Reiki Blog Hop – The Journey of Reiki 6



I didn’t half set myself up with this one, the Journey of Reiki is perhaps one of the biggest pieces that I have ever touched upon in my entire time of doing the blog hop, and even though this was originally typed up post January blog hop, it will still be just as relevant by the time March arrives.

However before I get into this, let’s do some of the civil pleasantries; not everyone will have started or even read the Master List page, so let me give you a kind of cliff notes version, and if you are curious, why not go have a read of the Master List, as it sets everything up very nicely for this month.


The theme for this month is the Journey of Reiki, it is my belief that we enter into a consensual relationship with Reiki, for me I believe that it is a form of living energy and that the attunement process is a bit like a marriage ceremony in that we willingly allow that energy to work with us and through us, just as we work with it and through it. The journey then starts to unfold in whatever way it is meant to.


Each person, be they a master, practitioner or a student taking their first steps has this journey and it is my sense of things that Masters have an ongoing journey because they are teaching students to connect and what that means for them, so in essence they are supporting the process of attunement and learning not only for someone but for themselves as well.


The master list is the link in the chain of how each blog writer discusses this theme from the experiences of their own ongoing journey. Where you are at the moment is at the start or end of the chain depending on which way you have come.



As I said at the start, this has been a huge one for me; I came into awareness of it during my own process to do with betrayal of trust concerning the master/student relationship and the respect and honouring of the friendship that developed from that place. The dynamic gave the appearance of being mutual, where I was no longer just a student but I had entered into the teacher/facilitation role.


However this began to shift as soon as I began enquiring about the Masters, it felt like there was some hugely guarded sacred rite of initiation that I needed to pass before it would acceptable for me to even create the manual or teach/hold space for the Masters; now without feeding this or giving it drama, it is possible to assume from all that I have said that this was to do with power, status and control.


What is interesting and I am exploring here is the journey reiki took me; it literally took the shaky foundations of this perceived relationship/friendship and gave them a tap, only for the entire structure down to its foundations to crumble and become debris with no hope of ever rebuilding it, so all it services now is a talking point and instructional lesson aid for future teachers of this particular Reiki practise.


My journey didn’t end there, in fact it triggered a massive shift; and brought to the surface some stuff that while unexpected was welcomed in the sense that it was time for it to go; what I have discovered is that Reiki is taking me down a new and somewhat uncharted road, instead of now just being a practise; it’s a way of life, and in that I am being shown new ways to work.


At first I was like this is not Reiki, this is anything but Reiki and then this weekend I stopped blocking myself. This is what Reiki evolves into when you stop dividing and conquering. Okay so I realise that at this moment, I am most likely starting to loose some of you with this, so let me break this down just a little.


If you haven’t hopped with me before or even if you have it doesn’t do any harm for me to share, as long as you are open to it, a little piece of my Reiki background and journey. I started with Usui Reiki, it was my dad pushing me from the higher side of life; that opened or rather reopened a door that had been firmly shut.


Within about a year give or take, I have completed through to my Masters Certificate, but I didn’t feel as if there had been completion and so I did it again with my Original Master, (in total I have about four or five). It was the right thing to do because it opened a door to learning for both of us (another entry for another hop). I then went on to do my Kundalini Reiki, but included with that were Etheric, Gold and further Boosters to the Kundalini. Then I went through Karuna, Shamballa MDH and finally (until recently) Angelic Reiki, which I took through to Teacher level (I prefer Facilitator but again, another entry for another hop).


Recently I decided to do some Continued Personal Development and did a couple of refresher courses online through Udemy for Reiki. These were good because it was showing me how it is possible to discuss and perhaps do a bit of teaching online, which always seems to get the backup with some but if it works why decry it? May not be for everyone but surely in Reiki anything is possible right?


Okay so my sense and feeling with regards to Reiki has been that there is coming a point now where no matter the name, no matter the master, and no matter how the attunements are entered into, this sentient reiki energy that has entered into a consensual symbiotic relationship with us no longer has titles, designations, it doesn’t require them. It’s like thought, we don’t label our thoughts, or have to address the internal desire that says “It’s time to Pee” so why do we do it with Reiki?


My sense of awareness and as I feel my way through this is suggesting that this need to label and give energy is hierarchal place (meaning Usui Reiki is lower on the scale than Angelic Reiki or Kundalini Reiki doesn’t work or it’s not Reiki) is about human amoris and the need for something to be superior even when it isn’t.


