Ancestral Healing Meditation

20190713_143325From our monthly 4th Reiki Circle last night.  We opened by calling in the energy of all the directions.  Then, I began the meditation:

Envision a great tree magnificently standing at the edge of a field.  As you approach it, you are humble to it’s enormous trunk and branches.  This tree is ancient and has been here a long, long time.

As you approach, you offer a blessing to this great tree of cornmeal or tobacco.

With your hands folded in Gasho, you ask the tree for permission to enter into the earth realm, beneath the ground, down deep where it’s roots are connected to healing mother Earth.

The tree permits you to begin entering down deep into the earth, into the depths where the traces of your ancestors have lived and now lie.  Their mortal remains now part of the Earth.

I invite you to call upon the ancestor line you may be working with or feel most connected to-on your mother’s or father’s side or perhaps a spiritual lineage, such as that of the Reiki founders.

All those who have gone before are connected to you and now you to them.

They have had their own challenges when they were alive, and now have much wisdom to pass along to you.  Their experiences have taught the how to navigate the world with more ease.

I invite you to be open to the wisdom they have to share with you and also to ask any questions you might have for them to hold and reflect on.

As you connect to these ancestors, always ensure they are bright light.

Let yourself receive this guidance now.  Not forcing anything, but naturally allowing what needs to unfold to do so.

Ancestors often communicate in symbols colors or feelings, so notice what you notice if you attentions is drawn to any of these areas.

Give yourself permission to receive this wisdom.

I will play the drum for several minutes to allow any additional information that might need to come through. (Drum beat for 3 minutes)

Now, coming back to your breath, to your body in the chair, your feet on the ground, notice where you are now in body and mind.

Take your time coming back.  Rub the tops of your arms and legs and take a stretch if you need to.

Take this experience into the Reiki sessions we will now share in.

(We concluded the circle with giving each other Reiki sessions and closed each of the directions).

If you’d like to join us, we hold ancestor Reiki circles every 4th Wednesday, 7-9pm Georgetown Reiki Circle, 5701 3rd Ave S.  www.reikitrainingprogram.com

Copyright 2019 Eileen Dey Wurst, M.A, LMHC text and photo.

 

 

Flourish in Life!

Here is the audio and below, is the written essay of my talk at Everett Unity church a few weekends back.  Enjoy!

20190614_142940Flourish in Life!  I used the word ‘flourish’ because it implies that regardless of what is going on in your life, you can learn how to come through it with grace and ease and with a sense of lightness.

I feel, as both a counselor and Reiki teacher, there are several tools I have worked with that can help one flourish in life.

In my last talk a few months back I discussed cultivating the quality of being able to surrender and let go.  Today, the focus will be on developing ways to cultivate resilience, endurance and patience.  These 3 qualities contribute to a flourishing life.

So let’s begin.  Resilience is the quality of being able to bounce back from the disappointments that may accompany you.   Resilience implies flexibility and a certain amount of stamina to keep going.

We develop this quality over time.  Positive and encouraging people in our lives often help us cultivate resilience.  I’m one of those positive and encouraging people, so if you are ready, let’s strengthen these inner tools.

First, I want you to visualize what I call your existing Resilience Rucksack.  You all have one.   It is a metaphor for the tools you already have to help you when things get tough.  You can even close your eyes for a moment.  Pause.  Take a mental inventory of this inner equipment.  See what your resilience rucksack is made of.  What color is it?  How big is it?  Is it new or well worn?

Let’s work on making that rucksack even stronger.

Feel within yourself the tenacity and strength you already possess.  Think of a time in your life you had to go the distance.  Perhaps you were involved in a complicated work or school project.  Perhaps it was having to rebuild a  relationship, or you had to deal with your own or a family member’s health crisis.

Whatever that past challenge was, I’m sure you can reflect and remember that it was a hard time, but somehow you got through it. Something within you and perhaps others around you encouraged you to go on.  You wouldn’t be here now if you didn’t find a way through it.

I’m going to encourage you to tap into that strength now, and I’m going to send some Reiki your way to assist the process.  So let’s take a few moments again to go within and give ourselves permission to feel that strength now.  Pause.

See it infusing every molecule of your being.  Breathe it in deeply.  Pause  Receive that strength download.

Also, perhaps with that strength is the community of friends and family that you have that also have helped you in the past.  Give gratitude for their assistance and realize they also are a source of support when you need them.

Now, pause, notice what you notice?  Check back in with your Resilience Rucksack, how is it doing?  What’s changed, what’s new?  Do you feel you have some shiny new tools of ‘strength’ and ‘gratitude’ to add to your rucksack?

