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Reiki East and West News Letter Winter 2019

Jake’s Story
Jake had just completed yet another hectic day at the office. He stood for a moment outside the building where he worked feeling exhausted and numb, it had been a very long day.  His mind ran over the events of the day, there had been so many tasks that seemed to be stuck causing huge problems. His boss had reprimanded him for not completing several jobs, but this was not really Jake’s fault the suppliers had let him down. Jake could see that his boss was also under pressure. Nothing had flowed.  As that last thought circled round in his mind he realised that nothing seemed to be working, it hadn’t for a long time.  When was the last time that he finished work on time he said to himself.  
More and more over the last few months he had finished work later and later and when he reached home he had a long list of colleagues emails to deal with, plus jobs that needed sorting in the house. The house was so cluttered there appeared to be stuff everywhere but he never had time to sort it out. There just seemed to be a never ending list of things to do.  Life came across as being so regimented at the moment with continual jobs to complete. He felt as if he was carrying the weight of the world in a really heavy rucksack on his shoulders.
Pausing in his thoughts he glanced across the busy road to the park. It was a beautiful summers evening the sky had a glow about it just before the sun started setting.  When was the last time that he had walked in the park!? he asked himself.   Not for a long time - the immediate answer came back.  That was it, Jake decided he would go to the park and just sit still on the bench and take stock of the day.  As he entered the park he could see in the distance that his favourite bench was free it looked out over the whole area giving a view of trees and the golf course in the distance.  It really was an amazing green space in the busy metropolis.
Jake’s head was throbbing, he had been suffering from migraines recently, he was sure it was because of all the pressures in his life at the moment.  With a feeling of relief he sat down on the bench and gazed at the sky taking in the spectacular display of colours as the sun began its journey to disappear over the horizon which ends with the magical world of twilight descending to the dark indigo blue velvet of the night sky.  Jake’s bench was facing the sun and the colours in the sky washed over him turning his face to gold.  Suddenly for the first time in ages he became aware of his breath and had the realisation that he had not been breathing properly for a long time..
He glanced down the path and saw a Buddhist monk coming towards him.  The monk looked so serene and peaceful as he glided towards him. Drawing level, he gave Jake a beautiful smile and enquired whether it was okay to join him, mentioning how beautiful the sky looked. Although feeling really worn out and not wanting to be disturbed Jake conjured up a smile and indicated for the monk to join him on the bench.
They sat in silence for a while. Jake was beginning to relax when the monk asked him why did he have such a heavy rucksack on his back.  Jake was really startled and said to the monk "but I don’t have a rucksack."  The monk turned and looked directly into Jake’s eyes mentioning that he could see Jake’s etheric field.  Jake felt an electric shock from the monk’s eyes and his mind began to whirl with all sorts of questions.
Jake knew about the etheric field of energy that surrounded a person and its relationship with the tanden/hara, he had learnt about it on his Reiki course.  He had been taught practices as well, such as how to replenish his energy by connecting to the Universal Source and his tanden/hara.  He realised that he had not done any of his Reiki practices for a long time, he had allowed his life to become too cluttered.
The Buddhist monk smiled his serene smile mentioning that he could see that Jake’s tanden/hara was activated but that he was not using it at this time to connect to the Universal Source that was part of everything.  He told Jake that while he was in a deep meditation early that day he was guided by the Source to walk through the park that evening because there was someone who would be present who needed help.
Jake told the monk how his life was overwhelming him and he just did not know how to simplify it - there was no life-work balance.  The monk who was also a Reiki practitioner then went through some suggestions to help Jake, and also gave him another Reiki initiation.  During the initiation Jake felt the energy coursing through his body sending him into a deep meditation.  During the meditation his consciousness expanded and Jake realised that if he practised his Reiki regularly his connection to the Universal Source would help him to overcome any obstacles that may appear on his pathway through life.
Jake had become aware that he was speaking to an advanced practitioner and on thanking the monk for his help he asked if they may meet on a regular basis so Jake could receive a Reiki attunement.  The monk was happy to acquiesce to his request explaining that regular attunements would further expand Jake’s consciousness.
 © copyright – “ Jake’s Story”  J. M. Wills
The Three Practices the monk said would be of benefit for Jake:- 
	Be mindful of the breath.

Decide when to focus and concentrate, and when to relax and let go for a moment.
Gain skilfulness/aptitude in moving from one state to the other.  Use the breath to manage this.  When you find yourself caught in tension, which is a self-conflicting focus, breathe OUT strongly two or three times, and enjoy the in-breaths that follow, as your energy replenishes, you will experience relief and well-being.

	Become more Conscious...

Examine your purpose or intent from time to time, and adjust your perspective as seems wise.  To do this, quickly check the Reiki Precepts mentally, and see if any are not operating, or coming out of balance, one with another.  With practice, this will become almost automatic - it will rebalance you and guide you in your approach to things.

	Make time for your Practice, no matter what.

Once you commit to this, the length of practice, and how often, will arise spontaneously. The Source which guides us is an Intelligence, not a nagging authority. It knows better than you, what is important and when; it knows when you are busy, and what will be required next.  

Quite simply, when time is short, changes can happen very quickly because they need to - just two minutes sometimes is enough to shift your focus and your energy very profoundly.  When there is more time, a longer practice will become appealing.

Remember, you can never be too tired to practice - because it will replenish you, even if it then makes you rest and on occasion sleep very soon afterwards.  Learn to be inspired with which specific exercise to perform NOW, and if time appears short, then be swift.  

Those who do not have time to practice, are those who do not want to practice, usually because they have unwisely chosen some other priority.  The best way forward is usually the simplest.  Hold a steady desire to practice, and you will find that the process will happen creatively, and naturally, as a sudden inspiration or desire, which finds an innate/regular place in every day.

