Death

Death

Is not just about the end of one’s life, but especially in the west, and with western Abrahamic religions in particular, that is the way it is regarded. In the simplest and easiest term, it is going to sleep and never waking up. Friends and relatives are left to manage unsettled affairs and dispose of the physical body, the container for the soul reincarnated into it at birth.

Death also means transformation, transmigration, change, change the things that are not working for you. It is the decision to leave your company to go to another or to start your own business. Death can also mean retirement, at the end of a long working life.

Yes, we may stay in contact with people we worked with but as their lives move and we no longer share the stresses and decisions of the working environment, we become less and less connected to them. Annual get togethers have smaller and smaller numbers of attendees until there are none, or, someone just doesn’t bother to organize it one year.

Most people would not refer to retirement, or leaving to go to another company as “Death.” But it is an ending and Reiki has a role to play in both the process that is happening as you move on to the next phase of your life. Reiki has a role in all the things you would like to end and the manifestation of what follows. Focus on the new, not what has gone. Do not cling to the old as if it were a crutch that helps you walk. 

Accept what is to change and encourage it by focusing on the death of what is to go. Release the pain and resistance that is holding you down, holding you back. Now, we have talked of death and endings, but transformation into something new can also include the death of something no longer serving us. Remodeling a home would fit into this.

Now is the time to release… Now is the time to move forward.

Clear your space of negative energies. Smudge it with Sage, if you cannot do it yourself, as for someone attuned to Reiki, attuned to the Master Teacher level.

If you have a journal, prepare a new page and list the things that are to be released, all the things that are not working for you, all the things that have to die in order for you to move forward without any burdens. Immediately after that page, start a new age with all the things you want to manifest in your life. As the old ends, so the new must make itself present.

  1. Find somewhere that is quiet and you are free from interruption.
  2. Ask Archangel Michael to stand guard over you while you are releasing. Ask him to make sure there are to be no interruptions, no meddling, no interference. He will protect the session.
  3. Quiet your busy mind. Quiet the egoic mind.
  4. If you are attuned to Reiki, level 2 or higher use the power symbol Chokurei to give the session energy and empower your intentions. If you are not et attuned to Reiki, affirm your desire, and intention that these endings and new starts take place in your life.
  5. Open the journal at the page of endings. Use the power symbol Chokurei again give your intentions for endings… purpose. Place your hand on the page and see in your mind, in your spirit the endings taking place.
  6. Open the journal at the page of new beginnings. Use the power symbol Chokurei again give your intentions for new starts, new purpose. Place your hand on the page and see in your mind, in your spirit, the beginning of new things that you want to bring in to your life.
  7. At the end of the session, close the journal and thank Archangel Michael for standing guard over the session.

A few weeks from now, symbolically, the end of the month is ideal. Open the journal and look at the page of endings and the page of new beginnings. You can if you want tick off the ones that have come to fruition. I prefer to strike through the things that have ended with e black or red pen, and tick the things that are new beginnings with a green one. But you can use whatever is at hand. 

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This post is taken from our Reiki Level II Student Manual

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Reiki Principles and Gratitude

The Five Reiki Spiritual Principles are that for today, I will not:

The Five Reiki Principles
The Five Reiki Principles laid down by Dr. Usui

Reiki Principles and Gratitude, for what we have and what and who we are just as powerful. We are all happy for different things in our lives. Some feed us emotionally, such as relationships and friendships, others are material things, things that allow us to do things, go places and be happy and connected to others and all the living things that come from Mother Gaia.

Gratitude is energetic, we become more grounded and at peace which shifts our energy both internally and externally. 

If you do not see gratitude listed in the five principles, well, I see compassion as a synonym for gratitude. 

A simple morning ritual that tells the universe you are happy, and grateful is simply to say “I am alright.”

Let’s see how to Practice!

Take a few moments each morning to…

  • Play with your pets, don’t just feed and water them, and clean up after them. They give us unconditional love. They need some love back. And, they need some gratitude for being the loving animals they are. We are fortunate to live with them and have them in our lives.
  • If you are attuned to Reiki, you may be aware of your guides, they are with you before birth and will be with you after you pass over. Tell them you are grateful for their presence and ask them to help and guide you through the day to come.
  • Make sure your family, your spouse, and children all know that you are grateful for them being part of your life. 
  • Think of your health and wellness. All aspects of your health and wellness. If you can run do something dramatic such as run a marathon, or cycle a long distance, or swim, be grateful for the body and spirit in you that takes you to the places those sporting activities take you to. I used to cycle long distances, 100km or more. The journey and the places I saw were as important as the end goal. I was then and still am very happy with this wonderful body and all that it does to make those things happen. 
  • Material things such as our vehicle, money and abundance are all important to us. They are expressions of our work and dedication, to our ability to manifest things that help us go about our modern lives.
  • Food and water, our home, the roof over our head. These are nurturing and sustaining us.
  • To be grateful for experiences life gives us. I will always be grateful for my experiences as a scuba diver, being able to see and do things the majority of people cannot, or do not know how.
  • Be grateful for the things that have come to an end. This can be anything or number of things that are meaningful to you. Sadness may surround your thoughts of a relative that has passed over but we should have gratitude for their lives and what they did and how they lived. We may have ended a job and moved on to another, but now is the time to be happy about the gifts that job gave us in challenges and opportunities to personal growth.

