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Reiki is a sin, Brodheadsville pastor warns | PoconoRecord.com

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2011 by Heyoka Healing Arts

Reiki is a sin, Brodheadsville pastor warns | PoconoRecord.com.

I’m at a loss for words (believe it or not…), however, I will venture to say that it’s unfortunate that some people are capable of fostering such ideas.
That seemingly all-pervasive website known as facebook brings many together, all with their own perceptions of any given situation. One friend (someone I’ve actually encountered in the flesh, therefore I know he’s for real) had only this to say in response to the pastor’s attempt to explain why Reiki is “bad”…
“It’s amazing that our work is evil, but if we prefaced it with the name “Jesus” we would be miracle workers!”

Seriously, all I can do is shake my head and wonder when people will wake to their and our own capabilities.

The cover’s been blown… the real conspiracy.

Posted in Healing thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2011 by Heyoka Healing Arts

I received this from someone who seemingly knew more about me (a few years ago) than I did about myself.
(thanks Gail…)

A SPIRITUAL CONSPIRACY

On the surface of the world right now there is war and violence and things seem dark.
But calmly and quietly, at the same time,
something else is happening underground.
An inner revolution is taking place and certain individuals are being called to a higher light.
It is a silent revolution.
From the inside out. From the ground up.
This is a Global operation.
A Spiritual Conspiracy.
There are sleeper cells in every nation on the planet.
You won’t see us on the T. V.
You won’t read about us in the newspaper.
You won’t hear about us on the radio.
We don’t seek any glory, we don’t wear any uniform.
We come in all shapes and sizes, colors and styles.
Most of us work anonymously.
We are quietly working behind the scenes in every country and culture of the world.
Cities big and small, mountains and valleys, in farms and villages, tribes and remote islands.
You could pass by one of us on the street and not even notice.
We go undercover… We remain behind the scenes.
It is of no concern to us who takes the final credit but simply that the work gets done.
Occasionally we spot each other in the street, we give a quiet nod and continue on our way.
During the day many of us pretend we have normal jobs.
But behind the false storefront at night is where
the real work takes place.
Some call us the Conscious Army.
We are slowly creating a new world with the power of our minds and hearts.
We follow, with passion and joy.
Our orders come from the Central Spiritual Intelligence.
We are dropping soft, secret love bombs when no one is looking
Poems ~ Hugs ~ Music ~ Photography ~ Movies ~ Kind words ~ Smiles ~ Meditation and prayer ~ Dance ~ Social activism ~ Websites ~ Blogs ~ Random acts of kindness…
We each express ourselves in our own unique ways with our own unique gifts and talents.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
That is the motto that fills our hearts.
We know it is the only way real transformation takes place.
We know that quietly and humbly we have the power of all the oceans combined.
Our work is slow and meticulous like the formation of mountains.
It is not even visible at first glance, and yet with it entire tectonic plates shall be moved in the centuries to come.
Love is the new religion of the 21st century.
You don’t have to be a highly educated person or have any exceptional knowledge to understand it.
It comes from the intelligence of the heart, embedded in the timeless evolutionary pulse of all human beings.
Be the change you want to see in the world
Nobody else can do it for you
We are now recruiting.
Perhaps you will join us… or already have.
All are welcome
The door is open
~ author unknown

What Reiki’s all about…. pretty much.

Posted in Healing thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2011 by Heyoka Healing Arts

Reiki – May the Force Be with You

This article was published in issue 19 (May 2007) of the UK’s ‘Paranormal’ magazine.

One of the fundamental principles underlying many alternative therapies is the idea of a biological life force energy. In traditional Chinese medicine it is called ‘chi’, in Ayurvedic medicine it is known as ‘prana’, and Russian researchers gave it the rather grandiose title ‘bio-plasmic energy’. Others simply refer to it as Light or Love. This life force energy which is said to animate all living things, flows around our bodies through meridians (or pathways) and the chakras (energy centres). When this energy becomes blocked, illness follows.
Reiki – which is a Japanese word meaning ‘universal life force energy’ – is a system of channelling this energy through the hands to the patient; accelerating the body’s ability to heal physical and emotional disorders.

Since Reiki’s spread to the West in the 1970’s, it has become one of the most widely acclaimed therapeutic systems available.  It can be used for chronic ailments, pain, stress, anxiety, combating addictions, improving the quality of life for the terminally ill and simply for an increased sense of wellbeing.  In some areas of the country through Social Services funding it is being used very successfully as a part of drug rehabilitation programmes and for curing people of alcohol addiction.  In others it is being used with remarkable results for the alleviating and curing of symptoms associated with M.E. and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It’s most immediate and powerful results however seem to be in the area of relief from stress related problems. In fact there are no problems that cannot benefit from Reiki and it can be used in tandem with and to enhance any other treatment whether they be conventional or complementary medicines or therapies.