Just a few breaths, an intent to connect to Source, can refresh and re-balance you, even when in the workplace or on a bus or train, or while walking.  All this becomes possible because of longer practice sessions, using the Reiki development exercises, or meditations, that are undertaken when there is more time.  Each complement the other, each have their place and time in the scheme of things, and add to your unfolding experience and discovery of life and its possibilities. 

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The internet is full of information on how to simplify your life - here are a few of                                          Reiki East & West suggestions to:-

Simplify your life

•	Start with observing yourself – make a note of your habits/resistances.  What needs to shift/simplify in both the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of your life.

•	Look more deeply at the mantra most people use “I don’t have time”.  Ask yourself is this a genuine statement or are you using it as an excuse/resistance.

•	Where the above mantra is used in regard to your practices try rising ten minutes earlier and do tanden/hara breathing.  You will find this will be of benefit and make you more alert than perhaps using a form of stimulant like coffee to wake yourself up.

•	Discard what you don’t need.  When buying something new ask yourself is this essential - do I really need it?  Go by the mantram – “before acquiring something new I discard what is not needed”.  

•	As we discard it creates a shift and allows the new to flow in. If we are full up to the brim in both the physical and mental aspects then a new perspective cannot happen. If we resist we cannot receive the abundance of the Universe.

•	When you sit down to eat pause realise how fortunate we are to receive the food in front of us.  Thank mother nature and all the people that have helped to grow the food that have blessed us with this bountiful harvest.  Give thanks – Reiki.  Then savour every morsel slowly.

•	Simplicity is about letting go of what is not needed and only surrounding ourselves with what we truly appreciate.

•	If you become irritated during the day, focus on your breathing.  You will find when you breathe from your tanden/hara the irritable feeling will gradually float away.

•	The more flexible in your mind that you become, the easier it will be to deal with challenging situations.

•	As you leave home and close the door leave home behind you.  When you reach work your focus will then be fully engaged in your work.  Reverse the procedure when you leave work. 

•	Let go of the media an hour before your bedtime.  This will ensure a more refreshing sleep.  Before you sleep do Reiki gasshô and give gratitude for the day.

•	Try and be in nature two to three times a week.  This will benefit all aspects of yourself.  The colour green is known to be very healing.

•	During your day check your posture.  Is your spine straight or have you become more stooped.  If you are the latter, it will mean your breath is incorrect.  Straighten your spine and take  one or two deep breaths - this will refresh you.

•	Don’t waste your time worrying about things that you cannot control.  Practise tanden/hara breathing and don’t resist whatever situation presents itself to you.  Treat all challenges joyfully, the Universe likes to test us occasionally.

And finally………………………………….

Do see the humour in things and remember to joyfully laugh

Dance in tune with the flow of the Universe

Last but not least, walk gently on the planet leaving no footprints…………………….

Jake’s Story

Jake had just completed yet another hectic day at the office. He stood for a moment outside the building where he worked feeling exhausted and numb, it had been a very long day.  His mind ran over the events of the day, there had been so many tasks that seemed to be stuck causing huge problems. His boss had reprimanded him for not completing several jobs, but this was not really Jake’s fault the suppliers had let him down. Jake could see that his boss was also under pressure. Nothing had flowed.  As that last thought circled round in his mind he realised that nothing seemed to be working, it hadn’t for a long time.  When was the last time that he finished work on time he said to himself. 

More and more over the last few months he had finished work later and later and when he reached home he had a long list of colleagues emails to deal with, plus jobs that needed sorting in the house. The house was so cluttered there appeared to be stuff everywhere but he never had time to sort it out. There just seemed to be a never ending list of things to do.  Life came across as being so regimented at the moment with continual jobs to complete. He felt as if he was carrying the weight of the world in a really heavy rucksack on his shoulders.

Pausing in his thoughts he glanced across the busy road to the park. It was a beautiful summers evening the sky had a glow about it just before the sun started setting.  When was the last time that he had walked in the park!? he asked himself.   Not for a long time – the immediate answer came back.  That was it, Jake decided he would go to the park and just sit still on the bench and take stock of the day.  As he entered the park he could see in the distance that his favourite bench was free it looked out over the whole area giving a view of trees and the golf course in the distance.  It really was an amazing green space in the busy metropolis.

Jake’s head was throbbing, he had been suffering from migraines recently, he was sure it was because of all the pressures in his life at the moment.  With a feeling of relief he sat down on the bench and gazed at the sky taking in the spectacular display of colours as the sun began its journey to disappear over the horizon which ends with the magical world of twilight descending to the dark indigo blue velvet of the night sky.  Jake’s bench was facing the sun and the colours in the sky washed over him turning his face to gold.  Suddenly for the first time in ages he became aware of his breath and had the realisation that he had not been breathing properly for a long time..

He glanced down the path and saw a Buddhist monk coming towards him.  The monk looked so serene and peaceful as he glided towards him. Drawing level, he gave Jake a beautiful smile and enquired whether it was okay to join him, mentioning how beautiful the sky looked. Although feeling really worn out and not wanting to be disturbed Jake conjured up a smile and indicated for the monk to join him on the bench.

They sat in silence for a while. Jake was beginning to relax when the monk asked him why did he have such a heavy rucksack on his back.  Jake was really startled and said to the monk “but I don’t have a rucksack.”  The monk turned and looked directly into Jake’s eyes mentioning that he could see Jake’s etheric field.  Jake felt an electric shock from the monk’s eyes and his mind began to whirl with all sorts of questions.

Jake knew about the etheric field of energy that surrounded a person and its relationship with the tanden/hara, he had learnt about it on his Reiki course.  He had been taught practices as well, such as how to replenish his energy by connecting to the Universal Source and his tanden/hara.  He realised that he had not done any of his Reiki practices for a long time, he had allowed his life to become too cluttered.

