Research and Practice by
Karen Garofalo

Reiki Resources     Qigong Resources     Massage Resources     Quotations

April 3, 2008



Ki, Qi, Chi, Prana  
The Vital Energy that Sustains Living Beings, the Life Force
Universal Life Energy, Breath-Energy, Living Energy






Karen Garofalo

Reiki Practitioner, Second Degree Certified
Valley Spirit Center
23005 Kilkenny Lane
Red Bluff, California 96080
Phone:  530-200-0750
Reiki Practitioner Services by Appointment Only



Karen Garofalo was certified for completing the First Degree in the 
Usui Shiki Ryoho System of Natural Healing on April 2, 2006. 
The Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master who taught her was Susanna Luebcke, M.D.

Karen Garofalo was certified for completing the Second Degree in the
Usui Shiki Ryoho System of Natural Healing on June 23, 2007.
The Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master who taught her was Jessie Woods. 

Karen is now studying with Reiki Master, Jessie Woods, and other students in Red Bluff, California. 

Karen Garofalo also practices Yoga and Qigong with her husband, Mike. 
She is an active gardener in the North Sacramento Valley of California. 
She works as an Special Education Instructional Aide for the Tehama County Department of Education.  





  Just for today, here and now, I will strive to:
Give thanks for my many blessings.
Seek and speak the truth.
Let go of my worries.  
Stop being angry.
Do my work honestly.
Be kind to my neighbors and every living thing.
Honor my parents, teachers and elders.




Bibliography, Links and Resources



Abundance Through Reiki.  By Paula Horan.   

Alternative Healing Arts
.   Webpage of Dr. Susanna Luebcke.  Includes webpages 
on: Emotional Body Healing, Nadis Energy Treatment, Energy Essences, and Usui Shiki
Ryoho Reiki.  Dr. Luebcke was raised in Berlin, Germany.  She trained and practiced 
medicine as a General Practitioner and Allergy specialist for 20 years. In 1993, she moved 
to Eastern Oregon to focus on alternative healing arts.  Susanna Luebcke: P. O. Box 83,
Sprague River, Oregon 97639.  541-892-2992.  Email:   

Pat Cougar's Reiki   Chico, California

Empowerment Through Reiki.  The Path to Personal and Global Transformation.  By Paula 
Horan.   Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Lotus Press, 2002.  157 pages.  BKEG.  ISBN: 0941524841.   

Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art.  By Diane Stein.  Freedom,
California, Crossing Press Inc., 1996.  Bibliography, 155 pages.  BKEG.  
ISBN: 0895947366.   

15 Minute Reiki: Health and Healing at Your Fingertips.  By Chris and Penny Parkes.  
Hammersmith, London, Thorsons, 2004.  Index, 208 pages.  BKEG.
ISBN: 0007158912.  

Karen Garofalo    Reiki: Usui Shiki Ryoho   Valley Spirit Center, Red Bluff, California.  

Halls of Reiki   By Ed Bacon.  

Hayashi Reiki Manual: Traditional Japanese Healing Techniques.  By Frank Arjava Petter, 
Tadao Yamaguchi, and Chujiro Hayashi.  

Inner Reiki : A Practical Guide for Healing and Meditation.  By Tanmaya Honervogt.   

Introduction to Reiki Ryoho
.  The Southwestern Reiki Ryoho Association.  

Magick of Reiki.  Focused Energy for Healing, Ritual and Spiritual Development.  By Christopher
Penczak.   St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications, 2005.  Appendices, bibliography, 276 pages.
ISBN: 073870573X.  BKEG Collection.  

Mohan Makkar's Reiki Magic: The Usui System.  By Mohan Makkar.   

One Degree Beyond: A Reiki Journey into Energy Medicine.  By Jane Anne Narrin.  
2nd Edition.  Seattle, Washington, Little White Buffalo Publishing Cottage, 1998.
Appendices, index, 314 pages.  BKEG.  ISBN: 096585454X.  

The Original Reiki Handbook of Dr. Mikao Usui: The Traditional Usui Reiki Ryoho Treatment 
Positions and Numerous Reiki Techniques for Health and Well-Being.  By Dr. Mikao Usui and 
Frank Arjava Petter.   80 pages.  ISBN: 0941524876.  

The Power of Reiki: An Ancient Hands-On Healing Technique.  By Tanmaya Honervogt.  

Reiki.  Sandi Leir Shuffrey.  England, Hodder & Stoughton, 2000.  Index, 183 pages.
ISBN: 0658008994.   BKEG.   

Reiki Alliance - Membership

The Reiki Association  

Reiki Best Practices: Wonderful Tools of Healing.  By Walter Luebeck and Frank 
Arjava Petter.    

