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Positive Thinking

 

This week we are looking as positive thought and how our thoughts affect our moods and feelings.

Positive thinking is key to our happiness and enjoyment of life, as well as helping us to be able to live in the present. When our thoughts are positive we bring positivity to other aspects of our lives including positive feelings, positive body language and we are also able to bring positivity to others, as well as increasing our own optimism. The more positive we are, the more positivity we bring to ourselves through the law of attraction, which we  have already discussed in another article.

Negative thoughts on the other hand can be quiet destructive. Not only do they drain your energy and keep you from enjoying the present moments they can also snowball into negative emotions and fear, the more you give into them the stronger they become. Once the negative thought patterns have started it is hard to stop them and it can be difficult to shift your focus to positive thoughts.

When we have negative thoughts about certain situations the whole situation can escalate and before you know it, your whole day, week, month and year has become negative.

For example, you are sitting alone in the dark at home. You are down, depressed and thinking negative thoughts. The phone rings and it’s a friend you haven’t talked to in a while. You become alert, your mood and feelings change and becomes more positive, you have a nice conversation. Then, after you’ve hung up, you get blue again and fall back into a depressed mood. Why?

Because we have let negative thoughts and emotions come back in. We control our thoughts and emotions, we can decide to stay up or down. We can go back and sit in the dark and feel glum or we can decide to find something positive to do to keep our mood positive.

As we begin to change our thoughts to positive thoughts we start to feel better. If we take positive action to change the way we think and feel , we will feel better. The focus should be on being happy now – not when you have a promotion, new job, etc. etc. Happiness is a result of a decision to be happy.

Every thought we have is sent out into the universe, whether that thought is positive or negative, but whatever we send out is what the universe sends back to us. For Example, if you think a lot about debt, how much debt you have, guess what, the universe sends us more debt. If on the other hand we spend a lot of time thinking about the things we are grateful for, the universe sends us more things to be grateful for. Every emotion and feeling we have is created by our thoughts, so as you can see positive thought is paramount to our happiness.

Our past thoughts and emotions are exactly that, they are the past and are not in our present. Today is a new day, a better day, and worrying about the past just dooms us in the present. It’s how you process it now that makes a difference. Take a good look at the negative thoughts that appear every day, process them, forgive them and let go of them!

Here are some practical ideas to help you shift your thought patterns. By practising some of these things on a daily basis you can turn negative thoughts and emotions around.

Yoga and exercise.
Exercise is a distraction that can get you away from the cycle of negative thoughts that among other things feed anxiety and depression, it also helps relieve stress. It also releases ‘feel good’ chemicals in the brain (endorphins), which will improve your mood and as a result you will feel more energised.
Yoga is a particularly good exercise. It seeks to promote individual health and well-being through physical and mental exercise and deep relaxation.
Smiling / laughter.
Laughter really helps to change your mood and relieve stress. Put on your favourite funny movie, watch a comedian who will make you laugh or spend some time with friends. It takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown!
Surround yourself with positive people.
When you’re stuck in a negative spiral, talk to and spend time with people who can put things into perspective( those who won’t feed your negative thinking). In other words those who will not allow you to dwell in self-pity.
Change the tone of your thoughts from negative to positive.
Instead of looking at all the negatives in your life, find a positive aspect in every situation and focus on that. Instead of dwelling on things you have lost or don’t have, be grateful for the things that you do have and in turn focus on those thoughts.
Don’t play the victim. You create your life—take responsibility.
You have choices and you can choose to be happy. Take responsibility for your thoughts, your life and your decisions. Take action and make the changes you need, no one else can do it for you!

Help someone.
Take the focus away from yourself and do something nice for another person. It will take you mind off of your problems and you will feel a sense of achievement at doing something worthwhile
Remember that no one is perfect and let yourself move forward.
We all make mistakes but it is what we learn from them that is important. If we dwell on and analyse these mistakes over and over again then we are not learning as this analysis keeps us in the past. Look at the mistakes, forgive them and move on.