The Buddhist monk smiled his serene smile mentioning that he could see that Jake’s tanden/hara was activated but that he was not using it at this time to connect to the Universal Source that was part of everything.  He told Jake that while he was in a deep meditation early that day he was guided by the Source to walk through the park that evening because there was someone who would be present who needed help.

Jake told the monk how his life was overwhelming him and he just did not know how to simplify it – there was no life-work balance.  The monk who was also a Reiki practitioner then went through some suggestions to help Jake, and also gave him another Reiki initiation.  During the initiation Jake felt the energy coursing through his body sending him into a deep meditation.  During the meditation his consciousness expanded and Jake realised that if he practised his Reiki regularly his connection to the Universal Source would help him to overcome any obstacles that may appear on his pathway through life.

Jake had become aware that he was speaking to an advanced practitioner and on thanking the monk for his help he asked if they may meet on a regular basis so Jake could receive a Reiki attunement.  The monk was happy to acquiesce to his request explaining that regular attunements would further expand Jake’s consciousness.

 © copyright – “ Jake’s Story”  and photo “Sunrise” J. M. Wills

The Three Practices the monk said would be of benefit for Jake:-

  • Be mindful of the breath.

Decide when to focus and concentrate, and when to relax and let go for a moment. Gain skilfulness/aptitude in moving from one state to the other.  Use the breath to manage this.  When you find yourself caught in tension, which is a self-conflicting focus, breathe OUT strongly two or three times, and enjoy the in-breaths that follow, as your energy replenishes, you will experience relief and well-being.

  • Become more Conscious…

Examine your purpose or intent from time to time, and adjust your perspective as seems wise.  To do this, quickly check the Reiki Precepts mentally, and see if any are not operating, or coming out of balance, one with another.  With practice, this will become almost automatic – it will rebalance you and guide you in your approach to things.

  • Make time for your Practice, no matter what.

Once you commit to this, the length of practice, and how often, will arise spontaneously. The Source which guides us is an Intelligence, not a nagging authority. It knows better than you, what is important and when; it knows when you are busy, and what will be required next.  

Quite simply, when time is short, changes can happen very quickly because they need to – just two minutes sometimes is enough to shift your focus and your energy very profoundly.  When there is more time, a longer practice will become appealing.

Remember, you can never be too tired to practice – because it will replenish you, even if it then makes you rest and on occasion sleep very soon afterwards.  Learn to be inspired with which specific exercise to perform NOW, and if time appears short, then be swift.  

Those who do not have time to practice, are those who do not want to practice, usually because they have unwisely chosen some other priority.  The best way forward is usually the simplest.  Hold a steady desire to practice, and you will find that the process will happen creatively, and naturally, as a sudden inspiration or desire, which finds an innate/regular place in every day.

Just a few breaths, an intent to connect to Source, can refresh and re-balance you, even when in the workplace or on a bus or train, or while walking.  All this becomes possible because of longer practice sessions, using the Reiki development exercises, or meditations, that are undertaken when there is more time.  Each complement the other, each have their place and time in the scheme of things, and add to your unfolding experience and discovery of life and its possibilities.

                           ………………………………………………………………………………

The internet is full of information on how to simplify your life – here are a few of Reiki East & West suggestions to:-

Simplify

  • Start with observing yourself – make a note of your habits/resistances.  What needs to shift/simplify in both the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of your life.
  • Look more deeply at the mantra most people use “I don’t have time”.  Ask yourself is this a genuine statement or are you using it as an excuse/resistance.
  • Where the above mantra is used in regard to your practices try rising ten minutes earlier and do tanden/hara breathing.  You will find this will be of benefit and make you more alert than perhaps using a form of stimulant like coffee to wake yourself up.
  • Discard what you don’t need.  When buying something new ask yourself is this essential – do I really need it?  Go by the mantram – “before acquiring something new I discard what is not needed”. 
  • As we discard it creates a shift and allows the new to flow in. If we are full up to the brim in both the physical and mental aspects then a new perspective cannot happen. If we resist we cannot receive the abundance of the Universe.
  • When you sit down to eat pause realise how fortunate we are to receive the food in front of us.  Thank mother nature and all the people that have helped to grow the food that have blessed us with this bountiful harvest.  Give thanks – Reiki.  Then savour every morsel slowly.
  • Simplicity is about letting go of what is not needed and only surrounding ourselves with what we truly appreciate.
  • If you become irritated during the day, focus on your breathing.  You will find when you breathe from your tanden/hara the irritable feeling will gradually float away.
  • The more flexible in your mind that you become, the easier it will be to deal with challenging situations.
  • As you leave home and close the door leave home behind you.  When you reach work your focus will then be fully engaged in your work.  Reverse the procedure when you leave work.
  • Let go of the media an hour before your bedtime.  This will ensure a more refreshing sleep.  Before you sleep do Reiki gasshô and give gratitude for the day.
  • Try and be in nature two to three times a week.  This will benefit all aspects of yourself.  The colour green is known to be very healing.
  • During your day check your posture.  Is your spine straight or have you become more stooped.  If you are the latter, it will mean your breath is incorrect.  Straighten your spine and take  one or two deep breaths – this will refresh you.
  • Don’t waste your time worrying about things that you cannot control.  Practise tanden/hara breathing and don’t resist whatever situation presents itself to you.  Treat all challenges joyfully, the Universe likes to test us occasionally.

And finally………………………………….

Do see the humour in things and remember to joyfully laugh

Dance in tune with the flow of the Universe

Last but not least, walk gently on the planet leaving no footprints…………………….

Reiki East and West News Letter Winter 2018

Wishing everyone a very Joyful, Happy Christmas Period and a wonderful New Year, may 2019 bring you many blessings.

    Callanish Stones Isle of Lewis 1996 photo © copyright J. M. Davies Wills

                                     The Magic of Stone Circles.

