Today I write and I live all that is true and what is true is the tender-ess expression of love and appreciation for the people I have joined with in this lifetime--they are kind, they are loving, they are funny, they are smart and they love me unconditionally. For today, just for today, allow me to see them a little more; allow me to take the time to truly look for that sparkle of light , of love in their eyes; to revel in the joy of knowing that love exists for me as I see it in them.
I just returned from a wonderful workshop taught by an ICRT licensed teacher named Tracy Houchins. Prior to this class, I had ‘known’ Tracy mostly as a FB friend in our world wide circle of friends. I’d also seen and spoken to her briefly a few times at the Reiki Retreats but never before had I said more than a few passing but heartfelt words to her.
Meeting Tracy was like meeting a soul sister I’d always known. It was that kind of connection that went beyond just synchronicity and into the ‘we’ve been here and done this before.” Interestingly enough, Tracy’s class spanned the gamut of connecting with past lives through our sessions and so it became another link to one another in a cosmic way.
It’s been a while since I’ve been in a Sister circle, about six months. I realized that what Tracy said to us in class was so completely true. She shared a story about her early connections with Reiki and how she ‘locked in’ to the feeling of being in a soul group, in a spiritual Oneness with others. She locked in and never looked back.
This is what we get when we sign on to the Reiki experience. We can also get it in any other number of ways in our lives, but my experience of this type of connection with Reiki flowing all around us and through us makes it the most beautiful and heartfelt experience, every single time. We are so very very Blessed.
What we get is an opportunity to step out of the ordinariness of daily life and into sacred space with each other. In that sacred space of the classroom or workshop or spiritual gathering, we share stories, intimate stories. We reveal sometimes with virtual strangers our innermost thoughts and weaknesses and fears. And we are carried on a soft feathery pillow of love and compassion and forgiveness.
But this is the whole point of it as I am discovering in this lifetime. We share with strangers because no one is really a stranger. Whether we acknowledge it or not, we are part of one consciousness. We already know one another in the deepest way.
I spoke to Tracy about our housesitting adventures in the UK and elsewhere. I shared with her how people opened their homes to us, left their pets in our care, made us dinner, and became our friends. Friends we just hadn’t yet met in a physical sense. This type of trust is one that we share in our Reiki classes and workshops.
In fact, this class we took, called Metta Reiki, means loving kindness. Loving kindness is what flowed through us in spades.
Mind you, everyone who attended is a deeply spiritual person who intends to move this way all the time in their lives but when we come together we become greater individually as a whole. We are truly able to experience the Oneness of our Beings.
Tracy led us with love, honesty, humor and compassion at all times. I have rarely met a person in my life who bears witness to love in such an open and honest way. Tracy is honest with all of her feelings and she allowed us into her world for a little while. She graciously offered me a warm bed to sleep in that night, and I instantly felt a deep feeling of being at ‘home’ with her and her beautiful son Atlas.
I don’t know if people realize what we get by doing what we do. All of life should be this way. All of life should be about us seeing one another with the light of compassion in our lives, the light of forgiveness and the light of unconditional love. Practicing Metta in our daily lives brings us JOY. Joy to be with one another and joy to live this life that we have been given. This is what we get. We get to feel the connection between ourselves and others instead the separation that we usually create or that we think exists. We are all here together. Everything we do and think and say or try not say bounces and boomerangs out into the Universe and effects everyone else. Everything. WE are not alone. We are never alone. Metta Reiki reminded us of the love we always knew existed and that it resides in us.
I thank Tracy and my beautiful classmates and Henry and Joe for this experience:) I thank the Heavens and the Earth Mother and God and the Angels and all that is Divine both in Heaven and here on Earth for this most blessed life. With deep compassionate forgiving unconditional love. Rose
If you look closely at this swan, you will see that her wings form a heart behind her. If you look closely at most people, you will see their heart, even if they are hiding it. The other day someone said to me that MOST people are not good. If one believes that most others are not good, then sadly they do not believe in the goodness of themselves. Everyone has a heart. Sometimes you just have to look.
