The History of Reiki

Dr. Mikao Usui, the re-founder of what we know to be Usui Reiki, was born on August 15, 1865 in the village of Taniai-mura, Kyoto, Japan.  He spoke many languages and through his studies became well versed in disciplines including medicine, theology and science.

On one occasion in 1888, Dr. Usui was carrying out a 21 day meditation at top of Mount Kurama Yama, a sacred mountain located on the northern outskirts of Kyoto.  During his deep meditation period Dr Usui received visions and instructions from Mahawalrochana Buddha, a celestial Buddha.  It is believed these instructions related to finding ancient texts outlining Buddhist healing arts.  At the end of his visions Dr. Usui became a devout Shingon Buddhist and had a strong interest in the esoteric science of healing.  Over seven years, he treated many people and taught Reiki to his followers and further developed and refined his system of healing.

 

Dr Usui
Dr. Mikao Usui 1865-1926

Just For Today I Will Do My Work Honestly

By starting to do things in an honest manner, stress over keeping up deceptions or appearances start to fade.  Be honest with yourself and let go of your ego.  Ego is what makes us feel inadequate which results in unhappiness. Release the desire of caring about what others think, be honest with yourself, family and friends, free the anxiety that comes with pretending to be something or someone you are not.

Be honest with yourself .

Namaste

Just for today, I will do my work honestly
Just for today, I will do my work honestly

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone!

With the New Year comes new hopes and dreams.  May 2015 bring all of you many blessings.

For those of you too far to come see me for a reiki treatment, you can try distant reiki.

The paragraphs below are directly form the Reiki Rays web site.  They did such a lovely job describing distant healing that I thought I would share them with you today:

The telephone, cable TV and internet all use energy frequencies we can’t see in order to function. The electricity in our homes does the same, as does a radio. All of these have to be tuned to the particular frequency they operate at in order to work. They all have ways to adjust the flow of energy built in so that we can turn them on, off or use them in a different way. And all of them were thought too unbelievable to be true when people first heard of them.

Distant Reiki works the same way. It is energy that must be “tuned” to the person it is being sent to. Once it is “tuned in” it will flow through the energy currents that exist naturally, just the same way that a phone signal or wifi signal does. Distance is no object for it, just as it is no object for the internet or phone communications. The energy that surrounds us carries all of these energies to the intended receiver. With Reiki, the practitioner is the conduit of the energy.

It can be a difficult concept to understand that our thoughts, intentions and emotions are energy. Yet most people can feel that their emotions create an energy sensation in the body. They may also understand that the nerve endings and spinal cord help to carry these energies throughout the body. If you go one step further, you can see the relationship between our thoughts and our emotions. It’s not much of a leap from there to see that our thoughts and emotions have an effect on our perceptions and the people around us. These things truly change our environment! It is all energy.

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30 minute sessions are $20 -I will need a picture or address of the person in need of the reiki.  Please send the email to reikiwithcristina@gmail.com.  The paypal link is on the side bar for easier payment.

Namaste:

Cristina

I Will Be Grateful for My Many Blessings

“I will be grateful for my many blessing…”

There is a difference between what we want and what we need.  Separating these in your mind and your life can help you live a  much more balanced lifestyle.

Taking comfort in knowing you have a roof over your head, clothing, family, friends, a way to make an income and your health, are basically all we need to be happy.  Sadness tends to happen when we start comparing our lives to the lives of others. There will always be someone who has more … and someone who has less…  Being grateful for what you have helps put things into perspective.

As I go through my spiritual journey, I have started to appreciate things that I took for granted and as I say the mantra ” I will be grateful for my blessings”, and I think of three things I am grateful for.  When I first started thinking about things I am grateful for, I started with the obvious, my health, family, home etc., and as time pasted I started thinking about bigger and smaller things, such as, I am grateful to live in a country where I can express myself as a woman without fear of repercussions, to the birds I see when I am walking my dog.

I look into the sky and take a deep breath and I am grateful to be alive to experience another day… another opportunity to try a new food …meet a new person … laugh at a new joke…

Being grateful for  simplicity made me realize that ‘things’ are not what make me happy, rather memories, feeling, sensation.  Being grateful for what is around me, makes me happy… learning to accept myself and letting go of the need to please others, makes me happy…realizing this before it was too late, makes me grateful.

Namaste

Be yourself.  No one can ever tell you you're doing it wrong.
Be yourself. No one can ever tell you you’re doing it wrong.

