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

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Welcome gentle snow blessing!

seattle-snow1I’m witnessing the first Seattle snow this morning out my bedroom window.  It’s always lovely to see when you know it’s not going to accumulate or you have to shovel but you can appreciate the snow for what the snow is.  The quiet, light  and frosty blanket of white covering my the winter ground.  It reaffirms for me to continue the inner work I have started this season.  Spending much time in reflection, contemplation and meditation.  In Reiki parlance, I’d call that ‘Honoring the Pause’.

There have been several community gatherings and prayer circles I’ve been attending that support this inner state and I feel grateful for having been invited into their warm and nurturing embrace.

I think the snow in the time I have written this is now ceased, but it’s memory is still there, if only for another hour, saying to me, rest, rest, go within, become frozen and still, if only for the moment.

I honor this message.

Copyright 2013 Eileen Dey

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Join the party as revamped MOHAI reopens

2019995696After 13 years, I finally made it to the Museum of History and Industry.  What a gem of a museum.  It makes me proud of being an adopted Seattlite and of all the wonderful inventions and technologies that have come out of this rich and entrepreneurial area.

For more info on upcoming events visit:

Join the party as revamped MOHAI reopens | Entertainment | The Seattle Times.

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Vows to Celebrate Union

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In honor of the enacting of Referendum 74 today for same-sex couples to have the equal right to marry I wanted to share these vows of commitment that are apropos for such a union:

  1. May we not just accept each other as we are, but accept each other as we know what each can become, and thereby help each other to become that.
  2. May we freely realize the gift-love and the need-love of one another.
  3. May our gifts to each other be from the depths of our very being and our need for one another be not out of weakness, nor to fill our emptiness, but a way of knowing our strengths and power.
  4. May we always tenderly touch one another so that each may grow in love.
  5. May our embraces be doors to greater discoveries and not walls that contain or restrict us.
  6. May we experience the mystery of being through our love.
  7. May we know that injury has no place in our love.
  8. May our love for each other so transform us that others who move in the circle of our lives will be renewed.
  9. And, may we know that our love for one another exists only because our Creator first loved us.

Copyright Eileen Dey 2012

The benefits of a Reiki clinic

We envision a self-sustaining Reiki clinic open to the public and veterans and their families, where paid practitioners and staff can provide Reiki sessions and classes to the public.  It would be the first one of it’s kind in Seattle and provide employment and low-cost alternative care to those in need.

The Reiki Training Program and Fellowship has already witnessed the demand for low-cost or free Reiki in the various outreach events and demonstrations we have been providing over the last 10 years.

There is an opportunity to become eligible for a 250k grant that is provided through Chase Bank, but your vote depends on it.

Time is running out!  You can help us manifest our vision of our Reiki clinic  by these 4 simple 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!

 

Healing our Inner War

Whenever I see violence in the outer world it reminds me as humans we still have much work to do on the inner wars that confront us.  This outer manifestation is a symptom for the discord that rumbles in the mind and soul.

Yesterday’s violence in the Seattle May Day protest was felt throughout this fair city.   It’s a reminder of the continuing unease felt downtown.

It made me feel quite sad and despondent because the phenomena isn’t just in my town, it’s really everywhere in the world, bubbling underneath, simmering…and when opportunities are right, that violence shows it’s harsh face.

Tomorrow’s distant Reiki group provides and opportunity to work on our own inner conflicts and discords, from difficulties in relationships with others as well as our own anxieties and frustrations with our personal limitations and perceived flaws.

Cultivating inner peace truly ripples across time and space and effects others in our vicinity.  From there, hope is possible in creating a more peaceful world.  May Day is a celebration of spring, but perhaps the words also stand for ‘Mayday!’.  It’s time to respond to the call for help.  Work on healing the inner war so that outer violence can truly be transformed.

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Countdown to Emerald City return

In a week we’ll hit the road again and begin our journey north back to Seattle.  It’s been many things, this winter stay in Santa Monica.

I’m not quite sure if there is one word to describe it, so here are a few:  sunny (a given), laid back (fer sure), challenging to connect to people (individuality reigns), too expensive (what else is new in L.A.), creative (c’mon, Hollywood is just a stone’s throw), surprising (actually met and taught people who like Reiki), congested (traffic is worse I’ve ever experienced anywhere in the world), noisy (look back a few blogs at my description of the apartment we lived in), organic (ate more fresh fruit and vegetables than I ever have in my life), spontaneous (on any given day you have the pick of hundreds of artistic events), and finally, a point I might have mentioned early on going into this experience, which is why I’m so happy to return to Seattle, a lack of folksy or quirky.

The Pacific Northwest is a subculture of the US.  It’s distinct and refreshing, at least to me, that has many quirks, folkiness, inventiveness, etc. I have yet to encounter in other parts of this great country.

