Are you ready for the Cocoon?

Life, contrary to what we believe about time is not a straight line, it is not linear. We count our birthdays, 20 follows 19 and 21 follows 20, 9am follows 8am, but the way we grow and develop personally, how our internal spirit evolves changes sometimes by leaps and bounds. At other times, it develops slowly, almost methodically. 

It is the time after a period of intense creativity, or action, when what we have been doing cannot continue as it has been, or even should continue, that we suddenly slow down and perceive what we call ‘burn out.’ Some would call it a ‘brick wall.’ We stop and for some this is a crisis. Without the sense of drive, without the sense of achieving, we feel lost, we sometimes do not understand why this has happened and we look for something we have done, or not done. Often, we feel we have failed.

I challenge the terms burn out, brick wall, or failure because we are not asking ourselves whether we thought and believed the pace and intensity you were living at would last, could last, or should last? 

Life has a way of stopping you from continuing doing things that are not in your spiritual best interest. Trying and force it to continue is destructive to what you have achieved and delays what you could. 

The ‘stop’ may be leisurely, or shocking. Something leisurely might be something we expect, something that we expect. For example, an actor in a production knows when their character will no longer play a part in the drama, and if their character is going to the end of the production, they know when that will be. But someone who has worked at a job, and they are let go, downsized, that is a shock.

Being sensitive to the changes coming to our lives, and seeing not the negative but the positive, the opportunity to develop and grow in a different direction is important to how we are accepting of the change that is coming regardless of whether it is organised and expected or a shock.

Imagine you are a bird, high in the sky, looking down on yourself. What do you see? What is it about you that stands out the most? What defines you and what is it you are devoting your energy, yourself, that essential spirit in you to and how are you giving it to your goals?

Think of a caterpillar that spins a cocoon and enters it. It comes out as a butterfly. The caterpillar does not resist going in to the cocoon. It may not know what it will turn in to, it just knows that the cocoon is the next step in its existence. You have achieved a lot as a caterpillar, but as a butterfly, you will be more beautiful, you will fly higher, and longer and further than the caterpillar could ever have done.

Be patient, do not wish for what has been to continue, instead, look at what is to come and use your sense and ability to detect what the next phase will be. It is there, staring you in the face, you just have to stop wishing for the past to continue and be prepared to accept what you will evolve in to.

Usui Tibetan Reiki Master Class

Great news!

The Usui Tibetan Reiki Master Class on Teachable launched today.

Visit the URL – https://mark-ashford.teachable.com/p/usui-tibetan-reiki-master-class

The Master Class contains three lectures – each lecture is coordinated with supporting material, either a choice of a downloadable electronic manual and guide for IOS or Android, or a full colour paperback book. Both are available on the Amazon Kindle Store.

Learn about the centuries and centuries of healing energy practice behind what today we call Reiki. Gain insights into Chakras, Crystals and the valuable role they play in life and healing and much more.

This is a self placed master class, the online course should be taken in conjunction with the additional material available in the eBook or paperback book.

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Usui Tibetan Reiki Healing Energy Master / Teacher Student Manual

The Master / Teacher Student Manual, eBook or paperback book provides an overview of the role of the Master & Teacher in a Usui Tibetan Reiki teaching and training session.

When combined with the Level I, II, and Level III manuals, this forms a comprehensive set of instructions and guides for Usui Tibetan Reiki knowledge and practice.

By There are three reasons to be attuned to Tibetan Reiki Healing Energy!

1.Attuning yourself to Reiki Energy has a beneficial and mindful effect on you spiritually
2.Attunement allows you to connect to healing energy when you need it.
3.Attunement gives you the knowledge and ability to connect with healing energy not only for yourself, but others in your family and friends.
This eBook and this course are designed for self-study and to support understanding of this level of Usui Tibetan Reiki Healing Energy study.

The course includes this self-study manual and is completed by a short 30-minute discussion via Skype or another video conference tool and email for questions and answers.

The Cost of the course is USD$350 plus the Course Manual, USD$25, total USD$375 and includes:

1.The Usui Tibetan Reiki Healing Energy Master / Teacher manual
2.A certificate of completion
3.The course will be completed by a short 45 – minute [approx.] discussion via Skype or another video conference tool and email for questions and answers.

For blog posts, courses, and to book a personal remote session or certification in Reiki Healing Energy… Go to: 

https://markaashfordconsultinginc.simplybook.me/v2/#book/category/6/

Mark A. Ashford
Usui Tibetan Reiki Master and Teacher
Author: The Practical Reiki Master

 

 

Usui Tibetan Reiki Healing Energy III Student Manual

There are three reasons to be attuned to Usui Tibetan Reiki Healing Energy!

