Reiki New Moon Meditation this Friday


Here is an article from the International Center for Reiki Training by Laurelle Shanti Gaia. I plan on trying this out later this week. If you do, feel free to comment and share your findings. 

Laurelle is Editor of “Reiki News”, and Director of the Teacher Licensing Program for the ICRT. Contact Laurelle by or visit her website at

For several years I have been studying the power of the cycles of the moon.  Of particular interest are the experiences shared with new moon meditation groups when we invoke Reiki to assist in meditations, for personal growth and world service.

Components of the Reiki new moon meditation

Sacred Intention … The spoken or written word that describes goals for healing or visions for creation offered with love and for the highest good of all.

Prayer … An act of giving thanks for sacred intentions that have been stated and offered to the Divine for manifestation. A statement of faith and knowingness that  the intention is fulfilled as it can be for the highest good.

Reiki . . . Spiritually guided life force energy, which never causes harm. True Reiki is channeled without interference from the ego, nor controlled by the personality. Reiki is totally guided by the infinite wisdom of the Divine. Reiki links sacred intention, prayer, moon energies and the ascended spiritual masters together as one powerful force for manifestation in the highest form.

Soul Linking . . . the act of conscious, energetic soul connections which take place between willing individuals to fulfill a specific portion of the Divine plan.

Moon Energies

The moon emanates distinctly different energies during the full cycle from new moon to full moon.  Each of the eight cycles facilitates the process of creation and manifestation. The eight phases each have a duration of approximately 28 days. An example and definitition follow:

Day 1-31/2 New moon energy is for creating a vision

Day 31/2-6 Crescent moon energy if for organizing resources needed to accomplish the vision

Day 6-91/2First quarter moon is using resources gathered to take action toward fulfilling the vision

Day 10-131/2 Gibbous moon energy helps us fine tune our goals, gather opinions from others and  make revisions to the plan.

Day 133/4-171/2 The light of the full moon brings about manifestation of, or progress toward our goals.  We can see where we are in the process of realization of the plan.

Day 171/2-21 The disseminating moon helps us distribute and share what we have learned, or to have a clearer understanding of what to do next.

Day 21-241/2 In the third quarter of the moon we are in a completion and review phase, or following up on and refining  the resources we gathered during the crescent moon. Re-evaluation takes place during this time to determine what is needed as a next step to move forward with the goal.

Day 241/2-282Under the balsamic moon it is time to be alone, meditate, retreat, and release attachment to outcome.  It is time to rest and be introspective. During this time vision clears and we are ready to begin again with the next new moon.

Ascended Spiritual Beings

These can be well known Masters like Jesus, Buddha, Kwan Yin, Mother Mary, Maha Chohan, Hillarion, Lady Master Nada, etc.  They can also be members of the angelic hierarchy, or highly evolved beings that we have yet to learn of.

Sacred intention

In working with these aspects with the Reiki New Moon Meditation we can focus on intentions such as personal goals for our work, family, relationships, health, finances, home, or any of the aspects of our earthly existence.  We can intend to stay focused on our spiritual path, or ask for assistance in understanding or transmuting our karma.

We can also focus on world issues, like ample organic food for the world, peace among nations, humanity living in harmony with the earth, nurturing home environments for everyone, healthy relationships, a world where diversity is embraced as a strength, etc. Notice that we are not focusing on hunger, homelessness, war, etc.  We are focusing on what we are creating, not on what we want to change, or are afraid of.  The sacred intention is powerful when the vision is created in the highest form that you can imagine, but left up for manifestation by the Divine in the most perfect way.

Steps in the Reiki New Moon Meditation

1.      Pray by giving thanks that you are clear and open channel for Reiki to flow through and that your personality and ego stand aside, so the Reiki will flow in its clearest and truest form. Give thanks that you are open to receive the guidance of angels and masters who have come forth to assist you.

2.      Prepare you energy field by strengthening your light. To do this draw a large Usui power symbol in front of you and move the energy into you etheric field. Draw small power symbols over each of your charkas beginning at the base.  Pause and beam Reiki into your energy field and toward your solar plexus and heart.

3.      Call on the Divine, and the ascended spiritual masters and beings. Welcome them, and give thanks for their presence. Give them permission to assist you in creating your sacred intention, and helping you manifestation your visions.

