MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Welcome to the spring 2005 edition of the C.R.A. newsletter. In this issue we have three excellent articles to share with you. Our stories submitted this month are from Joanne Stevens of Burlington, Kirk Pleasant from Vancouver and Claudette Godin from Richmond. We always look forward to hearing from you, and your Reiki stories. We hold the intent that all that our new and old reiki practitioners can learn from your experiences with Reiki.
For all that dropped by CRA booth at the Wellness show in Vancouver this past February was pleasantly surprised by its new look. Barb Weston spent many hours designing and sewing new table covers and backdrops for the booth that included the CRA colours and logo. Not only did the booth look very professional, it looked fantastic. I would like to thank Barb and all of her team members for making the wellness show a huge success for the CRA.
Work in Toronto with the Municipal Licensing & Standards Department to give Holistic Practitioners their own business license separate from the adult trade industry is still ongoing. We are moving slowly in order to protect the vested interest of our own Reiki practitioners but of other modalities. We are having monthly meetings at City Hall with all the stakeholders. Revisions to the bylaw drafts are ongoing and followed up by conference calls with all parties concerned. I will keep you all advised when developments of these efforts move on to the next stage. Once again I would like to remind all members of the AGM coming up in Vancouver July 9th. We have a wonderful day planned and hope to see you at the Lonsdale Quay where your board members look forward to meeting with you. Registration will be required to ensure that we have the appropriate space booked for the day and we can confirm our planned luncheon with the caterers.
The Canadian Reiki Association: We provide our members with a national voice; encouraging high educational standards through our Code of Ethics, promoting ethical practices and teaching; assisting the public with referrals to Practitioners and Teachers; and is committed to enlightening and educating our communities about Reiki.
We truly welcome your comments, criticisms, and feedback. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.
Nicole Lafleche, RP-CRA, Vancouver, BC
Tell us how you were introduced to Reiki
What is your major focus for 2004?
Tell us about the contribution you see yourself making to the CRA
by Kirk Pleasant, RP-CRA
The Shang Han Lun, written in 200 A.D. by Zhang Zhongjing, describes the course of external and internal pathogens in many unique ways. This classic describes the basic principles of syndrome differentiation used today in the clinical application of traditional Chinese medicine. This book, whose title translates into the treatise on Cold diseases and miscellaneous disorders, follows these pathogens through six meridians (liu jing), which, if studied well, could stop and prevent disease from going deeper into the organs of the body. When a cold disease attacks the body, the first place to feel it is on the back of the neck in the Taiyang meridian, affecting the sinuses and oral cavity. This meridian is known as the urinary bladder meridian and travels in two great lines down the back on either side of the posterior midline or Du meridian. If the disease goes deeper, it enters into the Yangming meridian of the stomach and large intestine, creating havoc on the digestive system. Deep to this is the gallbladder and san jiao Shaoyang meridian, where the primary symptoms are fever and chills. A pathogen can go deeper still into the Taiyin, Shaoyin and deepest into the Jueyin channels where, if not stopped, the disease could separate the yin and yang, causing death. This classic describes briefly and accurately each passage of a cold disease into these six meridians. Zhang Zhongjing wrote that if treated properly and in a timely fashion with the correct treatment, a febrile disease could be stopped and expelled from the body.
As reiki practitioners, we have the effective tool of warming our hands when doing a treatment. Our treatments are often guided by a spiritual intention that lingers within us; however, this shouldn't prevent us from actively exploring every aspect of health and wellness that we can. If we study and practice, applying new knowledge and participating with our clients, we can improve the health of those we are treating. The more we fully focus our attention on our hands during a treatment, the warmer they can become. A mind still and receptive can generate great power and heat in the hands of a skilled practitioner. The warmth from our hands could, in my opinion, slow, stop, and ultimately dispel the cold conditions described in the Shang Han Lun.
Heating and warming tools such as Moxabustion and heat lamps are used extensively today to expel cold and warm the body in traditional Chinese medicine's clinical practice. Arthritis is a common example of a primarily cold disease affecting the joints, which is treated with heat. Cold pain is the dull chronic kind that aches, lasts, and is often debilitating. Even using heating pads or hot water bottles regularly can vastly improve this condition. The heat in all of these methods acts to dilate the pores and enter the superficial area, gradually spreading to the meridians. When the correct treatments are used consistently, we can prevent a disease from going further into the organ systems. Chinese medicine uses these tools to achieve the goal of warming and dispelling the cold, which can become stuck in the meridians. We can, by simply using our hands, mimic a moxabustion stick, heat lamp, heating pad, etc. with the added bonus of passing on a very unique energy that we cultivate ourselves and combine with what comes to us from the universe. This warmth that we generate greatly surpasses any electrical device available, because it is coupled with our pure intentions, guided by our intuition, and created from our inspiration. Never forget common sense when treating a patient and if they display signs of heat, i.e. inflammation, hot and burning pain, red complexion, yellow tongue coating, heat is counter-indicated. Harm reduction should always be our number one principle.