In the USA and Canada, where Reiki first took root in the West it is being used extensively in some hospital and hospice environments by trained medical staff as well as by alternative practitioners. Reiki is being used in a variety of situations such as that of the lady who was recuperating from a hysterectomy. After being discharged from the
hospital she developed a bladder infection which lead her to suffer intense pain. The debilitating effects of the pain prevented her from urinating and she had to use a catheter. Her sister suggested Reiki. After a few minutes of Reiki from her sister the lady began to breathe deeply and drifted off to sleep. The Reiki treatment continued for another forty minutes. The next day the lady’s husband phoned his sister-in-law in disbelief. Not only was his wife comfortable when she woke up but she was able to urinate properly for the first time in two weeks. She remained pain free and the hospital confirmed that the bladder infection was gone. She healed quickly from that point on.

Pregnant women also find that Reiki helps them to cope with their pregnancy better and often reduces the feelings of discomfort, leading to a much greater chance of a successful and pain free birth. This is on top of the benefits received by the unborn child through the input of universal life force energy.

Whatever the reasons for having a treatment the recipients of Reiki treatments almost invariably report an increased sense of wellbeing, a feeling of being enclosed in a fine sheath of energy, or the sense that they are being surrounded by unconditional love. Often Reiki will send the recipient into a meditative state where strong emotions can be released. This will only happen if the problem being treated has an emotional basis and it is necessary for those emotions to surface and be dealt with as part of the healing process.

The unique thing about a Reiki treatment is that the energy has an intelligence of its own and will always go to wherever it is needed the most. This means that whatever the problem, be it a migraine or the after effects of chemotherapy, the Reiki energy knows what the precise healing needs of the individual are.

This of course means that Reiki will not always bring about the expected or the desired result straight away. Often underlying causes have to be dealt with before the symptom disappears. So if you develop a stress related illness as a result of your boss giving you a hard time at work, Reiki isn’t going to simply get rid of the physical problem. What needs to happen in this case is that you need to develop a better way of either relating to your boss or a way of removing yourself from that stressful situation – either physically or emotionally.

This is where Reiki will help. By working on your mental state and the way you are effected by other people, the energy will restore in you a state of balance that would enable you to have a peaceful coexistence with your boss. The stress therefore disappears and Reiki can then work on removing – for good – the illness that you manifested.

The practicalities of receiving a treatment are simple. The Reiki recipient lies fully clothed on a treatment table and simply relaxes whilst the practitioner places his or her hands in a series of defined positions on various parts of the body that correspond to the major organs, endocrine glands and the seven major chakras stretching from the Crown at the top of the head to the Root at the lower abdomen. Each position will be held for about five minutes whilst Reiki energy is channelled directly into the body.

So how does the practitioner know how much energy is needed in any particular place, and what if too much is given?
The answer is that the practitioner doesn’t know how much energy is needed, nor is there a need to know.
The subconscious mind/higher self of the recipient draws the energy in just the quantities that are required.
The practitioner actually does nothing other than make his/her hands available through which the energy can be drawn. For this reason it is never possible to have too much Reiki.

At the end of this series of hand positions the practitioner may feel that it is necessary to work on other parts of the body, depending on where an illness or problem seems to have its source or they may wish to return to one of the previously worked on points.

At each hand position the recipient can feel a number of physical sensations. Most commonly heat of varying intensities is felt or in some cases it can be coldness. It is not uncommon for people to feel energy waves rushing through their body or a ‘tingling’ feeling or see in their minds eye brilliant colours or find themselves on exotic journeys or in beautiful landscapes of a visionary nature. Each person’s treatment is unique as are the experiences of that treatment. One thing is certain however; Reiki does bring a deep sense of peace and wellbeing to whoever comes into contact with it. Many people find that Reiki transforms their lives and go on to learn it for themselves so that they can continue with self treatments. You don’t need to have anything particularly wrong with you to benefit from Reiki.

All you need is a commitment to bringing peace and harmony into your life and Reiki can be there to make it happen.

Some people question whether it is necessary to believe in Reiki before anything will happen. Though Reiki is a form of spiritual healing it is not faith healing and it is entirely non-denominational. Anyone, regardless of race, creed or religious beliefs can experience the effects of Reiki. Although it is better to have a positive mental attitude towards the treatment Reiki will work if you are simply prepared to give it a go and find out for yourself. I have known many instances where Reiki has also had a powerful effect on those who are quite adamant that Reiki is no more than superstitious nonsense.