The journey of reiki itself isn’t really shrouded in that much mystery; Usui Reiki in reality really only has second or third hand accounts of how it is remembered; the reality is that Usui was a very private man, he was given the title Sensei only because he was revered and honoured by those around him.


Kundalini, Karuna and Shamballa were all created, inspired processes by humans who were no more godly that the rest of us on our very good days. The fact is they worked and they helped to shift or created a process for healing. Angelic Reiki, based on Shamballa and Usui Reiki, has intuitive and inspired writings that allows us to understand how to develop a personal connection to the Angelic energies (however you understand them); many students, masters and teacher came together and helped the originator of the system to create the now simplistic way of how the attunements are written today and facilitated.


However mythical the system appears, the fundamental realities were that the founder and originator of Angelic Reiki, simply wrote things down on paper, typed up other things and basically handed these out to the students. It was a student of his that finally gathered all of it up and said here use this as your manual and is there anything you need to add to it?


Reiki is the essence of being human, a gift from source to bring us back in true alignment with our own sovereign selves, and that is basically just scratching the surface. This is what Reiki is teaching me, this is uncharted road; it is stripping out all the bull, all the shitty human ego mythos that has gotten in the way.


It is taking back our own power and it is telling those who would try to invade, undermine or anything else just to fuck off! When there is ever doubt as to how far I have come, or if I find myself lost, I look at the journeys I have seen others who have a connection to Reiki take, some its taken them to a place where they’ll move to a new country eventually. For others they are coming into their own, and taking ownership of what that means.


It has opened hearts, minds and souls to their fullest potential, and it has helped others to become bad ass shamanic practitioners. Reiki is truly amazing, its unassuming, living energy that works to bring us into who we are meant to be.


Thanks for stopping by and staying with this, loving you and your journey so far.


Deep Night of the Sojourn – July’s Reiki Blog Hop 5




“…An endless circle or chain …”

Welcome Friend; regardless if this is your first visit or you have clocked up frequent blogger miles; welcome! My name is Jay, and it is a pleasure to meet you. To the seasoned blogger this bit will be familiar to you, so feel free to skip ahead; however if you have never encountered a Blog Hop before then let me give you a kind of potted history. The blog Hop is a new name for a tradition that has been around for as long as I have been able to write HTML Code and string a paragraph together and call it Creative Writing.
Think of it like an endless circle or chain, where a group of like minded writers and bloggers collaborate on the same subject but give you their unique view or opinion, each one leading to the next one and back the way. To stop anyone getting lost there is a Master List, which is like the index. That index is hosted by The Wrangler (look out for the Tarot one I am co-hosting in September) they have the job of herding the other writers and keeping them on time and track… I make their job sound easy but think of it along the line of herding cats, in the dark through a maze with a mine field underfoot…

“… Many, not all, have a what you could call a spiritual experience…”

This month the topic for this Reiki Blog Hop is Spirituality and Reiki; A topic that has in its time amongst practitioners and masters alike caused a great deal of divide. On the one side of it you have those that don’t believe there is a spirituality to Reiki, it is a healing modality that provides comfort, relief and whatever else the client needs. Thing is there is nothing wrong with that view point because that is what Reiki is for that practitioner and the master who birthed them. As a master I tell my adepts (students) what you experience during that time is personal and private to you and you do not need to share it unless you wish to. Whether I have been a student or the master; from my experience many, not all, have what you could call a spiritual experience.
Unless you have read through my entire site or know me through Facebook and the associated pages I run on there or follow the Reiki Box Blog, then you may not be aware of how deep my connection with Reiki stems. I coined the term Sensei a number of certificates and courses ago, the reason why I did that wasn’t ego, amouris or to be different but it was because I realised that I have become master in many different disciplines Usui Reiki, Kundalini Reiki, Karuna Reiki as well as Shamballah MDH Reiki and Angelic Reiki.
The first thing I say is Reiki, is Reiki, is Reiki; meaning it doesn’t matter what name you give it the frequency and light source still comes back to the same place, which in this case is The Universal Reiki Light Source. Now as you can start to see I am actually of the belief that Reiki has at least a spiritual element, should you choose to embrace it! The word Reiki is actually two separate words that were put together when the Kanji was translated into English.
ReikiRei: Universal/Unlimited Ki: Light, Living Force, Chi; whether you follow the path of non-spiritual or have a belief that it is spiritual for me, for my sojourn I understand it as something much deeper than spiritual and something more tangible than just a healing system. However that is perhaps because my soul’s path has led me to explore through past-life recall my connection to Reiki and my time as Sensei Usui-san; don’t misunderstand me, I am not stating anything here as a fact, mainly because within Past Life regression it is all unique to that person. Yes! many of the facts that come from within that state can be further backed up in historical texts, but you can still argue (as so many still do), Usui-san life is documented widely across the internet and books so yeah it could have come from that (if you ignore the fact I am dyslexic and have severe retention issues).

