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RWLOGO-Rev copyRick Wood, nationally recognized psychic medium and life coach, will be giving sessions out of his Tempe,AZ office June 4th and 5th. The cost  is 125.00 per hour. Sessions are by appointment only.

Wood has been professionally offering his services, which include life coaching, individual and couples counseling, past life regression, spirit release and mediumship, as well as traditional psychic readings, for over 15 years on a full-time basis. Additionally, Wood is the subject of the upcoming book “They’re Not Gone” by Amy Butler, detailing some of his more memorable and paranormal experiences as a professional psychic medium.

“I had my first session with Rick and was so impressed not only with the information, but with Rick’s humor and honesty in delivering it. I initially made this call looking for direction in my work and the relocation of my family. I was given so much more than this. Rick not only gave me insight, he was able to bring through some very special souls that have passed,” stated client Stacey Pare.img_45901-5x5-for-web.thumbnail

In addition to his office appointments, he will be available for in-home meetings and parties as well as appointments via telephone. For more information about services offered or to schedule an appointment, please call 484-459-5489.

For more information, please visit his website at http://www.rickywood.net.

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Lord, make me an instrument of your peace

Where there is hatred, let me sow love:

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not

So much seek to be consoled

As to console,

To be understood as to understand,

To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

And it is in dying that we are born

to eternal life.

Prayer of St.Francis

This is a wonderful prayer of healing and peace. The healing art of Reiki is very similar to the prayer. Bringing love and light to help others heal. Not anymore. At least according to the Catholic Church. I received a letter from Reiki Master Holly Matthews about how the church says to not support the use of Reiki sessions!

It would have been different if the bishops had done their homework….

Read on

A Response to the Bishops’ Statement on Reiki

by William Lee Rand

On March 25, 2009, U.S. Catholic bishops issued a statement advising Catholic hospitals, health care facilities, and Catholic chaplains not to support the use of Reiki sessions. The statement was issued by The Committee on Doctrine, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and titled: “Guidelines for Evaluating Reiki as Alternative Therapy.”

The statement was based on research the committee had done over a period of several months involving information found on the Internet and in Reiki books. Based on these sources, they concluded that Reiki came from Buddhist texts and has a religious basis; that Reiki healing energy is directed by human thought and will; that Reiki is not validated by scientific studies and has no scientific explanation, and that Reiki is not accepted by the medical community.

When considering the value of the bishops’ statement, it’s important to note the sources they accessed. Much of their research came from information published on Internet Web sites. Overall, the Internet isn’t a good source of factual information because there is no requirement that information published there be checked or approved for accuracy. Anyone can set up a Web site and publish anything they wish. What often happens is that authors of sites copy from each other, so if inaccurate information is published on one site, it can easily spread to many sites across the Internet. If one makes use of the Internet for research, one must use a developed set of selection criteria that limits one to only the most respected and reputable Web sites. Otherwise, one runs the risk of accepting rumor and misinformation as fact.

This is especially true for Reiki Web sites. Reiki information has been riddled with inaccurate ideas from the beginning of its practice in the West. Many Reiki practitioners, teachers and authors fail to check the accuracy of the information they base their teaching and writing on, and this has had a detrimental effect on the quality of information published both on the Internet and in Reiki books.

The best information on Reiki comes from those who have researched the history and practice of Reiki professionally by conducting research in Japan, reading original documents, and interviewing members of the founding Reiki organization in Japan. If the bishops who wrote the statement on Reiki had interviewed several of these experts, they would have realized that much of the published information on Reiki is inaccurate, and they would have had accurate, verifiable information on which to base their conclusions.usuiwashed

Origin of Reiki

One of the stories told by Mrs. Takata about the origin of Reiki indicates that the founder, Mikao Usui discovered the secret of Reiki n Buddhist texts.1 This story has been repeated over and over in Reiki classes, on Internet Web sites and in many Reiki books. Yet we know this isn’t true. For many years, Mrs. Takata was the only source of information about Reiki for those in the West, and most practitioners accepted her statements without question. Language, cultural, and organizational barriers in Japan made research difficult for those who wanted to learn more about the origins and practice of Reiki. It wasn’t until the end of the 90’s that a few researchers were able to make breakthroughs.

