Hello Loves, I'm Jessi and I'm a Karuna®/Holy Fire® Reiki Master and Co-Creator of Dreamscapes Healing Arts. I am raising money to help offer free Reiki sessions and Reiki 1 training for self-care to Covid Long-Haulers. Your donations will help those who are facing financial challenges due to their unique health challenges and other Pandemic related obstacles.
For those who do not know, Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress-relief and relaxation that helps support healing by promoting balance in the body, mind, and spirit. This gentle and loving energetic practice can be done remotely and usually results in the participants rapidly experiencing a deep state of relaxation and calm which supports the body's innate ability to heal itself. Reiki is used in over 60 hospitals nationwide and Reiki education is available in over 800 hospitals. Frequently reported benefits include relaxation, reduced anxiety, pain relief, improved focus, improved digestions, and an overall sense of well-being. As you can imagine, this is helpful for a wide variety of issues.
THE LONG STORY
Throughout the Pandemic I have been offering free sessions to help people find relief from the stress, anxiety, isolation, and insomnia that so many experienced during the initial wave of Covid-19 infections and lockdown here in NYC. As the year progressed many of my friends who had Covid early on, continued to struggle with symptoms for months. Often their symptoms were dismissed by doctors or they were told there was nothing they could do. Thousands of people world wide became part of this growing number of people now known as Covid Long Haulers or those with "Long Covid." While some hospitals are finally acknowledging and seeking to help Long Covid patients, much about the condition is still a mystery and knowledge, resources, and access to them are limited.
People with Long Covid need help and support and I wanted to help provide some of that. So, I started an experiment. I offered free Reiki Sessions for a week in exchange for feedback on whether, if, and how the sessions helped Long Covid sufferers. The results were amazing (testimonials are at the end)! Everyone who participated reported benefits - from much needed calm and relaxation; to feeling safe and connected for the first time in months; to partial or total alleviation of symptoms. Almost everyone said they'd like to continue with sessions if possible (most would like 1-3 sessions as week). However, half of those surveyed said they were facing financial challenges and could not afford to pay (and most insurance does not cover alternative healing methods like Reiki).
MONEY: I'd like to raise $2021 (to start) so I may offer financial assistance to Long Covid patients who can not afford sessions on an ongoing basis. I also dream of raising enough to fully fund at least three scholarships a month for patients to learn Reiki 1 for self-care. These classes would allow them to access and use Reiki energy for themselves, whenever they need it, for the rest of their lives. I want to put Reiki literally "in the hands" of those who need it most.
Please help me to continue to help others in ever greater numbers. This is a gift that truly keeps on giving for a lifetime.
If you are financially able, please consider donating. Here are a few potential donation amounts and what they help fund:
$10 = 1 hour long group session for one person
$20 = 2 hour long sessions for one person
$40 = 1 person receiving one session a week for a month
$80 = 1 person receiving 2 sessions a week for a month
$100 = 1 session for 10 people
$140 = 1 partial scholarship for Reiki 1 for self-care classes (with 21 days of online support)
$280 = 1 full scholarship for Reiki 1 for self care classes (with 21 days of online support)
CONNECTIONS/INTRODUCTIONS: If you too are facing financial challenges but want to help, please consider sharing this fundraiser with others who may be able to contribute. I am interested in finding hospitals, patient care and support organizations, and grant making bodies who may be interested in working with me and the Dreamscapes Healing Arts community. If you know anyone in these types of organizations, please do share this fundraiser and/or info about our sessions with them. Word of mouth is the best advertising and personal introductions are greatly appreciated.
SPREAD THE WORD: If you are a Covid Long Hauler, or know someone who is, and want to attend the sessions already available, the registration link is below (which you are welcome to share). If you need financial assistance to join, you can DM me via our Facebook Page or Instagram (links below my signature block):
Thank you so much for your time and assistance. Take good care of yourself and each other.
Love All Ways,
Waking Dreamer & Energy Artist
Karuna®/Holy Fire® Reiki Master
Co-Creator, Dreamscapes Healing Arts
ARTICLES ON LONG COVID:
The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/08/long-haulers-covid-19-recognition-support-groups-symptoms/615382/?fbclid=IwAR3R-ph9LRuJZ_llvVP1FdGwS_wzQTygnm5fr68y84pPdD-87js56eTXCvk
(from initial trial of "Reiki Relief for Covid Long Haulers" sessions)
“COVID-19 and its cousin, Long COVID, are profoundly isolating - literally as well as emotionally. DHA/Jessica's Reiki Relief sessions were a lifeline for me, providing me with an opportunity to relax and feel cared for as well as focus on opening up my breathing and calming my heart. I slept so well after the sessions - and the beneficial effects lasted well into the next day.”
- Maggie McReynolds (Boulder, CO)
“The week I did two Reiki sessions was the best week I've had since getting sick 9 months ago. I had a sense of well-being, of recovery finally getting underway at last. All symptoms reduced or gone. Highly recommend!!”
-Nell G. (Richmond, VA)
“[Jessi's] online group sessions helped me in many ways including better sleep, less insomnia, an overall feeling of relaxation & happiness, a wider point of view on the inner world & the inner self.”
-Shaun S (Barcelona, Spain)
“I was anxious and felt like my upper body was tight. The Reiki sessions with Jessi almost immediately made me feel safe and created space in my body, to relax and breathe.”
-Femke B. (from the Netherlands)
“Since I got Covid-19, I find it hard to "stand still" - to get out of my head, and just feel, just be here in the present moment. Since experiencing this rollercoaster of bad symptoms coming and going these past 9 months while not receiving adequate medical care, which has been traumatic in different ways, I tend to automatically turn off my feelings and instead find distractions, or take pain/sleep medication to numb myself. But, I am increasingly becoming aware that feeling and listening to my body is actually necessary in order to heal, and doesn't have to be scary or painful! During the Reiki sessions, your kind presence, wonderful soothing voice, and words, made me feel like it's okay to stop for a moment and relax - knowing I'm safe and not alone - without feeling anxious or overwhelmed. I would definitely recommend this for anyone; post Covid/ill or not, I am sure it can help improve anyone's quality of life if they are open to it.”
-Elfi E. (Spain)
“Jessi's guided meditation was calming, supportive and healing.”
Anonymous (Washington, DC)
“I appreciated the relaxation, positive energy, words and calming voice. I liked the timing right before bed since it helped me feel peaceful and calm before going back to sleep. Sometimes I fell asleep briefly during the session.” - Sylvia G. (California)
“The sessions left me in a more relaxed/accepting state, which has affected me on different levels (mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually). It also gave me a feeling of safety, the fact that I'm not alone in this, and more confidence/trust in my (self) healing ability.”
-Elfi E. (Spain)
- Ronald Hopkins
- Julia White
- Tiffany E Ballard
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