Stone circles can have a very special energy,  they were often created where ley lines intersected.  The term Ley lines was coined by Alfred Watkins. He had noted that ancient sites were near places that had ley in their name.  His books Early British Trackways and The Old Straight Track draw from previous ideas about alignments of ancient sites.  He had studied the work of astronomer Norman Lockyer who felt that ancient sites were aligned to the sunrise and sunset at solstices.

According to Watkins son in 1921 he had been driving near the village of Blackwardine in Herefordshire  and was attracted to the nearby archaeological site of a Roman Camp as he gazed around him he saw , “like a chain of fairy lights” a series of straight alignments of various ancient features, such as standing stones, wayside crosses, causeways, hill forts, and ancient churches on mounds. He realized immediately that the potential discovery had to be checked from higher ground when, during a revelation, he noticed that many of the footpaths there seemed to connect one hilltop to another in a straight line.

A good example of an ancient site aligning with the summer solstice is Stonehenge.

Whether you believe that these ancient sites hold special energies or not it is fun to explore the energy of the landscape.  This can greatly enhance your awareness of how the land energy varies in many different places.  In Britain we are very lucky in having a landscape that can be very different in just a few miles going from mountains, hills to flat countryside.  This lends itself to exploring the different alignments of earth energies. 

Magical Mystery Tour of Scotland

The 1990’s was a time of great promise, people were opening up to the possibility that there was much more to life than just the physical plane.  Complementary therapies were taking off in a big way. It was often through having a complementary  therapy that a person began to open up to deeper spiritual truths. People were wanting to be more in touch with their inner selves.  From the 80’s where therapies began to be the norm by the 90’s it had become main stream in society.  I had trained in the 80’s in several therapies and at the beginning of the 90’s I attended the first teacher training in the U.K. of Louise Hay’s “You can heal your life”.  Even universities were beginning to realise that there was a correlation between stress, work and home life.  For quite a few years I held a day course about looking after yourself which included nutrition, exercise, stress management, relaxation and meditation at several universities for their staff training programme.

In the mid 90’s a book called the Celestine Prophecy was published, it literally seem to sell a million copies immediately.  Although a novel and simply written it explained  how a person could interact with the many different dimensions of energy.

In 1996 I started to have this pull in my meditation about Scotland, I had always been drawn there.  I think somewhere in my ancestry there is a Scottish connection.  1996 was a year of all sorts of spiritual connections happening for me.  The previous year I had finished a four year training with Antony Hallisey in  Kabbalah and esoteric colour therapy. There were only twelve of us that were honoured to receive his teaching on the energy pathways of colour.  The system I learnt included the physical body to the intuitive body.  I still use it today.

Early in the year I was guided to hold a Celestine prophecy group exploring the energy pathways in our connections with people and the landscape.  It was during this time that I was introduced to Peter my husband who became my friend and teacher.

Scotland

The pull for visiting Scotland would not stop so in the very late summer I cleared the decks rearranging clients who were very understanding.  Within a fortnight I found myself with a friend travelling north in the spirit of the Celestine prophecy to explore the sacred sites and landscapes of the beautiful land of the Celts.

We gave ourselves a fortnight to travel round Scotland. The photo of the Callanish Stones is from this journey.  We drove up the west coast visiting Mull, Ulva and Iona. The latter I found really magical away from the crowds that visit this special Island and its monastery. I have now visited Iona twice and each time the island seems to be bathed in a luminous light.  We also visited Fingals cave while we were staying on Mull. After most people had left the cave I went back in and sat on the rocks meditating in this beautiful place that is like a great cathedral.

Then from Mull we crossed into Ardnamurchan.  The rock that lies under this peninsula contains a lot of quartz.  Geologists from around the world visit to study the unique structure of the rocks in Ardnamurchan. The quartz in the rocks definitely gives you an energy uplift.  If you wanted a holiday away from it all then this is the place to visit.  From there we carried on to Mallaig and caught the ferry to Skye.

We spent two days exploring the island of Skye and its unique mountains then caught a ferry to Harris and Lewis.  We arrived on Harris about an hour before sunset and instead of staying on a campsite we wild camped on a hillside overlooking the most wonderful beach of white sand, there was just one other camper in the distance it was truly very special watching the sunset in this remote scenery.  The next day we visited the Callanish stones.  We were really lucky and had the site all to ourselves. I sat in the middle of the stones and had a very special meditation.

From Lewis we caught the ferry sailing to Ullapool.  Arriving there early evening we just had time to find a camp site and pitch our tent before night fall.  The following morning we realised the campsite was opposite the Summer Isles.  They looked really beautiful rising out of the sea in the early morning mist.  Being really interested in organic vegetables we spent the day exploring The Achiltibuie Garden, Achilibuie, Ullapool.  It was truly fascinating to see the hydroponic cultivation method of only using highly nutrient rich water to produce food.  This production method has been around for many years.

The next day we were off again packing up the car to continue our journey ever northward to Cape Wrath.  On the way we stopped off to hike to the fabulous Sandwood Bay  parking the car at Blairmore.  The walk is an eight mile hike over moorland, slightly boggy in places when we visited.  You are rewarded by a freshwater loch, sand dunes and a spectacular sight of one of the most famous bays in Scotland with its one and a half miles of pink sand and huge sea stack named Am Buachaille. The name means “the herdsman” or “ the shepherd” in Scottish Gaelic.

From Blairmore we made our way to Durness, again we had to rush to pitch the tent before the night set in so it wasn’t until the next day that we could see the bay where we were staying.  The campsite was situated on the cliffs looking out to sea over the beautiful sandy bay.  We visited the famous Smoo cave which is spectacular.  The cave is unique in the British Isles as it is both a sea cave in the first chamber and a freshwater cave in the inner chamber which is formed by rainwater.  A real yin, yang cave!!!  Later that day we visited via a mini bus tour Cape Wrath which is the most north west point in Scotland.  The army use part of the land for exercises so access is limited.

