Shihan Usui Reiki Hikkei- Himitsu no shinjitsu: The Secret Truth

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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.

PREREQUISITES: Usui Reiki 1 Certification , Usui Reiki 2 Certification,  Advanced Usui Reiki Certification, and Usui Reiki 3 Certification from me or another Reiki Master Teacher. However, an interview tea will need to be completed to see where you and your studies are currently at. You may not be ready for this level, or perhaps will be better suited to a higher level of course study.

REQUIRED Level IV class materials include:

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  • 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
  • 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:

  1. Shinto 101
  2. Shinrin-joku “Forest Bathing” (Fieldtrip)
  3. Shugendo 101 (Shugendo Now Documentary)
  4. Tarot 101
  5. Tendai Mikkyo
  6. Aikijujutsu Martial Arts
  7. Seven Stages of God: Stages 1-3
  8. Seven Stages of God: Stages 3-5
  9. Seven Stages of God: Stages 6-7
  10. A Manual for Saints
  11. Strange Powers
  12. Contacting God
  13. Natural Compassion
  14. The Way of Social Action
  15. Walking Each other Home
  16. How to Walk
  17. Being Peace: Suffering is Not Enough
  18. Working for Peace
  19. Communicating with Self
  20. Communicating with Others
  21. Loving Speech
  22. Creating Community
  23. Communicating Compassion
  24. Be Like Gandhi & Act from the Heart
  25. Stay Awake to Suffering
  26. Take the Leap
  27. The Natural Mystic
  28. The Cloister in the World
  29. Living Your Bliss
  30. 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.

EVENT DETAILS

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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.

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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.

RECEIVING CERTIFICATION:

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 )  

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A colorful fall day at the Seattle Japanese Gardens

COURSE SYLLABUS: The goals for the first day’s training will be that the Student will be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of being prepared when learning/teaching Reiki.
  2. Explain the importance of sharing when learning/teaching Reiki.
  3. Explain the importance of letting others share when learning/teaching Reiki.
  4. Explain the importance of taking lots of breaks when learning/teaching Reiki.
  5. Explain the importance of drinking lots of water while learning/teaching Reiki.
  6. Explain the importance of knowing one’s limits when learning/teaching Reiki.
  7. Explain the importance of relaxing and having fun when learning/teaching Reiki.
  8. 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.

 

Grieving Lost Students

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Recently, there has been much death surrounding my heart. Over the last two years as Shihan, the issue of letting go of students has always been there for me. It isn’t easy letting go of any relationship, however, as a teacher it is so hard watching your students struggle with the material, especially when it has to do with dealing in patterns of human behaviour. 

Every teacher has their own way of imparting the teachings of Reiki that have been passed down from teacher to student over the last 90-something years. However, we do not simply teach techniques for healing with our hands. We employ a variety of teaching methods gleaned from our various holistic trainings (it’s like collecting Baseball or Pokemon cards: ya gotta catch ’em all!) However, Reiki is not just the energy exchange of light. This is only one level of living: using the technique purely for the sole healing role of healing touch. What some of us teachers employ, in addition, are the mechanisms BEHIND this light: the analysis of behaviours, environments, traumas, and the necessary lifestyle changes that require a firm and grounded approach to healing. Yet, changes in behaviour is easy to intellectualize, changing the choices students make and their awareness is another entirely. They are stubborn, and sometimes violent. Not everyone likes to be shown the darker truths that lie behind our western civilization’s way of living. Yet, these choices affect the healing energy we possess within us, whether it is enhanced or depleted, the experience of not only our students but in turn their clients will be impacted. 

So, with that in mind, as I write this novel of a paragraph, I ask you read the following with that in context. I sit here, writing my next chapter in my Shihan Handbook and the issue of students is paramount. Finding the students, students finding you, their experience, different teaching roles, different exercises to utilize… We spend so much time building up our teaching muscles that we forget sometimes that inevitably the students leave us. They leave us not because they do not find our material enriching, nourishing, or of substance; but because life takes hold of them and shakes them all about in  a very unsettling way. The abuses of the world, including the ones we inflict upon ourselves, are incredibly powerful. However, as you will see with the turning of these pages is that it is not the only such power in the world. 

