My 2 weeks as a telephone psychic

13645245_10153815312978583_7050392606391821495_nI was recounting to my friends on my recent trip back to Philly that when I lived there in 1997, I answered an ad to be a telephone psychic working for the Psychic Readers Network with Miss Cleo.  They encouraged me to write this blog about the adventure.

When I first moved to Philadelphia, I intended to start my healing career as a counselor and budding Reiki teacher/practitioner.  Of course, it was supposed to happen RIGHT AWAY!

As those of you who have trained with me through the Reiki Training Program, all of those transitions take time, and often, they occur on Divine time, meaning, you may have to get creative with how you earn a living before your vision ‘takes off’.

So, since I had been reading Tarot cards for friends and fun since I was a teenager, I thought, why not ‘audition’ for Ms. Cleo.

The auditions/interviews were held at an old brick house about an hour’s ride outside of the city.  The ‘waiting room’ was the living room which had curtains of purple fabric draped all around, like a genie tent on the inside.  There must have been 15 or so women sitting in the living room with me, many chatting to each other.  I was quiet, taking in the whole scene.

In many ways, this was another part of my process in ‘coming out’ or being validated as a healer.

Ms. Cleo called my name and I went into the dining room with her next door.  She handed me a deck of Tarot cards and asked me to read for her.  I don’t remember the details of the reading, but I do remember her being very sweet and encouraging and impressed by my ability to ‘tune in’.  After the reading I was ‘hired’ and given the employment paperwork and info to set up my home phone.

Over the next week, I probably had about 10 calls, but no readings! The Psychic Network had an incentive that callers could get the first 3 minutes free.  So, many of my callers at 2:45 minutes into the call would hang up.  Blah!  So much for earning a living!

The second week, there was one caller, however, who did stay on the phone with me for about half an hour.  She had problems in her relationship and in her housing circumstance.  She didn’t need a psychic to tell her what was going to happen to her, she needed resources.   I went straight into social worker mode and gave her community resources and contacts to help her out.  It cost the caller $100 or so for that call.  I made less than half of that amount.  And I was left with the feeling that it would be a better path for me to pursue being of service as a counselor and social worker than as a psychic, because I could give people the tools and resources to help them change their life rather than just dictating their fate.

After only two weeks as a telephone psychic, I went back to Ms. Cleo and thanked her for her time and for the experience.

Since then, I still read cards on occasion, and have done some parties and events where I’ve gotten paid for my ‘skills’.  But the Cleo experience reminded me of what my passion is, empowerment.  And Reiki, counseling, art, writing, and all the other areas of my life I bring to my work reflect that vision and have been helping many people ever since.

Copyright 2018 Eileen Dey Wurst

 

 

Advertisements

Diving into Reiki: A blast to the past

divers-scuba-divers-diving-underwater-37530.jpegIn doing some spring cleaning of old files I came across this keynote speech I did for the One Gathering back in 2007.  And yet, the sentiment is timeless.  Enjoy!

We are connected to everything.  I know that sounds cliché, but its so true.  I’ve been practicing and working with the Universal Energy of Reiki for over 10 years and I’ve come to understand this connection.  But recently, I completed my scuba diving certification and through this process I came to tangibly experience what I’ve come to embody as a Reiki practitioner and teacher.

Floating through the infinite expanse of the ocean, one begins to imagine what it is they want to create.  Think of  starfish, a starfish appears.  Watching your bubbles cascade upwards, one sees physics in action.  Sinking to the bottom of the sea floor, one is reminded of gravity effecting all the earth, everything.  Seeing a starfish engulfing a clam, the process of living and dying is present in from of ones eyes.

Reiki is like this circle of life, it is ever present, ever existed.  It permeates all of the world, we need to create the space and place to dive in and experience this phenomena.  This gathering, all of the OOL and volunteers have been aware of this process of working with energy.  Coming together, we all create a field of potential, channeling this energy into a space of intention.  The intention is to lift the vibration of all who are present.  To raise consciousness.  To allow for a transcendence of physical and mental limitations.

Like the scuba diver, one is able to become neutrally buoyant in a sea of healing energy.  What does not serve you can leave, falling away effortlessly.  What is true to your essence remains.  That is the heart of Reiki.  It leads you to the place you were meant to be.  What do you want to manifest?  Like the popular book and film, ‘The Secret’, working with the energy of Reiki allows one to attract and be attracted to that which is of the highest good.

