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Elly Phillips is a Reiki Master in the Traditional Usui Reiki line of Usui Founder, Hayashi-Sensei, Hawayo Takata, Beth Grey, and Amy Rowland, among others, as well as a Gendai Reiki Master through Tom Rigler. She has also trained in Usui Reiki Ryoho with Lynn Long and Stacy Armstrong, Body Talk and ONE with Mari Hall, Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) with Lynn Nielson, Reiki and Intuition with Amy Rowland, and Native American Pathways with Sondra Boyd. Elly helped develop and teach a Reiki Principles workshop with Amy Rowland, and has contributed articles to the Reiki News Magazine. She is the founder of Red Dog Reiki.


1. Emily Walsh - July 14, 2011

Hi, I just had a quick question about your blog. Could you contact me at your earliest convenience? Thanks!

Hi Emily! Thanks for checking in. What can I do for you?

2. Alice - September 19, 2011

Elly, I have been enjoying your comments on the International House of Reiki blogs, which led me here to your blog. I love your voice and perspective but will never remember to come back to your blog without prompting. Is there a way to subscribe and get new posts sent to my e-mail address?

Thanks. Warm wishes from Brooklyn,

Hi Alice! Thanks so much, I’m thrilled that you’re enjoying the blog! And thanks for figuring out how to get auto-prompts for new posts, I don’t have a clue. I just hope they don’t drive you crazy, since I try to post daily if I’m at home or anyplace with internet access!

3. Alice - September 19, 2011

Actually, I think by posting and clicking “Notify me of new posts via email” I might have solved my own dilemma. Ha! 🙂

4. Alice - September 26, 2011

Hello again, Elly! I’m loving your blogs coming into my inbox regularly, and when needed, the Delete button is a marvelous tool.

I just posted a link to one of your recent blogs on my Reiki Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Reiki-Pulse/309040209769

Is it ok for me to occasionally share your blog entries there? I would always link, never copy (except perhaps a short attributed quote).


Bless you and thank you, Alice! I’d be delighted if you share any of my entries with your Facebook friends! I went over to visit your Facebook page, and was flattered by your generous remarks and pleased with the way you did it. MANY thanks! (Of course, I’m not a Facebook member, so they immediately threw me off. Sigh. I had better luck with your website a few weeks ago. Didn’t get evicted over there!)

5. Julie Hansen Intuitive - May 7, 2012

Congratulations! I have just awarded you with Versatile and Beautiful blog awards!

Bless you, Julie! I’m heading right over to check them out! Thank you SO much!!!

6. Melanie L Bowen - June 28, 2012


I have a quick question about your blog! Please email me when you get a chance.


Hi Melanie! Happy to answer any questions, just ask! And thanks for your interest!

7. Alistair Gow - July 16, 2012

Hi, Elly

Just found your site while looking for reviews of Paula Horan books and I’m enjoying browsing around.

I love your way of looking at life and the use of Reiki, you seem to have a very peaceful and intuitive perspective, I’ll definitely be coming back for more.

Oh and thanks to you ‘Get Fuzzy’ has at least one English fan!

Thanks and kind regards,


Thanks so much, Alistair! And yes, keeping up with ‘Get Fuzzy’ is definitely worthwhile. It’s often uneven, but when it’s good, it’s tear-streamingly funny.

8. Candice - September 17, 2012

Found your blog through comments from an IHReiki article. Thank you for mentioning a few people I had not read yet. Looks like I have more to add to my reading pile. I am enjoying your blog too! Thanks!

Hi Candice! Bless you and welcome! I’ve enjoyed your comments on the IH Reiki blog for so long, I’m so grateful to you for coming here! I hope you’ll find cause to give us your thoughts as well. Gassho!

9. Haley - May 12, 2013

Hi Elly,

Thank you for writing this blog, your work is inspiring and humbling. I found you by searching in google “how to be humble while practicing Reiki”. I’ve read your posts that address humility, but am wondering if you can offer more on this topic.

This work is so sacred and can produce astounding results and I’m worried about being “pulled to the dark side”. I’m afraid my ego is going to run wild and feel very strongly that I need to make sure this doesn’t happen. If you have any additional thoughts or advice on humility I would be so grateful.