Singing / Music.
When we sing, we show our feelings and this provides an amazing stress relief. It doesn’t matter what we sing, or if we know all the words, just sing! Music can also change our moods drastically, by playing depressing music it will keep us in a depressed mood, however if you change the music to something more upbeat it is very hard to stay miserable. Dancing can also help immensely, for example when doing the housework put on some upbeat music, sing, dance and let your emotions out, the housework then is also not a chore and you feel much better, more energised and more focused.

Gratitude

List ten things that you are grateful for right now. Being grateful helps us to appreciate what you already have, it also helps the universe to bring us more things to be grateful for. It also turns our thoughts to positive thoughts and stops us dwelling on what we don’t have. Use Gratitude throughout the day, even for the smallest of things, start from the minute you get up. (please see the article on gratitude.)

Read positive quotes / Affirmations.
Affirmations are a very powerful tool. They are positive statements, which when repeated, program the subconscious mind to create changes and improvement in your life. They trigger the subconscious mind into positive action. In order to ensure the effectiveness of the affirmations, they have to be repeated with attention, conviction, feeling, interest and desire.
Here are a couple of sample affirmations, ideally you should make your own using words that resonate with you.
“I am happy, confident and have everything that I need”
“I am grateful for the start of a new day”
“I am free to be who I want to be, Thank you”

 

Until next week,

 

Suzi

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This week we are going to look at the law of attraction in a little more detail to help us to keep our thoughts positive as this works really well with gratitude.

 

The law of attraction is the universal law that says “ like attracts like”, and that by using this process we can bring into our lives the things that we want. Every thought we have goes out into the universe and the universe brings us back what we have thought about, whether that thought is negative or positive. The universe cannot distinguish between the things we want and the things we don’t, it just reacts to the thought patterns we have.

Einstein proved that everything in the universe is made of energy and this energy vibrates on different frequencies. The law of attraction is one of the most powerful universal laws, this law states that whatever we send out to the universe we get back, like attracts like. So if we are sending out negative thoughts and emotions we will get back more negative thoughts and emotions. If we send out positive thoughts and emotions we will get back positive thoughts and emotions. Our thoughts have a frequency and are magnetic, as we think our thoughts we magnetically attract like thoughts.

Imagine if you are constantly thinking negative thoughts about your job, such as “I detest my job” guess what, the universe will bring in thoughts about your job which in turn will bring in more things to dislike about your job. Therefore if you don’t like you job, do something about it, nothing is going to change unless you put in the effort to do something about it and then take action. Use the law of attraction to make the changes you would like in life and then use gratitude and affirmations to affirm them.

If you are a positive person and are sending out lots of positive thoughts you give the universe the opportunity to bring in more positive thoughts. Let’s say you love your job. You wake up in the morning excited to go to work, to see your colleagues, clients etc. not only do you have a positive mind set but you are also sending thoughts out that you are happy, excited etc. guess what the universe will bring in more thoughts about liking your job and you will have more things to be happy and excited about.

It is important to understand that our thoughts become manifestations, our thoughts become our life! If we take the time to look back at the past we can see how we brought things to us, they were our thoughts. Maybe we spent a lot of time thinking about debt, and now we have a lot of debt, maybe we spent a lot of time thinking we were not worthy of the wonderful relationship we had with our partner and now that relationship is over. Maybe we spent a lot of time thinking about our dream house and now we are living in that dream house.

One of the reasons that people do not have the things they want in their lives is because they spend more time thinking about the things they don’t want or have rather than the things they do want. The universe doesn’t work with negatives like don’t, no and not. It just removes these words so it is very important to think about your thoughts. For example “I don’t want to miss the bus.” The universe hears I want to miss the bus, and your day just gets worse from here on in! Instead of I don’t want to miss the bus change it to a positive, I will arrive at the bus stop in plenty of time.

Of course it is impossible to monitor every single thought we have as we have so many in a day. Firstly concentrate on the things you would like to change! Think about the perfect job, the perfect body, abundance etc. and go from there.

The law of attraction is a three step process: ask, believe and receive. It is really that simple and there are some great tools that you can use to help you to manifest the life you desire. We are the creators of our lives and our dreams and we have the power to manifest anything we wish.

Ask – send out the thoughts of the things you would like with feeling, feel what it would be like to have the things you want.

