Thursday, October 4, 2018

Self Care Reiki style

Mrs Takata encouraged her students to practice "Reiki for the self first!" before treating others. She taught a simple self treatment pattern, and encouraged them to receive Reiki as well.

When we're new students, we are excited and inspired to practice self Reiki daily, but as time passes, we may fall away. When's the last time you did a self-Reiki
session, or received Reiki? Lineage head Phyllis Furomoto recommends receiving Reiki weekly throughout the year, and for a block of days each month... 

I receive regular bodywork sessions with a co-worker who is also a Reiki practitioner, but receiving a full Reiki session is rare. 

I recently received an invitation to the #30daysofselfcarechallenge on Instagram, and immediately thought of Reiki! I often practice self-Reiki when I awaken, as part of the Miracle Hour process: Silence (Self Reiki), Affirmation (Reiki principles), Visualization (M/E), Exercise (Qigong or a walk), Read (uplifting), and Scribe (journal) 

I don't do the full process each day, but generally practice at least a few minutes of self-Reiki, journal and move. A favourite evening option is one I learned in my own first degree class with Analyse, one hand on my belly, the other on my heart as I fall asleep. It's so simple, sweet and comforting. Another option is arms crossed, with your hands on opposite shoulders. This balances all the meridians, and a minor chakra on the arms is above the heart! 

What self care will you include today? 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Miracle Hour, Reiki Style

On Sunday, I enjoyed reading about and watching short videos on the Danish inspired Hyyge, which includes bringing comfort home by creating a cozy surroundings. During this meander, I stumbled on Chelsea Dinen's introduction to waking a bit earlier and giving yourself a Miracle Hour

Popularized by Hal Elrod, the Miracle Hour weaves elements found in the Artist Way Morning pages, my teacher Shiloh's Morning Cafê, and  to beginning the day with Reiki and Qigong.

The acronym SAVERS gives a key to the ~ 10 minuet components for one's Miracle Hour:
  • S - Silence (Self-Reiki!)
  • A - Affirmation (Mental/Emotional self treatment)
  • V - Visualization
  • E - Exercise (Qigong)
  • R - Read - Dharma /wisdom teachings
  • S - Scribing (Reiki or Gratitude journal)
This morning, I began my practice with Self-Reiki, combining both Silence during the treatment flow, and Affirmations, thinking of the Reiki Principles, and including an Affirmation with th my Mental/ Emotional treatment. I began the session with my eyes, and moved down my head and then torso, before returning to my forehead and base of the scull for the M/E portion.

I love to Read, and often do before getting up!
 This morning I picked my book club selection, Book of Joy,  Lasting Happiness in a Changing World. This is an enchanting 5 day conversation between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, on the occasion of the Tibetan Lamas 80th BD in 2015. (It was hard to stop reading at 10 minutes!) 
I was blessed to see each of them at events at the Convention Center in Portland, and my scarf from the Dalai Lama's visit hangs on my painting of the Apostle to the Apostles, Mary of Magdala. 
I Scribed as I read, contemplating these global heros, and their uplifting messages. If you have a Reiki journal, that's a lovely place to Scribe reflections, insights and gratitude.

Like Chelsea, I saved my Exercise for later, when I came downstairs.
I love Qigong, which I've done for 35 years, and often practice in the morning. While
New Moon Visioning
I have several forms and teach, I also enjoy following a video at times, and this morning chose
this one, with Marissa. I lit a candle, and moved my chi. 

Then I pulled out a Vision Board, and enjoyed the images, as I sipped my morning tea, from a cup my granddaughter made me in her pottery class. Here are some more examples. I intend to do some visionary everything/scribbling tomorrow.

I  really enjoyed the practice, and invite you to experiment with incorporating a Miracle Hour into your day. What favorite practices will you include? Share in the comments! 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Beginning - Reiki 1

When a friend or family member is suffering, do you wish there was 'something more' you could do? When I began offering massage in the early 80s, I often felt that way, .... then I discovered Reiki! 

I've offered Reiki sessions and classes for over 25 years, and am continually touched by Reiki's gentle power, and suitability for most circumstances. I recently spent time with my friend Margot, who was initiated by Takata in 1972. She enjoyed the class, but didn't focus much attention on Reiki till she was studying massage a decade later, and was reintroduced. Like me, she opens the Reiki Door through sessions, classes and circles in her community, and loves Reiki. 