The next morning we packed the car and headed along the A838 to Tongue.  We were now running out of time as we had been delayed in one or two places by ferries not quite synchronising.  We both wanted to visit John O’Groats the most north east point of Scotland.  The A road across the top of the country was not quite your normal main road being single track in places with plenty of passing places, we did have to reverse a few times to let people pass us. This part of the country was extremely sparsely populated.  When we reached Tongue we joined the A 836 to Thurso it was approaching dark when we drove into the town and headed for Dunnet where we knew that there was a caravan/tent camping site.  We ended up assembling the tent in torch light.  It had been a very long drive and we were extremely grateful of the campsite’s excellent showers.

The following morning was the last Thursday of our holiday we had to be back in Nottingham on the Sunday night.  We headed off to John O’Groats with its spectacular cliffs and what seemed like millions of sea birds. We were both rather exhausted from the previous day’s drive and decided to have an early night.  Dunnet faces west and the campsite was right against the sand dunes of this huge bay.  Just before my trip to Scotland I had been introduced to Peter and attended a meditation circle that he facilitated where I first heard Hein Bratt’s mantra music.  I took the latter away with me and on the last night in Dunnet I climbed the sand dunes to the beach and sat there with no one in sight watching the amazing sunset playing the Gayatri mantra sung by Hein, it was a truly magical moment.  I can still tap into the magic of those moments and hear the beautiful Gayatri mantra.

Homeward

Friday morning we started our way home down the east coast regretting the fact that we did not have time to explore.  I would have liked to have stopped at Findhorn but we both had to be back at work on Monday morning.  We reached  Scone Palace deciding that this was our stop for the night pitched the tent and visited the palace.  The camp site was really big and quite crowded, it was quite a shock to the system as for quite a few days we had been in some very lonely places and had become use to the space,  lack of traffic and people.

In the morning we drove to Edinburgh and caught the last day of the festival.  There was an amazing atmosphere in the city with people milling about enjoying the sights.

That night we camped south of the city and were up early the next morning as we had a long drive a head of us. To round off the trip we decided to visit the holy Isle of  Lindisfarne.  We arrived at the causeway which leads to the island just as the tide was retreating exposing the road.  The road warden waved us and the only other car that was waiting to say we could cross so it was quite spectacular to get there when it was not crowded.  Like our visit to Iona, Lindisfarne seemed to be bathed in a magical luminous light.  Sadly we only spent an hour on the Isle when we knew we needed to leave as we still had quite away to go.  As we headed back over the causeway there was a long stream of traffic driving towards the Isle we couldn’t quite believe how many cars there were.

What I noticed about this holiday was to start with it was decided on an impulse there seemed to be something pulling me towards Scotland.  We made the decision to go within a fortnight. Everything seemed to flow and the places we visited were not crowded so there were many instances when I could meditate to experience the energy of the ancient sites we visited.  A truly magical journey.

Hein Bratt Music – Gayatri Mantra – Kali Mantra

http://www.heinbraat.com/en/discography-cds/

Electrical Smog

How conscious are you about your exposure to Electrical smog?  Clearing out some old health/spiritual magazines, I came across an article in the i to i april- june 1995.  Entitled The Electro-Magnetic Minefield by Albert Budden.  The article mentions The World Health report outlining the effects of radio frequency fields which are emitted from a wide variety of transmitters which include radio, TV, telecommunication masts, telephone exchanges, police, fire, ambulances, microwaves, mobile phone systems and much more.  All these are designed to pass through everything in their path which includes humans. 

If you could see these electrical waves you would see many lines crisscrossing through buildings lighting them up like a giant Christmas tree.  We would be constantly bathed in this light.  It is only because we can’t see them that most of us don’t question the effect that they have on the human body.  Even in 1995 the WHO were concerned about human exposure to the frequencies and health and the role they might play in promotion of cancer and other illnesses.

Now in 2018 the use of these frequencies has increased a 100%.  If you travel on a tube or a bus nearly everyone is using their mobile phone, it’s taken them over, they don’t seem to be able to put it down or switch it off.  The mobile phone has become  glued to their hand. How often have you seen a person step onto a zebra crossing with a mobile in their hand without looking, totally unconscious that there may a car  waiting for them to cross.

The long term effects of exposure to EMF radiation are unknown.

Taking Action

What we suggest for long term health is that you limit your time on your computers, mobile phones, TV etc as often as possible.  Start with this Christmas period, do you really need to have your mobile phone switched on?  Mine was relegated years ago to emergency only or connecting to a person who does not have a land line.

Using your Reiki Hatsueri Hô and the complete breath meditation on a regular basis will enhance the chi in your body to rebalance helping to counteract against EMF.

If you are very concerned about your gadgets and the electrical fields that they emit then the Healthy House has some gadgets that can help. 

https://www.healthy-house.co.uk/

This is my Vegetarian Christmas Nut Roast Recipe

200 grams of cashew nuts, ¾ chop fine, ¼ rough chopped

2 ½ slices of brown bread – process into fine bread crumbs

Handful sunflower seeds – process fine

Handful of pumpkin seeds – process fine

Also add some hemp seeds if you wish – process fine

For all the above ingredients use a food processor, blender or coffee grinder if you have one it saves a lot of time. Place in a bowl.

Fine chop or grate or use food processor the following vegetables onion, leek, carrot, courgette, celery.  Use whichever vegetables you wish.

Sauté the vegetables.

In a small saucepan make a stock of Marigold bouillon powder , miso paste, cranberry jam.  Add some water not too much and add chestnut and fresh apricots chopped in small pieces.  If you don’t want it too rich then don’t add apricots and chestnuts.

