Happy Birthday Dr. Usui

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Dr. Usui was born on August 15th,1865 in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Much of what we know of Dr. Usui as a person comes from the inscription on his memorial stone where he is described as a man of  great virtue and merit.

It is with deep gratitude I celebrate Dr. Usui’s birthday today. I plan on sending him lots of Reiki. I hope you will join me.

For more of the inscription on Dr. Usui’s memorial stone see my Blog entry “Who is Mikao Usui” January 23, 2018.

The Universe is a Chocolate Milkshake

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You may have heard of the Reiki truth When you give a treatment you get a treatment”. This concept was introduced to me during my Reiki Level I training by my Reiki Master and Teacher Kathleen Wilk. It was explained in this way. Imagine the Universe is a huge chocolate milk shake and you are a straw. You are giving a Reiki treatment. The person receiving the treatment is drinking the chocolate milkshake. As they draw through the straw the straw is getting coated with the delicious shake. In the same way, as you give someone a Reiki treatment the Reiki energy is flowing from the universe (the milk shake) through you (the straw) to the one receiving the Reiki. You are getting coated with healing Reiki energy. Thus, when you give a treatment you get a treatment!

I am often times asked “aren’t you tired after giving a Reiki treatment ?” My response is “No, it’s quite the opposite,I feel great!” I believe it is this coating of the Reiki Energy which fills me with renewed energy, heightened senses and a sense of wonder and joy at what is all around me.

How could we extend this idea of giving and receiving beyond our Reiki sessions and into our daily lives?  How much more enriched our lives and the lives of others could be!   As we seek balance in our lives lets not forget the universal truth “Give and you shall receive”.

REIKI CHALLENGE: Every day for one week give something. This could be a smile, giving up your place in a long line, a donation to a charity, volunteering your time, Reiki, a prayer. You get the idea. Then be open to and aware of receiving in return.

What have you given? What have you received? How has it made you feel? As you enrich the lives of others has your life been enriched in any way?  Let me know, I’d love to hear from you.


Thank You for Being My Teacher


“Thank you for being my teacher” are the words I say after every Reiki attunement I give. I have been saying these words for over twenty years and they are no less sincere than the first time I uttered them. They are words from my heart.

I have come to understand that the best Teachers and Masters are perpetual learners and that each one of my students has something to teach me. This is not only true in my Reiki practice but in life as well and sometimes I find my teachers  in the most unlikely places.

So to all my students and in fact all the people in my life, with deep gratitude I Thank you so very much for being my Teachers!

Where will you find your teacher today? What will you learn?

Reiki Healing or The Muddy Stream

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Dr Hyashi a disciple of Mikaio Usui  (the founder of  the Usui Method of Natural Healing, Reiki) used the metaphor of  “the muddy stream” to explain how Reiki sets in motion the body’s natural healing process.

He explained that just as the sediment will surface in a stream when it is disturbed making the waters muddy, Reiki will stir up stagnant energy in the body bringing it to the surface to be released. Often times this results in a healing reaction or symptoms temporarily getting worse.  Over time continuing to bring sediment to the surface and removing it will result in a crystal clear stream. So too with Reiki, as the stagnant energy is removed the body’s energy becomes clearer and clearer. Healing takes place.

Dr Usui’s Secret Method of Inviting Happiness

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This is what Dr Usui told us. “Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer. Pray these words to your heart and chant them with your mouth.”

When we recite these principles we are reminded to be mindful in each moment of our day. Dr Usui assures us that if we practice in this way we will invite happiness.

Can something so simple bring happiness? Why not give it a try.

Wishing you Happiness!


Words for Thought: Breathe in Life


When you shift your focus from what is absent to what is present, from what is missing
to what has been given, from what you are not to who you are, from the ravages of linear time to the immediacy of Now, you are reconnecting with love, truth and beauty,
and abundance is yours, effortlessly. For in truth, nothing is lacking where you are,
nothing is missing from the present scene of the movie of your life, and you are forever full, and at the point of completion. The only reason you cannot find Oneness is because you never left. The day is just waiting to be lived. So breathe in life, friend, breathe in life.
– Jeff Foster

Thoughts on Meditation


In ancient meditation instruction, it is said that at the beginning, thoughts will arrive one on top of another, uninterrupted, like a steep mountain waterfall. Gradually, as you perfect meditation, thoughts become like the water in a deep, narrow gorge, then a great river slowly winding its way down to the sea, and finally the mind becomes like a still and placid ocean, ruffled by only the occasional ripple or wave.