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The Manual

I had known my lovely young friend “M” a number of months before she asked a question about my practice of Reiki, and in the process informed me that she had taken first and second degree.

I asked a few cautious questions and she offered that she didn’t actually practice, just did a bit here and there. And on second degree practice, “I never really got into it”. Then came words I have heard oh so often, “But I have a manual, so I can get back into it if I want to.” My best guess, based on long experience, is that “the manual review” wont happen.

I dont use manuals, never have. The form I teach is simple, just the simple basic practice. My intent in a class is to encourage and inspire the student to practice, and to have that practice teach them the nuances and depth of the practice they have been taught. That actually works.

Hawayo Takata, who brought the practice to the western world stressed that “Reiki was simple”, to “practice practice practice”, and to “let Reiki teach you”. I could not hope to do more.

Fix Me

“Can you fix me in 20 minutes?” was the question asked by a passerby who had stopped outside my shop.

She was serious.

I gave her my standard “I dont fix people. What happens depends on you. We can only see what happens”.

I share the story only to offer the comparison with the question asked by someone else, which was "Would you be willing to work with me. I would like to have a Reiki treatment from you.”

Theres a world of difference between the two.

On a Promise

“I’m am coming to see you for a therapy session.” said my friend.

“Why now?” I asked. Until this moment he had not shown the slightest interest in taking up a long standing offer of a complementary session.

His answer: “I observe people. I have seen how they look, the way they walk, before they go into your shop, and I see how they look afterward. I want to experience what that difference is.”

Feedback like that is priceless.

Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry — all forms of fear — are caused by too much future, and not enough presence.


Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.

- Eckhart Tolle

From the Market

Great story today from my local Market stall. I offer 20 minute Reiki treatments for the (small) sum of $15.00 so as to encourage  people who may never have had “the Reiki experience” to stop and give it a try.

A young man did just that today …and returned later in the day while I was engaged in a treatment session. He left money and a note on my bookings clipboard that read “Thanks, you’re worth more than you charged me. Cheers W.”

I was touched by his gesture and words. He was right of course, but the experience is necessary to know that.

For love is a force. Love is here because you are here. It arrives unbidden whenever you do. It takes a being of unimaginable power to embody divinity. It takes you.
- Sophia Love

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