My last thought is for Reiki, it is part of my life, an enjoyable part and something takes my mind to it and every day, for which I am grateful.

In the end I am just grateful for all that I think of. The blessings you think while you close your quiet moment do not have to be all of the blessings you have; tomorrow is another day and you can think of other blessings to express your gratitude for then.

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I Forgave

As we move through life, looking back or looking around and saying “I Forgave” is or should be important for us. There will always be situations that are trying and testing, emotionally taxing, and seem unjustified. If we look around as say I do not understand why this is happening to ME!” we have missed the point. 

We have missed why we have been given the opportunity to learn from it. Imagine for a moment a new relationship appears and there seems to be so much right about the other person. Then, there is something wrong that comes to the surface. At least it is disruptive to us, they are behaving as they feel is right for them, regardless of how it hurts us. They may not even be aware of what it is doing to us.

If we do not express our hurt and frustration, they will never know how we felt and the damage they are doing. If we do speak up, they still may not change their behaviour because they see now reason to change, or they may not see what the feelings they are inflicting on us a being damaging.

When eventually we look back and see what happened, forgiving them, even if we do not communicate forgiveness to them, it is important because when we think about them if we have not forgiven them, what hurt us in the past, will hurt us again.

When we have emotional challenges and hurt a blockage, or blockages appear in the Heart, Throat or Crown chakra and will be detected by a Reiki Practitioner. If you are a practitioner or attuned, you will be able to sense these blockages.

The Heart Chakra represents your ability to give and receive love, your capacity to love yourself and your sense of compassion and empathy for all beings

Blocked symptoms include heart disease, lung problems, relationship problems, commitment issues, fear of intimacy, being judgmental and an inability to feel compassion and you’ll struggle to relate to other people. You will be less compassionate than usual and may be impatient. You’ll commonly find it harder than usual to trust, and you won’t feel at peace. Rather, you’ll feel restless and disgruntled. A blocked Heart Chakra can also manifest physically. Some Chakra experts think such a misalignment may be linked to issues like high blood pressure and low immune system function.

Overloaded symptoms include chest pain, breast problems including cancer, self-sacrificing behaviour, codependency, ignoring your own needs in the constant service of others

Balancing suggestions include taking care of yourself, practicing breathing exercises, doing yoga that opens the chest (back bends) or nurture the heart Childs pose and by loving in better balance, giving and receiving love without sacrificing yourself or taking energy from your other Chakras

This chakra is center for communication, sound, vibration and the TRUTH. Clear expression through vocal expression, drawing, writing and/or musical ability as well as good listening abilities are all part of this balanced chakra. Speaking your truth, hearing and UNDERSTANDING the truth in what others are saying are continued strengths here. Honoring the vibration and rhythm of your voice [spoken voice, written voice, musical voice] aids in the healthy balance of your Throat chakra.

The Throat Chakra represents your ability to communicate, express yourself, listen, speak truth, hear the truth, and understand the meaning behind and beyond words

Blocked symptoms include a weak voice, laryngitis, throat pain, neck pain, stiff neck, jaw pain, hypothyroidism, dental problems, writers block, lack of musical ability and problems expressing yourself, there is an inability to say what you really want to say. You may feel like you’re stuck holding onto secrets. Similarly, you may believe that people don’t want to hear your thoughts, or that you can’t find the right words for your feelings. 

Once again, a small blockage may mean you only struggle with self-expression at work, or with a particular friend. Meanwhile, a significant misalignment may mean you constantly feel thwarted in communication. Physically, a blocked Throat Chakra may present with pain in the neck, sensitivity to hormone fluctuations, and discomfort in throat tissue.

Overloaded symptoms include neck problems, hyperthyroidism/ talking too much/ talking too loudly, interrupting, speaking without regard for other people’s feelings

Balancing suggestions include singing, humming, listening to music, writing talking to people, listening to people, practicing silence, getting a shoulder and neck massage.

The Crown Chakra is where the ‘real you’ comes together in that it reflects the human spirit – higher brain function, our connection with the higher power or universal energy, and also our ability to connect to the ‘big picture’ in different aspects of our physical world and how our spirituality, our connectedness is reflected in that. The lotus flower is associated with this chakra as the actual flower is able to extend its system through various depths of water and is rooted in deep, murky, muddy bottom of ponds much as we are sometimes mired in the physical elements of this world and yet able to extend ourselves up to the top of the ‘water’ and produce a beautiful result, connection with our higher Self and Universal Energy. This chakra is depicted with the colour white however is sometimes known as purple.

