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!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Protection and Reiki

A question students often ask is, "do we need to protect ourselves when offering a Reiki session?" Well, no, ... yes, ... maybe! 

No: In general, Reiki is"self adjusting," flowing where it needs to, in exactly the right amount, for both the practitioner and the receiver. Anything released returns to the earth and elements as energy. Reiki also recharges the giver during the session!

Yes: Some individuals tend to take on others' energy more readily than others. Do you get easily fatigued in a large group? Are you sensitive to outside energies in everyday life? Try some of these suggestions, and observe what works best for YOU! 

Intention: Taking a few minutes before and after a session to focus in and set your intention are a lovely addition, whether you think of them as "protection," or simply something you do! You may also notice that your daily self-Reiki practice brings balance, and will help you develop clear boundaries.

Healer and empath Daphné Kaufmann has written a beautiful blog post on some of her favorite practices, and suggests choosing one or more from each category which appeal. I've added several of hers to ones I've use, and you may have some of your own. You can use these practices in conjunction with sessions, and the "basics" of grounding and angels/colors at any time! 
Reiki vortex

Before Session
  • Eat lightly/ avoid alcohol etc when you plan to give a treatment
  • Invite the Reiki guides to assist (Usui, Hayashi, Takata) 
  • Invite Grace Elohim (iridescent white) & AA Michael (blue, sword of truth)
  • Ground yourself 
  • Walk clockwise around the room, dedicating it to the Reiki session
  • Reiki 2: imagine power symbol above your head, and as a portal in front of you, which you step into. (Reiki 1: imagine stepping into this Reiki vortex)
  • State client's name and intention that this session be for their highest good
  • Ground client's feet, and re-ground yourself
  • Scan your client, and imagine the power symbol /Reiki balancing any issues you have which "match" theirs, any time during the session
  • Invite Grace Elohim and AA Raphael to assist (iridescent white and healing green)
  • If you feel pain during a session, it's often a "clue" to your client's pain, and when you move to the area, it will clear. You can invite St Germaine's violet flame to clear it from your field. 
  • Sweep at the end, and "hand" anything to be transmitted to the angels assisting.
  • Return the client's healing to them (Gassho bow _/|\_ )
  • Thank the Reiki guides and angels
  • Check in with client, share insights/experiences
  • Closure with client
  • "Sweep" room energetically with hands, shake the "dust" out the window or door, you can also sweep physically 
  • Spritz with lemon essential oil, smudge, burn incense, "Reiki smudge" with power symbol
  • Reground, several deep breaths
  • Journal about the session, tips for the future, insights for the client
  • Light a candle and take a Bath in salt water & Epsom salts
  • Do a full or chakra balance self-Reiki session
An attitude of love, kindness and gratitude, combined with a regular Self-Reiki practice, are our best protection. 

Blessings on your practice, I'd love to hear any of your tips and insights!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Clearing Old Stories

What stories run your life?
Can you imagine learning ways to identify and clear the ones which no longer serve?
Can you feel into living unrestrained by the old patterns?

Reiki and the soulful story process offer you that opportunity! Many of us live with past beliefs and old responses, which keep us from living the lives we long for. When we bring those old stories to light, we have a Golden opportunity to change the script. Reiki and Intentional Creativity alchemise the transformation, making a path for true change.

The Reiki principles offer a set of guidelines which can help us define core values and 
Soulful Story Cards
change the stories. Adapting them from 
principles set forth by the Meiji emperor, Reiki founder Mikeo Usui offered these ideals to his students:
For today only

  • Anger not 
  • Worry not
  • With appreciation do work
  • To others be kind
  • Show gratitude

Reiki and Intentional Creativity offer many tools for personal growth and positive shifts. By combining the Reiki principles and the soulful story process, initiates are guided to identify old stories and beliefs, then find personal antidotes to each. Using your own medicine, color and watercolor paper,  you craft a set of affirmation and principle cards unique to you and your stories. 

The soulful story process is included in Red Thread Reiki 1, and is offered as a separate teaching. 
Just for today, ...

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