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NEW! The #ASKLOURDESGRAY Show will be fueled by your questions – ask Lourdes anything you want, and she will answer in video form. This Q&A Show will serve as a tremendous resource for anyone looking to learn more about Reiki, healing stones, chakras, auras, past lives and more.

#ASKLOURDESGRAY showLourdes will answer your questions with no holding back. We suggest you follow the show on Facebook as new episodes of the #ASKLOURDESGRAY Show will be posted weekly. We will also keep an archive of past episodes on this blog and in our Youtube.com Channel.

How To Ask A Question …

Please visit the John Harvey Gray Center for Reiki Healing Facebook Page. Then, in the comments section just the below top of the page, type the following: #ASKLOURDESGRAY (followed by your question).

Once Lourdes receives your question, she will reply back to let you know she has it. Then, she will start working on her answer to your question in video format. Once the video is ready, she will upload it to The John Harvey Gray Center’s Facebook Page and send you a message that your answer is ready.

What Sort of Questions Should You Ask in The #ASKLOURDESGRAY SHOW?

We welcome all questions! All questions are valuable and will help you, as well as other viewers, learn more about these important topics. There is no such thing as a ‘silly question.’ Here are some suggestions for great questions to ask:

  • Explain Reiki hand positions for general purposes and for specific conditions?
  • How to do Reiki for self-treatment?
  • How to use Reiki for recent injuries?
  • How to treat pets with Reiki?
  • How to sense and read the Chakras?
  • How to see and read Auras?
  • How to use healing crystals in a Reiki session?
  • What are past lives?
  • How to access information about your past lives?
  • and many more …

Episode 1

In this episode Lourdes presents a simple exercise that will start you seeing auras immediately


Episode 2

In this episode Lourdes explains how to release the memory of an injury from the body

Episode 3

In this episode Lourdes teaches a Reiki technique to help heal a broken heart and gently release energetic chords that keep you stuck


Episode 4

In this episode Lourdes demonstrates a Reiki protocol for treating an animal after having had a vaccination. The protocol helps minimize a negative reaction to the shot as well as remove the shock of the vaccination from the body.


Episode 5

Lourdes explains the nature of the Reiki symbols and how they work


Episode 6

In this episode Lourdes explains some optional Reiki hand positions for allergies and sinus congestion.



Episode 7

In this episode Lourdes demonstrates Reiki hand positions for someone who has suffered a stroke.

Secrets of the Knee Sub-chakra

knee sub-chakrasAlas! The knee sub-chakra … you won’t find volumes dedicated to this minor chakra but for those who take the time to learn to read it, many secrets are revealed. The energy of the knee sub-chakra is related to the hemispheres of the brain. The knee sub-chakra does not have a major effect on the physical body. By learning how to read the knee sub-chakra you can become more effective in helping others as you discover how they process information. The knee sub-chakras tells us which side of the brain is dominant for that person.

brain hemispheresThe left and the right hemispheres of the brain process information in different ways. The right side of the brain helps us with the intuitive, feminine, yin, creative, non-verbal  information. The left hemisphere is focused on the verbal, analytical, linear, yang, masculine processing. Although we use both sides of the brain to process information as a whole, usually one side is a little bit stronger than the other. The knee sub-chakra can show us which side of the brain is dominant.

Note: Remember, the hemispheres of the brain cross to control the opposite side of the body. When you are scanning the “right” knee you are actually assessing the “left” side of the brain. When scanning the “left” knee you are assessing the “right” side.

How To Scan The Knee Sub-chakras

scanning knee sub-chakrasTo find the knee sub-chakra, locate the knee cap (patella), cover it with your hand, then raise your hand 4-5 inches directly above it and move your hand in a circular direction for about 10 seconds …  you will feel a concentration of energy there. It could feel like heat, tingling or pressure. You are feeling the knee sub-chakra.

Now, repeat the same process with the other knee and compare the “feeling” from one knee to the other. Now, notice if one knee’s energy is stronger than the other. The stronger knee sub-chakra indicates which side of the brain is dominant. If both knee sub-chakras feel equally strong, then you can suspect both sides of the brain are in balance, which by the way, is ideal.

Something you’ll want to keep in mind is that the knee sub-chakra is smaller than the 7 principal chakras, that is smaller than the crown, brow, throat, heart, solar plexus, lower abdominal and root. Principal chakras are approximately 1 1/2 inches in diameter. The sub-chakras are approximately 1/2 inch in diameter, but at the same time, they are very easy to locate and identify.