Represents your intellectual ability, your spirituality, your connection to spirit, God, universe or higher power.

Blocked symptoms are headaches, brain abnormalities, amnesia, feelings of isolation, depression, lack of inspiration and spiritual crisis, you might not see much beauty in the world at all if your Crown Chakra has been disturbed. You may also feel spirituality adrift and experience symptoms of depression. If you’re only starting to develop this type of block, you might just notice a decline in overall excitement or motivation. Physically, a blocked Crown Chakra can also occur at the same time as problems with physical coordination or chronic headaches.

Overloaded symptoms are headaches, addiction to spiritual or intellectual practices, out of body experiences, dissociation with the body, over -intellectualizing and feeling ungrounded

Balancing suggestions include meditating, praying, spiritual study, learning new things, grounding, physical exercises.

Forgiving the ourselves for being part of the situation that caused us hurt, for staying in the situation too long and forgiving them for being the way they are or were at the time.

Forgiveness of ourselves for being in that situation is part of the process. Loving ourselves again and not feeling any blame for allowing it happen, and for lasting as long as it did is another part of the process. 

Only you can love yourself. If you are attuned, engage with Reiki to help you become friends with yourself again and then love yourself.

Carry a crystal and hold it in your hand or between your fingers often during the day and sit quietly for those moments if you can and concentrate on your inner heart and the love you have for yourself.

Rose quartz – semiprecious gem used for jewels and also in esoteric and alternative medicine

Rose Quartz Crystal-Heart Chakra

  1. known as the “Love stone”.
  2. opens Heart Chakra to all forms of love, self and other
  3. lowers stress
  4. soothing and happy stone
  5. brings gentleness, forgiveness, compassion, kindness and tolerance.
  6. raises self-esteem and self-worth
  7. emotional balancing stone
  8. aids in healing emotional wounds and bringing a sense of peace and calm
  9. removes fears, resentments, guilt and anger
  10. eases and aids in releasing childhood traumas
  11. helpful and protective during pregnancy and with childbirth
  12. helps in healing the heart, the circulatory system, fertility, headaches, kidney disease, migraines, sexual dysfunction, sinus problems, throat problems, depressions, addictions, earaches, slowing signs of aging, spleen problems, fibromyalgia and maintaining an ideal weight. 
  13. color – pink

A stone of unconditional love and infinite peace. Promotes receptivity to beauty in all levels – including love and self-love. An emotional healer, releasing unexpressed emotions and heartache soothing internal pain and opening your heart so that you become receptive. If you have loved and lost, it comforts your grief.  Invokes self-trust and self-worth. Excellent for trauma or crisis, it acts as a rescuer and provides reassurance and calm. Draws off negative energy, strengthens empathy and sensitivity and promotes necessary change. 

Aquamarine Crystal – Throat Chakra

  1. known as the “stone of courage” than can bring great power
  2. assists with quick intellectual response
  3. brings inner peace and self-love
  4. helps with shielding auras
  5. brings Angels for guidance and protection
  6. excellent crystal for meditation
  7. dispels anger and fear
  8. assists with past life recall
  9. beneficial in bringing about good luck
  10. calms communication issues
  11. being attuned to the sea, it protects travelers on water
  12. helps in healing chronic fatigue, the endocrine system, eyes and eyesight, fluid retention, headaches, intestinal disorders, the nervous system, phobias, teeth and gums.
  13. color – greenish blue

Aligning all Chakras however clears the throat chakra and opens third eye also. A wonderful stone for meditation, it shields the aura and encourages service to humanity. Breaks self-defeating programs and leads to dynamic change. Useful also for closure on all levels, understanding underlying emotional states and interpreting how you feel. Clarifies perception as it removes extraneous thought and filters information reaching the brain.

Clear Quartz – Crown Chakra

  1. known as the “Universal Crystal”
  2. is a power stone
  3. is the most recognized of the crystals
  4. enhances energy by absorbing, storing, amplifying, balancing, focusing & transmitting
  5. channels Universal energy
  6. beneficial for manifesting, healing, meditation, protection and channeling
  7. harmonizes and balances environment
  8. energizes and strengthens healing qualities of other crystals
  9. can be used to amplify healing energy and to perform diagnostic healing
  10. dispels and clears away negative energy
  11. enhances spiritual growth, spirituality and wisdom
  12. increases inspiration and creativity
  13. assists with concentration, studying and retaining information
  14. used in crystal healing to fortify and strengthen all systems of the body
  15. helps in healing arthritis, bone injuries, depression, intestinal troubles and also improves mental and physical energy, stamina and physical strength.
  16. color – clear, white

Powerful healing and energy amplifier. It absorbs, stores, releases and regulates energy. Works at a vibrational level attuned to specific requirement of the user, it takes energy to most perfect state possible. Deep soul cleanser, enhances metaphysical abilities and attunes to spiritual purpose.  Quartz harmonizes all chakras, aligns the aura and cleanses third eye chakra to enable truth to be seen in Self and in situations, and signs and symbols to be recognized and understood.

