Understanding How Your Body Works Enhances Reiki's Effects

In order to understand how Reiki can facilitate healing, it helps to understand some basics of how the human body works. For this month’s post, I’d like to walk you through a simplistic understanding of the autonomic nervous system.

The Autonomic Nervous System is composed of two sub-systems: the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system. You know more about these systems than you realize. You probably don’t recognize them because I’m using their more technical names.

The Sympathetic Nervous System is referred to…

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Rewriting Your Internal Dialogue

Have you ever wanted to deny who you are? Have you taken the time to decide/discover/create who you are? You are the one you. You may have heard this before, but you are the one and only version of you that has ever existed and will have ever existed in the timeline of our existence. The snowflake/thumbprint/QR code that is you exists for only one reason: to exist. You simply get to enjoy (or suffer) through the very circumstances and choices that are unique to you. Those moments when you are by yourself watching the birds fly by/boats pass by/people walk by, are for you to soak in and enjoy. All the thoughts that race through your mind are for you to experience. No one else will have those moments, those exact flow of thoughts. You alone get to enjoy those.

Of course, you could choose to suffer through them. You can choose to view them in a negative connotation and add them to the other reasons to see life as suffering, a hardship, and a worthless story to endure, and that’s not a bad or a good thing. It just is. That may be the hardest thing to accept. The is of the is.

What is your story?

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Your Truest Most Genuine Self

You can find inspiration in the most unsuspecting places. This month I transcribed for you a closing thought from a podcast host for a home improvement show. When I first heard this, it was exactly what I needed to hear to help get me back to a “beginner’s mind” approach to life. I’ve listened to it several times, and now that I typed it out, I can read through it anytime to get me back on track and out of any ruts I find myself in.

The following is from the July 7th episode of the “‘Home’ with Dean Sharp - the house whisperer” podcast. Enjoy!

“ Somebody asked me this week, “How is it that you are working so hard and yet having so much fun?” which is a great question. The secret is that I am a big kid and every day I spend absolutely as much time as possible utterly captivated by wonder and playing as hard as I can. And that may seem a little irresponsible, but…

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Revisiting Grief and The Inner Child

About two months ago I was playing in the pit orchestra for a small production of the musical Big Fish, an adaptation of the movie directed by Tim Burton which itself was based on the novel by Daniel Wallace, and if you know anything of the story you know that it is similar to the events in my life last year. I was familiar with the story when I took the gig, but I had no idea how emotionally painful an experience it would be.

Without even realizing it I had withdrawn internally into a sad and angry place all while keeping a cheerful and unaffected exterior facade. I felt empty. I had nothing to give to my family and friends, and I felt as if I was barely keeping my head above water. I had reached another emotional low point in my life, and upon realizing that I knew it was time to do some more self-work.

I dug into my self-help toolbox to see what I could use to work my way out of the darkness, and after observing the consistent thoughts that were circulating my mind, I knew it was time to revisit some inner child work.

Big Fish weaves a story around a father-son relationship…

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Frank Arjava Petter is Teaching in LA This Month!

Three years ago I had the opportunity to study with my favorite reiki author/researcher, Frank Arjava Petter, when he was traveling through San Diego to teach Jikiden Reiki seminars, and this year he will be teaching in Los Angeles at the end of the month. Arjava sensei has authored  several books on reiki including Reiki Fire, The Original Reiki Handbook of Dr. Mikao Usui, and This is Reiki, and was the first to publish a translation of the memorial inscription at Mikao Usui’s gravesite.

Having read many reiki books and websites on the subject I like Arjava’s easily accessible writing style and his dedication to getting validated and verifiable information regarding reiki and Mikao Usui out to the public.

Having met and studied with him in person I can say…

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