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I am a Reiki Master and Practitioner. In December, I will attune my first practitioner in Kentucky to Second Degree Reiki. We are both blessed by this event.

In Gentle Woman Reiki I give and teach a natural healing method you can do for yourself anytime, anywhere.

Reiki is about relaxation and kindness. When I am out of balance and not able to relax or respond to others in kindness, I suffer. I don’t like to suffer.

 

Reiki helps me keep the intention of kindness in my day. It makes the day better for me and all others. A Reiki treatment is an experience of deep relaxation. When I give it to another (am a channel for Universal Life Force), the person may be standing, seated or laying down. I may place my hands lightly on them or above them and open to the Divine Energy that knows where it needs to go and what it needs to do to balance that person.

Balancing may occur on a physical, emotional or chemical basis. I am only a “channel of peace” that allows the all-knowing to bring grace to this person. After a Reiki treatment, the person always feels a deep sense of peace, and many times I must await for the person to awake, they relax so deeply.

Reiki is a tradition founded by Mikayo Usui in Japan in the 1940s. He was a spiritual seeker of both Christian and Buddhist tradition and his quest started with wanting to know how Jesus healed. He aspired to have the same ability. He sought and had an awakening spiritual experience, receiving special symbols that are used in Reiki healing today. On the way down the mountain, he manifested several healings.

He began to teach and heal in the town square. Many came and a medical doctor joined him in this healing and teaching. Eventually, a woman, Mrs. Takata, who came for healing, stayed and trained with him and brought the practice to the United States after the 2nd World War. The lines of Reiki Masters come down through her, who taught and practiced in San Francisco.

May the blessings of the Almighty Father rain down upon you seeding you with all good from above.

 

In his early healings, he found that the beggars and homeless and helpless people did not stay healed unless they put certain qualities at work in their life. Thus he founded the Five Reiki Principles by which I am guided and accountable to remain in the grace of Reiki Master.  These were already in place from my practice of the 12 Step Program by which one stays sober and accountable and responsible for their life.

Just for today…I am grateful.

 

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I am playing with art. I am no longer afraid of art or being an artist. I love Oriental Brush Painting. I love watercolor. I love collage. All of it is now fun to me. I write more than I play with art, but that will balance out eventually, once I get my book completed.

I had fun this summer with an on-line course from Carla Sonnheim. It was a course for children and their parents. I will take her next one and hopefully later on join some more teaching courses with her. Color makes me happy.

We shared our art on-line and it was so fun to get up each of the five days to see what others had created.

This is my Chagall rendering of carousel.

 

We created Blob animals from cracks and shapes found in the sidewalk and parking lots. There are lots of blobs out there!

 

We also created lots and lots of herds of corrugated cardboard elephants.

 

 

Asian brush art is a favorite of mine and I am taking up learning it. The soft, fluid energy I see in it lights my soul. There is much to learn and PRACTICE is the centerpiece of learning. It is meditation with ink and paint. I love watching YouTube videos to get me going with it.

And I took two workshops in Berea, a creative center of the arts and writers, from Diane Marra this summer also. That deepened my love for this art. I created two pieces that vibrate with chi and warmth for me.

 

Being genuine.

 

We moved to Lexington in January 2017 and reside in a nice apartment in The BLVD at Hays complex. The new Lexington Senior Center is very close to us. I took up a few water color classes there. Water color is my favorite paint medium. I love what it does on paper with its blends, splatters, and swirls and thin line art. I want to get much better at it and I have time to practice.

 

 

I am Napkinwriter. I write on napkins.

 

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I create these islands of silence in all kinds of places in my life. They are a respite. They are places where I can listen. They are havens where I can stop talking — to myself or others. They are places where I can see clearly, where I can feel safely.

I’ve done this all my life. I have been “Faithful to the Quiet, Finding the Silence that Soothes my Soul.”

One of these places is sitting quietly in Centering Prayer. I had the great blessing to be called to this contemplative “non-talking” practice of prayer. And greater yet, I had the honor of knowing and working with Father Basil Pennington OCSO who taught and wrote many volumes on Centering Prayer.

This is how you go about taking up this prayer and what it is, a simple, humble being to God.

“Silence is God’s first language. Everything else is poor translation.”
Thomas Keating

Silence may be God’s language but most of us have difficulty in fluently speaking silence. We live in a hyped-up, super fast and crazy noisy world and we tend to bounce around in the noise. Words often equal noise for us. Spoken words, silent words present as thoughts, and noises of the environment and living spaces in which we live all conspire to equate to noises that block the passageway of Spirit. Words more often block communication than facilitate it. Words get in the way of our ability to listen, when listening is what is truly called for.

There is a simple prayer. A prayer of only one word. A prayer which only uses that one word when other words and thoughts are trying to interfere with the prayer. This prayer is Centering Prayer, brought to Western Christianity from the ancient practices of the Fathers in the Desert contemplative practice. You may practice this prayer by yourself or you may find a group that meets in silent prayer time.

It is a simple prayer of attentive love, encouraged to be practiced twice a day for twenty minutes. It is a silent way of possessing inner peace so that we can bring it to others. It is a contemplative prayer of the heart – a prayer of “being to God.”

While this is a simple prayer, it is to many not an easy prayer practice to enter into. Sometimes first reactions are an extreme uneasiness to being quiet and doing nothing for twenty minutes, which seems like much more than that. Do not worry if your first attempts are much shorter than twenty minutes. Give over the amount of time you can do comfortably and return to it later. Your effort will add up. This is not really a technique to master, but a willingness to give yourself over and be in a mindful presence to the divine.

 

However, there are a few general guidelines to take into this practice, if you should decide to try this way of silent grace in your day.

1. Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s Presence and action within.

2. Sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly and silently introduce your sacred word as the symbol of your consent to God’s Presence and action within you.

3. When you become aware of thoughts, return ever so gently to the sacred word.

4. At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.

Very often in a group setting of Centering Prayer, a facilitator will end the session with the group saying the Our Father aloud softly and slowly together to bring you back and ground you to time and place in the real world.

You can do this in your private practice as well. The Spirit, as God’s Presence, is working within you during the time you give yourself over to Centering Prayer, and this gives your psyche time to readjust to the external senses and to enable you to bring the atmosphere of silence into your daily life.

Centering Prayer is a very powerful prayer when you choose to make it a practice. It is not just during the twenty minute period of time of silence that it works. The graces of Centering Prayer become evident to you in the rest of your life as well. Contemplative prayer is the opening of the mind and heart – your whole being to God, the ultimate Mystery. It is divine union.

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