But it is not a manipulative energy.  Like the ocean, it just is.  You can’t force the ocean!  There are no boundaries, there is just infinite, infinite potential.  Like outer space.  On my CD, Permission to Receive, I guide listeners on a cosmic journey to their inner and outer space.  This vast expanse is our true realm.  This physical, 3D realm in which we spend the majority of our lives only represents one view.  Dive deep into the oceans, cast out into the stars….these places are not just physical manifestations, they exist within the soul of each and every one of us.  When we take this journey, we transcend our boundaries.  We become aware of what this gathering is all about…that we are ONE…we are not our ego identities….we are not are personalities…these are colors of the rainbow each and everyone of us represents at any given point in time.

Give yourself permission to receive the experience of universal healing energy.  This is your birthright.  When one takes a Reiki class, one is opening their mind, body and spirit to the force that is all around us.  As one progresses along the Reiki path, the power of attention and intention become ever more a working reality.

I wish I could take you all to the bottom of the Puget Sound, where I was just a few days ago, in a warm, insulated, wetsuit, of course!  Somehow, being in the substance of water makes the concept of ‘ki’ and what it is that much more visible.  The dive team, a collection of random individuals, came together and became a connected unit, much like we are today.  We are in a sea of ‘ki’, we just can’t ‘see’ it, like we could if we were all in the water.  We could see particles of plant life floating about, random fish darting here and there, bubbles of oxygen rising from our tanks, floating to the surface and releasing out and merging with the air.  ITS SOOO VISUAL.  Can you see what I am describing?

What prevents us from seeing this and feeling this phenomena is our hard and fast attachment to the ego.  This is a part of our personality that thinks ‘its in charge’.  Its only one facet, like one side of diamond.  Its not the whole jewel.  I’ve often heard EGO stands for ‘Edging God Out’.  God being a force greater than our Selves.

You can use the wetsuit as the analogy of our ego.  It allows one to travel, function and survive through the matrix of the water environment.  It’s a covering, a protection, and a container.  It keeps one’s physical body intact.  Yet, the wetsuit only works when you let some water (ki) into it.  As that water coats your body, the insulating layer of the suit allows the water to heat to your body temperature.  But when it comes down to it, the wetsuit ego, is only one layer on top of the layer of water on top of our physical body, which is basically a bag of water contained by a layer of skin.

When we remove all those layers, those preconceptions, we are exposed and engulfed by the sea of ki, of Reiki, of the Universe.

But unlike being in water, where if we were to remove the wetsuit we would be in peril, when we move the go aside in the air, on the land, we merge with the air molecules…with the oxygen bubbles we can’t see, emitting from each and every one of us, from all the plants, the grass, the trees, the flowers, the water around us.

Let yourself go, feel the force of the energy present in this place, the nature, the people, the intention.  Reiki is about getting out of the way and making space for healing to occur.  Healing means becoming whole.  We come into ‘attunement’, at oneness with our true essence when we do this.

Reiki practitioners and masters (teachers) serve as guides on this path back to source.  We are your scuba instructors.  Take the dive, journey and return transformed.

Copyright 2018 Eileen Dey Wurst

Musings from the Spiritual Path

index

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…..

Image credit

Copyright 2017 Eileen Dey Wurst

Being a Healer in an Age of Unity

Danes form Ring of Peace around Copenhagen synagogue

As a helper and healer in the world, we are sensitive people, to both emotions and to the world we live in. The effects of the recent attacks on Paris and the mass shootings in the US have shaken a bit of my own confidence in humanity and for a world based on peace, rather than violence.
I see this same emotional angst in many of the clients I serve. When I first went into private practice, it was in the year before 9/11. After that fateful day, I saw firsthand how clients were dealing not just with their own issues but with this greater problem, terrorism, now brought front and center into their psyche.
Then, of course, there were all the wars we became involved in. I continued in my service work as counselor, Reiki practitioner and teacher to the public at large, but I felt a greater calling to offer help to those who were on the frontline.
That lead me to approach the Veterans Administration to offer Reiki classes and sessions to veterans, as the war(s) to come I forsaw having many soldiers returning needing deep healing. My colleague Michael Emanuel and I taught many veterans throughout the years and this year we received actual funding for veterans to pursue Reiki practitioner or master training.
It’s an accomplishment that came out of wanting to help heal a bruised and battered world.
This time around, with the rise of Daesh, the Syrian crisis, the bickering and posturing of politicians over what to do, I’m feeling a calling to global healing work again.
I am not a historian or a politician. I am a teacher and a healer, so those are the skills and abilities I continue to offer.
The vision for this global healing work is still forming. Like my experience with the veterans, it continues to evolve.
I was going to title this blog ‘Being a Healer in the Age of Terror’, but realized that the word ‘terror’ just reinforces itself. A key to dealing with the tragedies that occur in the world is to find a sense of unity. Reiki circles offer such a sense, a possible project could be organizing a day of Reiki circles across the country. Any volunteers? But I have other ideas just beneath the surface, and will give space for them to come forward. It all starts with a thought, then it can turn into a vision then it can become reality.
But I welcome thoughts and opinions on how you might see healing work being of service during this next evolution in the Age of Unity.