“… Maybe it’s because I am awakened to my Sojourn through Angelic Reiki…”

AngelicAs a practitioner and also master I allow Reiki to simply be and I follow in accord with its wishes. Mainly because I am of the belief that Reiki is a sentient living energy that lives in symbiosis with us; it helps to heal not only other lives but our own as well, it doesn’t actually matter if you believe that to be the case or not. I recall one my earliest experiences of the differences in how Reiki is taught, I was under the impression (innocently at that time) that everyone was taught the same way as I had been and at that time I was still understanding my own connection and I made a point that maybe there was a lesson happening or something along those lines and the answer I was given back was sharp to the point. It gave me a pang of oh my maybe the lesson is mine to learn…
Looking back on that moment in my memory now, I realise that not everyone has been awakened to the spiritual aspects of reiki, and maybe not everyone will. I think it’s maybe because I am awakened to my Sojourn through learning and working with Angelic Reiki that my perceptions have changed. I personally don’t understand the distinction between Usui & Angelic or any of the others but there is a subtle divide there…
Reiki for me is my life, it is in everything that I do; from my Tai Chi practise, to the words I speak and type, it is even in the food I eat and the drinks that I have. Recently I have been exploring this deep rooted knowing that I have a strong connection to Ancient Shinto practises; through reading up on Taoism and also Shinto in today’s Japan and also going back through Imperialism and Feudal Japanese customs I have realised that Reiki (while not given that name) is there, it is throughout the belief system you just need to know where to look.
I work alot with Archangel Metatron and for long enough I would always separate when I was working with the Angelic Kingdom, the quarters in my Wiccan/Pagan work and also when I am speaking to the Kami I would make a distinction there as well, however in the last week or so during my Tai Chi practise, I come to see there is no need to separate them! In Ancient Shinto Practises when someone passes into the Spirit, their essence or soul is greeted by the Great Kami, who then transmutes (for want of a better way to say it) into the ways of being Kami. In Western Spiritual beliefs, it is similar the soul is greeted and welcomed into the spiritual worlds, just as in Wiccan/Pagan belief system they are welcomed into the Summerlands. The interesting thing here is that when Pagan/Wiccan are forming the circle they call to the Quarters. These Quarters were once known as The Archangels of The North, South, East, West and also Spirit as well.
Now I realise that you may think I am off topic, however not really. When I am working or getting ready to work I will use Reiki symbols such as Sei-Hei-Ki for cleansing and clearing but I will also call to the Kami and Watchtowers as well while doing so; as I said Reiki is in everything that I do… I come to learn that while it is a deeply simplistic way of being it is also one of the most profound methods of healing known, if you are open to those aspects.

“… Reiki’s roots stem into Shinto, Tao and Buddhism …”

I think a lot of how we approachthe Spirituality and Reiki connection comes down to how we are birthed into Reiki; I never used to think or even allow that concept enter into my consciousness and unless I am actually organising workshops or Usui Reiki Days. I also think that when the topic comes up, much like the spirituality connection to Reiki, there is this almost territorial or wounded lion attitude as if I am insulting someone or saying I am better (which I am not and never have) so I avoid having the conversation, when all I am really trying to do is understand the differences, as there maybe something within it I can learn from or maybe there is something that mutually we can benefit from…
When I say birthed that is exactly what it is – at least for me – I take the practise of Reiki teaching, quite seriously but I am not a task master when I am doing it. I make the day easy, simple and light but also make it a learning environment and professional one as well, just like when I do my Reiki Sessions. I take the same approach to Angelic Reiki facilitating but the difference is I allow myself to be guided in what needs to happen at the right time. In both instances I believe that a form of spiritual rebirth takes place, a person goes through something profound and personal. In many ways they are birthed.
Just go with me while you are reading this, try not to attach any thoughts or judgements because what I am about to lay out here is my own perceptions from within the Past Life state… When I went for the Past life recall it was a present and also something that I was called to do (as I am being called again to go through another one). I went through to a life time that I understand now to be Usui-san; it was a simple up brining, working in the Dojo until I was old enough to go and become a monk within the Buddhist ways.
I spent many years training and upon my 21st year I was required to do a spiritual pilgrimage to one of the most sacred mountains in most of the older faiths from Japan and China. I walked for some days up the mountain and eventually reached the meditation shrine and temple. It was during the meditation I was taken to the place that Buddhists call Nirvana; in this space the Kami/Buddha showed me a way to heal, this method was ancient and had been forgotten but needed to return to earth.
Upon my return I left and began the journey home, I met a young woman who had blistered hands from farming and so I healed them, this was a hands on healing and when I was finished the blisters were all but gone. I learned upon returning to the temple that I had been away almost three months rather than the few weeks I had thought. The Sensei of the temple was very ill and I also healed his ailments. The Sensei then took me to the oldest part of the library and showed me records that detailed this old healing system. Hence the birth of Reiki as it became known.
Granted much of this is known and some could be discerned as my own meditations but there is now documented evidence that does show that Sensei Usui-san was trained as a Buddhist monk and further to that historical records in Japan also show that Shinto, Tao and Buddhism all have a common ancestry, so even though it may have through time lost its spiritual roots (along with Shinto as well) it is there and in manys ways ready to be awakened again.

