Since I became a Certified Nutritionist over 10 years ago and more recently a Reiki Teacher, I have wondered if there truly is a connection between what you are putting in your body on a daily basis and how that energy radiates out to the world.
Take a moment to think about the last time you became angry about something or with someone. How did it feel? I don’t think it felt very comfortable. Did the anger help resolve the situation or make it any better? Does making decisions out of an angry state of mind lead to the correct decision, or sometimes do you regret what you have said or done when it comes from an angry or defensive state of mind?
I’ve just finished the book “Journey In Search of the Way”. It really echos with me and my journey thus far. I felt lost for a good many years, and was asking myself what the meaning of life was. I couldn’t find the answer in people, in work, in hobbies, in books… and in 2005 I set out to find myself by travelling to Thailand and Japan.
Journey in Search of the Way is the autobiography of Satomi Myodo (1896-1978) who trained as a miko (shamaness), studied Shinto and finally practiced Zen. She talks about her spiritual experiences, struggles and insights in a very candid and honest way.
My motivation behind teaching the shakuhachi is more than just trying to earn a living doing what I do best. It is also more than sharing with others what I enjoy doing. Here are the most important reasons why I teach shakuhachi to others - in a long, round about way:
The main or original pieces for the shakuhachi are called honkyoku. I like honkyoku. They are, amongst the pieces I learned from my teachers, what I value the most. They are why I began playing the shakuhachi in the first place. The word, honkyoku literally means “main piece”. These pieces were created, performed and transmitted within the context of Zen Buddhism. They are spiritual practice.
Photos of the Euro Spain Retreat and Shinpiden Reiki Level III Training 2010
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.”
This quote by Shunryu Suzuki illustrates what I believe is an important fact that all Reiki practitioners and teachers should remember. To me, one of the most of the most important qualities we can nurture within ourselves is that of receptivity—the quality of a beginner’s mind. When we are receptive, we are open, and when we are open, the flow of the universe is easy to access and clear in its message to the heart. When we are open, healing becomes at once effortless and powerful.
Although I had completed my reiki master training some years ago, in May 2010 I made the journey to beautiful Mt Tomah to experience the Shinpiden level with Frans.
I’d struggled over the years with new age confusion and its effects on the reiki community. I’d read all of the books written by Bronwen and Frans Stiene and those books were the resources I passed onto students to assist in their reiki training.
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