Researchers, including Toshitaka Mochizuki, Hiroshi Doi and Frank Arjava Petter, made contact with the original Reiki organization, discovered Mikao Usui’s grave, translated the story of Reiki inscribed on his memorial stone, and uncovered an original document written by Mikao Usui about the nature of Reiki. These sources indicate that Mikao Usui wasn’t seeking to discover a method of healing, but that the ability to heal came to him spontaneously during a spiritual experience on a sacred mountain. Furthermore, in his Reiki Ryoho Hikkei (Reiki Healing Art Handbook), Mikao Usui states: “My Usui Reiki Ryoho (healing art) is original, never before explored, and incomparable in the world.” These facts indicate that Reiki couldn’t have come from Buddhist texts, nor could it be connected to any religion or belief system. In addition, Japanese Reiki Masters who have knowledge of Buddhism have indicated that they can find nothing from Buddhism in the practice of Reiki and that Reiki is religiously neutral.2

The Nature of Reiki Healing

One of the first things I noticed after I took my first Reiki class and began to practice Reiki is that Reiki healing energy directs itself. I was unable to direct it with my mind or will and realized this wasn’t necessary as Reiki had its own form of guidance that was superior to my own. This experience has been verified by other professional Reiki practitioners and forms the basis of one of the important keys to using Reiki: If you want Reiki to provide the best healing experience, it’s necessary for the practitioner to set their own desire, will and ego aside, and allow the Reiki energy to guide itself.

Scientific Explanation for Reiki

There is a scientific explanation for Reiki that is based on scientific studies and factual information. This explanation has been presented as a testable hypothesis by James Oschman, Ph.D.

Dr. Oschman is a scientist with a conventional background who became interested in the practice of energy medicine. Through research, he discovered a number of important scientific studies that point to a scientific basis for energy medicine based on the laws of physics and biology. These findings are discussed in an interview, “Science and the Human Energy Field,” published in the Winter 2002 issue of Reiki News Magazine.reiki.jpg colours

The electrical currents that run through every part of the human body provide the basis for Dr. Oschman’s hypothesis. These currents are present in the nervous system, organs, and cells of the body. For instance, the electrical signals that trigger the heartbeat travel throughout all the tissues of the body and can be detected anywhere on the body.

Ampere’s law indicates that when an electrical current flows through a conductor, an electromagnetic field is produced that reflects the nature of the current that created it. Tests with scientific instruments indicate that electromagnetic fields exist around the body and around each of the organs of the body, including the brain, heart, kidneys, liver, stomach, etc. The heart has the strongest field, which has been measured at a distance of 15 feet from the body.

The fields around each of the organs pulse at different frequencies and stay within a specific frequency range when they are healthy, but move out of this range when they are unhealthy. The hands of healers produce pulsing electromagnetic fields when they are in the process of healing, whereas the hands of non-healer do not produce these fields. When a healer places his or her hands on or near a person in need of healing, the electromagnetic field of the healer’s hands sweeps through a range of frequencies based on the needs of the part of the body being treated. Faraday’s law indicates that one electromagnetic field can induce currents into a nearby conductor and through this process, induce a similar field around it. In this way, a healer induces a healthy electromagnetic field around an unhealthy organ, thus inducing a healthy state in the organ. A detailed explanation of this hypothesis, including descriptions of the scientific studies, diagrams, and references is presented in the interview mentioned above.

