Reiki (Ray-Key) is now widely known of and accepted by many, in all corners of the globe. Fifteen years ago, when I mentioned it to people many of them had never heard of it, and I was met with some pretty blank faces! Nowadays people from all sections of industry and society give and receive Reiki. Its use is particularly appreciated in hospitals and hospices, and with the increase in cancer rates more people are turning to complementary medicine to support them through their treatment.
The use of energy to heal others has been around in various forms for as long as we have, and longer. There are many schools and variations of Reiki, but essentially they all channel healing energy to a person, animal, place or object. To do this, the practitioner usually places their hands on or above the body in different positions.
The recipient feels relaxed and calm, releases stress, and often falls asleep during a treatment while work is done on an emotional, mental, physical and spiritual level.
The most well known version of the treatment is called Usui Reiki and is derived from the teachings of Dr Mikao Usui, a Japanese monk born in 1865. It is said he received a healing attunement to Reiki whilst on a fasting retreat which he was then able to pass on to others. Usui set up a successful clinic and treated hundreds of people. In fact Reiki was - and still is - seen not just as the treatment itself, but as a way of life, akin to Buddhist philosophy, overseen by five main principles. These are usually represented thus:
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Reiki sessions are for those who want to slow down, get back in tune with themselves, and give themselves an opportunity to re-connect to Universal Life
Force energy – which is in everything and all around us, but can be depleted in times of stress and illness. Interestingly, the giver of Reiki, the channel through which it passes, can benefit as much as the receiver.
William Rand, Reiki research and training pioneer, writes this about the experience of having a Reiki practice:
People coming to you with many different problems, difficulties and illnesses sometimes as a last resort. Watching them leave relaxed, often radiant with joy and new hope. …..Seeing some make major changes and life adjustments. Occasionally witnessing miracles…....Being raised into ever greater levels of joy and peace by simply placing your hands on another. Watching your life grow and develop as your continual immersion in Reiki transforms your attitudes, values and beliefs...... Sensing that because of your commitment to help others, beings of light are focusing their love and healing on you and carefully guiding you on your spiritual path. This is the promise of a developing Reiki practice.
The great thing is, you don’t have to be ill to receive Reiki; it is always pleasant to take time out and allow yourself to be lulled into a peaceful, calm state, where your body’s natural relaxation response can be given a chance to take effect.
If you would like to receive or learn Reiki, please contact me, Janie on 07807 914817 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sessions and courses take place at the Isbourne Centre.
Psychiatrist Dr Russell Razzaque came to give a talk at the Isbourne last term, and it was so well received that people asked if he could come back to tell us more. So, on the back of that, he returns this month with a full workshop that delves more deeply into his work with mindfulness.
For over a decade, Dr Razzaque has been asking fundamental questions in his spiritual and professional journey, such as who are we really? What is our true nature?
On 29th November he will combine modern fields such as quantum psychics with ancient spiritual practices in order to begin waking up the reality of who we really are. Attendees on his last course were fascinated by his open minded and knowledgeable approach. For those on a quest to travel within for answers, this will be a valuable day. BOOK HERE!
Having studied and practised mindfulness for over ten years, Russell is active in researching more mindful forms of health care. He has also written a book exploring consciousness, and the link between spiritual awakening and mental health difficulties, entitled Breaking Down Is Waking Up; The Connection Between Mental Illness & Spiritual Awakening. In this groundbreaking book, Dr Razzaque explores startling new insights into the mind and mental distress. His extraordinary conclusion: mental illness, to which every one of us is vulnerable, can also be a form of spiritual awakening. The parallels he draws are many and startling.
As a psychiatrist for over sixteen years, and regular contributor to national and international publications, Russell is very relevant to our work as someone who bridges the gap between orthodox medical training and complementary medicine, being a great advocate of meditation and mindfulness.
Future NOW: Bristol spiritual ecology conference calls for Consciousness Revolution to preserve the Earth for future generations
Will Gethin, co-organiser of the event, gives the lowdown
Together with ‘Laughing Yogi’ Joe Hoare, I am excited to be co-organising the Future NOW conference at Bristol’s Trinity Centre (a funky converted church) on Saturday 8th November (10am-5pm), exploring a spiritual response to the current ecological crisis.
Future NOW brings together leading eco-spiritual pioneers – Peter Owen Jones, Satish Kumar, Tim Freke, Chloe Goodchild and Joe Hoare - to consider the urgent solutions and mindful steps needed to sustain the Earth so we can secure bright, happy and sustainable future lives for our children and grandchildren on this planet.