The following is an excerpt from my forthcoming book. 

Read it. Meditate upon the words. It’s up to you whether you chew it up & digest it, or just spit it out. Either way, feedback is incredibly welcome.

Ubuntu,
Blessed be the work of our hands and voices.

GRIEVING THE LOST

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The screens we use serve to beautify the teaching.

But, remove the screen and what remains?

The light, which with all its shine and splendor is expressionless. It is the projector, but we and our teachings give it personality, we give it humanity. We add words and culture and colour and texture and form. With our experience, we pull flavour from the light in hopes of explaining the unexplainable. Ultimately, we prepare the student until that one day they peak behind and behold the flame. Hopefully, with enough training, they are not burned but wrapped in the same ecstasy we have discovered. Every teacher tries and attempts and hopes for this. Yet, some students inevitability will not be enraptured, but to the contrary, consumed by the heat of the Source.

In their haste, they do not develop the armour to withstand the inferno.

Teachers remember, this is not your doing but theirs. Theirs is a path chosen, not offered. Above all things, do not blame yourself. You are the screen, you are the teaching. If the student decides to toss you aside, what is to be expected?

Take us away, and the candle blows out. Take our protection away, and the fire grows out of control. Yet too, on occasion, the lucky chosen student enlightens… But again when egos are too large for their eyes, they do not see or feel what is happening. Disillusioned by grandeur or lost interest in discovery, students will disappoint. And they will suffer for it. As teachers, we will inevitably lose some, and… we will feel their pain…

Remember… we can hope the best, but we must also accept the contrary.

Remember, we are teachers not God. All we can do is as instructed by our Master’s Masters: teach those who diligently seek our teaching with kindness, and never give up hope on those who turn away from us in anger or out of fear for what they might discover behind the screen.

GRATITUDE TO CREATIVE COMMONS ARTIST MIKE MAGUIRE.

Shinpiden Usui Reiki Hikkei – Makafushigi: The Mystery

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Shinpiden Usui Reiki Level 3 for Masters
$265 (49 Hours) TWO 5-hour days, followed by THIRTEEN 3 hrs. Seminars

This class is offered as an ecourse and locally with an interactive online component. The Third Level focuses on spiritual healing as you learn how we are expressions of the Divine Source, how our movements are an aspect of this greater movement. It is at this level that the Usui Master and Grounding Symbols, as well as other nontraditional symbols are taught. Shinpiden prepares students to pass along the Reiki tradition, and this is where students take Reiki Vows possibly for the first time in their lives. Students will also learn the skill of Chado Tea Ceremony. 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.

PREREQUISITES: Usui Reiki 1 Certification , Usui Reiki 2 Certification, and Advanced Usui Reiki Certification from me or another Reiki Master Teacher. However, an interview tea will need to be completed to see where you and your studies are currently at. You may not be ready for this level, or perhaps will be better suited to a higher level of course study.

REQUIRED Third Degree class materials include:

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  • Completion of all the above PREREQUISITE materials
  • Holistic Arts Institute Usui Reiki Level III Handbook (2012) (PDF File)
  • Gaian Tarot deck by Joanna Powell Colbert
  • The Mindfulness Survival Kit: Five Essential Practices by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • After the Ecstasy, the Laundry by Jack Kornfield
  • Buddha in a Teacup: Contemporary Dharma Tales b Todd Walton
  • The Teacup & The Skullcup: Where Zen and Tantra Meet by Chogyam Trungpa

A Letter from Me to You

Being a Reiki Sensei is simple, but not easy.

It is doing everything we have done before, but differently.

When we begin exploring Reiki, we study, read, and consume knowledge like it is candy. Then, we slowly realize that this is not just a one day, or a one 21-day thing. We slowly realize this is going to take work, and sweat, and many tears, and even a stronger sense of humour. Because not only do we study, read, consume knowledge like it is candy, but we do. We do the exercises, we do what the great teachers and books say. We do the meditations; we make the necessary lifestyle changes for our health. And then, we walk our talk.