Believe – believe that you deserve them and believe that the universe will deliver them, you don’t need to worry about how they will be delivered, just believe that they will.

Receive – now you have done the hard work, be open to receiving what you have asked for, however it arrives.

Tools to help you to use this three step process.

There are many tools available to help us with taking control of our lives and manifesting the life we deserve, here are a few that I have found very helpful.
Meditation – helps quieten the mind so you can focus on the things you truly desire
Positive thought – brings in more things to be positive about.
Affirmations – positive statements that affirm we have what we want.
Gratitude – the more we are grateful for the more the universe will bring us to be grateful for.

Visualization – see the things you want, visualize and imagine what they look like.

Feelings – feel excited about having the things you want, feel the feelings of having everything you want.
Vision Boarding – a collage of pictures you can see often to help you visualize what you want.
Intention – intend to have the things you desire.
Releasing blockages – we may have blockages that stop us from having the things we desire like being uncomfortable around money, or feeling that you don’t deserve money so releasing any blockages is necessary in order to receive.
Forgiveness – when we forgive we are letting go of past issues and living in the present.
Working with the moons phases – the moon is a very powerful energy and its phases have been used for hundreds of years. There is a phase for removing the things you want and one for bringing in the things you desire.
Goal setting – setting goals helps us to have focus and to see the things we have achieved.
Cosmic ordering – allows us to have real focus on what we want and is a ritual to send out to the universe what we truly desire.
Speak your truth – when we speak from our hearts, we speak our truth and it is very liberating.

 

This week look at one thing you truly desire, be it job, health, home etc and use gratitude, affirmations and the law of attraction to send it out to the universe. Remember you can use both affirmations and gratitude as if you have already received what you want.

I am truly grateful that my job brings me clients i can help and inspire.

I am transforming into someone who is always focused on positivity and gratitude.

I know that I have the knowledge and resources to achieve my dreams.  Thank you.

 

Until next week

 

Suzi.

 

Affirmations

As we start to use gratitude on a daily basis we will be using affirmations to do so. So this week i thought we would look at affirmations and how to use them.

Affirmations are positive statements that are repeated over and over again, it is a declaration that something is true. Our bodies believe every thought we think, so by repeating affirmations we are declaring what we would like and we can then bring what we want in to our reality.  It doesn’t matter if we don’t have it yet our subconscious doesn’t know the difference between reality and fantasy.

When choosing affirmations you need to choose positive affirmations that resonate with you, or try writing your own. As well as writing it in your journal, repeat as often as you can throughout the day. In order to ensure the effectiveness of the affirmations, they have to be repeated with attention, interest, faith, desire and feeling. The more feelings you put into them the more your subconscious is going to believe them. By using this process throughout the day with intent you influence your subconscious mind which in turn, transforms your habits, behavior, attitude, and reactions, and will begin to reshape your external life.

Sometimes, results appear quickly, but sometimes more time is required. You may attain immediate results, and other times, it might take days, weeks, months or more. Getting results depends on several factors, such as the time, focus, faith and the feelings you invest in repeating your affirmations, on the strength of your desire, and on how big or small your goal is.

It is important to understand that repeating positive affirmations for a few minutes, and then thinking negative thoughts for the rest of the day can neutralize the effects of the positive words. You have to keep all of your thoughts positive if you wish to attain positive results.

Here are a couple of affirmations to give you an idea, make sure all the word you use are positive.

“Wealth is pouring into my life.”

“I radiate love and happiness.”

“My body is fit and healthy.”

 

Or you can use them as I am statements.

“I am connecting to my angels quickly and effortlessly.”

“I am so happy to find the perfect career that satisfies me in every way.”

“I am confident, organised and successful.”

“I am living in the house of my dreams.”

 

So when using affirmations with gratitude our affirmations will be something like this:

“I am grateful for all the positive people in my life”.

“I am grateful that i am happy and healthy.”

 

We can also use gratitude affirmations for the things we wish to bring in, i.e

“I am grateful that my business is successful”.

“I am grateful that i have all the money i need.”

 

Have some fun this week writing your own gratitude affirmations.

 

Until next week,

 

Suzi

 

Welcome to my weekly column.