"Humanity is in the process of bequeathing a poisonous and broken planet to the next generation,” says TV priest and champion of ethics, Peter Owen Jones. “The systems we have inherited from the past are simply unable to create a sustainable future. Whilst we are doubtless approaching an end of some sort we are also beginning at last to dream of what a new humanity and new Earth might contain. Future NOW will explore all that we need to sustain a future for all the myriad of life on this beautiful planet".
Future NOW was inspired by the burgeoning Spiritual Ecology movement which urges us to reconnect with Mother Earth as a sacred living being to which we all belong, and to recognise the Earth as the source of all life, not a resource to be plundered.
Featuring inspiring presentations, powerful performances, uplifting sacred sounds and plentiful laughter - as well as interactive breakout sessions exploring and reflecting on the question, “What can I do differently?” - Future NOW is a call to become more mindful, more peaceful, more connected and more loving to ourselves, to each other and to the Earth.
With our planet approaching tipping point, we are faced with potentially devastating climate change and environmental meltdown caused by our unsustainable, materialistic way of life, threatening us with natural disasters, famine, diseases, mass social upheaval and loss of life. World renowned Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh refers to these calamities as “Bells of Mindfulness” warning us to wake up and urgently consider our impact on the planet before it’s too late.
Future NOW is a response to this call of the Earth. It’s an invitation to take an active role in shaping a more sustainable and harmonious future - a future where our outmoded Western material dream is replaced by a new dream of mindfulness, kindness, interconnectedness and community.
Joe Hoare, co-organiser of Future NOW says: “Throughout the conference, participants are invited to explore how we can each make a difference and take urgent action to be the change in our daily lives. Future NOW is an invitation to join the New Consciousness Revolution.”
50% of the proceeds from Future NOW will be donated to the benevolent charities/causes of the keynote speakers: The Resurgence Trust, The Life Cairn Project, The Naked Voice and The Alliance for Lucid Living, all of which further the event’s aim to create a happier and more harmonious future for our planet (for further information visit the FutureNOW charity page).
Sending a big thank you to the Isbourne Centre for supporting Future NOW and hope to see some familiar Isbourne faces there!
BOOKING & FURTHER INFORMATION
Future NOW tickets cost £55 (£65 on the door). A limited number of £50 Early Bird tickets are currently available.
For further information and bookings please visit: http://www.futurenow.consciousfrontiers.com
This is to let you know that Dr. Masaru Emoto became very ill during his trip to China and was brought to Japan on Monday 15th September 2014. His health condition is now stable and we wish him a quick recovery!
We are happy to inform you that at the request of Dr. Emoto, his long-term collaborator for over 12 years and the International secretary to Dr. Masaru Emoto - Dr.Yasuyuki Nemoto will take his place at all events in the UK and Europe.
Dr. Yasuyuki Nemoto - International Secretary to Dr. Masaru Emoto
BIOGRAPHY:-Dr. Nemoto is the Director of IHM General Institute of Dr. Masaru Emoto and has been the key figure in the development of the scientific aspect of the water crystal photographic technology. Dr. Nemoto delivers seminars and workshops on the possible relationship between ‘Messages from Water’ and the scientific theories on water proposed by Dr. Jacques Benveniste, Dr. Gerald Pollack and Dr. Luc Montagnier. He is also in charge of sales of a unique device called WaveRider, which can protect human body from the adverse effects of electromagnetic radiation.
A message from Dr Masaru Emoto’s daughter and personal secretary, Yoko Yamamoto:
‘For those of you who were looking forward to seeing Dr. Emoto in Europe, we are very sorry that he cannot come, however the spirit of Dr. Emoto is in Dr. Nemoto and he will do the best he can to support Dr. Emoto. We really hope that a lot of people will attend the lectures, it will help Dr. Emoto as well. Your attendance will make Dr. Emoto happy and grateful and is hoping that many people will come to Dr. Nemoto's lectures so that many people will spread his messages to one another. Dr. Emoto may not be there physically but his spirit will be there with you. Please come and join the lectures and receive his spirit. Thank you all for your love and gratitude.’
If you wish to have a refund due to the current changes, please email the Isbourne, however we are very much looking forward to this special evening with Dr. Nemoto.
With all our love and gratitude,
Kumanga Andrahennadi MA & Matt Thornton
Directors – Office Masaru Emoto UK