The Knee Sub-Chakra and Reiki

Always remember to give Reiki to the knees as part of a complete Reiki session. We usually treat the knees while in the 3rd Reiki pattern (back of the torso) as this helps to ground the energy that has been delivered and prepare the client for completing the Reiki session. If the client has serious leg or knee problems, spend more time over the knee sub-chakras. You can also sandwich each knee between your hands, and treat one a time. This will increase the flow of energy at the knees. By treating the knees you are activating the power of both hemispheres of the brain. You helping both sides of the brain to work synchronistically. This will help you with the ability to retain knowledge better and become more proficient in many ways … including but not limited to your intuition, creativity, art, and music.

Emotional Set Points

What are Emotional Set Points?

emotional set points represented by happy, unhappy and neutral facesAn “Emotional Set Point” is a term created by John Harvey Gray to describe the emotional memories that develop in babyhood and early childhood. These memories follow us for the rest of our lives. They are created as we interact with the people in our lives. These include our parents, brothers and sisters, other family members, other children, and teachers. Emotional set points can be positive or negative. Emotional set points of love, confidence, and happiness are each examples of  positive ones. Anger, sadness, and anxiety are examples of the negative kind. As we go through life, we may not consciously remember the triggers that created our emotional set points. However, they’re still there!

We teach in our Reiki 1 classes that when a stressful situation happens that subconsciously reminds us of one of our emotional set points, emotions are triggered. When the situation passes, our emotions subside. This is normal. Then, when life again brings along another stressful situation, the emotions rise again. When the new situation passes the emotions again subside. These emotional ups and downs create waves of emotions that tend to stay with us throughout our lives. These emotional waves are normal for most of us. The problem begins when many stressful situations occur at the same time. This can change the emotional wave into a straight line. The straight line of negative emotional set points can then communicate to the body. It’s well known that angry people have more heart attacks. People with a set point of sadness are more vulnerable to catching an infectious condition.

A friend of mine, told me her story of never attending kindergarten and how that affected her life. She didn’t know until recently that it is in kindergarten that children bond with each other. Children who are deprived of attending kindergarten have a more difficult time relating to people throughout their lives. Not having attended kindergarten had created a negative emotional set point for my friend.

How Emotional Set Points Affect The Chakras

Reiki healing for chakras and emotional set pointsChakras are energy wheels of approximately one inch and a half in diameter. There are 7 principal chakras located along the midline of the body. Chakras perform 2 main functions: 1.)  Chakras provide us with energy to supplement what we receive from the food we eat and the air we breathe. 2.) Muscles surrounding the chakras hold  emotional memories. According to John Harvey Gray’s theory of Emotionality in the Chakras, it is the muscles surrounding the chakras, and not the chakras themselves, that hold the emotional memories, the emotional set points. When a person experiences a series of strong negative emotions, the body intuitively hardens those muscles in order to protect itself from feeling the emotion. This response creates a tourniquet effect around the corresponding chakra lowering its energy. Then, the glands and organs that receive their signal from that chakra would not be getting enough life force from the outside. This could create a greater vulnerability to future problems.

 Reiki Helps To Heal Emotional Set Points

Reiki is a harmonizing and balancing energy. Reiki works with the healing wisdom of the body. It is perhaps the gentlest of all healing energies. Reiki helps to balance the body at all levels. This includes the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. As we apply Reiki to ourselves, using Reiki self healing, also known as Reiki self treatment, and continue to practice regularly, over time, Reiki helps to heal our negative emotional set points. We must always remember to be patient. Reiki acts only when we are ready to receive. It never forces change, yet waits patiently for the right time, the moment when we are ready, to do its work. Reiki addresses the root cause, healing the old emotional set points and restoring balance and health to the self. The process is very simple.

Selenite a Calming and Balancing Stone for Reiki Healing

Selenite wand

Selenite is a great partner for Reiki healing because of the many ways by which it can be used. It is considered a very high-energy crystal and at the same time it also regarded as a very calming stone. Use it during a Reiki session to bring calm and balance to your client.

In meditation, it connects the user with his or her inner truth. It is used to calm and clear the troubled or confused mind. It is used for the advancement of the mind and its mental powers. It aids in telepathy, scrying (crystal ball reading) and astral projection. (Note: Do not soak selenite in water. Selenite is self-cleansing. You do not need to cleanse it.)

