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By Admin, Oct 6 2018 07:26AM

Einstein's legacy was to change the face of science, from the Newtonian/Mechanical perspective, to the perspective of 'All is Energy'. It is astonishing how little we know and how narrow our focus is. So much more is possible in this world to learn about.

'The most beautiful thing we can

experience is the mysterious. It is

the source of all true art and science.

He to whom the emotion is a

stranger, who can no longer pause

wonder and stand wrapped in awe,

is dead - his eyes are closed!'


By Admin, Oct 6 2018 07:25AM

I have given up my care job due to having enough regular clients. I am now helping my daughter with her fashion business so am still busy but the change has meant that I can see clients during the mornings. I learnt a lot during my time as a care worker and miss some of the customers and old colleagues. I continue on with the necessary self-reiki and going to the reiki shares where I can receive as well as give treatments.

One other area of my life where I have sought extra knowledge and insight was participating in a Qigong retreat in Scotland. Qigong (translated from Chinese as energy flow or cultivating the life force) has many practices that are similar to those of reiki. One of my favourite ones is 'picking up the ji' . Here you stand in the meditation pose with arms relaxed and palms facing downwards. Then while moving your hands upwards to above your head, you draw or pull up the energy from the earth. Next the hands move downwards, again drawing the energy this time from above, pulling it into the lower dantien (stomach). This is a place where energy is stored. The energy is visualized as a ball of golden light which can then disperse throughout the body. It is hard to explain!

Spiritual practices from different parts of the world are similar in so many ways.

The Findhorn Foundation is a great place to go to to do such a workshop with beautiful walks and beaches.

The Universal Hall at the Findhorn Foundation where concerts are held
The Universal Hall at the Findhorn Foundation where concerts are held

By Admin, Dec 10 2017 09:46AM

Now my Vipassana meditation retreat course has come and gone I look back at the experience as both being a lesson in the practice of self discipline and a confirmation of the abiity that given the chance, the body has to self-regulate and heal.

I was relieved on arriving to be given a room of my own, as however much sitting in focused stillness may be thought as 'lazing about', all in all it was a pretty exhausting ten days. Sitting still for an hour or two, sometimes more, cross-legged with the intent not to move one's body in any way was incredibly hard. After three days of concentrated awareness on our breath we were told to divert our attention to focusing on the different parts of the body - not only those parts in pain but also the parts that had adapted to the position. This focus applied with the attitude of equanimity and concentration - from the top to bottom of the body and back again would eventually lead to all parts being comfortable. The fact that this worked is extraordinary. Sitting at home I would often get pins and needles after ten minutes - at Dhamma Dipa I did not get pins and needles once. As I try to recall the founder of Vipassana S E Goenka's reasoning behind this astonishing result, I can only remember that the focusing and non-judgemental acceptance and awareness of the sensations somehow released the agitation of the mind and consequently the discomfort of the body. At the time because of the terrific resolve one had to have to get through such sittings it only seemed fitting that one would be rewarded in such a way, but of course it is highly mysterious. The wise and wonderful teacher Hema Shivji was there to ask questions to at permitted times (the one time talking was allowed). The way she sat Buddha like throughout the hours we meditated only increased my respect for her.

The short breaks between meditation would find us milling about in an aimless fashion. The grounds consisted of walkways through a small wooded area and since silence was mandatory and eye contact prohibited, any outsider would have thought they had stumbled upon a zombie compound. As the days wore on and our appearance became more dishevelled we must have looked even more like extras from a film of the living dead as we roamed in circles, eyes downcast, which did make me laugh. But as is often the case in life, appearances can be deceptive. In actual fact it was a gift to have no communication, phone, reading material, computer or TV; if only because to find true peace and quiet these days is rare.

The video programmes of S E Goenka's discourses that we watched in the evenings, although some might find the chanting hard to listen too, were fundermentally wise and in my opinion came from the heart with no hint of commercial undertones. The vegetarian food was basic but good and although only fruit and hot and cold drinks were available after midday, surprisingly after the initial day I didn't feel hungry.

Vipassana isn't going to halt the onslaught of old age or cure every condition but it is an experience, if one can embrace the strangeness of it, I highly recommend.

By Admin, Dec 10 2017 06:30AM

The experience of Vipassana strengthened my interest in the mysterious phenomena that hides behind the scientific reasoning and accepted facts concerning the human body. We have been conditioned to compartmentalize the mind/brain and body into separate entities and it is only recently that we are learning of their interlinking nature. Vipassana does not support reiki but I see no conflict. Reiki can help someone become aware of something that is there already: the ability the body has to self heal. Vipassana in a very straight forward fashion proves this to be true as some of those on the course can testify to as we sat there during the last couple of days, incredulous at our ache and pain free body. Of course this isn't everyone's experience - that is an unrealistic expectation. The fact that I went to the retreat with a determined willingness to enjoy and make the most of the ten days in whatever way I could, supports the school of thought that this resolve in itself would determine the outcome of my stay. But the fact that my meditation had turned from being an arduous challenge to being I can say almost comfortable is in my view incredible!

I find meditation helps me as a reiki pratitioner but reiki is sometimes harder to incorporate into my morning job as a care worker. There is simply not the time to suggest that I might give a sample of my reiki treatment, besides the fact that it is not part of the job description and might be viewed with suspicion! But in some cases, after explaining my job as a practitioner and using reiki when and where possible, we have noticed improvements. With the hour long treatments I give from my reiki room at home I have found that I too am benefiting. To have the intent of accessing and helping the client access the healing power that the universe has to offer gives one a strength and a peace of mind, that although not with me 100% of the time, I am very grateful for.

By Admin, Aug 21 2017 04:24AM

Vipassana meditation is a 'universal remedy for universal ills'. This conclusion might seem like a tall order but it is none the less an inspiring quote. Vipassana means seeing things as they really are and the meditation is a 'process of self purification by self observation'. This ancient form of meditation importantly has no links to any organized religion or sectarianism and welcomes all. Indeed the technique is meant to work precisely because all human beings share the same underlying problems. These are some quotes I have taken from the website that make me think it will be an insightful and worthwhile experience. The outcomes are gained by introspection - through the concentration of the mind, which leads to insight.

' It is a method of mental purification which allows one to face life's problems in a calm and balanced way'.

'The meditation releases the tensions developed in everyday life, opening the knots tied by the old habit of reacting in an unbalanced way to pleasant and unpleasant situations'.

'It is an art of living that one can use to make positive contributions to society'.

I don't envisage the ten days being easy. Silence is observed throughout and we meditate for ten hours a day. I am used to meditating but this is a serious endevour! I understand this is not for everyone but after considering taking part for the last two years, I have made the commitment. I will write about my observations in my next blog.