Reiki Insights from Japanese Kanji

Reiki Insights from Japanese Kanji

In Usui’s Japanese Reiki, the three-stage teachings are named: Shoden for the first one, Okuden for the second one, and Shinpiden for the third. Taking into account that translations from the Japanese are inexact, these are the most common meanings given to these names: Shoden: Beginning teachings Okuden: Innermost teachings Shinpiden: Mystery teachings Japanese written characters are known as kanji. The nature of kanji is symbolic, and each one can have multiple meanings or interpretations. It’s almost like each kanji…

How the Dual Practices of Reiki Lead to Oneness

How the Dual Practices of Reiki Lead to Oneness

Reiki is the only teaching I’m aware of that combines meditation and healing in a direct, practical, and immediately applicable way. It does so in a self-reliant manner, in the context of self-practice. In other words, the Reiki practitioner is able to practice on their own, without having to go to someone else, or rely on an outside source, other items, or facilities. Similar Teachings Yoga and Ayurveda are twin teachings, one being more about spirituality and consciousness, and the…

Our Earth Body

Our Earth Body

This body is born of Mother Earth, dependent on Mother Earth, fed by Mother Earth, utterly embedded in Mother Earth. However I treat Mother Earth, it will be to my own benefit or harm.   — Bhante Bodhidhamma Our Earth body has a double, interlinked meaning: It’s the physical body in which we are incarnate on Earth. It’s the Earth herself as our body. When we look at the various forms on Earth such as mountains, valleys, fields, rivers, trees…

The Language of Reiki

The Language of Reiki

Words carry power. The way we speak sets up a mindset. It’s easy to be lazy with language, speak in all the familiar patterns. How we describe something or speak about it defines it. In the world of Reiki it’s so easy to say to someone in need, “I’ll send you Reiki.” Or write the same in the comments of someone’s update on Facebook. People even ask directly, “Send me healing.” We all know what is needed of course and…

The Truth in Healing

The Truth in Healing

Healing makes truth visible , and truth facilitates healing. Healing is, after all, the natural order of things. And the natural order of things is what truth explains. Healing has its own truth(s) which derives from the greater universal truth. It’s important to really understand healing. Often we base our knowledge of healing on the pervasive medical model. Achieving medical benchmarks is strongly possible with healing,  but it’s efficacy is limited if we’re not conversant with the truth it carries…