Supernatural forces and spirits of the dead are certain to stumble
around Downtown today and into the night as children and the
not-so-young dress the part in celebration of Halloween.
Most Halloween festivities, based on folk legend, tell of
supernatural beings from the dark side: ghosts, witches, vampires and
werewolves. All figure to be on the prowl tonight, some seeking
candy, others simply trying to put up a fright.
But every day, toward the east end of Main Street, where ghouls
and goblins figure to roam sidewalks freely, a different kind of
supernatural force can be found.
It is where Derek Campbell practices "reiki," an art he describes
as the Universal Life force of healing energy that is used to balance
chakras and clean out a person's aura field.
Reiki is an ancient Japanese form of hands-on healing of the mind,
body and spirit that first transforms the inner person and is used to
heal anything of an emotional, mental, physical or spiritual nature,
"This energy has a mind of its own because it goes to the place
where your body needs it most, whether it be at any of those levels,"
Campbell said. "Reiki causes a deep-seeded healing as well."
"What I mean by that is, people store different types of issues,
such as being happy or sad, in different parts of their bodies. Reiki
causes some of those issues to come out."
Campbell said that after a session or even during a session, the
person being healed may start to feel several different emotions at
once, reminding that person of a past issue or problem.
"This causes the person to embrace the emotions in a different
manner because they know it's not how they feel right then and there,
so they are able to deal with it and let it go," he said. "When the
healee is ready to let go, a release happens and they are freed from
that stress in their nervous system."
"Everyone knows that the less stress you have in your nervous
system, the better off we are, the more we can do and the better we
become as human beings. During a session I can find the place where
you store stress in your body and take it out. Reiki is an amazing
The Huntington Beach resident has been practicing reiki for four
years. He holds sessions for clients at Vibe Tribe in Downtown.
"I truly believe that Derek has a connection to a higher being,"
said Lizanne Zendejas, an intuitive card reader at Vibe Tribe who
co-owns the yoga and wellness center with her husband, Luis. "He
really is at a higher level of consciousness, and even though he's
just 20 years old, he seems as though he's been around for a thousand
Campbell says that while his spiritual self was always there, it
was just a matter of recognizing it in himself.
His spiritual journey took him through a couple of different
religions. He went to Catholic church, Sunday school and served as an
altar boy. He still respects the religion, he said, adding that he
related to plenty of things that were said in the Bible.
But still, his spiritual thirst was "not satisfied."
He studied jiu-jitsu and began meditation, which was "all I needed
to do in the first place," he said.
While in middle school, Campbell even dipped into Wicca, an
earth-based, nature-centered religion. American Wicca University says
is it is built around the use of positive thought and action and love
of nature to create an atmosphere of positive energies that are then
used for our own benefits.
"I think it is a beautiful, misunderstood religion," Campbell
said. "What Wicca got me in touch with was the balance of my
masculine and feminine energy and to realize how beautiful and
wonderful the earth is.
"I used one particular meditation that I still use today," he
said. "That meditation was the first to bring me deep inside myself,
to an astral plane, and I will never forget that experience.
"After Wicca, which lasted about a year, I started to realize that
all I needed to do was to mediate, and I started experiencing
wonderful mediations, started to actually feel the earth's energy and
I realized how I already had tons of natural abilities to manipulate
energy and use it to positively change me and to help others with
themselves," he said."
Campbell said that reiki has opened many doors for him and is part
of his spiritual practice.
"The ability to do reiki is a natural ability that can be
performed by anyone who is taught and attuned to reiki," he said.
"Usually, during an attunement, one would have a spiritual
Campbell said he also can "read" a person.
"It's all about feeling the person's energy, which is pretty
easy," he said. "During a session -- or even without a session --
because my body is so sensitive to energy, I can read what the
person's energy field is like: how they are, what happened to them in
the past, what is possible in the future, things like that.
"Sometimes I see colors, which we call a person's 'aura.' It's
pretty cool when it happens."