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Gyō o Hageme - Work Hard?

Within the system of Reiki we have the five precepts. In Japanese, the fourth precept is gyō o hageme.
Most of the time gyō o hageme is translated as work hard or work diligently.
But gyō o hageme can mean so much more than work hard!
Let’s take a closer look.

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The Dance of Reiju

Reiju, for me, is a beautiful dance shared between two people that offers so very much. As a teacher of the system of Reiki, it gives me a new experience with the energy and wisdom of Reiki every single time the ritual is danced. Just as with a table session, watching how each Reiju is a different and unique manifestation of the same Spiritual Energy, shows me how broad, wide and all-encompassing the energy of Reiki truly is. In hearing each student share their experience of their Reiju, I get to watch a person fall in love with and remember that they are Reiki.

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Holding Space During a Hands-on Healing Session

If we hold space for someone during a hands-on/off healing session, then we need to let go of any outcome. As soon as we have an idea that the pain needs to be gone or that an emotional issue needs to be resolved, then we are holding on to a certain outcome. And therefore, as we are holding on to this certain outcome, we are not holding space. Holding space means letting go of trying to fix our client. As soon as we try to fix our client, our ego is in the way and therefore we are not holding space.

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In Conversation with Frans Stiene

Listen to this interview by Carmen Tracey with Frans Stiene. Frans is the co-founder of the International House of Reiki, a Senior Teacher and a published author who has been teaching Reiki for over 20 years.

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Do Not Worry

Most of my journal is about feelings, sensations or ideas that come to me while meditating, but in this excerpt I wanted to share a moment in which I was integrating the practice into my daily life.
This morning, I was on my way to a freelance job. One I usually like a lot, but not today. Although until now I had been pretty good at getting the right tone for the copy they wanted, in the last project I had failed miserably.

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Reiki is Meditation

In essence, meditation is not a specific posture or a way of breathing but it is a state of mind. And meditation practices help us to lay bare this specific state of mind.
Let’s first look at how meditation practices are essential to the system of Reiki.

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A Shoden Reiki I Practitioner is also a Teacher

We often think that only a Reiki teacher can teach but that is not the case. And thinking that only a Reiki teacher can teach is very limiting.
A Shoden Reiki Level I practitioner also can teach!

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The Ever Evolving Reiju

Although it later would become an important element of my practice, in my early years of learning about Reiki, I actually never heard the word Reiju. First reading about Reiki and then attending classes in the Western tradition of Hawayo Takata, it seemed to be all about “the attunement” - the secret ritual that took place during a Reiki class which would “empower” me to help others by “channeling” energy through my “Reiki hands.” Hmm, lots of “ “ s there…

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