We study, read, consume, do, and then LIVE what we have learned and continue to learn. Being a Master Teacher is like being a student all over again, but with insight. It is having done it and breathed it and lived it, but continuing to do it, breathe it, and live it.  It is having eyes to See, words to Speak, noses to Smell, ears to Listen, hearts to Love, and hands to Touch the world. We have grown and grown to accept that yes we are mentors and examples, but that we are also human.

We have bad days just like everyone else.

We cry, we yell, we get bad. We break up, we drink, we may even cuss. But we also love, unconditionally, and nurture ourselves and are kind enough to ourselves, because we Know- capital K, that we are still human.

We don’t go around wearing all white and throwing glitter. We aren’t now magically exempt from the suffering of the world because we are Master teachers. We are the wounded warriors of the soul. Through all the other levels and the more to come, we have become members & now leaders of the Scar Clan. With each passing day, we have grown to carry more and more of the suffering of the world in our hands, but we do not allow it to bog us down. Because as Master Teachers, when we peer into the darknesses of the world, and within ourselves, it is not that we are no longer afraid, it is that we know we have the cajones & ovarios enough to persevere and jump into the thick of it regardless.

Yes, to be a Teacher we have much work to do for others and the Universe, but especially for ourselves. Because yes, we may be “Masters,” but we have not yet reached mastery. But as Masters, we Know; we know that we do not have to do it alone.

Back to the Training

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Each student will Master the following Coursework over the course of the following year at different Reiki Dharma Seminars:

  1. Reverence for Life 301
  2. True Happiness, Love & Intimacy 301
  3. Deep Listening & Loving Speech 301
  4. Nourishment & Healing 301
  5. Global Ethics 301
  6. Mystical Laundry 301 (In One Voice Documentary)
  7. Forgiveness & Reconciliation 301
  8. Mature Spiritual Language & Awakened Emotions 301
  9. Laughter of the Wise 301
  10. Reiki Ceremony & Ritual 301
  11. Chado: The Way of Tea 301 (Fieldtrip)
  12. Dharma Tales 101
  13. Oxherding 101

Each student will be attuned to Reiki 3 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.

EVENT DETAILS

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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.

SUNDAY FIELD TRIP:
Japanese Tea Ceremony Location TBD, possibly at Kaji Aso Studios in Boston, MA.

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 $150 and non-refundable to help pay for course materials and time. (You will need to PREPAY a $60 depsoit for your Book Bundle and to secure your spot.) Each of the other Trainings will be $10 US. 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.

Text here (4)   ITEMIZED PRICING:

Shinpiden Book Bundle – $80 US
Tuition – $180 US
Training Room Fee – $5 US
Monthly Reiki Dharma Seminars – Included with Tuition (Series of 13 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.

RECEIVING CERTIFICATION:

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 Individual Reiki Vows
  • Complete all 13 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:

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  1. Explain the meaning of Sensei.
  2. Explain the meaning of Bodhisattva.
  3. Describe the role of the Reiki Master/Teacher.
  4. Explain the intent of Dai-Ko-Myo.
  5. Explain the intent of Raku.
  6. Explain the intent of Tibetan Dai-Ko-Myo.
  7. Explain the intent of Kriya.
  8. Explain the intent of Nin-Giz-Zida.
  9. Describe the applications for the symbols.
  10. Explain the happenings of a Spiritual Upgrade.
  11. Explain the intent of attunements.
  12. Describe the preparation for passing hands-on attunements.
  13. Demonstrate how to pass hands-on attunements.
  14. Apply the hands-on and distanced attunement methods in daily practices.
  15. Describe the process for sacred space, sacred object, and healing attunements.
  16. Explain the significance for Reiki Certificates.
  17. Explain the significance of good Reiki reference materials.
  18. Explain the significance of charging for Reiki classes.
  19. Explain the importance of being prepared when learning/teaching Reiki.
  20. Explain the importance of sharing when learning/teaching Reiki.
  21. Explain the importance of letting others share when learning/teaching Reiki.
  22. Explain the importance of taking lots of breaks when learning/teaching Reiki.
  23. Explain the importance of drinking lots of water while learning/teaching Reiki.
  24. Explain the importance of knowing one’s limits when learning/teaching Reiki.
  25. Explain the importance of relaxing and having fun when learning/teaching Reiki.
  26. Define miracle as it applies to Reiki healers.
  27. Describe the practice of Imagery in Healing.
  28. Describe the practice of Reiki Shamanism.
  29. Explain the meaning of Lightworker.
  30. Explain how the human heart is a source of intelligence.
  31. Define Spiritual Avatar.
  32. Explain how Reiki is a part of planetary healing.
  33. Apply the Unified Heart technique in daily practice.
  34. And SO MUCH MORE…

