Everything that occurs is considered a cleansing. It is the Ki moving things inside you, creating change. This may not always be entirely pleasant but it is effective. The more open that a practitioner is to change the greater the change that occurs. There are less obstructions and the movement can occur with ease. No one ever knows what this movement will be but it is accepted that it will always be for the benefit of the practitioner. Please know that these occurrences are not considered good or bad - they simply are. And once we move through them we enter a new plateau where balance is created in our life. Each of you is here because you want change in your lives and here it is.
On the morning of the second day the students discussed how their own meditation and palm-healing had been during their home practice. When it was Sato's turn the class looked at her strangely. Sato later learned from her friend that her face had altered. The shadow that her features seemed to cast yesterday appeared gone. She looked lighter. Sato admitted to feeling lighter too. She did not feel as weighed down as she had over the past few months and there had been a renewed freshness in her step this morning as she walked to the center.
Something that inspired Sato was the creed of Usui. This consists of five precepts: profound thoughts created to bring our mind into the awareness of our present state. Sato would create a daily routine of meditation and palm-healing with the incorporation of the Usui creed. Her aim would be to touch and cultivate her inner strength and spiritual connection. To support her conviction to create change she would also attend a weekly practice group with her teacher, practicing techniques and palm healing in a group environment.
Sato's family was amazed at her turn around. She truly had found a new light within herself. Her change of attitude affected everyone. Her husband almost felt shy in her light. Sato's husband asked carefully if she believed that she would always retain her new perceptions and healing abilities or would they fade away? Naturally we can grow lazy and our perceptions can slide back to where we once were. But Ki will never fully disappear as humans are born as energetic beings. We all have that great diamond within us - we just need to continue to polish it. Sato must continue to do this to maintain her spiritual growth.
Sato moved on from depression and found a stronger core inside herself. She knew that core could be much stronger still but it was already beginning to sustain her as a balanced and content human.
Physically, she felt strong and her knee had not irritated her since she had completed the course. At work she felt robust and did not tire quite as easily. Whether this was from an improved attitude toward her work or from a sturdier inner energy, or both, she did not know and neither did it matter, she thought. Her colleagues had all commented on what a joy it was to work with her and customers smiled when they saw her coming.
These reactions spurred her on to maintain her practice and so everything continued to develop. Sato thought about how her smiling customers felt affected by her warm light. She believed that they dealt with that day who, in turn, would feel pleased to be treated so respectfully and give that little bit more in their next exchange and so on.
At home Sato found herself attracted to other new interests. The physical experience of working with Ki that she had felt during the course eventually become less sporadic. The heightened sense of Ki movement became a normal state as she regularly practiced. Her experience taught her that these sensations can be viewed as a side effect of her journey but must never be confused with the journey itself. Walking into a room where there has been an argument definitely does not mean that you become argumentative or upset. What it can lead to is awareness that may well be useful when dealing with the room's participants. The more that the practitioner works on the self the more balance and understanding the practitioner achieves. This stability and groundedness goes hand in hand with heightened experience.
Through everything, Sato knew that the most important aspect of what she had learnt was for her to grow as a spiritual being and from this point she could naturally affect all whom she met along the path.
In time she knew she would study the second level of the system of Reiki to learn about symbols and mantras associated with it, discovering new methods to develop her understanding. Then, perhaps one day, she might even continue on to become what is called a Reiki teacher or master, a teacher of the system. Though she may well accept the title, she knew to become a master of something so omnipresent and great would most likely remain a task 'under construction'.
'From the Japanese Art of Reiki'
"Among the teachings of the Tendai sect of Japanese Buddhism is one about 'three thousand realms in one mind.' This is the idea that the action of one's mind in a single instant contains 'three thousand realms' or the entire universe, and therefore if our mind acts it can affect the entire cosmos. Realizing that, we can say that worldliness is giving rise to the environmental problems of acid rain, global warming, rapid depletion of forests, pollution or rivers, lakes and oceans and the desertification of our planet - crises that affect the continued existence of the human race.'
