Mindfulness, Reiki and Belize

IMG_2092 Reiki has been instrumental in my life in cultivating a Mindful practice and way of living.  While reclining on a lounge chair under a palapas type covering for shade, I was enjoying reading on Amberge Caye in Belize.  I felt the gentle breeze on my skin, the vacation type paperback in my hands and the peacefulness and sense of pleasure in my heart.  I suddenly looked up and not only saw the beautiful clouds over the sea interspaced by the blue sky piercing in between the cotton white shapes, but I noticed how the beautiful lighting of the sun was exquisitely reflecting down into the water.  Excitedly I moved to the shoreline to take some photos; they were magnificent even on my I-phone.  Seeing a local worker cleaning the leaves, I mentioned to him about the beauty that I felt privileged to see and record.  He stopped, looked at me and said:  I don’t usually see those things.  It made my heart dance that with Mindfulness I had not missed what for others had become routine.

Some days later in another part of Belize near San Ignacio I went zip lining.  Truthfully I had been fearful of doing this activity and sent Reiki to the goal of having a safe, comfortable and enjoyable experience.  Once I was there, I brought Mindfulness to how the equipment felt, the lushness of the environment, the platforms we stood on, and the movements of the guide ahead of me.  With this type of focus, the activity was filled with joy, pleasure in the movements, sights and sounds.  My primary sound was of ‘hooting’ in the exuberance of it all!100_5377

Iguanas, Reiki and Belize

 

Iguana at San Ignacio Resort Hotel

Iguana at San Ignacio Resort Hote

I recently returned home from a wonderful visit to Belize; this was my first time visiting the country that delights visitors with coral reefs, snorkeling (or scuba diving), leisure walks on the beach on some of the precious islands or zip lining, tubing in Mayan caves and visits to Mayan ruins that leave one in a state of awe and deep respect for the builders and architects from the past.

On a bus from Belize City to San Ignacio we were fortunate to meet with American students from Alabama who encouraged us to see the Green Iguana Conservation Project.  We took a cab to the San Ignacio Resort, ate a lovely lunch on the patio and then met up with the next hour tour to meet the Iguanas, learn their role in safe guarding the environment and why conservation was so important, and then had the opportunity to hold them.  Actually the iguanas whom live in the conservatory for 4 years before being released into a less restricted environment, initiate contact and jump/climb on your head, arms, chest and back.  Often more than one compete for temporary habitat on you and even enjoy massage behind their ears.  As a RMT who loves to explore Reiki on many types of animals, I delighted in giving Reiki to some very willing and appreciative iguanas. For further information, www.sanignaciobelize.com/belize-iguana-tourIMG_2109

Reiki and Mother’s Day

I want to wish all the women whom might be reading this today, a very Happy Mother’s Day. If you are a Mother (or Mother to be), please gift yourself a lovely session of  Reiki today.  As Mothers you may be Mindful about all the times during your day that you are compassionately focusing on the needs of others.  By doing Reiki on yourself, you are bringing loving kindness and healing to yourself which is a prerequisite to meeting all the challenges of caring for others.

Daisaku Ikeda, International President of the SGI, states in For Today & Tomorrow:  Daily Encouragements:  “Please do not forget your mother’s love or the hardships she has endured for you.  I am convinced that while people keep the memory of their mothers’ loving faces alive in their minds, they will never go far astray….”.  Even if there were times of disappointment in your relationship, let’s remember with gratitude that our Mothers brought us into the world giving us life (or if adopted, have raised us in the best way that she knew how to do contributing to us being the women that we are today).  If you have received at least a Level 2 Reiki training, let’s send Reiki to our Moms, or if we are still blessed to have them in our lives and living close to us, let’s give them a Reiki session from our hearts and deep sense of appreciation, joy
and love.

