Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Reiki and MAP

 In the early 90s, I began making flower essences shortly after joining the Healing Arts Team at Breitenbush Hot Springs and becoming a Reiki Master. 

One of my books on essences was Machaelle Small Wright's. I'd been gardening co-creatively with Nature since reading about Findhorn in the 80s, and later discovered Machaelle's Garden Workbook. When she published her Medical Assistance Program (MAP), I got her initial handouts, then the book.

Petunia - creative visionary

With this program (developed from her work with Devas and nature spirits, Machaelle began to work with a "team" for personal health - both physical and mental/emotional. It dovetails beautifully with energy work including Reiki and etheric healing, tuning forks and lightweaving, and during sessions received from other healers.

The team includes:

  1. PAN (the CEO of nature) 
  2. Great White Brotherhood (Ascended Masters, including Motherr Mary and Christos, and the Reiki guides)
  3. Deva of Healing (and possibly the Deva for the land you're on)
  4. Your Higher Self

Set up in a comfortable place, often lying down, and invite your Team to work with you (on your own, or in conjunction with other healers) generally for a set period of around an hour. You can do self Reiki during this session, following your intuition. 

Test for flower essences before and after the session (and during if so guided) At the end of the time, thank them and release the "coning.' This is a good time to record impressions and insights in your Reiki Journal.

You can Ask for the name of your team for future sessions. For an acute issue, you can leave the coning open for a longer time. A sweet addition: visualize journeying to a Temple of Healing for your sessions. 

You can also do group work work within a coning, with each person including their own higher self. Invite the Deva overlighting the land you're on (or each person's land, if you're on a conference call.) My friend Anita lived near Findhorn for a year, and taught our Reiki Circle to use a similar method for group meetings. 

I had begun working with MAP when I slipped on wet stairs, and likely cracked a few ribs!! Even though I had insurance, and several of our private (retreat center) medical team were my Reiki students .. I worked with poultices, flower essences and my MAP team ...(clay cut the pain immediately, and I had homeopathic Arnica)

A psychic later told me she noticed me gimping along, not moving with my usual dancer Grace and lightness ... Juliet thought of offering healing (she was initiated in Reiki 1 by Takata!) - but saw my house surrounded by angels, and received the message I "didn't want other help at the moment!" (A couple of my Reiki students did give me sessions) ... 💖🌹💜

Healing Temple

A practioneer who took the DVD workshop on using MAP wrote, "Use your MAP session as an exploration of  what you are feeling and experiencing around an issue. The MAP team can only "work" with what one is conscious of, and the exploration can help us become more aware of what's going on around an issue - physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. ... Using essences (with the session) can be helpful in gaining and maintaining balance."

She commented she found using a MAP-based coning while giving Reiki treatment supports and deepens the Reiki practice. When using MAP with others, invite their Higher self, not your own, for the 4th component of your coning, and remember to thank your team and release the coning at the end of the session. 

- Shortly after beginning to use MAP personally, I began using it professionally, and had several clients who were also familiar with the practice. We were excited to include MAP  in their sessions, and to compare notes afterwards.

You can use Professional MAP in your sessions and work with clients in any capacity! After you've worked your personal team for awhile, and are comfortable with the process, open a conning with your own Higher Self and your Professional Team. Request a name for your Professional MAP Team, and use a journal for your notes. You can request information and insights on how to best include MAP on your practice.

I'd love to hear if you decide to use MAP as part of your practice!

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Cats Invented Reiki

Ask a cat if they would like some Reiki, and they'll likely tell you they invented it!! 

When i embarked on my Reiki journey, it seemed by 'happenstance! During her talk on the asteroid Chiron, the 'wounded healer, Analyse mentioned Chiron oversees healing initiations, & invited those interested to register for a Reiki class in a few weeks.

I was intrigued, & signed up for the class on the spot. I'd long realized there was 'more we could do' with our hands, without personal effort; but hadn't been sure how to tap it consistently. 

