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I want to talk about something I witnessed last week in the online world.
First, a little background. A couple of years ago, I became increasingly aware of a pervasive phenomenon in the (overwhelmingly white) women’s spirituality/ personal growth circles I move in. I noticed persistent attempts to deny and disown painful realities by insistence (overt or implied) that we create our struggles with our negative thinking or energy or low vibration or fill-in-the-blank. I do believe the way we frame things in our thinking can be important to our well being and success, up to a point. I do believe we have some authentic choice around where we place our focus, and those choices can impact our well being and success, up to a point. However, I found the blanket application and oversimplification of these ideas to…
“…WE SEE THIS ROTATING DOOR OF PEOPLE SEEKING SILENCE, RELIEF, AND CATHARSIS. WE ALSO SEE THEIR NEEDS JUST BY WALKING AROUND. AS HEALERS WE NEEDN’T WAIT ANY LONGER FOR PEOPLE TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS…IN THIS DAY AND AGE, THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO ARE AFRAID, DEPRESSED, OR HEARTBROKEN. NOW IS NO TIME AS A HEALER TO HIDE…”
These be dark times healers.
Whatever your political affiliation, I am sure you can see the rampant surge of hate crimes and acts of violence filling the news. The Trump cabinet is filling with representatives who have made it very clear their position on the environment, social sciences, education, and the health sector: all areas where many healers live, breathe, and work. I have pondered this long and hard and see that we healers have been for a long time very wrong. For weeks now I have meditated upon the meaning of this election, is it doom or is there a silver lining? What lessons are there to find, embrace, and talk with?
As healers, let’s face it, we often are very superficial. We rarely get to the meat of an issue for several reasons. Perhaps the client does not want to dive too deep. Or they begin to and then cancel their next session, and we all know what happens after that: they never come back. Retention in any field is difficult, and when ours is a profession of the deep stuff, when our job is to be the mirror for people so that they may heal and not merely place a Band-Aid on the situation. It can get very annoying after a while. And yet, we see this rotating door of people seeking silence, relief, and catharsis. We also see their needs just by walking around. As healers we needn’t wait any longer for people to make appointments, especially when you learn the techniques of Gyoshi Ho and Koki Ho. In this day and age, there are so many people out there who are afraid, depressed, or heartbroken. Now is no time as a healer to hide in our healing rooms.
Now is the time to act, and utilize the Gokai of Kindness in our everyday lives. There is no time like the time of tyranny for a healer to hear the call of humanity. There are so many marginalized people who are taken advantage of, who have for centuries been oppressed, beaten, and manipulated. As healers, our job is to heal on a holistic field, and if we ourselves are not staying aware, if we ourselves are not being mindful of these issues; our clients and our higher selves are doomed. If we fail now, we fail so much more than just ourselves. All the lifetimes of karma that have gotten us to this moment, this life where we have taken the role of healers, and now what do we do with it? Hide, keep our heads in the sand and “let go and let god?” No. That in my opinion is the ultimate abuse of privilege. Our duty is to grow, to help others “sit with their yuck.” To transmute, and transform situations. To mold and yes manipulate energies for the betterment of not only a few, but for all sentient beings. The world is crying- this is no time to wall oneself off. It is a time to be the one to break down Byoki boundaries, not create new ones.
Peace and healing are not static energies, they are a force, so it our prerogative to share that peace, and be that peace we wish to see in the world. We are the healers, and leaders of our communities. They look to us for support, guidance, and strength. I believe firmly that now is no time to play or think small. The mighty oak cannot forever remain a sapling. So use your skills and power. Be the healer I know you to be! With tact, with diligence, and of course with compassion. We are the defenders and protectors of old, and no tyrant or bigot will harm our friends and family.
As Healers we have a responsibility to heal the physical,emotional, mental, and spiritual sufferings of our communities. Through the teaching mirror we can unlearn institutionalized racism within ourselves and society. We can be healers that show up for racial justice and challenge white supremacy wherever we see it.
That includes our healing circles and own lives. That includes when we are in session, working through the energy blockages of our patients. Heart’s work is not meant to be easy. Peace work is not meant to be easy. But this challenge offers us incredible merit and incredible good karma. Let us all make Usui Sensei proud!
Click through this series in order. Sit with each one. Meditate. Educate yourself and reach out. May it help to heal some of your own ingrained prejudices, and give you the strength to continue to do all the healing actions you do!
Learn mind. Breathe action.
*PLEASE NOTE* This list is by no means exhaustive, and is by no means supposed to be an easy challenge. When we confront our preconceived notions, with whatever subject matter, our energy centers are shifted. With each new insight there is a moment of enlightenment. With consistent practice and consistent diligence of looking into the teaching mirrors, we build up an attunement to these new phases of reality and levels of awareness. The world is shifting, and we healers are particularly sensitive to these shifts, but dear ones, please take heart. And please take courage. Just for today, your fears and anger that may arise in reading some of these materials is the natural consequence of living within a realm of ignorance. Energy work and healing again is not an easy process, and any healer or teacher who says otherwise, obviously has not done the work, and has not seen the connections that these things have upon our energetic fields, emotional-mental bodies, and spirits.
