REIKI,as a reiki master myself, the concept of REIKI is very dear to me.Especially tonight, because tomorrow I attend the funeral of the closest soul I have ever had the privilege of knowing and befriending and studying under.My book the 4 keys to health is dedicated to her memory, and she held it just weeks before her death.
First, I will look at a brief history. Reiki, simply put, means universal life
force energy, and it is a lovely touch healing technique. It is thought to
connect to the work put together by a Japanese theology lecturer, called
Mikao Usui, in the late 1800s, and he was also a high school principal and
Christian minister. Asked to undertake a ten year study of the healing work
of Jesus and Buddha, as well as the esoteric teachings of India, he started by
exploring the life of Buddha. Born 620 B.C.E. on the Napal-Indian border,
Buddha was born to a king and escaped his closeted upbringing in order to
relieve pain and suffering. A lifestyle of non-attachment healing, and loving
to material and living creatures on earth was taught, and it is here that we
find the earliest records of reiki.
I’d like to talk a bit here about Jesus, who was known to be a great physician.
When Jesus was two years old (and when Herod was killing boy children),
there were three wise men who came into his life, and these were said to be
Buddhists. Now, here is the controversial bit: scripts have been found saying
that these wise men took Jesus and his family to Egypt and India. There was
a mystical order on the Dead Sea where the Dead Sea Scrolls were said to be
found. In 30 C.E., Jesus returns to Jerusalem where he escapes crucifixion
(another teaching that is in direct conflict with Christian religions), and
then he returns to India for 16 years, living be 120 years old. This is a much
nicer ending than the one I was taught! Having gone to a Christian Churchof England school and knowing the family Bible inside out, I find these
The records are a little sketchy but Mikao Usui was believed to have
conducted a seven year project in the USA, where he read Sanskrit Indian
and Tibetian scripts, possibly at the University in Chicago. On his return
to Japan, he went to a Zen monastery, and when he died in 1926, he passed
his closest controversial teachings and healings onto Chujiro Hayashi, who
died in 1940. Before Hayashi died, however, he passed on the teachings
to his wife, Chie Hayashi, as well as H. Takari, and there are records of
their teachings in Alaska, Tokyo, and Hawaii. They taught fifty reiki masters
between them, and so the lineage continues.
Modern courses have simplified the teachings to churn out reiki masters
of little knowledge, compared to the early masters who dedicated their
entire lives to it. Three key signs are used in the modern interpretation
of reiki: Cho-Ku-Rei, meaning God is here, Sei-He-Kei, meaning key to
the universe/man and God becoming one, and Hon-Sha-Ze-Sho-Nen,
meaning the Buddha in me reaches out to the Buddha in you to promote
enlightenment and peace.
I have studied anthropology, psychic phenomena, and ancient healing
techniques for over thirty years as an aside from my day job, and my dear
tutors – whom I still sit with at least once every three weeks – are all in their
eighties. Before I arrive, they always create a sacred space, with candles lit
and incense wafting as the door opens. The peace always feels like a big loving
hug embracing you as you slip off your shoes and enter their space. Reiki
work, practised in this place and with these wise souls, can make magical
changes to the way someone lives their life, standing apart from religious
labels. It has always been an honour to love these dear friends, and their
words often echo in my head: “focus Nicky, listen and concentrate, such an
undisciplined child in this art, but showing signs of finally maturing!”June
thankyou and Godbless.
A MACHINE WON THE WAR FOR US
I recently watched a moving film called the Imitation Game based on a true story.The lead role brilliantly performed by Benedict Cumberbatch.This inspired me to write about it in my next book the human garage volume 1,the mind.
The story is tragic and enlightening about the human mind, one mans’ emotional fragility, his beliefs and unrelenting drive.The life changing impact of a powerfully creative force within the human mind that is capable of building a machine to solve complex problems at a speed beyond the evolutionary boundaries of our biological brain.
The film was based on the true story of Alan Turing during World War ii,in the darkest hour of devastation and loss of life, when it looked like we were losing. He was an brilliant emotionally tortured unsung war hero, and exceptional mathematician that built the first computer to crack the enigma code and win the war for us.
