Local Pain; Nonlocal Self

Local Pain; Nonlocal Self

Before pain was, you were. After pain had gone, you remained. Pain is transient, you are not.   — Nisargadatta Maharaj The body is transient. The body has pain. The mind can have pain too. The mind is fluid. Pain is local. We’re both local and nonlocal. We’re local in our body, in our incarnation. What incarnates is nonlocal. When pain lasts it’s discouraging. And difficult. There’s no denying that. The real trouble is our identification with pain. Especially chronic…

Reiki Stories Project 8/23/14

Reiki Stories Project 8/23/14

It’s with great pleasure that I present the following in the ongoing Reiki Stories Project (RSP) . This Reiki story is a really great example of what’s possible when we’re not only wanting to change, but willing to change and committing to the journey that brings healing and change. It’s also a great example of what’s possible with Reiki when Reiki sessions are combined with learning Reiki for oneself in a Reiki class. In this case, I was able to…

The Non-Practice of Hands-On Reiki

The Non-Practice of Hands-On Reiki

Healing begins when you aren’t trying to do anything. This is the practice of non-practice.   — Thich Nhat Hanh Before expanding on the quote above, let me make very clear that there’s still a practice to be put in place, to be engaged in and commit to while we refine our ability to heal and evolve. The quote doesn’t address the conundrum ‘to practice or not to practice,’ but the orientation we have as we practice. Practice is a…

Wounds, Love, Wholeness

Wounds, Love, Wholeness

Before we can become a clear channel through which love can freely flow, the ways we are wounded must come to the surface and be exposed. Love as a healing power can operate only on what presents itself to be healed. As long as our wounding remains hidden, it can only fester.   — John Welwood We know love as an emotion. We’re wired to seek and connect with it. As an emotional state, love certainly feels amazing and rewarding.…

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…