Acceptance by the Medical Community

Although Reiki is not universally accepted within the medical community, many medical professionals, hospitals, and healthcare facilities recognize its benefits and accept it as an adjunct therapy. In Holistic Nursing, A Handbook for Practice, Chapter 2 “Scope and Standards of Practice,” the American Holistic Nursing Association (AHNA) lists Reiki as an accepted form of treatment.3 In addition, according to the American Hospital Association, in 2007 Reiki was offered as a standard part of patient care in 15% or over 800 hospitals across the US.4 Doctors have recommended Reiki to their patients for amelioration of various health-related conditions. Surgeons make use of Reiki practitioners prior to, during, and following surgery. As an example, Dr. Mehmet Oz, one of the most respected cardiovascular surgeons in the US, uses Reiki during open-heart surgeries and heart transplants. According to Dr. Oz, “Reiki has become a sought-after healing art among patients and mainstream medical professionals.”5

Ethical Implications

To refuse Reiki treatment to patients that request it creates an ethical issue. According to the AHNA statement in response to the bishops’ statement, the practice of holistic nursing is not subject to regulation by the Catholic church and it would be an ethical violation for a member of the AHNA to withhold Reiki treatment from a patient who requests it; this includes those working in Catholic hospitals.

Scientific Studies

There are a number of reputable scientific studies that provide evidence that Reiki is therapeutic. These studies can be found by using one of the professional medical databases such as PubMed or Cochrane Collection.6 Studies meeting medical and scientific standards are usually published in peer-reviewed journals. There are over 20 such studies on the therapeutic value of Reiki. A review of some of these studies, “An Integrative Review of Reiki Touch Therapy Research” by Anne Vitale, Ph. D., can be found at http://www.nursingcenter.com/pdf.asp?AID=732068. While the Reiki studies conducted to date are preliminary in nature, they do provide support for additional studies.Reiki Healing 250x200

One well-designed Reiki study is “Autonomic Nervous-System-Changes During Reiki Treatment: A Preliminary Study.”7 Forty-five subjects were assigned randomly to three groups. One group received no treatment, another received Reiki treatment by experienced Reiki practitioners, and the third group received sham treatment by a person with no Reiki training who used the same hand positions as those receiving real Reiki.

Measurements were made of heart rate, cardiac vagal tone, blood pressure, cardiac sensitivity to baroreflex, and breathing. Heart rate and diastolic blood pressure decreased significantly for those receiving Reiki, but not for those receiving sham Reiki, or no treatment. This study indicates that the body does respond to Reiki energy and that this response isn’t purely psychological. It also indicates a potential therapeutic effect for Reiki.

“Reiki Improves Heart Rate Homeostasis in Laboratory Rats”8 is another valuable study. The value of using animals in this type of study is that they are not affected by belief or skepticism regarding Reiki. In addition, highly accurate telemetric implants were used to transmit the biometric data. White noise was used to increase the heart rate of three implanted laboratory rats. The rats were treated by a Reiki practitioner and by a sham Reiki practitioner prior to being exposed to white noise and after exposure. The procedure involved the practitioner directing their hands toward the caged rat at a distance of four feet. The rats that received Reiki experienced a significant reduction in heart rate, both before having their heart rates elevated by white noise and after, whereas those treated with sham Reiki did not. This is one of the most rigorous Reiki studies to date and demonstrates that Reiki reduces the heart rate in both stressed and unstressed animals and promotes homeostasis, both of which promote healthy heart function.

Reiki is practiced by followers of many religious traditions. Although some practitioners integrate Reiki into their existing religious beliefs, Reiki is not a religion, doctrine, or dogma. Reiki is grounded in the principle of compassionate action, which is common to all religious traditions. While each religion has the right to create its own rules, it’s within the nature of human dignity and free will for each person to decide which path to follow and what activities are appropriate for them.

1 Paul David Mitchell, The Blue Book, revised edition for The Reiki Alliance (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho: 1985), page 13.

2 Personal communication with Japanese Reiki practitioners Hiroshi Doi and Hyakuten Inamoto.

3 page 56.

