Archive for the ‘Healing’ Category

This food is a gift of the whole universe, the earth, the sky and much mindful work.

May we eat in mindfulness so as to be worthy of it.

May we transform our unskillful states of mind and learn to eat in moderation.

May we take only foods that nourish us and prevent illness.

May we accept this food to realize the path of understanding and love.

My friend Andre Talbot writes, “The five eating contemplations now hang on my refrigerator door as a constant reminder to be grateful of the efforts and work that it took for this food to make it to my table. They remind me to chew my food slowly and mindfully (to allow for healthy digestion), to really enjoy the tastes and sensations, and to be fully awake and present in each moment of my life.”

Medicine East and West
  • The Western physician starts with a symptom, then searches for the underlying mechanism – a precise cause for a specific disease.
    • The physician’s logic is analytic – cutting through the accumulation of bodily phenomena like a surgeon’s scalpel to isolate one single entity or cause.
  • The Chinese physician directs his or her attention to the complete physiological and psychological individual. All relevant information, including the symptom as well as the patient’s other general characteristics, is gathered and woven together until it forms what Chinese medicine calls a “pattern of disharmony.”
    • One does not ask, “What X is causing Y?” but rather, “What is the relationship between X and Y?”
  • The pattern of disharmony are different from diseases because they cannot be isolated from the patient in whom they occur.
    • To Western medicine, understanding an illness means uncovering a distinct entity that is separate from the patient’s being; to Chinese medicine, understanding means perceiving the relationships among all the patient’s signs and symptoms in the context of his or her life.
  • The Chinese method is based on the idea that no single part can be understood except in its relation to the whole.
    • A symptom, therefore, is not traced back to a cause, but is looked at as a part of a totality.
    • Illness is situated in the context of a person’s life and biography.

Conceptions are not subsumed under one another but placed side by side in a pattern, and things influence one another not by acts of mechanical causation, but by a kind of “inductance.” … The key word in Chinese thought is Order and above all Pattern … Things behave in particular ways not necessarily because of prior actions or impulsions of other things, but because their position in the ever-moving cyclical universe was such that they were endowed with intrinsic natures which made that behavior inevitable for them … They were thus parts in existential dependence upon the whole world-organism. – Joseph Needham

  • The Chinese assume that the universe is continuously changing.
    • Its movement is the result not of a first cause or creator, but of an inner dynamic of cyclical patterns.
    • Just as the sun maps out four distinct seasons in its yearly round, so all biological organisms go through four seasons in a lifetime: birth, maturation, decline, and death.
  • Within this web of relationships and change, any entity can be defined only by its function, and has significance only as part of the whole pattern.
  • The emphasis on the perception of patterns results in part from Taoism, which altogether lacks the idea of a creator, and whose concern is insight into the web of phenomena, not the weaver.
    • For the Chinese, that web has no weaver, no creator; in the West the final concern is always the creator or cause and the phenomenon is merely its reflection.
    • The Western mind seeks to discover and encounter what is beyond, behind, or the cause of phenomena.
    • In the Chinese view, the truth of things is imminent; in the Western, truth is transcendent.
  • Knowledge, within the Chinese framework, consists in the accurate perception of the inner movement of the web of phenomena.
    • The desire for knowledge is the desire to understand the interrelationships or patterns within that web, and to become attuned to the unfolding dynamics.

In China, the purpose of painting is to rediscover the elemental and continuous course of the cosmic pulsation through the figurative representation of landscape…The tension created by the correlation between the lines and the washes, the visible and the invisible, fullness and emptiness, endows the landscape with a power to suggest more than the merely visible and open it to the life of the spirit. – Francois Jullien

Yin(阴) and Yang (阳)
  • Yin and Yang are convenient labels used to describe how things function in relation to each other and to the universe.
  • No entity can ever be isolated from its relationship to other entities, no thing can exist in and of itself.
    • Ying and Yang must, necessarily, contain within themselves the possibility of opposition and change.
  • Yin: Shady side of a slope
    • Cold, rest, responsiveness, passivity, darkness, interiority, downwardness, inwardness, decrease, satiation, tranquility, and quiescence.
    • It is the end, completion, and realized fruition.
  • Yang: Sunny side of a slope
    • Heat, stimulation, movement, activity, excitement, vigor, light (brightness), exteriority, upwardness, outwardness, and increase.
    • It is arousal, beginning, and dynamic potential.