Image credit COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – MARCH 14: People of different faiths form a peace ring outside the synagogue where a Jewish security guard was shot last month in Copenhagen, Denmark on March 14, 2015. (Photo by Recep Yasar /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Happiness of Trusting Intuition Day 9

1211111341For almost 20 years as a professional in the healing and helping arts, relying on my intuition has been a key ingredient for successful work.  And yet, even though I have many positive examples of following my instinct, I often am surprised when it occurs again.  Such was the result with day 9.

I was offering Reiki to a new client, a young gentleman who was suffering from digestive issues.  He had tried energywork before, including several rounds of acupuncture and some other form of energywork, with limited success.  Yet, he was determined to keep up with treatments because they offered a precious small amount of relief from his symptoms.

As I had my hands over his abdomen I heard the word ‘engage’.  That’s how my intuition comes through.  It’s not usually paragraphs or explicit directions, but clear and focused words.  Knowing this from previous experience with my intuition, I just gave space for the word ‘engage’.  Was it for me?  Was it for him?  When I thought of these questions, I then got the phrase ‘let him use his own hands in treatment’.

As a practitioner, I’ve learned to be discerning with my intuition, and I take into account who the client is (in this case, a client looking for relief of pain).  For some clients, offering an intuitive suggestion may go beyond their belief, or in other cases, we haven’t established enough rapport, etc.  I’m always mindful of their boundaries.  But in his case, I asked my intuition again, just to be sure, ‘should I engage him to assist with this treatment?’.  The answer I got, was ‘yes’.

So, I encouraged my client to put his hands on his abdomen and visualize what he thought of as Reiki flowing through his hands into his own body.  I put my own hands on top of his for support.  It was a very profound and powerful feeling of energy, heat and ‘rightness’.

After the session concluded, he told me he had never felt so much heat/relief from an energy session and was inspired to possibly pursue Reiki training.  I thanked him for being open to the process.

And for the rest of the day I was quite happy and inspired in trusting my intuition and how it flows through.

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.

Using the Story of Usui as a Model

indexFor the next 21 days starting tomorrow, consider Usui’s story as it relates to your life.  Set aside morning and evening contemplation time and space.  Note insights in a special journal, using the ‘signposts’ on this page as prompters as your progress.  You’ll finish by the lovely transformative time of the winter’s solstice.  I’m doing this along with my Reiki 1 class which begins 12/1.

1.        Dedication “Giri”

2.       The Power of Commitment

3.       Willing to Put in the Effort

4.       Worthy of Respect

5.       Determination, Patience

6.       What you Least Expect It

7.       Look Deeply, Intuit, Explore

8.       Mentors and Mentoring

9.       Always Possibility

10.   Fathoming Different Meanings

11.   Student of Self

12.   Trusting the Process

13.   Pure Potential

14.   Focused Attention

15.   Enlightened Understanding

16.   Place of Pure Joy

17.   Manifest a Transformation

18.   Ancient Wisdom

19.   New “Ladders:

20.   Beyond the Apparent

21.   Awakening

Taken from One Degree Beyond:  A Reiki Journey Into Energy Medicine

Self-empowerment through Reiki

indexOver the years I’ve read and heard many people discount the validity of Reiki.  Saying that when you open yourself to being a channel for Universal Energy, you let ‘everything else’ in.  As a teacher and practitioner since 1997, I can say I have yet to encounter any harm that has occurred in working with Reiki.  I’ve taught 1000’s of students.  I feel honored that I learned to work with Reiki in a safe and supportive environment from my teacher.  She emphasized taking your time in between Reiki workshops and practice, practice, practice.  Bring your questions to Reiki circles, which serve as continuing education for the Reiki practitioner.  When unsure, take a break.  Ask for guidance, and return to practice again.

This is the model the Reiki Training Program is founded on.  Continued growth and learning, stretched out through time and mentorship.

Reiki honors and supports an individual.  It is Universal Energy, meaning, it is greater than the ego of the individual.  It has a consciousness that is greater and assists for the highest and best good.  That being said, Reiki honors free will.  An individual can choose to follow through with a decision or not.  Reiki is not religion or dogma.  But when one taps into Reiki, they tend to hear their truer voice.  Again, an individual can choose to listen to that or not.