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This post is taken from our Reiki Level II Student Manual

This post is taken from our Reiki Level II Student Manual

Mark is a Registered Reiki Teacher and Practitioner under the Canadian Reiki Association – CRA. Click here for more information and to book a remote session

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End of the year

It is November. Soon we will enter the twelfth and final month of the year. In that moth we will celebrate many things, including the longest day of the winter, the Winter Solstice.

It is a time for looking back on the past year and forward to the new one. Both require our gratitude, gratitude for what has passed, the good things that have come our way and the way we dealt with the trials and challenges of the past.

What we have learned from the challenges of the past year is both a time for reflection and gratitude. Reflection to recognize what the challenges were, and the outcomes of the way we dealt with them, and what we learned about ourselves as a result. What we learned is not just the moment-by-moment actions, thoughts and deeds of what took place but after the challenge was over what we learned about ourselves and the effect of the challenge on us.

As you look forward to the New Year, there are so many unknowns, even what we do know may change as we move into the details.

First-Footing is a tradition in many parts of the world, from Britain to Sweden, Serbia, and Georgia. There are many variations on what is required to perform a successful ritual. They are described in an article in Wikipedia, search for “First-Foot,” or click here.

But all have some things in common. The person coming into the house in the first few minutes of the New Year should bring with them things that traditionally represent good fortune:

Coal – symbolizes fuel to burn for cooking food and heating the home.

Bread – symbolizes food for the family

Salt – symbolizes the seasoning of food to make it more enjoyable and palatable, but it can also be used for preserving food items such as fish

Fruit cake – a rich fruit cake is a luxury item and symbolizes wealth and celebration. Purchasing the ingredients, cooking and consuming them at a celebration of some kind is good fortune.

Whiskey or alcohol of some kind symbolizes, wealth, good fortune, success and things to celebrate. 

Clothing – is particle but also symbolizes wealth, new things to clothe ourselves with

Candles – symbolize light to take us through the dark nights remaining in winter but also the evenings of the New Year to come. 

Money – of course this is wealth but also opportunity, if used correctly and for that purpose.

These traditional symbols have come down to us across the centuries. Across those same centuries has come Reiki. Reiki is part of our traditions at this time of year. Its healing energy has supported us during the year that is passing and it will strengthen and help us in the year ahead so long as we ask for help and allow the aid it sends to permeate our bodies, our thoughts and our deeds.

So, lets perform a simple ceremony of gratitude for what has past and for what will come.

First, cleanse your home of any unwanted energies. Go to each room of your home with smoking bundle of sacred herbs, usually white sage. I will usually have a window open, or a door, just slightly to allow the exit of any energies that should not be in the home. 

I will usually say something like, “Only beings of Light and Love are allowed in this space, room, hallway, vestibule etc. all others must leave. Now!” I add emphasis to the word Now because I want any such spirits to leave right away, not at their leisure. As I speak, I wave the sage wand in the air so that the scent is disappeared in the room. 

Be aware that cupboards, behind doors, closets, attics and cellars must also be cleared. 

Incense, light your favorite incense to bring warmth and pleasantness into the home. Light two candles one for the New Year, one for the Old Year.

Sit quietly and clear your mind. If you are attuned and are aware of your guides, invite them to draw close to you.

Invite Reiki energy to join you and also the Archangel Michael to protect a self-Reiki session which you now start performing for yourself. Always remember that you need help and sustenance and healing before you can help anyone else, even a child.

Take your time healing and allowing Reiki energy to enter you and healing anything that needs healing, but especially your mind. Use Reiki energy to help you guide your mind and keep egoic mind from churning on things you cannot change and draining your energy by this useless effort.

Turn your attention to the past year and all the good things that have happened and all the challenges. Look briefly at what you have learned and what you have been blessed with and how you have changed and grown as a result of all that has happened.

Do not dwell in any detail on anything. There is the possibility your busy mind will start churning on the details if you do and that is not what we need.

Now turn to the New Year ahead. Consider all the good things and the changes in you. Think of the year ahead. The year ahead is an opportunity for all kinds of changes in you, new events, new gifts, and opportunities. Also, appreciate the learnings you will achieve from the challenges that will come your way and be prepared to accept them for that.

At the end of the personal Reiki session, thank Reiki energy for being with your though the past year and affirm your belief and feelings for Reiki for the New Year. If you are attuned to Reiki, draw the Reiki Per Symbol and Personal Matters symbols on the palm of one hand with the index finger of the other three times each.