We’ll add some more tools in the workshop after the service.

Now, moving to the next topic, another great quality to cultivate that allows you to flourish in life, is developing the quality of endurance.

This is different than resilience.  Endurance is the power, strength and stamina that lets you be resilient.

I recently went for a hike up near Paradise at Mount Rainier.  At a lookout point around 6000 feet in elevation, there was a lone pine tree growing tall against the stark rock background of the mountain.  It’s trunk was well weathered but sturdy.  One side had more branches than the other due to how the wind flowed over the lookout.  And yet, this tree was healthy and thriving.  It had been growing there for many years.  This tree reminded me of what image of endurance can look like.

Cultivating endurance requires you to go deeper into the present moment of your current challenge.

Endurance is the opposite of what I call ‘future tripping’.  You know what that it is, right?  Tripping ourselves into the future.  Worrying, over-planning, basically doing anything other than being present.  It’s difficult to endure anything if you are worried about what or how something is going to happen.

Cultivating mindfulness and being in the now are tools to work with developing endurance.  When the situation you are in gets challenging, and there isn’t much for you to do but just endure it, see what happens if you just drop into it.

Getting stuck in traffic is a good example.  Can’t do anything about it, not right now, sure, you could have left earlier, but in the moment of being stuck in traffic, you are stuck.  What might happen if you just accept that fact.  Just acknowledge to yourself, ‘I am stuck in traffic’.  When you do that, you aren’t fighting against ‘being stuck’ or fighting with yourself for the situation.  There is nothing to ‘endure’.  You just are in a circumstance.

This way of being, is one way to cultivate endurance.  To be very present releases attachment to result and to the struggle.

So, again shifting to your powerful inner world, I invite you now to be with what is. Feel free to close your eyes again. Pause.  Take a moment and breathe all the way through your body.

Perhaps in doing so you notice tension in your body.  Thinking about traffic can do that.  So, take a few breathes into these tight areas.  Notice what you notice.  Scan your body from head to toe.  When your mind is distracted, gently bring it back to your body and awareness of breath.  Let go, let it flow.  Stay present in your breath.  Taking one, then two, then a nice long exhalation.

Take your time coming back.  Notice where you are now in body and mind, what’s shifted, what’s changed.  Perhaps you sense a greater awareness of inner strength and tolerance.  Over time, cultivating mindfulness permits even the most unbearable circumstance to be dealt with grace and ease.  And being at ease allows one to flourish.

And finally, a gentle and easy way to conclude our journey today will be jumping into the Pool of Patience.

Many times in life, there are no known answers in sight.  Not knowing is the step before manifestation.  It is necessary, it is part of the process.  You can’t force knowing in not knowing.

Patience requires inner listening.  What is your mind and your body saying right now?  Perhaps you sense you are tired or hungry. Maybe you are frustrated.  Maybe you are more at peace.  Whatever the inner state is, honor what you notice.

Honoring the pause, practicing gratitude and noticing what you notice are hallmarks of patience.  They are the cornerstones of your practice and what we teach in working with Reiki.

Reiki energy naturally flows through you.  It’s all around us.  We all have the ability to be channels for this healing energy.  As you connect to this infinite universal life force energy, you can’t ‘make’ it happen.  You allow it to.  You let your ego step out of the way and you let the healing light effortlessly flow.  It’s not about you, it’s greater than you.

This is patience.  The quality is yielding, witnessing, observing.

For this final meditation, I invite you now to incorporate these qualities of yielding, witnessing, and observing into your being.  Think of times in the past where you were simply observing.  Perhaps you were on a trip or out in nature and you were taking in the view.

You don’t ask anything of the view, you take it in.  You give yourself permission to receive.

Patience is like that.  You give yourself permission to be patient.  You allow yourself.  It is a choice.

And the more that you permit patience, the greater your own capacity for the other attributes of resilience and endurance.

Take a breath now.  Close your eyes.  Bell

Witness your breathing

Witness your mind

Witness your body

You are taking this time now to swim in the Pool of Patience.  Lay back as if floating in a calm warm pool on a lazy summer afternoon.  The pool contains your waves of reassurance.

Feel the rays of the sun on your face as you effortlessly float in this pool of patience.  This place is exactly what it is.  Nothing more and nothing less.

There is nowhere you need to be right now except right here.  You are in the flow.

Any concerns or worries you have dissolve into the gentle currents of the pool.

Take another breath now

Witness your breathing

Witness your mind

Witness your body

Take several breaths and see the worries floating away.  You are supported here as you float in this place of non-effort.

Honor this pause.

Release the urge to fill this place with anything else.