For this New Year, my personal theme is concerning Matters of the Heart. How we do neglect our own heart. A Reiki friend of mine told me that when she gives sessions she almost always has to work on a person's heart area most of all. If only we took care of our own heart first. It is the place from where we love, and that love has to come from within us, through us, and from us first. What does that mean exactly?
To me that means that we must learn to give our Selves the love that we deserve, the love that we seek elsewhere. It's all right there for us. We are surrounded with it. The vibration of our own heart is so large that it can wrap itself around us and keep us glowing with its vibrant, all encompassing love.
Beyond all the hatred, the misunderstandings of the world, the seperation of soul beings, stands just one all important thing. Our heart space.
Today and everyday, whenever you think about it, place your hands on your heart and feel some love for you. Connect to the Divine Source of all that lies within your heart.
There are those of us who can post and blog and tweet and add comments to Facebook all the time and I applaud you. I am not one of those. I have my times of being 'out there' with all of you and times of rolling along with life in a less public way. During those months and times, I am growing and changing, I am learning and building on what it is to me in this world, what it is to be human and Spirit all together in one body, in one collective Soul.
And yet even in those months when I am living out there in the world, teaching and doing and going and being, I am still with you during those times. We are still connected, by the sunsets and the moon rising and setting at dawn, as Joe and I watched this morning. Right now we are in a magical place that is unlike any we've ever known. It is called Spain, or here they call it Espana. The sunrise above is just one of the spectacular miracles of Holy Spirit we have witnessed here. And from this place of some isolation and much quiet and peace, we feel each of you. We feel your struggles and conflicts of life as it stands. We feel your joy too as we feel our own. Our own joy and our own sorrow and the everything that goes between. And we give it all Reiki. Because we can. And we hope that most of you reading this can too.
But even if you haven't taken that step to learn Reiki yet, or aren't even sure if you want to, you can give Love. And that's all you have to do. Just send out pure Love and compassion to all things. To sunrises and moon sets, to birds and trash and people you don't like, or don't even know. To Presidents and men selling hot dogs on the streets. To women carrying bundles on their heads in Africa. To animals who heal us. To everything that loves us and everything that doesn't. Just send Love today. Just send Reiki. And we will do it right alongside you. We will hold the heart of the world inside our own and give it tender Love. Namaste.
I was just talking yesterday to a dear friend about the way we are in the world. Doing Reiki and sending Reiki and giving Reiki and teaching classes; those are all admirable things, and things I want to be able to continue to do for the rest of my days here. But 'being Reiki' for me is the bigger question. Am I responsible for my vibration in this world? You bet I am.
Everything I think, not just about others, but especially about myself, affects every living thing here on earth. If I think it doesn't then perhaps I should think again, or study quantum physics or the double slit theory. I can affect change just by 'being.' I have an obligation, yes that's true, an obligation to 'right' myself whenever I tilt one direction or the other, to continually strive not just every single day, but every moment of every day, to be accountable for my thoughts, my words, my actions , my breath, my being. Seems a difficult task you might say. But the more I am accountable for my own thoughts and what they create, the better the world will be for me and for everyone and everything.
So with this in mind, I will continue to 'be' the best that I can be, not just for me but for you too. Here's to raising the vibration. Hugs.
This sit has been a funny thing for me. Many mixed feelings, with Joe being sick and the month stretching ahead of us. Then a big shift with Joe’s return to health and discovering the land together and meeting new friends Nick and Paulie. I’ve had moments of wanting to be at home and moments of wanting to stay forever in this beautiful place.