I have another concern. As you’ve gone through your training and practice of Reiki, have you ever felt you were a target for malevolent energies? If so, can you explain how you’ve dealt with this and protected yourself. I actually don’t know if this is something to be cautious about or not. But, since it keeps coming up as as question I have, I figured I would reach out about this as well.

In gratitude,


Oh mercy, Haley, I don’t know how I failed to answer your comment, I’m so sorry! People don’t often comment on “About,” and it was just today when I was answering another comment that I saw that I hadn’t responded to yours. Please forgive me! The answer to your first worry is simple: As long as you keep in mind that your clients are healing themselves through Reiki, and you’re only facilitating—in other words, it’s Reiki and the client who are doing the healing, not you—you don’t have to worry about ego issues. Instead, you can feel humbled by the power of Reiki and awed by the way it works with every person (animal, plant, etc.) to enable healing to occur. Reiki is the flame, they are the candle, you are just the match. As for your concern about malevolent energies, I hear a lot about this as well but have never experienced it, and all my teachers have stressed that it is not an issue in Reiki as it is in, for example, shamanic practices. Good luck and bright blessings on your journey!

10. Allie - June 18, 2013

Hi Elly, (: I found your blog & I absolutely love it! I’ve got a question for you about something that’s been bothering me for a couple days, & I’m hoping you have an answer!(: The last week or so I’ve felt like as I do reiki, the energy isn’t really flowing through my body as well as it used to. I feel like it’s kind of blocked & my hands shake & twitch while I do it. Do you have any idea why this is happening & or how I can make the energy flow as well as it can once again? Please help! Namaste ❤

Hi Allie! Thanks for your kind words, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog. There are two answers for your problem, and fortunately, both of them are easy. One is that you simply might need what I call a “tune-up,” an attunement or the simplified Japanese form, reiju. Western-syle Reiki tells us that you get attuned once to each level and you’re done, but Usui Founder performed Reiju every single time his Reiki dojo met, to boost the power and effectiveness. If our Founder did this, surely we should get regular “tune-ups,” too! The other thing is that you might be experiencing byosen, or energy blockage. The way to find this out is to do a byosen scan, which you can do yourself or have a trusted Reiki friend, practitioner, teacher, etc. do for you. In a byosen scan, the person performing the scan holds their hands a few inches above your body and slowly moves them down the body, sensing for areas where the flow of energy is blocked. If they find one, they put their hands down on that place until the blockage is removed and energy once more circulates freely through your body. Needless to say, I think both these techniques are valuable and well worth doing. If I could, I’d get an attunement/reiju and byosen scan every week!

11. Willow's Cabin - October 29, 2013

I have nominated your blog for The Versatile Blog Award : ) To see the post, visit: http://willowscabin.com/2013/10/29/versatile-blogger-award/

I love how you present Reiki as a way of life!
Willow ~

Oh, thanks so much, Willow! I’m honored and humbled! And yes, of course Reiki is a life Way, with the Five Reiki Principles (aka Precepts, Ideals) as our guideposts. If we keep them in mind, every single moment can be infused with Reiki! As for your orchids, I’ve found that the three most foolproof in my cold Pennsylvania climate are phalaenopsis (moth orchids), paphiopedilums (slipper orchids) and cymbidiums. Phals and paphs don’t need as much light and heat as the tropicals and cymbidiums seem to revel in cold weather. My phalaenopsis bloom indoors in early spring, and I put them and the cymbidiums (which also bloom then in the greenhouse) out to summer on our deck. By the time I return the phals to the house, they’re setting new bloom spikes and “pups”! I’ve killed plenty of orchids, too, so trust me when I say you should give these a try. And the great things about paphs is that you can find cultivars with gorgeous variegated foliage so they’re beautiful all year, not just when they’re in bloom! Good luck and gassho!

12. Katherine - October 8, 2014

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13. Kirsty - January 13, 2015

Hi Elly

Thank you for creating this blog, I love practising and learning all aspects of Reiki and I think it’s important to share our experiences and commit to lifelong learning and development. I have learnt much from your blog and visit regularly. Keep up the good work.

Love to all, Kirsty

Thanks so much, Kirsty! I’m glad the blog’s been helpful. I really enjoy writing it and feel that it helps to center me in my practice. May you grow in Reiki in 2015!

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