The meditations and her reawakened understanding of the purpose of her three Ki centers (earth, heaven and heart) were preparing Sato for another inexplicable event.
All the students were asked to sit to receive reiju. Each student sat as this ritual was performed by the teacher. It took only a couple of minutes, leaving the student to sit quietly in the energy for a while longer.
This blessing by the teacher brought to Sato something that was not physical or a matter of changed perception. If her link to that inner 'home' had been tenuous half an hour ago, suddenly it was potent. When asked about her experience with the reiju she looked at the faces of those in her group and excused herself saying: 'I can't explain how I feel but something important has happened.'
Later that day she tried to explain it to her family as they sat around listening to her Reiki adventures. She told them that she had made direct contact with something unique in herself and this was all before lunchtime. But, she told them, she had been lucky because not everyone felt what she had and some just said that their impression of the reiju was one of peace. This mysterious reiju was explained as a technique that the teacher performed to create a space in which Sato's healing and sense of connectedness could safely take place.
The reiju coupled with meditation and techniques, 'the teacher explained, ' will allow greater amounts of Ki to flow through you. This will improve your mind and body and enable you to purposefully channel energy for healing through the palms, eyes and breath.
When it was Sato's time to receive a full treatment on the first day of the course she felt comforted knowing what lay in store. She was to receive a one hour treatment. The teacher assured them all that being able to immediately work with Reiki only accentuated the simplicity of the palm-healing aspect of the system. They were also taught that a practitioner only need to hold one clear intention in the mind. This intention is that the client in this case Sato, may receive whatever she needed at this particular moment in time.
A practitioner does not manipulate or stimulate the energy but becomes an open vessel for Ki to flow through. The more open and the stronger a practitioner becomes by practicing the meditations the more energy can flow through her or him.
The treatment commenced and Sato's eyes closed. Once again she began to gently snore her way through the next hour.
'What was that in my knee?' she exclaimed, sitting up after the treatment. She felt totally invigorated this time though during the treatment she had pains shooting through her right knee as well as shaking. Both Sato and the woman who treated her looked at each other wide eyed and laughed. Not only did Sato think she had found a key to open a new experience in her life also, perhaps, a new friend.
To her utter amazement even her knee felt less arthritic as she gingerly stood up. Her friend was more skeptical. She had not really felt much (except for the shaking knee!) and did not seem convinced she could really do it even though Sato kept assuring her how great it had been.
After listening to the class's experiences with their first treatment, their teacher said: 'Sometimes pain, illness, even shaking or welling up of emotions is felt during or after Ki work. On the other hand you may also become extremely happy or re-energized"....to be continued.
~From the Japanese Art of Reiki~
Until next time.
"All of these experiences were supposedly quite common and some people felt the same sensations on different parts of the body. These sensations indicated quite clearly that something had occurred but Sato had no idea what. The practitioner told her that it was a good sign that she could feel so much and she was sure that the treatment would be beneficial for Sato in whatever way her body desired it to be so.
Sato was stunned that she had been able to relax so quickly. Snoring might not be charming, but it did indicate an easing of tension and stress. If she learned to work on herself with Ki, perhaps she would be able to sleep this well all by herself.
Sato wondered what she should do next. She could have another two treatments. Ultimately though, she was told learning to practice Reiki on herself would be far more powerful. This was true for many reasons as she would find out one day.
Within two weeks Sato enrolled in a course with other people. All different ages and economic backgrounds. Their reasons for joining the Reiki course differed - some believed they had healing hands, others had sick family members they wanted to help and one older women said she, just like Sato was studying it to help herself. The teacher told them the first thing they should focus on is healing themselves as this was the most important aspect of the system of Reiki.
The course was very practical, Sato first learned about meditation. Soon she was effortlessly feeling the movement of Ki in her body. She got so hot she thought she might have to stop but the practice itself finished first.
