Creating your very own Healing Centre


Over the years as a result of the Reiki classes I run, I have witnessed a fair number of people having moments of revelation, accompanied by a deep desire to drop everything, change the course of their life and head off somewhere to heal the world or open a healing centre. It’s a lovely idea and in those instants I watch as imaginations get to work and the inevitable idyllic visions of the possibility of living bathed in the utopia of Reiki all day long are born.

I know exactly what that feeling is like because I had it myself. In fact I did drop everything to change my life and head off to live in community with other like minded people. I embraced wearing socks with Birkenstock sandals, grew my hair long and ate a purely vegan diet. I meditated every day, wore a crystal pouch around my neck and communed with earth angels and devas. I was constantly hugging people and developed the art of gazing deeply into the eyes of another for ridiculously long periods of time. I knew all the words to ‘Puff The Magic Dragon’, retreated in solitude to the islands of Iona and within a year my metamorphism from London Fashion Photographer to Way Out Tree Hugging Hippie Healer was complete.

As amusing as it sounds, I was loving my life, I felt deeply connected and had a sense of purpose that for the first time felt absolutely right to me. But the decision to depart this Spiritual Oasis I lived in occurred as rapidly as it had arrived. The catalyst for me was the departure of a group of American students with whom I had built strong bonds. My heart had felt that deep sense of aloneness that only goodbye’s can give you and I understood in that moment Living with Reiki was less about creating a sanctuary outside of myself and more about creating it within.

I learnt to locate a place within that told me I was connected. When self treating, I could give Reiki to myself and feel it filling up. I started to view it as a sanctuary inside of myself and in time, it became my source, my healing centre. I realised as long as it was there, I had no need for an outer sanctuary. In the ensuing years I lent my experiences to others facing the urge to drop everything and make dramatic life changes. I encouraged a more balanced approach than the one I had taken, allowing Reiki to transform them without causing great disruption and fall out in their day to day lives.

When we attend a Reiki course we are provided with a safe space in which we can be open, share and feel supported. It is deeply nurturing and most of us who experience it want to remain there for as long as we can. But just like returning from a weeks holiday on the beach can be difficult, many are immediately challenged by the need to go back home after a workshop. I have heard so many stories of people getting home and their stressed out partner says, well I am glad you had a nice time, welcome back to ‘the real world’ and hands the sugar laced kids over.

But here’s the thing, Reiki is as much a part of ‘the real world’ as anything else, it’s just a case of grounding it into our reality. Some compromises may be required depending upon where we live. We might have to consider those around us who haven’t been zapped by the Reiki Ray! We may need to find flexibility in our Reiki practice, make it less dogmatic, refrain from trying to convert everyone to our Reiki Religion and generally be a little more subtle in our approach. For me, it meant the socks and Birckenstocks had to go, the crystal pouch around the neck was replaced by a deep knowing that Reiki was in my heart. The deep gaze into another’s eyes for long periods of time replaced by a handshake or an appropriate hug.

As we ground and integrate Reiki into our lives we learn to use our increased sensitivity to navigate by and our vulnerability becomes an opportunity to inspire openness in others. We become to the best of our ability an example of the precepts. When faced with challenging and unsympathetic environments we are taught humility and to reflect upon the strengths of our beliefs.

A Reiki workshop is designed to offer us a glimpse into the possibility of a way of being where we live with awareness of being intimately connected to everything in this Universe. In a workshop we can bathe in the luxuriousness of all the participants focused on the same intention of love and healing. But the real work starts when we go home. Integrating what we have learnt and ensuring we complete our spiritual homework. Creating an inner sanctuary, a healing centre within, is an essential part of that work.

So the next time you meet people or situations that challenge you and are difficult to digest, remind yourself. How I respond right here right now is the full measure of my personal development. Drop into your inner sanctuary in that moment and see it as an opportunity to demonstrate a way of being that echoes your beliefs.

Thanks for listening Reiki Rich

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Get Your Ducks Lined Up!