Have you taken Reiki, and would like to reconnect with the energy? Or is it something you've wanted to learn? In either case, I'd love to work with you. 

If you are sensitive to energy, and easily overwhelmed, you may find Reiki helps mitigate that, and you're better able to function in groups. Artists, writers and musicians often discover Reiki helps them tap the font of inspiration.

In Red Thread Reiki I, students will learn basic Reiki practices, form and history, and are initiated in traditional Usui Reiki I. We will also engage in a Red Thread Circle, and make cards for the five Reiki Principles. This class offers 9 CEU for LMTs.

My next Reiki 1 workshop will be held in Newberg, Oregon, April 1 & 2, we'd love to have you join us!

Monday, February 27, 2017


Accidents, surgeries, stress and trauma contribute to feelings of imbalance and being out of synch, what if that could change? We have many examples of Reiki bringing just such changes, for thousands of people! 

We now know that our bodies contain the same matter as
stars, and that the state of our body electric affects the whole system. Trauma registers in the body's energy field, and energy healing is out most effective tool for clearing that trauma.

I've been using calibrated tuning forks on combination with Reiki, both on the body and in the energy field, for over a decade, and find the results profound. Changes in the field ripple over to bring emotional and mental balance, in addition to physical ease and healing. Often old relationship patterns shift, and we come into allotment with our soul purpose!

Like Reiki, Tune-Up / Recalibration sessions are most effective when scheduled as a series of sessions. 
My Recalibration Medicine Basket includes:
  • Reiki (hands on and Mental/emotional)
  • Lightweaving
  • Chakra chants
  • Crystals
  • Calibrated tuning forks 
  • Coaching within the Spiral
  • Personal flower essence bouquet
The individual series may be followed by a Business Reboot, to align both the client and their business with their Highest good.

Are you ready for Recalibration

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Coaching, Creativity, and Reiki

  • Do you struggle to create harmony between your obligations and personal time?
  • Do you often run out of juice before you run out of day?
  • Do old stories run your life?
  • Are you exploring how to bring more creativity, joy and passion into your life?
  • Do your actions and use of time/resources align with your values?

When we combine Reiki with coaching, and add a dash of creativity, Magïc happens!
Coaching within the Spiral assists as you integrate your current practices, open to new possibilities, and refine your goals.
Reiki reduces stress, supports relaxation, rejuvenation, and a return to wholeness. It heightens one's ability to connect with others in a deeper, more compassionate way. 

Coaching is a collaborative partnership, fostering positive change, and creating with intention supports shifts that last. Adding Intentional Creativity projects puts the shifts into palpable form.

The gentle energy of Reiki is an ideal complement to coaching. Blending Reiki, Creativity and coaching bring fluidity to the process of tapping the body's wisdom, allowing one to identify and transform limiting beliefs, and open to new ideas and goals. Each experience of coaching with Reiki and Creativity will be unique, with sessions customized to meet individual needs. 
Common benefits include:
  • Relaxation and rejuvenation
  • Enhanced clarity and sense of purpose
  • Releasing old stories which "run the show"
  • Self awareness and affirmation
  • Insights spark creativity
  • Clearer perspective
  • Identifying and implementing ones next steps 
Coaching within the Reiki Spiral draws upon intuition, asking the right questions, and accessing insights for each client.  It is effective both in person with touch, or through remote sessions; the harmonious energy passes between the coach and the client as we interact.  Reiki allows that energy to flow freely, while coaching and the creative practices help each client recognize and act upon their insights, for greater success. 
Throughout my career as a Massage therapist and Reiki Master, I've encouraged my clients to rethink their toxic affirmations, and write new stories. Including creative practices helps energize these antidotes. Offering tools for lasting change is one of my greatest joys.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Reiki Styles

There was a discussion on Linkdin recently following the inquiry "are there different styles of Reiki?"  Yes & no! 
There have been many different branches, since Mikao Usui brought it forward more than 100 years ago.  This article provides an interesting overview of the history in Japan, plus some of the Western modifications & modifiers!

Usui's focus (Usui-Do) was on a spiritual system rather than hands-on healing, and many of his students were Buddhist monks and nuns, including his neice Suzuki-san, Yuri-in (who lived past 100), & Tenon-in (aka Mariko-Obaasan) who in died in 2005 at 107. Research, practice and a traditional fast granted Usui a high level of Ki.