4 http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-09-14-alternative-therapies_N.htm and http://www.reikiinhospitals.org

5 http://healthcare-research.suite101.com/article.cfm/reiki_in_hospitals

6 http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/ PubMed is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. http://www.lib.umb.edu/node/1353 The Cochrane Collection provides access to a collection of databases, which focus on the effects of health care and evidence based medical practice.

7 Nicole Makay, M.Sc., Stig Hansen, Ph.D., and Oona McFarlane, M.A., The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Volume 10, Number 6, 2004, pp. 1077–1081. This study is also discussed in “The Science of Reiki” by Nicole Mackay, Reiki News Magazine (Summer 2005).

8 Ann Linda Baldwin, Ph.D, Christina Wagers, and Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D., The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Volume 14, Number 4, 2008, pp. 417–422.

William Lee Rand is president of the International Center for Reiki Training and executive editor of the Reiki News Magazine. He has studied with five Reiki teachers, including two from Japan, and has made three trips to Japan to research the history and nature of Reiki. Rand has practiced Reiki since 1981 and has taught full time for 20 years.

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SHADPT-Cv13_solicit The gentle waves of love in motion
And the warmth of summer sun
In your love I need no compass
My direction has begun
Could you be an angel sent from god
No one ever could have told me how
No one ever could have told me how
Heaven could be here on earth

“Heaven” – Carl Wilson


I’ve been a Psychic Medium for over fifteen years and I meet a lot of great people, some of them psychic. A question I get often is “who are your favorite psychic mediums?” Favorites? hmmm…

My favorites may not be yours. I understand that. I chose these four because I trust them, they are accurate, they love what they do, and have a sense of humor. These psychics deliver the message without a lot of vague references to otherworldly dimensions and the like. All the mentioned psychics use their real names. I think its kind of weird to change your name to “astrocueball7” just because you can talk to dead people.

When these guys have to explain otherworldly “stuff”, they do so concisely and patiently.

So here are my four favorite Psychic Mediums.  I was going to call it my Top 5 and include yours truly but I talk to myself enough already!  But here is my link – http://www.RickyWood.net

1) amy-berry Amy Berry – hails from Ogden, Utah.  Amy is a down to earth and compassionate Psychic Medium.  Her style is soothing yet to the point. I truly enjoy working with Amy and  I am planning on doing workshops with her in the future.  Check out her website at www.aim2inspire.net

2) josephlobruttoJoe LoBrutto – is Florida’s rising Psychic Medium.  He has an uncanny ability to connect with those who have crossed over.   Joe’s messages are clear and concise. His internet talk shows are very informative. Look for Joe’s book – Is There More to Life than What We Know – at his website – www.psychicmediumjoseph.com

3) orig_14686_026hollyHolly Matthews– Just wonderful. Gifted. Precise. I highly recommend Holly for those clients who are “newbies”. Her patient and loving readings are easy to understand. As a Reiki Master her healing abilities have helped many in the Gilbert,Arizona area. Here’s her site http:// www.azspiritualmedium.com .

4)PatMcKenna Pat McKenna– This medicine woman has quite the reputation and all of it is excellent. She continues to use mediumship as an artform. She blends present and pastlife information to give incredible guidance. Her connection to her guides just blows me away. And this was over the phone. Her web home is here                                              http://pat-mckennaonline.com

Well there it is. My list. Feel free to comment. In the future I will do a post on readers favorite psychic mediums based on readers vote…. via the comment section.

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20081206 1002I have known Marilyn Firchow for several years and she continues to amaze me. Her level of fitness surpasses women half her age. Mrs.Firchow is full of spirit and she truly enjoys life. That’s plenty of inspiration for me! Good luck Marilyn in all your endeavors…

May 17th, 2009, DREXEL HILL, Pennsylvania – Marilyn’s Ultimate Health & Fitness is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. President and CEO Marilyn M. Firchow is a certified personal trainer with American Council on Exercise (ACE).  Over the years, Firchow has trained clients who are new to exercise, those who are post rehab, and clients who are currently into fitness and want to take it to the next level.