All things have two facets: a Yin aspect and a Yang aspect.

  • Yin and Yang qualities exist in relation to each other.

Heaven is high, the earth is low, and thus [heaven and Earth] are fixed. As the high and low are thus made clear, the honorable and humble have their place accordingly. As activity and tranquility have their constancy, the strong and the weak are thus differentiated…Cold and hot season take their turn…[Heaven] knows the great beginning, and [Earth] acts to bring things to completion…{Heaven] is Yang and [Earth] is Yin. – Zou Yen

Any Yin or Yang aspect can be further divided into Yin and Yang.

Yin and Yang mutually create each other.

  • Although Yin and Yang can be distinguished, they cannot be separated.
    • They depend on each other for definition.

Being and non-being produce each other;
Difficult and easy complete each other;
Long and short contrast each other;
High and low distinguish each other;
Sound and voice harmonize each other;
Front and back follow each other. – Dao De Jing

Yin and Yang control each other.

Yin and Yang transform into each other.

  • Harmony means that the proportions of Yin and Yang are relatively balanced; disharmony means that the proportions are unequal and there is imbalance.
    • A deficiency of one aspect implies an excess of the other.
    • Extreme disharmony means that the deficiency of one aspect cannot continue to support the excess of another aspect.
      • The resulting change may be rebalancing or, if that is not possible, either the transformation into opposites or the cessation of existence.

People hate to be orphaned, the lonely ones, and the unworthy.
And yet kings and lords call themselves by these names.
Therefore it is often the case that things gain by losing and lose by gaining. – Dao De Jing

  • Yin and Yang create each other, control each other, and transform into each other.
  • Chinese medicine allows and demands a recognition and assessment of quality and context, because it deals with situationally dependent images.
    • There is no standard or absolute – what is health for one person may be sickness in another.
    • There is no notion of “normal” Yin-Yang – only the unique challenges and possibilities of each human life.
[To be continued…]

In Love and Awakening, John Welwood uses the analogy of a castle to illustrate the world within us. Imagine being a magnificent castle with long hallways of thousands of rooms. Every room in the castle is perfect and possesses a special gift. Each room represents a different aspect of yourself and is an integral part of the entire perfect castle. As a child, you explored every inch of your castle without shame or judment. Fearlessly you searched every room for its jewels and its mystery. Lovingly you embraced every room whether it was a closet, a bedroom, bathroom, of a cellar. Each and every room was unique. Your castle was full of light, love, and wonder. Then one day, someone came to your castle and told you that one of your rooms was imperfect, that surely it didn’t belong in your castle. They suggested that if you wanted to have a perfect castle you should close and lock the door to this room. Since you wanted love and acceptance, you quickly closed off that room As time went by, more and more people came to your castle. They all gave you their opinions of the rooms, which ones they liked and which ones they didn’t. And slowly you shut one door after another. Your marvelous rooms were being closed off, taken out the light, and put into the dark. A cycle had begun.

From that time on, you closed more and more doors for all kinds of reasons. You closed doors because you were afraid, or you thought the rooms were too bold. You closed doors to rooms that were too conservative. You closed doors because other castles you saw did not have a room like yours. You closed doors because your religious leaders told you to stay away from certain rooms. You closed any door that did not fit into society’ standards of your own ideal.

The days were gone when your castle seemed endless and your future seemed exciting and bright. You no longer cared for every room with the same love and admiration. Rooms you were once proud of, you now willed to disappear. You tried to figure out ways to get rid of these rooms, but they were part of the structure of your castle. Now that you had shut the door to whatever room you didn’t like, time went by until one day you just forgot that room altogether. At first, you didn’t realize what you were doing. It just became a habit. With everyone giving you different messages about what a magnificent castle should look like, it became much easier to listen to them than to trust your inner voice: the one that loved your entire castle. Shutting off those rooms actually started to make you feel safe. Soon you found yourself living in just a few small rooms. You had learned how to shut of life and became comfortable doing it. Many of us also locked away so many rooms that we forgot we were ever a castle. We began to believe we were just a small, two-bedroom house in need of repairs.