Selenite is a variety of gypsum composed of calcium sulfate dihydrate. It quickly activates the Third Eye, Crown Chakra and Transpersonal Point. The intensity of energy delivered by Selenite is greater than any other stone for the upper Chakras, yet it is very gentle and safe to use along with a Reiki treatment. Selenite placed in any room will quickly cleanse the area of all negative energies, filling it with positive, healing and protective energies.

Selenite Wands

A wand pointed at the Third Eye during a Reiki treatment sends energy that can feel like a gust of wind going through the forehead and out the top of the head. Selenite instantly cleanses the auric field and clears negative energies from ones physical and Etheric Bodies and can be used during the scanning process prior to giving a Reiki session.  Placing a wand along ones back, during the 3rd Reiki pattern, along the length of the spine, one can achieve an energetic alignment of the vertebrae and the Chakras as well.

These wands can also be used to direct high-frequency-energy into the body, stimulating physical healing as part of a Reiki treatment. When one attaches other stones to selenite wands, their energies are magnified many times.

The wands can be used as “Magic Wands” or “Prayer Sticks” which carry one’s intentions and thoughts to the Higher Self and beyond. These are useful tools for Reiki healers as they are ideal for purification and all types of energetic cleansing. Selenite wands are effective as “scanners” within the energy field, as they dissolve any blockage and allow one access to knowledge of its spiritual origins!

I make one of a kind selenite wands. If you are interested in purchasing a wand made specially for you, please send me, Lourdes, an email and I’ll be happy to make you one.


The video below presents a short lesson on how to use the wand in a Reiki session.

Giving a Reiki Treatment To Someone Sitting In a Chair

Giving a Reiki treatment to someone sitting in a chair is important to learn because not everyone can lie down comfortably on a massage table.  Giving a Reiki treatment to someone sitting in a chair is really easy and convenient. By learning this simple method, You’ll be able to give a Reiki treatment to anyone anywhere without having to spend hundreds of dollars on purchasing a massage table.  Watch this short video to learn how. We teach this technique in our Reiki 1 Class.

Reiki Hand Positions for The Heart and Lungs

Although Reiki works beautifully along with the natural healing wisdom of the body, whenever addressing serious problems on the chest, it is always helpful to add extra Reiki hand positions for the heart and lungs in order to strengthen the benefits of your Reiki session.

John Harvey Gray taught his students the following Reiki hand positions for the heart and lungs anytime a serious problem was present on the chest area. These problems could include coronary heart disease, lung or breast cancer, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, the flu, a chest cold or something else. We continue to teach the Reiki hand positions for the heart and lungs in our Reiki 1 Class.

Here’s how to do the Reiki hand positions for the heart and lungs:

Since the positions I’m about to share involve placing your hands on the client’s chest, it is important that you first describe the treatment to your client and ask permission to treat that area of the body. Some people are more modest than others and/or may feel uncomfortable. Explain to your client that you will place a barrier over the chest, and stress that your hands will rest only on the barrier … never on the chest. The barrier that you choose could be a comfortable narrow pillow, folded towel or folded blanket. You may want to ask your client to select the barrier from those you have available. If the client agrees, then place a barrier over their chest while you use the technique.

4 easy steps for the Reiki hand positions for the heart and lungs:

  1. Have the client lie down on his or her back. Place the chosen barrier on the chest. Check to see if the client is comfortable. Adjust if needed. Place your hands palms down on either side of the front of the chest. Your fingers should be together. Thumbs should touch. You are treating the heart, lungs, breast, and thymus gland. Stay in this position 5 to 7 minutes. We call this position 6a.
  2. Repeat this position on the opposite side of the front of the chest. You are treating the same glands and organs, which are located on the opposite side of the chest. Stay in this position 5 to 7 minutes. We call this position 6b.
  3. Next, still facing the chest, place one hand over one of the two axillae (under the arms) and with the other hand, cover the lateral ribs. You are now giving Reiki energy to the lymph nodes, and in addition, to the breast, heart, and lungs, from the side. Stay in this position 5 to 7 minutes. We call this position 6c.
  4. Repeat 6c on the other side of the chest. You are now giving Reiki energy to the opposite side of the chest. You are addressing the glans, organs and lymph nodes, which are located on the opposite side of the chest. Stay here 5 to 7 minutes. We call this position 6d.

For best results use this technique along with a complete Reiki treatment on a regular basis until the symptoms subside.  Note: Always treat both sides of the body even when the problem is located only one one side. Doing so will keep the energy flow even and protect the healthy side.