The benefit of working with Marilyn is her 20+ years of knowledge and expertise in the fitness and health industry.  Marilyn is also a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, specializing in orthopedic populations.  Marilyn has trained clients with everything from total knee/hip replacements to obesity-issues to those that are conditioned, but need to amp-it-up.  She is very creative and with a few good workout tools, she can turn your home into a virtual gym.  Marilyn has introduced the “35-minute Fitness Blast”, a 35-minute total body workout designed for people on a time and dollar budget.Womanstretching

Marilyn Firchow is a personal trainer who is mindful of a client’s past medical history while focusing on their goals, and motivating them.  She has helped clients loose inches and pounds while monitoring their vital signs to ensure safety.  She can also push the envelope and take clients to the next level of fitness.  Whether in the comfort of your home, or at the local gym, Marilyn is the trainer with the energy and the knowledge to transform you!  For more information or to set up an appointment, go to http://www.MarilynsFitness.com.

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20081206 1002I have known Marilyn Firchow for several years and she continues to amaze me. Her level of fitness surpasses women half her age. Mrs.Firchow is full of spirit and she truly enjoys life. That’s plenty of inspiration for me! Good luck Marilyn in all your endeavors…

May 17th, 2009, DREXEL HILL, Pennsylvania – Marilyn’s Ultimate Health & Fitness is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. President and CEO Marilyn M. Firchow is a certified personal trainer with American Council on Exercise (ACE).  Over the years, Firchow has trained clients who are new to exercise, those who are post rehab, and clients who are currently into fitness and want to take it to the next level.

The benefit of working with Marilyn is her 20+ years of knowledge and expertise in the fitness and health industry.  Marilyn is also a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, specializing in orthopedic populations.  Marilyn has trained clients with everything from total knee/hip replacements to obesity-issues to those that are conditioned, but need to amp-it-up.  She is very creative and with a few good workout tools, she can turn your home into a virtual gym.  Marilyn has introduced the “35-minute Fitness Blast”, a 35-minute total body workout designed for people on a time and dollar budget.Womanstretching

Marilyn Firchow is a personal trainer who is mindful of a client’s past medical history while focusing on their goals, and motivating them.  She has helped clients loose inches and pounds while monitoring their vital signs to ensure safety.  She can also push the envelope and take clients to the next level of fitness.  Whether in the comfort of your home, or at the local gym, Marilyn is the trainer with the energy and the knowledge to transform you!  For more information or to set up an appointment, go to http://www.MarilynsFitness.com.

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Five long days and I’m tired of workingwindowslivewriterhellokittychargecard-d4cchello-kitty-credit-card4
I’m going to see my boss today
In fifteen minutes I’ll be on the train
‘Cause I just got my pay

Now I could take and sock away my dough
And make me six percent a year
But it’s not much fun to wait around for that
When I can spend it while it’s here

“I Just Got my Pay”- The Beach Boys

Have you ever looked at your credit card statement and realized your interest rate was twice what it was the month before? Or wondered why you’re getting charged a late fee when you paid your bill on time?

Credit card companies are notorious for back-handed maneuvers like these. And they’ve been doing this for so long, it almost feels hopeless to protest.

But now, the Senate is considering a strong bill to outlaw some of their most egregious abuses.

But the bill isn’t moving, and too many senators are scared to take truly bold action against the banks. If enough of us speak out together quickly, we can make sure Congress knows we expect them to protect voters, not banks. Can you add your name now so they get the message? Clicking below adds your name:

http://pol.moveon.org/creditcards/?id=16136-11381997-UFwiXPx&t=3

The petition says: “We need a strong Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights that isn’t watered down by the big banks—and we need it now.”

To get our economy back on track, we need a functioning financial system that extends credit on fair terms to worthy borrowers like small businesses, students, and car buyers.

