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Book Review: Reiki Insights by Frans Stiene

June, 2018

Book Review

Reiki Insights by author Frans Stiene

Publisher: Ayni Books

Text copyright: Frans Stiene 2017

I’ll be honest this book wasn’t what I was expected it to be. It turned out to be more. Mr. Frans Stiene (stee-nuh) has been a major global force in Reiki. He is the co-founder of The International House of Reiki.

In this book, Mr. Stiene has written about what Reiki truly is, a spiritual practice. The founder of Reiki Mikao Usui’s teachings shows that it was a spiritual practice. Reiki is a practice, has meditations on mantras and the symbols, on the hand positions, being in a meditative state while performing or receiving the reiju/initiation/attunement.

Mr. Stiene states that when he was working with his teachers in Japan and researching the original teachings of Mikao Usui, that the precepts where instructions to be followed. This teaching worked to help students bring about a state of wholeness. Wholeness is a state of mind: in which we are happy, content, at peace and full of compassion. This wholeness was a form of healing for the students and all who followed Usui’s teachings.

In today’s world, we often talk about either giving or receiving a Reiki healing. In the spiritual practice of Reiki, it was taught that you were “Being Reiki.” Reiki is often called spiritual energy, and we are always working with spiritual energy in that We are Spiritual beings having a human experience.” (unknown author)

Mr. Stiene also states in this book that through his research he found there is a correlation between the 5 precepts of Reiki and the 6 paramitas from Buddhism. In Japanese Buddhism, there are 3 precepts. I found it interesting that these 3 systems shared so much.

 

The 5 Precepts For Today

Do not Anger

Do not Worry

Be Grateful

Practice this Diligently

Show Compassion to Yourself & Other

 

6 Paramitas

Generosity

Morality

Patience

Persistence

Concentration

Wisdom

 

Japanese Precepts

Cease to do bad actions

Do Good actions

The action of helping others

If you want to get serious about your practice of Reiki, I would suggest this book no matter what your level is. Mr. Stiene wrote this book for all practitioners and teachers.

 

You can find out more about Reiki Insights by Frans Stiene on Amazon.

Reiki Insights

 

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About the Author:

Dawn Borries loves reading and was thrilled to become an E-Book reviewer for PaganPages.Org. Dawn, also, has been doing Tarot and Numerology readings for the past 25 years. Dawn does readings on her Facebook page.  If you are interested in a reading you can reach her at: https://www.facebook.com/Readings-by-Dawn-1608860142735781/

Reaching Reiki

January, 2010

with ReikiAwakening.com’s Alice Langholt

Welcome to this month’s Reaching Reiki column. This month’s topic is Self Healing. The holiday season is stressful for many, and brings to mind the need for us to remember to care for ourselves as we are thinking of others. Malls, in particular, are sources of negative energy. Family tensions can recur during extended holiday visits. Money woes can affect our decisions when purchasing gifts. All can affect our energy system in negative ways. Self care and energetic self healing are most important this time of year.

So how is this done? For a Reiki practitioner, remembering to use Reiki on oneself is sometimes a chore in itself. We tend to put ourselves last, taking care of everyone else first and then collapsing into bed at the end of the day, having forgotten to channel ourselves some healing energy. Reiki energy is primarily for self healing, but it’s easy to put that aside when we are so busy during the holidays. Ironically, this is the time it is most beneficial for us. Reiki energy can help release negative energy, clear one’s aura, release emotional blockages, and help one radiate a positive light to others. Stress is easier to manage, and less is absorbed when one is in a balanced state.

Other ways to incorporate self healing into one’s life include:

  • Meditation – even short breaks to close the eyes and tune in can help one shed stress and become balanced. Take 3-5 minutes in the middle of the day for inducing quiet time within and see the way it affects the rest of your day. Just clear your thoughts, tune in, and breathe.
  • Breathe – stop several times during the day to check in with yourself. How are you breathing? Be sure it is from the lower diaphragm, full and deep. Make an effort to take slow, deep breaths, because the oxygen in your system is cleansing for the entire body and mind. Consciously breathing deeply can help you give your body, spirit and mind a break from whatever you’re facing.
  • Ground yourself – if you’re feeling crazed, stop and stand firmly. Imagine tree roots growing down from the soles of your feet into the earth. Visualize those roots extending downward, deep past the earth’s core. Consciously pull energy up the roots back into your body, up your legs and into your body, up to your heart. Just give yourself a few minutes to experience this, and the stress will melt away. You’ll feel strong and able to handle anything that comes at you.

Wishing you all balance, blessings of the season and a wonderful start to 2010. With love and light,

Reaching Reiki

December, 2009

with ReikiAwakening.com’s Alice Langholt

This month’s column is on the benefits of Reiki for kids, teens and pets. Reiki healing is natural and helps with balance. Balance covers many areas, including physical, emotional and spiritual. Reiki for physical balance strengthens the immune system, releases pain, releases stress, and strengthens the body’s capacity to heal. Reiki healing for emotional balance removes blockages, adds positivity, relaxes and soothes, and gives a sense of well-being. Reiki healing for spiritual balance helps open and fine-tune the connection to one’s intuition. One may become open to receiving divine guidance, notice signs, and become aware of opportunities falling into place. These are some of the benefits of practicing and receiving Reiki healing.