Each week we will be working with gratitude and other tools like affirmations, visualization, positive though, mind set and the law of attraction to help us to change our lives.  Just making small changes to the way we think and act can make a huge difference to how we feel, and when we feel more positive we are able to achieve more positive things.

So what is Gratitude?

Gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness or appreciation for something, whether it is for the food you eat, your relationship, your family or anything else you have in your life.  The list of things we can be grateful for is endless and by expressing our gratitude on a daily basis we are bringing positivity into our lives. Gratitude is a very powerful emotion, it can dissolve negativity, bring happiness and make you feel good too. When we focus our attention to the things we are grateful for we are living in the present moment.

On the same note if we are ungrateful for our lives and the people and situations around us we will just bring in more negativity and less things to be grateful for. Feelings of resentment, anger, jealousy and dissatisfaction are not only negative emotions but will just bring in more of the same negative emotions. When we focus on the things we have lost we are living our lives in the past and the good things we have around us in the present are being missed or ignored.

Einstein proved that everything in the universe is made of energy and this energy vibrates on different frequencies. When we are discontent and unhappy we vibrate on a very low frequency and when we are happy and content we vibrate on a much higher frequency. One of the most powerful universal laws is the law of attraction, this law states that whatever we send out to the universe we get back, like attracts like. So if we are sending out negative thoughts and emotions we will get back more negative thoughts and emotions. If we send out positive thoughts and emotions we will get back positive thoughts and emotions.

So this is where gratitude comes into play. When we are grateful for the things we have the law of attraction and the universe will bring us more things to be grateful for. Also when we spend time looking at what we have and are grateful for we are looking at the positives in our lives and are sending out positive thoughts and emotions which will also help lift our mood, help us to stay positive and help us to live in the present. If we are constantly looking at what we have lost we will continue to live in the past and give up on all the good, positive people, events and situations around us.

So how do we use gratitude on a daily basis?

It is very easy to bring gratitude into our everyday lives, the more we say thank you, the more we have things to say thank you for, like attracts like!

Write a Gratitude Diary

Spending 10 minutes a day writing a gratitude diary is a great way to get started. Before you go to bed at night spend a little time thinking about your day and write down, with feeling and emotion everything that made you happy and that you were grateful for, i.e. your college brought you a coffee, the train was on time, the queue in the shop was short, you avoided getting wet in the storm, whatever it is write it down in the present tense. “ I am grateful the bus was on time”,” I am grateful for the coffee Millie brought me.” etc.

I look forward to hearing how you all found this exercise and your thoughts and comments.

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Cinnabar Stone – The Merchants Stone

cinnabar31980aCinnabar has strong metaphysical properties, and it is known as a stone for manifestation, transformation, healing and wealth creation and has been labeled the ‘Merchants Stone’.

The energy of this stone may bring an increase of wealth into your business, increase cash flow and generally boost finances and help you to manifest the things you desire.

It is a stone of transformation, magic, alchemy and healing. It aids enhanced communication, self-expression and inspired thinking and may be used to align all of the chakras and release fear and resentment.

It will aid you with developing intuition, and brings an increase in your mental alertness, ingenuity and your ability to think more directly and creatively. Your creative gifts resonate from within your sacral chakra and this stone has a strong energy for enhancing creativity.

Cinnabar stone is a powerful transformation crystal. It will help you to create a healthier, happier life for yourself and those around you. It can also help you to release feelings of sadness, as well as any ancient karmic energy stuck in the lower chakras.

It has powerful metaphysical properties that encourage you to think in a more inspired and spiritually creative way and this connection between the spiritual world and the physical world makes this a potent stone. By bringing spiritual insights from your third eye to the lower chakras they may be brought into physical reality to manifest ideals, and to manifest money.

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Using Cinnabar

This stone resonates strongly within the sacral chakra and base chakra and this energy is known to enhance kundalini awakening. It will encourage a stronger flow of life-force energy within these lower chakras, where it is known to stimulate sexual feelings, and may enhance personal relationships.

It is also thought to increase cash flow, so keeping some in your purse will be of benefit.

Cinnabar Stone has a strong vibration to ground excessive energy, taking any excess down via the base chakra to the earth chakra, to facilitate spiritual grounding.