Learning to become a Master 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 is a Master and my students are just as much my own Teachers as I am theirs! Once again students are asked to develop their personal practice before moving on to the Fourth Level of Shihan Secret Teachings. (COMING SOON!)

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150th Birthday of Usui Sensei

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In honour of Dr. Mikao Usui.

It isn’t every day that you get to turn one-hundred and fifty.

You fasted, you reached enlightenment, then stubbed your toe, and became the teacher of us all.

So many people are honouring you tonight, but all I can do is chuckle at the fact we only have two images of you, and let’s face it, the one not on my altar tonight is the one I like the very best because it makes you look oh-so pregnant.

Like seriously, watermelon sized pregnant. Like 9 months extended and ready to pop!

I say this humbly because I know you and I have that kind of relationship. You poke fun at me, and I poke fun of you; but seriously Sensei, some days I wonder if you took the Buddha’s teaching of “nothing survives without food,” a tad bit too seriously.

The fact of the matter is, there was no waist-watcher’s in the 1920’s but I guess we all know how you survived for 21-days up on that mountain, or what patterns you either resumed or created once you came back down.

All jokes aside though, we do honour you tonight. You have offered so much wisdom over the past 150 years, and we would all be remiss if we didn’t. So, my birthday present to you is as such since you so very much loved waka poetry:

Not everyone dies quietly, some go out with a laugh.
Not everyone dies longingly, some go out with a fight.
Not everyone dies honourably, some go with a bed pan underneath their bottom.
Not everyone dies gracefully, some go as you went:
with comfort, a full heart, and of course
a pair of worn chopsticks somewhere nearby.

Merry birthday to you and that Buddha Belly.
May you continue to inspire us all as the years go by.
Gassho,
Gyōshō,
Keibyaku (with humility)
Your number one fan,
Healey Sensei, “Derek-san”

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Reiki Holidays

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I’ve been meditating on Reiki Holidays for some time now. Like any path, or philosophy, there are specific cultural holidays and festivals that keep the spirit alive. I have added the following list of observable holidays that anyone wishing to strengthen and deepen their Reiki Practices can choose to do.

For the longest time, I have been gathering people together during moon days, equinoxes, and solstices. These I feel are observances that are so under appreciated! They ground us in the natural world, which keeps our energies grounded and in tune with not only nature herself, but the global energy climate and system as a whole. These moments and more, are doorways for us to tap into the collective pool of energy and see how we are impacted, and paradoxically (if we are clever) moments in which we can tap in ourselves to impact the world for the better.

These are all great opportunities to strengthen not only your own intuition, but also wonderful opportunities to strengthen your Sangha, or spiritual community. During these moments we come together to share stories, to hold Reiju Healing Circles, and heal our communities. By gifting ourselves with these moments we succeed in keeping our spiritual wells full and overflowing with energy. As healers, we MUST take and make the time for these very important self-care gatherings.

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Uposatha (Observance Days) – The four monthly holy days which continue to be observed in Theravada countries – the new moon (Shingetsu), full moon (Mangetsu), and quarter moon days. Tsukimi are Full Moon Viewing Parties to reflect on the beauty of the moon, drink tea/sake, listen to koto music, and recite waka poetry.

1 January – Oshogatsu or Shogatsu (Shinto New Year) – Shintoists consider this holiday one of the most popular celebrations, where many shrine visits take place.