Acupuncture has been for me a wonderful way of harmonizing reiki with traditional Chinese medicine. The needles act to direct the focus of attention on very specific points, while reiki acts to fill the person with spiritual energy. This energy flows along the meridians, which have been so accurately mapped out and can be thought of as the vessels of the spirit. Reiki opens, warms and tonifies the meridians with energy and, if done with a solid working knowledge of them, it can be gloriously effective in unblocking the stagnations, harmonizing the imbalances, and boosting the deficiencies that form within. Using these two methods simultaneously can have miraculous results because they compliment each other so well. Both work on the energy systems of the body and both are guided by the practitioner's intention. Of course, acupuncture is a very in-depth course of study and it takes years to acquire competence; however, anyone can study the points and meridians themselves and use this knowledge in their application of Reiki treatments. Crystals, wands, or pointed fingers can be used to direct energy into specific points, activating stagnancies or tonifying deficiencies. Coupling these specific focuses with the general open hand reiki treatment will have a similar effect. It is my goal to facilitate integration in all the facets of healthcare we can. The modes and methods are plentiful and ours for the grasping if we only reach for them. Inspiration, intuition, and intention are three words that I like to combine in expressing what is required for maintenance, and fruition in the modern healer. We have only to think of the new way to approach our respective fields and we have become equivalent to Zhang Zhongjing. To create an entirely new system of comprehension based on experiences with multiple methods is what our future is going to remember and what we, as helpers to those in need, must manifest.
by Jo-Anne Stevens, RT-CRA
This is a story about how we are all connected, and it is a story that proves we can all do whatever we believe we can do.
In the fall of 2003 I noticed a small wasp nest inside the false Cypress tree that grows alongside our front pathway. Seeing that it was uninhabited, I decided to leave it. Knowing that wasps and hornets do not set up a colony in a "used" nest, I saw no harm in my lack of action.
In the spring of 2004 I was in the process of removing winterkill from my trees and shrubs. I had my right hand inside the Cypress tree roughly tearing away, when I felt pain. Thinking I had scraped my hand on a branch, I continued. Then I felt more pain, and then I realized what was happening. I quickly ran to the other side of the yard.... very quickly. Wildly swarming around my tree were these pretty black and white insects. For some reason, one of the Queens had decided to move back into the abandoned nest and enlarge her old home. The 4 stings on my knuckles were remedied after 25 minutes of Reiki.
For years I have "talked" in my head to various creatures. The numerous yellow jacket wasps that live in the Noma lights of our back deck never leave their nests when we have company. I ask them not to, because they frighten people. They always comply. So the next day gently pulling the Cypress branches aside, I "told" the wasps that I was their friend and I wouldn't hurt them. I could now safely place my hand on their nest, or tap on it to get them to come out and visit with me. After a while I started to pet them, lightly stroking their bodies. These diligent little creatures just kept doing their work on the nest. Many of my clients and students trusting me, enjoyed this wonderful experience as well. At last measurement in mid August, the nest was 16 1/2 inches long from the top to the bottom entry hole.
One morning I went out to visit my friends and say hello, as this was my morning custom. The nest was totally destroyed and there were pieces all around the ground under my tree. Raccoons perhaps? I'm not sure. Only 10 wasps remained, milling about one small piece of their home that remained attached to a branch. I kept petting them and telling them I was sorry. The next morning they were gone. A few days later one sole wasp buzzed around and then left. I took this as a final goodbye. I had never seen their species before, and because of this I had looked them up on the Internet. Like many so called hornets, they are actually wasps. They were rather large and were very pretty with the contrasting black and white. I am so happy that I had taken photographs of them and my hand, prior to the devastation. I hope that one of the Queens was fertilized, and got away safely. Every time I pass my Cypress tree I remember my little friends, and I miss them. I thank the Universe for allowing others and myself to enjoy them. I'll be looking for them this Spring. Maybe our home will be blessed by their presence again.
I believe I can communicate with insects.... so I can. Some native peoples believe they can walk on hot coals, so they can, and without burning their feet. My "truth" is that we can all do everything. We just have to believe it in our hearts.
Essential Wellness Centre
On February 4th, 5th and 6th 2005, at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre at Canada Place in Vancouver BC, the 13th Annual Wellness Show took place. With over 200 exhibitors participating in the show there was something of interest for everyone who attended this event to see and experience.
The Canadian Reiki Association participated in the show again this year hosting a bold new look using their logo colors of gold and maroon to decorate their 10 x 20 booth. In previous years we have set up two Reiki tables in a 10 x 10 booth but this year we decided to double the size of our booth and add a third table. Adding the extra Reiki table to our booth enabled us to provide 51 more sample sessions over last year.
Over the three day period we provided 131 fifteen minute sample Reiki sessions for show attendees. We charged a small $10.00 fee for each sample session and to our delight, the majority of people stopping by our booth to try Reiki were "newcomers".
