Sound Reiki: Reiki at Standing Rock

Knowing Reiki would support his chosen work in myriad ways, Jonathan Hanneman completed Reiki Master Training prior to entering seminary. At Standing Rock, his Reiki skills provided an opportunity to be of service and a means of giving comfort in a traumatic situation.

Jonathan’s story:

Thanksgiving was less than a week away, and I was tucked into the back of a cramped minivan, riding to Standing Rock with six of my fellow students from the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. We arrived at the low, grassy hills of Cannon Ball, North Dakota, well after dark, the icy wind creeping through our clothes. Fr. John Floberg had invited our group to stay in the warmth of St. James Episcopal Church.

After joining their service Sunday morning, we drove the 10 miles north to the Water Protectors’ camp to explore opportunities to assist and to attend a required session on nonviolent activism. The camp was markedly peaceful, with people of every color, spirituality, and nationality working together to care for one another and protect the Sioux’s main water supply.

As soon as we arrived back at the church that evening, I fell fast asleep, still exhausted from our overnight drive. Around 10:00 p.m. I woke up to discover a note saying my classmates had returned to the camp. An incident was developing near the police barricade at the highway bridge about a half mile north of the main encampment. The police, wearing military armor and standing in a line behind at least two rolls of razor wire, had fired on the Water Protectors with gas canisters, rubber and beanbag bullets, concussion grenades, and fire hoses—in 20° weather. Each of my friends breathed the burning chemicals. Several endured the barrage of icy water while trying to help other people on the bridge. One, a nurse, ended up with a large chemical burn on her leg. Though my classmates were at the scene for only two hours, the assault continued for a full ten.

Tension was still high the next morning, but at least the violence had ceased by the time we returned to the site. We prayed near the bridge for several hours before the tribal elders told everyone to return to the camp.

Wellness Tent

Wellness Tent at Standing Rock

My friends had shown their bravery—and had the burns and bruises to prove it. But I had missed the previous night’s events. We were heading back to Austin the next morning. As we walked back to the camp, I wondered if there was anything, I could still do at this point, apart from being a witness to the aftermath and continuing threats.
Wandering through camp I suddenly stumbled upon a cluster of wellness tents, a small group of shelters where Water Protectors could see trained medics and holistic practitioners. Now I knew what to do!

I walked into a large yurt and offered my skills in Reiki. Working alongside a variety of alternative medicine and energy practitioners all afternoon, I served people who had experienced the trauma of the previous night. Since tables were at a premium, I treated recipients either in chairs or on floor mats. Hours flew by. Reiki blends with meditation for me, so despite the odd angles and a good bit of work while kneeling, I left more refreshed that evening than when I had arrived.

As Reiki practitioners, we are often deeply affected by suffering in our world. Few of us can actually travel to the site of a conflict or natural disaster, as Jonathan did; however, we always have the option of sending Reiki distantly. Watch for a future post on how this can be done effectively, no matter the circumstance.

©2017 Marianne Streich, Reiki for Living, All Rights Reserved. For re-posting permission, contact Marianne.


Marianne is a Puget Sound-based Reiki teacher and practitioner located in Lynnwood, Washington. She is the author of Reiki, A Guide for the Practice of Levels I and II and a former editor, contributor, and columnist for Reiki News Magazine (2004-2010).


Sound Reiki: Could Bowie be the Youngest Practitioner?

A Young Reiki Practitioner

Bowie shares Reiki at Library Play Day

With grandma Donna Bachmann and mom Shannon O’Keefe both Reiki Masters, Bowie received Reiki frequently while he was still in the womb. Since birth he has received Reiki as he is cuddled and cared for. However, at 20 months old, he had never witnessed an actual Reiki session using hand positions. Yet, when his mom took him to the library for play day, he picked up a doll and, using a standard Reiki hand position, lovingly gave it Reiki for several minutes. His mom couldn’t quite believe it and was grateful she had her camera ready to capture the very sweet moment.



Bowie is the youngest practitioner I know of. Please share your experiences of Reiki with children below. And check out the previous post, “Reiki, a Practice for the Whole Family.

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©2017 Marianne Streich, Reiki for Living, All Rights Reserved. For re-posting permission, contact Marianne.


Marianne is a Puget Sound-based Reiki teacher and practitioner located in Lynnwood, Washington. She is the author of Reiki, A Guide for the Practice of Levels I and II and a former editor, contributor, and columnist for Reiki News Magazine (2004-2010).

Sound Reiki: A Practice for the Whole Family

For Reiki Master Karin Cross, family Reiki grows as her family grows. Her son Thomas was one when Karin received her Levels I & II Reiki training and began giving him Reiki as she cuddled him or sometimes beamed Reiki to him in his crib. This became a daily practice as she realized how quickly Reiki soothed Thomas when he was sick, hurt, or upset. By the time he was three, he was asking for “Reiki hands” and would place her hands on his body wherever Reiki was needed.

Karin shares her family’s story:

Thomas was six when I completed my Master training in 2013. “Will you teach me?” he asked, ecstatic with the realization his mother could now teach Reiki. How perfect to have my son as my first student!

The teacher in me loved planning fun and colorful lessons, intending the lessons be as appealing as reading a good children’s book. Short sessions over a period of several weeks each included an introduction to an exercise, 10-15 minutes of practice, and then sharing, which might continue for 30 minutes as Thomas expressed his amazement at what he had experienced. He asked questions and couldn’t wait to learn more. He learned to feel energy and to see energy. He learned his lineage, the Gokai (The Five Precepts), how the chakras function, how to meditate, and how to give himself Reiki.  I have found that children learn these arts much more quickly than adults. They are not so caught up in the material world, and they don’t second-guess their experiences as we adults often do.