Belief is simply not a factor in Reiki.

A full Reiki treatment can last up to an hour and a half and will cost you anything between $30 and $60.
Depending on the problem to be treated a full course of treatments might mean several visits.
For more serious problems expect to need ongoing and extensive treatment.
Price is not an indication of quality in Reiki. Because Reiki training is so accessible, and there being very little in the way of professional guidelines for Reiki practitioners, there are a number of unscrupulous people charging high prices for less than satisfactory treatments. Always look for someone who’s level of integrity and truth you are personally satisfied with. Find out how long the practitioner trained for – there are some Reiki Masters currently practicing and teaching Reiki who took less than two weeks to do all of their training!

Some claim to have learnt the whole system in a day.

Ask whether the practitioner can give you their training lineage back to Mikao Usui.


Anyone involved with Reiki should be able to do this, as it is a point of honour embedded within the system.

Heyoka Healing Arts, Toronto Reiki Master, Reiki, Vibration, energy

Energy, gadgets, and investment in yourself…

Posted in Healing thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2010 by Heyoka Healing Arts

As much as I can and do appreciate upsetting the apple-cart from time to time, the fact is that change isn’t always what we’re looking for.
Case in point…
A friend in the Reiki/metaphysical world that I wander around in sent me a note from another therapist who went on to say that the Reiki energy just wasn’t doing it for her anymore, the energy is old and apparently not relevant because of the shift in the human race that seems to be taking place.
Which leads me to this …if something works for you and you’re happy in it, fine. If it’s worn out it’s welcome for YOU, that doesn’t mean that it no longer works for everyone else who is happy with it.
Why, oh why must people foist their opinions on others who are apparently doing alright?
If someone isn’t feeling the buzz from raising and passing the Universal Life Force, well, that’s okay. Maybe their time is up doing that sort of work, or perhaps working within that framework has run its course.
Call it what you wish, (here’s that old chestnut yet again), the energy is what it is, undefinable but indeed, definitely there for those that wish to access it.
God, Krishna, Buddha, Ganesh, whatever…. IT’S ALL THE SAME.

(Funny, my mom asked me about meeting her parish priest to talk about doing a sermon on just this.
Now there’s an image, the Heyoka at the pulpit.
That’s something I don’t think anyone would ever expect, least of all me.)

The energy, as we’re all aware, is compassion, love, awareness, and a willingness and eagerness to share what many energy workers/healers/therapists have learned to (some degree) harness.

I’m learning, or have learned, that each new modality is a new way to pull in a buck. I’m really sorry to say that, but it is in fact the truth. It’s at the point where I’m having people with all manner of gadgets and healing wands and this, that and the next thing wanting me to endorse what they’re hawking, and frankly, I’d rather not.
The fact is, WE can and do heal ourselves and we DON’T need the little $300 and $400 gadgets that “speed up the healing process”.
We ARE the healing gadgets.
I’d rather take the time and teach the client how to
ENACT and ENABLE the energy so that they don’t NEED the little gadget.

All we need is the awareness and intention.

Energy saturation, or Mother Earth’s full…

Posted in Healing thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2010 by Heyoka Healing Arts

A few years back, while studying for and achieving the Karuna Reiki® Teacher/Master level, I had the honour and pleasure to meet up with a shaman from the Micmac nation. We spent the evening sharing stories and experiences (strange how they all seemed similar, same school, different teacher I guess) and at one point he “read” a crystal I’ve been carrying for some time.

This crystal is of the type that’s known as a record-keeper and a transmitter of information.

While he was reading this piece of crystal, he was told to give me a message, which I’m to pass on to all and any light/engergy workers out there that care to listen.

Mother Earth is full, she can’t take anymore.

This would apply to the practice we all have of either shaking off the “bad” or excess energy we may take off a client, or to the concept of sitting on the ground on your backside and connecting that way to drain off your bad or overflowing vibes.

She can’t take it anymore, and would really appreciate it if we could send the energy upward for a while….

I suppose if one were to look at some of the natural disasters of late, you could see the similarity between Mother Earth and say, maybe a big dog that’s got a little too much pent up energy. Eventually there comes a shake and all the energy, or pests…. goes flying off.

So to speak. And in retrospect (looking at weather conditions and such over the last few years) I have to say she’s been reacting and no one’s really been listening.

