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Reiki Experiences – Installment 2 (by: Marlene Berdit)

Posted by on Jun 17, 2010 in Reiki | 0 comments

Bill’s Experience:  Bill had a horrible case of Poison Ivy – his face, hands, and shoulders were a mass of lumps and rashes.  A friend of mine suggested Reiki to ease his discomfort and to dissipate the spread of the inflammation.  Bill admitted to me of being skeptical and said he had never heard of Reiki until our mutual friend mentioned it.  I explained the basics and began to work on him.  As Reiki started to penetrate the irritation, Bill acknowledged a feeling of heat and tingling immediately. There are several reactions to receiving Reiki, mostly heat, cold, fluttering and tingling, however, these sensations do not need to be felt for Reiki to be affective. Bill contacted me the following day to say he could not believe the difference in his skin overnight.  About two months later, Bill literally brought his friend Jake, suffering from Poison Oak to see me.  It was so rewarding to see Bill become such an advocate for the Reiki modality. Gina’s Experience:  Gina is in her early 40’s and has been a client for years and visits regularly for monthly Reiki “tune-ups”.  Gina first started receiving Reiki because she enjoyed the relaxation she felt during a session and the oomph she felt afterwards.  As our work together progressed she noticed she wasn’t getting sick as often as she had in the past.  She usually had three to four colds a year (!!) and was very susceptible to respiratory problems.  Since receiving Reiki she rarely gets sick and feels much more relaxed in her day to day activities. Marlene’s Experience: Anyone attuned to Reiki is able to work on themselves with the same effective results as when working on a client.  About eight years ago I had to go through minor surgery.  The procedure was performed in a doctor’s office, however it was invasive and time consuming.  Before the surgery began I gave the doctor and attending nurse a “Reikied Rock.”  They both looked at me, then each other, exchanging a glance between them that I could almost see in neon, “Coo-coo bird alert…let’s just go along with her.”  They each stuck the rock into their pockets; I was prepped and the surgery proceeded.  Two weeks later I went back to the doctor’s office for a post surgical visit and to have stitches removed.  After the examination the doctor looked at me intently and said that if another physician examined me he would never know I had undergone such a procedure – he was really amazed.  The doctor then asked me several questions about Reiki, which I was happy to answer.  The next time I saw the doctor he told me he had been carrying the Reikied rock with him and even transferred it to his back pack when he went hiking.  Of course, I was just one huge smile. When receiving a Reiki session you remain fully clothed but it’s suggested that you wear very comfy clothes. Reiki is a completely relaxing encounter besides being a means to boost your immune system with regular monthly sessions. You don’t need to be ailing from any physical problem to be enriched by its affects. To schedule a Reiki session with me and experience its power for yourself, call Live Well Holistic Health Center at...

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Reiki Experiences – Installment 1 (by Marlene Berdit)

Posted by on May 14, 2010 in Reiki | 0 comments

Since people seek Reiki for numerous reasons I thought it would be helpful for those of you who never experienced this beautiful energy to hear about some of my clients’ stories.  Names in blogs will be changed to honor privacy.  My first blog is about Dave’s session. Over the years I’ve noticed that woman seem much more open to trying modalities such as Reiki, while men seem initially more reluctant. This was the case with Dave.  Dave had chronic back problems over the years and just couldn’t seem to find relief.  After seeking help from medical doctors and using prescription drugs for intense lower back pain he was no better off and felt hopeless.  His wife, Kim had taken a Reiki I class with me and convinced Dave to try Reiki.  She practically dragged him (gently) through the door.  Even though he was a willing participant, he didn’t quite know what to expect. It’s very important to me that the atmosphere for receiving Reiki is calm and peaceful so clients have a place of solace during their session.  I keep the room dimly lit with Reiki music playing and a candle burning to invite complete relaxation.  Dave took this all in and looked at Kim as if he were 9 years old going to overnight camp for the first time.  As the session started I could feel his body relax into the energy.  Personally, I think it was pure relief that I wasn’t swinging a chicken over his head chanting Kumbaya.  By the end of the session he said his back felt much looser and made an appointment for the following week.  When he  arrived without Kim for his second session I knew two things; he was physically comfortable enough to drive, and comfortable and confident with the Reiki modality. This session was verrrrrry interesting.  As an empath I’m used to feeling the energy path or pain of the client within my body.  I’ve experienced the beauty of Kundalini, warm and cool flows of energy and various vibratory sensations, but this was a first…While working on Dave mid-point, I started to experience an electrical feeling in my hand and within seconds of this sensation my hand involuntarily flipped palm side up, I’m thinking WOW, this is too cool, but  immediately asked Dave what he was feeling.  He said he felt an intense surge of heat run through his back, but he was very comfortable and relaxed and we continued with the session.  Afterwards, Dave commented that he felt much better.  Reiki works through the body long after the session ends, many times it’s not until the next day that true results are realized.  This was the case with Dave when he called to tell me  how great he felt.  The following week we had another session, and then appointments became routine monthly visits to maintenance well being visits.  It doesn’t take a fast ball volt of energy to accelerate the healing process, but in Dave’s case, it hit a home run, as Reiki always does. Anyone receiving a Reiki session remains fully clothed but it’s suggested that you wear very comfy clothes.  Reiki is a completely relaxing encounter besides being a means to boost your immune system with regular monthly sessions.  You don’t need to be ailing from any physical problem to be enriched by its affects. To schedule a Reiki session with me, call Live Well at 610.896.1554.  Traci at the front desk will take good care of you and answer any questions you may...