The Enigma code needed millions of variations to be calculated in just 24 hours beyond the ability of the human mind to crack the code.
Alans’ machine cracked it, and strategically, by using the information from the machine of where the Germans would strike England won the war, and many people lived, thanks to the marriage between man and machine.
The story flows deep, the computer is named after Alan’s childhood sweetheart Christopher, who died at 18, breaking his heart. Alan was gay, and Christopher then became more than the name of his machine, his spirit lived within it.
Homosexuality was still against the law in those days and Alan avoided being imprisoned by accepting the punishment of being injected by dangerous female hormones causing tremors, depression and brain dysfunction. His killed himself at just 42.Had he lived, imagine what other miracles his mind could have come up with.
Yet again we have a story about how someone with special gifts, was to all accounts, murdered by a lack of tolerance in the human mind.
Jesus was a healer,and was placed on a cross to die.Humans are very capable of brutal punishment and intolerance.
If we want to hang onto our precious consciousness, perhaps we should take a long hard look at what it is we are hanging on to .
Humans as we speech can program robots with a consciousness, I wonder what will be programed in the future?Artificial intelligence is coming and faster than we realise.If a machine can win the war for us how can we complain?
Exercise is vital for healthy ageing, so get out of that chair! When we slouch
in our chairs, we don’t breathe correctly, we have less lung capacity, less
oxygen, a poorer blood flow, a weaker heart, and less nutrient delivery.
Smooth muscles tighten up to take up the slack, and our blood pressure
readings go up. Blood flow can’t accommodate sudden movements anymore,
so dizziness follows, and with it, increased accidents. Men’s sexual potency
falls, the gut slows, and digestion fails. Sugar metabolism struggles andcc
diabetes is more likely to take hold. In an article in Psychological Medicine,
Dregan and M.C Gulliford wrote about how intense exercise helps brain
function (Dregan & Gulliford, 2013), so you can remember where you put
your gym wear! Get my drift?
Here are some more facts I sourced for you to back up reasons to exercise
– for all you academic buffs out there. Whether you are old or young,
‘it’s widely acknowledged that a healthy body equals a healthy mind. The
government recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise per week,
between the ages of 19 and 64’ (Dregan, 2013). A word to the wise – if you
don’t exercise at all, start. If you are new to exercise, start small and just walk
a little further than usual. Exercise doesn’t have to mean enduring lengthy,
intense programmes or taking up a gym membership, although I think the
discipline of going and the social angle is great. If you are exercising on your
own, you still need to add in working out with weights as well as aerobic
exercise, such as walking.
Did you know that at 44 years old, without exercising, we are at the peak
depressive age? However, at 70 – if we follow a fitness programme – it is
possible to be as physically fit and happy as we were when we were 20!
Another study got a group of 60 year olds to start doing three long swims a
week, and their medical measurements and tests were those of 40 year olds.
Exercise is much like medicine – it doesn’t have to taste nice, but the outcome
is more than worth it. Being disciplined about getting your exercise is your
key to longevity, so exercise regularly and effectively. Most people will say
they don’t like it, that it’s boring or painful, that they have no time to do it,
but they’re just in denial for the need to move. Well, couch potatoes, here
are some more facts for you:
• A study looked at 50 elderly people of an average age of 87.
Given a 10 week weights workout at this age, they doubled their muscle
Getting To Retirement Age
Let’s consider some facts, by again looking to the USA and their statistics on
lifestyle at retirement age. Now, I want you to imagine that you’re at a party
with all your friends. Out of all of these people, how many do you think will
still be alive at retirement age? How many will be flat broke? How many will
be wealthy enough to help others? If we look at the American statistics here
(which will be similar to our own in the UK), the answers to these questions
may surprise you. Out of 100 American citizens with social security, only
one would be wealthy at retirement age. Four would be financially secure.
Five would still have to work in order to afford their lifestyle. Fifty-four
would be completely broke, and thirty-six would be dead. Only 5% would
be able to live healthy lives at this point. Now, imagine you’re looking
around at your friends at the party again. Only 5% of these people will be
able to support themselves enough to live healthily at retirement age. This is
why we need a life plan, and this is why we really need to think about where
our lives are going.