Reiki: Beyond the Usui System.  By Karyn K. Mitchell.   

Reiki Bookshop   

Reiki Centre   

Reiki Energy Medicine: Bringing Healing Touch into Home, Hospital, and Hospice.  By
Libby Barnett, Maggie Chambers, and Susan Davidson.    

Reiki for First Aid.  By Walter Lubeck.  Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Lotus Light Publications,
1995.  154 pages.  BKEG.  ISBN: 0914955268.  

Reiki Handbook: A Manual for Students and Therapists of the Usui Shiki Ryhoho System 
of Healing.  By Larry Arnold and Sandy Nevius.  PSI Press, 4th Edition, 1992.  160 pages.
BKEG.  ISBN: 0962550019. 

Reiki Magazin    A German language publication.  

Reiki Plus Natural Healing.  By David G. Jarrell.  Celina, Tennessee, Hibernia West, 1983, 1991.
Index, 79 pages.  ISBN: 0963469002.   BKEG.  David Jarrell, Reiki Master, founder of the Reiki
Plus System of Natural Healing and the Reiki Plus Institute.  

Reiki Plus Professional Practitioner's Manual for Second Degree.  By David G. Jarrell.  Celina,
Tennessee, Hibernia West, 1992, 1994.  96 pages.  BKEG.  ISBN: 0963469010.    

Reiki Ryoho   The Southwestern Reiki Ryoho Assocation.   Various informative webpages by 

Reiki Ryoho at the Valley Spirit Center.   Red Bluff, California.  Karen Garofalo.  

Reiki: The Healing Touch.   By William Lee Rand.  

Reiki - The Legacy of Dr. Usui.  By Frank Arjava Petter.   

The Reiki Touch.   By William Lee Rand.  Colorado, Sounds True, 2005.  Includes DVD 
video, audio CD meditations, music CD, 100 page workbook, and 30 illustrated cards.
BKEG.  ISBN: 159179370X.  

The Reiki Threshold    Vancouver, Canada

Reiki: The Usui System of Natural Healing.  By Hawayo Takata and Paul David Mitchell.   

Ushi Reiki   Reiki Touch.  

Usui Reiki Lineage

Usui Reiki: Level One Manual.  By Francine Milford.   

Usui Shiki Ryoho - An Interview with Paul Mitchell  

Usui System of Reiki: Usui Shiki Ryoho

Valley Spirit Center: Reiki, Qigong, Taijiquan   

What is the History of Reiki

Working Winds   A retreat Center near Klamath Falls, Oregon.  Robert and Sharon Chinook.  
Chinook Aerie Retreat Center.  

Valley Spirit Center    Red Bluff, California


Usui Reiki Lineage

Dr. Mikao Usui, 1865-1926
    Christian and Buddhist Scholar, Teacher, School Administrator
    Founder of the Usui System of Reiki
    1st Generation


Mr. Chujiro Hayashi, 1878-1940, Retired Naval Officer, 
    Reiki Grand Master (1925) and Teacher
    2nd Generation


Mrs. Hawayo Takata, 1900-1980  (Reiki Grandmaster, 1938) 
     3rd Generation
     Certified 22 Usui Reiki Masters


Mrs. Phyllis Lei Furumoto, Grand-daughter of Mrs. Takata   (Reiki Grandmaster, 1975)  
      4th Generation


Lore Massar (Reiki Master, 1988) and Solveig Imlau  (Reiki Master)
       5th Generation    


Dr. Susanna Luebcke   (Reiki Master)
       5th Generation   


Jessie Woods  (Reiki Master)
       5th Generation
       Jessie Woods was certified as a Reiki Master in 2006 by Dr. Susanna Luebcke. 

Karen Garofalo (Reiki Second Degree, 2007)
       5th Generation









Qigong (Chi Kung)
Bibliography, Links, Resources

"Qigong" refers to the many Chinese methods or disciplines for "discovering, gathering, 
circulating, purifying, directing, conserving, storing, transforming, dissolving, or transmitting" 
(Roger Jahnke) the vital life forces, or the energy, of the body.  The words Ki (Japanese) and 
Qi or Chi (Chinese) use the same ideographic character.  



Cloud Hands: Qigong and T'ai Chi Chuan  Bibliographies, links, resources, guides, lessons.  

The Complete Book of Chinese Health and Healing
.  By Daniel Reid.  Random House,
1994. 484 pages. ISBN: 0877739293. 

Eight Section Brocade Qigong
   By Michael and Karen Garofalo.  320Kb.