Reiki flows through the practitioner to the person/client they are working on.   A practitioner does not transmit anything to the client nor does the client leave a ‘residue’ on the practitioner.  As a practitioner progresses through Reiki, they become more sensitive and aware of their client’s emotional states, sharing in empathy, but proper training in boundaries and grounding allow for a safe session to take place.  No ‘backwash’ will occur when a Reiki practitioner is grounded and present and following the basic Reiki Process, which I will summarize as follows:

This energy is greater than you, not about you.  If “you” think you are “doing Reiki”, you are not practicing Reiki.  Reiki is about “being”.  It is effortless.  What does require focus is letting go of the ego.

Let go, and let it flow.  Be curious.  Notice what you notice.  Hold space for the healing (return to wholeness” to occur.  This is a sacred process.  It is quite simple, yet utterly profound.  Take a Reiki 1 class founded in this tradition and you will be on a healthy path of self-empowerment.

I hope this clears up any confusion as to what Reiki is and what it is not, but open to questions and comments!!

Copyright 2013 Eileen Dey Wurst.

Doubting oneself

260d01ccd6caff276bcf07a8b3240062I often hear from students and practitioners of Reiki, ‘Am I doing enough?’ or ‘Is the Reiki doing anything?’.  These are great questions to have.  They imply a state of ‘not-knowing’, which is exactly where you want to be with Reiki, you don’t want to be an ‘expert’.  As George Iles says, “Doubt is the beginning and not the end of wisdom”.

Let’s first take the second one, “Is the Reiki doing anything”.  We get used to ‘feeling’ the heat, tingling, pulsing, vibration, etc. of Reiki and when it’s not there we panic.  Aaah!  What happened?  What did I do wrong?

Nothing.

Reiki is not contingent on you feeling anything.  Because it’s not about you.  Greater than you by many galaxies.  So the fact that you, humble human practitioner don’t feel anything, well, don’t take it personally.

“But, my client isn’t feeling anything either”, you might contest.  Again, Reiki doesn’t care.  But I’d beg to differ that your client isn’t feeling anything at all.  If you have practiced Reiki, your client has probably been able to have some time being held unconditionally in quiet space and self-reflection.  At a minimum, there has been a decrease in stress and external stimuli.  Perhaps even a greater degree of relaxation.

Reiki, regardless of feelings or sensations, always, without fail, in my 18+ years of observation and practice, offers s bit of sanctuary.

But I’m not an ‘expert’.  However, I do have some experience.

Ok, let’s get back to that first question, “Am I doing enough?”.  The practice of Reiki asks that you be a humble conduit, a compassionate witness and a holder of healing space and intention while respecting the boundaries of your client.  If you are do that, you are doing enough.

But you might feel you need to do something more:  give advice, make some magical sensation happen, make loud noises or big gestures.  STOP!  That’s not Reiki and it’s not needed.

Put that ego away.  There’s no need for that in Reiki.  Drop into your heart and leave your head/mind out of the picture.  Offer healing for the highest and best good.

Give any doubts you have over to Reiki, as an offering.  You’ll realize your silent presence is as much the gift as the flow of unconditional Universal Energy.

image credit

Copyright 2013  Eileen Dey

 

Where does Reiki come from?

21955116903852784_ObObeUFO_cWhen I teach Reiki, I make a point of talking about all the world cultures that have used energy as part of their healing systems.  In China, it is called chi, in India, prana, and in our own Western civilization, the first physicians in ancient Greece talked about the 5 elements which included ether, which is similar to the same concept.

Reiki is equivalent to all these different words and descriptions.  What distinguishes Reiki is the system in which it is taught and practiced.

Students receive attunements, which are empowerments for their own subtle energy systems, helping to open them as channels to work with this universal life force.

The practice of Reiki is also very passive, it’s not directive, which is quite different from other systems.  The practice of Reiki is about ‘holding space’ and ‘being present’.  The practice is about offering healing energy for the highest and best good rather than ‘making something heal’ or removing something bad.

But where does this universal life force coming from?  It just is.  It’s always been.  It’s what connects the heavens with the earth.  It’s what allows all life forms to thrive.  The founder of the system of Reiki, Mikao Usui, had a satori, or illuminating experience on the sacred mountain, Kuryama in which he was infused with this energy.  He showed his students how to work with it and that is what has been passed down over the decades, teacher to teacher, teacher to student, student to student.

Copyright 2012 Eileen Dey

Photo credit

Previous Older Entries

Blog Stats

  • 170,421 hits
%d bloggers like this: