I recently returned from a retreat in Glastonbury where I had deliberately asked spirit to arrange a change in the weather as the prediction wasn’t going to serve me and my group at all. The resulting sunshine created an interesting discussion around the breakfast table of the power of the Reiki symbols to support clear intention. One of the group told me I should blog about the experience I had in Hawaii with the Reiki power symbol that I opened my book Reiki and the Seven Chakras with. Further bellow is the extract from the book. Continue reading
Following the enthusiastic response to my tale of Trust blog a few weeks ago, this week I am sharing a story from many years ago about synchronistic events that revealed to me how supported I am when I listen and observe the signs around me. It was 1994 and I was in Dingle bay in southern Ireland. I was with four good friends and we had journeyed down to Dingle to seek out a wild Dolphin called Fungi. We had had a couple of clear nights and unspoilt by light pollution, the stars took our breath away. We had braved the Irish Sea at four in the morning hoping for some deeply significant spiritual experience with Fungi but towards the end of our week we were running out of enthusiasm as it had been raining most of the time and we hadn’t really brought the right clothing. We had improvised with black bin liners and looked like badly constructed scarecrows only capable of scaring themselves. Continue reading
With this weeks equinox and new moon the emphasis is on new beginnings and I want to share an exercise I do with many of my clients to help you clarify what you want. It’s often the case that we can reel off for hours and hours all the things in life we don’t want, but when someone asks us what we do want, it becomes really difficult to answer the question.
I spend a lot of time with clients clarifying what they want because unless we actually know where we are heading, we cannot hope to achieve our desired outcomes. It is important not only in terms of goals we set for ourselves in the material sense but also the goals we set for our personal development and inner peace and balance. Continue reading
It was hot. The driver on the coach had warned me not to walk, but I had slept through my stop and the only way back was on foot. The Dead Sea in July reaches 50’c and with only a few sips of water left, I was starting to realize the driver was right. The road snaked ahead of me with nothing but rock and salt either side. I laughed out loud. It seemed ages ago now, but it was only this morning I had decided to miss my flight home and head south from Jerusalem. I wanted to take in the Dead Sea and then head down to Elat, cross the border into the Sinai and then on down into Nuweba. Continue reading
I love the Chakra system as an illustration of the journey we make into conscious awareness. Starting with our conception we begin the process of building ourselves in shape and form as millions of years of intelligent evolution programmed in our DNA sets to work at an incredible rate. If all goes well, by the time of our birth in a little under ten months we have all our fingers and toes and are thrust into the world with little more than a very loud cry to get what we need.From these precarious beginnings we begin to build the foundations on which we will develop to varying degrees our sense of self. This early development is designed to seat consciousness in the physical body. Fusing with the material dimension, we begin to differentiate between physical sensations in the body and those in the environment. A baby bites a blanket and it doesn’t hurt whereas it bites it’s own thumb and it does. So the baby begins to identify itself as separate from it’s environment like a secondary birth. The first being that from it’s Mother, the second from the World itself. Continue reading
This week I wish to discuss Reiki Attunements. They are an intrinsic part of the Reiki training process and provide the energetic link through the unbroken lineage of Masters Teachers back to Dr Usui the founder of Usui Shiki Ryoho.
There are many variations of passing attunements and I personally have experienced at least six different methods each of which had it’s own particular quality. When it comes to the process of giving an attunement, I admit to have had days where I wondered if simply just sitting in the room with clear intent would suffice and if I had more courage I would love to invite Master Teachers to sit quietly for their attunement until they felt it had taken place rather than me telling them it has, after all it happened that way for Dr Mikao Usui as there was no one else there to anchor the attunement for him. Continue reading
Will I be protected when I give Reiki?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions in my Reiki classes and in this weeks blog I will explain my own philosophy on the subject and the wider implications of holding onto the need for protection .
A quick search on google reveals opposing views on the subject. One camp firmly believing in the need for some additional measures to be taken in order to feel protected from outside energies and there are many inventive methods listed that claim to offer this. “Aura Shields, Reiki Bubbles, Earth Bound Spirit Flush”..Are just a small sample of what I have found. Continue reading
This week I want to talk a little about The Five Reiki Principles that are an important part of our Reiki training and continuing self development both as Reiki practitioners and more importantly as everyday human beings. The five principles form the Gokai which was written by Mikao Usui as a set of precepts that his students recited in Gassho and could govern their lives by. Written in Japanese in Usui’s own hand above, the original Gokai when translated into English goes something like this;
MIND AND BODY IMPROVEMENT
USUI REIKI HEALING ART
MYSTIC ART TO INVITE HAPPINESS
MIRACULOUS MEDICINE TO CURE ALL DISEASES
DO NOT ANGER
DO NOT WORRY
TO OTHERS BE KIND
MORNING AND EVENING IN GASSHO
HOLD THIS IN YOUR MIND AND CHANT
Today I was given a great example of the body mind connection when I took my 11 year old daughter to have the cast she had been wearing for a fractured wrist removed. To give you some background to this injury, my daughter is an incredible dancer and gymnast (I know I am a doting father but trust me she really is). For the last 12 months she has been practicing for a show with a series of solo performances at the Lighthouse in Poole which is in a little over ten days time. The fracture was obviously a disaster to her and today was D day for her and the dance school, in terms of what she would be able to salvage. The nurse very efficiently informed her she would cut off the plaster cast she has had on and the doctor would examine it and send her if needed for another X Ray. The moment the plaster came off, my daughter burst into tears and as I hugged her she said Dad it really hurts. I quickly sat her down and asked her to hold my hand whilst I provided support to her wrist with my other hand. I allowed Reiki to flow and then calmly said to her, “Your arm has got used to being supported and we just need it to know it’s going to be ok without the cast”. Feeling reassured (supported) she calmed down a little and while we waited for the doctor I just let energy flow into her arm. Continue reading
Before you all jump to the conclusion that this is an unashamed attempt at promoting my own book title, I would like to explain…
James deacon who I might add I am a great fan of has highlighted the fact that many New Age Reiki practices include the chakras as part of their training and questions their validity. Dr Usui appeared not to include Chakra theory in his practice and the Ryoho Shishin suposedly his original treatment guide does not mention them. However it must be said that the Ryoho Shishin is little more than a list of ailments and area’s of the body that should be treated and was intended as a resource for new students who were unable to scan or sense the area of need in a patient through practices like Byosen Reikan Ho. Continue reading