The History of Reiki – The New Kid on the Block

Reiki is a common household word among energy healers. Reiki, however, has only been around since the mid 1800s, and could be thought of as the new kid on the energy healing block. Energy healing is understood by many to be a universal truth that has been a part of our inner knowing for thousands of years to which we return time and time again. Different forms of energy healing are known and practiced around the world. 

India and the famed yogis have utilized energy healing for the last 5000 years with the use and application of what they call “Prana”. It is known as the breath of life. 

In China, there are written records dating back to 3000 B.C. that detail the use of the life-force called “chi” and the technique of acupuncture to help clear blockages that allow a person’s chi to flow freely for optimum health.

The exact origins of Reiki are shrouded in mystery and reported slightly differently depending on whom one references, but all agree that Dr. Mikao Usui’s techniques form the foundation of the practice guiding modern day practitioners of this energy healing modality. While Dr. Usui was teaching at a university in the latter part of the 1800s, one of his students asked him how it was that Jesus could perform the miracles of healing. This fateful question inspired Dr. Usui to embark on a quest to discover the answer. At one point in his search he underwent a 21 day fast which he believed would help him attain higher states of consciousness. On the last day of the fast, it is told, he was filled with a spiritual energy and became “enlightened” as a result. He now focused his teaching practice on passing on the knowledge of Reiki.

One of Dr. Usui’s students, Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, started training in 1925, a mere 10 months before Usui’s passing. Dr. Hayashi carried on the teachings and opened a Reiki clinic which became famous throughout Japan and operated until 1940. 

One of his patient’s, Mrs. Hayayo Takata, a Japanese-born Hawaiian had traveled to Japan to seek alternative healing modalities for her afflictions for which she did not want to undergo the recommended operations. Over the next several weeks, Mrs. Takata’s health improved so profoundly that she asked Dr. Hayashi to teach her, and is one of only 13 Reiki Masters he taught. When she returned to Hawaii in 1938, after studying with Dr. Hayashi for two years, she opened her own clinic where she continued to practice and eventually teach Reiki. By the time she transitioned in 1980, Mrs. Takata had taught 22 Reiki Masters who continued to spread the knowledge of this healing modality throughout the West.

More Than Just A Pretty Rock – Root Chakra

When you go to Reiki Master, Brett Hand for a session, do not be surprised to see a beautiful assortment of crystals, some (or many) of which may be included in the course of your session(s). 

Brett will be channeling Universal Life Force Energy or Chi in order to help unblock and balance your chakras. Without releasing these blocks, it is very possible for you to experience psychological, emotional, and/or physical issues, which can (if they haven’t already) lead to chronic illnesses. The longer these blocks persist, the more likely a chronic condition may appear – or worsen. 

Those crystals will be used by him to complement and enhance or magnify the energy which will be channeled to clear the blocks in your energy body; your energy body includes seven primary chakras, which Brett will be working with. It is important to balance these chakras because each is responsible for a particular area of the body. If a chakra is out of alignment its associated region will be affected.

So why the crystals?

The chakras are each associated with a specific color and vibratory level and certain crystals or semi-precious stones help to open, balance, and align those chakras. Think of it like a tuning fork which is struck, and every other tuning fork of that frequency starts to vibrate. It is the same with certain crystals and the chakras. The crystals will help to bring the chakra back into vibratory resonance.

Root Chakra (1) 

This chakra is located at the base of the spine and is responsible for groundedness. Physically, it is associated with the feet, the legs, the rectum, the spine, and the bones. When it is out of balance a person can experience lack of vitality, weight problems, back pain, and bone/teeth problems. Emotionally, it is tied to feelings of self preservation, perception of safety or danger, and acceptance and survival, which can translate to depression, lack of discipline, fearfulness and resisting change when the chakra is not aligned. The color of the root chakra is a beautiful, vibrant red and the ideal crystals are the garnet, ruby, bloodstone, and red jasper. 

2020 Vision

2020 Vision

2020… What a year it has been. We have seen many trying events this year. We have endured the stress and pressure of a pandemic lockdown. We have endured political turmoil in EPIC proportions. We also have been given the gift of 2020 vision.

Gift you ask? Absolutely! How many times have you said that you would do things different? If only you were given the chance to go back and change things? For many people we were given that chance. We were told we could not work. We were forced to go on unemployment. We were given stimulus money. In short, we were given the choice to start in a different direction or wait for things to go back to “normal” and resume our lives.

We had the opportunity to decide what we like and what we don’t like in our lives. We were given a chance to pause and reflect on where we are headed in life. Solitude and isolation are a precious commodity in today’s fast paced world. We were given an abundance of it!
This past year we also saw a change in corporate work practices. People were told to stay home and do their assignments remotely. The Zoom meeting became a major thing! People are being paid to stay home!!! We are adapting to a new way to do things. Sometimes the catalyst isn’t the most desirable, yet the outcome may be a blessing.

Our future may be defined by this year; before COVID-19 and after. I plan on using this year as a platform of reform. Our reality is what we make it. Our perception in key to how we respond to adversity. Are you locked down in a prison? Or given a staycation?

2020 vision is considered perfect vision.

Want Slavery

Want Slavery

No, I don’t want slavery. But it seems that we are lured into it every day by our wants. Wants that are fueled by the ………….media and mass marketing!! Every time we are not happy with having enough, we tread into the waters of self-imposed slavery. It’s all in your perspective, actually. People in less fortunate geographic locations would view having their needs met, as being wealthy. If we were to simplify our lives to only wanting what we need, we would be wealthy beyond our wildest dreams. Our quest for more of everything is what keeps us looking for more money, bigger homes, newest cars and gadgets. We tell ourselves that, if I only get that (fill in the blank) I will be happy.

Our wants are what enslave us. It’s by design. We are easily controlled by the alure of that shiny new object. It’s how we trap animals, by the way. Our desire for things that we don’t have keeps us running the treadmill, chasing the carrot dangling by a string. Gratitude is a powerful equalizer for Want Slavery. Every time we shift from lust to thankfulness, we find a taste of freedom.

There is a fine line between what we need and what we want. When is enough, enough. Once we have a healthy mind and body, a roof over our heads, food in the fridge, clothes on our backs, we really don’t “need” much more. Now don’t get me wrong, I like more than the basics as much as the next person. Having a goal to get something nice is fine. It’s when we are consumed with consuming that we start to give up our peace of mind and our free time. It’s when we sacrifice our wellbeing to work our lives away. We sacrifice our precious time with loved ones. I suppose we just need to be mindful of what is truly of value in our lives.

Life is full of abundance if we just choose to see it.