With that in mind, how old do you think your kids will live to? And does it
matter where in the world they live? Unfortunately, according to the CIA File
(October 2014), the average life expectancy of children who are born now is
not as good as you might think (especially with some scientists estimating
that all of us will soon be living into our hundreds). Broken down by country,
people born in Monaco today will have an average life expectancy of 89.57
years. This is at the top of the table. Here in the UK, it is 80.42 years. In the
USA, 79.56 years. Then, right at the bottom of the table, we have South
Africa: children being born there today will have a life expectancy of just
40.96 years. This sounds shocking, but it is something that – here in the UK
– we have the power to change ourselves, by transforming the way we think,
what we eat, how we move, and what kind of lifestyle w
Eating healthily in minutes is essential with modern busy lives.I enjoy my smoothies and juices, and know its healing my body. Whilst making these mixtures I always get my head around how good they are for my body.A positive mindset and eating healthily is a good combination. It takes about 3 minutes to prepare and a minute to enjoy.I love my morning smoothie. I make one for my breakfast to give me energy for my running, cycling, or dance/fit class. Although even if you’re not about to do exercise, it’s a great way to start the day. My favourite eating healthily in minutes task is a smoothie which I have a
lot – includes almond milk, a banana, and some raspberries or strawberries,and milled seeds and this smoothie is easy to digest, which is good for me if I’m running afterwards. Bananas are said to make more happy juice
in the brain, so I always include one in my smoothies if I can. I may also add pineapples as they have bromelain, which aids digestive pains, as well as papaya, which has papain that does the same thing, and cherries whichhave anthocyanin, a painkiller.
Then, after sport or as a snack, I enjoy my veggie juices – they’re full of
carotenoids, which are strong antioxidants and which help prevent any
form of chronic disease. Juicing really does get addictive; you can almost
hear your cells calling out to thank you. I often rummage around in my
greenhouse and fridge to find seasonal veggies and fruit to make a yummy
cocktail, which is basically a turbo shot of nutrients. Not only is this secret but its food medicine.
Why choose unnessary suffering? My mission for my book the 4 keys to health was to help avoid this. I witness unneccessary suffering day in,day out within my clinic and at presentations.I see evidence in peoples shopping baskets,in their T.V viewing, in the way they speak and the lack of exercise.So, I’m here to write about avoiding pain and suffering, which isn’t something that most people want to think about, is it? But what’s the opposite of pain? That’s right: pleasure. We all do everything we can to avoid suffering and seek pleasure, don’t we? But do we always make conscious decisions to seek pleasure and avoid pain? Let’s think about that. Is it possible that you make decisions that you perceive will give you pleasure when, in fact, it will ultimately give you pain? Yes, of course it is! We are all guilty of putting coins in the pain bank for long-term savings, rather than in the pleasure bank.
I have been puzzling over this one for many years while sitting in front of my patients. Recently, in preparation for The Z Factor – an annual health seminar run by Joseph McClendon III, where I give presentations – I asked my dear old friends, whom I’ve had the privilege of studying psychic/intuitive healing with for thirty years, about this. They responded with, “You have studied the suffering of thousands of humans over the years, and still you are confused. Study you… listen to yourself… ask yourself the question about all of your actions. Knowledge is inside us, not out there. Bring soul awareness, if you will. Bring mindfulness to your human thought processing when you make a decision about eating, working out, and so on. Get into a state of mind that is truthful about your actions.”
When we bring into focus a higher awareness, we are checking our beliefs about what we see and feel. Our vision is very inaccurate, seeing only a tiny part of what is really there. If we see the colour red, we get the memory of what red means to us, making a meaning solely for us. Therefore, red is a belief. Higher awareness says that we are accessing memory data associated with this visual input in order to get hold of the belief. We run it through a semantic memory system, finding the belief and making it into a thought. Changing beliefs kills old habits.