Tommy and Karin

Reiki Master Karin Cross and son Tommy

Thomas is 10 now; his sisters Adamae and Aquila are six and one. Thomas practices Reiki with me regularly and often participates in treatments I give other family members. His treatments are effortless and pure, and the positive feedback he receives builds his confidence. Adamae is ready to become a practitioner, and Aquila happily embraces Reiki. We practice Reiki during a weekly family meditation, and before we step out of the house each day, we recite the Gokai to center ourselves and establish our intentions for entering the outside world. This also releases any stress that may have accumulated from trying to get out of the house on time. We take turns leading, and my children greet this practice willingly.

I don’t force, plead with or bribe my kids to participate in Reiki. I simply invite them to join me and make myself available to assist them with their own explorations. Although Thomas doesn’t always want Reiki when he is hurting and sometimes declines my offer, I believe I have passed on to my children a powerful tool that will support them as they move through adolescence and into adulthood, and throughout their entire lives.

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©2017 Marianne Streich, Reiki for Living, All Rights Reserved. For re-posting permission, contact Marianne.


Marianne is a Puget Sound-based Reiki teacher and practitioner located in Lynnwood, Washington. She is the author of Reiki, A Guide for the Practice of Levels I and II and a former editor, contributor, and columnist for Reiki News Magazine (2004-2010).

Sound Reiki: Healing the Healer

As my Reiki practice has deepened and expanded, so has my own healing journey.

I believe that if I am to reach my fullest potential as a healer and be of greater service to those who come to me for healing, I must be deeply committed to healing myself.

Reiki has revealed to me again and again its power to heal and its infinite wisdom in bringing that healing about. The more I recognize its potential for healing others, the more fervently I want to claim greater healing for myself. For much of my life, my desire for healing was a vague and unfocused hope that some force “out there” would wave a magic wand and cure my ills. Reiki helped me to understand the nature of the healing process and my responsibility for it.

As the practice of Reiki began to transform my life, my hope for healing became a deep yearning, and I found the courage to do my part. I learned that for healing to take place I must claim it, accept it, and complete it. The following conditions facilitate the process for me:

  • Three ShipsA deep and sincere desire for and commitment to self-healing.
  • Clear intentions, firmly held.
  • A consistent meditation/prayer practice.
  • Regular Reiki self-treatment.
  • Regular exchange of treatments with other Reiki practitioners.
  • Requesting distant Reiki from other practitioners as needed.
  • A willingness to accept and do my part to complete healing.
  • An awareness that healing may show up in unexpected ways.

I believe that for the Universe to respond to my desire for healing, I must establish clear intentions. I ask for the healing of specific conditions that address physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual issues. In addition, each day as I meditate and give myself Reiki, I ask for “the healing of all that needs to be healed in me.” I don’t always know what needs to be healed, but I am declaring myself willing to accept whatever healing is needed. Reiki, in its infinite wisdom, reveals to me what I need to know so that I can cooperate in the process.

Healing happens incrementally, with each condition or issue surfacing at the perfect moment when I am strong enough to face it, willing to address it, and ready to fully cooperate in the healing. I have found that Reiki never forces healing; it simply waits patiently and gently facilitates healing when I am ready.

Sometimes healing takes place effortlessly. It may be the unconscious release of energy during a Reiki treatment that leaves me feeling unburdened, lighter, freer, and energized, even though I’m not aware of exactly what was released. Sometimes it shows up as wisdom in the remark of a friend, or unexpected support for a goal I’ve set, or synchronistic events that cause the pieces of a situation to click into place. Sometimes it happens through an awakening to a truth. For instance, when I asked to be healed of being judgmental, I came to realize that the energy underneath judgment is anger, and that letting go of anger frees me of my need to be judgmental.

At other times, healing shows up in the form of an event that seems so catastrophic it sucks the breath out of my lungs. At those times, Reiki helps me keep my equilibrium while I work through the circumstances surrounding the event. It allows me to see the opportunity for healing that is being offered. I am then more able to move through visceral reactions as I embrace healing.

Completing a healing may require that I change the thoughts, habits, and activities that create the kind of energy I would be free of. Becoming aware of thoughts of worry, fear, anger, self-doubt, judgment, or regret remind me that I am creating negative energy and draining the positive energy I would apply to bringing about positive outcomes. Awareness reminds me that I have a choice about the thoughts I entertain, the activities I engage in, and where I direct my energy.

Because of Reiki and a commitment to self-healing, I am healthier than I have ever been. I am free of several conditions that had plagued me most of my life. I know who I am, and I am at peace with myself. I find it easier to make peace with others and to live from a place of compassion. I am profoundly grateful for the continually unfolding process of healing through Reiki.

©2008, 2014, Marianne Streich, Reiki for Living. All rights reserved. An earlier version of this article appeared in the Winter 2008 issue of Reiki News Magazine. Contact Marianne for re-posting permission.

Marianne is a Puget Sound-based Reiki teacher and practitioner. She is a former editor, contributor, and columnist for Reiki News Magazine (2004-2010) and the author of Reiki, A Guide for the Practice of Levels I and II, which has been called “one of the best Reiki books out there” by other Reiki Masters. See her current class schedule. To make an appointment for a hands-on or distant Reiki session, click here.