Soothing balm for the soul is the series Portlandia, if you haven’t seen it, you can download on Netflix.  It’s about a couple and their assorted friends going about life in Portland, OR.  I’d love to see a Seattle take on this, of course, but the gist of the culture is really well done.

L.A. is just too vast a megalopolis to have anything quite that unique.  So, I’ve got my preferences.  The people I did connect with here would always comment that I’ve got that ‘Northwest vibe’, which is quite a compliment, considering my roots first began on the opposite side of this country in New Jersey.  It’s there too, but like so many people who have migrated to the West Coast, we integrate it.

I look forward to the snow covered mountains, evergreens, real coffee, not having to dress to go out, wearing fleece, walking along the shores of the Sound, actually having conversations with people in supermarkets, cafes, on the street, having cars stop for you when you cross the street, going to art events that aren’t prestigious but absolutely one-of-a-kind, delving back into Reiki community, hanging out with my neighbors (does that even happen in L.A.?), letting my cats run around outside (and not be in danger of getting run over by a garbage truck), walking in the rain, smelling the freshness of the forest and finally, eating my favorite bowl of Pho.

As they say, no place like home.

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No snow for the One Gathering!

I know how much energy and effort Jen Yost has put into creating the One Gathering tomorrow on January 15th.  It’s easy for me to say ‘no snow’ from the warm and sunny place of Southern CA, but I really do hope for all who plan to attend this amazing event that snow doesn’t end up being an issue.  You won’t want to miss this annual uplifting!

I will be presenting Reiki from Venice Beach at the same time, so the energy on both sides of the continent will be flowing!

Wishing a good journey to all and a little reprieve in the weather!

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Listening to the poetry of rain

I’ve lived with rain for much of the year over this past decade in Seattle, but I had to leave it to actually hear it.

Beautiful pouring water from the skies, blanketing this sunny hamlet into quiet repose.   The soft trickle of droplets on the payment, splashing puddles as cars passed by,  a silent mist enveloped the beach.

I spent the day in reflection and connection to the rain as if I was praying at the temple of the water goddess.

Being bathed from above in a baptism of nature, it was effortless for me to go within and contemplate.

The water brought forth a feminine energy to the masculine sun  that shines so often.  The yin came to balance the yang.

The effects are still lasting:  people spending time indoors, deep rich coffee being savored, dampness  kissing the air.

I remember having such reverence for the rain when I first moved to Seattle.  How it seemed to make the dark green of the forests blend in harmony with the deep blues of the water against a flat gray sky.

But like anyone living in any place for a long time, you acclimate to the weather, take it for granted, even curse it when it gets redundant.

The pedestrians on the streets I did see had umbrellas and raincoats to insulate them from what the Northwest would consider a ‘misting’.  I wanted to go up to each person and whisper, “It’s ok to let the rain in”.

Instead, I stood out in the open myself, letting my face be cleansed , allowing me to see and hear this message from the sky.

This rain day has served as a profound reminder of just how much I truly appreciate (and even thrive) in an overcast climate.

Water, water everywhere, and all the drops I gladly drink!

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Manifesting the vision

I’m getting clearer and clearer about the vision of a city center for this Reiki Training Program and Fellowship.

Over the years I’ve had many council sessions with other members, about where we can go with our practice, what we can do, try, etc.

We’ve experimented a lot but have also established all kinds of interesting ways of bringing healing into the world.

But now it’s finally coming to fruition.

I see a Reiki center in downtown Seattle serving as a teaching and practicing space.  No longer in a new age bookstore or hidden away in a sanctuary, it resides in the heart of the mainstream.

That’s my mission, not excluding Reiki off to the side, but bringing it right into the center of where people shop, bank and work.

That’s where it’s needed.  My own “occupy movement” if you will, to let Reiki establish itself for the public.

I had that vision a long long time ago when I first started.  I thought of little Reiki kiosks spread throughout cities, people could come into them, receive healing and then go back to their own worlds a bit more calm and centered.

I even saw a vision of a kind of Reiki Starbucks on every corner.

This is different.  This place I see is a magnet, like a martial arts dojo.  A reinvention of the ‘Center for Ki Studies’ I saw years and years ago.

This past weekend retreat has reinvigorated my own connection to my work in bringing it into the public eye.

I’m fearless that way; I don’t shy away from controversy when it comes to letting Reiki come out of the closet.

It’s been in there way long enough.

To its merit, Reiki is a private practice, for an individual to learn and grow through, but it’s also a very public demonstration of peace.

Like allowing the West Seattle Reiki sanctuary to manifest, I’m not attached to how and in what way the downtown Reiki Center will be created.  But I feel lit.  South Lake Union?  Belltown?  Those areas seem to be pulling it, but I’m also open to it being right in the business center too.

So, I put it out there, I will meditate on that vision each day.  I will search the classifieds from time to time and also reach out to colleagues.

At some juncture, it will come together and the Reiki Training Program and Fellowship will have its formal home in a commercial space, entering a new chapter in the school’s evolution.

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