As someone new to the system of Reiki, the time spent concentrating on what was happening energetically in her body, allowed Sato to feel things she may never have been aware of - actual physical sensations of Ki such as tingling, heat and rushes of energy. This was the physical proof that she needed to open herself up even further to experience energetic growth.
It seemed the more she practiced moving Ki the faster that change would occur and that was fine by her. But it also meant practice, practice, practice. She was not quite sure what changes would occur but she was enjoying these new sensations enough to trust in would be to her benefit.
A cathartic realization that humans are energetic and spiritual beings lifted her out of the mundaneness of life. It offered form to a world that she no longer felt able to deal with - it offered hope. This physical experience of energy was like a reminder of a connection, though perhaps tenuous at first, with 'home'.
Listening to insights from others she was amazed how differently they experienced it. Some saw lights or even other people, some experienced heightened sound or smell or others new experiences.
These first encounters indicated that what was once considered normal in everyday life held many new and unforeseen secrets. The students started to think outside of the square.
Initially Sato found that working consciously with Ki appeared to affect her perceptions. She knew that humans rarely saw themselves as anything but a physically functioning body with a very busy mind.
The simple action of thinking consciously about Ki and its relationship to daily life immediately affected change. To be confronted with the concept that the natural flow of the universe is inside each person, and consequently that the actions of each person affect this flow, Sato found astonishing".... to be continued
~From 'The Japanese Art of Reiki' ~
Until next time
"The Practitioner told Sato at her first treatment that Reiki is not diagnostic. 'My hands on your body immediately activate the movement of energy. Therefore Ki is already working away at healing and cleansing your body. Diagnosing with Reiki would merely be pandering to the practitioner's need for control or power. The real challenge is not to understand what is energetically happening but how NOT to understand. Learning to let go is beneficial to every aspect of life.'
The Ki, her practitioner further explained would wash down through her energetic pathways clearing stagnant energy. This movement of Ki would initiate change for Sato but the practitioner could not foretell what that change might be. This would depend on what Sato needed right now. Her practitioner stressed that she could not make any claims to achieve specific results for Sato - it was a matter of letting go for both of them and seeing what the result would be.
The practitioner asked Sato why she was here and she quietly answered that she had been diagnosed as depressed. Sato learned that even if she was taking prescription medicine, it would still be safe to receive a Reiki treatment.
The belief that Reiki cannot harm is based on the understanding that the system works without deliberately manipulating Ki. Manipulation, Sato was assured is a human habit not a universal one. Therefore any danger comes not through tapping into the source and drawing more Ki through the body. This relates to balance, and balance only. Any risk linked with the system of Reiki is human rather than energetic.
Sato lay on the futon with her eyes open for the first five minutes or so, even though she had been told is was okay to close them. She just could not relax. The practitioner began at her head and moved down the front of her body. Sato could feel hands on her body and, interestingly, she could even feel it when they were just off her body too. She felt some sort of static energy running through her scalp and hair and then a sensation of heat over her eyes. Suddenly something in her got very heavy. She gave a loud, unrestrained sigh and her shoulders dropped, her eyes closed and she softly began to snore.
To an observer it would appear she is asleep, but she was totally aware of what was going on around her. It was as if her physical body had said that it had had enough and wanted to sleep but her mind, and something else that she couldn't quite put her finger on, were active.
Startling, sharp images flashed through her mind impressing pictures on the insides of her eyes. Each image had a symbolic relevance that she instantly comprehended but when the treatment finished after an hour she could remember very little about them.
A few minutes later the practitioner offered her a glass of water - to help with the cleansing process. Sato related her experience and went on to say that at certain hand positions she also felt waves of energy moving down through her arms and legs. All these experiences as common and some people feel the same sensations on different parts of the body. These sensations indicated quite clearly that something had occurred but Sato had to idea what.
The practitioner told her that is was a good sign"..........to be continued.
