Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Reiki

Margie Bander










About Margie Bander

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        <td width=Margie Bander, RN, BSBA, has more than 17 years of nursing experience. She was an ICU nurse for 8 years. Margie's previous nursing experience encompassed cardiac ICU, medical-surgical ICU and neuro ICU.

Margie became interested in holistic healing several years ago, hearing about it for the first time at a continuing education program on alternative treatments for cancer. Tony Bander ( Margie's husband ) contracted malignant melinoma 6 months after their marriage. Refusing conventional treatments, Margie started investigating alternative healing methods. Unfortunately, the information she obtained was too late for Tony. As a result, Margie has devoted her life toward helping others in need with the information and healing gifts she has acquired through classes and experiences she has had while training with Sri Bhagavan and Sri Amma in India. Margie has been seeing some amazing results in her clients. To become a well rounded healing practitioner, Margie has spent the past 3 years studying Reiki, Healing Touch, Chinese Energetic Medicine under Kam Yuen & has been studying Powerful Enlightenment Energy Transfers (Mukti Diksha's) under Sri Bhagavan and Sri Amma in India.


What is Enlightenment Energy Transfers (Mukti Diksha)


Diksha is actually transfer, awakening the energy from within, the kundalini, and cleansing the bodies for allowing the grace to flow. When a diksha is given, first a connection to Sri Bhagavan´s and Amma´s conscious is made and then a diksha is given. It is not a complicated process like Reiki, one just think of Sri Bhagavan and it starts; just think of Sri Amma and it starts. Then the practitioner does not have to fear that maybe the negative energy in the person will pass on to them, or maybe the practitioner will get various diseases. No such risks exist in this healing process. Enlightenment Energy Transfer

What Is Reiki

So what is Reiki? Reiki is a hands-on healing modality performed by a practitioner. The client is clothed during the treatment and no massage lotion or oils are used in the treatment, so it is not considered massage therapy. It is one of the leading modalities in the emerging field of Energy Medicine that has gained popularity through the work of experts such as Carolyn Myss, PhD and Dr. Andrew Weil. The practitioner works with healing energies that are beneficial for the well-being of the client.

Reiki is an ancient form of healing that was re-discovered by Dr. Mikao Usui in Japan. It was brought to the West by a woman named Hawayo Takata in 1938. The word Reiki translated means "universal life force energy." This is the vital life force that permeates all living things including plants, animals and humans. Ki or Chi is something that has been known to many cultures for thousands of years, and is the basis of traditional Chinese medicine.

What is Reiki good for? It is excellent for treating pain from accidents or injuries. It also has been shown to be very effective for stress-reduction and in alleviating anxiety and depression. It is also excellent for healing and detoxing the body on a deep level. I have seen many people in my practice over the years heal long-standing health and emotional issues in a series of sessions. Most everyone can benefit from Reiki therapy from babies to seniors. It is also effective in treating animals.

Reiki is not a religion. Though it is spiritual in nature, practitioners and teachers of Reiki come from all walks of life and religious backgrounds. You do not have to have a particular belief for Reiki to be effective.

 Reiki is not a cure-all. Though it is a powerful treatment modality, like all alternative therapies, its effectiveness varies from person to person. Some conditions respond to Reiki more favorably than others.

Like many alternative therapies, do not discontinue the advice and care of your doctor if you are in treatment for a current medical condition. Reiki is an excellent adjunct therapy to add to your healing regimen.

A Reiki healing is a great example of letting everything be as it is, of doing by not doing but just simply being there, of going with the flow.

One of the truths of Reiki namely is, that the healee - not the healer - decides the amount of needed energy and for what aim this energy will be used. The healer is a channel, a facilitator who passes on positive energy, but the healer is never the one who actually does the healing; that is an interplay between the healee and universal life-energy. The free will of the person who receives healing decides to which level healing will take place and the Reiki energy will do the work. The task of the healer is to have the intent to let healing or improvement take place and to passively allow the energy to flow through the healer's hands to the healee. In short: the one who needs healing somehow decides "I want to receive", the Reiki practitioner somehow decides "I want to give" and this connection in openness and love is enough to let the Reiki flow. Most of the time Reiki will be experienced as warmth or heat, as if a blanket of loving attention is put over you. But other sensations like coldness, tingling, prickling, throbbing, shivering, emotional release, memories popping up or no sensation at all are possible too. Giving Reiki often fills the healer with happiness, gratitude and humbleness. Receiving Reiki often fills the healee with happiness, peace and relaxation. And in the restoration of inner balance and calmness healing automatically takes place.



Hands-on healing with a physical present person-animal-plant,


Hands-off healing (distance healing) where the person receiving healing does not need to be present in the same room.

Both methods will be described below.

Hands-on Healing

Here Reiki is practiced in the form of simple touch-healing.

