Allow yourself to imagine the entirety of the Universe in your mind… It is far too vast for any of our minds to contain, but in the attempt we pull ourselves open. We unzip our edges.
Ultimately The System of Reiki is a path to enlightenment. Although it's famous for its many healing benefits, healing is a byproduct of awakening. By connecting to the Universal energy, we realise that we are the Universe. Reiki is not separate from us, it is who we are.
The space between you and I is an illusion. That perceived distance is full of little atoms dancing at different speeds. We are just clumps of particles quivering with elation in form. In all those atoms there is space, and in all that space there is energy. We are pure energy. When we connect to the earth, we connect to her energy field, her fertility, her ripeness, her abundance. Her timeline.
To have it all we must be willing to lose it all. To lose our need to be right. To lose our need for approval. To lose the illusory sense of ourselves as a separate entity. We release it all to the great abyss in order to find we are the entirety of it all. We aren’t right as an ego but right as the whole one mind. Our lives become right in our relinquishing of any control, any desire to prove, any reflex to defend or define ourselves.
In deeply loving the way things are, we deeply love the way we are. And with no resistance, no struggle to make anything into anything it isn’t, we are free. We accept the earth and all who walk upon it as sisters + brothers, beings to honour in a shared experience of divinity. Nothing is more sacred than the present moment. Nowhere is more precious. This is the only lasting way to be peaceful. We give life our full attention, we let time be the great alchemist that it always has been, while we revere all that we encounter as a means of loving the inner Buddha.
Sound as a vibrational healing tool has been used by human beings for many thousands of years. Crystal Tones has manufactured a beautiful evolution of this practice through their absolutely magical singing bowls. These bowls are made from pure quartz and fused with other sacred materials - crystals such as Celestite and Apophyllite, minerals such as Dead Sea Salt, ceremonial Sage, and metals such as gold and platinum. These alchemy bowls are not only heard but felt deeply throughout the entire being.
You are not your story. You are not your pain, your past, or your Dark Ages. As you allow the healing to happen, the light shines where it needs to. Healing is your natural state - and it occurs in a flash when you no longer identify with your history - when you rather root into who you have become - you in all your glory. You, as the one knowing. You write the narrative, yet you are not the narrative. You are the thinker, being thought.
The Earth doesn’t ‘want’ for this tree to survive, for whether it grows upwards or dissolves into her, the tree is the earth. She doesn’t want or wish the conditions of herself to be different to what they are - she evolves in surrender, reincarnating into her shifted timelines with grace. Her drama is a creative expression - whether ice or fire, she has no preference - she is it all.
In loving yourself with all your heart, you discover your immense capacity for love. You realise what a joy it is to be you, and awaken to what a blessing it is to get to be with you everyday. In this love your essence is realised. You look back over your childhood and you say sweetly to that younger, innocent self - I’ve always been with you. I love you.
Your normal self talk becomes gracious, grateful, soft. You allow yourself to be perfectly human - a perfect soul with permission to live an imperfect life. Loved more so for every imperfection.
We live on this planet experiencing dark days of cloud cover, and long cold winters where we’ve turned away from the light - but no matter how tilted we are in the other direction, that sun is always shining. There is always light. Even in the belly of our dear Earth, she contains a central sun that constantly churns with magma.
Our spirit is the same as that sunshine. Our Source of energy is also found within ourselves, deep in our very core there is a cauldron of infinite light. That same powerful light is ever shining from within you - warming the world around you, illuminating life around you. It is always there. It can not be destroyed, it can not die. This light is what you are.
Your feelings are little children. They are begging for your love. They want to be held, acknowledged. Not locked away and shunned. ‘If you ignore me,’ says the root of your worry, ‘I will disguise myself and parade through your nightmares.’ They want to be heard and held and healed of their wounds. Once they are witnessed for what they are, they release us on their own.
The depth and breadth of the Reiki System is illustrated by the deceptively simple Reiki Principles. Six little lines that are a profoundly affective invocation to healing. They uproot our long buried pain so it can once and for all be seen, understood, healed, and released.
Imagine as a soul, we descend from the non-physical formless realm of Universal Consciousness into the physical realm of form. We find ourselves alive in an Earth based duality, having gone through this journey of manifestation and forgetting our origin as spiritual beings. As we move down the chakras to root into the manifested world, the layers get denser and denser - from consciousness to light to sound to air to fire to water to earth.