Close the session by thanking Archangel Michael for standing guard over the session.

While we have thought in terms of the New and Old years as the calendar turns over, this Reiki ceremony can also take place at your birthday that marks a year of your life passing and a new one starting.

I wish you all have a wonderful holiday season and a fabulous 2021!

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This post is taken from our Reiki Level II Student Manual

Mark is a Registered Reiki Teacher and Practitioner under the Canadian Reiki Association – CRA.

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Blue Moon Thankfulness

Being aware of celestial events and happenings such as a Blue moon is important. Celestial events such as this are dates when things happen in the cosmos that affect us and are also opportunities to gather energy from the universe and which help us in our lives, both physically and Spiritually.

There is a Blue Moon on October 31, 2020. It’ll be called a Blue Moon because it’ll be the 2nd of 2 full moons in a single calendar month. October 31st is also Halloween, a time when the energy of the spirt world is closest to ours.

The Moon is not Blue, of course, it is still silvery white and reflecting the light of the sun down on us to brighten our evenings. So, if you see images of the moon that show it as being blue, the image was taken or manipulated with blue filters.

But you may see a Blue Moon when conditions are right. A Blue Moon in this case is caused by smoke and dust particles in the Earth’s atmosphere that scatter the red wavelengths in light coming from the moon. The result is blue light making through the smoke and haze. 

The Blue Moon may also be defined another way, as the third of four full moons in a single season, with a season being between a solstice and equinox. The next seasonal Blue Moon will be August 22, 2021.

When you are attuned to Reiki, you recognize that New Moons are time to meditate and engage with Reiki energy to plant the seeds of manifestation and Full Moons are the time when to reap the harvest from those seeds. A Blue Moon is one special time to make sure the seeds you planted are ready to be harvested and above all, you are open to receive what you have manifested.

At the New Moon, take a piece of paper and write down clearly what it is you wish to manifest. Do not number them because what you are trying to manifest may not appear in the order you write them down.

What you write may include what you do NOT want to happen as well as what you DO want to happen.

Place the piece of paper with your pen resting on it on a window sill where it is in the light of the full moon. Do not worry about clouds and mist, the New Loon is still up there, shinning down on us even if we cannot see it.

Take a quiet moment to meditate on what you have written and be open to Reiki energy infusing the paper and your manifestation desires. If you are attuned to Reiki, speak to your guides to help you with manifestation and being clear on what it is you are asking the Universe to gift you. 

In the morning, roll up the piece of paper like a scroll, do not fold it! Put the scroll away.

Moons such as Blue Moon’s or Blood Moons, are associated with a color. The Chakra symbols have a distinctive color. The Root Chakra is Red, the Blood Moon. The Throat Chakra is Blue, the Blue Moon. The Crown Chakra is Purple, and closest to the Pink Moon.  The Solar Plexus Chakra is Yellow, the Yellow Moon. The Sacral Chakra is Orange, the Orange Moon.

On the evening of the full moon, take out the scroll and rest it on the window sill and meditate for a moment on manifestation in general, not anything specific you have written on the paper.

For example, you may want a new vehicle, it may have certain attributes, such as seating you and all your family with all the stuff they usually take with them. It might be really nice if it could be a certain color or a certain style. These things do not speak to the make or model, color or manufacturing year. Be open to the universe gifting you what you need, not necessarily what you have asked for.

It is also time to think of the color of the moon and the Chakra associated with the color.

For the Blue Moon, and your Throat Chakra, channel Reiki energy through your Reiki Guides into that Chakra. Sit quietly, clear busy mind from your thoughts and meditate on the Chakra and the color blue and Blue Moon above you. Call in Reiki Energy and the energy of the moon. With the index finger of one hand, draw the Reiki Power Symbol Chokurey. Focus on te energy it gives you and your meditation.

The Throat Chakra engages – throat, trachea, esophagus, neck, thyroid gland, cervical spine, mouth, jaw, teeth

This chakra is centre for communication, sound, vibration and the TRUTH. Clear expression through vocal expression, drawing, writing and/or musical ability as well as good listening abilities are all part of this balanced chakra. Speaking your truth, hearing and UNDERSTANDING the truth in what others are saying are continued strengths here. Honouring the vibration and rhythm of your voice [spoken voice, written voice, musical voice] aids in the healthy balance of your Throat chakra.

Represents your ability to communicate, express yourself, listen, speak truth, hear the truth, and understand the meaning behind and beyond words

Blocked symptoms include a weak voice, laryngitis, throat pain, neck pain, stiff neck, jaw pain, hypothyroidism, dental problems, writers block, lack of musical ability and problems expressing yourself, there is an inability to say what you really want to say. You may feel like you’re stuck holding onto secrets. Similarly, you may believe that people don’t want to hear your thoughts, or that you can’t find the right words for your feelings. 

