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 :*
Click on a link to visit my neighbours…
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Perpending Polygnosis…

Welcome to the latest Reiki Blog Hop
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THEME: Reiki, Spirituality, and Religion
How does Reiki mesh with, augment, replace, or fulfil your spiritual or religious philosophy and practice (or lack thereof)?
This is a subject that over the years, I’ve given a great deal of thought to… I was raised under the notion that there are three things that you should never discuss in polite company – sex, religion and politics…  luckily I seldom keep polite company 😉 and you’re here now in my space so I’m going to shoot the breeze…
I remember being at school around age 12? 13? and I was never a fan of writing down notes and frequently I would ask questions in an attempt to sway the teacher off course and keep them talking for as long as possible… Using this ploy, I discovered that my History teacher was colour blind.. My English teacher knew how to set a trap to catch alligators… My Science teacher was building a boat… and many other things that slip my mind, but one thing that has always firmly stayed was the words of my Religious Education teacher when I asked her what her beliefs were. She told me in a very matter of fact way that her role was to impart a Religious Education and that if she was a teacher worth her salt then I would never have any detailed knowledge of what her personal beliefs were…
It was something that struck a deep chord and certainly years on and working as a holistic therapist and reading tarot, it still resonates with me as I feel that I am there to help people explore their own thoughts rather than impress mine upon them… And living in the town that I live, where we boast of having Britain’s most multi-cultural high street, I speak to people with all manner of beliefs and backgrounds… People often assume I hold certain beliefs due to the type of work I do, other people are less assuming and will ask… My typical response it that I am of No Fixed Abide…
Or sometimes I will say that I am a lapsed Scientist…
I don’t consider myself to be Spiritual, mainly because I want to know what your definition of that is before I will either confirm or deny… I don’t consider myself to be religious as I don’t actively practise a faith… yet I feel that some kind of vestigial religious thought is in my DNA…
Am I a skeptic? Well again… that all depends on the mood I’m in! I have a degree of skepticism in that I don’t openly embrace any and all woo that gets thrown at me, yet I dislike the kind of Science mind that dismisses out of hand the existence of anything beyond the known, the measured and the tangible…
I’m all for Science when it dispells dangerous quakery…But Science for the sake of Science that becomes mean spirited and soul sucking and destroying of magic… no! stop it!

I watched a program the other day as Professor Brian Cox was on there plugging his new series… I can’t help but watch him, for a couple of reasons… ok firstly, yes I’m shallow and he’s easy on the eye! (Ooops!! TMI thoughts… there’s two out of the three… 😀 should I go for the hat trick and toss out some Brexit commentary… ) But also because he is very vocal and renowned for being anti-woo… yet often when he talks, I hear things that would fill a fluffy bunny’s heart with rainbow arcs of glee and glitter! But he talks science, science… and more science… Yet… somehow he retains a childlike sense of awe and wonder…And then he only went and did it(SQUEEE!!)… he said something along the lines of:
Seeing something in nature and looking at it everyday and describing the beauty of it… that’s Science… doing the same thing every day and recording beauty… that’s what Science is!

I laughed so hard! I thought… Brian! Is it really?! Oh! bless you, you sweet man with your PhD! Science?? Get out of the closet man!!

So… again I found myself wondering about what my beliefs are and a single gnosis seems somewhat arrogant to me, yet an absolute agnosis seems to kill my soul and I pondered and perpended on some more until a word started to form in my mind…