“Spirituality is perceptive and unique…”

Although Reiki as taught in the Western world has removed a lot of the spirituality from it, we are beginning to understand that this was mainly because in the era that it was brought to the West spirituality was only thought to be religious doctrine dished out on a Sunday from a pulpit, ‘where the devil made her do it’ and ‘he is a good and holy man’ covered every sin conceivable (and others that we only read about with the lights off…), we are realising now in this era of awareness and awakening that spirituality is perceptive and unique to the person, so not everyone is going to see Reiki as a spiritual philosophy or have an awakening from it, but that said I am running an Angelic Reiki workshop and new practitioners will be birthed who might well have profound spiritual experiences from this weekend, but that is the nature of this frequency of Reiki…

Thank you for stopping by my blog and reading my entry for the Reiki blog hop; I welcome your comments, feedback on a post is appreciated by writers like as myself as it encourages to reply, write more and be more engaging and creative.



Past Life Regression Experience – Part 2


Mood: Thoughtful

Music: Deuter – Reiki Hands of Love

Location: Home/Office

As I mentioned in the Introduction; I decided that I wanted to experience a past life regression, however for this one I chose to visit someone instead of doing it myself or contacting my friend to try and organise it, the outcome from the regression has changed my outlook and perceptions on a great many things…
Mikao UsuiThe journey took me back to the turn of the twentieth century at least to begin with, I could see the outline and colours of walls and I knew that I was speaking fluent Japanese but translating it into English, which told me and the hypnosis person that at some point I would have learnt it. My father from that lifetime was an instructor/Sensei at what turned out to be his Dojo, as the son and heir it was my job to learn through doing, and yes that meant the menial tasks as well.
I knew right away that my name was Mikao but at that point I did not know the significance, in fact neither did the person doing the hypnosis; as we progressed through this lifetime; Mikao spent many years practising and learning as well as eventually teaching at the Dojo, but he finally left and continued his learning at a Buddhist temple four days walk from Mt. Kurama, a place of spiritual significance for most monks of that time.
Mt KuramaAt this point I was a young man in his very early twenties, the temple was made of stone that had been carved as well as covered with wood and other materials to create warmth. I knew that even though I was in my 20’s I had been there for a few years and progressed up the ranks so to speak. My robes were a darker orange but I had not earned the right to wear red as yet, so as well as orange I had yellow as well.
I had gone forward from being the child and was now in the middle stages of life, so it made sense to settle within the 20’s at least to start with but as I progressed in this period I was able to realise that I was closer to 25/29 and setting out to climb Mt. Kurama. I could smell the sweetness of what must have been rice or something similar; being a monk I was treated with respect from the people that were in the fields.
the-crown-chakraUpon climbing half way up the mountain there was a natural shelter, at I guess it looks as if it had been carved out at some point in the past, there was water close and edible vegetation. I remember at this point going into a transcendental meditative state, where as Mikao I saw the Reiki symbols upon a background of white, gold and many other colours that do not even have earthly names.
I also remember becoming aware of a higher spiritual realm, a sense of peace but also just being in what Buddhists call Nirvana, a place where there is no-thing; where it said that everything is balanced and quite literally perfect, there is no ego, no ID and no Super-ego all that is there is oneness or The Soul. Although he did not realise it Mikao hadn’t been away for four days, he had in fact been away longer.
ReikiIt was after climbing to the top of the mountain, mainly so that he could say he had done it. Mikao Usui began his journey home to the temple and along the way a Japanese woman, no older that 20/25 stopped him and asked for a healing prayer for her hands. I remember feeling just as he had a warm wave of energy and a complete sense of peace and being at one with everything and within that he took her hands into his own and passed this feeling along to her. I remember seeing these raw inflamed joints return to an almost normal size within moments.
The Japanese woman was thankful for the ‘prayer’ and gave him rice and water for his return journey to the temple, it took him about three days from that point and upon his arrival, the monks were startled in their own way to see him, he had noticed that there were more there than before, and it was only after they showed him the calendar.