4.      Invoke the Usui mental/emotional symbol. Write down your sacred intention for this meditation.  Include your personal goals, and also your intention for world service.  It can also be helpful to draw something that represents your vision.  A new moon journal is very helpful. Channel the mental/emotional Reiki energies into your written intention, and state your intention.

5.      Invoke the Usui distant healing symbol imagining that you are creating a bridge of light from your heart to the hearts of all the spiritual beings who are assisting you, and all the other people who are joining in this group meditation around the world.  Allow yourself to feel each soul linking with yours, and to feel the illusion of separation melt away, and you recognize the Oneness of all creation. Remember that Reiki transcends time and space. (note: if you are attuned to the Reiki Master or Karuna Reiki® symbols you can add them to the meditation)

6.    Meditate and transmit Reiki for as long as you feel comfortable.

7.      Give a prayer of thanks.

8.      Draw a large power symbol over your body with the intention of disconnecting from the meditative process, and knowing that each person is disconnecting also and returning to their individual life expressions with clarity and aligned with their soul purpose.

The first few times you do this you may wish to refer to the above notes about the various aspects of the moon cycles to see where you are in the process.  It is intriguing how often we find ourselves in full momentum and taking action on our goals and we check in with the moon cycle to find that we are in the first quarter phase; or we may realize that we are feeling withdrawn and introspective and then become aware that we are under the influence of the balsamic moon.

If you would like to join in a worldwide Reiki New Moon Meditation, please join with us. We meditate monthly on the second day of the new moon phase, as the new moon energies are growing in strength.  I personally meditate at 6 a.m. mountain time, but I also time-capsule the meditation to link with all others who are participating anytime during that day. At each new moon I hold a vision of a world at peace, where humanity honors the earth and every person is living life as their higher self in every moment.  Please join me to uphold this vision and allow the energy to empower your personal goals and world vision as well.

In the Light of the Creator . . . We See Only Love

Photo courtesy of Global Light Mind


Global Oneness Project: People of the Big Water

Nhakri and Nhgreiproti, Xikrin women in the village of Poti-Kro, stand for a portrait under the fruit trees behind their houses.
Nhakri and Nhgreiproti, Xikrin women in the village of Poti-Kro, stand for a portrait under the fruit trees behind their houses.
A view of the village of Poti-Kro. Xikrin villages are always built in a large circle with the communal meeting house in the center.
A view of the village of Poti-Kro. Xikrin villages are always built in a large circle with the communal meeting house in the center.
Mukuka spends time with relatives during the midday heat. The village of Poti-Kro is made up almost entirely of direct descendants of the two village elders.
Mukuka spends time with relatives during the midday heat. The village of Poti-Kro is made up almost entirely of direct descendants of the two village elders.
Food generally comes from the river and the jungle. Honeycomb has been gathered to harvest honey and beeswax, which is used as a traditional medicine.
Food generally comes from the river and the jungle. Honeycomb has been gathered to harvest honey and beeswax, which is used as a traditional medicine.
Bepoti and his wife Kopri are the two elders of Poti-Kro. It is the elders' responsibility to pass on the tribe's myths and stories. Villagers are unwilling to share these stories to outsiders, because they are considered the elders' "property."
Bepoti and his wife Kopri are the two elders of Poti-Kro. It is the elders’ responsibility to pass on the tribe’s myths and stories. Villagers are unwilling to share these stories to outsiders, because they are considered the elders’ “property.”
the xikrin
Xikrin women spend much of their time painting the bodies of their family and friends. The designs are passed down from mother to daughter, and the Xikrin often say that they do not feel like themselves when they are unpainted.
xikrin practice of inhokara
The Xikrin shave their hair from the forehead to the crown of the head in a distinctive hairstyle called inhokara. With increased exposure to the outside world, it is mostly the elder women who still practice shaving while the younger generation usually adopts more modern hairstyles.
The Bacaja River is a tributary of the Xingu River, which is being dammed by the third-largest hydroelectric project in the world, the Belo Monte. As the dam quickly nears completion, the Xikrin have already seen a negative impact on fish populations, and scientists warn of a lowered water table that could dry out this area of the Bacaja.
The Bacaja River is a tributary of the Xingu River, which is being dammed by the third-largest hydroelectric project in the world, the Belo Monte. As the dam quickly nears completion, the Xikrin have already seen a negative impact on fish populations, and scientists warn of a lowered water table that could dry out this area of the Bacaja.
A Xikrin woman walks back to her village from the riverside. Most Xikrin villages are situated next to a river for transport and fishing.
A Xikrin woman walks back to her village from the riverside. Most Xikrin villages are situated next to a river for transport and fishing.