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Reiki: Dealing with Cancer (by Marlene Berdit)

Posted by on May 1, 2010 in Cancer, Reiki | 0 comments

Part of my mission in practicing Reiki is to work with folks dealing with cancer. Like most families, mine has had its triumphs and losses in battling this disease. When my mother was in her 40’s she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a radical mastectomy; in her mid-60’s she again faced another mastectomy. My mother died at age 86 from a non-cancer related issue. During her lifetime she quietly counseled many people who dealt with numerous types of cancer – she was a positive, amazing and truly inspirational individual. It is on behalf of my mother, aunts, uncles, and a cousin I lost last year to cancer that I am dedicated to help. I am working with Live Well Holistic Health Center in being able to offer Reiki sessions for 20% off of a normal session fee for any cancer patient, their immediate families and oncology healthcare providers. Children will receive a 45 minute treatment for $30. Reiki boosts the immune system and has given great relief both physically and emotionally to those going through chemo and those dealing with the aftermath. I am driven to help anyone going through the passages of this disease and am offering what I can in order to enhance and strengthen their lives while dealing with cancer. To schedule a session folks just need to contact Live Well Holistic Health Center and refer to this posting.To learn more about me and my background and approach, click here/reiki-with-marlene-berdit.html If you, a family member, or friend is dealing with cancer but do not live in the Philadelphia area, I encourage you to seek out a reputable Reiki practitioner in your area. Please relay this message to anyone you know that can benefit from receiving this...

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How I Found Reiki (by Marlene Berdit)

Posted by on Apr 12, 2010 in Reiki | 0 comments

If in early 1997 you had asked me “What’s Reiki (ray-key)” I would have probably guessed it was a motorized rake, but by July of that year I was a first degree practitioner and dedicated to the modality. I had been reading Tarot for many, many years and was fortunate enough to be encouraged and mentored by a wonderful, spiritually minded woman named Shirley.  It was during one of my visits with Shirley that she told me I was going to further my spiritual path by helping people on both a physical and emotional level.  I looked at her the way my dog Molly looks at me when she’s trying to understand what I’m saying to her.  She ignored my expression and said information about this would come to me, I wouldn’t even have to leave my house.  I had known Shirley well and she rarely said something so pronounced that didn’t eventuate.  Plus, I had been on the spiritual path long enough to know that the universe works its way in spite of our doubts.  Even with that in mind, I found myself thinking “huh?” It wasn’t long after seeing Shirley that a neighbor left a booklet about Reiki classes under my door with note saying she thought of me when she saw the pamphlet.  I immediately thought “hmmm”.  Within a few weeks of that a friend of mine told me she went to a Reiki practitioner and was enthralled with the experience and that she’d really like to take a class and learn more about it – I was in! At the end of every Reiki class the students practice their newfound enlightenment on each other and if lucky, on clients who readily submit themselves to this process.  One such client was very complimentary to all who worked on her and said she was enjoying the session.  I have to say here, that when reading Tarot cards it was a very common occurrence for me to feel the emotions of the person being read – I never thought about it, it was just the way I read.  I found the same sensation was happening with this lovely woman receiving Reiki.  Feeling she needed to cry, I leaned in and whispered to her that it was okay to cry if that’s what she needed to do, she was in a safe place to release her emotions.  With that, her tears began to flow.   At the end of the class, my teacher asked to speak to me.  She told me I was meant to practice Reiki, it was my calling.  This time I didn’t find myself thinking “huh?”; I knew she was right.  Later that year I received my second degree in Reiki, and in 1999 I became a Reiki Master. Being an Intuitive Empath allows me the compassion and sensitivity to actually feel in my body the flow of energy within the client, to feel areas of disharmony – areas that may become an issue, or even to experience their pain.   This empathy creates a unique exchange between the client and myself whether they are seeking a session for physical issues or for pure relaxation.  My hope and intent for each person receiving Reiki is for them to experience well being and a sense of peace, and also for my clients to understand on a experiential level that our bodies are capable of much more within the spectrum of healing than we may have known through traditional means. Each Reiki session is as unique as the person receiving it.  If you have any questions about experiencing Reiki, I’m happy to share information with you and invite you to call me at Live...

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