Reiki Hand Position for the heart and lungs 6-a

Reiki Hand Position for the heart and lungs 6-a

Reiki hand position for the heart and lungs 6-b

Reiki hand position for the heart and lungs 6-b

reiki hand position for the heart and lungs 6-c

reiki hand position for the heart and lungs 6-c

reiki hand position for the heart and lungs 6-d

reiki hand position for the heart and lungs 6-d

Using Reiki Techniques with Children

Although using Reiki techniques with children is very similar to the Reiki techniques you would use with adults, there are a few things to keep in mind that will simplify the process and make the experience for that ‘wiggly’  little person seem like playtime.

Using Reiki Techniques with Children in 5 Easy Steps

  1. Using Reiki techniques with children needs to be playful and fun. Don’t expect young children to behave like adults and lie down quietly unless already asleep. Most children are wiggly. They won’t stay still for long. Their attention span is short. Whenever using Reiki techniques with children, be creative and keep the child entertained.
  2. Remember, you can deliver a Reiki treatment to anyone anywhere, even at the beach.Using Reiki techniques with children
  3. Turn the Reiki treatment into a fun game or a story time. For instance, tell your child a story as you move from Reiki hand position to hand position. I remember John Harvey Gray, whenever giving a Reiki treatment to a young child, telling him or her about the elephants who lived in the ‘deep dark leafy jungle.’ John would then imitate the elephant walk with his hands as he moved from Reiki hand position to hand position. Children were always mesmerized by these tales and just loved their Reiki time with John.
  4. First, deliver Reiki energy hands-off working from the child’s energy field before you place your hands directly in contact with the child’s body. Delivery Reiki energy to the child’s energy field or aura is an effective and gentle Reiki technique that will help get the child used to receiving Reiki. Once the child becomes comfortable with this “hands-off” technique, try Reiki hands-on directly on the child’s body.
  5. Keep the Reiki treatment short. The child’s cells are new and require only a fraction of the energy necessary for the adult.

I hope these Reiki tips are helpful to you. Please feel free to email us anytime you have questions or visit our Reiki courses page to learn more about our Reiki classes.

Reiki Wellness Center

Free Intro To Reiki on May 27th At Our Reiki Wellness Center/ Reiki Share

Interested in Reiki? Come learn what Reiki is all about. We are offering a free intro to Reiki on May 27, 2015. reiki-shareReiki is one of the most popular healing modalities today mainly because of two important reasons: It works to enhance the body’s natural healing ability … and Reiki is very easy to learn. Anyone can learn Reiki today, quickly and easily!

Would you like to experience a Reiki session? Or, learn more about how it works? All of our Reiki sessions and demonstrations at the Reiki Wellness Center/Reiki Share are provided free of charge. We will open our doors at 6:00 p.m. for those interested in receiving a Reiki session. RSVP to reserve your appointment. Our hours are 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

All sessions are open to the public. Bring your friends and relatives to experience Reiki. This is also a great opportunity for you, our students and graduates, to come and get lots of supervised practice giving Reiki, and if you wish, receive a Reiki session for yourself!

There is much more to be learned! Please come join us … and bring your friends and family!

Visit our schedule page to view currently scheduled Reiki Wellness Center dates. To reserve your Reiki session, or to let us know you are coming, please send an email to the Reiki Wellness Center. Thank you.

Hawayo Takata Explains How to Give a Reiki Treatment

Hawayo Takata explains how to give a Reiki treatment

Hawayo Takata teaching Reiki class. Copyright 2015. Usui-Gray Integrated Reiki System, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Hawayo Takata explains how to give a Reiki treatment. The practice of Reiki has grown exponentially since Hawayo Takata, a Japanese-American woman, first introduced Reiki to the United States in the 1930s. Because Reiki has been largely passed on as an oral tradition, vulnerable to changes and omissions, it is helpful to learn what Takata (as she liked to be called), taught about Reiki in order to gain more clarity and a deeper understanding of its practice.

One of the most common questions in need of clarification is “Where should I start the Reiki treatment … from the torso or from the head?” There has been much confusion regarding where Takata began her Reiki treatments on her clients. Some Reiki practitioners believe that Takata always began on the client’s head. Others believe that she started on the front of the torso. She actually began with both of her hands placed on the front of the client’s torso.