What we need to realise is that we are controlled by social acceptance to do what everybody else does, and that we are all intensely manipulated by advertising. We are driven to believe what we see on TV and in the press. Drugs companies, food companies and drinks companies are not driven to provide the healthiest products they can, but to maximise their profits and serve their shareholders. The only person who can look after you is you, and if all you do is follow everyone else, you are doing no better than a lemming who blindly follows the rest of the lemmings off a cliff. When we think of suffering, we need to realise that many causes of pain are self-inflicted and can be easily avoided. So, why do people choose the self-destruct button, over and over again? This is the fundamental question about pain, and one which needs to be answered. For many, suffering is a choice.
Traffic light approach to health, what do I mean ?Traffic Light Approach to Health
At my clinic, I always ask my patients to fill in a questionnaire about their
current health, and their answers are incredibly useful in letting me see
where they need to improve their mindset, their nutrition, their fitness and
their lifestyle. I call it the traffic light approach to health because we analyse
these areas by saying whether the patient is green (good), amber (room for
improvement) or red (poor). These are your fitness keys, and they will tell
you where you need to improve. With this in mind, I have developed four
questionnaires – one for each key – and have placed them in the appendix
of this book. If you want to get the most out of this book, I urge you to
complete the questionnaire at the start of each chapter, and again after
you’ve absorbed the knowledge and implemented some of my suggested
changes into your life. Soon, you should start to see your traffic light scores
changing from red or amber to green on all counts. When this happens, you
are likely to be at your optimal health for your age, which means you’ll be
giving yourself the best possible chance if a disease or injury should occur.
So, to those therapists and doctors who want to go beyond their specific
training and look at the synergy of everything they know in order to create
their own map, here is mine.
If you don’t want to commit to a new, healthy you, then now is probably a
good time to leave my blogs. If, however, you desire to work towards a healthy, fit,
pain-free body, here we go. It’s time to take your health into your own hands
and get rid of all the pain that has been holding you back
The 4 keys to health, what is it about? A question that now rings in my ears most days from those that as yet have not read my book.This book is life transforming if you take in the advice and act on it.My dear friend who had always said she would love a book dedicated to her, died yesterday with the book in her room knowing the healing work we started, so many years ago will go on, in this and future books and talks.Rest in peace June.
Everyday I bump into people telling me their life story and how the 4 keys to health has changed the way they think about life and empowered them to make the changes they needed to.This warms my heart, and today it was suggested I regularly blogged about it.
Here is an exert from my book describing what it is about.
I have spent my life searching for ways to treat pain, and I have travelled
all over the world, meeting and learning from countless specialists and
professionals during this quest of mine. Now, I want to pour all of that
knowledge and all of my experience into this book, so that my methods can
become your methods, and so that you can conquer your pain, allowing
you to have a long, happy life. It sounds relatively simple, doesn’t it? Well, it
may be simpler than you think.
This book will discuss healing through an understanding of how neuroscience
works, and I believe that this holds the keys to wellness, mental excellence,
physical fitness, prosperity, relationship skills, society contribution and
having a purpose to live – not to mention, of course, keeping out of pain. I
like to imagine all of these things as breaking down into four main sections:
the four keys of health, featuring mindset, nutrition and hydration, fitness,
and lifestyle. You will be able to read about each of these four keys in the
following chapters, and you can learn about the fifth key – how to deal with
individual health problems – in my next book, The Human Garage. This
will talk about what is lovingly nicknamed the ‘clinic of last resort’ by my
Drawing from both modern medical technology and ancient healing
wisdom, this book will guide you through your health journey, giving you
the knowledge and the tools you need to create the best lifestyle for you. Say
goodbye to pain and say hello to a fitter, healthier, happier you.
The 4 keys to health guide gives you a practical method to achieve a longer happier healthier life. Enjoy the book, colour your 4 keys to health,red ,amber or green. Four green keys is what you need to strive for. If you score yourself with the questionnaires before using the manual ,then again after you should change colour.The 4 keys represent your mind, your food, fitness and lifestyle.Book available at my clinic,on the www.thepainkiller.co.uk website and amazon. Look to U tube for a video about why I wrote this book.
If you are interested in preventing illness for yourself and your family this book is for you. If you have been a patient of mine, you will be very familiar with my words.
