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Dennis is a Chattanooga native and the owner of ChattanoogaHealth.com. He is a Reiki Master and a developing medical intuitive, and has spent years studying and working with energy therapies and the works of Dr. Bob Beck and Dr. Hulda Clark. He is also the owner of toolsforhealing.com where he sells hundreds of alternative health care products to customers around the world.
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Published 7/31/2004 | Miscellaneous | Unrated
Chattanooga is a fantastic place to live, work, visit, and have fun in.  We have an abundance of mountains, trees, lakes, and wildlife. And a huge assortment of very neat places to visit, covering a wide range of entertainment experiences.

From hang gliding off the side of Lookout Mountain, white-water rafting on the Ocoee, to the awe-inspiring underneath Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga has been blessed.

Take time to enjoy some of what we have to offer.  Take a trip to for some outdoor theme park fun, or check out the .

There's always , where you can see seven states on a clear day or walk through Fat Man's Squeeze.

» Your Health Freedoms Are Being Taken Away!
Published 8/24/2004 | Freedom of Choice | Unrated
600 Million Votes Demand The Right For Natural Health!

Thanks to recent worldwide participation in the Email Campaign against the planned vitamin ban by Codex Alimentarius and the European Directive on Supplements, more than 600 Million Votes were registered. This is the biggest online campaign in the history of Internet and has made the EU Supplement Directive the most controversial issue in the EU Parliament. Even though millions of online votes showed the complete opposition of the EU citizens to the directive, it has passed the EU Parliament with 139 from 629 Parliamentarians voting against it. This fight for human health is far from over. It is just beginning.

» Introduction to Reiki
Published 8/26/2003 | Reiki | Unrated


The article below is one of many available from The International Center for Reiki Training at . Reiki is a wonderful, non-denominational technique centered in the spiritual, not the religious.  People from all walks of life and all religions practice Reiki.  It's used and taught in hospitals, churches, schools, and businesses around the world.  It is a life-long practice that anyone can be taught to use for their own personal benefit as well as those around them.  Read the article here and visit for more info on this wonderful technique of mind-body healing.

Click here for lots and lots of Reiki links

A Brief Overview

The knowledge that an unseen energy flows through all living things and is connected directly to the quality of health has been part of the wisdom of many cultures since ancient times. The existence of this "life force energy" has been verified by recent scientific experiments, and medical doctors are considering the role it plays in the functioning of the immune system and the healing process.

Reiki is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that allows everyone to tap into an unlimited supply of "life force energy" to improve health and enhance the quality of life.

An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student by the Reiki Master. Its use is not dependent on ones intellectual capacity or spiritual development and, therefore, is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through you and surrounds you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit and creates many beneficial effects including relaxation and feelings of peace, security, and well-being. Many have reported miraculous results. Reiki is a simple, natural, and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use.

Rei - Spiritual Wisdom

, who introduced Reiki to the West, said the word Rei means universal and this is the definition most have accepted. However, Mrs. Takata also indicated that this interpretation is a very general one. The kanji ideograms have many levels of meaning. They vary from the mundane to the highly esoteric. So while it is true that Rei can be interpreted as universal, meaning that it is present everywhere, this level of interpretation really doesn't add to our understanding of Reiki.

Research into the esoteric meaning of the Japanese kanji character for Rei has given a much deeper understanding of this ideogram. The word Rei as it is used in Reiki is more accurately interpreted to mean supernatural knowledge or spiritual consciousness. This is the wisdom that comes from God or the Higher Self. This is the God-Consciousness which is all knowing. It understands each person completely. It knows the cause of all problems and difficulties and knows what to do to heal them.

Ki -- The Life Force

Ki means the same as Chi in Chinese, Prana in Sanskrit and Ti or Ki in Hawaiian. It has also been called, odic force, orgone, and bioplasma. It has been given many other names by the various cultures that have been aware of it.

Ki is the life force. It is also called the vital life force or the universal life force. This is the nonphysical energy that animates all living things. As long as something is alive, it has life force circulating through it and surrounding it; when it dies, the life force departs. If your life force is low, or if there is a restriction in its flow, you will be more vulnerable to illness. When it is high, and flowing freely, you are less likely to get sick. Life force plays an important role in everything we do. It animates the body and also is the primary energy of our emotions, thoughts and spiritual life.

The Chinese place great importance on the life force or what they call Chi. They have studied it for thousands of years and have discovered there are many different kinds of Chi. The "Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine" which is over 4,000 years old, lists thirty-two different kinds of Chi or Ki.

Ki is used by martial artists in their physical training and mental development. It is used in meditative breathing exercises called Pranayama, and by the shamans of all cultures for divination, psychic awareness, manifestation and healing. Ki is the nonphysical energy used by all healers. Ki is present all around us and can be accumulated and guided by the mind.