Supporting Others Following a Natural Disaster: Nepal Earthquake Response

On April 25th there was a horrific earthquake in Nepal also known as the Gorkha earthquake.  At this time over 7000 are known to be dead, large areas destroyed and beautiful parts of the culture gone.  The Avalanche on Mt Everette caused death and destruction as well.  Many of us responded by sending financial contributions and offering prayers, or in our case Reiki.  However as there have been less items on the news about Napal and no more dramatic rescues, many of us  have moved our attention to other ‘areas of interest’.  There was a poignant reminder from Amma yesterday; for us it is a reminder and call to continue sending Reiki to all those impacted by the Nepal Earthquake- those whose lives have been lost, their families, friends, community, the hikers, rescuers and relief workers presently pouring out their hearts and efforts to help those in need.  We are a global family and this deserves a global response.

Her Holiness Amma Sri Karunamayi conducted a prayer ceremony last week for healing and to bring peace to the departed souls that passed away during the recent earthquake in Nepal. Amma called for all of her children to pray for everyone affected by the disaster. “Children, don’t feel that this disaster has happened to someone else–feel like this has happened to our own family members. Amma is expecting everyone to pray and to do something to help the people of Nepal.”

When a Client has a Disability or Special Needs

My nephew (actually great nephew) is charming, handsome, loquacious,  funny, intelligent, and very gracious.  Grady recently visited me from Minnesota with his parents.  When he was 8 y.o. he has hit by a truck while riding his bicycle.  He was in a coma for over 6 weeks and even though he survived with incredible love and support from his family and medical teams, has extensive physical and functional limitations.  He lost vision in one eye, had extensive brain injury, a hand is locked in a painful grip, and there are numerous other health challenges including seizures; he has also had over 20 operations thus far.  Grady is a testimony that spirit can triumph over great crises and losses; he prays for others and tries to be an inspiration giving hope to others.

Grady asked me to do Reiki on him.  If he was at home, I would probably want to work on him 3-5x/week for a minimum of 1-2 months.  Since that was not possible and I didn’t want to trigger a healing crisis, I worked less time on his head.  I of course started out each session with byosen scanning to get familiar with his system and to prepare him for deeper healing.  I did focus additional time on the arm/hand that is most problematic.  Since he has a short attention span, sessions were limited to 15 minutes or so.  Although he needed to talk though out the sessions, it was clear that he was connecting with the Reiki energy.

Before leaving Tucson, Grady gave the following feedback regarding his Reiki sessions:  ‘my body felt happy and I have never felt this relaxed before.  It was like a spiritual enlightened journey and felt like I was in such a better place’.  He added that his whole left side that once had been paralyzed felt ‘more cool, calm and comfortable’. Grady asked if he could contact me if he needed additional surgeries; I told him that I would gladly send him distant Reiki.  I also told him that I was certain that many of my Reiki students, colleagues and friends would be glad to support him with Reiki as well!  In advance, thank you all so very much!

Participating in Energy Research

I have been privileged to participate in some Reiki research over the years.  My first research study involved sending Reiki to a ‘leaf’ vs the control leaf that did not receive the daily energy; the results were statistically positive.  I’ve been involved in having energy measured thru my hands as a healer, doing Reiki on individuals with shoulder issues and more recently on horses.  The latter was an ‘equine facilitated learning research’ out in Sonoita.  It was a wonderful day and of course being around the horses was magical.  I highly encourage you to begin to get more interested in Energy research this year and either read studies that have been published or if you get a chance, get involved as a practitioner if you qualify.  This is the year of taking new steps in your Reiki practice.  I am very proud of my students, fellow practitioners and colleagues who  create so much value in their lives, communities and the world with Reiki.

Happy New Year 2015: a Year of New Beginnings!

In Buddhism there is a term, Honnin’ Myo…starting fresh.  For many of us, January 1st is an opportunity to start fresh with new determinations, goals and intentions.  If you compassionately bring awareness to your Reiki practice in 2014, what do you feel proud of?  What do you feel was missing?  Was it your daily Reiki practice on yourself?  Did you fall short on working on others either in person or thru Distant Reiki sessions (if you are at least a Level 2)?  Was it not attending an Energy Share this year or participating in a community event as a Reiki practitioner?  Did you want to participate in an Energy research project, but never created the time nor opportunity to do so?  Let’s start 2015 with a refreshed attitude and have the most awesome Reiki year yet!