On the Sunday past, as we sat in pub with Nick and Paulie, he talked about why so many people want to move here, and they do, it seems, whether it be with passports and visas or without. He says, all in all, it’s still a safe place to live. “No one will shoot ya, except maybe the police. The government will feed and house you and the NHS will take care of you if you are are sick.” And, he repeats, it’s a pretty safe plaace. I can hear his voice in my head, his accent from Oldham and who knows where else, what they call a ‘broad’ English accent, not refined as Nick will tell you. But I like to listen to him and Paulie. Their voices and manner of speaking make me feel safe. There’s a singsong quality to it that’s soothing, even though they cut off their words and Joe or I have to ask them to repeat. Like when Nick kept talking about the ‘toorists’ and how they come here without cell phones so they can’t be tracked. And after the third time or so, I, in my infinite innocence, said, “but we are tourists!” which brought a huge laugh, for he was, as you might have guessed, saying terrorists, but because of the manner in which they speak, they slush together their syllables sometimes. Funny that.
It is this stay in Grasscroft that I will always look back upon and know; that this past month was when we began to dig into the place. I suddenly knew we weren’t like the hens out back, scratching the surface of England anymore. No we’d begun to dig in and grow some roots. We weren’t here to be tourists (or terrorists for that matter!) and see the sights, although there are some beautiful sights to see. We weren’t all about ourselves caught up in our own world. No we were here to live, to experience the day to day life, to become part of the community we were in, whether that meant going bowling with new friends, or bringing tea back for a stranger, or walking alongside a man and his dog down the canal, sharing stories.
We got sick and went to doctor here and we rode in cars and buses and taxis, and we walked; oh how we walked, and every part of this beautiful place got felt by our feet and blew our hair and reddened our cheeks and warmed our skin and lit up our eyes with its beauty, with its quiet strength, both people and place. And we were changed by it and I wondered how we’d feel when we went home; if we would miss the footpaths and the friendly people and the green.
Tomorrow we will go forward to our next sit and the next, but we’ll be different; we’ll be changed and we’ll know it. And we’ll know one simple fact; Joe and I can live anywhere, and everywhere we go, we take Reiki within us.
Sometimes we learn the spiritual practices that we are seeking through life itself. Today was one such day.
Joe and I took a walk along the canal today in Uppermill, UK, heading to our now favorite lunch spot, the Lime Kiln cafe. The Lime Kiln is a charming cafe along the canal that allows its patrons to sit outside, even in cold weather, to enjoy the water and the gardens beyond. They even provide lightweights blankets on the chairs to sit on or otherwise wrap up in while watching the ducks and geese play on the water.
About a block from the restaurant along the canal stood a woman who was educating and collecting donations for the Canal River Trust, an organization that takes care of the canals and helps preserve them. After speaking to her for a few minutes, we left to go for our lunch. Joe offered to bring her back a cup of hot tea when we passed by after our meal. A really kind thing to do as it was a damp cold day. And the lovely part of it was that she immediately accepted his offer, thanking us in advance.
After enjoying a delicious lunch we carried said tea back to the woman, whose name was Claire. She was most appreciative. And as we walked away, it dawned on me the perfection of the whole scene I just witnessed.
The true heart of compassion lies not only in performing unselfish acts of kindness, but equally in showing true compassion for the Self by being able to receive such kindnesses. It reminded me of Karuna Reiki®, which invites us to Compassionate Action, and asks us to show that same compassionate action towards ourselves.
Life continues to be the teacher. Much love to all. Namaste.
Just thinking about all of our friends, family, students (all loved ones!) back in America today and wanted to say that I hope you are all feeling inspired today and every day. In your work, in your relationships, in your selves. I hope you are stretching and growing and believing in Love.
I know it sounds a bit ethereal when I write these things, but I always try to bring the best of who I am inside forth to inspire and to share Love with you. I have my moments, many of them, just as you do, but am feeling especially grateful on this day on Earth. Grateful for so many things it would take me pages to write it all.
Our life here in England is taking some rather unexpected turns, but isn’t that just a reflection of life in general. We are learning to accept the good the bad and the indifferent as same same. It’s all part of the experience. To say we are blessed is an understatement and we are most blessed with loving and lovely people in our lives.