Just for Today, I Will Let Go of Worry

‘Just for today, I will let go of worry’… probably the most difficult of the 5 reiki mantras.  For me, worry can affect every aspect of my life, from sleep, to work to relationships.  With this mantra, there are times I have to take it a minute/hour at a time.  One of the ways my Reiki Master suggested I work with this mantra is to understand that I am going through the worry for a reason and that I need to go through it -trust in the universe- and try to let it go.

Hardships and how we deal with hardships are what define us as human beings.  Hardships and worries, at the time can seem like an impossible mountain to climb, but by taking it one step at a time, eventually the summit is reached.  Looking back at hardships and worry, I have found that there were lessons I learned.

For example, a recent struggle for my family occurred when a contractor walked away with a huge amount of money and left us with a mess that needed more money to clean-up.  The financial stress which almost resulted in us losing the house was almost unbearable.  As people found out what had happened, we were inundated with help and support.  We met some wonderful people during our struggle.  Now that things have settled, I have learned how to properly deal with contractors, who my friends really are, and this has strengthen the bond with my husband and kids.  We have a better appreciation for the things we have.

There are many worries that people struggle with that are far worse, and many do not have the happy ending my struggle had.  But as with anything, the storm will pass and you will come out of it a changed person.  Try to learn from the situation and turn to the light.

Just like  letting go of anger, giving yourself one day to not worry about an issue giving you anxiety, may bring a little peace to you.  If one day is too much, then try an hour, mediation can also help.

I feel that a life with some storm in it, makes you fully appreciate the calm after.

Namaste

"After a storm comes a calm" ...Matthew Henry

“After a storm comes a calm” …Matthew Henry

Just for Today, I Will Let Go of Anger

There are five Reiki principles that I say to myself every morning when I wake up.  These principles help guide me thoughts and actions throughout the day.

All five principles start with the words ‘Just for today…  What is powerful about those three words, is the freedom from anxiety you get about trying to live them everyday, but by saying them everyday, you actually start to live them daily.

Just for today…

  1.  I will let go of anger
  2.  I will let go of worry
  3. I will be grateful for all my blessings
  4. I will do my work honestly
  5. I will be kind to all living beings

When I first started practicing Reiki, I would say the five principles but, like most things, it took time for me to bring these principles into my daily life. But as the days progress, I found myself saying these mantras throughout the day.

The next 5 postings, I will discuss one of the five principles.

Just for today, I will let go of anger

This principle is very difficult in practice, and I still struggle with it to this day.  I am human, and I must forgive myself when I find myself not letting go of anger.  But this principle is not only about ‘quick to rise’ anger, but about anger we hold with us day after day.  By allowing yourself one day to let go old resentments, pain and feelings of betrayal, you feel a little bit lighter.  As you say this day after day, you find the cords holding you to this anger get looser and looser and eventually and become non existent.  This doesn’t mean that something can’t trigger your anger, allow yourself the time you need to go through your feelings and start the mantra again the next day -be kind to yourself.

Anger is a poison that eventually makes you toxic -from health issues, to relationships, holding on to anger will eventually seep into every aspect of your life.  The interesting thing is, anger does not necessarily affect the person or situation you are angry with -much of the baggage we carry with us happened so long ago that the situation is over or the person has long forgotten what happened.

I challenge all of you, who read this blog, to try it out.  What do you have to lose… you might find your heart and soul lighter and clearer.

Namaste,

Cristina

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Just Bloom

“A flower does not think of competing with the next flower, it just blooms”… author unknown

I read this quote at a dance competition I was at with my daughter.  Dance competitions can be a difficult especially when you have a child or dance group that work hard and do not meet the judges expectations.  It was during this particular competition, our groups were not doing well even though, us parents thought they were amazing, that this quote showed up on my feed for the first time.  I stopped to really think about it and realized that this was what these dancers were doing, they were blooming.  The groups competing with them were also blooming and this made me forget about the adjudication and I just enjoyed the show.  The anxiety I was feeling was gone…  What a great relief.

I started thinking about this quote and applied it to situations in my life.  I realized that we compete with others everyday, every hour…   competing with other peers, chasing after the closest parking spot, wanting our kids to be better than the rest… the list goes on and on.  If you think about it, our lives seem to revolve around competing with one another.

Let’s take a step back and look at the bigger picture.  There will always be people better than us, prettier, smarter etc.  Does it really matter that they are?  Letting go of our need to compete with each other, though not an easy task, can be liberating.  It can reduce stress and anxiety.  It opens us up to self-love and acceptance of who we are, flaws and all.  By ‘just blooming’  you also learn to enjoy other people’s accomplishments and rejoice in their success.  It is no longer a burden to hide feelings of inadequacy because you are ‘just blooming’… just being yourself.

Namaste

Cristina

Just bloom...
Just bloom…