Once again, a small blockage may mean you only struggle with self-expression at work, or with a particular friend. Meanwhile, a significant misalignment may mean you constantly feel thwarted in communication. Physically, a blocked Throat Chakra may present with pain in the neck, sensitivity to hormone fluctuations, and discomfort in throat tissue.

Universal Reiki Energy, the energy of the Blue Moon, have come together to help you with any blockages of your Throat Chakra and also Manifestation. Now take up the scroll and open it. Have a look at what you asked the universe to help manifest. Do not be critical of anything requested that has not appeared. 

Using the vehicle example again. If you went shopping for a vehicle but you did not find one suitable for all that is in your list of needs, that is positive. Buying something less than what you want, or need, will not benefit you and will bring with it continual dissatisfaction. You do not need that negativity.

Roll up the scroll and put it away again and take it out at the next full moon!

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This post is taken from our Reiki Level I and Level II Student Manuals

Mark is a Registered Reiki Teacher and Practitioner under the Canadian Reiki Association – CRA. Click here for more information and to book a remote session

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Reiki Healing

When preforming a self-Reiki session, hand positions may be placed directly on the physical body or just over the area specified.  When performing Reiki on others, you must gain permission to do ‘hands on healing’ – otherwise assume all hand positions are done with the hand hovering over the area you are focusing energy toward. 

Since Reiki is working solely with energy, it is sometimes much easier to feel the energy flowing both for channeling Reiki energy and also for feeling blockages in chakras when hands are held a few inches away from the physical body as you are now working directly with the client’s energy. 

During a self-Reiki session, it is of course appropriate to allow your hands, to touch your own body when you want to direct Reiki energy to a specific location. Reiki energy is intelligent. If you have back pain and cannot reach the location, place them on the front of yourself. Reiki energy will go to the affected place.

If you are working with a recipient other than yourself, touching must be discussed with them and approved before the session starts so they are aware of what will happen. 

Suggested hand positions:

Place slightly cupped hands gently over, but not pressing on eyes. This covers Third Eye Chakra. 

Move hands to the side of the face, thumbs rest just beneath the ears and palms cover cheeks

With thumbs and index fingers touching, place hands together at the back of the head fingers reaching to crown of head. (Crown chakra and back of Third eye chakra) 

Move hands to the sides and front for the 

throat (base of hands meeting under chin, fingers reaching to under ear area) *position can also be held lower at collarbone if uncomfortable.  

Place hands over breastbone, fingers meeting in center (Heart chakra) Alternatively, hands can be placed over breastbone, side by side, little finger touching thumb of other hand.

Hands placed just below the rib cage, fingers meeting in center (Solar Plexus chakra). Alternatively, hands may also be placed side by side, little finger touching thumb of other hand.

Hands placed just below navel area (Sacral Chakra) either pointing towards each other, fingers meeting at center or side by side, little finger touching thumb of other hand.

Hands placed just over groin area (Root Chakra) pointing down in a ‘v’ fingers touching.

Place hands on the back of lower neck, fingers meeting in between the top of the shoulder blades. (Throat chakra)

 Place hands on your middle back, fingers reaching towards each other, touching if possible. (Heart chakra)

Move hands down to just below rib cage, same positioning as above (Solar plexus and Sacral chakra)

Move hands to the base of spine and place in a ‘V’ position fingers touching (Root chakra)

*the following hand positions are not required for a regular Self Reiki treatment however are beneficial for grounding

Sitting and alternating knees, cup hands around the front and back of each knee.

Alternating ankles, cup both hands around the front and back of each ankle.

Alternating feet, place both hands flat along the base of each foot.

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Remote Reiki

You do not have to have a picture of someone or know them personally to do a Remote or distance Reiki session, but having a name and location is preferable. You will get an impression of them or maybe see lights, colors or a silhouette. 

First, visualize the person and if you have their verbal permission draw the symbol in the air with your palm outstretched, repeat the words, “Hon sha ze sho nen” and draw the other two symbols, also repeating the name three times. Then proceed with the session. If you do not have verbal permission close your eyes, bring yourself to a peaceful state and ask psychically for permission. You will usually get a definite yes or no. 

If the answer is No, do not proceed with the session. 

If you do not get an answer you can send the energy with the clear intent that it be accepted by free will only.  Intend that if the energy is not accepted by the person you are sending it to, it will be recycled to someone else who needs it or the Planet Earth.

After you have asked permission and received it, I ask Archangel Michael to be present. I ask him to protect the session against any energy, that might try and interfere with it.

I also request that the Archangel cut any energy cords, aetheric cords, or cords of any type that may have attached to the recipient. The intent of the cords is to drain energy from whoever they are attached to. At the other end they are attached to a person, who rather like a leach is taking the energy, and asking for more.

I then ask the Archangel to fill the recipient with his bright white light and surround them with his protective energy.