But as long as the banks are the ones writing the rules, we’ll continue to have a system that’s good for them and bad for everyone else. Since the early 1980s, the government has gotten rid of more and more regulations at the banks’ urging. Entire industries have sprung up built on misleading people and taking advantage of them.

Now that we’ve seen the disastrous consequences of that deregulation, we have to act.

The House bill passed by a big margin, but the Senate bill, sponsored by Senator Chris Dodd, is significantly tougher on the banks. If we don’t pass strong reform now—in this moment of anger at the industry’s wild abuses—we may not get the chance again. That’s why we need to speak out right away to make sure the banks can’t block or water down these necessary reforms.

Can you add your name now?

http://pol.moveon.org/creditcards/?id=16136-11381997-UFwiXPx&t=4_wsb_398x301_bills+for+abundance

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Doc and patient500The United States is closer to real health care reform than its ever been before. Democrats and Republicans camps are ready for a true slug fest. Some Republicans are saying there will be little choice in doctors and the care will be second rate. That it will never work.

But is any of this true?

Last week Republicans on Capitol Hill held a strategy summit on how to defeat key parts of the president’s health care plan.

At one point, Republican pollster Frank Luntz declared, “You’re not going to get what you want, but you can kill what they’re trying to do.”1

Luntz wrote a confidential memo that laid out the Republican strategy: Pretend to support reform. Mislead Americans about the heart of Obama’s plan, the public health insurance option. Scare enough people to doom real reform.

Since most people don’t know much about the public health care option, these lies could take root if we don’t fight back. Can you send this out to all your friends and neighbors?

5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OBAMA’S PUBLIC HEALTH INSURANCE OPTION

The choice of a public health insurance plan is crucial to real health care reform. But right now, it’s being smeared by conservatives and insurance-industry front groups. Here’s what you really need to know:

1. Choice, choice, choice. If the public health insurance option passes, Americans will be able to choose between their current insurance and a high-quality, government-run plan similar to Medicare. If you like your current care, you can keep it. If you don’t—or don’t have any—you can get the public insurance plan.2

2. It will be high-quality coverage with a choice of doctors. Government-run plans have a track record of innovating to improve quality, because they’re not just focused on short-term profits. And if you choose the public plan, you’ll still get to choose your doctor and hospital.3

3. We’ll all save a bunch of money. The public health insurance option won’t have to spend money on things like CEO bonuses, shareholder dividends, or excessive advertising, so it’ll cost a lot less. Plus, the private plans will have to lower their rates and provide better value to compete, so people who keep their current insurance will save, too.4

4. It will always be there for you and your family. A for-profit insurer can close, move out of the area, or just kick you off their insurance rolls. The public health insurance option will always be available to provide you with the health security you need.5

5. And it’s a key part of universal health care. No longer will sick people or folks in rural communities, or low-income Americans be forced to go without coverage. The public health insurance plan will be available and accessible to everyone. And for those struggling to make ends meet, the premiums will be subsidized by the government.6image.php

We all need to speak out to make sure we get real health reform. Please pass this email on, then call your senators and ask them to support the choice of a public health insurance plan. Here’s the info for your state:

Senator Robert Casey

Phone: 202-224-6324

Senator Arlen Specter

Phone: 202-224-4254

Then, help us track our calls by clicking here:

http://pol.moveon.org/call?tg=FSPA_2.FSPA_1&cp_id=907&id=16123-11381997-yFV7hPx&t=3

The public health insurance option is a big part of the change we fought so hard for last fall. We didn’t let the smears beat Obama then. And we can’t let new lies beat us now. Please forward this to everyone you know.

Sources:

1. “Words Designed to Kill Health Care Reform,” Huffington Post, May 7, 2009

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51414&id=16123-11381997-yFV7hPx&t=4

2, 3, 4, 5, 6. “The Case for Public Plan Choice in National Health Reform,” Institute for America’s Future

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51396&id=16123-11381997-yFV7hPx&t=5

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