Every single day, people have to fight to sustain their way of life. Big Money often comes with Big Eye-blinds.

Investors and companies and growing industrial “Western” communities are influencing the way of life of rural and indigenous peoples, and making decisions that will ultimately bring about an end to these age old “pagan” cultures. Because that is what they are, pagans.

Country dwellers. Farmers. Storytellers. Hunters. Mothers. Brothers. Fathers. Children.

Content peoples who for decades have lived close to the land without a worry of invaders.

Well now, consider them invaded.

They may have adopted some of “western” culture: clothes, guns, and basic modern tools; but their culture has survived.

Many of these tribes and cultures are much like the Xikrin, who find themselves on the fine line of assimilation and annihilation.

Here is an article and photo essay by Taylor Weidman.

“Taylor Weidman is an award-winning documentary photographer and co-founder of the Vanishing Cultures Project. His work focuses primarily on the effects of modernization and human rights issues. The Vanishing Cultures Project is currently fundraising for their next project working with tribes affected by the Belo Monte Dam in Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest.”

Please, Support the Amazon Belo Monte Dam Project

Deep in Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest, on a tributary of the mighty Xingu, live the Xikrin, the “People of the Big Water.” “Everything we need, we have here,” says Ngrenhkarati, a Xikrin woman. “For food we can fish, harvest manioc, and hunt.” The Xikrin live a subsistence lifestyle within their villages and depend on the river as a supplier of food, the primary mode of transportation, and a tie to their ancestors.

However, this way of life is coming under threat. A few miles away on the Big Bend of the Xingu River, construction of the world’s third-largest dam is peaking this year. As the dam nears completion, the Xikrin have already seen a negative impact on fish populations, and scientists warn of a lowered water table that could dry out this area of the river. The Xikrin, whose lives, history, traditions, values, and practices depend on the river, have not been given proper consultation under the law and are fighting an uphill battle against the construction of the dam.

This essay features a selection of images from the upcoming book, The Xikrin: Indigenous Life in a Changing Amazon. Proceeds go towards supporting Xikrin cultural initiatives.Sign up for the Vanishing Cultures Project’s newsletter for book updates.

IPCC Climate Report: 190 Countries & Scientists Say with 95% Certainty


Well, it’s out.

And instead of people talking about what we can do as a GLOBE and as individual CITIZENS OF THE PLANET, the world is talking about how foolish American Government is. And how it may shut down because we can’t get our acts together.

Even if you just look at the graphs in the report, you can see for yourself that:

  1. The observed global combined average of land and ocean surface temperature has increased almost a whole degree C since 1850.
  2. Surface temperatures have increased in most places almost 1-2.5 degrees C since 1901.
  3. Northern Hemisphere spring snow cover has decreased 5 million km^2 since 1950.
  4. Arctic summer ice extent has decreased 6 million km^2 since 1950.
  5. Change in global average upper ocean heat content has increased about 25 units.
  6. Global average sea level has increased about 200mm since 1900.
  7. Atmospheric CO2 Levels have increased about 80 parts per million since the 1950s.
  8. Surface ocean CO2 has increased and pH has decreased since 1900.
  9. Global averages of land, land and ocean, and ocean heat levels have increased dramatically due to natural and anthropogenic forcings since 1910.

If we continue and do not change our actions with these projections:

  1. Average surface temperatures from 2081-2100 will increase about 5-10 degrees C. (That’s HOT grandkids!)
  2. Average global precipitation from 2081-2100 will increase 20-60%.
  3. Northern Hemisphere September sea ice will be almost nonexistent come 2100.
  4. Ocean surface pH will decrease 0.4-0.7 units come 2081-2100.
  5. Global mean sea level will rise 0.45-0.85 meters come 2100. (Get your arks ready…)
  6. And I won’t even go into the estimated human CO2 emissions and temperature anomaly relatives come 2100. (I will give you a hint: It’s not good.)