Make Space for the Potential that is Emerging..

I am going to go quiet so you can deepen your own connection to patience and be with the healing energy of Reiki through the sound of the drum.  Bell

Pause

Take your time coming back.  Move your fingers and toes, open your eyes, take a stretch as you need to.

As you come back, take several deep breaths and feel yourself now in your body and mind, patience as well as resilience and endurance integrated within.

Copyright 2019 Eileen Dey Wurst

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seattle Brought the Party!

Over the weekend, several Reiki Fellowship members and myself attended the 35th annual NW Reiki Gathering in Breitenbush, OR.  It was the first time our group had attended.

Spread out over 4 days, over 90 participants came from around the world to connect, learn and exchange healing energy and ideas.  The founders of this gathering were from the Reiki Alliance, an organization set up by the Reiki grandmaster Hawayo Takata ( who was trained in the lineage of Reiki system founder Sensei Usui).

This traditional aspect of the Reiki Alliance permeated the gathering.  Timed hand placements,  Reiki performed in silence, emphasis on the Reiki precepts, and much acknowledgement to the past lineage bearers consumed the program.

Our Reiki Fellowship is a hybrid of Reiki Alliance principles and non-traditional techniques.  We were welcomed to the gathering, but felt cautious and discerning eyes watching us for the first days we were there.

lovelyI am grateful to our community, because were were a source of support during the early days of acclimating to an organization that was in the middle of changing (the recent leader had passed away and a new representative had just been elected).

The speakers chosen for this gathering, 3 men, actually were a hybrid of old and new school Reiki in their beliefs. Because this panel was male dominated, it was off-putting to many of the women and representatives of the LGBTQ community present.

But I suppose, all the different challenges that occupied this gathering, also permitted stronger bonds amongst community members to occur.

Our group met and exchanged information with almost everyone who had attended.  They now know about the only licensed vocational school of Reiki in the PNW, The Reiki Training Program and our work with hospice and veterans.

beautygalsOne of the highlights for me was on the last night of the gathering.  They held an 80’s themed dance party (and you know I love the 80’s!).  All our our group was out on the dance floor, being silly, having fun, dancing with one of the speakers and making a lot of people put aside beliefs for a moment and just bond through the medium of dance.

One of the participants came up to us afterward and said ‘Seattle brought the party!’.

Bringing joy and light has been our way each time the Reiki Fellowship has gathered.  It appears we have accomplished that mission!

We’ll continue on with our work in the world in Puget Sound, where our home base and community is.  Next year, we all agreed to resume our regularly scheduled summer retreat.  Stay tuned for details and in the meantime….

Always walk in your own integrity, your light will shine forth evermore!

Copyright Eileen Dey Wurst 2019

Musings from the Spiritual Path

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I remember in 1991 when I first visited Seattle on a family vacation how radiant and lush the landscape and views were.  I had travelled many parts of the globe by then, and yet touching down here at that time, I felt a deep sense of home.  The land whispered to me, “Come back”.

It took eight more years, a marriage, a divorce, a graduate degree and being introduced to Reiki before I was ‘ready’ to begin to grow roots here.  This internal preparation with external transition was the first manifestation of my spiritual journey.

The first decade in Seattle was about clarifying my vocational vision and stepping into the role of leader in establishing the Reiki Training Program.  Along that path I explored  much of the NW back country and became attuned to the seasons and weather here.  My artist self gained traction through various creative pursuits.  I travelled through Asia and South America with expanded awareness of other healing traditions.

Personal relationships ended, deepened or started anew.  My Reiki work and fellowship began to expand with the publication of my first book and guided meditation CDs.

Over this last almost-decade, a whole new spiritual path has begun.  It did require me to professionally ‘own’ both my counseling and Reiki paths with the state’s requirement of licensure.  That path has provided me with a whole other world of gratifying healing work and experience I never would have gotten from the Reiki path alone.

My home went through multiple transitions from becoming a public workshop and healing space for students and clients into a humble but creative ceramic arts studio.  Family health crises dominated these years, but developing sober strategies enabled an ability to drop further into witnessing.  Despite those tragedies, travel also occurred, to the Mediterranean and all throughout the Baltic.

Again, personal relationships ended, deepened or started anew.

I’m taking a moment today to just catch my breath, looking back with clarity and looking forward with fresh and curious eyes as to what lays in store.  I couldn’t possibly have predicted any of the profound experiences I am grateful to have had when I first walked this land.

I am prepared to be surprised at what comes next.  In gratitude for the journey…..