Go hug a tree, raise your arms and hands to the skies. Let it go up. There’s loads of space up there.

Take from this what you will.

I’m only telling you what I was told.

Allowance, for you, for me, for everyone.

Posted in Healing thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2010 by Heyoka Healing Arts

Originally posted : January 08, 2009

The art of letting the people and creatures and world around us be who and what they are.
The ability to realize that as much as you may need something to be one way, it may not be that way for a reason, possibly a good reason for someone else.
The ability to realize you can’t always have things the way you need them, or to put it bluntly, not getting things your way…. (go ahead, stomp your foot, it feels better to let it out…)

Let nature and time and the world take its course and by allowing the world to be what it is, we can hopefully have a positive effect on the energies and people we come into contact with.

Live for the moment that you’re in.
Take a cue from the small creatures around us. What happened yesterday, happened yesterday. That moment in time is gone, and as much as we may “regret” or “disagree with” or perhaps “enjoy” a certain feeling or sensation at that moment…. in reality, it’s gone. So live for the moment you’re in right now.

And as for tomorrow, that’s then. We can only do so much toward shaping what that will bring, so just deal with it as it flows toward you. I remember a dear friend putting it so eloquently for me, (very zen for the person that I’m thinking of actually…. ahem), the phrase was be like water.
And that about sums it up.

Be formless, yet take the form of the moment you are in.

We can only do so much about our surroundings, so instead of fighting and possibly making a situation worse, form to it, become part of it and influence it from the inside….
Now, I’m not saying one shouldn’t stand up for ones’ rights, I’m just saying when a situation is getting tense, don’t make it worse. Work with that negative energy and “reform” it to a positive (yes, it may take some work but it will happen). Energy is ever-moving, ever-changing, it never stays constant, and neither does the human mind. It too is ever-moving, ever-changing.

Or so one would hope.

And most of all, allow yourself to be you. Who you are.
Make your decisions based on what you feel, not what others tell you.
Don’t look out for answers, look within.
That is where your connection is, not within a computer monitor, a book, or a collection of books.
The answers are within you.
Take in as much information as you can, filter out what doesn’t work for you and from the remainder, create a world and a life for yourself that benefits you and those you interact with and have an effect on.

Take care of yourselves, and each other.

Heyoka in the northern Ontario woods

Deep in the woods, deep in thought.

Altering your vibration

Posted in Healing thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2010 by Heyoka Healing Arts

Originally posted on: January 10, 2009, 12:13:07 AM

Over the years I have started to take exception with the undeniable fact that a lot of shamanic work seems to almost focus on the use of consciousness altering substances, needless to say natural.
I’m not in complete agreement with the idea.

First off, to clear up a misconception.
I’m always hearing people talk about “doing ‘shrooms and going to the shaman for a trip, dude…” The fact is, the “patient/client” doesn’t “do” any of the substances. That’s the vehicle of the shaman, so there’s no sharing or party here.

I feel that to make a connection, a real strong, CLEAN connection with that divine vibration that we are seeking, you can’t alter your waves through artificial means. Once you do that, you’re not in control of the situation, no matter what anyone may say. (And yes, I’m speaking from experience here)

I’ve read Castaneda and all that pertinent stuff, and I went down that path many moons ago, and as much as it does make the journey a little faster, as I said, it’s not real. Your vibration, your wave, call it what you wish, has been altered, and it’s not stable, therefore it’s not operating at its’ peak potential.

I see it sort of like this.
If you can’t perceive without the aid of artificial means, first off, you’re not ready to be there, and second, you probably don’t deserve to go on the journey, which often leads to a bad experience. The people that work with energy all know the wisdom on the other side of the veil is pretty all-encompassing.
They seem to know what’s what and who belongs there.

Sorry if that was a bit of proselytizing…
I continually hear people go on about the necessity for Mother Nature’s assistance, eg: hallucinogens, in doing energy work and working natural magick, and I don’t buy into it anymore.
Not with what I’ve seen/witnessed/experienced.

We’re all amazing, energetic beings capable of healing ourselves and others, and in this time which is making that fact more and more apparent, I think it may be the time to heighten peoples’ awareness that psycho-actives aren’t really necessary, as much fun as they may be.

As I’m sure you’re aware, the only reason psychoactive herbs cause any sort of reaction is the toxin that’s creeping into the system. I think when people realize that it’s a poison they’re ingesting, (and I realize that’s taking it a stretch for someone who enjoys their magic mushrooms), they will eventually look at things in a slightly clearer light.

….or not.

Inside the Cloud Gate.

Blessings all…

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