Now imagine your castle as the place where you house all of who you are, the good and bad, and that every aspect that exists on the planet exists within you. One of your rooms is love, one is courage, one is elegance, and another is grace. There are endless numbers of rooms. Creativity, femininity, honesty, integrity, health, assertiveness, sexiness, power, timidity, hatred, greed, frigidity, laziness, arrogance, sickness, and evil are rooms in your castle. Each room is an essential part of the structure and each room has an opposite somewhere in your castle. Fortunately, we are never satisfied being less than what we are capable of being. Our discontent with ourselves motivates us in our search for all the lost rooms of our castle. We can only find the key to our uniqueness by opening all the rooms in our castle.

  • Every judgment we make is noted. Every attitude we hold is a source of positive or negative power for which we are accountable.
  • Emotional and spiritual stresses or dis-eases are the root causes of all physical illness.
  • Mystics’ perceptions about reality and power are different from those of ordinary people.
    • The world “behind their eyes” is infinitely more real to them than the world before their eyes.
    • Christianity: in the world, but not of the world.
    • Buddhism and Hinduism: they are detached from the illusions of the physical world; they can see symbolically, clearly, because they are awake.
  • Detachment is essential to accomplishing an accurate evaluation.

Miracles are natural. Something is wrong when they don’t happen. – A Course in Miracles

  • Take with you only what feels accurate and truthful to your own heart.
  • Everything that is alive pulsates with energy and all of this energy contains information.
    • The emotions from these experiences become encoded in our biological systems and contribute to the formation of our cell tissue, which then generates a quality of energy that reflects those emotions.
  • If a person is able to sense intuitively that he or she is losing energy because of a stressful situation – and then acts to correct that loss of energy – then the likelihood of that stress developing into a physical crisis is reduced, if not eliminated completely.
  • A person’s energy system transmits only the information that is essential to bring the conscious mind to an awareness of the imbalance or disease.
  • Energy does not and cannot lie.
    • Our biological and spiritual systems always seek to express truth, and they will always find a way to do so.
  • People must face that which they fear.
  • Life is painful at times, and spiritually, we are meant to face the pains that life presents.
The First Principle: Biography becomes biology.
  • In energy terms, depression literally is a release of energy – or life-force, if you will – without consciousness…Without energy you cannot support your health.
  • We all have negative feelings, but not all negativity produces disease. To create disease, negative emotions have to be dominant, and what accelerates the process is knowing the negative thought to be toxic but giving it permission to thrive in your consciousness anyway.
The Second Principle: Personal Power is Necessary for Health.
  • For an alternative therapy to succeed, the patient must have an internal concept of power – an ability to generate internal energy and emotional resources, such as a belief in his or her self-sufficiency.
  • Seeing and admitting the truth about ourselves, about our role in creating our own problems, and about how we relate to others is vital for healing.
The Third Principle: You Alone Can Help Yourself Heal.
  • Energy medicine is a holistic philosophy that teaches, “I am responsible for the creation of my health. I therefore participated, at some level, in the creation of this illness. I can participate in the healing of this illness by healing myself, which means simultaneously healing my emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual being.
  • Healing is an active and internal process that includes investigating one’s attitudes, memories, and beliefs with the desire to release all negative patterns that prevent one’s full emotional and spiritual recovery.
  • Acquisitioners
    • Energy circuits run through a person’s body and attach themselves to a power target (i.e. money, people I need to control, people I can’t forgive, people whose approval I need)
    • It is not the mind but our emotional needs that control our attachment to our power targets.
  • The necessity of change makes healing a terrifying experience for many people.
  • Spiritual instruction teaches us to keep our focus on ourselves – not in an egocentric way but as a way of consciously managing our energy and power.

One’s personal theology should not be complicated. Seek to believe only what heaven has issued as essential (simple and eternal truth).