Polygnosis…

 I wasn’t sure if the word existed so I asked the Google oracle and it gave me
Polygnosticism is a pluralistic outlook which espouses that all individuals’ unique ideas about the divine, about what is sacred, and about how to approach these matters in practice are valid and significant for them. It is also a non-absolutist view which holds that no characterization of the divine or the sacred is universal (valid for everyone), and that no known divinities or sacred qualities can be called objective (existing independently of subjective perceptions).
Read the full article HERE. Polygnosis sits well with all parts of me…
So… how does this all tie in with my Reiki?
Well, I guess it wafts and weaves in and out, in much the same way that my Science brain still likes to roll theories around…
Recently I went for an MRI scan and it was not something that I was looking forward to as every now and then I can get a flutter of claustrophobia. So, I find myself in a huge machine having to lie perfectly still for a good half an hour and then this is when my mind starts to play with me… Now knocking on for 20 years ago, I found myself sat in a lecture being given by someone who practised Magnet Therapy, now I know there are people who swear by this and my attitude is still pretty much along the polygnostic highway in that, if it works for you and you’re not harming anybody else, then you use it… However… I did take exception to the way the person described how it worked… the information given was that blood contains iron and so placing a magnet next to it causes the capillaries to spin… Well… I’m sorry but no way could I let that one go as FFS!!! NO! NO! NO! Blood contains haemoglobin which is a compound containing iron but no, it’s not magnetic and even if it was why for the love of all things (un)holy would anyone want their capillaries to spin?! That kind of nonsense calls for a scientific foot stomp! So… back to the scanner… I’m corpse like in there and they made a big deal about the noise levels but they failed to tell me that the bottom plate that I was laying on would get warm… I felt this heat slowly starting to build and I thought to myself… OH… what if… what if… that magnet therapy person was right… maybe my capillaries are spinning… maybe all my blood is going to get ripped out of my body… maybe… oh… no… maybe they set it to microwave by mistake and I’m slowly cooking and I’m going to burst and then I’m going to have chunks of me dripping down and landing on me and it’s going to take forever to get it out of my hair… what am I going to do? At which point I thought… what you’re going to do Karen, is get an ‘effing grip!! You’re going to give yourself some Reiki and reel this nonsense in… and when I use Reiki, I tend to see colours but in an MRI scanner, this is how it came through…
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That kind of surpised me… as I am so used to receiving colours but it did the trick and calmed the mind…
I tend to often use Reiki in situations that I ‘d sooner not be in…
Here’s another painting…
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That one is from a trip to the dentist to have a rather problematic toothed pulled… these are the colours that poured over me as the work was being done…
And going from MRI scanners to Reiki scanning, here are a couple of snapshots of the pain I’ve been getting with an ongoing back problem… The first one is at its worse and the second was how it felt after I’d received Reiki from one of my students…

I’m still not entirely sure whether or not I’ve addressed the theme and answered the question…but I’ll continue into another digression and drift into Astrology… See… I told you I spent a lot of time mulling on this topic… this is my notebook from a few months back… Is it my spirituality? Is it my nature? Is it all hoo hah and I’m merely a product of nurture?

I’m just going to drop this here…

astro dispositions
Pretty much all of my chart falls in 9th house (beliefs) and 10th house (public image/recognition) and all of my planets link back to Venus which sits on my MH… so I’ve ran around my dispositions and as a summary sentence of my whole chart, I get…

My sense of aesthetic brings all my thoughts together harmoniously in a way that I can communicate to serve others seeking deeper meanings.

Yeah… I think I’m still paddling in the polygnostic pool…
Has there been a neo-renaissance yet…
I think the world would be a sweeter place if sometimes people just said:
I describe
and left it at that…
Click on a link to visit my neighbours…

It’s in the shadows…

Admittedly… I can be an irascible old bitch… in fact fairly frequently as I’m dealing with pain and the phrase bear with a sore head pales significantly next to bitch with a bad back…

Mostly I manage to filter out life’s petty annoyances and override my urge to bite but then there’s the one or two or a few odd sentences that hit my ears like fingernails being dragged across a blackboard…

Though to be honest, it’s not the actual words but more the sentiment expressed behind them that floats across… or the ridiculous assumptions that accompany them…

For example… I’ve been vegetarian for many years… now due to the line of work I’m in, people make all sorts of assumptions as to why that is… they attribute me with noble intentions or some kind of ethics and various permutations and combinations of beliefs pulled out of their dippy hippy minds… In actual fact… I’m vegetarian because…I just don’t like meat that much… I live with a vegetarian who also just doesn’t like meat that much… and in my mind… if you’re to eat meat then you should do it with vigour and relish and fill all of your senses… it should be savoured like sex on a plate! after all… a creature died to feed you, so pay it a tribute!

And some people find my attitude on that quite shocking…

More interestingly is something that pops up now and then when I express an opinion on something and it’s not warm and fluffy and then I get somebody ask me – how can you say that? I thought you were a vegetarian?