This makes it a helpful stone to use for enhancing your personal relationships, as any excess of energy will safely dissipate to ground.

It is known to also help you to release fear and resentment… and to deal with hurt feelings, anger, and jealousy… and stop you from taking issues to heart.

It is a powerful stone to use during meditation, as it enables you to better understand the flow of energy from the Divine source to the physical world. This stone will encourage a greater flow of this energy to the physical body.

It is known as an excellent stone to have in your business to manifest money. The best way to use it is to keep it close to where you receive your money… as this method has been known to bring an increase in income.

It may help you to ascertain where problems are that may block your abundance and may bring an influx of abundance and prosperity into your life.

It also aids sales people… as it will increase your assertiveness and may aid your speech to be more articulate and more persuasive. It is known to stimulate an increase in self confidence and to facilitate more fluency in your communication.

Combining It With Other Stones

This stone has strong qualities for stimulating manifestation and will encourage abundance and prosperity and this may be enhanced further if you use it with any of the Golden stones… including Citrine Crystals, Sunstones, Yellow Labradorite, Chalcopyrite, Yellow Apatite and Amber.

Carnelian Stones

If you wish to bring an increase in your creative abilities you may combine it with one of the specific sacral chakra stones for enhancing creativity, including Orange Calcite, Sunstones, Zincite or Orange Carnelian.

To aid personal relationships… you may combine Cinnabar with Sardonyx, Red Jasper, Fire Agate, Zincite or Orange Carnelian.

Cinnabar is known to aid kundalini awakening… and Serpentine Stone is a powerful stone to use to ensure that the process goes smoothly.

Use it with stones such as Black Tourmaline, Cuprite or Red Garnet… which are base chakras stones that also aid grounding. Phenacite and Super Seven are third eye chakra stones that stimulate mental and visionary abilities, so they will combine well with it to enhance this aspect.

The History of Reiki

There are many stories about how Reiki was first discovered although it is agreed that Dr Usui re-discovered and named Reiki.

We already know that Reiki is a Japanese healing treatment that was later brought to the west. This means that there are two different branches of Reiki, a western and a traditional, we will look at these branches in a different chapter. Along with the different branches comes different stories on how Reiki was discovered. So lets have a look at the differing stories

The Western Version

Dr Usui was the dean of a small christian university in Koyto Japan. Whilst teaching one of his classes some students asked if he believed in the bible, he replied that he did, he was then asked if he believed that Jesus could heal the sick, again he replied that he did, the students pushed him further and quoted jesus’s saying “you can all do this too and more” and wanted to know if he believed this too and when would they be taught how to heal the sick like Jesus.

Dr Usui was Japanese and held very high values. He was not able to teach the students how to heal and honour told him that he should resign, which he did immediately.

Dr Usui made it his life’s mission to seek out the ability and knowledge to heal. He decided that as Jesus was christian he would travel to a christian country to find some answers, he traveled to America where he studied Christianity, philosophy and the scriptures at the university of Chicago for the next 7 years. He did not find what he was searching for in America so decided to follow in Jesus’s footsteps and go to Indian and Tibet in search of enlightenment.

Whilst in India Dr Usui studied the Indain and Tibetan sutras and learned sanskrit. But he still did not find what he was looking for so he decided to travel back to Japan to further his studies in Buddhism as he knew that Buddha had also healed the sick.

He visited many monasteries and asked the monks if they could heal the sick as Buddha had done as it was written in the sutras that he had healed the physical body, but all the monks said no and believed that healing the spirit was more important and that is why they couldn’t heal the body. Dr Usui was becoming very despondent but he did not give up his search. He came across a zen monastery where the monks agreed that the spirit needed healing 1st and this is what they were concentrating on and they believed that the answers for healing the body would come to them during their meditations. They invited Dr Usui to join them.

Dr Usui spent 3 years at this monastery searching the sutras and meditating with the monks. Through this meditation and discussions with other monks he came to the realization that enlightenment on how to heal the body would come to him if he fasted and meditated for 21 days.

