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Today, Friday 20 March, is International Day of Happiness, a campaign established by the United Nations (UN) to promote positive social action and help create a happier world.
Coordinated by the charity Action for Happiness, International Day of Happiness was established by the UN General Assembly in 2012.
All 193 UN member states adopted a resolution calling for happiness to be given greater priority – and International Day of Happiness was celebrated for the first time in 2013.
At YourGP private medical practice in Edinburgh, it’s our job to return our patients to health, wellbeing and happiness every day of the year. But one treatment is particularly appropriate today – the so called secret method of inviting happiness.
This was how Mikao Usui referred to Reiki, a form of healing that channels energy flow to restore harmony and balance to your body, mind and spirit.
It was Usui who developed and taught Reiki in Japan in the 1920s – and in her book The Heart of Reiki, Dr Susan Downing explains: “[Usui’s] overarching purpose was to help [his students] experience personal or spiritual transformation.
“He seems to be saying: ‘If you practice as I have taught, you will experience transformation, and as a result of that transformation, great happiness will arise’.”
Reiki, which is the Japanese word for universal life-force energy, uses a technique commonly known as hands-on-healing.
It’s a relaxing form of healing that channels energy flow to restore harmony and balance to your body, mind and spirit.
Safe for all ages, it can be effective in the treatment of many conditions such as stress or fatigue, or simply taken as time out to rebalance yourself.
It can also be helpful for spiritual development and growth, and promote a deeper connection with yourself and with others around you.
Both Jacqui and Shirley are passionate about sharing the message, benefits and teachings of Reiki with as many people as possible.
They both very much see it as a way of life that brings balance, harmony and understanding of self and the world.
When you attend YourGP for your Reiki treatment, Jacqui or Shirley will start with a short explanation of what Reiki is.
You’ll then be invited to lie on the treatment couch, fully clothed, where there’ll be a quiet, calm ambience in the room, created with music and lighting.
They will lay their hands gently on, or slightly above, your chakra points, which are energy centres within your body – and Reiki energy will be focused into your energy points.
A Reiki treatment is an individual experience and usually feels relaxing, gentle and nurturing. As a result, we’re sure that great happiness will arise – not just on International Happiness Day, but any day of the year.
I needed a quick appointment as I was leaving for America. The doctor listened and allayed any concerns. It was a pleasure to talk to a doctor who wasn’t watching the clock and not paying attention to me. I left confident that if a problem arose I would be able to deal with it until I arrived home. The experience left me feeling confident and positive.