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Love IS

There are emotions and feelings called ‘love’. Real enough, but based in neuro-chemical brain states rooted in survival and reproductive programming.

The Love we truly crave, the Love that endures, that fulfils, is the Love that is the experience of beingness in the now moment, that is allowance, that is acceptance, that is forgiveness.

You are the One you have been waiting for.

The Practice

Before I began the Reiki practice, I (from time to time) used an intuited natural “healing” ability that feels very much like the experience of what I now know as ‘Reiki’. Externally it 'looks like’ Reiki. My best healing story comes from that time. I have not abandoned this original ability, and allow its expression when the moment calls for it. But it is not, and was not “Reiki”.

The original calligraphic character for 'Reiki’, a word picture from the Japanese language, has many meanings, one of which inspired Mikao Usui (the founder of the Usui System of Reiki Healing) to use the expression 'Reiki’ to label the method that he founded, and the form of his practice. 

By inference, if the form of the practice in its many aspects is not recognisable as the one Mikao Usui founded, then it is not 'Reiki, the Usui System’. That is a round about way of saying that the Usui System doesn’t own the word 'Reiki’, and practices that are called 'Reiki’ are not necessarily 'The Usui System’. Nor are they 'Usui Shiki Ryoho’, or “Usui’s way of doing it”. Sounds messy and it is.

There is a point to this.

The system is superficially simple to the outside observer or the casual practitioner. Yet it is a finely crafted and essentially human construct from the perspective of a deeper experience of it as a disciplined practice. What it looks like on the surface and the deeper experience are worlds apart. To know it, one has to engage in the deeper experience, to allow it to reveal who and what we are as a human being.

This enters, as spiritual practice so often does, into the realm of allowing the practice to reveal its meaning to us, as against imposing our meanings on the practice .

Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry — all forms of fear — are caused by too much future, and not enough presence.


Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.

- Eckhart Tolle

Knowing

My friend Peter was never one to let an “I know …” statement go unchallenged. His first question was always “How do you know”? The response was often “I just know”. Then came the big question “How do you know that you know”?

Good question!

Is the “knowing” from personal experience, a subjective opinion? Is it someone elses thought (or even your own thought) that has been accepted as being so? Is it an inherited belief system?

One way to “know” is to question everything, to be willing to hold apparently contradictory viewpoints as an opportunity for deeper understandings, to be in a place of not knowing.

Then there’s a place to “know” what you know.

Love is …the experience of being, in the now moment.
- Mark Ruge
If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself.

If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, 
then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself.

Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of 
your own self-transformation.
- Lao Tzu

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