Thursday, March 19, 2009
I am a Reiki Master Teacher with my own practice - and I was drawn to the question. It is an interesting one that poses many other questions! I am wondering where the information comes from the Reiki requires an exchange of energy. I've never heard of this and am intrigued by such a concept. It certainly is not in keeping with how I teach or have been taught. Reiki, in my opinion, requires nothing by willingness to recieve. Not that there is anything wrong with charging for Reiki, in fact it is how I make my living. However, there are many examples of times when I have given Reiki with no expectation of exchange but just from a place of love. I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts.
Thank you for your message. It's certainly an interesting question.
On a spiritual level I fully agree with you about Reiki itself. Reiki is the soul of love and comes from the planet or god- it is pure divine force. We are made of love, and when love flows from one to another, it is simply a way of divine sharing with divine and each of us becomes closer to our natural way of being- free, empowered, divine beings full of love with the power to choose our own fates.
Certainly I have felt energy leave my hands when touching someone casually in a hug, or in passing. It does happen frequently, as I'm sure you know.
In the Tera-Mai teachings of which I am a master there are two precepts that we teach, beyond the original five spiritual principles. The first being that there must be an exchange of energy and the second being that a person must ask.
The energy exchange principle in my tradition comes directly from Usui's experiences in the beggar kingdom. The story being that he spent 7 years healing the people and working in the streets. One day he came across one of the first individuals that he had helped. He asked the man "why are you here. I told you to go and get a job and I helped you." And the beggars response to him went something like this "But I did get a job. I even took a wife and became a responsible citizen. But it was too much work and I wanted to be here."
That is grossly paraphrased, however you get the idea. The moral of that parable being the importance of letting each person place a value on their own healing through agreeing on what the energy exchange will be.
I know that in recent years the teachings of Takata have come into question as legitimate and there are many claims that she has changed the original information- and indeed many myths about Usui have been refuted over the years.
I do however stand by the oral tradition of my own teachings and those principles have stood me in very good stead in my own practice with my students. Often these two principles really assist women in particular with boundary issues and in general serve well for those who practice them.
Energy exchange does happen on many different levels. And on many occasions I have also stepped in to offer Reiki because it was requested on a soul level (for example a woman who was unconscious bleeding on the sidewalk), and in such instances I always ask for guidance and the soul's request for energy exchange.
In such cases of course I don't require nor do I ask my students to stick the need for them personally to receive the exchange, and I ask that the person who has received will do something for others or to serve their healing process.
Or I find the value in our exchange and what I have learned from them and consider that a more than fair trade. It always is. In the case of the woman who was on the sidewalk, no one else would help. She was lying on frozen cement and needed immediate assistance. I stepped in and held her head in my hands to warm her and also focused on slowing the blood flow.
Within moments of my taking action, a woman with first aid training stopped, several people took action to call the ambulance and assist and she was able to walk to the ambulance with help and had stopped bleeding.
There was a powerful gift for me in this: I learned a lesson I was seeking about how I could impact my world and make a difference, but that i would have to be willing to take the initiative and lead so that others could follow my example.
It is perhaps one of the greatest payments I have ever received for a offering Reiki because that lesson stays with me today and encourages me even now in my work. In a very real and practical way this woman has taught me a great deal for the short time I spent with her. A more than fair exchange.
In principle, if someone is asking for Reiki it is to their advantage to place a value on the healing for themselves and out of respect to the practitioner. That way both benefit, there are no unclear or questioned issues later about giving and receiving for either- the exchange is clear- there is no opportunity for one to hold out that they have given Reiki without any return... as does sometimes happen. Exchange can be anything- provided that both agree upon what that exchange is and are satisfied with the transaction.
When I had my reiki level one I will admit, I didn't follow these precepts all of the time. And it showed. People that came to me for healing would not always benefit as they could for the work, because they were receiving it for free and would end up coming back or ending up in the same space they started in. Observing this pattern brought me back to the original reasoning for the principle of energy exchange- being the story of Usui and the beggar.
I don't mean to make it sound like a business thing. It is not. I believe very strongly in this principle myself, as science shows us that energy can not be created or destroyed- so that source that we channel which benefits us in giving it, and which is such a miracle to me still each time I use it- is given and as a result, something must shift in the universe- and this means that if no exchange is agreed upon, something will shift elsewhere.
So when asked, and in teachings, I do believe it is important to stress this concept. Especially for people new to Reiki because it sets a precedent and value on the work which has enormous benefits for all who use it.
In practical terms, and scientific terms- and even in spiritual laws, energy exchange is an important philosophy.
It sounds like you come from a different school of teaching, and I would be interested to hear more about your own work and teachings. When I first moved to BC after receiving my level one all those years ago, I was amazed at how many Reiki students did not have the same understanding of Reiki or background that I had.
But then I do not know any other Tera-Mai reiki masters on the West Coast- and have been speaking primarily with Usui Reiki Masters and Kundalini Reiki Teachers, and they do have a different set of teachings in some ways (have had some in my classes as well and we have compared notes). So I am unique in my practice in some ways, although we all agree on the fundamentals.