One other student and one of Analyse's new Masters and I arrived for the class. After the introduction, we moved to the massage tables for our first sessions, and the resident kitty was at the door, wanting in! It joined Analyse for sessions, then would go out during the Reiki lessons! 

In the years since that first class in 1989, I've done Reiki on animals, or they've joined in classes several times. 
Coal and Ash (grandkitties)
  • One weekend, I joined my son and his family at a rural outing, and as I was doing Reiki on his horse Magic, the other horses gave me the LOOK, "is it my turn yet?" (Yes, they got turns!)
  • Visiting my friends Kylene and Roy, who had wanted to take a class for awhile, it suddenly worked out just after they got a new puppy - a Great Pyrenees, who insisted on laying in between his people during the initiation - and between my feet! During a later visit, we were walking to the garden, and when Kylene mentioned his foot was bothering him, I laid my hand on his head - and he sat down in my foot, "more, please!" Kylene laughed, and said, "remember, he's a Reiki dog"
  • Living at the coast in the mid 90s, my daughter's kitty Jade joined me, as I could picture him at Reiki circles and classes ... forgetting often people are allergic to cats! Like my master's kitty, he liked to settle on someone during their treatment (and if they were ok with him there, I let him.)
  • Shortly after I took etheric healing from my African teacher, Jade came home limpng. I tried doing Reiki with my hands touching him, he hissed! I called my student Joy, who was one of his favorite people, who suggested I try the off-body etheric, as animals were often more sensitive.  I held one hand over his hips, one over his heart. He nestled in my lap and purred for about 20 minutes! Joy worked on him as well, and he was OK a few days later.
Percy and Gracie

  • A dog named Emmett come with his person Patrick to a first degree initiation at the coast. A mellow Norwegian Elk Hound, Jade wasn't too bothered to share the room ... During the initiation, Emmett came from the doorway, and lay with his head under the initiation chair, before I called Patrick over! I also invited the class to practice giving Emmett Reiki, which he quite enjoyed. (A psychic later told me that Jade showed her Emmett filled the whole house with a rose gold light!)
  • If a dog is present when I play the harp (and transmit Reiki via the music), they often lay near the harp, and soak it in. My psychic friend said her elder and gimpy dog asked, "is that another way she talks? It makes my whole body feel good!" I plagued the harp the night I came home with my Gracie over a decade ago, and she curled up for a nap.
  • Once while living at Breitenbush, a friend and I went to mine in a nearby town for a holiday meal. When we arrived, the Corgis were jumping with excitment, but theit pal a Golden retriever didn't even greet us... Our hostess explained he was diabetic, and had gotten into the Christmas cookies, which were on a card table, when she went outside! He'd had his insulin, she'd been in touch with his Vet, and the dog was sleeping it off. I thought of Reiki, and switched from petting him to putting my hands on his tummy ... And after doing Reiki got several minutes, went into the Living room, and sat on the couch. The dog got up, strolled over to the couch, climbed up beside me, and leaned back, exposing his tummy, "um, you're not done yet, lady!" So I did some more Reiki, till he was satisfied, climbed of the couch, went back to the kitchen, and emptied his water bowl! I always tell my human students and clients, "drink more water," he didn't need to be told! He was alert and curious from that point, and returned several times you say "thank you!"
  • My friend Linda and I became Masters together in 1991. When I visited her home in Portland, I slept on a daybed in the living room... Before lights out, I heard a scraping sound in the hall - her German Shepherd Angel was pulling her bed down the hall, to sleep beside me! (Laughing, Linda and her daughter took the bed back down the hall!) Angel had the hip dysplasia common to shepherds, and several times, Linda crawled into the kennel at the vet's with her, and extended her life (and comfort!)
A friends Intentional Creativity® Tribute

There are, of course, many more stories - and Mrs Takata shared some of her own. Living among farmers in Hawaii, she instructed them to hold eggs and beam Reiki before putting them in the incubator, and to use their "Reiki hands" on injured animals. If the injury is acute (like Jade's hip) off the body etheric is generally more comfortable than direct Reiki. 
Several Reiki Masters have written about their experiences with animals, and this Psychology Today article highlights one practioner, Kathleen Prasad's work with Reiki and animals. 

