History repeating: Reiki call to action

In 1923, The Great Kanto Earthquake, 8.3 on the Richter scale, destroyed Tokyo, the port city of Yokohama, and moved this 121 ton Great Buddha statue 2 feet.  It struck at lunch time and many people who were cooking over fires were burned as fires started all around.  Many more were burned as they attempted to run and had their feet stuck in melting tarmac.  Firestorms ensued followed by a typhoon to make it worse.   It left more than 100,000 dead.  1.9 million were left homeless.[1]

Mikao Usui, the founder of modern Reiki stepped into action.  His efforts were recorded on his memorial stone  (translated by Hyakuten Inamoto):

“In September of (1923), there was a great earthquake and a conflagration broke out. Everywhere there were groans of pain from the wounded. Sensei (teacher), feeling pity for them, went out every morning to go around the town, and he cured and saved an innumerable number of people. This is just a broad outline of his relief activities during such an emergency.” [2]

Usui’s clinic was inundated with people seeking healing.  He and his community continued to provide treatments up until his death only a few years later, 1926.

Reiki practitioners should be reminded of this story, as it shows their founder giving of himself to help in an emergency situation.  Even if we aren’t in Japan, we are still able to do much work to bring calm and peace.

Last night at our Reiki circle, we held significant space to send healing light across the waters to Japan, and later this week, we will have the Red Cross give a talk on disaster preparation followed by another Reiki circle for healing.

Continue to hold Japan and it’s people in a circle of light.  When you watch various news stories, send light to the individuals you see and to their families.  Send light to the Fukushima power plant, it’s workers as well as to the people evacuating the area.  Hold these places in your heart.

Since 1960, Japan has made September 1st their Disaster Prevention Day.  Schools, organizations and the government hold disaster drills and education on handling emergencies.  A moment of silence is offered to reflect on the lives lost in the Kanto earthquake. [3]

Just because one is prepared, doesn’t mean they are capable of handling the emotional crisis of disaster.  As a counselor and Reiki practitioner, I know that coming back to a state of ‘normal’ for Japan may take a long time.  The crisis is not over, the people need our help.  Please continue to send light.




1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. catherine graham
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 23:39:43

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