Sunday, November 3, 2013

Practices - Zen Funeral

In the mid 90s, I attended a Flower Essence workshop with Australian ND, 5th generation healer & Essence Practitioner Ian White. He gave a lovely presentation on the Australian Essence Pharmacy he developed, & at one point, invited us to do what he called a "Zen Funeral."  We each wrote quickly about things we wished to release, and then burned the list in the fireplace at the Retreat Center.

I immediately saw the application using Reiki & the Principles!  What are your Worries? What Angers you? Are there some hard lessons (recent or past) you struggle with? Teachers/ elders/ friends you're out of balance with? Does something about your job bother you? Relationship? Finances?

Put them on paper. Write quickly, write passionately, draw, cover the paper - you choose! Hold your hands over the paper & bless it with Reiki (if you know the symbols, draw any that seem appropriate) When you've finished, release the paper - and the issues - into the flame! Watch the paper burn, & release the issues into greater hands. 

After the paper has burned, write your beatitudes, your gratitudes - I Am Grateful for ....
I Am Grateful for ....
I Am Grateful for ....
I Am Grateful!

I've used this practice during initiations, & suggest students practice their own Zen Funerals periodically, as they feel the need.

If we're 'stuck' on an issue, Abraham suggests we 'Never Talk about that Again!' This is WONDERFUL completion for the Zen Funeral - you have released the issues. Now - move on!

I Am Grateful!

4 comments:

  1. This is good, very good... we need funerals like this. I need to have one today, in fact.... and following it up with gratitude makes so much sense. I'm glad I found your site at UBC today - thanks so much for sharing about Zen Funerals - this is excellent!

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    1. Susan, so glad it timely for you!! I love doing them periodically, as well!

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  2. Great approach with the funeral. Gratitude is everything. More people need to be grateful instead of focusing on the bad. Thanks for the reminder!

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  3. You're welcome, Nate! Indeed, expressing our gratitude makes such a difference in how we experience our world.
    I often ask people to reframe things, when they affirm the negative! "Is there something you'd RATHER affirm?"

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