When I'm asked if one needs to "believe in" Reiki for it to "work," I often tell an animal healing story - the animals know it feels good/ is calming and helpful, without needing statistics, or to be convinced! And like Kathleen, I've found that animals will lead, and let us know what they want! 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Everyday Reiki

The Reiki precepts begin kyo dake wa, just for today ...

When we have Reiki, we can invite the energy to flow into our activities and interactions throughout the day. 

While Takata awaited surgery in Dr Maeda's hospital in Tokyo, each of the meals prepared by the doctor's sister the dietician was blessed with Reiki: green tea, Rice, beans, steamed vegetables (especially carrots & beets), seaweed. As she learned Reiki herself, Mrs Takata blessed her own food and drink, and later recommended her students do the same.

Teachers in many traditions suggest blessing what we ingest, it's something we do daily, and soon becomes second nature. We can also use Reiki around the home:
  • set up an altar
  • hold seeds or herbs a minute before we plant them
  • bless a craft project we're working on
  • sweep the floor
  • play a musical instrument
  • atune to objects as we decide whether to keep them, or pass them on
In addition to doing sessions on ourselves, our pets and each other, we can use Reiki to clear, bless and Tune the land!  I love this process learned from my Flower Essence Friend Molly Sheehan  - Reiki enhances the tuning, but this can be done by ANYONE! 

* I tacked a slip of paper up on my fridge with a quick summary of the process - & often just step outside & ask that the Angels, Masters, Elemntals & Devas 'CLEANSE, CLEAR, RE-BALANCE & ILLUMINATE' my land!
We can also visualize sending Reiki blessings into the earth when we walk on the land, or traverse labyrinth. When we light a candle or write a note.

Kayleen and Emily on the Columbia River

Another simple daily practice - use your breath plus visualization to enhance your sense of calm and vitality. Practices like yoga and Qigong often include conscious breath as a vehicle for becoming present.  
Imagine filling your body with love, peace, calm, health. You can place your hands on your heart, or heart and belly, and envision love filling you with each inhale and exhale for a few minutes. 
I offer a longer Breath of Reiki process here, and ideas on using Reiki with EFT.

My daughter, who took classes with me 20 years ago, says she sends Reiki when she hears an ambulance, and when animals or kid's are upset,  sits and beams soothing calm.

In our Red Thread Reiki classes, I have my students create Reiki Principle cards or Prayer Flags, with a simple illustration on the front, and the principle of the back. You can string the flags where you can see them, or choose a card to work with each day or perhaps for a week. 
Principe Flags, Gratitude tree, Medicine Basket

In an interview between lineage keeper Phyllis Furomoto and another Master of Japanese descent, Barbara Matsuura, they affirm that, 'Every student has within them their own truth,' and each of us can learn from others. 

Barbara added, "Just sit & Be. Be the Reiki - don't try, just Be it!' 


Friday, September 18, 2020

Reiki and the Red Thread

 While studying to become an Intentional Creativity teacher and coach in 2015, one of our assignments was to offer Red Thread Circles and events. I included a simple circle as part of a 1st Degree Reiki class, and we created Reiki journals in 2nd Degree - the students loved them!

My teacher Maestra 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 our lives, the thread may twist, stretch and tangle, but will never break.

We each hold, and are responsible for a unique piece of this thread.

With Reiki, we often feel the resonance of connection when we meet other  Reiki practitioners, or first connect with our Master. The teachings and practices of Intentional Creativity® and Reiki support each other in a beautiful way. Over the last five years, I've formulated a Red Thread Reiki curriculum designed to support practitioners on their journey.

Some of the Red Thread Reiki teachings are  included in my classes, others may be taken separately. Most are suitable for anyone, whether they've studied Reiki or not. 

