We are a group of diligent and dedicated Practitioners who wish to walk our talk by nourishing and nurturing the Capital Region of NY State.
We are a circle of healers, holistic practitioners, social workers, shamans, healthcare staff, caretakers, peacemakers, students and teachers who have realized that we have a duty to our community. We meet every two weeks to discuss Random Acts of Kindness and community service* that benefits the entire Capital Region.
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We want to show people that being a practitioner is more than just the act of practicing in a temple or healing room. It is practicing in your every day life, in every situation, in every moment that you are being a force for healing to all Beings. That means the lawyer in line at the cafe, AND the homeless person by the door. That means the hungry stray cat, AND the squirrel in your backyard. That means the young woman at Planned Parenthood, AND the protesters picketing outside. That means the earth you walk and drive on; the air you breathe in and out; the sunlight that keeps us warm and healthy; and the waters you drink and bathe with.
We follow a code of Integrity, Respect, Heroic Courage, Honour, Compassion, Honesty, Sincerity, Duty and Loyalty. We live this sacred credo based on the Gokai Principles. It means that we do not allow toxic anger and fear to control our lives, and it means that loving kindness can remedy all dis-ease. This is what we have dedicated our lives to learning and sharing.
We focus on our true essence and our place in the world, and the Truth is that our true essence is Love, and our place in the world is to shine it in all directions for the good and health of all!
So we vow to help those in need. We vow to visit and hold space for those in their darkest hours. We vow to aid the hungry, dis-eased, and poor of spirit. We vow to be peaceful warriors for our brothers and sisters. We vow to do all of this and more.
So many forget that this was what the original Reiki teachings were all about: focusing on one’s true essence and our place in the world. The truth is that our true essence is Love, and our place in the world is to shine it in all directions for the good and health of all.
Many people are still unsure of what Reiki is, and much less want to take the time to know. Many see it as woo-woo or just a scam, no matter if it has been scientifically proven and is gaining more and more standing with the medical community.
The thing is people don’t have the time, it’s the way they live and the way they love themselves.
Many know they should eat organic, exercise, read, play, speak truthfully, and act kindly; but so many dictate their lives around a schedule, a clock, a fixed “this is the way it is and there’s nothing I can do to fix it.” Many don’t make the time for a massage, much less an hour long Reiki treatment.
They’d rather spend their money on drinks at the bar or the prostitute down the block. They’d rather self medicate with drugs like processed sugars, fast food, cigarettes, marijuana, promiscuous sex, cocaine, and blood diamonds from Africa. They’d rather “save” money now but pay later at the expense of their health. They’d rather focus on their materialistic lifestyle rather than charity. They’d rather buy the $2000 designer shoes or bag instead of $200 on food from the farmer’s market. And then they go to church or temple or what have you on Sunday to “cleanse” themselves to just do it all again. They do this and wonder why they are still unhappy and unhealthy?
The thing is that They need Love. They need random acts of Kindness. They need to feel Connected.
They need to feel like They Matter. They need to not feel Alone. They want to be Seen and Heard. They want to be able To Love and Be Loved. They want to be able to not be judged. They want to be able to talk Soul-to-Soul, but their tongues have forgotten how to speak from the heart. They are afraid to confront their Fear and Their Mirrors.
We can help. As practitioners this is Our Work.
This is Our Spiritual Warrior Call
To just for today,
- Make a stand for peace and love.
- Say “No” to that which no longer serves us and others.
- Be there, to show up, and to have each other’s backs.
- Be gentle to ourselves and others.
- Be spiritual and peaceful warriors for our brothers and sisters.
To just for today,
- Be the best Reiki Superheros that we can be.
- Own our anger and to know the nature of our fears.
- Fail, and fail again until we succeed with grace and humility.
- Come into our own power and believe in our strength.
- Embrace our courageous vulnerability and meet our challenges head on.
To just for today,
- Stay silent and hold space when need be.
- Protect others and each other from all forms of abuse, even if it is from ourselves.
- Help others achieve their personal happiness.
- Go to others and be in their moment of need.
- Visit others and support their families during hard times.
To just for today,
- Give and ask for forgiveness of our mistakes.
- Show gratitude and appreciation for our many blessings and sufferings.
- Work hard and diligently, but to also laugh, play, and smile.
- Work together towards these common goals.
- Work together for change in our communities.
To just for today,
- Make an effort for your own mind, body and soul growth.
- Treat our mind, souls, and bodies as the sacred temples that they are.
- Aim at keeping “health the primary duty of life.”