Reiki is Spiritually Guided Life Force Energy

It is the God-consciousness called Rei that guides the life force called Ki in the practice we call Reiki. Therefore, Reiki can be defined as spiritually guided life force energy. This is a meaningful interpretation of the word Reiki. It more closely describes the experience most people have of it; Reiki guiding itself with its own wisdom, and being unresponsive to the direction of the practitioner.

Is Reiki a Religion?

While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.

While Reiki is not a religion, for optimum well being in the light of Eastern medical theory that we are a mind-body-spirit unity, it is necessary to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. , the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures.


The Reiki Ideals - The Ethical Principles of Reiki

During a meditation several years after developing Reiki, Dr. Usui decided to add the Reiki Ideals to the practice of Reiki. The Ideals came in part from the five prinicples of the Meiji emperor of Japan whom Dr. Usui admired. The Ideals were developed to add spiritual balance to Usui Reiki. Their purpose is to help people realize that healing the spirit by consciously deciding to improve oneself is a necessary part of the Reiki healing experience. In order for the Reiki healing energies to have lasting results, the client must accept responsibility for her or his healing and take an active part in it. Therefore, the Usui system of Reiki is more than the use of the Reiki energy. It must also include an active commitment to improve oneself in order for it to be a complete system. The ideals are both guidelines for living a gracious life and virtues worthy of practice for their inherent value.

The secret art of inviting happiness
The miraculous medicine of all diseases

Just for today, do not anger
Do not worry and be filled with gratitude
Devote yourself to your work. Be kind to people.
Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer.
Pray these words to your heart
and chant these words with your mouth
Usui Reiki Treatment for the improvement of body and mind
The founder , Usui Mikao

» Links to Reiki websites
Published 8/26/2003 | Reiki | Unrated

Reiki links

ReikiReiki is a safe, gentle, non-invasive form of hands-on healing that increases energy, reduces pain, produces deep relaxation and a general feeling of well-being. Reiki initiation attunes a practitioner to become a channel for the Reiki energy and is a powerful, life-changing experience for growth along your spiritual path.

The Usui method of natural healing, as taught by Hawayo Takata, involves three levels or degrees. As soon as a practitioner has been initiated, the healing energy begins to flow. Level 1 Reiki connects the practitioner to the Reiki channel. Level II Reiki teaches the practitioner long distance or remote healing, and Level III Reiki initiates the practitioner to become a Reiki Master and teacher. Each level requires its own set of attunements. Reiki initiations are for life.

You will find a variety of fees and lengths of time for Reiki classes with different Reiki Masters. Reiki attunements cause changes to which the practitioner needs time to adjust.  There are many things to consider when choosing a Reiki Master to train with. If possible, experience a healing from a student of any Reiki Master you are considering to evaluate how well they can transfer the skill to their students. Listen to your intuition, and train with a Reiki Master you feel in harmony with.

The following list (mostly courtesy of ) presents links to Reiki resources on the net. We do not necessarily endorse the links listed below. In exploring these links, follow your heart ...


Healing Networks
Media - Net Resources, Essays, & Bibliographies
Reiki FAQs
Centers and Groups
Reiki Artists, Networkers, and Thinkers



  • (USA and global)

Healing Networks

  • Network with others who are doing Reiki in hospitals and clinics or would like to start.

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Media - Net Resources, Essays, & Bibliographies 

  • Wholistic Healing Research. This site contains
    the most up to date information on scientific research in the field of spiritual healing.
  • , web-page based Reiki newsgroup, nice new forum, also has a web-based chat space with a regular weekly chat time, started Summer 97

  • , newsletter published by the International Center for Reiki Training
  • , alternative views on Reiki topics, by Rick Rivard

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Reiki FAQs

  • (International Center for Reiki Training) extensive FAQ with over 30 topics, edited by editor of this page

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Centers and Groups, North America

If you want to find out more about Reiki, see the links above. If you are researching options for Reiki study, you may wish to see this FAQ page, , and this article, .

  • , by Connie Barrett and Joyce Kaessinger, a wonderful selection of metaphysical resources and some lovely Reiki essays by Connie
  • (USA and international)

  • , UK (contact info and several members listed) 
  • , (Maggie Chambers and Libby Barnett's page)
  • - A national organization for nurses who practice Reiki
  • (Michigan)
  • (California)

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Reiki Artists, Networkers and Thinkers

This is a small selection of the variety of intersting Reiki web pages which do not quite fit into the above general categories.

  • , Anthony regularly posts thoughtful, well researched opinions in a number of Reiki internet forms
  • , Fred Casselman's artwork is stuning. His transformations of natural images -- flowers, leaves, seeds, and more -- are radiant and soothing. Fred sometimes contributes to alt.healing.reiki newsgroup.

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