  • All circumstances can be changed in a moment, and all illness can be healed. The Divine is not limited by human time, space, or physical concerns.
  • Be consistent: live what you believe.
  • Change is constant. Every life goes through phases of difficult change as well as peace. Learn to go with the flow of change rather than try to stop change from occurring.
  • Never look to another person to make you happy – happiness is an internal, personal attitude and responsibility.
  • Life is essentially a learning experience. Every situation, challenge, and relationship contain some message worth learning or teaching to others.
  • Positive energy works more effectively than negative energy in each and every situation.
  • Live in the present moment, and practice forgiveness of others.

The Seven Sacred Truth

  • All is one.
    • We are interconnected with all of life and to one another.
  • Honor one another.
    • Act with integrity and honor within all our relationships.
  • Honor oneself.
    • Develop self-esteem and self-respect.
  • Love is divine power.
    • The symbolic doorway into our internal world.
  • Surrender personal will to Divine will.
    • Awareness and desire to make contact with the Divine plan.
    • Lying is violation of both body and spirit because the human energy system identifies lies as poison.
    • Confession is symbolic of purging all that is not honorable within us.
  • Seek only the truth.
    • To have faith in anything or in anyone that lacks integrity contaminates our spirits and bodies.
  • Live in the present moment.
    • We are essentially spiritual creatures, our spiritual needs are as crucial to our well-being as our physical needs, maybe even more so.

The Christian Sacraments

The Ten Sefirot: The Tree of Life

  • Our spiritual power grows when we are able to see beyond the contradiction inherent in tribal teachings and pursue a deeper level of truth.
  • Change is the nature of life, and external and internal changes is constant.
    • Habit is the hell which people cling in an attempt to stop the flow of change. But creativity defies the repetition of habit.
    • Human being seek stability – the absence of change.
  • Without honor, it is very difficult, if not impossible, for an individual to stand up for himself with pride and dignity, because he lacks a frame of reference for his behavior and choices and thus cannot trust himself or others.
  • No union is without spiritual value; each helps us grow as individuals.
  • Choice is the process of creation itself.
    • Make your choice wisely, because each choice you make is a creative act of spiritual power for which you are held responsible.
    • It is not what we choose that matters; our power to influence an outcome lies in our reasons for making a certain choice.
    • Our faith and our power of choice are , in fact, the power of creation itself. We are the vessels through which energy becomes matter in this life…We are vessels through which Spirit is working to accomplish tasks for the furthering of human development.
  • We are physical beings and energy beings, but since the physical world cannot be controlled, the task before us is to master our inner responses to the external world, our thoughts and emotions.
  • Money, like energy, is a neutral substance that takes its direction from the intention if the individual.
    • But money can weave itself into the human psyche as a substituting for the life-force.
    • The misperception of money as the life-force, coupled with a sudden loss of money, can activate any of several health crisis.
    • Money also has been equated to a sexual force.
  • Faith that transcends money frees a person to follow his or her intuitive guidance without giving over unnecessary authority to financial concerns.
  • While we measure our own success in terms of our personal comfort and security, the universe measures our success by how much we have learned.
  • Faith is the most important factor in healing.
    • Faith is vital for managing the challenges of our everyday existence.
  • Spiritual maturity is measured not by the sophistication of a person’s opinion, but by their genuineness and the courage necessary to express and maintain them.
    • Spiritual maturity is the capacity to stand one’s ground as a reflection of genuine inner belief.
  • The four stages of personal power: Revolution -> Involution -> Narcissism -> Evolution
  • Healing is possible through acts of forgiveness.
  • Confession is much more than the public acknowledgment of a wrongdoing. In energy terms it is the acknowledgment that we have become conscious of – and therefore empowered over – a fear that had previously commanded our spirits.
  • Mental energy powers the external world, while heart energy powers our personal domains.
  • The greatest act of will:
    • Make no judgments.
    • Have no expectations.
    • Give up the need to know why things happen as they do.
    • Trust that the unscheduled events of our lives are a form of spiritual direction.
    • Have the courage to make the choices we need to make, accept what we cannot change, and have the wisdom to know the difference.
  • The goal of becoming a conscious person is not to outwit death, nor even to become immune to disease. The goal is to  be able to handle any and all changes in our lives – and in our bodies – without fear, looking only to absorb the message of truth contained in the change.