There is a persistent silence that precedes all sound. The still void holds each sound as a wave that passes through it. You can’t get behind the silent canvas. In the same way, it is our consciousness that holds space for every thought, every experience, and every emotion to pass through. Our pure being, this background containing self, is the first and last instance to any circumstance. We can’t get behind it. When you sink far back enough or become still in that deepest of places, you’ll find no boundary to it - no time, no point in space it occupies, for it is space itself.
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What happened to the infant self I once was? Where did my baby go as he grew into the toddler he now is?
If I met someone who knew my parents when, but hadn’t seen me since I was a newborn, they wouldn’t be able to stop themselves from speaking of this version of me I don’t even remember. They would see me as the grown version of the baby. An image of the past from their minds, a projected history, would be who they met - rather than current me at aged thirty-seven, I’d be the newborn in a thirty-seven year old body.
All of the people in your life allow you to know life, to know God / Spirit / Source as fully as you are able. Every being on this earth is a facet of Source - a molecule of the divine. When you look at another, you look at yourself. Everyone is you, looking back at you. Just as you can’t separate the various notes that coalesce to create a harmony, you can’t be separate from the Source of All That Is. Our tones coalesce into union simply by our existence. You might fall out of key, but you can vibrate right back to harmony by dropping any story that feels otherwise.
When we no longer seek for the external world to reassure us or approve of us, we find that we approve of it. That is how we find peace. This essential, natural state of harmony is our powerful medicine for the shift across humanity. We can only make peace elsewhere when we've resolved that war in our own heads.
The moon is just behind my shoulder as the sun rises in front of me. I have been left with a sensation of fullness because I found something empty - a hole to wholeness. I hadn’t expected to find her. I was simply exploring the coastline near our little holiday home, wandering the Portuguese cliffs with curiosity. I saw over a jagged orange rock a near perfect circle framing the sea beyond like a portal. I walked around it to peer through, finding a full female form revealing a space that so moved me I stood transfixed in reverence.
(Giving the earth reiki, I hear her whisper sweet wisdom to me…she began with ‘slow down’…)
I am in no rush to be anything I just am. I cycle through seasons, through Ages, through Aeons. I move eternally around the sun while he moves around the galaxy while she is reaching into the Universe, all while space itself expands.
After using Reiki for 14 years, it has evolved into such a deeper practice than I ever imagined it could. Now when I contemplate space, or hear a great teacher speaking of spaciousness, I just see Reiki. Space has so many meanings - the ultimate idea of the ‘out there’ - the mysterious blanket of stars above us, or space meaning room to breathe. The space between things. The space we find that is present in every atom of the Universe and therefore, every atom of ourselves.
There is a divine miracle present within you every moment of every day. Most of the time it goes unnoticed, but it has been a vibrant source of life force since you were only the size of a poppy seed in your mother’s womb.
When the quick pulse of worry is racing through you like a steam train, your first impulse is probably to try to stop the train. But it won’t stop. This causes even more stress. An inner battle starts to unravel and it’s clear you’re not winning. So honey, breathe - and just get off the train. You don’t have to stop it. Just jump off the back.
I know one thing for sure - you are not the train. You are the beautiful, expansive countryside it’s running through....
In the years that I have been connecting to the Spirit Guides of others, I’ve noticed a common theme - they often make their entrances rather theatrically! Early on, I was reading for a woman during The College of Psychic Studies open evening. Before she arrived for her appointment, I sat in meditation as I always do before a reading - it’s how I still my mind and attune myself to the energy of the subtle realms. In my mind’s eye a very manly Viking with long ginger hair emerged from the depths, perched on a ship in a choppy ocean...
There is one message that has vibrated through the chords of many voices, echoed through aeons. A truth that all great spiritual teachers have shared: The Kingdom of Heaven is within you. At the centre of your Being you have the answers. The Universe is inside you.
Essentially: you hold the bell that will awaken the sleeping Buddha.
In Zen we hear a parable: do not mistake the finger pointing at the moon for the moon. Meaning, do not mistake the teachings that lead to awakening, for awakening itself. At some point your eyes must leave their contact with the finger, and move across the void towards the moon. To see the luminous sphere, you must leave the realm of concepts and shift into another space. As such, this work is a bridge, a pointer to help you cross to the other side and once across, leave the bridge and explore the moonlit land that awaits you. Sometimes the finger points and you look, only you still do not experience the lunar event – are you looking for it with an active mind? Is it a new moon, hiding itself?