My journey at this time is one of writing. It seems I have stored up a great deal that wants to work its way to the page. One thing I am doing while here is keeping an online journal of everything that we are doing and experiencing. I hope to be sharing that upon our return for those who would like to read it.
I’ve enjoyed recording a radio show while over and it will be airing on February 17th. For the Love of Reiki with Paula Vail and the episode is called, “Divinely Guided by Reiki.” Have a listen if you get a chance. http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2375/for-the-love-of-reiki
I hope you are all feeling Divinely Guided these days. The guidance is always there for you, no matter how much or how little you are aware of it.
We will be doing a show called “Reiki Stories” so if any of you would like to share a Reiki story with us, I’d be most pleased and honored to try to work it into that show. I do have some of your stories from last time that may get used as well on this next show.
We will be planning some classes for our return and would love to hear what everyone is doing with their Reiki. You are our inspiration.
This comes packed with many blessings, heart hugs, and much love from Grasscroft England. Rose and Joe
In meditation this morning, I waited for a prayer, an affirmation for this day. What does my soul desire today? And what came was this: that I wish to see my Soul Self the way others see me. That is the quest of this journey. To shine a Light so bright that it reflects back at me at every turn.
In order to do this I have to learn first and foremost to choose me. In order to shine the light of compassion on others, I must first be shining it on myself. Simply said but never simply done. I choose these things right now: to return, after two months absence, to doing yoga every morning as a means to prepare my mind/body for meditation. And to meditate every single day without fail. My Reiki is always involved in this meditation and I thank Holy Fire gratefully for its healing during this time. So, although it may seem like Divine multitasking, I am doing Self Reiki, receiving an ignition by myself, and meditating all at the same time. For me, this goes together as naturally as warm bread dipped in olive oil. The warm bread is my communion with God through meditation and the olive oil is the Reiki Fire which spreads through me. I am so very very grateful for Reiki, each and every day.
Do we realize, truly, what a gift we have in Reiki? Do we pay it homage by using it every day? If not then let us begin to honor and appreciate the gift we have in our hands. Reiki self first then others, in the words of Hawayo Takata.
My other prayer today is to choose my thoughts, accepting only thoughts that come from a heart of compassion.
I express my deep gratitude and love for each and every soul in this life I know personally and for those I do not. May we all share the light of compassion this day, first and foremost for ourselves so that we can then radiate that Light towards others.
Great Bright Light. Rose
An astounding woman named Jill Marie has a program that she calls ‘Rewilding the Feminine Heart.’ I'm feeling at this time in our existence here together that she has named this so aptly; as we are here, in fact, to rewild our own hearts and each other’s; to remind each other of who we are and what we are doing here.
We are here not merely to work and to serve, but to play Divinely in this world, to discover our Selves and our Gifts. We are here to catch the wind felt by the grace of the swan’s wing, and pass it along to the other women in our lives when they need a reminder, an affirmation, or an acknowledgment of their own wild heart.
Tonight my dear daughter reminded me of a phrase used by another wise woman and fantastic yoga teacher we know, Christina Sell, who says that even though life happens around us all the time, most of the time she is ‘deeply ok.’ We are all, as one, moving towards that place of peace within ourselves; that place of being deeply ok, but at times we still need one another to remind ourselves of it.
For the place that we are arriving to is one of such beauty, such sheer power, and such deep Love. It is a place beyond what we can now only begin to glimpse in those deeply ok moments; but we are getting glimpses, more and more frequently. And as we pull each other up to see the Light that awaits us, we are, as a whole, getting closer and closer each moment to that place of grandeur where we will dwell together, our hearts ‘rewilded' and our Divine Feminine held strong and free.
If you know what I mean, I’m glad, and if you haven’t seen or felt it yet, look for that person to remind you. Much love and humble thanks to all the beautiful wild hearted women in my life. Namaste.
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