- Aim at increasing understanding, prosperity, and happiness in our families, neighborhoods, society, nation, and world.
- Aim at being kind to all Beings regardless of age, gender, creed, tribe, nationality, language, culture, religion, or orientation.
And to just for today,
- “Burn as brightly and radiate Reiki light-healing energy” into this our community and Home.
A Reiki Guardian aims to be an example of the Seven Virtues of Integrity, Respect, Heroic Courage, Honour, Compassion, Honesty and Sincerity, Duty and Loyalty.
A Reiki Guardian Does No Harm: She or he does no harm and serves humanity with the objective of cultivating goodness and wholeness.
A Reiki Guardian possess Unconditional Love: She or he offers care from an infinite field of love and compassion. They strive to adopt an attitude of unconditional love for clients, other practitioners, and all of life. Unconditional love describes the ability to love without reservations or agendas. This type of love rests on a firm foundation of intentionality.
A Reiki Guardian Models Healthy Behaviors: She or he models healthy behaviors and engage in practices that support wholeness. They have a responsibility to identify and integrate self care strategies to enhance their own well being and assist others in their efforts to do the same. Reiki Guardians recognize that self care practices can support and enhance healing capacities for every client.
A Reiki Guardian Forms Quality Relationships: She or he maintains cooperative relationships with other professionals whether holistic or allopathic. They have a responsibility to nurture each other, and to support other healers to work as a team in the interest of all citizens. They make referrals to other qualified professionals when appropriate. They do not make medical diagnoses nor prescribe medications without appropriate training and licensure; neither do they suggest that the client change prescribed treatment or interfere with the treatment of a licensed health care provider. The Reiki Guardian strives to see everyone as a whole person—body, mind, and spirit—and provides care that is culturally appropriate and consistent. The Reiki Guardian is sensitive to the boundary needs of all people. They hold in confidence all information, stories, confessions, and personal information given in good faith.
A Reiki Guardian Pursues Wisdom: And acts wisely. They cultivate awareness and understanding concerning individual consciousness and one’s relationship to Universal Consciousness. They recognize that people may bring lessons to the healer; illness, pain, and the dying process offers learning opportunities for both the dying and the healer.
A Reiki Guardian is Competent: carries personal responsibility for their own practice and for maintaining continued competence. They provide services commensurate with their training and perform only those services for which they are qualified. They pursue continuing professional education and training to maintain and enhance their competence. They have the obligation to determine the efficacy and safety of all healing actions. Wherever applicable, Reiki Guardians utilize research findings in directing their practice. They observe all applicable laws, and uphold the dignity and honor of their profession.
A Reiki Guardian has a Responsibility to their Profession, Society, and Environment: They play a role in determining and implementing desirable standards of holistic practice and education. They work with others in their field and other fields to guide these healing professions toward holism, and to maintain and monitor high professional standards of care. Reiki Guardians support holistic research and the development of holistically oriented healing theories. They participate in establishing and maintaining equitable social and economic working conditions in holistic healing. They along with other humans, have a responsibility for initiating and supporting actions to meet the health and social needs of society. Above all, they serve humanity with full respect for the dignity, autonomy, and sensitivity of their fellow human beings. They have a responsibility to establish environmental harmony so that planetary healing may take place. They consider the health of the ecosystem in relation to the need for health, safety, and peace for all citizens. Reiki Guardians view all of existence as sacred and interconnected and serve with reverence and respect for all. Healing relationships occur within all of existence and include not only people, but animals, plants, and the local, global, and cosmic environment.
Now, just for today, I understand that not every Reiki Practitioner or healer wants to hold themselves up to such high standards. Or at least not yet. And that is okay, for now.
But if you are interested, but also a bit daunted- know that all of these will not be asked of you Now. These virtues of the Reiki Way take a life time to master. We all make mistakes and fail. It is through failure that we learn.
I expect my students to fail. I expect myself to fail as well. Because it is important to know that we are all human, and we do fail, but we can fail, and fail some more, and fail again better.
I may not expect my students to measure up to all of these, however I do expect my students and fellow Reiki Guardians to embrace their inner Reiki Samurai, their inner Spiritual and Peaceful Warrior. I expect us all to set higher standards for ourselves, and to live with honour.
When you are ready to answer the call, and my guess is that you already have by reading this, then contact me and join your fellow Guardians.
There is much work to be done.
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Dōmo arigatō gozaimashita. | どうも ありがとう ございました。
Thank you very much for what you have done, and thank-you very much for all that you will do.
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