Sending Reiki when there is a Global Need

I first went to Australia in 2002 for my daughter’s wedding.  I also taught my first international Reiki class there during another visit.  Australia (Sydney in particular) has been particularly welcoming to my daughter, and the people always gracious  and kind.  I was saddened and shocked when my daughter who no longer lives there contacted me to inform me about the recent hostage crisis and asked me to send Buddhist prayers.  Not only did I do so but also began to send Reiki for the best possible outcome.  I contacted members of both my Reiki community as well as my SGI Buddhist community to support .  Please recognize that we live in an interdependent world.  When there is a crisis or challenge somewhere outside of our own home communities, we still can send powerful prayer, energy and intention to support healing and positive change.  All those impacted by this recent crisis still need the support that additional Reiki can provide!

Reiki, Hugs and feeling Connected

On a recent trip to Chicago for a family wedding, we went to Millennium Park.  Since the weather was wonderful for an October day in Chicago, we bought  sandwiches, picnicked and enjoyed people watching.  With Mindfulness, everything and everyone…every sound…was interested and inviting.  After we took photos by the Cloud with what seemed like at least 100 other folks, we started strolling around this wonderful park.  All of a sudden I saw these brightly smiling young faces of college age women; they were Psychology students and had an assignment to offer ‘hugs’ to individuals and then ask them a few questions about whether they felt better after the hugs and if they felt more connected.  We had such a joyful interaction that we also wound up taking photos together.  I must admit that even though I had been feeling very happy and connected on a body-mind-spirit before the hugs, I definitely felt even better afterwards.

Feeling more deeply connected with oneself, with others if you are working on another individual and spirit is also what happens with Reiki.  For so many of us, even if we are

Hugs in Millennium Park

Hugs (like Reiki) can make one feel more Connected!

feeling well before giving a Reiki session, we usually feel even healthier, fuller and more connected afterwards.

Reiki in India

I just returned from a 12 day trip to India; this was my first time and quite honestly I had never felt a prior desire to travel there.  With being an empathic healer, I believed that I could feel overwhelmed by all the poverty, suffering, noise, crowding and needs of the people and country.  Something, however, shifted and I knew that it was the time to go…even though I wasn’t certain what was calling me.  It turned out it was a few things calling me (besides of course wanting to experience the Taj Mahal!).  One thing was an opportunity for me to live mindfully and be present in mind, body and spirit; using the Mindfulness practices that I teach at UAMC, I could bring curiosity and compassion to the moment while releasing judgment and any ‘drama’ or ‘trauma’.  This was an amazing time of experiencing colors, movement, outstanding forts, palaces and practices.  It was an opportunity to open my heart to the people and sights throughout the 5 cities (and many miles) that I visited whether on the Ganges, at a small local school, the site where the Buddha gave his first sermon and more!

In terms of Reiki, I use hands on Reiki practice on myself  frequently during these types of travels.  In particular I did self Reiki sessions on myself during long plane or bus rides, daily in my hotel to rebalance my system, if I had eaten too much of the fabulous cuisine and more.  Remember that Reiki isn’t just what we do, but whom we are and the intuition and connections that come thru us.  Reiki allowed me to connect on a full level daily with vitality and clarity.  In addition I worked on two individuals from my tour group; one was a man who had a recent knee replacement, and the knee was painful and inflamed; the other was a beautiful disabled veteran who  didn’t feel well for a few days

Marsha at the Taj Mahal

The Energy of the Taj Mahal

from a cold or some type of virus.  Both responded well to the Reiki intervention.  In addition, when I visited with Indian family of my daughter’s sister in law in Varanasi, both Babu and Auntie were amazed by the benefits of Reiki.

So…the next time you go traveling, please remember that you always take your Reiki with you and whom you are as a Reiki practitioner!