The Essential Qigong Training Course
.  100 Days to increase Energy, Physical Health, and Spiritual 
Well-Being. By Kenneth Cohen. Boulder, Colorado, Sounds True, 2005. Includes a 59 page weekly 
workbook, a Qigong DVD, 5 audio CDs, and one Qi Healing DVD. ISBN: 1591790905.   BKEG 

Five Animal Frolics   

The Healing Promise of Qi: Creating Extraordinary Wellness Through Qigong and Tai Chi.
By Roger Jahnke, O.M.D.. Chicago, Contemporary Books, 2002. Index, notes, extensive
recommended reading list, 316 pages.  ISBN: 0809295288. 

Healing Ways: The Teachings of Kenneth Cohen   

Northern California T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Directory

Qigong: Bibliography, Links, Resources, Quotes and Notes

Relaxtion (Sung): Loose, Open, Free, Yielding, Responsive   

Sacred Circles

Standing Meditation (Zhan Shuang)

Temple Qigong   

Valley Spirit Center      Red Bluff, California   

The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing. By Kenneth S. Cohen. 
Foreword by Larry Dossey. New York Ballantine Books, 1997. Index, notes, appendices, 427 
pages. ISBN: 0345421094.  One of our favorite books: comprehensive, informative, practical, 
and scientific.  BKEG Collection.  

Wild Goose Qigong









Bibliography, Links and Resources


Acupressure's Potent Points: A Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments.
By Michael Reed.  Bantam, 1990.  272 pages.  ISBN: 0553349708.  

: An Easy-To-Use Handbook of Simple Exercises and Self-Massage
Techniques for Busy People.  By Amiyo Ruhnke and Anando Wurzburger.  
Tuttle Publishing, 1996.  ISBN: 0804830819.

.  What Type of Massage to Get and How to Make the Most of It.   By Thomas
Claire.  New York, William Morrow, Quill, 1995.  Index, bibliography, glossary, notes,
resources, 440 pages.  BKEG.   ISBN: 0688149529.   

Chi Self-Massage: The Taoist Way of Rejuvenation.   By Mantak Chia.  Healing
Tao Books, 1991.  Reissue Edition.  176 pages.  ISBN: 0935621016.   

Chinese Qigong Massage: General Massage.  By Yang Jwing-Ming and Alan
Dougall.   YMAA Pub., 1992.  336 pages.  ISBN: 0940871254.

Chinese Self-Massage Therapy: The Easy Way to Health.   By Fan Ya-Li.  
Blue Poppy Press, 1999.  154 pages.  ISBN: 0936185740.   

Do-In 2: The Art of Rejuvenation Through Self-Massage and Breathing Exercises.
By Jacques de Langre.  Happiness Press, 1978.  52 pages.  ISBN: B0006X205O.

A Gift for Healing: How You Can Use Therapeutic Touch.  By Deborah Cowens.
Three Rivers Press, 1996.  254 pages.  ISBN: 0517886510.

Healing Self-Massage: Over 100 Simple Techniques for Re-energizing Body and Mind.
By Kristine Kaoverii Weber.  Collins and Brown, 2005.  96 pages.  ISBN: 1843402114.

Jobs' Body: A Handbook for Bodywork
.   By Deane Juhan.  Foreword by Ken Dychtwald.
Barrytown, New York, Station Hill Press, 1987.  Index, bibliography, 365 pages.  BKEG.  
ISBN:  0882681346.  

KindTouch Massage: Self-Massage for Health and Well-Being.   By Lynne Walters
and Kathleen M. Webster.  Sterling Pub., 2002.   Book and CD combination.  146 pages.
ISBN: 0806915439.

Me-ssage: A Natural Method of Full Body Self-Massage.   By Judy Unell.  Trafford,
2003.  48 pages.  ISBN:  1553697499.

Qigong: Links, Bibliography, Resources, Quotes, Notes

Qigong Massage - Self Massage.   Instructional videotape by Yang Jwing-Ming. 
YMAA Publications, 1999.   

Self-Massage:  A Complete 15-Minutes-A-Day Massage System for Health and Healing.
By Jacqueline Young.  Thorsons Pub., 1992.   128 pages.  ISBN: 0722525109.   

Self-Massage for Your Eyes.  By Simon Wang.  Part of the Chinese Health Library
Series.  East Health Development Group, 1998.  ISBN: 0964160560.  

Sexual Reflexology: Activating the Taoist Points of Love.  By Mantak Chia and
William U. Wei.  Destiny Books, 2003.  2nd Edition.  192 pages.  ISBN: 0892810882.