Just as we are all born at the perfect moment for our energy to enter this earth, there is a perfect moment for us to leave this earth. – Sogyal Rinpoche

  • What it means to become conscious?
    • To seek truth that is detached from its social or cultural form.
  • How to release negative attitudes and painful memories?
    • Just let go. Let go of how your thought your life should be, and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into your consciousness.
  • The journey toward becoming conscious is often more attractive in theory that it is in practice. Pursuing consciousness theoretically through books and conversations allows us to fantasize about getting to the promised land without actually having to make any changes in our lives. Even the thought that a promised land exists can temporarily make a person feel great.
    • Try as we will, we cannot forever “visit” truth and then return to illusion.

The soul is one with God. – Meister Eckhart

  • Reiki heals on all levels, physically, mentally and spiritually, and supports the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
    • All you need is the desire to heal and be healed.
  • All the universe has come from love, and to love all things return. For from joy all beings have come, by joy they all live, and unto joy they all return. – The Taittiriya Upanishad
  • To experience Reiki is to experience the communication of love from the Universe to all beings.
    • The origin of Reiki is the same loving Universe that gives us breath each second.
    • Reiki invites us to open up to this great love, trusting it and allowing it to flow through us.
  • There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond us all, beyond the heavens, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens, this is the light that shines in our heart. – The Chandogya Upanishad
  • Reiki shows up the happiness we can feel by living in harmony with the laws of the Universe.
    • Love, if you want to be loved; give willingly and you will receive many times.
  • Reiki’s story has symbolic value – above all, it tells of a quest from the heart.
  • The human mind is great at separating…
  • Live in the world like Water on a lotus leaf. – Yogaswami
  • During all attunement, the Usui Reiki symbols are used to open the chakras and allow the person to become a Reiki channel.
  • The Usui distant healing symbol proves times and again that there is more to space and time than our current concepts of physics allow.
  • A true request to the Universe always gains a response, so have faith.
  • The way is beyond language – For in it there is no yesterday, no tomorrow, no today. – Third Zen Patriarch
  • The desire to become a Reiki master signifies trust in the Universe, and the underlying wish to shed the constrictions of the ego gently and with as little conflict and as much love and acceptance of oneself and others as possible.
  • We need to stop separating parts of our bodies into sexual and non-sexual…
  • We are not always as comfortable about receiving things as we are about giving them.
    • Many of us hold the belief deep down that we are not worth it and don’t deserve it.
  • Allow your imagination to create your own reality.
  • Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, grass grows. – Osho
  • Two conditions must occur before healing can take place.
    • There must be a shift in consciousness of the recipient – he/she must want to heal and must assist in that process by having an open mind.
    • There must be an appropriate exchange so that both are participating in the experience.
  • Just sharing the intention and vision to heal means that the consciousness of the planet is transformed, because we are creating our own mass consciousness.
    • The common intention shared by so many to raise the vibration of the world literally “lightens” the atmosphere.
  • There is nothing special about what I do each day, I only keep myself in harmony with it. – HsuYun
  • By wanting to heal, we take the first steps towards transformation and wholeness.
    • With the faith that we can assist our own healing, we create a revolution in our minds, changing our pattern of consciousness from one of being a victim to one of growing empowerment.
  • Reiki’s greatest gift to us is empowerment to take responsibility for ourselves and our own healing, and often means being able to recognize issue in our lives which, if not resolved, can make us ill.
    • Physical illness is the visible result of “dis-ease” created by negative belief systems that are causing conflict in our lives.
  • To be. No more. That is all. This is the joy supreme. – Jorge Guillen
  • Sometimes, we confuse curing with healing.
    • Even as we learn more about the human potential to attain greater longevity in the future, sooner or later we all go with the flow from the river to the ocean.
    • True healing creates a safe space in which an awareness of unity with the infinite is rekindled.
    • Healing allows people to leave this life at peace with themselves, open to transformation without fear or struggle, so that even when an illness is not cured, the person can be healed emotionally and spiritually.
    • We are bombarded by images of violent, painful death on television and newspapers. This is negative and disempowering when we feel we cannot do anything about it, it perpetuates fearfulness.
  • All spiritual disciplines regard prayer as nourishment for the soul, just as food nourishes and sustains the physical body.
  • Reiki with color
    • Blue is the color of healing in Reiki.
    • Red, worn or seen, can lift depression and motivate.
  • Reiki with reflexology
    • The feet and the hands are maps of our entire systems.
    • Every part of the foot is represented by an organ in the physical body.
  • Reiki and crystal healing
    • Holding a quartz at the level of the third eye during meditation enhances perception and intuition.
  • Reiki and affirmations
    • We are responsible for ourselves and our own healing.
    • Positivity and the expression of love are as powerful as diet in the treatment of disease.
    • Reiki allows us to feel and recognize ourselves as part of something greater, as expressions of the Divine.
    • We can create our own reality in the very ways we want to.
    • When we begin each morning feeling thankful and happy with life, we are expecting our lives to be good and full, and the Universe responds.
  • Reiki and meditation
    • Far from spacing you out, meditation promotes “less haste, more speed” as efficiency increases with mental awareness.
    • Meditating on your own breath or on a positive visualization causes the heart rate to fall, and the immune system to rise by 50%.
    • Meditation is effective in increasing levels of creativity and imagination.
    • Connect with the core of yourself, seeing it as a golden-white light in your center. Slowly, expand the light inside you until it extends to the tips of your fingers and toes. Be aware of your light overflowing into the room, the building, your town, your world, and your universe, before bringing it home to your being (center) again.

