps to enhance and complement regular medical services. Reiki is one part of an integrated healing or wellness program.

In times of stress or illness, Reiki can speed healing, and even the side effects of chemotherapy. Reiki can help strengthen the immune system, reduce pain and stress, relax muscles and help loosen joints as well as increase the feeling of well being.

Reiki is just one of the techniques gaining wider acceptance both with the general public and the medical establishment. Some hospitals are incorporating Reiki into their roster of patient services, often with their own Reiki-trained physicians, nurses and support staff. Clinical Trials are now underway sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine investigating the use of Reiki as an approach to improve well-being for patients with advanced AIDS and in another study to determine if Reiki will improve glycemic control and cardiac autonomic function in diabetic patients with painful neuropathy.

Reiki classes and sessions (as well as Healing Circles) are mainly conducted in the area of Pipestone in SW Minnesota by Rev. Elizabeth McCabe who will travel to other areas of MN and SD if arrangements are made for groups, etc. Reiki Clinics (also called Shares) are held periodically. These give an opportunity to experience Reiki in a shorter session for a good will donation. They also give practitioners a chance to work with other practitioners and receive a session themselves in a group setting.

If someone is unable to attend these clinics or experience Reiki in their own area and are in need of help, arrangements can be made for distant healing or their name can be included in a healing circle. Contact Elizabeth by email or phone for more information.

For more information about Reiki sessions and classes, Healing Circles and/or Distant Healing, etc., call Elizabeth at
507-825-6391 or email her at

As this candle is carried from one site to another, the flame of spiritual love and healing continues to light the way for those who seek to know the true self. Take this light with you to your page that it may light the way to love and healing. Watch as it travels from one place to another and in so doing it embraces our world with hope.


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