7 January – Koshogatsu – This is the Shinto rite to honor Goddess Izanami, partner of God Izanagi. Together they created the Nature and the Kami (cosmic energies) as the Shintos believe.

3 February – Rissun (Setsubun) – This day when the Shinto community celebrates the beginning of Spring. Traditional celebrations include throwing of beans at the Shrines. The priests throw lucky beans towards the gathering while the people who assemble there attempt to catch them. At homes, the eldest male member is supposed to throw around roasted beans which is believed to send away demons and welcome good luck.

17 February – Toshigoi – This is the Shinto rite to honor Kami and to offer prayers so that they are blessed with a bountiful rice harvest.

March – Avalokitesvara’s Birthday (Kuan Yin) – This is a festival which celebrates the Bodhisattva ideal represented by Avalokitesvara. Who represents the perfection of compassion in the Mahayana traditions of Tibet and China. It occurs on the full moon day in March.

3 March – Hina-matsuri (Festival of Dolls or Girls’ Day) – This is the day when girls are honored. Prayers are offered for the health and the well beings of young girls. It is a common tradition for families with little girls to decorate a multilevel podium covering it with red carpet ad placing ornamental dolls on it as per the tradition of hierarchy. Offers like rice cakes, peach blossoms etc are put before them.

9 March 1926 – Usui Sensei’s Deathday – A time to honour Usui and his wonderful legacy.

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21 March – Shubun-sai (Spring Equinox) – This is the day when the Shinto community embrace fresh new spirits. The homes are given a thorough spring cleaning. People often visit the cemeteries of their ancestors and pay homage and leave fresh flowers as a mark of remembrance. This is also the beginning of the National Cherry Blossom Festival which lasts until April 17th in Washington D.C.

April 1922 – Usui Sensei Opens Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai (Usui Reiki Healing Method Society), his first school/clinic in Harajuku Tokyo.

May – Vesak or Visakah Puja (Buddha Day) Traditionally, Buddha’s Birthday is known as Vesak or Visakah Puja (Buddha’s Birthday Celebrations). Vesak is the major Buddhist festival of the year as it celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha on the one day, the first full moon day in May, except in a leap year when the festival is held in June.

30 June – Oharai/ Grand Purification Festival – This is the Shinto rite of exorcising evil from the world. Devotees are cleansed and purified from offenses committed.

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21 June – Geshi (Summer Solstice) – Morning misogi done in the Pacific. It is timed to coincide with sunrise on the year’s longest day. Participants dress in white

13 July – Ulambana/ Obon – Beginning on the thirteenth of July and lasting for three days, which celebrates the reunion of family ancestors with the living.

6 August 1945 – Hiroshima Day – The day of ceremony to commemorate the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

15 August 1865 – Usui Sensei’s Birthday – A wonderful chance to come together and celebrate the teachings of Usui Sensei.

1 September 1923 – Great Kanto Earthquake

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21 September – International Day of Peace & Shuki kōreisai (Autumn Equinox) A day of gratitude and thanks for a good harvest.

8 October – Gandhi Jayanti (Gandhi’s Birthday) – Gandhi Jayanti is marked by prayer services and tributes all over India, especially at Raj Ghat, Gandhi’s memorial in New Delhi where he was cremated. Themes of glorifying peace, non-violence and Gandhi’s effort in Indian Freedom Struggle. Gandhi’s favourite bhajan (Hindu devotional song), Raghupathi Raghava Rajaram, is usually sung in his memory

November – Loy Krathong (Festival of Floating Bowls) – At the end of the Kathin Festival season, when the rivers and canals are full of water, the Loy Krathong Festival takes place in all parts of Thailand on the full moon night of the Twelfth Lunar month (November in western calendars). People bring bowls made of leaves (which contain flowers) candles and incense sticks, and float them in the water. As they go, all bad luck is suppose to disappear. The traditional practice of Loy Krathong was meant to pay homage to the holy footprint of the Buddha on the beach of the Namada River in India.

