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“They can be like a sun, words.
they can do for the heart
what light can
for a field.”
Saint John of the Cross

Words did that for me yesterday as the weather outside shifted between grey skies and breakouts of a gentle, blue sky with the sun shining down upon me.

Editing, revising, and reconstructing awkwardly worded sentences is the same kind of mixture of sun and cloudy murkiness. And that was what I was doing. But when the feeling of “just right” begins to appear, so does the light in the field that Saint John of the Cross speaks of in this quote.

Then later, in a welcome period of rest, came the kind, gentle and inspiring words of a friend, responding to me in email. She had read and appreciated the words I had sent her in a few chapters of the book I am working on. Enough energy and blessing in her own words to bring me to the next pages of creation.

This is a time where our news media seem fixated on the next annoying, obnoxious, and inflammatory TWEET issued by anyone who has an axe to grind, or just feels a streak of mean-ness coming on. Where is the sunshine here? How much better could the world be served by the worldwide net if it blanketed  the globe with words meant to heal; to build up; to enlighten; to build up hope in the existence of goodness.

These words do exist. I have found “my creative, educational, and spiritual tribes” who bring them forth in poetry, song, prose, and good will. With freedom of choice, I relish this sunshine and share some of the sunshine I found in the Alps five years ago with a friend.

 

 

 

 

 

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Joy cometh in the morning…May we be open to its fullness. May we trust in the goodness of humankind. May humankind refresh their memory of kindness. May we give this gift of joy to the one next to us and the stranger on the street. May joy fill our hearts in the midst of mystery and the sacredness of life. May we find our treasure in one another. May we know we are rich beyond all bounty and that prosperity is open to us always. May this knowledge sooth our troubled hearts. May our tears be turned into dancing!

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As a Usui Reiki Master, I give and teach a natural healing method you can do for yourself anytime, anywhere. It comes from the Japanese spiritual and holistic healing tradition and has been practiced in Japan and the United States and around the world since the early 1900s. The tradition, for a long time, was passed on to another verbally and Reiki practitioners receive “attunements” into Level I, II, or Reiki Master & Master Teacher from another Master who comes from the line of Mikeo Usui, the founder of the healing practice.

One can learn much today from books and the internet about Reiki, but the passing on of the Reiki Universal Life Force powers of healing comes from the hand of another Reiki Master.

Beside the universal desire for love, the two other things I’ve wanted in life were good health and personal, all-abiding peace within. In my search for these, I walked many paths, dipped into many wells of knowledge and wisdom and I’ve had a wide variety of experiences that brought either suffering or healing.

And I guess I would add balance to my life-long “wanted” list for happiness. This explains the draw of Reiki into my life. If Reiki is about one thing- it is most certainly about balancing the body/mind/spirit for the highest good. That includes balancing your physiology and this impacts how you experience your life positively.

When I give a Reiki treatment to a person (hands above or gently on a fully-clothed person), two experiences are common and shared by anyone I treat. First, they experience an intense heat penetrating where ever my hands are placed above or on them; second, they go into a deep relaxation — deeper than shivasana, experienced at the end of a yoga session.
As a Reiki practitioner, I am doing nothing but acting as a vessel for the Universal Life Force to do its healing of the person on whatever level they need it; spiritual, emotional, physical. The person in deep relaxation is actually drawing the Reiki healing power into their being, I am not “sending” it.

When, as a Reiki Master, I give a Level I attunement, to another person, they now have the Reiki Power, to self-treat or treat others in their presence; Level II, is a higher attunement for Distance Healing and like “Prayer Sent” the energy of Reiki can be sent out over the world for the healing of persons or the planet. A person requesting Master Attunement experiences Reiki as a Calling, and wants to bring more Reiki into the world through treatments and attuning new practitioners.

Like the popular phrase in the Star War Series, “The Force is with you,” you can be sure It truly is — Reiki just plugs it in and lights it up!

Reiki has gone to bat for me in the healing of emotional disturbance, soulful direction and on the physical plane where you can see it: heart surgery and not only the healing but the disappearance of a brain tumor without surgery and about 1/4 of the drugs they originally ordered.

Cats love Reiki! I’ve had them dash out from hiding and come lay under my Reiki table when I am giving another person a treatment. They stretch out long and expose their belly (the cats). If I put my Reiki hands on their furry belly, I’m afraid they are going to break their purring machine!

Reiki helps me stay rooted just in today. It reminds me by its principles to strive for and surrender to kindness and honesty, to let go of stress and worry, and to be mindful of my blessings.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. When I include a self-treatment of Reiki for myself in my morning spiritual practice, my day goes better me and for others I come in contact with.

Reiki is one of the wondrous practices that came to me as one of the results of my search for good health, happiness and a support of my spirituality. Reiki is here to be shared.

 

 

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I am grateful to be a Reiki Master of the Usui System of Natural Healing.

Today, as I do most days, I am practicing the Five Reiki Healing Principles:

  1.  Just for today, I release all worry
  2. Just for today, I release all anger.
  3. Just for today, I live my life on purpose and with integrity.
  4. Just for today,  I  honor every living thing.
  5. Just for today, I show my gratitude for all my many blessings.

May the blessings of Almighty God rain down upon you from heaven, showering you with all good things.

 

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Ode to Amy’s Hiccups
by Grama

(A Poem for Amy)
How do you stop
a hiccup?
Do you stand
on one foot?
or do you close
one eye and look
at your toe?
Do you hold
your nose and
hop three jumps
to the left and four
to the right?
Do you scream
with all your might
and then whisper
in someone’s ear,
“Please, please don’t
your hear?”
How, just how do
you stop a hiccup.
and then, I knew,
I just knew it was gone.
Just how did that happen
I have not a clue!

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It is time for Napkinwriter to write about something…so let’s see what comes to the surface.

I am thinking about the blessings of life today. My own and those of the family and friends I love. And of so many people who are challenged with health issues, finances, direction and all the things that make up life.

I am grateful for each day of life that opens to me. I have been practicing Japanese kanji and bamboo art and I find that fun to do. I look forward to a bamboo art workshop I will take during the workshops in Berea in another week.

Today, I think I will practice sheng.

Practice is the backbone of commitment. I have slacked off on the practice of Japanese art and focused on the practice of my writing, which has resulted in eight completed formatted and edited chapters of a book I am writing. Somewhere, after my class next week, I am going to find the time and the space to add back in the practice of this artform, which I love to do also.

Not my art, but I an do this.

I can form these words in art and practice them in life.

It’s all about LIFE.

 

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What do you need?

Do you have the ability to receive it?

Is it, perhaps, kindness, love, appreciation?

I am not a Tweeter. But it seems the media is obsessed with mean tweets. How about tweeting a little love and respect, a gratitude, an acknowledgment of the blessings and luck in our lives.

How about building us up?

Is it trendy to tear others down with words?

To issue fake apologies.

The words, “I apologize” nearly have no meaning anymore.

How about the Hawaiian tradition of sincere apology:

 

I’m sorry.

Please forgive me.

Thank you.

I love you.

 

Tweeting tradition is far from that stance.

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