So, what can we do as GLOBAL CITIZENS OF THE PLANET?

  • Have hope- don’t think it is too late.
  • Observe, listen, and make the hard decisions now rather than later.
  • Be informed from the real people doing the research, NOT Politicians or News Scare-tactics.
  • Come to terms with the past. LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES.
  • Be practical. Climate Change is a normal process, however, the anthropogenic impact seems to be taking it to a whole new level.
  • Check and watch your carbon footprint.
  • Chuck ill-practice monetary greed out the window. Your bank accounts may look nice now, but whats the true price when your inheritance will be useless in the future when its covered in blood-oil?
  • Look into sustainability/permaculture practices.
  • Think Local rather than Global (our local actions affect the globe as  whole)
  • Act with your Vote (Vote for delegates, legislators, and government officials with these values we can work TOGETHER)
  • Act with your Voice (It takes more than one mind or ideology to get the ball rolling. Think outside the box)
  • Design with your Heart (What will the future truly look like? It is ours to design.)

Art Meditation: In the House of Darkness


The poets shut their doors and windows for a day’s time, and lie on their backs with a stone upon their belly, and plaids about their heads, and their eyes being covered they pump their brains for rhetorical encomium or panegyric. — Martin Martin, Description of the Western Islands of Scotland, in Caitlin and John Matthews, The Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom

When was the last time you shut yourself up and just wrote? Words spilling out through mind, dancing, changing, gaining beauty?

Oftentimes, as a poet, I’m afraid if I dont keep my pen and paper close, I will lose those moments of inspiration.

So just imagining this scares me, but also challenges me to really save those moments and really hold on to those true muse inspired jewels.

Caitlin Matthews asks us, “what is the meaning of this sesire for darkness?” When these bardic students would lay on the “bed of reclining” in those darkened huts, they were not allowed such luxouries as notes. Forcing these students to incubate their thoughts, and ultimately their gained wisdom. This is only possible in a mind consciousness where the senses are deprived. Where the student sinks into the Otherworld and the spirit flies.

So many of us not only shun the skill of memory keeping, but we also shun the dark. It’s scarey, and unknown, and you never know what evil may getcha!

But darkness gives us an opportunity to “respect our subtle senses and give rest to our physical ones. In the darkness shines the greatest light of all: the three sparks of inspiration that run like fire through charcoal and illuminate our own being.”

Today, this evening, or tonight; meditate on a phrase or poem or piece of music or artwork in the dark. See what light comes to fruition by incubating it with your inner vision like the Celtic Poets of Old.

Photo of a Bard with Lyre Artefact.
The Celtic Spirit: Daily Meditations for the Turning Year by Caitlin Matthews

Ancient Ceremony for Modern Health


Today, the Olympic flame was lit in Ancient Olympia in Greece, and begins its long journey towards the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games which begin on February 7.

Here is an article from, which details the torch ceremony as well as its projected route, which includes the very first space visit!

It always makes my heart smile to see ancient and modern ceremony work together towards health, which, yes, includes the arduous and physically demanding exercises and games of the Olympics.

What I also love is that after the flame was kindled women dancers performed the ancient “Dance of the Nymphs” and male dancers the “Feast dance without weapons”, signifying the rejection of hostilities during the Olympic Games.


By invoking Apollo’s Sun to light the torch and invoking the old Gods to bring favour to the games makes me proud to see that the world truly will never lose all of these beautiful traditions.


Actors in ancient Greek costume in the bright midday sunshine invoked the god Apollo in the ruins of the 2,600-year-old Temple of Hera, using a parabolic mirror to harness the sun’s rays and kindle a flame on the torch for a relay that will take it around Greece and hosts Russia as well as for the first time in space.

Dignitaries at the ceremony included the new president of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach, as well as the head of the Sochi organizing committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko.

“The Olympic flame should be an inspiration for millions of people throughout the world,” Bach, who was making his first overseas trip on Olympic duty, told the thousands of spectators.

“The Olympic relay represents the values of friendship without any form of discrimination,” he added.