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All Eastern philosophies related to the gathering and utilisations of Ki have one essential element at the core of their teachings. The accessibility of the vital essence of life requires that we be in the present moment in order to notice it is there. The present moment is the place where we reconnect to our essential nature and, by virtue, reconnect to flow. In order to experience Ki, we have to shift our focus away from the external distractions and dramas of everyday life and realign ourselves within. To our surprise when we do, it takes very little to achieve deep connection inside, but the nature of the beast, is such, that we find life’s dramas exact a strong pull on us and discipline is required to remain present.

A dear friend of mine’s favourite saying was “Get your ducks lined up”. Because when ducks aren’t lined up and they are all swimming this way and that, quacking, going around in circles they cause chaos. Getting our own ducks lined up requires us to bring our minds back to the present, find our centre and reconnect to the flow through our internal energy system once more.

When we do get back into the flow, we see how out of sync we had been previously. Being in the flow is an example of Wu Wei, efficiency in action because the flow of energy through us is the same flow through everything. Finding our inner flow involves encountering stillness by letting go of external distractions and interferences. We have to unplug ourselves from the social matrix, switch off the transmissions and distractions that have been designed to occupy us and make time to mindfully experience ourselves, and just be.

Fortunately there are many ways we can create the space to settle within. Having a body balancing session like reflexology or massage. Booking a Reiki treatment to open our energy system to flow and bring our mind back home or going on retreat to just simply be for a while in the stillness of ourselves are just a few of the tools we can use to reconnect to flow again.

Flow informs us of personal choices we can take, which naturally alter the way we feel and think about ourselves. We may find we wish to invest more of our time and energy in maintaining our sense of wellbeing and health. As we refine we become more aware of the destructive elements in our surroundings. We begin to notice where our inner and outer worlds lack congruency. As we tune in, we begin to recognise the need to make more resourceful and loving lifestyle choices. Suddenly old patterns of behaviour are no longer appropriate to what we are becoming. Adjustments in our routines are inevitable and we may find we drop aspects of our old self. Whether it be smoking, drinking, the foods we eat, the programmes we watch on TV, social media, negative thinking, conflicts, bad company, too much stimuli etc.. It all comes up for review so we can decide what goes and what we can replace it with that supports the refinement taking place within.

Ultimately, a natural balance occurs between the progress on the inside through the practices and lifestyle choices we use to cultivate flow and the change on the outside and the environments we choose to put ourselves in. As we begin to listen to this inner flow and allow it to inform us, there is a natural alignment between our inner and outer worlds that reflects those choices we make. To be cheerfully Chi full, we have to turn to life sustaining behaviours. In other words, to be Chi full requires us to live a life that fosters Chi.

The following is a nice simple visualisation meditation you can use to clear your central channel and help get your ducks lined up.

 Self Purification

This is a purifying technique using visualisation and breath 
to clear and strengthen your energy. There are several variations that essentially follow the same route. This is the one I use.

  • Ensure you won’t be disturbed and induce a relaxed state prior to starting with self-meditation breathing into your Hara.
  • Sitting down on a chair hands on your lap, visualise a sphere of white light above your head.
  • See it radiating a purifying and clearing light in all directions (If you have 2nd level Reiki place a SHK and CKR symbol in it)
  • See the sphere descend down through the crown radiating purifying light in all directions clearing all blocked energy.
  • See the sphere descend through the centre line of your body, clearing and purifying as it goes.
 As it radiates light in all directions allow the sphere to descend down to your Hara filling it with light
  • See the sphere expanding filling your whole body with light.
  • Let the sphere continue to expand out into your energy field filling your aura with light
  • Expand the sphere further out boundlessly to infinity until all you experience of yourself is light and your intimate connection to everything.

To end

Feel your feet on the floor hands on your lap
. Be aware of your breath, the sensations in your body and in your own time, when you’re ready open up your eyes.

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New Beginnings

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