Supporting the healing endeavors of all individuals practicing Reiki in the Midwest

Reiki for Living Well

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Jane Van De Velde of The Reiki Share Project

“Thank you for the wonderful gift of Reiki!”

For Reiki Masters Teachers, these words make our hearts sing.  This feedback came from a student who participated in The Reiki Share Project’s Level I Reiki for You class at LivingWell Cancer Resource Center in Geneva, Illinois. This one-day class was recently taught to 18 participants—all of whom have been touched by cancer.

 Reiki for You class at LivingWell Cancer Resource Center in Geneva, IL

From left: Reiki Master Teachers Ellie and Kathy; A mother and daughter sharing Reiki; Sharing the gift of Reiki with a partner

Students come to our Reiki classes dealing with cancer on many levels:

  • coping with the effects of chemotherapy and radiation,
  • recovering from treatment,
  • resuming their lives as cancer survivors,
  • and supporting family members or friends with cancer.

These students are seeking ways to manage the stress, worry, pain, and anxiety that often accompany a cancer diagnosis. Reiki is a wonderful self-care practice that offers so many benefits to people dealing with this disease.

Reiki self-treatment hand positions

Learning hand positions for Reiki self-treatment

Reiki Master Teachers (RMT) Ellie Byrnes and Kathy Regganie taught this class with support from RMT’s Jane Van De Velde, Heather McCutcheon and Mary Garber. The students were engaged, curious, and eager to connect to Reiki during class practice time. It was a joy to watch them learn hand positions for self-treatment and begin to experience the sensations of Reiki. They were focused and gentle as they shared Reiki with partners. By the end of the class, the students were excited to weave Reiki into their daily lives.

It was a privilege to share the gift Reiki with such wonderful students. The beautiful energy of these newest Reiki practitioners clearly shines through in their class picture. We wish them all the best as they continue their journeys toward healing and wholeness.

LivingWell Reiki for You students and teachers class photo

LivingWell Reiki for You students and teachers class photo

Jane Van De Velde (DNP, RN) is a Reiki Master Teacher and President of The Reiki Share Project (TRSP), a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to teach Level I Reiki to individuals and caregivers who are dealing with serious illness, disability, and trauma. Founded in 2009, it currently provides Reiki classes at three cancer support centers in the Chicago area—Wellness House in Hinsdale, Wellness Place in Palatine, and LivingWell in Geneva. TRSP also offers Reiki classes for registered nurses at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. For more information and to sign up for their quarterly newsletter, go to www.thereikishareproject.org. You can also visit TRSP on Facebook to follow their activities.


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