Chernyshenko said “Russians are very proud to accept the most important symbol of the Olympic movement. This is great honor for us.”

After thanks to the god Apollo, “king of the sun and the idea of light”, in the shadow of the Greek, Russian and Olympic flags, the flame was handed by high priestess Ino Menegaki to the first relay runner, Greece’s 18-year-old Alpine skier Ioannis Antoniou.

He then passed it to 28-year-old Russian ice hockey superstar and Sochi 2014 Ambassador Alex Ovenchkin who had said that “this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and something I will never forget.”

“I think you all felt awe at this sacred place and realized the power of the flame which is the symbol connecting the ancient Olympic Games with the modern Games,” said Hellenic Olympic Committee president Spyros Capralos.

The ceremony marked the start of a week-long torch relay, which will take it to 20 Greek towns before it arrives on October 5 at the old Olympic stadium in Athens, site of the first modern Games in 1896.

A Russian delegation will receive the flame at a night-time ceremony where one potential torch-carrier could be Ovechkin’s mother Tatyana, winner of gold medals in basketball at both Montreal 1976 and Moscow 1980, the only other occasion the Olympics have been staged in Russia.

It will be carried through all 83 Russian regions and visit 2,900 towns and settlements before arriving in Sochi for the opening ceremony on February 7 ending a 65,000-kilometer journey.

The torch relay will make history when it is taken into space for the first time later this year.

It is due to travel to the International Space Station where it will then be taken on a spacewalk.

According to the Sochi organizers, the torch is due to arrive at the station on the Soyuz TMA-11M manned spaceship in November, and Russian cosmonauts Sergei Ryazansky and Oleg Kotov have been tasked with the historical assignment.

For safety reasons, the torch will not be lit during the spacewalk, the organizers said.

Following the mission, cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhim, who is currently based in the station, will deliver the special cargo safely back to earth.

Photos courtesy of The Radio Voice of Russia.

Help Heal the Planet! Tomorrow’s Gong Bath!


Tomorrow, world-wide there is going to be a focus on Earth Healing and manifestation of protection for Mother Earth.

In the UK, pagans are campaigning against Fracking and doing a ceremony along with many other groups and individuals around the world. The intention is for protection, loving compassion and unity, synergy of our energies working in the world to manifest a sustainable future.

I have been asked by my friend Michele in the UK to share this with all of you, and everyone else who is not attending who may want to take a moment tomorrow to focus your intentions. Michele has asked us: “If you can also use your gong meditation on Saturday (& to ask the people with you) to send their intention for protection of our Mother Earth, their heartfelt healing energies, send them out on the waves of your gong sounds.

I think we all can do something tomorrow to help facilitate this and allow this great wave and vibration of healing to ripple across oceans, countries, and towns everywhere!

Tomorrow I will be meeting at the Troy Heartspace Yoga & Healing Arts Center at 4pm for a healing Gong Bath Mediation!

My intention will be for protection, love, compassion, unity and healing for my companions, friends, family, and all other beings on this planet.

“The sound of a master quality gong induces a state of spontaneous meditation and relaxation that facilitates the movement of chi or prana (positive life energy) throughout the body. This effect promotes vitality, healing, and awakens the consciousness for transformation.

The gong bath is a one hour immersion in sacred and healing sound wherein the gongmaster activates the full sonic potential of the gong and bathes the listener with sustained waves of primordial sound. The gong is one of the oldest musical instruments in the world. 

Based on ancient wisdom, the gongs vibrate at the same frequency as the body allowing the body to heal itself. The sounds and vibrations of the gong create deep relaxation and state of meditation by altering brain waves from a Beta (waking state) to Theta & Delta (deep meditation). Science teaches that during these brain frequencies we access our deeper subconscious and superconscious and they are key states for healing.

During a gong bath, listeners typically experience a sense of connectedness and peace as the sacred sound of the gong clears blockages and restores the free flow of vital energy throughout the body. Listeners have also described out of body experiences, seeing beautiful colors behind their eyes, along with symbols, images, and past life impressions. With its ability to induce a spontaneous meditative state, the gong offers listeners access to parts of the mind that are usually closed, resulting in a sense of expanded awareness and higher consciousness.” –Earth Gong Bath

All a listener needs to do is relax and let the sound bathe the body and carry the mind.

