Change – a natural, organic process

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Several of my Reiki Master students have asked me to help them as they begin to teach Reiki. I have told them, as I am saying now, that I no longer give the same class that I gave when I started to teach Reiki — over 20 years ago now.

Not only have I changed and developed in my Reiki practice, but the energy of Reiki itself has changed as it has become more widely known, used and accepted. Similarly, those who decide to learn this wonderful energy healing modality are different from those to whom I taught it way back then.

Change is is a natural organic process. Whether we like it or not, we all alter. If we embrace change, everything in our lives will run more easily. And so will our thoughts and emotions.

In the second decade of the twenty-first century, people accept the whole concept of energy more easily, they appreciate that we have a bio-magnetic resonance, and they are beginning to come to an understanding that we are all one, in that we are all part of Nature. No longer do we believe in the uniqueness of man (and woman) kind. Now we recognise that we inhabit a comparatively small planet that is infinitely fragile and precious. We see that whole of Nature is interdependent and that the essence of the universe is infinite and way beyond our comprehension.

I say this to demonstrate how much we, and thus the whole of Life, is affected by the constant alteration in our perception of energy and of the infinite.

No doubt my teaching will change too over the coming years, but, since I have been asked, I am about to set down the way I would approach teaching a Reiki 1 workshop in my present state of awareness and understanding.

I offer my words as a framework for students and teachers alike. Take from it what resonates with you and chuck the rest out. Maybe you will come back to it another time, but maybe you won’t. The important thing is to trust your own energy and to act accordingly.

I am not enlightened and I do not profess to be. I am simply someone who has walked along the Reiki path a little ahead of you. I offer guidance, but of course there is no need to accept it – most important is that you choose to walk your own way.

My hope and prayer is that amongst my words you will find something of value.

Namaste.

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Roses, Reiki and a Revelation

I’ve been asked to write a book about ‘How to teach Reiki‘ so I thought I’d better try! This is the Foreword, which explains why I’m mentioning Summer at the end of Autumn. Anyway, fingers crossed that it’s okay, here goes:

I fell in love with Reiki over twenty years ago.

Just thinking this, I feel a smile spreading through the whole of my being.

100_1011I am sitting in the summer sunshine on the deck that overlooks my wonderful wild garden, where, now, in July, the reds and oranges of day-lilies and montbretia vie with the mauve of rosebay willow herb, the pink stars of rambling roses, the purplish blue of wild geraniums and a magnificent  clematis the colour of a clear evening sky. The perfume of honeysuckle and roses is heavy in the late afternoon air. A light breeze ruffles the leaves of the rowan tree. The complaints of squabbling jackdaws interrupt the contented buzzing of bees. A child laughs in the garden next door.

As the smile reaches my lips, I can think of no other love in my life than compares with my love for Reiki. I am privileged to have known many loves and to have been loved much in return, but Reiki is more than any tense of the verb ‘to love’ … it is Love itself….

I believe that Reiki is simply love, an energy from the Divine — whatever you perceive that to be — that moves within us all and which informs the whole of life itself.

The Way of the Rose

The Way of the Rose – The Power of the Feminine

Reiki is energy. It can be perceived but it cannot be seen. It can be felt, but it cannot be touched. It can be heard, but its sound is that of the universe and cannot be recreated. Some few individuals are aware of its perfume, but are unable to describe it. Others see it as light, but the colours are so intense and vibrant that comparison is almost impossible.

Reiki is wisdom.

Reiki is that undefinable life force — known variously as prana by theIndians, qi by the Chinese, ki by the Japanese, vital force or orgone by Europeans — that gives us aliveness.

100_1005All I say here is my own opinion, my own personal understanding of the nature and uses of Reiki, all of which I have learned by allowing it to flow through me. For the past twenty years and more, it has been part of my own energy field, informing and educating me, healing and comforting me, but most of all, teaching me about the nature of compassion and unconditional love.

I am not perfect, by any means. I am human, having chosen to incarnate on earth at this time in a human body with a human mind and human emotions and the spirituality that is vouchsafed to us all. I have foibles and weaknesses. I judge, and I make mistakes. I know that I have accepted others’ opinions as truth. But I have learned to see that this is all part of the richness of life, and that nothing is stuck, nothing is permanent. If I catch myself in something that I dislike, I change. It might be my opinion, it might be my judgement, or it might be some form of conditioning that I have believed to be the truth.

I honour myself by accepting that I am not perfect. Nor would I wish to be… for where is the excitement, the richness, the lesson in that? But I can do my best to see where I can also honour myself by adapting and changing. I believe that in doing so, I allow others to do the same — to adapt and change as they need.

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