Reiki is a great teacher and its simplicity means to me that I can just get on with the practice and let it sink deeper and deeper within, rather than getting lost in lots of books trying to figure it out with my mind/ego. Then, I had the chance to re-sit my Shinpiden with Frans. As with most things it happened at just the right time. I was now a peach ripe enough to hear what Frans had to say (the analogy belongs to Frans).
What a lovely bunch of new Shinpiden Reiki Level III students from Chattanooga in the USA.
Here I was, driving along the freeway, listening to uplifting music, and minding my own business, when all of a sudden I looked outside at the rolling hillsides and the entire scene just POPPED. Or rather, I popped into the scene. It was like the chalk-drawing segment in the movie, Mary Poppins. I was totally immersed within the hillside. I could smell the dried grass; I could feel my feet on the Earth; I could hear the birds singing in the trees.
Take a look at our beautiful bright lights from the Shinpiden Reiki Level III New York class 2011.
I have noticed over the past several years that anger always comes up for me when I work in my yard. I’ll find myself in the middle of a dialogue with someone, in my mind, and I’m angry and defending either my position, lifestyle, or something I’ve said or done. These arguments are fantasies about what could have happened in my past or what might happen in my future.
If you’ve been to a farm recently chances are you have encountered a fly. In my work with Joy, a young Morgan horse, I certainly did! I observed Joy in the pasture swishing her tail and stomping her hooves to shake them off. I saw myself: impatient with the fly, irritated by the never ending buzz in my ear, swatting at it, just trying to get a little peace. I could insert many different words for “fly”, of course.
As a practitioner of both Yoga and the system of Reiki, people often ask me how Yoga and the system of Reiki relate to each other. I see them both as paths of self improvement that lead to “self realization”. Practiced together, they can support each other and lead the practitioner to the ultimate goal, “self-realization” or being “Great Bright Light”.
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