23 November – Niinamesei (Labor Thanksgiving Day) – This national holiday takes place in Japan and was originally meant as a harvest festival, allowing people to appreciate their harvest and have a chance to share in the joy with Kami.

8 December – Bodhi Day (Enlightenment Day) – Bodhi Day honours the enlightenment of Siddhartha Gautama — the Buddha. Buddhists observe the importance of this event by celebrating Bodhi Day usually on the eighth of December. The day is observed in many ways, including prayer, meditation and teachings.

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21 December – Shunki kōreisai (Grand Ceremony of the Winter Solstice) – This day marks the end of the sun’s decline (the yin period) and the beginning of its growth (the yang period). In Japanese spirituality, the sun is expressive of Amaterasu Omikami, the sun goddess and guiding spirit of the Japanese people.

Advanced Okuden Usui Reiki Hikkei – Donzoko: The Depths

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Advanced Okuden Reiki for Progressive Practitioners
$150 (36 Hours) TWO 5-hour days, followed by THIRTEEN 2 hrs. Seminars

This class is offered as an ecourse and locally with an interactive online component. The Advanced Level focuses on mental-emotional healing as you learn how to face and heal fears/traumas via the chakra system and deep lunar meditations. This course expands from an initial 2-day workshoppe, including the Ikebana art of flower arrangement, which will give each student hands-on practice and facilitate a better understanding of Trauma and Standing in One’s Own Power. 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 14 week course.

PREREQUISITE: Usui Reiki 1 Certification from me or another Reiki Master Teacher. However, an interview tea will need to be completed to see where you and your studies are currently at. You may not be ready for this level, or perhaps will be better suited to a higher level of course study. 

PREREQUISITE: Usui Reiki 2 Certification from me. (The course work prepares you specifically for this series.)

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REQUIRED Advanced Okuden Book Bundle includes:

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  • Completion of all Reiki 2 REQUIRED materials
  • Read “PeerSpirit-Circle-Guidelines2010” PRIOR to Gathering. 
  • “Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype” by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • Healey Institute for Healers Advanced Okuden Usui Reiki Hikkei – The Depths (2015) (PDF File)
  • Calendar with Astrological Correspondences, dates & times of moon cycles
  • The Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert.
  • Several Journals and pens. 

interfaith center Here is an excerpt from my Reiki 2 eBook:

A Personal Letter from Me to You

“We all desire to bring joy and healing to others. I doubt very much that you wake up each day hoping to harm another. I doubt very much that you wake up wishing to harm yourself. However, these things still happen. No matter what we wish for ourselves or loved ones, we all at one point or another fall into the arms of predators that would take our grace and transform it into discord. And sometimes beloveds, yes, we are the predators. Everyone has the ability to manipulate, regardless if our intentions are “pure” or “dark.”

From the very moment we were all born into this world, we have been poked and prodded into making materialistic and selfish choices based on what everyone else has been manipulated into wanting. However, at some point we realize what has happened. We realize that we have given away our vital energy over to another, whether it is an outside force or the sabotaging force of the false-ego. If you are reading this letter, let it be known that you have finally come to realize this. Your awareness has been opened with Usui Reiki Ryōhō. You have begun your own hero or hera’s journey within.

You have begun to understand the concept of letting go of things that which no longer serve you, and it is my wish that you continue onward. Ever vigilant. This next phase of your journey, in my opinion, is “where shit gets real.” You’re in for a series of layer removals. You’re in for a series of awareness changers. You’re in for a series of moments of pure enlightenment. You’re in for a series of wondrous, albeit scary transformations. Celebrate these moments Beloved! For all of the life’s many lessons are designed with you in mind.

Only you can live your life. Only you can choose Love over Fear. Only you can do your journey. Only You can do “The Work.” It will be your decision to either stop and close your eyes from time to time, or to keep going despite the hardship. Okuden Reiki is the world’s most large and clearest of mirrors; truly. There will be life-held beliefs that you have held close to your heart that will inevitably be released. Some of the most fundamental, some of your deepest ego’s opinions are about to be challenged. By whom? Well, by yourself, no your Self. Capital-S. By your guides. By your fellow peers. By your family and friends. By the animals that will begin to come into your life filled with wisdom and medicine. By the winds and the very Source of Reiki itself. So buckle up, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride; and by the time this rollercoaster ends I promise that you will be a much different person.