To the dry mix add herbs of choice – coriander, cumin, paprika, celery seeds, oregano and black pepper.

Add sauté vegetables and stock and mix thoroughly.

Line a loaf tine or appropriate dish with baking paper cover the top as well until ¾ cooked then take off top paper.

Oven 180 or Gas Mark 4 for 40 mins or until you think it is ready.

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To make vegetable burgers I just scale down the list of ingredients and use hazelnuts instead of cashews,  and may add beetroot as one of the vegetables.

I also add some Marigold Nutritional Yeast Flakes.

Reiki East and West News Letter Winter 2017

   © copyright  J. M. Wills – Glastonbury Thorn Photo

Wishing everyone a very Joyful, Happy Christmas Period and a wonderful New Year, may 2018 bring you many blessings.

Glastonbury Thorn Tree on Wearyall Hill

We would like to share with you this photo which was taken on one of our many visits to Somerset of the Glastonbury Thorn on Wearyall Hill (sometimes known as Wirrall Hill) before it was vandalised in 2010.  It has now been replaced by a cutting taken from one of the damaged branches.  Standing next to the thorn tree was a truly magical energetic experience.

The original, grown from a cutting of a tree said to have been planted by Joseph of Arimathea who with his twelve companions 2,000 years ago  climbed the hill and planted his staff while he rested. The Hill’s name derives from his proclaiming ‘we are weary all’. The following morning the staff had taken root, and it grew into the miraculous thorn tree.

According to Glastonbury Abbey website in 1530 three trees stood on the hill.  They were very unusual because they flowered twice once around Easter time and a second time at Christmas.  In the civil war Puritan soldiers cut down the remaining trees as they saw it as an object of superstition.  Fortunately local people kept cuttings and it is from these that the current trees exist at Glastonbury Abbey, Chalice Well and St John’s church as well as the replacement on Wearyall Hill.

Over the next year we will be writing a series of articles under the heading of “Treading Lightly on the Planet”.

With Christmas so close this article is about making your own perfume/aftershave.  We have used environmentally friendly products since the early 80s.  The result of this is a far keener sense of smell.  Sometimes we pass people in the street and their perfume/aftershave is so strong you find it lingering for quite a few yards which, while it lasts, can affect your own breath.  These products are laced with chemicals and the person that wears them is breathing them in on a continual basis which can be detrimental to their health and others who are sharing the same space.

Check out the following websites:-

https://www.mamavation.com/2015/03/toxic-perfume-chemicals.html

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/toxic-perfumes-and-colognes/

For many years we have made perfumes for people using aromatherapy essential oils which can affect your moods.  This can be great fun making your own perfume/aftershave. There are many benefits:- 

You may choose to make one that could be used to create a shift if you are stuck with your spiritual development.  Perhaps you are working with the Precepts.  There are oils which would help with all the precepts.

In Shinpiden Master Practitioner a person learns to work with the Precepts in a much deeper way.

Here are a few examples of Emotion/Mind/Thought relationship to the Precepts and essential oils which may create a shift with a stuck pattern of behaviour.

Just for today (Unconscious, Inertia, Unmindful)

Jasmine – Uplifting

Lavender – Balancing, Clarity

Cypress –  Inner Peace, Patience

Lemon – Centring, Reviving 

Cedarwood –  Focus.

Do not Anger (Resentment, Blame, Hatred, Fear)

Ormenis Flower, Ginger, Black Pepper  – Releasing Anger

 Spikenard, Bergamot, Chamomile Roman – Coping with Anger

Sweet Orange – Irrational Fear of the Unknown

Ormenis Flower, Coriander, Lemon – Ability to Let Go

Grapefruit. Frankincense, Rose Otto – Acceptance

Do not Worry (Fear, Anxiety, Stress)

Eucalyptus Lemon – Regeneration, Optimism

Frankincense – Fortitude Acceptance

Rosemary, Basil – Inspiration

Frankincense, Lavender – Fear of change

Be Humble (Egotistical, Dishonouring, Ungrateful)

Chamomile Roman , Juniper, Pine – Humility

Rosemary, Lavender, Lemon, Bergamot – Conscious

Frankincense, Myrrh, Spikenard, Lavender – Honourable

Frankincense, Myrrh, Ylang Ylang, Galbanum, Geranium – Joy, Thankful, Appreciation

Be Honest with Self and Others (Insincere, Devious, Biased)

Clary Sage – Non Judgement

Mandarin – Integrity, Inspired

Geranium – Balancing, Flexible

Linden Blossom – Inner Vision

Petitgrain – Introspection

Be Kind to others and self (Selfishness, Thoughtlessness, Ill Will)

Benzion – To be able to Give and Receive

Jasmine, Tuberose, Cypress, Neroli, Rose Otto – Sensitivity

Chamomile, Lemon, Pine, Geranium – Self Forgiveness

Basil, Hyacinth, Lavender, Cypress – Trust

Chamomile German, Chamomile Roman, Neroli, Pine – Understanding

Thyme, Peppermint, Marjoram, Lavender – Tolerant

To blend essential oils is an organic living process, a magical alchemical journey.  To begin with, the perfume after mixing may lack harmony, and smell a bit rough.  Left for two weeks there is a definite change.  Over the two weeks the perfume changes subtlety, matures and becomes much more round and harmonious.  I like to leave mine at least three weeks to mature and after that the first time you smell it is an exciting mysterious  revelation.

There are no hard and fast rules to creating your own mood perfume. Allow yourself time, trust your intuition when you choose an essential oil, just be open and receptive to the journey.

Blending essential oils producing perfume is an ancient art which has existed for many centuries.  It is very similar to producing musical notes where there is a range of scales.  Essential oils have top, middle and base notes, some of the notes may also cross over slightly into the next range.  The top (head) note is the fragrance that you smell first this awakens and stimulates the senses.  This disappears quickly revealing the middle (heart) note and the base (bottom) note is the one you smell after a few hours of wearing your perfume.  You could relate this to the Three Diamonds exercise.