Stretching and Flexibility: Links, Bibliography, Resouces, Quotes, Notes

Subject Index to the Cloud Hands Website

Taijiquan: Links, Bibliography, Resources, Quotes, Notes   

Trigger Point Therapy Workbook:  Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief.  
By Clair Davies.  New Harbinger Pub., 2001.  267 pages.  ISBN: 1572242507.   

Valley Spirit Center - Massage    Red Bluff, California

What is Tui Na?

Yoga: Links, Bibliography, Resources, Quotes, Notes









Inspirational Quotations
Quotes, Sayings, Poems



"For optimal health, we need body and spirit, exercise and meditation, awareness of the inner 
world and the outer. In other words, health requires balance and moderation. The goal of qigong 
may be summarized as xing ming shuang xiu, "spirit and body equally refined and cultivated." 
Cultivate your whole being, as you would cultivate a garden - with attention, care, and even love."
-   Kenneth Cohen, Essential Qigong, 2005, p. 2




"Usui Shiki Ryoho (the Usui System of Natural Healing), known as Reiki, is a form of healing 
and spiritual awakening, received and developed 100 years ago by a Japanese man, Mikao Usui, 
and brought to the West via Hawaii in 1937. It is passed on from one person to another through 
specific initiation rites, teachings and defined forms of practice. The Japanese word reiki can 
be translated as 'universal or spiritually guided life force' and the Usui System is a way of working 
with reiki for healing of self and others. The word healing is used in the sense of regaining harmony 
and wholeness and Usui Shiki Ryoho addresses the whole person, physical, emotional, mental 
and spiritual."
-   The Usui System of Reiki   The Reiki Association




"Just trust life:
Life will bring you high,
I only you are careful in selecting
In the maze of events,
Those influences or those paths
Which can being you each time
A Little more upward.
Life has to be discovered
And build step by step
A great charm ..."
-   Father Pierre Teilhard de Chardin




"Interestingly, one definition of the word 'Reiki' is 'a system that has come into being through 
a moment of enlightenment'. Originally, Usui referred to his system as 'Te-ate' (pronounced 
'tee-ah-tay'), which means 'hand healing' or 'hand application'.  According to the Japanese 
author Michio Kushi, Te-ate is a traditional Japanese form of healing that has been practised 
for centuries.  He mentions that George Ohsawa, the founder of modern macrobiotics, taught 
this palm healing throughout Japan, the US and Europe.  Kushi referred to Reiki as one of 
the modern forms of this art to emerge in Japan, and also mentions Johrei (Purification of 
Spirit) and Mahikari (True Light) as more recent developments

Reiki is a technique or method that is based firmly on the esoteric principles that were represented 
in Japan in the early part of last century.  Usui brought together, in a unique way, the principles of 
Traditional Chinese Medicine, energy transfer techniques like Chi Kung (in its Japanese form of kiko), 
Tendai Buddhism in terms of energy exercises, empowerments and spiritual teachings, and 
Shintoism in terms of techniques used to control the energies. The symbols that came to be used 
later in Reiki's history also have their roots in Tendai Buddhism and Shintoism. This was done in a 
way that allows anyone to be connected permanently to a source of healing energy, and being able 
to channel it without having to undergo many years of practice, and they can learn to pass this ability 
on to other people very simply."
Mikao Usui,




"The Usui System of Reiki can be a personal tool for healing and growth, a way to give energy 
to family and friends, or a gentle complementary therapy in holistic medicine.
A Reiki treatment supports the whole person — physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. 
It is simple to learn and can be applied in a clinical setting, given as self-treatments, or used 
as a "home remedy" to enhance health and emotional well-being.
When a Reiki practitioner places his/her hands on an area of their own or a client's clothed body, 
Reiki flows through the practitioner into the client.  This transfer may be felt as any type of sensation—
heat, cold, vibration, tingling, unusual heaviness, or sometimes as no sensation at all.  A full Reiki 
treatment takes about 60 to 90 minutes.
Reiki has specifically been documented to relax muscles, still the mind, and ease pain. Hands-on 
treatment has been scientifically proven to accelerate healing.  Many health professionals are 
effectively incorporating the use of Reiki into their individual practices."
The Reiki Alliance   




"The Usui System of Reiki Healing is first a healing practice focusing on self-treatment. 
Daily practice is ideal.  The practice balances and strengthens the functions and health 
of the physical body, enhances relaxation and self-awareness, and quiets and nourishes 
the spirit. Out of the practice of self-treatment, it becomes natural to treat family and friends 
with the same benefits.
Applying Reiki is practical and useful.  It accelerates and strengthens any healing process 
from bruising to chronic illness to mental/emotional imbalance.  Reiki can be used at any 
time and in any situation when we can lay our hands on ourselves or another."
The Reiki Touch   











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