In order to shed some light and help clarify this question, we are presenting an excerpt from our library of private recordings of Hawayo Takata. These recordings were made by John Harvey Gray, with Takata’s permission, while he was training under her to become a Reiki Master.  The audio recording was taped in 1975, and in some parts is a little difficult to hear. We have done our best to keep the transcription as authentic as possible in order to preserve its integrity.

Audio Recording by Hawayo Takata explaining how to give a Reiki treatment

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Transcription of audio recording by Hawayo Takata explaining how to give a Reiki treatment

Takata: “Now, in the treatment, Reiki treatment is very simple, and we will be repeating and repeating the same thing over and over again, but this is for (unintelligable). One, two, three, four, the Foundation Treatment, there’s no difference than any other time, you start with the Foundation Treatment: one, two, three, four. (Note: Takata called the first four positions on the front of the torso “The Foundation Treatment.”)

So, when this is finished, then the fever, you go up to the chest. To the lungs. One, and two, and three, and four. And by this time, when you have given enough time and a good treatment, they begin to perspire. And then turn the patient over; treat the back of the lungs again. You have finished the front and you treat the back of the lungs. One, two, and then the kidneys—(mumbling to someone)—and then, right into the back. It’s a complete treatment. There’s no such thing as partial treatment.

In Reiki, you do the front and the back—complete treatment, and then do the rubbing—the circulation, you have to raise the circulation in order to give the blood a good chance for circulation and also the legs. The legs; rub up, rub up. Now, how long do you take this? One hour in the front, or, forty-five minutes in the front, if you can do this half an hour for the Foundation Treatment in the front, and then the chest, another twenty minutes, turn over, and the back of the chest: one, two, three, and four. When this is done, then you start running the circulation, the nerves in the ’s back, and that is a complete treatment. So take about hour an a half.

When you do hour an a half Reiki, no matter where you treat, he has had plenty of energy, plenty of Reiki, so he has to get well. And in case of cough or pneumonia, which is also fever, then you turn the patient halfway to the side. Then you treat in the pleura, all the front and the back of your lungs and to the side of your lungs. This side and then turn the other side and do the same thing and that will take care of the cough. But if you do have lots of mucous, you have to have an outlet for the mucous. An outlet for the mucous, number one. Be sure that you prevent yourself from creating mucous. And the worst thing to eat and drink is to drink milk.

When you have cows’ milk that is an animal drink. And even ice cream, has nothing but milk and sugar. With all this mucous forming things are prevented from entering your body, you will have less mucous. And so, be careful about your diet. Now, many people will argue and say that, “Milk is calcium. What are you going to substitute milk for?” And when you want to know what is the best drink, besides milk—there is a vegetable milk, called the soy milk. Drink soy milk and there’s no mucous. Soy milk gives you protein and calcium, and lots of lecithin, which help your brain. It’s good for your children. And milk, I do not condemn. But milk should be drunk with people with very very good stomachs. And should be in between.”

Reiki Hand Positions

Hawayo Takata, the Japanese-American woman who brought Reiki to the West, always recommended giving a full-body Reiki session for long-standing chronic health conditions. She said, “There is no such thing as a partial Reiki treatment. Reiki is a system.” (Meaning to administer Reiki as it is a system of Reiki hand positions.)

Since there seems to be a gap of knowledge in this area for many Reiki practitioners, we thought is would be helpful to present a series of posts on Reiki hand positions in order to help bridge the gap. The Reiki hand positions included in this series are the Reiki hand positions taught by Hawayo Takata in her classes and subsequently adopted by John Harvey Gray.

When appropriate, we will include in the description of the Reiki hand positions photos of the positions and excerpts of audio recordings of Hawayo Takata talking about Reiki. These recordings are from our private collection and are not available anywhere else.  Please subscribe to our blog in order to be notified each time a post is published. Thank you!



Reiki Treatment For Stroke

reiki treatment for strokeThe Reiki Treatment for Stroke hand position was developed by John Harvey Gray as a Reiki treatment for stroke and for other neurological disorders. Include this hand position anytime the brain is unable to properly communicate with the muscles in the body, e.g., stroke, MS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.The effectiveness of the Reiki treatment for stroke hand position lies in that your hands rest directly over the brain’s motor muscle cortex–delivering Reiki healing energy directly to the affected area. This is the part of the brain that communicates with the muscles in the body. We teach this hand position in our Reiki 1 class.


John Harvey Gray & Lourdes Gray, Ph.D.
The most experienced Reiki Instructors in the United States