These Circles include a check in, Meditation with self Reiki, and a simple creative project - no artistic ability necessary - really! Creativity is an innate gift inherent in being human, and becoming aware of ourselves as creative beings helps us stay present.

These pieces we create are imbued with Reiki energy, and can be used personally or gifted to others. Most circles are open to both Reiki Practitioners and those interested in healing.

  • Reiki Principle Prayer flags 
  • Soul Compass cards - rewrite old stories
  • Blessing Box - for your Reiki Prayer requests
  • Medicine Basket - what are your special tools and gifts?
  • Personal symbol - use Metacognative drawing to unlock your unique healing symbol
  • Reiki Journal - cover, process pages
  • Finger labyrinth
  • Symbol practice * Reiki 2 and 3 practitioners
Intentional Painting Classes especially suited for Reiki Practitioners:

  • Medicine Painting - turn tragedies into remedies 
  • Reiki Guide (watercolor paper or canvas) 
  • Soul Spark 
  • Healing Temple
Have questions? You'd like to work with me in person or virtually, you find information about these sessions and my Reiki classes on my website.
You're invited to contact me - I look forward to our journey together on the Reiki Path.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Qigong, Tai Chi and Reiki

 My massage mentor had polio in the 40s, and recommended we take Tai Chi in '83 to support the bodywork! I took a Yang long form from Maria Wen Yen Liu in Salem, and we began each class with a series of Qigong warm up exercises .... I continued taking ballet (from Lynn Marchant, a world class teacher from the Bay area, who had also studied Tai Chi) and the Yang form, till I moved to Breitenbush Hot Springs in '91. 

I began teaching a drop in Qi class for Breitenbush staff and guests 2x a week, as part of our Daily Well Being offerings and took classes and workshops as I could. One from a Qigong teacher that Heiner F. brought from China included eating stars (!) and a Tiger form, plus exchanging Qi with trees ... (94)
I took Reiki before moving to the Bush, and became a Reiki Master that first year, often including Qi movement in our Reiki Classes. I particularly loved practicing my own forms and Qi dances in the Sanctuary, the Forest Shelter, and the beautiful outdoors.

When Ganga Gi offered a silent retreat at our center for two weeks, she invited staff to teach extra classes, as she only gave darshan once or twice each day. I offered my Qigong sessions in the late morning before she spoke, and quickly decided to teach 6 mornings a week! We were taking our time off to paint our Massage building, so I'd teach first, then head over to wash, prep and paint, and sometimes drop in on another staff member's class (usually Yoga or EDGU).

Several Retreat students handed me notes, expressing appreciation, and saying my teachings dovetailed beautifully with her talks! One asked for a private session, so she could bring similar teachings to her community. Another mentioned the connection between Reiki and Tai Chi, and a Buddhist Reiki form, and a teacher in Portland - I took the Buddhist Reiki with my friend Anita and Reiki Student a year later! 

In the mid 90s, I taught the Qi flow form when I was at the coast, along with Reiki. When filling in for Healing Arts, I took my first Breema classes, and found the Self-Breema exercises very similar.

After moving back to the valley, my friend the artist and Harper Jewel Shield invited me to a series of Soaring Crane Qigong classes with Forest Grove teacher JoAnn Albrecht. My friends from the Acupuncture college, OCOM, had studied with her teacher, professor Chen, and I loved the form!

The teaching materials (written, audio and visual) supported the personal instruction, and I found it easy to do on my own, and continue to practice several days a week.
I later took levels 2 and 3 privately with Johanna, and assisted in one set of private classes. 
I was interested in certifying to teach Soaring Crane myself, but the teacher professor Chen approved for certification has moved out of state. Johanna helped edit the Qigong manuals, and is a very precise teacher, every class was a blessing.

Among the forms she has learned, Joanna had an apprenticeship with Wang Zi Sheng Rimpoche, and is certified to teach 5 Element Standing Stake, so I learned  theory and that form, and may teach it. I alternate the 5 Element form with Soaring Crane, and sometimes put on a YouTube session with Marissa from Yochi, if I want a switch! 

