Flying The Reiki Nest…

Welcome to the latest Reiki Blog Hop
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THEME: The Importance of Being Earnest
Jay Cassels set the theme for this hop, he offered the following prompt:
This month’s topic is about our relationship with Reiki, and also our relationships with clients, students and ourselves. Consider that for every fantastic experience there has been some not so fantastic, and for every amazing teacher there is one that hasn’t been, so reach into your heart/soul space and explore in your entry the relationship that you have with Reiki, where has it has taken you.
Ok… so let’s see where this takes me… I know it says ‘Reiki’ and this may be on topic or it could be wildly off as when I think of Reiki, the way that my brain hears that is universal life force and so although I’ve had the ups and downs in the Reiki community, I’m not really feeling the urge to go back and dissect old ground… and instead I’ll spread my wings into relationships with the world at large… because after all… aren’t we all supposed to be one big global community?
So… the importance of being earnest… I’m all for speaking your truth but over the last few years and it feels especially so over the last year or so… this speaking your truth feels to have been hijacked and perverted and become a phrase that’s bandied around as an excuse for abject rudeness… Let’s put aside all the fiascos in politics of late as hey man! I don’t have the mental real estate to deal with that right now… ok… I probably do but I’m using that as a segue to launch into just a few of my least favourite things… I’m constantly flabbergasted that never before have there been so many ways to communicate with so many people yet communication is done so badly… I’ve got a whole list of bugbears here but I’ll try and be mindful and try to avoid making my reader feel like they’re being held captive… though of course if I did ramble the whole list then you may fell victim to Stockholm syndrome and never want to leave… but bear with me… I’m writing this at 3:00 am so I’m just going to go with the first 3 things that come off the top of my head in what may end up as an incoherent ill thought out ramble but hey… let’s see what happens…
Radical self-care
Oh yes… now this one really takes the biscuit… I absolutely understand the need for self-care but hey! Ranty tirades and petulant stomping about asserting your personal boundaries and cries of puh-lease! do me the courtesy of respecting me and my space…
Well, sweety… your space ends where my nose begins… so do us all a favour and pull your crown chakra outta your base chakra and go do your self-care to your heart’s content… well out of my face…
Like-minded people
No! Just stop it! There’s nothing that hits my ears in a more shrill way than this phrase… this is beyond fingernails being dragged over chalkboards… Like minded people… isn’t it great to hang out with like- minded people? No, actually it sucks… I’m not an intentionally antagonistic person (except for the times when I am…) but I much prefer the company of people who can argue the toss without getting butthurt… Surrounding yourself in an echo chamber of like-minded people feels like a slow and stifling death… a desiccation of creativity sucked dry by excess positivity that bolsters the lacklustre and mediocre… This is why I quit teaching adult basic education… compulsory cheer-leading ignoring reality… expecting to be in collusion with unrealistic goals, and no recognition of limitations… The fact of the matter is that there are some things in life that require aptitude and talent and no amount of positive thinking and surrounding yourself with people who agree with your every word is going to change that… trust me… I’ve tried! I’ve been swimming lengths and focusing on getting gold at the next Olympics… the sad fact is the best I’m going to achieve is to manage to look as though I’m not drowning…
Oh… but if you disagree with one of the like-minded then you join the ranks of …
Haters
Oh well… obviously you are no-one until you have haters… Really? See from my cynical standpoint it often looks like an underhanded way to flog your shit… summon your minions… boost your sales without trying to look as though you are overtly selling… From another equally cynical standpoint… get over yourself! This phrase along with troll makes me gip… it seems that it’s often a lazy way to shut down a difference of opinion… I’m sure there are genuinely asshats out there who deserve the moniker but to start #hittingthehashtags like grannies with handbags trying to barge their way to the best pickings at the jumble sale… give me a break…
So where does all this take me with regards to Reiki… well there used to be a time when I would try to remember all 5 precepts… now I have them all condensed to one…
Ok… granted… today I’ve probably failed…
But tomorrow I’ll try to keep it peachy :*
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Reiki & New Year’s Resolutions…

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Welcome to the 6th Reiki Blog Hop!

For the theme for the first Reiki Blog Hop of 2017, I decided to keep things simple and to follow the seasonal trend and ask my fellow hoppers their thoughts on New Year and how that relates to their Reiki practice.