Most perfumes have a classification  of relationships which result in what are loosely called families

Floral – These have notes of the most fragrant flowers – jasmine, rose, neroli, violet. They are often accompanied by non floral such as leafy and earthy nuances.

Aldehydic – These type of perfumes are descended from Chanel No. 5 these have notes of a nutty flavour and are warm and elegant.

Chypre –  warm and dry, elegant and formal almost all built round a woody, mossy accord of bergamot, oakmoss, patchouli and labdanum 

Oriental – Have notes that are exotic made from spices, musks, incense and resins

Citrus –  Have woody fresh  clean invigorating notes

Fougére –  Notes of a herbaceous and woody scent that resembles a fern.

Blend percentage of the essential oil to make a perfume

Top notes 10 -30% of the blend

Middle notes 30 – 60%

Base notes 15 – 30%

Perfume types / essential oil concentrations:                                                           

Alcohol Base Perfume: 5-25% Concentration                                  

Oil Base Perfume: 15-30% Concentration

Below is a list of blends using the top middle and base notes

 

Top Notes Middle Notes Base Notes
Basil 
(Top to Middle)
Bay Balsam Peru
Bergamot 
(Top to Middle)
Black Pepper Cassia 
(Base to Middle)
Cajuput Cardamom Cedarwood
Cinnamon Chamomile Cinnamon 
(Base to Middle)
Clary Sage 
(Top to Middle)
Cypress Clove
Coriander
(Top to Middle)
Fennel
(Middle to Top)
Frankincense
Eucalyptus Geranium Ginger 
(Base to Middle)
Grapefruit Ho Leaf Jasmine
Hyssop 
(Top to Middle)
Ho Wood Myrrh
Lemon Hyssop 
(Middle to Top)
Neroli 
(Base to Middle)
Lemongrass
(Top to Middle)
Juniper Oakmoss
Lime Lavender 
(Middle to Top)
Patchouli
Mandarin /
Tangerine
Marjoram Rose
Neroli 
(Top to Middle)
Melissa
(Middle to Top)
Rosewood 
(Base to Middle)
Verbena Myrtle Sandalwood
Niaouli Nutmeg Valerian
Orange Palma Rosa Vanilla
Peppermint Pine Vetiver
Petitgrain Rosemary Ylang Ylang 
(Base to Middle)
Ravensara Spikenard
Sage Yarrow
Spearmint  
Tagetes
Tangerine
Tea Tree 
(Top to Middle)
Thyme 
(Top to Middle)

To make your oil based perfume you will need the following:-

  1.    10ml dark glass rollette bottle  
  2.    10mls of jojoba oil
  3.    Essential oils of choice                                        
  4.    Fragrance tester strips – these may be made out of coffee filters cut into strips                                                                
  5.   Tissues/paper towels notepad for keeping a record of the blend                                            
  6.  Labels for the perfume bottle

Start preparing your perfume by taking the essential oils of choice and place one drop of each oil on a separate tester strip.  When complete place the strips all together and gently waft them under your nose.  If you feel the perfume needs adjusting then experiment by making different combinations of the strips.  When you have reached the smell of your choice you are ready to make your perfume.

Take the rollette bottle and pour in 5mls of jojoba oil.  Add between 25 and 50 drops of essential oil and shake well.  Then pour in the remaining jojoba oil, shake well, push in the roller insert and screw on the cap.  Leave for at least 2 weeks for the perfume to mature, during this time the perfume will subtlety alter. After the maturing period the perfume is ready to use apply just behind the ears. If for any reason there is any irritation then dilute with more jojoba oil. Remember to write a record in your note book with the date you made the perfume.

Materials for Spray perfume/aftershave:-

  1. 50ml dark glass spray bottle
  2.  Alcohol this can be vodka or perfumers alcohol
  3.  Hydrosol (Flower) water by products of essential oil distillation – note that the choice of flower water will affect the overall fragrance                        
  4.  Essential oils of choice                                               
  5.  Fragrance tester strips – these may be made out of coffee filters cut into strips                                            
  6.  Tissues/paper towels notepad for keeping a record of the blend                  
  7.  Labels for the perfume bottle 

Start preparing your perfume/aftershave by taking the essential oils of choice and place one drop of each oil on a separate tester strip.  When complete place the strips all together and gently waft them under your nose.  If you feel the perfume needs adjusting then experiment by making different combinations of the strips.  When you have reached the smell of your choice you are ready to make your perfume.

Take the 50mls spray bottle and pour in 5mls of alcohol.  Add your choice of between 30 and 60 drops of essential oils, shake well. Then top the mixture up with the hydrosol flower water, shake well again. Insert spray attachment and cap. If for any reason there is any irritation then dilute with more flower water.

Remember that essential oils if ingested are toxic and should be handled with care. Do not leave where children or animals can access them.

 Roller Bottle Blend Recipe for Gratitude

Spray Bottle Blend Recipe for Gratitude

 

Reiki Courses Schedule

 

Shoden Reiki 1: Wednesday 2nd August, 2017

Okuden Reiki 2: date to be decided

Shinpiden Practitioner: 14th/15th October, 2017

Shinpiden Master Teacher: 16th/17th September, 2017

Three Symbols Sun, Crane and Cherry Blossom in Japanese Culture

In many cultures the Sun has been worshipped for thousands of years.  It represented the highest spiritual power in the Universe. In the solar system the Sun is the star around which all other heavenly bodies gravitate.  Its brightness illuminating all the planets making life possible. The ancients recognized it as the source of the cycle of life. Some believe it is a representation of our higher selves.  Other cultures worshipped the Sun as they believed it was God.

