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

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.

5 Radiant Jewels for Radical Transformation: A workshop on the Reiki Precepts

The 5 Reiki Precepts or Principles are guidelines for the Reiki practitioner to expand, enliven and enrich themselves as they continue along the Reiki path. In this workshop we will learn theoretical and tangible approaches for working with them in everyday life.  Create a Healing Mandala as your own sacred tool for inner transformation.

Though different versions of the precepts have been published, their core meaning remains the same. On July 21st Reiki masters Eileen Dey, M.A., LMCH and Jon Anastasio, Ed.d. will present this full day workshop in Seattle.

Learn how to change what has gotten stuck in your life by taking this day to explore the principles:

Just for Today, Do Not Be Angry

How are we limited by our emotions?  Apply techniques to gain perspective and clarity in even the most difficult situations.

Just for Today, Do Not Worry

How can we move beyond our perceived limitations and overcome obstacles with ease and grace, moving from fear to love?  Learn the way of the gentle samurai for cutting through delusions and seeing with crystal clarity.

Just for Today, Be Grateful for Your Many Blessings

How can we see what is truly wonderful when there is so much discord and angst around?  Expand your vision of reality to connect to a sense of instantaneous pure oneness.

Just for Today, Do Your Work With Integrity

How can we move into doing work that honors and supports us?  Cultivate your own career vision that transcends what you may have thought possible.

Just for Today, Honor Every Living Thing

How can we nurture a place for presence?  Through exercise and exploration we emerge with tools to be a compassionate and realized witness for others transformation.

For details visit:  http://www.meetup.com/Reiki-Training-Program-Reiki-Circle/events/60227862/

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