I’ll be honest… I’m even less enthusiastic about New Year than I am about Christmas… ok admittedly there’s a bit of family history that casts a long shadow over it but that is fading nicely… My big bug bear really is that it’s a time of year that gets eNoisy… suddenly a LimpedIn Landslide of contact request from soulpreneurs I’ve never heard of but who want to flog their shit invite me to invest in myself for a year-long subscription costly a mere x-thousand or maybe a more affordable monthly option of 12  easy installments of x-thousand divided by 10 as hopefully, I’m too innumerate to calculate that that will cost me x-thousand plus 20%… And as for the general shouting about how this year is going to be the best year EVER… ha! no actually that one kind of appeals to my grimmest sense of humour as I imagine the best year EVER followed by an increasingly dreary and depressing decline to the grave… downhill all the way to the end of eternity…

Though maybe the Cosmos has my back this year and we’ve managed to manifest a mostly silent arrival into 2017… or more precisely, I received some unexpected good fortune in that facebook has decided that it doesn’t care for my old BlackBerry any longer and so now my smart phone has upped it’s I.Q. considerably as it’s not constantly being interrupted by notifications… And whilst I have no urge to do the – “hey! if you are reading this then you have survived the cull” type update as hey… there are many good folks on fb who I enjoy keeping up with… I must admit I am really enjoying the eSilence, particularly as on the back of this, I also decided that I’m not going to check email in the morning (and by morning I mean before 3.00 pm) anymore as hey… nobody is going to die if they have to wait a few hours…

So… what on earth has all this to do with Reiki and New Year’s resolutions? I hear you ask…

Well… simply put… I’ve decided to follow simplicity… I decided that maybe yes, I should formalise a Reiki resolution as hey, it’s good to define goals after all, but rather than wrack my brain I decided to dust off the Reiki Techniques Card Deck by Bronwen and Frans Steine and pull for inspiration…

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So there we have it… Groundwork…

Now on the back of this card, there is written a rather lovely non-traditional Reiki method and it is suggested that you perform this practice as the sun rises…

But let’s get realistic here… My proclivity to owlish hours means that mostly if I’m seeing a sunrise then I’m on my way to bed rather than on my way out to face the world… and if, as on the odd rare occasion, I am actually getting up with the Larks, I’m pretty willing to lay a hefty bet that my mind will not be in any fit state to recite the Sun’s Mantra:

A ma te ra su Oo Mi Kami

And I really do get quite anxious about mis-chanting mantras… should a careless vowel slip take you from seeking enlightenment to summoning daemons… Though I’m not above mispronouncing Baphomet to rhyme with ballet just to annoy the long-suffering Mr S…and Hmmm… if I accidentally conjured up a Damon of the Matt variety…lalalala TMI alert!! make your own puns about exercising/exorcising demon/Damon… Oh… where was I? Ah…yes… that’s right… the pursuit of simplicity…

So… I thought to myself… ok, you know all the things you’re just not going to change anytime soon but what can you do to greet the day? And I remembered an old practice that I used to do daily a few years back and somehow let lapse…

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Each day, no matter what time I got up, I would head straight downstairs and into the garden and raise my arms to sky and just breathe… breathe in the day… stretch…sometimes I’d let the Reiki precepts silently run through my mind and other days they gave way to the sound of birdsong… ah… breathe… stretch…breathe… feel the air upon my face and the ground beneath my feet and stay there until I decided to no longer stay there…

So… my resolution…

New Year! Old Practices!

Is that lazy?

I don’t know…

Though I’d somehow rather great each new day as it comes … to create tiny steps… than try to promise myself huge leaps (that will probably crash) once a year…

You can step, leap or hop or even hop, skip and jump over to my neighbours by clicking the links, but if you happen to be here before noon then shhhhhhh…. please keep the noise down! 😉

 

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2017 January Reiki Blog Hop Master List

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Today is our 6th Reiki Blog Hop!

The theme is:

New Year’s Resolutions

For the theme for the first Reiki Blog Hop of 2017, I decided to keep things simple and to follow the seasonal trend and ask my fellow hoppers their thoughts on New Year and how that relates to their Reiki practice.

Here is the list of participants:

Thank you and welcome to everyone who is joining us here!

The Reiki Blog Hop will happen once every two months–our next hop will be March 15, 2017.

For more info, or if you’d like to be a part of it, please check us out on Facebook.

Letting (E)go…

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Welcome to the latest Reiki Blog Hop… The theme was set by Joy Vernon who gave the wonderfully open ended prompt of ‘Letting go’… and there were very many suggestions and ideas given and I thought long and hard and gave weeks of serious consideration to numerous experiences that I’ve had in my Reiki travels… but you know what they say about the best intentions of mice and men… Mmm…. actually… what do they say about the best intentions of mice and men? I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything given beyond that…

So… to make a short story long…

I thought about a couple of experiences that I ‘d had with techniques that I’d been taught… one of them I gave up intentionally, the other accidentally but both together came to underpin my attitude towards teaching Reiki…

The first technique that I ditched was very early on. I was taught  that I should perform this before every healing session and it was basically to imagine stepping into a sack, to pull it up over your head and then to tie a knot in the top… and this would keep your energies intact and free of picking up other people’s icky stuff… Now this just didn’t work for me on so many levels but mostly I think it wreaked havoc with being a visual thinker… I tried it several times and the images that sprung to mind… some of them you just don’t want to know! but mostly it was the image that the knot would come undone and the sack would slip and then I’d have to finish the session hopping around like a 5 year old at the school sports day…  I brought this up with my teacher and I was told to practise more… there were a few other comments that took my imagination in this direction…

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The routine that I let go off accidentally was a distant healing technique… it was elaborate, lengthy and involved and always in the back of my mind was the thought that something had been forgotten or done in the wrong order… So… I’d been using this technique every week for two or three years to respond to distant healing requests via an online free healing group… Every week, I recieved the name of a stranger, sat down for around an hour and then emailed to say that healing had been sent… Until the one day, when I opened up that week’s case and I glanced at the computer screen, and involuntarily made and finger gun and a POOF!!! noise and waved my hand and said – Yeah! Have some of THAT!!! POW POW POW!!! Fired off a one-word email – Sent! and then shut down the computer and went out… Within about half an hour, I was riddled with guilt… oh… what have I done? I spent 3 days filled with anguish not once thinking that maybe I should go back and do it properly and then unexpectedly I was put out of my misery as there in my inbox was a lengthy thank you letter… The first one that I had ever received… all the times before, with all the proper routines… nothing…not one… not that I ever expected one as I figured people who requested free healing from strangers had bigger worries on their mind… But that one email that day changed my views on how I practise…

The knock on effect of these two things is that I teach my students to try on techniques and see how they fit… if something drives you so far into distraction that you can’t think of anything else then you need to think about changing that to something that feels better… and if you do something that is fast, fluid and feels completely natural to you then don’t worry about whether it’s right or wrong… let the results speak for themselves…

Well… Like I said, there were several other things that I was going to write about but they got knocked for six when I got a ping via facebook notifications to like a business page…by the business owner who I very colourfully told some time ago,  what I thought of them, their business and the horse they rode into town on… Mmm now I need to be careful what I say here really… ok… some time ago I got myself into a tricky situation with what initially looked like a good opportunity but which turned into something that was beyond farcical… So… thanks to my Libra moon believe or believe it not, I can be the epitome of tact and diplomacy and I tried my damnedest to find something workable in the situation, but then there comes the tipping point and I can’t give you the details  but let’s just say I was asked  repeatedly  to write something for an anthology type book… I’m sorry if this is sounding sketchy and hard to follow but if you manage to get me drunk then I’ll spill the whole tale face to face but be advised that I don’t drink because the cosmos in its infinite wisdom decided that I needed no further help in loosening my tongue and inhibitions I am allergic to alcohol… so… how to describe this book… this book that was the last straw heaped on to the camel who’d had a year plus of lengthy debates about very many things… Ok… the best way to describe it would be to imagine if a bunch of people went to THIS SITE , hit the ‘reionize electrons’ button at the top of the page, printed off what came out, then gathered them all into one book just in time for Christmas land fillers  stocking fillers…

So… not only was my Libran aesthetic nose way out of joint… My Virgo sensibilities went into meltdown after I saw some writing by one of the other authors about port holes (sic) to other dimensions…

And I let go… oh boy… did I let go…

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Though there was still a few unfinished details that I needed to sort, so I did return to tidy off the loose ends and then…

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And so all this time later … good old fb reanimates old flames… and at first I think – Like your business? Oh ! You have to be effing kidding?! But then I laugh and I laugh and I laugh some more and think… yeah…

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So… it may be that I’m having a bitch fest and I’m defragging my brain… But you see, the thing is… most often the way I  let go, is to belly laugh… to see the ridiculousnesses that are inherent in the situation and to connect with that humour… I think we spend too long trying to solve our problems and looking for ways to bring healing and we forget how easy it can be to just let go and to laugh… Admittedly most times I find the laughter pretty early on but the times when the laughter dries up… these are the situations that need to be let go of… And when I’ve been through a sustained shitty period and it feels like I’ll never laugh again… Well, I know further down the line I will laugh and when that laugh spills easily then I will know that I have let it (e)go…