In Japan the Sun is very significant as it is called “Land of the Rising Sun” and is featured on the national flag. From China it appears that the Sun arises from the direction of Japan. The Japanese call their country “Nippon” or Nihon” which translated means “The Source of the Sun” in English it loosely translates as “Land of the Rising Sun”. Their Emperor was considered to be the highest authority of the Shinto religion as they were seen to be the direct descendants of the Sun goddess Amaterasu (Shinto).

In Reiki the deity connection to the Sun is Dainichi Nyorai (Mahâvairocana) “The Great Sun Buddha” The all pervading Light of the Universe – The Great Bright Light the source of Reiki.
The Crane flying across the Sun represents freedom of the individual as they become One with The Great Bright Light.  In Japan the Crane or tsuru is titled “Bird of Happiness” it is one of three mystical or holy creatures (the others are – dragon and tortoise) the crane symbolizes purity, peace and eternal youth. It is thought to have a life span of a thousand years. The red crowned crane refers to transformed Taoist Immortals. The Immortals sometimes were said to have magical abilities to transform into cranes in order to fly on various journeys. It is believed that cranes lifted people to the realms of enlightenment; their  powerful wings were believed to be able to carry souls up to heaven.

If one sees a crane it is a symbol asking you to look inward, to connect to your own inner wisdom and create balance to your inner and outer life.

The Cherry Blossom “Sakura” is very symbolic in Japanese culture it has been honored since 710 – 794C. The blossom time is revered by the Japanese where they have Hanami picnics “looking at flowers”.  As it falls it is known as Sakura Snow representing the fleetness of life so one should make sure they live life well. It is a symbol of spiritual awareness in Buddhism representing life, death and renewal.

For a long time I knew that the photo on the front page of the Reiki East and West manuals needed to change and that at the right time a new symbol would appear.  During a recent retreat while meditating, the image of the crane flying across the sun appeared.  At the same time I kept seeing Cherry Blossom and knew that had to be included.  As soon as I saw the symbol I knew that this was the time for the change.

© Copyright  Symbol of “Crane Flying across the Sun”  J. M. Wills 08/03/2017

© Copyright Photo of “Cherry Blossom”  J. M. Wills 09/03/2017

Spring Course

The days are becoming longer and the sun is returning to the Northern Hemisphere.  Spring can be a very uplifting time of the year.  There is a new vitality in the air as the trees the lungs of the earth develop their leaves and suddenly gardens begin to bloom. The birds are singing and everything in nature is renewing itself.  Life is vibrant.

Why not renew yourself.  Reiki can teach you to bring a new vibrant vitality, balance and harmony into your life.  Like the Spring it can uplift your mood and well being.

Our next Shoden Course will be held on Sunday, 2nd April, 2017

Some of the benefits of Reiki are:-

  • Releases stress
  • May improve sleep
  • Aids relaxation
  • Creates more inner peace and harmony
  • Increases energy levels
  • Reduces Anxiety
  • Promotes self esteem
  • May help with pain management
  • Improves blood pressure
  • Helps work life balance

Happy Christmas 2016

 In 2002 a gift opened up of a new dimensional connection and I started receiving symbols and pictures to enhance the energy work that Peter and I were exploring and working with.  I found myself walking into a news agents and buying some paper and children’s colour felt pens.  We were staying in the Yorkshire dales at the time and a symbol kept flashing in my head and would not leave me alone.  That night at the cottage where we were staying I made a paper ruler the symbol was geometric so had to be drawn very precisely.  I had not attempted doing any art since leaving school many moons ago and was never very good at it although I really liked the subject.  For the next four years pictures and symbols poured into my head for myself and also for other people.  In 2006 I decided to close the door to this energy stream as it had become quite overwhelming.  Just recently it has opened up again and I am able to manage it much better.  I do not profess to be an artist but some people have found that my pictures helped them when they felt stuck.  Meditating with the picture/symbol creates a shift so they may move forward on their journey.  I would like to share this quick sketch I made for my mother at Christmas 2004 she has since passed  into another dimension. I called it the Heavenly Choir as the stars on the foreheads denote that the 3rd eye Ajna centre is fully open.

We wish everyone many blessings, peace and love for the coming year.

With Love

Judith and Peter

Kick Start the New Year 2017

DSCF7948aLooking for a new direction in your life?    Do you feel that your life is in a rut.  Perhaps you would like to try something new that can benefit your well being.

Learn to bring more healthy balance to your life with Reiki.

Some of the benefits of Reiki are:-

  • Releases stress
  • May improve sleep
  • Aids relaxation
  • Creates more inner peace and harmony
  • Increases energy levels
  • Reduces Anxiety
  • Promotes self esteem
  • May help with pain management
  • Improves blood pressure
  • Helps work life balance

Our next Shoden Reiki 1 Course  Sunday, 2nd April, 2017

Up coming events for Spring 2017

Okuden Reiki 2 – Participants must have completed Shoden Reiki 1 and hold the appropriate certificate and lineage.

Reiki Master Practitioner Shinpiden Course – This course is Part 1 of the Shinpiden Master Teacher programme.  The course is for people who wish to deepen their Reiki Practice  and for those who wish to eventually become a Teacher.  Participants must have completed both Shoden and Okuden courses and hold the relevant certificates and lineage.

Reiki Master Practitioner Course – Date to be arranged.

If you are interested in attending any of the above courses do please contact Reiki East and West.

Christmas Blessings 2015

Christmas 2015

 

 

Click on the image and breathe in the healing colours of Magenta and Turquoise .

Magenta represents the spiritual aspect supporting our physical body and therefore can be very balancing.

Turquoise represents peace and tranquillity.  Turquoise can also be gently invigorating, creative and helps balance our emotions.  It can bring clarity to our thought processors.

 

Angel Picture Copyright J M Wills 2015