The most convenient way is with the client lying down on a massage-table, bed or mattress on the ground. If not possible a sitting position or any other position of course is possible too. It is important to know that Reiki will be given clothed; you only need to take your shoes off so that your feet can be treated too. If ever you meet a practitioner who states that you need to take off your clothes for a Reiki session: immediately leave the room without paying! The practitioner will put his/her hands on you without exercising pressure and without making massage movements. An intuitive healer will first move his hands through your energy field to sense which areas need healing and place his hands there afterwards; a less intuitive or more organized working person will use the standard hand positions which cover all important areas of the body. Both methods work equally well; remember that the Reiki energy travels anyway to the places where it is needed. Each hand position will be held between 3-5 minutes average, or longer when needed. An indication is given by the sensations the practitioner feels in his hands, or by his intuition and/or inner voice. Usually a full body treatment takes about an hour.

The so-called 'personal areas' meaning sexual areas: breasts, buttocks and genitals usually are not treated hands-on. On these body-parts most healers work in the aura several centimeters above these places. The reason behind this is the fact that many persons live in a sexual distorted world, have experiences with sexual abuse, or are brought up so touch starved that they immediately connect touch here with sexuality, which often is not promoting feelings of trust and safety. And of course you wish to feel safe during a healing. A good guideline is this: if you have physical complaints concerning the breasts or genital area it needs to be discussed before the treatment if you will be touched there; if not you will be treated in the surroundings of these places or in the aura above them. If the practitioner is someone you know well (a friend or partner) then it is often easier to be touched on these places; still I advice to ask on beforehand to not disturb people's feelings of security. Reiki is no massage; the healer will hold his hands still on one place before moving on to another area.

Reiki touch-healing can be practiced on humans, animals, plants, minerals and even inanimate things. The last thing may seem unbelievable, but it has been reported that cars with empty tanks drove on when Reiki was applied. This does not always work; to me it especially seems to work in emergency cases. Usually it takes less than an hour to treat children, animals, minerals or plants. You can charge sigils, amulets, talismans and gemstones this way. Or improve your food, drinks, medicines, etc. just by holding your hands around or just above it for a while.

In hands-on healing you can make use of the Reiki symbols to consciously focus on a certain beam of the energy, but you can as well heal without the symbols.


Distance Healing

If you're not acquainted with this it is a weird thing that you can treat someone or something not being actually present. And it is really great to experience that it is possible. Time and place belong to the third dimension, but Reiki goes so much further. If you would want you could heal someone on Venus for instance. Why should we want to use distance healing? First of all for beings who cannot be physically with you, like a far away living family member. Second for beings who cannot sit or lie still for a treatment, like children and animals. Third for body-parts which hurt too much to be touched, like burns. Fourth it is a convenient way to treat yourself (putting your hands on your back for instance is not really comfortable). And a very interesting option: you can send energy to a situation. You can explain the universe a certain situation in the present or the future (for instance an appliance or a test you have to make) you wish to influence in a positive way, and after having declared your intention send Reiki to it. You can also declare your (detailed) wish to make something appear in our physical reality and send Reiki to it.

In distance healing we make use of something to represent the one the healing is meant for (a proxy), like a photograph, address, doll or teddy-bear we declare represents that person in that moment. Another well known method is projecting someone or something on your upper leg; in this case the knee represents the head of the person, the upper thigh the legs and feet of the person and everything in between represent the body-parts in between of the person or situation you treat. I know it sounds weird and unbelievable, but thousands of people work this way with great results. It has for instance helped me make further kidney dialyses unnecessary for a person I only know by email. In distance healing we must make use of the symbols; the number of symbols is variable but at least you need the power symbol and distance symbol which travels through time and space.

Another possibility of distance working is adding Reiki symbols to your visualizations or to the positive, loving thoughts you send out to heal someone; the Reiki symbols will make your work more powerful


Reiki is a healing art that has gained widespread popularity in the 90's and continues to grow into the millennium. It is being used to care for patients in hospitals throughout the US, Europe and has gained much popularity recently in India.



The ' POWER WITHIN DEVELOPMENT CENTER ' is an approach to helping individuals by restoring balance in the human energy field. The work is complementary to other modalities in health care and often brings about a decrease in pain sensation, increased efficacy of medication, relief of anxiety, and acceleration of the body's own restorative processes.


POWER WITHIN DEVELOPMENT CENTER can be described as a therapeutic intervention that provides healing.

  The Healing Touch Practitioner realigns the energy flow to eliminate blockages. This helps clear, energize, and balance a person's energy field, helping to restore the body's balance and speed the healing process.

It can aid in stress management by relaxing the body and mind. It provides improved healing and pain relief. It can help with headaches, migraines and head injuries. Cancer patients find it helps with the rigors of chemotherapy and radiation. IT is used for back and neck pain, bone fractures, grief, arthritis, depression, PMS, viral infections, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia and many other situations.

Everyone can benefit from this therapy. POWER WITHIN DEVELOPMENT CENTER influences the whole person on all levels - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.



When having a session, please dress comfortably. After the practitioner talks with the patient for a few minutes, the practitioner will ask them to lie down fully clothes on the table. The practitioner moves her hands in a gentle motion around the body and uses light touch. She provides benefits with no adverse side effects. Everyone has a different experience. Reactions can range from a sense of calm and relaxation to feeling energized. Many people describe and increased sense of well-being after treatment.


Power Within Development Center

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St. Charles, Mo. 63304

Ph: 636-926-8386




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