Then, draw all three symbols and repeat the words three times, you can then proceed to the session. This can be done two ways:

•          See the person in front of you either standing or lying down on a table and move your hands down the body as in a regular hands-on session most recommended

•          See the person as being very small and fitting within your hands as you visualize Reiki energy passing from your hands to areas healing is required

After completing your distance session, visualize your client as being whole and complete and free of whatever problems they were experiencing. 

See them as rested, relaxed and pain free.

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Gratitude

Gratitude and the changes saying the word, feeling the word makes in us is important. The challenges we meet in life, help us to grow, they help us to heal by giving us strength. They can also help us grow by showing us the extent of our challenges as compared to someone or something else. There are loved ones that stand by us, and support us, food on the table, a roof over our head, and so much more. Some of this we take for granted. Some of it we do not appreciate as much as we should. 

Taking a few minutes each day to relax and consider what it is you are grateful for. Doing this in nature is, your own back garden, a park, a place by a lake, for me, by the lake is best. But also recognize that parks and public places also bring energies you may not want around you and that you will need to engage with the Archangel Michael to protect your space from these unwanted spiritual intrusions.

If you have a strong guide who can support and protect the session, they will do just as well as protector of you and the session.

If you cannot be outside, somewhere peaceful in your home will do!

I usually burn incense. If you do, the one you choose is your choice, not someone else who may share the space. You will be guided to make the choice. Light it a few minutes before you start so that the scent has already permeated the room you are in.

I like to have a crystal with me. Again, hold the one you feel guided to.

Close your eyes and allow the busy, egoic mind to stop its chatter. As you spend time quietly like this you will become more proficient in stopping the chatter very quickly. Be at peace with yourself and the space around you. The crystal you are holding can be a center of concentration because you can feel it in your hand.

Breathe. Breath brings air, which contains oxygen into your body. Oxygen is life, we need it to sustain our cells and the physical container in which our soul is experiencing the physical world.

Appreciate and say thank you for these things. Show gratitude for the time and space to be able to do this.

The physical container, your body, has challenges. You see through your eyes, touch with your fingers, well, almost every part of your body is sensitive to touch, but the fingers and hands are the most important. Ears through which you hear. The nose that brings in air also smells the environment. We taste the world with our tongues. We express ourselves with our voices. Our bones muscles, tendons etc. allow us mobility to change our location and see things. Our skin, a complex organ in its own right is both the barrier between what is inside and what is external to us, but it also heals us when we cut or damage it. It depends us against disease.

For each one of these things we can be grateful and express our gratitude by a simple statement: “I am grateful for…”

Gratitude can also be expressed by sensing through one of our sense. Before you started this session, you lit some incense. Use your sense of smell to detect and appreciate the incense. Appreciate the fact that you can smell the incense and show gratitude for it.

As you practice and repeat this session of gratitude. Change the sense through which you are appreciating and showing gratitude. The crystal may be smooth or it may be rough and natural. Use your hands to sense its shape, size, smoothness, roughness, weight. In your hands, in your fingers, on your leg. Express your gratitude for the sense of touch.

As the session comes to the end, place your hand over your heart and sincerely, tell yourself you love YOU! As you do this your soul is communicating with your physical self. 

It is the moment when it tells the physical container, no matter how strong and vibrant, or, how imperfect and restrained the body is, it appreciates what it can do. It is the moment when the blind person says thank you for touch and smell and the other senses. When the deaf person says thank you for sight and feeling. 

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Self Healing

Healing yourself. Self Healing. Self-Care. Since being attuned to Reiki as a Master Teacher and Practitioner, my focus has been outward to those who need reiki services and healing. Part of this is because I am healthy. It is hard to see that the gift I have received should be spent on me, and not others. Selfishness has become selflessness. 

But there comes the time when a Reiki session for “me” has to be performed. Back ache, a sprained ankle or wrist, a violent cold. If I am not well, how can I help others. 

The first thing you must agree on is that you have a right to be ill and you have a right to devote your attention to yourself. So many people, not just those attuned to Reiki forget this, they do not give themselves permission to devote their time and effort only to themselves.

When we spend time healing ourselves, we benefit others. We are able to give greater energy to the healing work we do that benefit those in need. If we are ill, we are not able to put the same level of energy into our sessions. When we heal ourselves, not only are we stronger ourselves but the essential energy of Reiki flows through us more clearly and effectively.

A person in need of healing does not want to hear that the person who is going to work with them to channel Reiki energy is sick and unwell. The immediate reaction is to decline the offer of a session, saying instead that the Reiki practitioner should get better first and turn away.

How to heal ourselves?

A self-Reiki session is the same as any Reiki session we do for another. The steps are the same, the actions and wishes are the same.

For me, I ask Archangel Michael to stand guard over the session. I do not want any dark or lower energies to interfere with the session. Hey must be banished and sent back to where they came from. I can think of no better guardian than the warrior Archangel.