May you find the compassion and joy around every corner to battle your own demons. May you have the courageous vulnerability to ask yourself the hard questions and then respond with the hardest of answers to speak. May you continuously remind yourself of the Unconditional Love that you possess for all of Earth’s children, including yourself. Awaken your heart, awaken your mind, awaken your spirit Beloved. Dig deep, and know that I am really here for you. I know you are there, and it makes me very happy. I know that you are suffering, that is why I am here for you. So please toss your pride aside and ask for help when you need it. Listen deep to my words. You will learn to speak with Love again. You will restore peace within yourself. Through the energy of mindfulness, you shall care for your pain. Lastly allow me to end with an excerpt from True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart. There is such wisdom in these words.

“Truly there is no battle between what is deemed good and evil, positive and negative by humanity’s limited understanding. There is only the care given by the big brother to the little brother. We can observe, we can choose to act in a nondualistic fashion, and thus the waste materials of the conscious mind can always be transformed into flowers of compassion, love, and peace. Our consciousness is a living thing, something organic in nature. There are always waste materials and flowers in us. The gardener who is familiar with organic gardening is constantly on the alert to save the waste materials because he knows how to transform them into compost and then transform that compost into flowers and vegetables. So be grateful for your pains, be grateful for suffering – you will need them. We have to learn the art of transforming compost into flowers. The flower is on its way to becoming refuse, but the refuse is also on its way to becoming a flower. There is nothing to throw away. If a person has never suffered, he or she will never be able to know happiness. If a person does not know what hunger is, he or she will never know the joy of eating every day. Thus pain and suffering are a necessary condition of our understanding, of our happiness. So do not say that you do not want to know anything about pain or about suffering, that you only want to know about happiness – that would be an impossible thing. We know well that suffering helps us to understand, that it nurtures our compassion, and that for this reason it is vitally necessary for us. So we must know how to learn from suffering, we must know how to make use of it to gather the energy of compassion, of love, of understanding.”

And so, I dedicate this book to you and your quest for living the Reiki Way. Without anger. Without fear. With diligence, and gratitude, and above all else, with Love.

Namaste,

Introduction: Welcome to Okuden Usui Reiki Ryoho “The flow of life is composed of various streams of energy . . . our impulses for security, happiness, power, love, creativity, insight, and self-actualization all move together to form our unique life expression. In living this expression, we find our flow—the universal rhythm within that is the infinite source of joy, balance, harmony, and love. We begin our journey by establishing our core sense of security as the stable basis for all the growth to come.” – Deepak Chopra

So now begins your Reiki II Intensive, a second wave of insights that will expand your awareness and allow your old negative patterns of behavior to fall away like leaves. Reiki II is all about emotions, trauma, and deep energy work. We learn to shape and mold our past, present, and futures. Beloved, it is best to now prepare yourself to experience one or several “Dark Nights of the Soul,” otherwise known as “The Belly of the Whale.” There will be moments in all of our lives when we feel like we are at rock-bottom, but do not fear. We need these moments. We need them to grow and to see the error of our ways. I will first explain the meaning of this “Dark Night of the Soul” and follow it with how to deal with it with self-acceptance and compassion. Experiencing these moments also prepares us to help guide our clients as well as our potential students. Furthermore, the more we understand about this realm, the more we will be able to navigate it with albeit tears, but also humbled grace.”

Back to the Training

myosotis lake After the initial training day, each student will be given a series of Reiju Attunements during the Lunar Dharma gatherings. These Reiju attunements are traditionally given to students from a Sensei in order to facilitate stronger Reiki flow and to increase intuitive and healing abilities. These are also a wonderful time to receive healing for your personal endeavors and wounds. 