Near Kyoto was a mountain called mount Kurama, he climb this mountain and found a beautiful spot for meditating and with water near by, he collected 21 stoned so that he could keep track of the days, he would throw one away everyday. For twenty one days he mediated and fasted, read the scriptures and prayed. During this time not unusual happened. Then on the morning of the 21st day, just before dawn he saw a flickering light way in the distance. As he focused on the light it got closer and closer, brighter and brighter. This did scare him a little and was tempted to run away but realized that was what he was there for and decided he should stay. He stood up and decided to see what happens, even if it meant his own death. Dr Usui realized that the light was a consciousness and was wanting to communicate with him, it said it was the enlightenment to healing others and it would have to hit him in the 3rd eye and could kill him. This decision was down to him, it had to be his own choice.

Dr Usui allowed the light to strike him, it was so powerful it knock him unconscious. it was in his trance like state that he started seeing coloured bubbles and symbols, this was Dr Usui being attuned to their energy. When he fully regained consciousness he knew that this was all that he was looking for. He felt amazingly energized and couldn’t wait to get back to the monastery to tell the other monks about it.

Dr Usui left the mountain in a hurry to get back to the monastery and on his way down the mountain he stubbed his toe, quiet badly, the pain ran through his body, he bent down and cupped his toe in his hand, the pain stopped almost instantly and so did the bleeding, he was amazed, he also noticed that his hand were getting really warm whist they were holding his toe. He continued on his journey, at the bottom of the mountain was a typical Japanese snack bar, he decided to stop and have something to eat, as did many who came down the mountain after fasting. It was here he met his first patient, after eating a very hearty breakfast, against the advise of the stall holder who was concerned that after fasting for 21 days he would get indigestion, he was preparing to pay when the owners grand-daughter came to clear the dishes with a very swollen face and tears in her eyes, he asked why, he was told tooth ache, he asked the owner if he could attempt to heal her, the girl gladly accepted. Dr Usui cupped her face in his hands and within a few minutes the pain and the swelling were gone. Both the proprietor and the girl were very happy and Dr Usui continued his journey.

When Dr usui returned to the monastery he learned that his good friend the abbot had been taken ill with very bad arthritis and was laid up in bed. He wasted no time in healing his friend, he placed his hands on the abbots body whilst telling him all about his enlightenment. The Abbot was astonished by his demonstration of healing, the friends talked into the night and decided that Dr Usui should go out in to the city to heal the sick. Dr Usui spent the next 7 years healing people in the poorest part of town and he was happy for a while until he realised that people were returning to him to be healed again. On questioning some of these people it became apparent that they didn’t value the healing they had received as it cost them nothing. He meditated on this and decided that giving the healing away for free did not give people any value to helping themselves and he closed his healing practice with great sadness.

It was at this time that he developed the 5 Reiki principles:

Just for today i will let go of anger

just for today i will let go of worry

Today i will count my many blessings

Today i will do my work honestly

Today i will be kind to every living thing.

He also realised that the symbols he was given on Mount Kumara were to initiate others into this healing system he called Reiki. He spent the rest of his years traveling around japan healing people. He also initiated 16 people before his death in 1926 into Reiki and charged his friend Dr Hayashi with the responsibility of continuing his Reiki teachings .

Dr Hayashi was 47 when he was initiated in reiki and had spent many years following Dr Usui on his travels around Japan. He was an excellent healer in his own right and it came as no surprise that Dr Usui made him Reiki Grand master before his death. Dr Hayashi went on to open the first Reiki clinic in Tokyo and it was whilst observing and record keeping that he came up with the 12 hand positions that are used today. He also divided the reiki attunement process in to 3. It is not known how many people Dr Hayashi attuneded into Reiki but as a know psychic he knew that there would be a great war and decided that two women should be initiated as most of the men he had attuned would have to fight and Reiki needed to live on.

Mrs H Takata

Born in 1900 in Hawii to Japanese imagrants Mrs Takata was an American national. She worked at a sugar plantation and was married with 2 children, unfortunately her husband died at a very young age and she was left to keep the family going. She worked harder and harder to replace her husbands wage to keep the family going and she was becoming sick, her parent had already returned to japan at this time. On a visit to japan to see her parent she became very sick and was rushed into hospital, in the operating theatre whilst being prepared for sugery she was strongly impressed to question the doctor about alternative treatment.