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Copyright 2017 Eileen Dey Wurst

Reiki RejuveNATION 2016

 

There are so many amazing Reiki teachers and practitioners coming together for this first annual event starting this coming weekend!  Hope you can join us!  www.reikifellowship.comReikiNation

Didjeridoo Reiki Soundscape Happiness tonight!

didjeridoo-dreamtimeTonight at Embrace the Moon, 1716 NW Market Street from 7-9pm Carol Canterbury and the percussionists that make up the Reiki Fellowship!

Let’s get the groove on and celebrate summer tribal style!

Hope you can all join us.  No prior experience of Reiki required.  I have tons of happiness (day 18) for the Soundscape, which is a monthly event always filled with light and new sounds!

peace

Eileen Dey 2014

Countdown to NW Reiki Renewal Retreat 8/8-10

RetreatCan’t wait for the Reiki to shine all across the Mount Vernon/Darrington Vallley next month!  We’ll be having an incredible time tuning in to the land, flower and fauna that call this place home.

I hope you can join us in celebration and community.  Details are listed below.  For images on the retreat, visit our site www.reikifellowship.com.

Replenish yourself with a relaxing weekend on this 220 acre woodland petting farm and sanctuary.  Retreat includes inspiring talks, walks, guided meditations, fire ceremonies and of course, Reiki healing circles!

All meals, snacks and comfortable shared lodging included.  Open to those new to Reiki & practitioners and teachers of all lineages.

$280 for the whole weekend.  Register early!
Friday 8/8 Check-in 5:00pm
Sunday 8/10 Check-out 11:00am

Camp Brotherhood was founded by Rabbi Levine and Father Treacy (who hosted the interfaith TV show, “Challenge” on KOMO for over 14 years).   This is a place of peace and harmony with guiding principles of universal compassion and unconditional love.  Located in Mount Vernon, WA.  Directions and information on retreat provided upon registration.

What is a Reiki Soundscape? Find out 5/17

peaceWhat is the Soundscape?  It’s a gathering of Reiki practitioners giving and receiving sessions while live, acoustic music is played accompanied by participants chanting, adding the sounds of bells, singing bowls and didgeridoo.  Here is a video from a past scape.

More than twelve years ago, the then-beginning Reiki Training Program held it’s first Soundscape in a 750 square foot cottage in the heart of the University District in Seattle.  Perhaps six or seven practitioners were in attendance for a Reiki circle when spontaneously, they started to pick up the drums, singing bowls and rattles that were lying around the living room.

Each session a practitioner received went to a deeper level, the intentional sound healing and the power of the Universal energy mixed and mingled and became something more.

After the two hour improv experience, we all looked at each other and said, ‘Let’s do this again!’.

And so, for the next year, we met at each other’s houses, brought our instruments and experimented.  Eventually, some musicians found out about the event, and brought their own skills and abilities into the mix.

Word started to spread of our ‘Soundscape’ and this grass-roots circle had to find a bigger venue.  Enter the era of holding Soundscapes in yoga studios.

From Greenlake to Ballard to Fremont, we began to hold these ‘happenings’ every month in various yoga studios.  People would bring their massage tables, as the group suddenly went from 6 or 7 to over 20 attending.

But the grass-rootness still remained, and participants always were encouraged to add their sound or rhythm to the existing music.  Reiki was still, always the foundation of the practice.   Month after month, we were all renewed in community sound healing.

Now, every 3rd Friday, including this upcoming May 17th, we will hold these scapes throughout the year.

Tasara Gen has been instrumental in bringing both her musical talent and visual art to the event and this month, Paul Che oke ten Wagner will be bringing his incredible gift of Native American flute.  I look forward to diving into the journey once more and hope you can attend!

Copyright 2013 Eileen Dey

Reiki Fellowship=Reiki Rockstars!

In 2007, the Reiki Fellowship launched into the world, connecting practitioners, teachers and new students with their communities.  Over the years, we have given many sessions, demonstrations and instruction across the Western US.  Our outreach has included the elderly, families at the Ronald McDonald House, Cortiva Institute of Massage, Evergreen Hospice and the Veteran’s Center.

Now it’s time for the Fellowship to have a proper home, a Reiki clinic, where the public, veterans and their families can come to receive sessions and trainings.  But we can’t do this without support.  We’ve applied to be considered for a 250K grant, and you can help us be ‘entered to win’ by following these steps:

1.  Click on the Mission:  Small Business website here:  https://www.missionsmallbusiness.com

2.  Login with your Facebook account (lower right side)

3.  Enter ‘Reiki Training Program’ under Vote Local

4.  Click on ‘Vote’

Thank you for your support, we need 250 votes by midnight 6/30/12!

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