Until next time. x
from 'The Japanese Art of Reiki' ~ Bronwen & Frans Stiene
"For Sato Yoshiko every day had a sameness about it. She would get up and prepare the family's bento or lunch boxes, have breakfast with her husband and their two daughters, walk with the girls to primary school and then head to the Tokyo subway. Here she would stand with the other commuters on the platform, allowing herself to be squeezed into the train carriage. She would be squashed on every side of her body until she no longer felt her own physical boundaries. She would close her eyes and imagine she was anywhere but on the train.
Once at her destination, the Ginza district, she flowed with the crowds arriving at the Mitsukoshi Department store, her workplace. Downstairs at the food hall she donned her uniform and served customers with traditional Japanese sweets. By early afternoon she was worn out and was constantly struggling to remain friendly and kind to her customers and colleagues. Her feet began to ache and her arthritic knee pained her.
Sato's day finished in much the same way it had begun. She returned by train to pick up her daughters, preparing and eating dinner with her family and finally into bed before beginning again the next day.
Sato's father died when he was only sixty and she was devastated. He had always been there for her whenever there had been indecision or difficulties in her life. Her mother, too had relied greatly on her father and was finding his transition extremely hard to comprehend. Sato tried to support her, being the only child, but found that she did not have the inner strength to deal with both her mother's and her own grief. Sato's family and colleagues began to notice that all was not well. She no longer laughed or spoke much. Everyone felt she had closed up and was 'inside' of herself. The doctor diagnosed her as depressed. He prescribed tablets for her but she refused to take them as she was worried they might not be good for her. Her family was uncertain what to do or where to go next.
A colleague of her husband suggested that she go for a Reiki treatment at a local Reiki center. Not knowing what this Reiki was, Sato hesitantly agreed and arrived for the treatment nervous but hopeful.
Her practitioner first talked to her about the treatment. She explained that Sato would be lying down for the treatment but did not need to remove any clothes. The practitioner also set Sato's mind at ease by stating that she would not be placing her hands on any private parts of her body and may not even touch her physically.
Sato learnt that all she had to do was relax and feel 'open' for healing to occur, and it would then be up to her whether or not that healing took place. The practitioner was simply a channel for the Ki to move through and Sato's body would draw on it where it needed and wanted it. Sato felt good about this as it meant that she was not relying on the practitioner to make her better - her own strength would do that. She had always felt that no one could understand her unique problems. This concept of healing as self-responsibility weighed on her but also showed her a doorway that she sensed could lead to recovery along a natural path. This 'Reiki' felt right.
The practitioner told Sato at her first treatment: 'Reiki is not diagnostic. My hands on your body immediately activate the movement of energy."..........to be continued.............
Until next Sunday!
from ~ The Japanese Art of Reiki ~ Bronwen and Frans Stiene
All animals work with energy constantly. When they meet and interact with us an energy interaction takes place. They can read our energy and have us 'summed up' in the moment we meet.
We too have this ability to read energy, but many of us have unlearnt this. With practice to become more energetically aware we can pick up more about people and animals.
Anyone can communicate with animals, but due to conditioning and beliefs over time it becomes forgotten and unlearned.
Through Reiki we connect with animals and communicate, as well as offer healing where needed with the animal's permission. I have experienced intense emotions and insights when connecting with animals and have witnessed amazing changes even after just one treatment.
We can receive information from animals through seeing pictures, hearing, feeling emotionally and physically and through smell or taste.
Animals sometimes share their owner's load of physical and emotional issues. This is something I found hard to understand in the beginning. However, our animals want to be there for us. They are wonderful healers.
Reiki can benefit animals with physical and emotional challenges, situations that trigger a response, past traumatic experiences, it can improve the relationship with the owner, help with performance and many more.
For more information about animal Reiki and how it can help your beloved pet, or to book an appointment, please contact:
Gillian van Kralingen (Reiki Practitioner for Humans & Animals)
Free Reiki treatments for animals are available up to the end of May 2018 in order to welcome more experience treating different animals.
Credit to Sarah Berrisford - 'The complete guide to animal Reiki'
We all want to experience and attract beautiful, and positive things into our lives. We will attract the things back to us according to the information in our energy field. What we are feeling on a consistent level, we will attract back to us.