The surgeon knew of Dr Hayashi’s work at the reiki clinic and sugested that she may try this. She immediatly cancelled her operation and went to the clinic. She was very impressed with the diagnosis the clinic had given her as it was the same as the hospital diagnosis and she decided to start treatment with them. She attended the clinic every day for a few months and made a full recovery. Whilst she was at the clinic she not only saw how well Reiki worked on other people but on herself too. She knew she had to learn the art of Reiki.

Unfortunately Mrs Taukata had two major things to overcome before she could learn Reiki, firstly she was and woman and secondly she was not Japanese. It was 1935 and the notion of a Japanese art being taught to a foreigner was out of the question but to teach a woman was unheard of. She did not give up and knew that she had to show her devotion and offered to sell her house. All this would not have been enough had Dr Hayashi not had vision of the world war and he knew that a woman had to be attuned.

Mrs Taukata was finally initiated in the 1st degree of Reiki and spent the year working with Dr Hayashi. She then took her second degree and returned to Hawaii to open her clinic. In 1938 Dr Hayashi visited her in Hawaii and gave her her third degree making her a Reiki master. At this time she was the only practicing Reiki master in the west and she was given the title Reiki grand master by Dr Hayashi just before his death in 1941. She stay as the only Reiki master for a while but then saw the need for more Reiki master and in the 1970′s she initiated 22 people before her death in 1980.

The Eastern Version

Dr Usui was born in 1865, he was a very industrious person that gave a lot of his time to study. He was very knowledgeable in medicine, psychology and studied many religions. He was also known as a psychic and fortune teller. Before he re-discovered Reiki he was running his own business, which had failed and left him in debt and demoralized. He wanted to know what the meaning of life was and sought guidance and help from above.He went to Mount Kurama, a place well know for spiritual enlightenment. It was not unusual at this time for people to meditate and fast for 21 days, so he went to his favorite spot, close to a waterfall and began his meditations. It was whilst meditating under the waterfall that he had a fleeting moment of enlightenment or Satori in Japanese, that he realised the meaning of life and the healing system he called Reiki became known to him.

From this time Dr Usui used the Reiki energy on friends and family. He saw how well it worked and he started using it on the public and then opened his Reiki clinic in Tokyo. His fame as a healer spread quickly and people visited him from far and wide, not only to be healed but to learn the healing system for themselves. It was then that the Reiki movement was born and he called it Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkei (Usui healing method society).

In 1923 a huge earthquake hit Tokyo causing total devastation, there were thousands injured and hundreds killed. Dr Usui used his reiki healing to great effect at this time and his clinic quickly became too small as his name and fame for healing spread all over Japan. He built a larger clinic just outside of Tokyo to cope with all the people that wanted healing. As his fame grew so did his invitations to travel, which he undertook and it was whilst he was traveling that he had a stroke and died in march 1926.

As you can see there are a some differences in the two versions of how Reiki was re-discovered. It is thought that the western version was brought about so that Reiki was more acceptable to Christians and particularly American who were not really taken with the Japanese and their culture at the time and Reiki is a healing method to be available to everyone. So personally i am not bothered with the stories about how Reiki was Re-discovered, just that it was re-discovered.

 Reiki has been used very successfully with both children and teenagers who are exceptionally receptive to healing and energy changes. Reiki is exceptionally good for children on the autistic spectrum including ASD, Aspergers and ADHD.

Children and teenagers (young adults) have to deal with many issues on a daily basis including: Bullying, peer pressure, school and exam pressure, worrying about things that maybe happening at home.

Reiki can help children in the following ways:

  • Allows children to accept themselves for who they are
  • Raises their self esteem
  • Increases their confidence levels
  • Enables better coping strategies for lifes problems
  • Increases their ability to concentrate
  • Heals mind, body and spirit
  • Allows children to know they are loved and cared for despite all that is going on around them
  • Helps calm and ground them
  • Aids sleep
  • Helps relieve stress
  • Helps to relieve tight muscles
  • All the above

These are just a few ways in which reiki can help.