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The Office of Global Health (OGH) invites you to attend an ongoing lecture series on issues related to global health and constructive ways to build healthy communities. The lectures will be held twice a month at 12:00 noon CT. Invited guest speakers will share their personal stories and experiences. Everyone is invited to attend. Free lunch will be provided to the first 50 attendees (Lubbock campus only!). Click here for a list of lecture dates, speakers, and topics.

  • Title: Reiki Therapy in Western Medicine
  • Speaker: Robert Payne, BBA, Reiki Master-Teacher &
    Lesley Shelton, MA, Reiki Master-Teacher
  • Date: Monday, October 31, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 noon CT
  • Lubbock ACB 110
  • Lectures originating at the Lubbock campus
    will no longer be linked, but they will be
    recorded for viewing on the OGH web site.

Join us for a brief study of Reiki as it was first introduced and as it is today. The presentation will answer the following questions: What is Reiki? Where did it come from? Who uses Reiki? Is there scientific evidence that supports the existence of life force energy? Are there case studies that support the use of Reiki in a medical setting? Are there medical institutions that use Reiki?

While attending Southern Methodist University, Robert became interested in the lifestyle and healing techniques of the Native American Indians of the Southwest. This interest led him eventually to the practice of Reiki. Robert is a certified Master - Teacher in both Usui Reiki and Sekhem-Seichim Reiki. He offers private Reiki sessions, as well as, participates in giving free Reiki sessions once a month. Robert’s association with The Center for Reiki Research has enabled him to promote Reiki as a viable modality in Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Lesley Shelton has been practicing Reiki since 2011. She is a Master Certified Sekhem-Seichim-Reiki and Usui Reiki Practitioner and Teacher. Lesley offers Reiki sessions and classes part-time and facilitates a monthly Reiki group in Amarillo. She also works as a Senior Editor and Writing Coach for the College of Education at Texas Tech University in the Doctoral Support Center for Writing & Research Excellence. Prior to that she taught English as a Graduate Instructor and enjoyed a brief stint as a technical writer for the Pediatrics Department at TTUHSC. Her formal educational background includes a Master of Arts degree in English.

Want to reserve your meal?

Bring a package of construction paper to the Office of Global Health (2B410) prior to the day of the lecture and we’ll reserve a meal for you!!!!

The Office of Global Health (OGH) will be collecting supplies for the special needs school in Jinotega, Nicaragua. The special needs school serves children throughout the Jinotega region who live with various special needs including deafness, autism, and Downs Syndrome.

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