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The Non-Dual Nature of Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen

Within Okuden Reiki level II, we learn the symbol/mantra Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen 本者是正念.
Literally this mantra translates as; “My original nature is a correct thought”. Or in a direct way we can say it means; “I am right mind” or “I am right mindfulness”.
The “I am” in this case is not the ego “I” but our True Self, our original nature.

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Reiki: Healing system? Meditative practice? Or spiritual path?

From the lens of modern Reiki practice, the system of Reiki is more known for being a healing system. Yet, it is undeniable that as a hands-on healing practitioner, the practice of Reiki changes us. It starts with experiencing energy flow and other sensations and sometimes even intuitions. For me, beyond this, it made me more mellow, more calm, less angry, less worried over time.

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Meiji Emperor Poems

If you’ve always wanted to read the English translation of the Meiji Emperor’s poems, then this PDF file has the entire 125 poems.

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Mikao Usui and Mt Kurama or was it Mt Hiei?!

The first time we went to Japan in 2001, we went not only to Mt Kurama but also to Mt Hiei.
Many Reiki practitioners and teachers visit Mt Kurama, as it is said to be the birthplace of the system of Reiki and also the place where Mikao Usui did his 21 day meditation retreat.
But why did we also go to Mt Hiei and why do we still recommend that students who go to Japan not only visit Mt Kurama but also Mt Hiei?

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Digging for the Truth - A Glimmer of Hope

A storm blows through my mind,
I am dragged away to the past, present, and future.
Memories are grabbing hold of me like the cold iron fist of winter.
Worry engulfs me as if I am drowning in a lake, the fear is overwhelming.

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The Different Names of Mikao Usui

In the time of Mikao Usui, it was very common for people to have different names. These might include birth names, artist/style names (goh), popular names, Buddhist names, and/or posthumous names (戒名kaimyo/imina).
Mikao Usui also had different names.

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Does History Help us to Embody the Precepts?

Often I am asked if I teach a lot about the history of Mikao Usui and his teachings in our classes. For me the most important element within Mikao Usui’s teachings is to embody the precepts in our daily life.

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Symbols and Mantras the Japanese Way

Many symbols and mantras are used within traditional Japanese spiritual teachings. By looking at these traditional Japanese spiritual practices, we can start to see how Mikao Usui used the symbols and mantras in his teachings.

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