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.
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!
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
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.
“ The first duty of Love is to listen”
How can we become better listeners? True listening can be difficult, it requires concentration and takes practice. When we truly listen to someone we listen with our whole being. We are saying “ You are important to me. I truly want to know how you are feeling and what you are thinking. I am with you one hundred percent in this moment”. Isn’t it interesting that the Chinese character for the word listen contains the symbols for the ears, the eyes, undivided attention and the heart. We could translate it as “I give you my ears, my eyes, my undivided attention and my heart. I am listening”.
There are benefits to listening in this way:
* conflicts are reduced
* questions are asked, dialogs are started
* learning takes place
I suggest we go further in our listening. During our Reiki sessions lets listen with our intuition and our hands as well. Lets be open to our inner knowing and aware of what we feel under our hands.
Listening with our ears we hear. Listening with our eyes we notice things. Listening with our hearts we feel love and compassion. Listening with our intuition we are guided. Listening with our hands we feel Reiki speaking to us.
After giving my niece, who was three years old at the time,her first Reiki treatment I asked her “What did Reiki feel like?” she responded “It feels like love.” How perfect! Reiki is love!
Often times while meditating I focus on Love as my mantra. As I work my way up through the energy centers (chakras) in my body I find many aspects of love.
- love for and within our families
- love for and within our communities
- Our individual one-on-one love relationships
- the love we have for ourselves
- the love that exists and grows in our hearts
- the words of love and kindness that we speak
- the love that we know and receive
- the love of and for the divine
The vehicle for love is our hearts. Lets open our hearts and use them to love in every possible way we can.
Simply Love !
Today is World Animal Reiki Day.
I have had many opportunities to offer Reiki to animals. One of my most memorable experiences was offering Reiki to the animals at our local animal shelter which houses mostly cats and dogs. When you enter it’s hard to know with whom to begin. On my first visit it was suggested I start with Roman a cat who had had surgery on his paw. After introducing myself with outstretched Reiki hands I took him from his cage, sat in the small room on the floor and started to beam him Reiki from my hands. As he walked around he would pass over my lap. At times he would curl up for a while then move on. My second visit and each time after we sat on the floor together, Roman in my lap basking in the healing Reiki energy. One of the things I’ve learned from offering Reiki to animals is that not only is Reiki a universal energy it is a universal language as well. It is a language of love and healing which closes the gap between humans and animals. When doing Reiki with animals nothing needs to be taught or explained. Reiki is simply understood. If you were to give Reiki to an animal you would probably find them very receptive to it, in fact you might notice￼ they really love it. If you are perceptive and really listen they will let you know where they would like the treatment to take place, where on their body they would like you to put your hands and when they have had enough. I am very grateful for the many opportunities I have had to offer Reiki to an animal. I suggest you find an animal friend and try it. Chances are they will really like it and you will too!