WHAT???? Where’s the fuzzy logic in that… you don’t eat meat, so therefore you must also be x. y. z etc etc etc…

And when I have that kind of mind attempt to back me into a corner then I respond with…

I’m vegetarian… I will kill you if you push me far enough but please be comforted by knowing that I will not eat your corpse…

Then there’s the word ‘spiritual’… in fact don’t even get me started on that one… this blog ain’t big enough for me to dissect WTF that is supposed to mean… briefly put… if you have to go around declaring yourself, then chances are…mmm… I’ll leave you to fill in the … however you like…

Then there’s the anti-science brigade that cross my path and don’t realise that if there is one thing that I am qualified in it is Science… and when I say qualified I mean a recognised BSc as opposed to those vague claims that fly around about being internationally known, accredited, endorsed… or one I find interesting – studied at… or my favourite… attended… (because I have attended many things that I’ve slept through…) where was I? Oh yes… anti-sci fact folk who expect me to hop on board with their conspiracy theories that they’ve sucked up from the internet whilst accusing other folks of being sheeple… and really… I’m sorry… but your lack of education, critical thinking skills etc just means that you have no understanding of this subject… which is not the same as proving that it is a conspiracy…

But worse… much worse than this…

LIKE MINDED

No! NO! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Just get the eff out of Dodge!!!

Please do not take one tiny facet of my personality as a full on confirmation that my every bloody thought tallies exactly with yours…

Nooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

Stop it you armchair gurus with your dime store divinity…

And oh… the new wave of self-annointed Shamans…always with the need to be constantly banging their drums…

(N.B. ‘Out in the field Shamans’ and Shamanistic practitioners, I hold in very high esteem… )

NO… stop it! I don’t agree with you on everything! I don’t WANT to agree with you on everything! NOR do I want or need you to agree with me on everything or even anything…

I like people I can rub antlers with…

People who can verbally toss things about without getting all butt hurt…

I don’t want to sit with the like minded and their ilk…

I’d much rather run with the elk…

 Shamanistic Soul Retrieval

Cernunnos (c) Karen Sealey 2015

Bare foot vs Bear foot

Wild heart vs Wild hart

Majesty clashing Nobility

Religion vs Spirituality…

They say there are 3 things that you’re not supposed to discuss in polite company… religion, politics and sex…

So… I guess I probably don’t keep polite company but the company I do like to keep, likes to discuss pretty much anything and everything and the best company I keep is with those who don’t expect everybody to agree with everybody all the time…

Religion and Spirituality as topics are frequent flyers that land around me in all sorts of ways…

And it’s not people’s views and opinions that bother me as such…

But… I am less than enamoured by people’s assumptions and their views on what they seem to imagine that my beliefs are…

Particularly when they are so convinced that I support their view of the world by agreeing/disagreeing with what they agree/disagree with, based solely on the fact that  I happen to have a deck of tarot cards in my hand…

Whether it be – Oh! I’m not allowed to talk to people like you as I’m a Christian!

Yes! I have had that said to me… I just smiled as she continued with justifying her statement as in my head there were too many… way too many ways that I could have answered that…

  • Me too actually… I have Salvation Army blood in my veins! (ok… so I don’t follow that way but it’s left some traces nonetheless and sometimes I like to say things just for sheer devilment… 😀 )
  • People like me? What? Fat? White? Female? Science Graduate? Mother? Married? Facetious? Sarcastic? 😀
  • Jeez!!! Not ALLOWED?! What are you FIVE??
  • Meh… Christianity… it’s just synchretic eclectic paganism…

Instead I said… Lovely… and how’s that working out for you…

Or on the other end of the scale…

Hail and well met Sister Witch!

Seriously??? I’ve never met you before and you think just because I have a deck in hand that I follow your beliefs? No… and even if I did… well that greeting has just made me less than inclined to embrace you into my inner circle…

I observe neither the Sabbath nor the Sabbats…

I object to the either/or stance on this…

Religion in one corner and Spirituality in t’other with ne’er the twain shall meet…

There are many valuable insights to be found within Religious texts and why should we throw the baby out with the bath water?

It’s not Religion that makes people bad… Bad people are bad people and yes… there are people who do bad things under the banner of Religion… but that’s the same with Spirituality… and all of those people who pass off their actions as being some sort of way of expressing their faith/beliefs/spirtuality/whatev’ …. well…. they can all Love and Light me all the way to hell…

If you want to polarise this topic into two distinct areas then what I read then is not…

Religion vs Spirituality

but rather

Group Think vs Group Think

I know people who say they are Religious…

I know people who say they are not Religious…

I know people who say they are Spiritual…

I know people who say they are not Spiritual…

I know people who say they are both…

I know people who say they are neither…

I see a mixture of good and bad everywhere…

I really do not care HOW you define yourself…

Though… I am interested in hearing…

WHY…

And so endeth my sermon for today…

😉

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