Inside the cover are exercises, recipes, sports advice, mindset tools and 200 book references.Here is the first paragraph of my book;’My name is Nicky Snazell and I am known to some as ‘the pain killer’. After all, that’s what I do: I kill pain, and I can kill yours too. I realise how important it is to free our bodies of pain so that we can enjoy our lives to the full, and I can help you to do exactly that. As the owner of a pain relief clinic in Staffordshire, I’ve got years and years of experience in treating pain and all of its causes, some of which we are frequently unaware of. So often I feel like I’m working in the illness industry and not the wellness industry, and I believe that we should focus more on the latter – by preventing health problems before we have to cure them.
I can get you to your optimal health for your age, no matter what your ability level. How? For one thing, I have studied health and pain for thirty years, researching how we as humans function at our best. Furthermore, this is backed up by the knowledge and skills I have gained by creating and working within my integrated medical practice, which has given me twenty-five years of hands-on experience and from which I’ve collected a long list of testimonials from satisfied customers who have managed to conquer their pain. They’ve done it, and now so can you. ‘
We have previously touched upon the significance of mindset in health. For example we all know that when we feel a bit down, everything feels that much harder to do and yet when we feel really good, it all seems so much easier.
Even though we all know this and have experienced this, it is sometimes difficult to take the next step and realise that by controlling your mindset you can control your ability to achieve, or not achieve your goals. Understandably, you may never have made this link. So, how can you control your mindset, you may ask?
Well, let’s start by looking at what words we use. After witnessing a car accident, if you were asked “did you see lots of glass after the window was smashed?”, would you be more likely to say yes, than if you were asked “did you see lots of glass after the window was broken?”. Absolutely. Tests have proven exactly this. Why? Because smashed evokes a stronger emotion than broken and alters the perception of what happened in reality.
Another example. We all get into situations where somebody lets us down or cheats us. What words you use will affect how you feel. Imagine saying to yourself ‘I’m really angry, I could hit him’. The emotions you would feel would be totally different than if you said ‘I’m feeling let down by you’. Try it yourself. It will feel different. If you suffer from anger problems, simply changing your words can change how you feel and act.
Now if you think about health, what words you use will again affect how you react. “I am a fat person” evokes a different feeling than “I am carrying a little bit of extra weight”. For some being fat will be painful, because it will involve loss of confidence and self esteem. But the thought of exercise and of going on a diet seems even more painful, so it’s easier to convince yourself, “hey I’m just carrying a little bit of extra weight. Besides I like my cakes and chocolate and exercise is so boring.” Isn’t this just using different words to control your mindset? Of course it is.
The outcome? Well in this case, the pain of being a little overweight is less than the pain of doing something about it, so nothing happens. Can we change this? Of course, change your words and it will change the feelings that you associate both with being fat and doing something about it. Then it becomes a lot easier to make positive improvement.
What’s the point of this story, well so often at our clinic we have patients who maybe are heavier than they should be, who probably haven’t exercised for many years and don’t have a real commitment to change. The result? Well pain, stiffness, creaky joints and arthritis for a start. But the perceived pain of having to do something about it is worse than the physical pain, so patients use different words to justify their condition. That is, until the pain gets too much.
Sure, we can work on the physical pain, we have great skills for that, but the benefits are amplified when we change the mindset and get true commitment to get involved. How?
The first step is to get a real commitment for the need to change. This usually only comes about when you get to that point where you have had enough, where the pain of not changing is worse than the fear of change.
Once there, then it’s a matter of breaking the thoughts and associations you have that has kept you where you are and then replacing it with a new set of beliefs that make you really want to change. This means that not changing means more pain and changing means moving away from that pain to something better.
If we go back to the overweight example, research has shown that in the majority of cases diets don’t work. The weight lost is back on within two years. That’s because dieting is just a temporary change of habit. Besides, dieting for most means moving towards pain. Not eating what you want, when you want and exercising is painful, right? But if you get the change of mindset, then the weight will come off and stay off.
Real improvements can come about if you want, all you need to do is to be shown how to change your mindset.
For more information about Nicky Snazell’s Pain Relief Clinic call 01889 881488 or visit www.painreliefclinic.co.uk