PLEASE ALSO NOTE: That the reason I have written this is that deep within my bones, I was disheartened and disappointed by MANY of my so-called “spiritual,” friends and mentors jump on the “All Lives Matter” bandwagon. Dear friends, if you have not by now realised why this phrase is racist and glosses over this issue with new-age rainbow glitter pseudo-morality, YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM. But, don’t worry, just for today. This is not meant to be an affront to your practice. This is my way of attuning you to this shift of energy that is now finally coming to light and my intention for you is to unlearn the various reasons why this is so. So please, do not get disheartened, but buckle-in for a massive shift in your awareness and consciousness. Yes, these are two different things. ;-p
“Facts on Race.” American News X. Quote: “To justify slavery, we whites portrayed blacks as subhuman: primitive, stupid, and servile. To justify segregation, we whitesportrayed blacks as morally corrupt: ignorant, predatory, and sinful. After civil rights, we whites portrayed blacks as evil: drug addicts, gang bangers, and welfare queens. There has never been a point in our history when we whites have systematically and institutionally valued black lives as we do our own. That’s why #BlackLivesMatter. Period.”
Ki is manifest in our emotions and in our senses. Me must utilize all of them to produce healing in this world, not only healing touch, but also healing sight; speaking healing words and cooking healing tastes, healing music and listening to other’s truths; healing aromas with dirt, ocean, wind, herbs, and fire; and healing spirit with grace and patience. Manifest a world with every daily action by affecting your environment. You were put here to do good work. So get out there and work it! Heal with all your emotions and senses. Show others how to handle their anger and fear, through joy and courage. Invoke diligence and dedication, showing others their worth and witnessing your own; be grateful and appreciative; and throw about your surroundings compassionate kindness with every step and breath you take. Enact, transmute, and be the peace.
This Reiki workshoppe is a game changer. It i s the way of the Heyoka, Native American Fool, user of chaos medicine, and mirrors.
Shihan Usui Reiki Level 4 for Teachers $300 (100 Hours) TWO 5-hour days, followed by THIRTY 3 hrs. Seminars
This class is offered as an ecourse and locally with an interactive online component. The Fourth Level focuses on spiritual advancement as you learn how to connect with the founding principles of Shinto, Tendai Mikkyo, and Shugendo via spiritual leaders and modern Zen masters. It is at this level that the Shihan prepares students to embrace their responsibility as teacher and mutual student. Students will also learn the skill of the Kyudo Way of the Bow, and Koan. This course expands from an initial 2-day workshoppe, which will give each student hands-on practice and facilitate a better understanding of what it means to become a Sensei. Students will be required to complete 10 hours of unpaid reiki therapy and 5 hours of community service at a local place of worship, garden, park, hospital, homeless shelter, nursing home, or non-profit. In order to receive certification, students will keep a journal documenting a Usui 21-day detox for purification and energetic clarity; and 40-day challenge, over the period of this 13 month course.
Completion of all the above PREREQUISITE materials
Holistic Arts Institute Usui Reiki Level III Handbook (2012) (PDF File)
Healey Institute for Healers Usui Reiki Level IV Handbook (2016) (PDF File)
How to Know God: The Soul’s Journey into the Mystery of Mysteries by Dr. Deepak Chopra
How Can I Help? by Ram Dass
How to Walk by Thich Nhat Hanh
Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh
The Art of Communicating by Thich Nhat Hanh
Compassion in Action: Setting Out on the Path of Service by Ram Dass
A Religion of One’s Own by Thomas Moore
Each student will Master the following Coursework over the course of the following year at different Reiki Dharma Seminars:
Shinrin-joku “Forest Bathing” (Fieldtrip)
Shugendo 101 (Shugendo Now Documentary)
Aikijujutsu Martial Arts
Seven Stages of God: Stages 1-3
Seven Stages of God: Stages 3-5
Seven Stages of God: Stages 6-7
A Manual for Saints
The Way of Social Action
Walking Each other Home
How to Walk
Being Peace: Suffering is Not Enough
Working for Peace
Communicating with Self
Communicating with Others
Be Like Gandhi & Act from the Heart
Stay Awake to Suffering
Take the Leap
The Natural Mystic
The Cloister in the World
Living Your Bliss
The Way of the Bow: Koans
Each student will be attuned to Reiki 4 at the end of each training. The attunement is a process that happens between the Reiki Master/Teacher and the student. As the auras of the two people meld together, the student’s energy channels open and obstructions or blockages start to release. Each time a person receives an attunement, a larger percentage of this density releases. With less obstruction, the light of the Universe flows brighter and more in phase, like a coherent laser beam. Each Reiki Master has their own way of passing attunements, and various methods are valid. I just so happen to attune people at a Buddhist Temple sometimes. You needn’t be Buddhist or even religious to participate. All faiths/non-faiths are welcome!