Around 1925, Usui-Sensei began 'renting out his dojo to others,' who would present their own lessons. Senior students Toshihiro Eguchi & Dr. Chuujiro Hayashi both explored healing, & included hand healing concepts and an energy transfer ceremony in their own teachings. Spiritual concepts were retained at the higher levels, while novices focused on healing. 

Several Naval officers joined the dojo, & founded a new society, Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. Meetings began to include readings of the Meiji Emperor's poetry (gyosei) - possibly to make the meetings seem more loyalist and not religious (which was outlawed at the time of the Taisho emperor.) 

Eguchi-sensei left the URR Gakkai in 1927, & continued to teach both his own & the more traditional system, while Hayashi left the group in 1931, & made revisions into the late 1930s. The articles on the site offer an interesting glimpse into early Japanese shifts.

Light in the darkness
At the Breitenbush Reiki Gatherings in the mid 1990s, Takata's granddaughter Phyllis & the other Masters and practitioners in the Usui/ Hayashi/ Takata lineage brought focus back to the rich spiritual heritage of Reiki. In a post on the Usui Shiki Ryo several aspects and elements common to Reiki are identified - the four Aspects of Reiki are defined as:
  • A Healing practice - both for self treatment, & for the environment & those around
  • Personal Development - self-awareness and becoming more authentic
  • Spiritual Discipline - spiritual growth, development, identification of gifts
  • Mystic Order - "A group of people who share a common practice that brings them in relation to reality beyond the realm of the five senses is considered a mystic order.
A comment I appreciated is toward the end of the first article - that Reiki seems to offer grounding sometimes lacking in other healing forms, & students from other disciplines often feel a positive shift after taking Reiki initiation. I've found this as well. 

The Reiki streams flow, merge & diverge; the energy - ah, the energy!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Red Thread Reiki

When studying Intentional Creativity last year, preparing to become a Color of Woman teacher and IC coach, I needed to offer several Red Thread Circles and events. My teacher Shiloh Sophia invited me to consider the connections between Reiki and the IC teachings, "I know there are connections, explore what they are."

A Chinese legend tells that we are connected before birth with those whom we're destined to meet by an invisible Red Thread. Through out lives, the thread may twist, stretch and tangle, but will never break. We each hold, and are responsible for our own piece of this thread.

I immediately saw a connection with my own Reiki Thread, and considered how to weave the IC teachings to support my Reiki students. In April on 2014, I included a simple red thread circle during our Reiki I class, inviting each initiate to share her piece of the thread. During 2nd Degree class in July, we incorporated the symbol practice sheets into a Medicine Basket journal cover. 

In both cases, Intentional Creativity supported the Reiki teachings in a beautiful way. I've formulated a Red Thread Reiki curriculum, with teachings to integrate at each level. The Red Thread teachings are available separately for those who have studied with another Master, and most can be taken on their own.

In the 90s, my first Reiki Mastery student reminded me to clearly state what was "pure Reiki" (as much as we know that!) and which were teachings from another source. I've noted the Red Thread teachings available at each level. 

Reiki I:

  • Red Thread ceremony, claiming your piece of thread
  • Reiki I teachings and initiation
  • Red Thread: Soulful Story Cards, exploring what old stories and negative self-talk tapes are running, and writing antidotes.
  • & Reiki principal cards
  • Completion Homework
Reiki II
  • Red a Thread ceremony, intention for deepening
  • Reiki II teachings, symbols, initiation
  • Reiki symbols, Sumi-i on rice paper
  • Red Thread: Medicine Basket Reiki journal/Smashbook
  • Use & Energy of symbols cards
  • Completion homework
Reiki III/ Mastery
  • Burning desire for Mastery
  • Red Thread ceremony, share burning desire
  • Self care
  • Reiki III teachings, symbol, initiation
  • Red Thread: Heal the Healer
  • & Smashbook/ master journal, prayer flags, Reiki Box (any or all as desired) 
  • & Master symbol use and energy card
Teaching Master
  • Passing on teachings and initiation overview
  • Red Thread: teaching deck
  • & Medicine Basket revisited
  • & illuminated heart
  • Learn to teach Red Thread sessions applicable for Reiki if desired
I invite you to consider how you wish to deepen with Reiki! Blessings on your journey!