1.Attuning yourself to Reiki Energy has a beneficial and mindful effect on you spiritually
2.Attunement allows you to connect to healing energy when you need it.
3.Attunement gives you the knowledge and ability to connect with healing energy not only for yourself, but others in your family and friends.

Our Online Master Class is available on Teachable at this link:

https://mark-ashford.teachable.com/p/usui-tibetan-reiki-master-class

Each lecture in the Masterclass is supported by its own manual in either eBook format or as a paperback book – both are in full colour, and available on Amazon Kindle for USD$25.

Mark A. Ashford
Usui Tibetan Reiki Master and Teacher
Author: The Practical Reiki Master

For blog posts, courses, and to book a personal remote session or certification in Reiki Healing Energy… Go To https://markaashfordconsultinginc.simplybook.me/v2/#book/category/6/

Usui Tibetan Reiki Healing Energy II Student Manual

There are three reasons to be attuned to Usui Tibetan Reiki Healing Energy!

1.Attuning yourself to Reiki Energy has a beneficial and mindful effect on you spiritually
2.Attunement allows you to connect to healing energy when you need it.
3.Attunement gives you the knowledge and ability to connect with healing energy not only for yourself, but others in your family and friends.

Our Online Master Class is available on Teachable at this link:

https://mark-ashford.teachable.com/p/usui-tibetan-reiki-master-class

Each lecture in the Masterclass is supported by its own manual in either eBook format or as a paperback book – both are in full colour, and available on Amazon Kindle for USD$25.

Mark A. Ashford
Usui Tibetan Reiki Master and Teacher
Author: The Practical Reiki Master

For blog posts, courses, and to book a personal remote session or certification in Reiki Healing Energy… Go To https://markaashfordconsultinginc.simplybook.me/v2/#book/category/6/

 

Usui Tibetan Reiki Healing Energy I Student Manual

There are three reasons to be attuned to Usui Tibetan Reiki Healing Energy!

1.Attuning yourself to Reiki Energy has a beneficial and mindful effect on you spiritually
2.Attunement allows you to connect to healing energy when you need it.
3.Attunement gives you the knowledge and ability to connect with healing energy not only for yourself, but others in your family and friends.

Our Online Master Class is available on Teachable at this link:

https://mark-ashford.teachable.com/p/usui-tibetan-reiki-master-class

Each lecture in the Masterclass is supported by its own manual in either eBook format or as a paperback book – both are in full colour, and available on Amazon Kindle for USD$25.

Mark A. Ashford
Usui Tibetan Reiki Master and Teacher
Author: The Practical Reiki Master

For blog posts, courses, and to book a personal remote session or certification in Reiki Healing Energy… Go To https://markaashfordconsultinginc.simplybook.me/v2/#book/category/6/

eBook Format:

 

Prayer

Prayer is often interrupted to mean the observance we show in western religions though ‘prayer’ is the name we give to observance in all religions. We see it as a moment when we are still when we try to block out our busy minds and contemplate or think about events, people and emotions.

Thanking our guides and angels for their help, assistance and understanding is an important thing to do. They are with us throughout or lives and help us when we call on them selflessly.

There are other interpretations for prayer and they do not involve us getting down on our need and putting our hands together.

Positive things that help people, whether we know the or not is a ‘prayer.’

It could be hugging a friend or someone we have not seen for a long time, or conversely someone we will not be seeing for a while.

Inviting family and friends over and cooking something special for them, cooking something they each like is a prayer. We are doing something to nourish them physically but also showing them how much we care about them that we will spend the time and make the effort.

Sending someone in need the energy and strength they need is a prayer.

Forgiveness, is a two way thing. They say they are sorry and we accept it. But when we forgive them in our hearts, that is a prayer. A prayer for us, we are closing a door on something that happened. It is not forgotten but the thoughts and animosity attached to it are no longer present. They are gone.

Prayer is a vibration within you and a feeling at the same time. It is a thought, that is clear and fill of love, friendship,  and genuine relationships. 

Prayer is an expression of your silent being. It is an expression fo energy and comes through all types of energy. 

Reiki Healing Energy helps us to enlist the help of our Guides and Angels and focus the energy they bring us for the prayers we carry out each day.

The Practical Reiki Master

Hi, my new book, The Practical Reiki Master is out today, on Amazon Kindle.