But I have never heard anyone ask me about energy exchange as a fundamental principle before. :) Its a great question, as I said.
First of all, in my own experience ULF (or universal life force energy) is directly felt by clients who are receiving Reiki. Many people will actually feel heat or sensation in their body from the practitioner's hands. If you want to experience the ULF for yourself, why not try a Reiki session and see what it feels like? This is not an imagined experience nor are these individuals feeling something simply because they expect to.
It is unfortunate that there area lot of "new-agey" terms and concepts floating around that create the impression that ancient practices like Reiki are a form of faith healing or "if you believe it, it is so" practice. Reiki can certainly incorporate these things, but Reiki s not these things.
Which brings me to the second response to your question. In a few decades scientists have gone from a conviction that there is no such thing as an energy field around the human body, to an absolute certainty that it exists. Moreover, we have begun to understand the roles of energy fields in health and disease. Most people are simply not aware of this research, and persist in the attitude that there is no logical basis for energy healing. The main reason for the change in outlook is that sensitive instruments have been developed that can detect the minute energy fields around the human body.
In the 1920's researcher Harold Saxon Burr at Yale university school of Medicine, suggested that diseases could be detected in the energy fields of the body before physical symptoms appear. Moreover Burr was convinced that diseases could be prevented by altering the energy filed. These concepts were ahead of their time, but are not being confirmed in medical research laboratories around the world. Scientists are using SQUID instruments to map the way diseases alter biomagnetic fields around the body. Others are applying pulsing magnetic fields to stimulate healing.
So you can see R, our scientific technology is finally developing to a place where we can measure this field. As science tells us, just because you can't see it- doesn't mean it isn't "real". In fact what we see and touch and smell is only a very small part of the universe.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
It's described thus: "PSI Basic is an educational course where you challenge yourself to explore, question and discover your life, such that you expand our personal and professional effectiveness NOW!"
After attending the Basic Seminar and staffing the Christmas, I am truly impressed with the quality of the program, the integrity and commitment not only of the teaching but also the people who are involved.
I've seen how absolutely effective and life changing this program can be for the people who attend. The people who run and volunteer at the programs are fully committed to their own personal excellence and growth, and to supporting others with their goals. It's a course for very successful people.
The psychological model and theory is really aligned and integral. It's well put together. They say that the PSI 7 course is the equivalent of 7 years of life experience in 7 days. I'm looking forward to that one. :) What's really cool, is that I took the basic, completely understood cognitively what they were doing- and the exercises still worked.
They teach basic meditation and visualization techniques- and also a lot about intention and integrity with your word etc etc. I don't agree 100% with everything that they teach, but it's effective and they are helping a lot of people live the lives they really want to live.
So I would describe Personal Success Institute as a Seminar company for successful people who want to achieve more success in life and be the best they can be so they can contribute more to their communities, families, and the world. They've been in business for 35 years- are the longest running seminar company of their kind, and run their program not only in high class hotels, but in inner city schools and in places like columbine right after the shootings.
They have a 100% money back guarantee if you don't like it AND amazingly once you have taken the Basic course- you can go back and participate in any part of it again as many times as you want for free.
There is only one exercise I'm not allowed to share - and that is because if you understand the point of the exercise when you're doing it it loses its effectiveness as a teaching tool and would ruin it for the other participants. But if you really want to know you can go online and read about it. It's posted out there.
I can also write about my personal experiences but to be honest this would tell you very little about the class because everyone experiences it differently. The course is experiential thus subjective- you have different goals and reasons for taking the course and therefore will have a different outcome and experience than I did.
As one of the facilitators says "if anyone came here for the same reason I did- to have a better relationship with my wife and my kids- I'd really like to talk to them on the break ;)" I learned so much about myself that was exceptional- some amazing lessons about how it's ok to be powerful and loved and visible for starters. Several months after taking the first course and staffing an event, I am still seeing benefits, experiencing greater understanding about myself and integrating the lessons I learned.
People of all ages, belief systems and walks of life take it. The psychological model is sound and exercises are incredibly effective. The company also has a non-profit division that contributes to numerous charities around the world, and really at the heart of it- the goal is to encourage people to find creative, peaceful solutions
You can check out their website here: http://www.psiseminars.com
The classes are designed to help people become aware of their programs and destructive patterns and teach them through theory and practical exercises, how to change those programs and live the life they want to live.
They have weird PR. Bob proctor, Jack Canfield and Marshall Thurber recommend their programs, they were mentioned in the Secret- but there are also a bunch of really negative postings on the web in different forums that accuse PSI of being a cult- as there is with Landmark.
that's probably for a few reasons:
1. Although participants are advised not to make drastic changes for at least 30 days after the program (divorce etc)- some people don't listen- and they do dramatic things which upsets the people in their life and they get mad and post on the internet. Change is scary- it really is. People come out of the class with a greater understanding of themselves- and sometimes this can be very dramatic. Which freaks out people around them- even if it's good change it's still scary. Counselors say that positive change can be as stressful as negative ones.