Gong sound can be used to rebalance and tone the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies. It is an excellent therapy for stress related issues, depression, fatigue, anger and hostility, feelings of fear, separation and loneliness, along with many other conditions related to the lack of balance and harmony in the body.

And I might add, it is an excellent way to rebalance our planet as well. 

So, tomorrow, won’t you join us?

Take a moment tomorrow, even if it is a brief moment to connect to this beautiful green & blue planet that we depend on for our very survival as a species. Take extra care to do something to help heal the planet whether that is to send out your prayers/blessings/intentions, organize your own healing session, recycle, or any number of other ecological activities.

Together we can help not only heal the All Mother, but also ourselves in the process.


Photo courtesy of Sunrise Ranch

TGIF Reiki 2 Attunement!


Today is a beautiful day.

I woke up, and even though my blankets felt extra soft and warm, I got up and took a nice, yet short, shower.

I went to my friend Jen’s Sivananda Yoga Class at the Albany Heartspace.

I began my day with jovial laughter, breathing, tensing, releasing, and chanting.

On my way home, I stopped and picked up some organic oatmeal with granola and an herbal tea of lemongrass and ginger. I picked up a new beeswax candle for the occasion, and proceeded to make my way home on quite a yoga-high.

I prepared my space, mind, body, and spirit. Picked two tarot cards for visualization, lit my candle, and began playing my singing bowl.

The waves moved over my skin, kissing each cell as they danced from my toes to the crown of my head.

My experiences this time were not as dramatic as my first initial Reiki Attunement.

However, this was my experience:

My mind danced back and forth from thought to thought yet my inner screen was dark with swirling white clouds of incense smoke.

My upper and lower back were a bit uncomfortable, but as the pain seemed to only intensify, my mind pushed the pain away so I would no longer focus on it. My hands began to warm and tingle, and as I opened myself up with my hands together at my heart (Gassho) to receive my teacher’s Ki, I felt an inner warmth begin to build. Soon my entire chest and face were warm, not the burning temperature of hot soup, just the nice warmth from a camp fire. It grew even more to envelop me in a cocoon of gentle heat that made me feel at once alive, grounded, and protected. I could feel my pains slipping away and my backbone seemed more straight. There seemed to be a light touch on my right shoulder, ever so soft; and I relaxed here in this state for about 20 minutes until I began to more actively seek my Reiki Guardians.

Kwan Yin, or an beautiful Asian woman with long dark hair has always been a figure that has brought me peace, love and healing in my many vision quests. As she appeared, I asked her if she would be the one to teach me and guide me further along my Reiki path. She simply smiled and replied, “If I do, you must be dedicated. Every day. Every night. I will help you.” And with a nod I agreed, and several scrolls unrolled from the ceiling, each with a teaching for Respect, Dedication, Compassion, Unconditional Love, Nonviolence, Health, and a seventh one that was blank. Because I “am not yet ready.”

And with that she said a few more beautiful words of encouragement as she always does.

And now I sit here, in a state of sheer happiness, now that I can start practicing Reiki professionally not only on a physical level, but a mental and emotional level as well.

Reiki 2 comes with a much to learn. Symbols, healing techniques, counseling roles, etc. It comes with more responsibility, which therefore takes more more dedication and devotion to sustain.

So, I begin my 21-Day Reiki Programme of daily chanting, Ken Yoku Bathing, Hara Breathwork, Self-Healing, Morning pages, and eating a healthy diet sans red meat, caffeine, alcohol, or fired foods.

With each attunement there is a clearing or detox period where the physical body and the subtle bodies release their attachments.

A student can feel out of sorts, weepy or tired as an inner shift begins to unfold. Dreams and day dreams can be more intense. Old memories may resurface. Emotions and feelings can be more sensitive. You may even experience physical detox symptoms of diarrhea, running nose, increased urination, increased thirst, increased or decreased appetite.

All of this occurs as the subtle energy fields adjust and increase the healer’s capacity to channel energy. This is a period to nurture myself as a healer. To increase my sleep. To increase my water intake. To increase my light, my love, my joy.

This should not be a hard thing to do considering how great I feel right now.

Happy Friday… may you all have a blissful weekend of rejuvenation!