Our feelings are our guidance system and will indicate to us if our energy is in flow, or not. Never ignore your feelings/emotions, they are there for a reason. Negative thoughts and feelings are negative 'ki' that can be released through Reiki. We need to release this resistance in the flow, otherwise we will keep on attracting the same patterns, behaviours and situations and this can also lead to physical illness.
It is all about energy - everything is energy! So what is this 'ki' in Reiki all about?
"Ki is the non-physical energy that animates all living things. Ki is flowing in everything that is alive including plants, animals and humans. When a person's Ki is high, they will feel strong, confident, and ready to enjoy life and take on it's challenges. When it is low, they will feel weak and are more likely to get sick. We receive Ki from the air we breath, from food, sunshine, and from sleep. It is also possible to increase our Ki by using breathing exercises and meditation. When a person dies, their Ki leaves the physical body.
With the above information in mind, Reiki can be defined as a non-physical healing energy made up of life force energy that is guided by the Higher Intelligence, or spiritually guided life force energy. This is a functional definition as it closely parallels the experience of those who practice Reiki in that Reiki energy seems to have an intelligence of its own flowing where it is needed in the client and creating the healing conditions necessary for the individuals needs. It cannot be guided by the mind, therefore it is not limited by the experience or ability of the practitioner. Nether can it be misused as it always creates a healing effect. ( It must be kept in mind that Reiki is not the same as simple life force energy as life force energy by itself can be influenced by the mind and because of this, can create benefit as well as cause problems including ill health.)
The source or cause of health comes from the Ki that flows through and around the individual rather than from the functional condition of the physical organs and tissues. It is Ki that animates the physical organs and tissues as it flows through them and therefore is responsible for creating a healthy condition. If the flow of Ki is disrupted, the physical organs and tissues will be adversely affected. Therefore, it is a disruption in the flow of Ki that is the main cause of illness.
An important attribute of Ki is that it responds to ones thoughts and feelings. Ki will flow more strongly or be weakened in its action depending on the quality of ones thoughts and feelings. It is our negative thoughts and feelings that are the main cause of restriction in the flow of Ki. All negative or dis-harmonious thoughts or feelings will cause a disruption in the flow of Ki. Even Western medicine recognizes the role played by the mind in creating illness and some Western doctors state that as much as 98% of illness is caused directly or indirectly by the mind.
It must be understood that the mind exists not only in the brain, but also through-out the body. The nervous system extends to every organ and tissue in the body and so the mind exists here also. It is also known that the mind even extends outside the body in a subtle energy field 2 to 3 feet thick called the aura. Because of this, it is more appropriate to call our mind a mind/body as the mind and body are so closely linked.
Therefore, our negative thoughts are not just in the brain, but also collect in various locations through-out the body and in the aura. The places where negative thoughts and feelings collect is where Ki is restricted in its flow. The physical organs that exist at these locations are restricted in their functioning. If the negative thoughts and feelings are not eliminated quickly, illness results.
The negative thoughts and feelings that are lodged in the unconscious mind/body are the greatest problem as we are not aware of them and therefore, are we are greatly hampered in changing or eliminating them.
The great value of Reiki is that because it is guided by the Higher Intelligence, it knows exactly where to go and how to respond to restrictions in the flow of Ki. It can work directly in the unconscious parts of the mind/body which contain negative Ki-inhibiting thoughts and feelings and eliminate them. As Reiki flows through a sick or unhealthy area, it breaks up and washes away any negative thoughts or feelings lodged in the unconscious mind/body thus allowing a normal healthy flow of Ki to resume.
As this happens, the unhealthy physical organs and tissues become properly nourished with Ki and begin functioning in a balanced healthy way thus replacing illness with health.
This non-invasive, completely benign healing technique is becoming more and more popular. As western medicine continues to explore alternative methods of healing, Reiki is destined to play an important role as an accepted and valued healing practice."
Credit to William Lee Rand (www.reiki.org) for this beautiful explanation of 'Ki'.
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