  • 6 New & Full Moon Reiki Dharma Seminars on Women Who Run With the Wolves
  • 7 New & Full Moon Chakra Dharma Seminars

EVENT DETAILS

We will all initially meet at The Interfaith Center in Albany, and later Dharma gatherings will be TBD, but will follow a lunar cycle. 

We will always open with a check-in with our inner energies, and add names to the Healing Altar. There will be a brief meditation, and group exercise. As the trainings progress we will learn together how to best apply the teachings we will be receiving in our own lives. 

We will break for potluck dinner and then end by weaving our prayers for healing and growth. 

PLEASE BRING THE FOLLOWING:

  • A notebook and pen.
  • A crystal of your choice for concentration.
  • A healthy foodstuff, 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 is $150 and non-refundable to help pay for course materials and time. (You will need to PREPAY a $50 deposit for your Book Bundle in order 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.

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Okuden Book Bundle – $50 US
Tuition – $95 US
Training Room Fee – $5 US

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 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.

RECEIVING CERTIFICATION:

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 Shoden, Okuden & Advanced Book Bundles
  • Complete Emotional & Mental Detox
  • Complete 40-Day Facing Fears & Inner Demons Challenge
  • Complete PROJECT: 50 Random Acts of Kindness
  • Complete 1 Peace Vigil Walk
  • Complete all 13 Reiki Dharma Seminars
  • Completed PROJECT: Childhood Ofrenda
  • Completed Women Who Run with the Wolves Meditation Journal
  • Completed 7-Chakras Deep Trauma Work Journal
  • Complete Oral Presentation (10 Question Final Exam)
    Study Guide will be provided before hand in order to study. 

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.

**SPACE IS UNLIMITED**
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 )  

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COURSE SYLLABUS: The goals for this training will be that the Student will be able to:

1. Explain the Wild Woman.
2. Explain how to sing over your bones.
3. Explain how to collect and gather your bones.
4. Describe La Loba.
5. Identify a natural predator.
6. Describe Bluebeard.
7. Explain the natural predator of the psyche.
8. Explain how we lose innocence.
9. Describe the Crude Shadow.
10. Describe the Wild Hag.
11. Keep life decluttered and purified.
12. Explain the Life/Death/Life cycle.
13. How to recast your shadow.
14. How to walk in one’s own power.
15. Describe a criatura.
16. How to sort seed from dirt.
17. Discover what you crave and yearn for.
18. Explain how to share and open up about your abilities with a mate.
19. Describe how the heart can be a lonely hunter.
20. Explain Mother Wounds.
21. Delve into past love affairs.
22. How to identify your pack.
23. Describe and heal Childhood Trauma.
24. Describe and heal traumas of the root chakra.
25. Describe and heal traumas of the sacral chakra.
26. Describe and heal traumas of the solar plexus chakra.
27. Describe and heal traumas of the heart chakra.
28. Describe and heal traumas of the throat chakra.
29. Describe and heal traumas of the third eye chakra.
30. Describe and heal traumas of the crown chakra.
31. Describe and heal with the chakras of the hands.
32. Explain hands for healing not harm.
33. Explain how poetry and music can be used as effective therapy.
34. Explain how dance can be used as effective therapy.
35. Explain how the moon’s cycles effect human energy.
36. Explain how to effectively work in circle.
37. And much, much MORE… 

Learning Reiki is a wonderful accompaniment to anyone, especially though with working in social work & healthcare field. It reminds us to take care of ourselves as we take care of others, and it also reminds us that everyone no matter who they are is on their own journey. It reminds us that none of us are free from experiencing suffering, and that we should all find compassion in our hearts to accept this. Once again students are asked to develop their personal practice before moving on to the Third Level of Spiritual Healing & Teaching. The Second Degree training prepares the student to practice the healing system of Reiki at a professional level. Doing Reiki Level 2 is more intense than Reiki 1 because it begins the deep descending journey into the human psyche. This is where you venture farther into this life and beyond. Into living the Reiki Way every day, even if you seem to fail. This is where you begin the reclaiming of your personal security, sexuality, esteem, love, truth, wisdom, and connection to all that is. Buckle up, and smile! It’s gonna be a bumpy ride…