The book is a brief introduction to the history Shamanism, Tibetan Buddhism, and how those two great traditions melded and interlace with Yogic traditions. But most important how Sanskrit the ancient language of Buddhism gave the oral traditions of Shamanism a voice that carried down the millennia to today.

The book is available at this link:

 

 

Eternity is too short

Imagine for a moment you are out swimming, or in my case, scuba diving and you come to the surface of the lake, or ocean. 

You look around and even rotate 360 degrees in the water and nowhere can you see land. 

Relax. Settle yourself. 

The water is calm and flat and the sun in the blue sky above is not too hot and the temperature of the water is pleasant and comfortable.

Now if you where to hold out your right arm from the side of your body and let it lay flat on the surface of the water and then hold out your left arm and do the same, no matter in what direction your right hand and left hands are pointing, there is water without end.

Go ahead and kick your legs and rotate around with your arms still laying on the surface of the water.

This is eternity.

One hand is pointing in the direction of eternity in the past. It could be your right hand or left that is pointing to the past, whatever you are comfortable with. The other hand is pointing to eternity in the future. Where you are is now, this moment, this instant in time.

Because clocks and calendars are linear, September 1st is followed by September 2nd and before it was August 31st. We think of time like a train running on its rails. It is coming form somewhere and going somewhere. When we stand beside the tracks we feel wind, the air the train is pushing ahead of it as it passes.

But really, time is like you floating in the water with your arms stretched out. In every direction there is the past and in every direction is the future. It s only by you saying that one hand points to the past and the other to the future that you make a decision on which direction is the past, and which direction is the future. 

If there were no land, only water, and the earth is round, we know that, and you were to swim tirelessly in the direction of the hand that points to the future in an exactly straight line, you would eventually arrive back at the spot you are floating at right now. 

But you would be coming from the direction you believe is the past, from the point of view of the spot you are floating at right now. No matter what direction you choose to swim in, you will eventually arrive back at the same spot, from the direction of the past.

Time is not linear, and it is not like a train travelling on tracks from a departure point to a destination, which is the way we see it today, in reference to mortal life. 

So many thoughts and sayings about eternity imply eternity is something tangible, that we can reach out and touch it. Some definitions of eternity say it is time without a beginning or an end, but we can only say ‘beginning’ and ‘end’ because we experience those things as birth, and death.On there surface of the water we are floating in, there are no markers with those labels.

Thunder and Lightening

Thunder and Lightening. I have always been mesmerized by storms, big storms. The more thunder, lightening, and torrential rain the better. 

Storms are cleansing.

A while back I looked at the leaves of the trees and plants I was photographing, they looked dirty, dusty and tired from the long hot dry spell we had been going through. That night, a storm rolled through, torrential rain and thunder and lightening off in the distance.

I went out with my camera the following day and the same leaves and plants looked clean, invigorated, full and lush. 

The rain had cleaned them off, the water in the soil was filling up their leaves, making them thick, healthy and very, very green.

Thunder and lightening engage the senses, rumbling sounds and water rushing down for the sky to earth and then across the land is also cleansing, purging and is life giving. Lightening is lifting us to pay attention.

Now I know that some people are scarred of thunder, lightening and the often heavy rain that comes with those types of storms. I am not asking you to go out walking in the rain, but if you have a window that is not facing the storm and not letting in any rain water, there is nothing to stop you turning out the light and opening that window.

If you do not have a window that opens, many condo windows do not open, sitting by the window and watching the action and looking at the rain asking the streets clean, the cars and everything that is growing, is just as good.

Clear your mind as you watch and absorb the storm is important to let in the cleansing action of the storm. Be relaxed, stop using any electronics. I know. Many recommend turning them off, I prefer to stop using them, turn the screen down, or off so that it is not intruding on your quiet thoughts by calling out to you. You can go back to them later.

I usually turn off the lights as well so that the full impact of the lightening and thunder comes through to me. In this case, unless you are able to watch the forks of lightening come down from the sky to earth, I find that simply be aware of the sudden brightness is all that is all I need.

Oh and one thing, don’t get caught up in counting the number of seconds between the thunder boom and the flash of lightening. The goal is to hear and see/feel, experience the storm. Counting the seconds between the booms and flashes is a distraction the busy mind is able to latch on to. 

A simple routine fo breathing in and relaxing the air slowly and repeating “I breathe in to calm my body and breathe out to calm my mind.” Is all it takes.

Be like the leaves and trees after a storm, all washed and cleansed, filled with new energy and life.

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