The Spiritual Principles

  • Just for today do not worry.
    • We are brought up to compete and to struggle, and this breeds in us an inherent lack of trust in the world around us.
    • We can see the big picture much more clearly when we place our trust in the Divine Plan.
  • Just for today do no anger.
    • The ability to stand back from our own feeling is empowering.
    • Anger can be a destructive force, but analyzing it can be a catalyst for positive changes.
  • Honor your parents, teachers, and elders.
    • Whatever someone’s path, it is theirs and as valid as your own.
    • Acknowledge and respect this and create freedom for yourself and others.
  • Earn you living honestly.
    • No matter how small the job, it is our present moment nonetheless, and if we put our hearts into it and do it with love, we will be giving and getting the most from that moment.
  • Show gratitude to everything.
    • “Thank you” instead of “Please”.
  • 霊気 ()
  • Rei – Spiritual Wisdom – universal – present everywhere
  • Ki – Life Energy – prana, chi – nonphysical energy that animates all living things
  • Reiki – Spiritually guided life energy
    • Reiki guides itself with its own wisdom, rather than requiring the direction of the practitioner.
  • Reiki is not taught like other healing techniques but through an attunement process.
    • During attunement, Rei makes adjustments in the student’s chakras and energy pathways to accommodate the ability to channel Reiki and then links the student to the Reiki source.
    • Powerful spiritual experience.
    • Once attuned, you will have Reiki for the remainder of your life.
  • Whenever change takes place, even if it is good, a period of adjustment is necessary so that the body and various parts of your life can get used to the healthy new conditions.
  • Reiki never depletes your energy and always increase the practitioner’s own energy and leaves one surrounded with loving feelings of well-being.
  • Reiki is a pure form of healing not dependent on individual talent or acquired ability.
  • How does Reiki heal?
    • We are alive because life energy or Ki is flowing through us.
    • Ki flows within the physical body through chakras, meridians and nadis; and also around us called aura.
    • The free and balanced flow of Ki is the cause of health.
    • The disruption in the flow of Ki is the main cause of illness.
    • Reiki raises the vibratory level in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feels are attached.
    • This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away. In so doing, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing healthy Ki to flow in a natural way.
  • Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion.
    • It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki.
  • Reiki photography through Kirlian photography

We are intuitive beings so listen to your inner voice to guide your hand positions, duration, your overall practice.

  • Work with your intuition and trust in it.
    • Hand positions for self-treatment (chart)
    • Hand positions for treating others (chart)

Five Principles by Mikao Usui

Posted: April 25, 2010 in Healing
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The secret art of inviting happiness,
The miraculous medicine for all diseases.

At least for today:
Do not be angry,
Do not worry,
Be grateful,
Work with diligence,
Be kind to people.

Every morning and evening, join your hands in meditation and pray with your heart.
State in your mind and chant with your mouth.

For improvement of mind and body.
Usui Reiki Ryoho.

The founder,
Mikao Usui.