And now I’ll let you go…

Go visit one of my neighbours…

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Reiki… Empirical or Lyrical…

Welcome to the latest Reiki Blog Hop
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THEME: Reiki, Science, and Medicine
This is one of those areas, where often I find myself at odds with other people’s views… It feels to be an area that splits, divides and polarises folk and I tend to be not so much sitting on the fence in my views but more with a personal jury that is permanently out to weigh up a final decision and as such I’ve often found myself being blasted from both ends of the spectrum. One of my first experiences in setting up business was to Google myself to see if my website was showing up only to find that some malcontent out of work double science degree antiquackery keyboard assassin with obviously way too much time on his hands had devoted a whole blog piece to not only  providing numerous links to my site but also  sharing with the world just exactly what he thought of my domain full of vacuous pseudo-scholastic scientific piffle or something like that…
I read that with mixed emotions, as well… I do have a certain penchant for indulging in pithy snark and I do enjoy a good rant on occasions  and what with having a degree in genetics myself , I was in agreement with many of the criticisms raised about holistic therapies in general though pretty peeved at the insinuation that I was a no brain wafty airy fairy who happened to have stumbled on a good trick to scam the feeble minded out of their shekels…
On the other end of the scale, there are the big pharma conspiracy theorists with their mantras of natural=good and science=evil who can get very irate if I say that I think there are many times and occasions when I feel that conventional medicine is the way to go… and I have been told to open up to entering the port hole (their words not mine…) and  blah blah blah and so on and so forth until they sign off with the obligatory namaste… and so I hit block and think yeah… I’ll take the starboard hole and I dearly hope that should you ever get cancer and you decide to self-remedy with the crushed up peach kernels that big pharma say you can’t have so they can force you into buying poison… well I hope you cure yourself before you overdose on cyanide… but it will be natural cyanide and therefore good and a great way to exit through your final PORTAL!
So with many experiences along both these lines, I come to the conclusion that fuck it!
Why even bother to attempt to explain as;
For those who believe, no proof is required and for those who don’t then no proof is ever enough…
And I find that quite a sad place to be in as when people are intent on solely seeing the only side that they want to then both sides become bent out of shape and distorted and there’s a whole middle ground that gets lost…
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However a few weeks back I had a pretty unexpected and interesting experience… I’ve had an ongoing back problem for a while now and the metaphysician in me has a bloody good idea of where the root of the problem stems from but I have more than my fair share of Virgo in my chart and when something is refusing to budge, then I want it tested on all levels…
So I found myself at the hospital for a consultation with a physiotherapist… now the first thing that surprised me was that the appointment slot was an hour long… yeah… a whole hour! Now that’s not something that I associate with conventional medicine and have always viewed as being one of the major benefits of complementary therapies… but there I was in an hour long conversation discussing my lifestyle and how it had been affected. Now eventually she asked me how I was managing my pain and listed a whole bunch of drugs and medicines and to each one I said no… no… no… until she said – so what exactly are you doing?
I paused and thought ok… I’ll just tell her… and I gave her my list… yoga stretches, Thai massage, Reiki, Meditation, breathing exercises and lots of self-medicating with Art supplies… and my mind filled with all the chatter that I’d heard recently about how the medical profession likes to drug you for everything and make mega bucks out of you… and I wondered what her response would be and she said:
BRILLIANT!!! 
And to be perfectly honest I thought she was just humouring me so she could shunt me through and move on to her next appointment as I must admit the times I’ve been involved in the medical system have been mercifully few and far between and they have all been very much conveyor belt type experiences…  but then she left the cubicle to go get me some printed sheets of exercises that she advises and I sat and listened in to the other conversations on the ward and heard meditation being recommended, breathing exercises explained and active relaxation being advocated… And finally instead of an either/or there seemed to be a direction towards developing a personal blend…
So… my personal jury had returned one small verdict and it is that when it comes to my back pain Reiki will be taken p.r.n. and also I will take Salbutamol when I experience spasms that  make it hard for me to breathe…
Now I’m sure there will be people more than happy to tell me all the risks and side-effect of Salbutamol and yeah… I know… I can read and I can decide for myself and currently I can live with them much more easily than not being able to breathe…
And I am sure that there are people who will tell me that Reiki is at best a placebo effect and yeah… to those, I offer up the following quote…
Just because I imagined it, it doesn’t make it less true
                                                                                                ~ Homer Simpson
At the end of the day, my health is my responsibility and I will make the choices and decisions that I consider to be best for me…
And I wholeheartedly advise you to do the same but please remember to make informed choices…
There’s always more than one view… that’s why we have microscopes and telescopes… both with moveable lenses…
Oh… and should a certain troll  postgraduate scientist happen to stumble this way then I hope he considers his blood pressure and leaves before my Homer Simpson quotes and ramblings  replete with  the plethora  of logical fallacies which tend to accompany these things cause him to split asunder in a Rumplestiltskinesque fashion to  then vanish up his own portal…
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2016 September Reiki Blog Hop Master List

