Interview with Deanne Lozano: The Art of Energy Work

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I saw my friend Deanne Lozano the other day and she said she was going to participate in a chanting fest on May 31st, the day of the Wesak Celebration.

She said, “The Wesak Celebration is the Tibetan Buddhist celebration of the full moon in May, and it is one of their four great festivals. At that time, they honor the birth, enlightenment, and death of Buddha. It’s believed that all spiritual practice is especially important on this day, a joyous and auspicious time, as whatever is practiced is magnified 10,000 times.”

I first interviewed Deanne for New City Chicago Magazine in January, 2007. The following is a longer version of the interview.

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In a cozy room at Family Health Resources in Chicago's West Lakeview, Deanne Lozano works as an energy practitioner, helping to heal the body, mind, and spirit. I am invited to remove my shoes before entering the small sanctuary. I see a draped massage table (actually outfitted with a warming blanket), a colorful poster illustrated with the body's chakras (energy centers), and triangular rattan shelving filled with crystals, stones, candles, and Tibetan religious objects. As Deuter's meditative music plays quietly in the background and a hint of sage incense fills the room, I begin to feel quite comfortable in this cocoon-like atmosphere, a second home for Lozano. Having worked as a factory worker, professional singer, insurance troubleshooter, and caterer, Lozano has found her true calling as a certified master teacher and practitioner of Reiki (pronounced RAY-Key), a form of energy work that literally means “universal life force energy.”

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What is Reiki and how does it work?

Although there are many forms of Reiki, I generally practice the most traditional form — Japanese Reiki. Reiki involves a practitioner, acting as a conduit, connecting to the oneness of the universe and channeling that energy so that clients can receive as much of it as they need to. How clients receive the energy depends on what their health is like, what their needs are, and what their openness is like. Most people will tell me that they feel a sense of well being after a session. Reiki can be very de-stressing and very calming.

What procedures do you go through during a Reiki session?

First, even before the person comes in, I meditate on the person, trying to connect to what he or she might need in a Reiki session. When the person comes in, we first talk about what he or she is hoping to get out of the session. The person lies on the massage table and is fully clothed. I say a prayer and then begin by placing my hand on top of the head and then do an intuitive scan of the body to see what I can feel to determine if there's a specific area that needs to be worked on. Then I begin with the hand placements, starting with the head and then continue with the rest of the body –- face, throat, chest, abdomen, navel, arms, hands, legs, and feet.

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I understand that you're a vegetarian. Does being a vegetarian make a difference in energy work? Does it make you more receptive to the energies?

This is just my personal belief. I think people who don't eat meat seem to be, in my opinion, calmer and their energy is more balanced. In that sense, I would say yes, it makes you a better energy worker because when you're not dealing with heavy emotional issues of your own, you can draw more energy into yourself to give to someone else or to help someone take it in. I give thanks for the food that I eat because it is sharing its life with me, and now I'm transmuting it to the highest level I can take it to.

What do you think is the cause of disruptions in energy in people?

I believe that our thoughts, our actions, the way we treat each other, and the way we treat ourselves affect our health. Everything you do with your life is an affirmation, and everything in the universe is a part of who you are. If we looked at life that way and truly felt that way, we would be perfectly healthy. Of course, you do have to feed your body with healthy food and do things to help your body to continue to work well, whether it's eating organic or being a vegetarian or jogging five miles a day. It doesn't matter; just do what works for you, whether you practice yoga, tai chi, qigong, tae kwan do, or kickboxing. Life should be about helping others, fulfilling your dreams, and being happy for other people's dreams and achievements.

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What type of people take your Reiki classes and what do you teach your students?

I've taught a few doctors over the years as well as a Jesuit priest and a couple of Roman Catholic nuns, some paramedics, fire fighters, parole officers, and probation officers, and lots of massage therapists. When I first started teaching Reiki, I was amazed to find out that ordinary housewives and mothers wanted to learn it to help their own children. And I always thought that was so wonderful. When I first started, I would say 90% of my students were women. Now, it's about 60% women and 40% men.

So what do you want people to get out of their Reiki session?

They get out of the session whatever it is that they need at the time. They come to me and I try to help them as much as I can with my ability. I try to be as good a conduit for the energy as possible, and if their purpose is to find peace within themselves, I hope and pray they find that peace. If it's to help them with a physical or emotional issue, I hope it does that, too.

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What thoughts do you want to leave with people?

I would say, whether or not it's Reiki, find a spiritual modality that you can connect to, something that will help you find greater peace in your life and a greater sense of your part in the cosmic plan, and work with it. Learn how that modality can help you find the greater sense of who you are and why you're here. We're here to learn from one another and to connect with the universe and to help each other on our paths.

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2 Comments so far

  1. Dennis Grannan @ June 1st, 2007, 6:59:51 pm

    Excellent article.

  2. Carole O'Connell @ June 7th, 2007, 4:49:46 pm

    Deanne is the “Reiki Masters’ Master.” As one of her students, I have had the privilege of experiencing her teaching and energy work first hand. Feel the power of Reiki for yourself, at a class or energy session!

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