Last week I offered a private Qigong session for a friend who studied Reiki with me, as part of her ongoing dances with building Qi. It is fun creating teaching materials of my own, and sharing this powerful yet gentle way to enhance our personal energy.
Qigong, Breema and Tai Chi are all excellent additions to your personal Reiki Practice! Do you have a favourite? 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Initiations and Headaches

When I began offering Reiki classes in 1991, I had just begun making flower essences, and blends or "bouquets." I had several reference books and a few essences from others, and appreciated the ways the energies of Reiki and the flowers dovetailed. 

One of my sets is the Rose 2 Essences from Parelandra, which are designed to "address the electric system's support during a deep expansion experience. Here, one is not processing ordinary, everyday change and challenges. When faced with this kind of expansion, we are required to function in new ways, and with patterns and rhythms yet to be experienced. The Rose Essences II set assists that phenomenon by balancing and stabilizing the electrical system and its circuits that support all deep-expansion activity."
Jude the Obscure
This perfectly describes the kind of deep expansion we experience during Reiki initiations! I brought essences to my classes, and often made an initiation "bouquet" to help with patterns that were being released. I noticed that occasionally during a class, the expansion would manifest as a headache, and began to offer essences from the Rose II set as an option. Usually the headache would dissipate within 10-20 minutes of taking the remedy! 

I've used rose essences from my own collection with equal effectiveness. A couple of favourite additions are Red Shamrock, which is like installing "new spark plugs" and Black Current, for clearing "seven generations of old beliefs, patterns and trauma" 

As essence maker Molly Sheehan says, "each kind of flower essence is a high frequency electrical solution imprinted with the Divine Wisdom and energetic vibrational pattern of a particular flower... When our electrical shortens are challenged by the learning lessons of our daily life, they can sometimes overload, short circuit out shut down...Flower Essences offer our systems an alternative way to vibrate." 

I invite you to consider including flower essences in your personal tool kit, as an additional support for your Reiki practice! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Reiki Renewal

During our Reiki journies, we experience ebb and flow, when we feel less or more connection to the energy. I remember my surprise when I asked a couple who had taken separate classes how they used Reiki together, and they said, "oh, we don't really use it any more!" ... and my thought: "but Reiki flows every time you touch each other!" 
Now, that's my belief - that Reiki flows as it's needed, and is amplified in the presence of other practitioners ... And ..That adding the element of intentionality helps focus the flow! 

Interested in healing from an early age, and in sharing what I learn with others, I was drawn to teaching Reiki from my first initiation, and to teaching Intentional Creativity® when that came my way. It seemed natural to explore the connection between the two, to follow the Red Thread to weave them together.

In 1991 as I began teaching Reiki, I thought about Dr Maeda bringing out traditional writing implements to craft the letter to Hayashi Sensei, asking him to take Mrs Tamara as a student. I looked at my Second Degree initiate Jamshed, and asked, "Do you happen to have a Sumi set?" Surprised, he said he did! 
When we met to practice the symbols, I brought the ink stick I'd found in the college bookstore 23 years before, grinding stone, brushes and rice paper, and he brought his beautiful set from China. It was so satisfying to grind the ink, and use the brush to draw the symbols. 
Creative fire
In recent months, some of our Intentional Creativity community members are exploring the pivot needed in these times in a course called Dancing Entrepreneur. I have often felt the process of creating prayer flags, cards, collage and journals could benefit many, and would make a great virtual offering, and one of my personal inquiries has been, "how might I bring Red Thread Reiki practices to my own students, and to other Reiki Practitioners?" 
Visionary Plan cards
During today's call with business coach Julie Steelman, we participated in breakout groups, and after a brief check in, focused on an aspect of our project, something we could take one step toward. I appreciate how ideas and insights are amplified in groups, and got an idea for a mini project we can do on a complimentary call! 

I'd love you to join me, as we explore tending the Reiki Fire with creative practices and community!
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Reiki blessings to you and yours