The word Reiki is actually two Japanese words - Rei, meaning universal, transcendent or sacred, and ki, meaning life-force energy. Haleya Priest, my teacher and founder of Pioneer Valley Reiki, describes Reiki as the Life Force Energy we are formed from and surrounded by - the healing energy of the Universe. Giving Reiki is one of the most meaningful ways I can be of service.
No, I don't see auras, talk much about chakras or consider myself to be particularly "New Age." But I do believe in the power of Reiki...because I see it works. Gentle and non-invasive, Reiki is a hands-on healing practice that can address issues in the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual realms. I mostly work with Hospice patients but recently I've been giving Reiki to my step-father, Peter.
Today Peter was at Massachusetts General Hospital undergoing open heart surgery. After giving him a little Reiki yesterday evening, I asked him to write his name on a piece of paper. I carried that paper with me throughout the day, using it to send distance healing as we were taught in the second level of Reiki training. I also sent a request out to friends and family for their thoughts, prayers and healing energy.
Perhaps it's a just a placebo, making me feel better to be able to do something. But I don't think so. Albert Einstein theorized that space and time are intertwined. Physicist David Bohm discovered Non-Locality which means that everything is joined or connected together. Matter and energy are two poles of the same unity. Known by some as quantum physics theory, I understand it as our fundamental interconnection.
When Peter's five-hour operation went "perfectly" according to the surgeon today, it's just one more confirmation that the one does affect the all, and that energy is a tremendously powerful force for manifesting reality. And it seems to me that Reiki is a perfect example of this principle in action. Peter, by the way, is doing great!
See more on quantum physics and interconnectedness here.
Here in the West, when we think about love, we mostly think about emotional love. Emotional love is wonderful, but it’s centered on an interpersonal transaction; on having our love reflected back to us by someone else.
When we need emotional love to feel that we have love, though, we always need someone else in the equation. If we’re single, we’re afraid we’re never going to have any love. And if we’re with someone, we’re terrified of losing them. That’s because we see love as a need waiting to be met, rather than an innate quality ready to be shared.
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Ram Dass says, “From the ego’s vantage point you surrender to love. From the soul’s vantage point, you are coming home.” So you’re not thinking about loving; you just are love. And the awesome thing is, we’re all love! When we look at another being, we’re looking at love.
Love exists in all of us. It’s the core of our deepest self. In The Path to Tranquility, the Dalai Lama said, “The foundation of all spiritual practice is love. That you practice this well is my only request.”
Today my first wedding couple welcomed their first child. Momma says it's the best Valentine's Day ever! Welcome baby Willa.
Blessing for a New Baby
Into our midst has come a new and precious being! We give thanks for this miraculous life, this beautiful manifestation of love. We offer our blessings to this dear child, who fills our hearts with gladness, our minds with wonder and our souls with happiness. May her time upon the earth be long and joy-full, as she brings us joy, and may it be blessed with the gifts of Spirit, as we thank Spirit, with all our heart, for the gift of her presence in our lives.
My middle name is Grace. From its Hebrew origins, Hannah means “Grace of God.” The week before entering seminary I got two tattoos: on the inside of my left wrist, facing toward me, the word “grace” written in fluid script. On the inside of my right wrist, the same word facing out.
To be a channel for grace - the Grace of Spirit - flowing in me, through me and as me, out into the world... That is why I became a minister.
Poetry and Musings of an Interfaith Minister on the Journey of a Lifetime.