Twenty three enthusiastic Reiki practitioners provided the necessary support for the threeReiki tables at our booth over the three day period. This level of participation enabled us to have a minimum of two Reiki practitioners at each table and at times there were as many as three or four practitioners at each table channeling Reiki. Without the support and participation of these practitioners, the weekend would not have been such a success.
Sincere thanks to the following CRA Registered Practitioners for their excellent role in supporting the CRA booth:
A very special thank you to Judy Cain, Roak Citroen, Nicole Lafleche and my husband, Mark Weston for helping set up the CRA booth on Thursday February the 3rd the day before the show.
Mark also took pictures of the booth over the weekend. The pictures may be viewed at www.innerfocus.ca/gallery.htm. Once you load the website, click on "Vancouver Wellness Show 02/06/05" to see the pictures.
Judy Cain played a special role again this year by focusing her efforts on greeting people who were stopping by our booth, answering their questions and then booking them in for a sample Reiki session Her warm smile and loving energy was hard for show attendees to resist. Thank you Judy for doing such an excellent job again this year.
My personal feeling is that the show was a wonderful success. We touched 51 more people with Reiki this year than last year and that is the purpose of these shows, to reach as many people as possible and spread the loving vibration and frequency of Reiki to the general public.
The show is also a wonderful opportunity for our CRA Registered Practitioners to participate and hand out their business cards and brochures to promote their own individual businesses. It is also a wonderful way to meet other fellow practitioners and develop some new friendships and contacts.
If you are a Level II or higher CRA Registered Practitioner residing in the Lower Mainland of BC and you wish to participate in the 14th Annual Wellness Show in 2006 or you have questions about the show, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 604 985-7302. I look forward to hearing from you.
Congratulations and thank you to all of the CRA Registered Practitioners
who participated this year.
Signing off with much Love and Light,
by Claudette Godin, RT-CRA
As Reiki practitioners we are very much aware that energy follows intent. It is therefore that much more exciting to read or hear about the scientific community confirming what we, as energy workers, have known since we have offered ourselves as instruments for the Universal Life Force.
Quoting Dr. Douglas Baker's book The Jewel in the Lotus, "Many years ago, a photograph was taken by a radionic camera at the Delawarr Laboratories of some water tap revealing normal radiatory patterns. The water was then taken to a church where it was blessed. It was again photographed and revealed energy patterns in the form of a crucifix, which the reverend minister of the church said was the visual image he held in his mind when he blessed anything. The phenomena associated with the continuum are all related to two factors. The first is magnetism, is some form and degree of subtlety, and the second is the energy source which comes from the higher subplanes of all planes of what is called etheric matter."
We have seen kirlian photography of healing hands emanating and releasing energy while the healer is sending distant healing. But when we see a picture of the power of intention, it really hits home on how careful we must be of own personal thoughts and the need to be focused while administering healing or during any energy sessions. This can be brought further into our daily thought patterns - what are we creating for ourselves?
An exercise that I use to demonstrate the power of thought is as follows:
You repeat steps 1-5 with the longer hand but this time you lovingly tell your fingers to grow shorter. It is a wonderful fun way to get the point across not only with student but also with family and friends.
Love & Light
The Canadian Reiki Association will be holding their Annual General Meeting on July 9th, 2005 and this year it will be taking place in Vancouver, BC. Additional information will be emailed out to all members in good standing the middle of April, 2005 (eg: Agenda, Proxies, Registration Forms).
Barbra Hudson, past CRA President and Founder of Blue Matrix Energetics will be presenting an introduction to Blue Matrix healing.
Topics covered will be:
Ryon Wexler is a Reiki Master and a certified Aromatherapist and Store Manager of Saje Natural Wellness at the Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver.
Ryon's presentation at the 2005 CRA AGM will include:
Ryon will provide an information handout for everyone attending.
by Jo-Anne Stevens, RT-CRA
I call in a number of helpers when performing Reiki treatments. I don't know who does what, but I have learned to be specific with them. Last year I was teaching a Reiki Level I course. The students were in the midst of practicing the hand placements for a full body treatment. Suddenly one of the girls said her hands and arms were uncomfortably hot. I told her that sometimes that does happen, and to just ask your helpers to cool you down. Well this girl was too quick for me! Before I could go on to tell her to be specific and place a request to her helpers that she would cool down to a comfortable temperature, I heard her say - "now I'm too cold". Well she had asked for help and she had received it! I explained how to ask, and she was comfortable with that in no time at all. We all had a laugh. It was also a good lesson; a lesson in "listening", in performing Reiki treatments, and a lesson that we definitely do have helpers.
Essential Wellness Centre
"The Five People You Meet in Heaven"
By Mitch Albom
little, yet powerful book was a #1 New York Times Bestseller. It is appropriate
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his passing, the main character Eddie has five spirits that take him through
his life. This is an uplifting tale of how we are all connected, that
seemingly small acts can have such an impact on others. This story might
make you laugh and it might make you cry, but it will undoubtedly touch
you to the very core.
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