By Jakub Hałun - Own work, GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11575614The closest concept to the calendar of the time is this one to the left, I can clearly recall feeling a bit confused because instead of it showing four days passing it showed several weeks. The addition of the other monks also confirmed a feeling that war was brewing, we know from historical records that there were many civil/border wars before any of the World Wars, so seeing these other monks confirmed that another was indeed brewing.
The monks explained that templar knowledge had been salvaged by the fleeing brothers and brought to the safety of their temple where it had been added to their own knowledge. They also took time to explain that the ‘Old Master’ or the Sensei of the temple seemed to be ailing and had little time left. However Mikao/I knew what may help him, so after a night of rest, I was taken to see him the following day.
Temple Library Example
I remember entering into this small room within the temple and the ailing master seemed to be propping himself up using chairs and so on, attending to him I ask his permission to show him what had happened on the mountain and the same warmth, peace and centeredness followed through me and through him. I remember noticing that as we were both smaller men, the Sensei suddenly was standing at my chest height unaided. We spoke at length about what had happened and he asked me to follow him.
The Sensei and I went into the library within the body of the temple and it was interesting because the entire place was laid out like a calendar of sorts everything in a sequential as well as chronological format, high shelves that stretched for what could have easily felt like miles. It was interesting because I can remember thinking that it had been smaller with more space before, so it gave the impression that a great deal of teaching had been added in months while on the mountain.
example of ancient Japanese ScrollWhen we arrived at the very back of the archive, the Sensei drew out several scrolls and laid them out for us to look at. The writing was familiar and I told him that the symbols from within the transcendental state were exactly the same as the ones on these scrolls. I spent time every day within those scrolls, the parchment and dust potent in my nostrils.
Although I was taken forward after recounting reading the scrolls, I do know that I eventually moved on from the temple and returned to the Dojo, I did so with the blessing of my Sensei, In that during the time before leaving I attained Sensei status for the work I had achieved while living at the temple. Returning to the Dojo I am aware that I began working on combining the teachings from the scrolls with the martial artistry that I had gained and had continued to practise.
KanjiI believe that as Usui I combined what could be considered Tai Chi Chuan and Reiki to create what we understand as Reiju or the Japanese empowerments. However they weren’t designed to be attunements as such but rather a hands off way of freeing the meridians, likewise when as Usui I did hands on treatments my hands were not motionless, or focused purely on seven points they were tracing lines of energy and unblocking them similar to Shiatsu and acupuncture, which I am aware from studying these recently were taught originally in temples, so it would make every sense that Mikao would know this.
What Mikao Usui created was a lifelong dedicated practise, not something that was taught over a weekend. The trouble is that we are equipped to dedicate ourselves to anything that is longer than an episode of EastEnders (UK/Europe) or Days of Our Lives (USA/Canada). It is about the discipline of the mind as well as of the form, now it doesn’t mean that you spend hours and hours in meditation or have to know Tai Chi Chuan, Qi Gong or Shiatsu and Acupuncture, because let’s face it these days in the culture of legality you would need to.
Tai Chi ChuanHowever as Jay, I recognise that times have moved on and while I am learning Tai Chi/Qi Gong and intend on learning Shiatsu/Acupuncture once I am fully qualified as a massage therapist, I know that not everyone who comes to learn Reiki will want to know that as well, so while my Reiki teachings will still have a similar western format, in that it will be a day training for Level I & II with a further day of training in Level III, I know that some of my approaches need to change as well.
I’ve always known that I have a deeper rooted connection to Reiki, not just Usui but also the Angelic Reiki as well, I have resolved the learning as to why I have a deeper connection to Reiki and perform things differently to other Masters and also practitioners. I know need to resolved the connection between myself and Angelic Reiki, because while I know the history of how it came back this time, I know it has been here before and used before so my next regression I hope to answer that question.