I ask Archangel Michael to cut and destroy any energy or etheric cords that may be attached to me. They can drain my natural energy and take Reiki energy from me and a session I am involved in. I ask Archangel Michael to fill me with his pure white light and surround me with his protective energy.

Then, I follow the steps I would follow for any Reiki session where someone has a particular illness or problem. For example, if I have a painful sprain that is the focus of my ask and work with Reiki energy. Having some knowledge of what a sprain is, is important. Reduction of swelling, reduction of inflammation, healing of the tissues that have been torn or broken as a result of what caused the injury. Flushing out the scar tissue, circulating blood and nutrients to the site of the sprain to help the tissues heal. Use Cho Ku Rei, the Reiki Power Symbol to energize the healing session.

Form the specific to the general takes a moment. Cleaning and empowering the chakras. Removing any blocks that may be present. Clearing thoughts and feelings that may be blocking my ability to help others after this session is important. Clearing and unblocking thoughts that may be bocking me personally as needs attention. Think of the things that are blocking you. Look at the doubts, worries, fears, and anxieties need to be surrendered to the angels and guides. Use Cho Ku Rei, the Reiki Power Symbol to energize the healing session.

Self-Reiki sessions are not just for aches, pains, and sprains. Colds, and other illnesses and imbalances in our lives can also be the reason for conducting a self-Reiki session. Just being tired, perhaps because of people around you or the environment you are in all of a sudden. Being drained when you get home form a busy and challenging days is understandable, a self-Reiki session can help you rest at night and defuse the burdens you have brought home. Use Cho Ku Rei, the Reiki Power Symbol to energize the healing session.

At the end of the session, I thank my angels and guides as well as my Reiki guides for helping to heal me and restore the essential balance that keeps me on an even keel as well as balanced so I can help others. Use Cho Ku Rei, the Reiki Power Symbol to energize the end of this healing session.

The last thing I do is thank Archangel Michael for standing guard over the session.

Now it is time to take a moment for yourself, rest, and relax in the understanding that Reiki energy will be healing you.

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Emotional Emptiness

Emotional emptiness can be the result of several things. Loss of a loved one, a loved pet, or a material objects or objects to which we have an attachment is one form of emptiness. An emotional void had opened because of a loss of something. Another form of emptiness is the lack of something we want or need. Lack of a person in our life, such as a father or mother figure, feeling the need for a brother or sister. We feel the need but cannot satisfy it.

Another form of emptiness is a disconnect between what we have and what we expect. We may have more friends and relatives than we need but we feel they are not living up to our needs or wants. We have a higher expectation of what they can do for us than what the person is able to provide. 

This may be confusing and hurtful to us because when our expectations are not met, we can soon turn to feeling they do not think as much of us, as we think of them. Either we accept this and recognize the gap between our expectations and what the other person can deliver or we disengage from them. We may also come to terms with the level of expectation we are expecting others to be able to rise to. Perhaps those expectations are too high?

Reiki can help with these feelings and needs.

Reiki can help heal the void of emptiness we feel from a loss, or, an absence of something we cannot find in ourselves or the people and things around us.

The loss of someone or something relates to grief and a void. Reiki can help you focus on the happy memories and the reason why you feel loss. When someone or something leaves your life, it is because it is time for them or it to leave. 

Their role in your life has been important and beneficial, now it is time for you to move. An overly strict parent may have been too strict and as a result, you feel scared, but as they pass out of your life, freedom and openness are now available to you. How you will manage your experience and memories with that parent and the life you make for yourself and the way you treat your own children will be defined by your past. 

Reiki can help you through this change and forming the new behaviors and expectations you have of your life and others. Let it help you as you grow and change. The emptiness left by the strict parent can be filled with love and caring, openness and an ability to accept.

Emptiness resulting from absence, brings with it longing and sometimes doubt that you are worthy of receiving what it is you feel is missing. If you do not have a close loving relationship Reiki can help you be open to the opportunities to create a relationship with one special person that is around you.

Reiki can help you recognize what is good and fun around you that you can engage with. It will help you meet the person that is right and good for you by your being open to receive, not empty and trying to receive.

Engage with Reiki either as a receiver during an in-person Reiki session, or remotely, let it give you the rest you need to be able to think clearly and comfortably about your emptiness and where it comes from, why and how.

Engage with Reiki as a student and become attuned to Reiki. Teaching and helping others is part of your own healing process, through helping yourself, you are helping others. 

Reiki is a flow of universal energy and can permeate all parts of you. It leaves no part of you unhealed when it enters you. While the unexpected challenges and surprises of life appear, it is a constant. As someone attuned to Reiki it something loving and caring ad fulfilling for yourself and loving and caring you provide to others. As you fill your emotional emptiness, so you also fill theirs.

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