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Today is our fourth Reiki Blog Hop!

The theme is:

Reiki, Science, and Medicine

Carrying on in a similar vein to the previous theme where Joy Vernon asked us:
“How does Reiki mesh with, augment, replace, or fulfil your spiritual or religious philosophy and practice (or lack thereof)?”
This time, we turn our attention to the topics of Science and Medicine and how we relate them to Reiki

Here is the list of participants:

  1.   Clare Cartwright http://cosmiccrystal.co.uk/?p=442

Thank you and welcome to everyone who is joining us here!

The Reiki Blog Hop will happen once every two months–our next hop will be November 15, 2016.

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Oh! For the Love of St Ambrose…

Over the past couple of months, I’ve spoken to more people than I care to count but there are a couple of sentences that I’ve heard time and time again that have a decided effect on me…

Isn’t it great to speak to like minded people?

and…

I’m going to tell you now, I’m a sceptic and a bit of a cynic…

Now… one of these sentences fills me with glee… the other makes me wish that someone would cosh me over the back of the head with a sockful of wet sand so that I don’t have to listen to what I know will come next…

Yeah… stop it you like minded people! You’re killing me with your overkill and overspill of TMI sharings and assumptions… I have ambivalent attitudes and opinions towards many things and I find it strange when people want to instantly connect and overly identify with me due to some perceived label or another… There are over 7 billion people on the planet, each with unique views and perspectives, what on earth makes you think that I am in total agreement with you on every issue that you care to raise?

But I guess I’m a sucker for punishment or maybe it’s just that I have a morbid sense of humour, so I will sit and listen while I’m being talked at, as that is what these opening gambits invariably lead into… a long scripted and overly rehearsed monologue which pauses only briefly to check my eyes… not for signs of boredom or for signs of emotional distress that should be being painfully felt by the self-confessed highly sensitive soul in front of me… but for a brief pause to gaze upon their reflection… to check their teeth for stray strands of spinach, before moving on to the next verse and chapter…

Fortunately, these are not my punters…

These are the flotsam and jetsam that wash up every so often on certain shores and bump against my table… informing me that they have no need of my services and that they don’t need readings as they are just so naturally evolved and self-aware and in tune with the cosmos…

And I smile and nod, repress the urge to shout ‘buzz off!!!’ and give silent thanks that I will just for today, not have to call upon St Ambrose to curtail any stinging remarks that I may feel stirring within and that just for today, my gift of the gab can remain in its box as I won’t be required to translate snark into pleasing melliferous tones to find a tactful way of saying… No, my love, the reason that you keep getting involved time and time again with men who use and abuse you is because you’re making shitty lifestyle choices and have low self-esteem… it really really is not because they sense you are an empath…

Mmm… the irony is, I am much more closely aligned with the cynics and sceptics…

The thing is with cynics, is that they like to ask questions and to date every cynic who has approached my table has been lured into sitting down and being read for. They are invariably polite, give great feedback and usually go away pondering on yet more questions that have opened up for them, so I was quite surprised a few days ago when I finished a reading and the guy turned around and said:

You know what? I’ve just spent 15 minutes listening to you talk and I am absolutely exhausted!

Oh! Cheers! Thanks a lot buddy! 😀

Oh! No no no! I don’t mean that in a negative way!  I work in a hugely stressful career and I never switch off or stop thinking about work and you’ve just made me pause and reflect in a way that really resonates, you’ve given me some sane and sensible advice that really relates to my life at present and I feel tired because this is the first time that I have actually relaxed in as long as I can remember… yeah… I want to thank you for that… I must do this more often…

Ah… cynics eh?

They say the sweetest things…

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