Continue from Reiki & Me in 1998 ( previous post 12/21/2011):
My Reiki practice was among friends and family, when I was in Switzerland.
Reiki energy was re-ignited when I started Ohashiatsu Practice, which is also one of hand-on healing modalities, in New York.
I took the Reiki Master class with William Rand in 2004, where I met these beautiful beings, with whom I shared Reiki Forever Group. Some of group members are more involved than others and we send Reiki per request, have discussion on a particular subject, share information on Reiki, Reiki practitioners( Referrals) and stay in touch until now.
My Reiki Teaching started right after, by word of mouth, to students & practitioners of Ohashiatsu. Needless to say, it is so simple to teach, as they are already in touch with Ki and the concept. Their hands are as warm/hot as Reiki practitioners. Some came back from Japan which makes my ego take a flight.
To be continued…
Advanced Reiki Class will be held in April, 2 Saturdays, 4/14/12 and 4/28/12, from 9 am to 5 pm.
This class is for those who certified as Reiki Level II, practitioners.
Reiki II refreshment: Review of Symbols and their usage, practice @ feeling of each symbol and the related energy.
Review on Usui Reiki Ryoho, history.
Introduction to 4th Symbol and Kotodama. Attunement, Practice and exchange.
The noun RETREAThas 6 senses:
1. (military) withdrawal of troops to a more favorable position to escape the enemy’s superior forces or after a defeat
2. a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet
3. (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position
4. (military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset
5. an area where you can be alone
6. withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation
The meaning of a Spiritual Retreat in Wikipedia is that:
The meaning of a spiritual retreat can be different for different religious communities. Spiritual Retreats are an integral part of many Buddhist, Christian and Sufi (Islamic) communities.
In Buddhism, retreats are seen by some as integral for reconnection to one’s self.
Retreats are also popular in Christian churches, and were established in today’s form by St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), in his Spiritual Exercises. Ignatius was later to be made patron saint of spiritual retreats by Pope Pius XI in 1922. Many Protestants, Catholics and Orthodox Christians partake in and organise spiritual retreats each year.
Meditative retreats are an important practice in Sufism, the mystical path of Islam. The Sufi teacher Ibn Arabi‘s book Journey to the Lord of Power (Risālat al-Anwār) is a guide to the inner journey that was published over 700 years ago.
A dear friend of mine gave this book as a present when we are all students of Zen. This book is also one of the books in the Library of Dai Bosatsu Zendo. The Empty Mirror Book has a lot of impact on all of us, who are doing the same practice. We can relate the story of this Zen student with what we go through.
The book is about a 26 yrs old dutch from Netherland, seeking the TRUTH, landed in one of Zen monasteries in Kyoto, Japan, in 1958. It was narrated with humor and sarcasm.
One of the Reviews on this book: And he discovers that this quest for meaning is doomed precisely because it is a quest. After being directed to look into a mirror to find his real face, he can succeed in doing so only when he sees that the mirror is empty, like the Zen master whose story he recounts, he learns to “”perform the most astounding feats. If he slept, he slept, and if he ate, he ate.”” The year-and-a-half is recalled with ambivalence — affection, resentment, and confusion. But the book effectively documents one man’s authentic confrontation with his own myths.
Oh, I am still re-reading this book…
Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei (Founder of Komyo Reiki Kai) emphasizes again and again the importance of DEEDS :
What you think,
What you say,
What you do,
Mental, verbal & bodily DEEDS,
All which make you a good Reiki Practitionner
They are inter-related most of the time, if you master one, you can master all, with time and with practice…
This is where monks, residents and retreat participants do ZAZEN, sitting meditation.
Away from the familiar world to attend a parent who needs care.
Reiki Healing helps me tremendously when I was emotionally and psychologically touched by a suffering of a parent. Seeing one of my parents in pain and in sickness reflect on me, as I, my body can be in pain and in sickness at one point. Not to take the pain & suffering of other(s) is the hardest, but if you can, it gives you the strength to become a best caregiver (even for your own parent). All experience helps you grow if you want to.
Don’t miss this opportunity to gather with fellow Komyo Reiki Shihans, to learn and practice Enlightenment Reiki, practice giving Reiju(Reiki attunement in Japanese Reiki) , in this serene and zen like setting of Dai Bosatsu Zendo.