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A Path

A blog post I read recently began “In its original form, within Japanese Buddhist circles in the late 19th Century, Reiki was a path to enlightenment”. (End of quote). The remainder of the post focused on the healing practice.

Not only “was a path to enlightenment”, but still is, in the western form and practice. More than that, one does not need to become more “Japanese” or to adopt Buddhism or its philosopy.

There is absolutely no harm, and a certain satisfaction, in immersing oneself in the Japanese language and culture, or developing an understanding of Buddhist thought and meditative practices. But “the way” is not these things.

The risk is as it has always been, of too much mind, Japanese mind, Buddhist mind, right mind, and more.

The “way” of Reiki can be found in the everyday hands-on practice, and the here and the now.

Note “everyday” and “here and now”.

Fix Me

“Can you fix me in 20 minutes?” was the question asked by a passerby who had stopped outside my shop.

She was serious.

I gave her my standard “I dont fix people. What happens depends on you. We can only see what happens”.

I share the story only to offer the comparison with the question asked by someone else, which was "Would you be willing to work with me. I would like to have a Reiki treatment from you.”

Theres a world of difference between the two.

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
For love is a force. Love is here because you are here. It arrives unbidden whenever you do. It takes a being of unimaginable power to embody divinity. It takes you.
- Sophia Love
Love is …the experience of being, in the now moment.
- Mark Ruge

Responsibility

“You are the universe and you are creating it at every moment.

Because, you see, it starts now. It didn’t begin in the past. There was no past, see! If the universe began in the past, when that happened it was now. Well it’s still now, and the universe is still beginning now, and it’s trailing off like the wake of a ship from now.

When the wake of the ship fades out, so does the past. You can look back there to explain things but the explanation disappears. You never find it there. Things are not explained by the past. They’re explained by what happens now …that creates the past. It begins here.

That’s the birth of responsibility.”

- Alan Watts

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