2. Like anything, there are people who go to PSI who are of a "sheep" or follower mentality and who get fanatical about the program and are really freaky in trying to get others to come out to take the classes. I know- I met one- and she's the reason I didn't take the basic 4 years ago when I had a chance the first time. Of course, now I'm sorry about that ... but such is life.
3. PSI people who are committed to supporting each other and assisting each other to be successful and exceptional and one of the ways they do this is by using the tools that PSI teaches- and that comes with a "language" and concepts. Which like Landmark, can sound weird to people who haven't been in the course. Right now, I know the corporate office is working on getting rid of the verbiage and making the language common- so I know they are changing it.
Two of my friends- incredibly integral, aware and highly motivated spiritual people recommended that I should take the class- and they are both very free individuals and have amazing personalities. And because of how much I respect them both I decided to go and try it for myself. No one tried to make me drink any cool aid, ;) or force me to believe or do anything that I didn't want to do.
People that recommend the course do so because they have benefited from it and believe in it and want those around them to be successful and have amazing lives. And it works. That's why I'm volunteer and helping out.
So finally, it may help to send you the lyrics to one of their "theme" songs. Although they don't really get into god in depth in the basic- they do talk about the idea that we are all connected and all one- and it's very well done in a way that allows all different belief systems to understand what they are saying. Generally it's pretty practical and motivational in nature. so here are the song lyrics. This really captures the philosophy- which is you create your life, so stop living on the sidelines and live each day as if it is the last day of your life
Stephen Curtis Chapman
The long awaited rains
Have fallen hard upon the thirsty ground
Have carved their way to where
The wild and rushing river can be found
And like the rains I have been carried here to where the river flows,
My heart is racing and my knees are weak
As I walk to the edge
I know there is no turning back
Once my feet have left the ledge
And in the rush I hear a voice
That's telling me it's time to take a leap of faith
So here I go!
I'm diving in
I'm going deep
In over my head I want to be
Caught in the rush
Lost in the flow
In over my head I want to go
The river’s deep
The river’s wide
The river’s water is alive
So sink or swim I'm diving in
There is a supernatural power In this mighty river’s flow
It can bring the dead to life And it can fill an empty soul
And give a heart the only thing Worth living and worth dying for
But we will never know the awesome power Of the grace of God
Until we let ourselves get swept away Into this holy flood
So if you'll take my hand We'll close our eyes and count to three And take the leap of faith
Come on let's go!
I'm diving in
I'm going deep
In over my head I want to be
Caught in the rush
Lost in the flow
In over my head I want to go
The river’s deep
The river’s wide
The river’s water is alive
So sink or swim I'm diving in
Hopefully that answers any questions you might have. I recommend the course, if for no other reason than that you meet amazing and incredible people who also want to be the best they can be, and it is a fabulous networking opportunity. Also, a point to mention is that I've met some wonderful friends and found a lot of support myself- with people who genuinely care about seeing me succeed. It's a very positive, genuinely caring and proactive group. :)
Much Love, and blessings from the rainforests and mountains of BC.
Friday, January 16, 2009
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Sunday, January 11, 2009
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Thursday, January 8, 2009
"Universe means one song" I said
You said I'm a diva,
finishing the album when everyone else sings the first line.
When we meet rock songs reverberate in silent still halls
Feeling the music in every pore, Being sound, Living Song
together our movements exist in an opus of power.
I don't pray anymore...
Unless you count every thought as communion
a rush of Yod to the head.
Worship came in that orgasm last week,
You were so far in me we were both god.
Playing our parts, offering humble sounds to the symphony
Each conversation divine verse between god and his goddess transcendance
Absolution in a ballad- No
an opera of experience.
I don't go to temples anymore...
unless you count the cathedral of the heart.
Dancing my joy in crowds is like jaywalking through a wake,
In the rain at midnight with no one watching but the crows,
And the song pounding, rushing, offering grace
Breathing in and out night air for my body
Waiting for you to catch the beat of trees, grass, wind
Spirit's melody calling soul
I don't meditate anymore
Unless you count the act of wiping a single drop from the curve of a glass
A moment with God
Touching hands that first time music flowed,
Your skin was an orchestra's theme
In that moment confessor, priestess, stage, singer, applause became
fans, freedom, absolution and entrance into Graceland
for the first time in a very long time I let myself stop
In the silence I found the truth
That the god in you is the god in me
and all one song.
And I suppose it's true that I don't cry for the world anymore,
Unless you count the tears I've wrung from wailing guitars to a deaf audience
Holding notes that blaze to life like a comet in a Buddhist koan
Waiting for you singer to prove there's still magic in the world
Hiding a crooners voice in the masses
You idle there while I groove here
Your rythym is of drums beating faster and faster, tribal and free
When the jingle of the world calls you tuneless
I'll call you to lead the song, and share the stage so we can sing.
Summer Raine Forrest