After volunteering for about a year at Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care by making the rounds to see hospice patients that were admitted to the hospital I met the bereavement coordinator/ counselor and I suggested that Reiki treatments would benefit those whom are grieving. She was very open to the idea of Reiki treatments for the loved ones of those that have passed. The bereavement councilor is also a certified Integral Yoga instructor and very involved with the Integral Yoga community so she understood the concepts of “Energy”, “Oneness” etc…. and their benefits. On the patient side of this hospice the administration was not so open to, and was skeptical about, Reiki treatments for patients and would require a Doctors prescription even if the patient requests a treatment, if the doctor does not approve they could not get a treatment from a hospice volunteer like myself.
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Following on from Frans Stiene’s talk on the Japanese Art of Reiki he answered questions from the audience. In Part II he talks at length about Reiki Treatments and their place in the system of Reiki.
Following on from Frans Stiene’s talk on the Japanese Art of Reiki he answered questions from the audience. In Part I he talks about self-practice, non-duality and the Reiki symbols and mantras, and Reiki as an offering.
The interesting thing was, that in this particular area called Darjeeling where the Darjeeling tea comes from, we went into the tea plantations and the local villages. Darjeeling is known for a lot of healing, there are a lot of shamanic practices going on there - a lot of Nepalese, Tibetans, Hindus, and Yogis who all do some form of healing. And when you talked to these people, they would all say that to make sure that the healing power stays intact they would do certain meditation practices and exercises. I was never taught that in the system of Reiki at all. It was always quite external. All we did was work on someone else. So, I became interested in finding out why, if this system of Reiki was a Japanese or Asian practice, why there were no meditation practices in it.
Here is a photo of the lovely students who took part in Frans Stiene’s Meditation class in Hamburg, Germany this week.
Recently, a student who is an entrepreneur, asked me this: “How do you run a business and live life in the Tao? Running a business is all about the push, I think. Making things happen moves things along the desired path of growth and success. I can find the state of being so much easier when I go into meditation or even simple relaxation, but how do you maintain the Tao in a state of business? They just don’t seem to go together.”
Each year, Frans leads a Reiki retreat at the beautiful Sequoia Retreat Center in northern California. Part of our days are spent in the conference room with floor to ceiling windows looking out over the beautiful redwood trees, but every day we also spend some time doing Reiki exercises outdoors in nature.
At last year’s retreat I began to realize that the trees were very conducive to the inner spiritual work we were doing, however it was at this year’s retreat that I realized the trees were not only supporting us with their presence, but also actually teaching us with their energy.