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 CafĂȘ, 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!