An attunement does not give you anything new; it opens and aligns what is already a part of you. Attunements offer a sacred moment, a memorable crossing from one phase of life to another. It heightens and strengthens your capability to send healing outward into the world to your family, friends, and community. During an attunement, as many different things are experienced as there are initiates. Some see colours, others see pictures, and still others recall past lives. Some are filled with light or a feeling of total peace, wonder or love. Some may perceive more than others do. When asked to place their hands upon someone else to bring the energy through, the new Reiki healer may experience for the first time the Reiki characteristic of heat radiating through their hands.
SATURDAY: We will all meet at The Interfaith Center in Albany by 8:30am for the training. There will be a break for lunch around noon, (Please bring your own homemade food, I only ask that it be fresh and organic to help facilitate your attunement process.) Herbal waters, Tea, and Healthy Refreshments will be provided. After lunch we will discuss some more followed by a meditation and attunements. After the attunements, I will give you all some time to talk amongst yourselves, meditate and possibly write/reflect in your journals. Then we will all gather for a walk to Washington Park, followed by a Japanese dinner at the Shogun restaurant.
PLEASE BRING THE FOLLOWING:
Gaian Tarot deck
A notebook and pen.
A crystal of your choice for concentration.
A healthy lunch, and water/tea bottle.
A walking stick (not required)
A yoga mat (not required)
Please dress comfortably and accordingly. (It gets quite cold OCTOBER-APRIL.)
(Bring a sweater/hoodie should it get cool. This is a RAIN/SNOW or SHINE event.)
-Please feel free to bring non-toxic bug spray/sun block since this will be an all day event until around 5pm. (MAY-SEPTEMBER)
TRAINING COST: The training cost of the first day is $300 and non-refundable to help pay for course materials and time. (You will need to PREPAY a $80 depsoit for your Book Bundle and to secure your spot.)Other training out there can be very expensive, and so in a way to help and teach everyone of every financial situation I have created the above price, alternative payment options and this Scholarship.
Shihan Book Bundle – $100 US
Tuition – $195 US
Training Room Fee – $5 US
Monthly Reiki Dharma Seminars – Included with tuition (Series of 30 Above)
CANCELATIONS & MISSED TRAININGS
If you for some reason miss a class, you will automatically be added to the next month’s training date, and an additional $35 US (Reiki Dharma Seminars $10 US) will have to be charged. Of course things come up and happen, however I have to secure and maintain the training space and this allows us to keep running. If students never showed up, we would not be able to maintain the center.
Please be considerate and respectful of other students and your teacher.
You will be attuned the day of the training, however, as stated above you will not be certified until you complete the following criteria:
Completed Reading of Shipiden Book Bundles
Complete the 21-day Detox
Complete the 40-Day Challenge
Complete 10 Hands-on & Distanced Practicum Practice Sessions
Complete 10 Practicum Attunements
Complete PROJECT: 50 Random Acts of Kindness & Gratitude, includes 3 Peace Vigil Walks
Complete PROJECT: Sacred Retreat
Complete all 30 Reiki Dharma Seminars (See above for course list)
Complete Oral Presentation (10 Question Final Exam) Study Guide will be provided.
Students are expected to practice Reiki daily, obey the Five Principles, make an effort to live those principles in their daily lives, encourage mental & emotional growth, practice Hatsureiho daily for self-cleansing & spiritual enhancement, and to continue spiritual development by attending regular training seminars to receive extra Rei-ju attunements for cleansing, purification, and to strengthen their abilities to access Reiki.
THIS is also open to any degree practitioner for a tune up/refresher. ((This course is also available as an eCourse)) (*If you are interested in the class/distanced eCourse, message me: http://www.facebook.com/healey.derek )
COURSE SYLLABUS: The goals for the first day’s training will be that the Student will be able to:
Explain the importance of being prepared when learning/teaching Reiki.
Explain the importance of sharing when learning/teaching Reiki.
Explain the importance of letting others share when learning/teaching Reiki.
Explain the importance of taking lots of breaks when learning/teaching Reiki.
Explain the importance of drinking lots of water while learning/teaching Reiki.
Explain the importance of knowing one’s limits when learning/teaching Reiki.
Explain the importance of relaxing and having fun when learning/teaching Reiki.
And SO MUCH MORE…
Learning to become a Teacher is a process. It takes time, dedication, and diligence. It takes patience of the Self and of the world. Every student in my opinion is a Master-in-Training. Everyone and every experience is a Teacher. Once again students are asked to develop their personal practice before moving on to the Fifth Level of Shichidan Advanced Teachings.