Reiki is helpful for kids who may have nightmares, anxieties, emotional concerns, aches and pains, illness, and other issues. Parents who have Reiki can channel Reiki energy to their kids to help balance their children in all of these areas. Kids can also learn Reiki and have this tool for themselves, for a lifetime. My kids come to me for Reiki when they have a headache, before going to sleep, after a nightmare, when bumps and bruises happen, and when they are upset. I give them Reiki liberally when they are sick. They also self-heal with Reiki, knowing that they have the power to do this for themselves. They give each other Reiki too, and it’s a really nice way for them to express caring to their siblings.

Teens are naturally unbalanced. Hormones and drama are a part of a teen’s everyday life. Teens who know Reiki are able to help themselves cope with the stresses of teen life. Reiki can help a teen feel more clear-headed, focused, and become more grounded, in a better place to deal with their daily life. Teens who know Reiki can use Reiki for themselves as needed. Parents can give their teens Reiki and strengthen the parent-teen bond which can become fragile during this time.

Reiki is good for animals as well. Dogs, cats, and other pets enjoy Reiki healing. Pet owners who give their animals Reiki are helping their pets heal, relax, and be healthy. Reiki gives pet owners an additional way to bond with and help their pets. I have some canine Reiki clients who have healed quickly from injuries and illness after receiving Reiki healing. I see these dogs about every other week. They relax during their Reiki session, and for days afterward they show great improvement in temperament and health. I’ve also sent distance Reiki to a horse after he had surgery. The energy helped the horse rest more comfortably.

Everyone has the ability to learn Reiki – it’s inside everyone, available for the accessing. For self healing, giving healing energy to others, manifesting goals, or helping kids, teens or pets, Reiki is something that can enhance one’s life. Learn more at my website reikiawakening.com.

Peace and blessings.

Reaching Reiki

November, 2009

with ReikiAwakening.com’s Alice Langholt

Welcome to this month’s Reaching Reiki column. This month’s topic is Patience. Patience is very hard for most of us, because we want to plan, control our destiny, shape our lives. We have a desire to know what’s coming and prepare for it, because doing so helps us feel more confident and ready. I know, because I am very much like this in personality.

I envy those who can easily surrender, having faith that things will work themselves out, and that the Universe has a plan in motion. This is a wonderful state of being, just living in the present, without the anxiety of trying to second-guess what’s coming and figure out how it would be handled. Those without patience use their thoughts in the present to try to predict what’s coming and get ready for it by trying to decide now what to do if this or that should happen. The ironic thing is that instead of making us feel more prepared and calm, trying to predict and plan creates anxiety as we sit on the edge of our seats waiting to see what will actually happen. Then we’re living in a state of anxious worry, finding it hard to relax. Meanwhile, our friends who have decided to “go with the flow” are calm, serene, and capable in the face of whatever life presents them.

So how, you might be asking, how does one who is not accustomed to having patience go about attaining that patience? How does one surrender to the present? How does one keep from going to that place of “what if” and trying to plan for this and that outcome? I will tell you that it isn’t easy. It’s hardest in times of transition, for instance, between jobs, or when waiting for a significant event to occur. Here are some suggestions for finding that quiet place within that can bring about the patience that can change your life:

  • Meditate. This doesn’t involve long stretches of time sitting in the lotus position chanting OM. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but most of us who are unaccustomed to lengthy meditation don’t feel ready for that yet. Instead, try five minute stretches, or even still, take a moment, several times a day, for a mini-meditation. A mini meditation involves stopping, and taking 10 slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed. Just be in the moment, breathe and clear your mind. It’s short, but it has amazing effects on calming you and bringing you into the present moment. When you feel your mind drifting to that state of “what’s going to happen next?” just stop and breathe.
  • Mindful presence. This means really working on staying out of that anxious zone where you try to plan for every possible outcome. When you find yourself going there, grab your thoughts and bring them to the present again. Really make an effort to be here, now. Living in the present moment instead of the future or the past means you only have to deal with what is happening to you right now. The future will get here, and you will deal with it when it does. There is only now, after all. Live that way, and you’ll find yourself calmer, more balanced, and happier. You won’t be spending all of your energy planning the future, but instead you will be able to enjoy what’s happening in the present.
  • Manifestation. Use whatever means of visualizing the way you want things to unfold, and really see it in your mind. Then, let it go. You may, if you wish, send positive energy to that vision, using Reiki or whatever method you personally find meaningful. For me, it’s Reiki, of course. If you want to learn how to channel Reiki energy to yourself, others, or a goal, just get in touch with me via my website – ReikiAwakening.com. I’m happy to teach anyone who wishes to learn. Others may choose to write their goals down on a list, and then put it away. The next, very important step is to let it go and let the Universe take care of setting the details in motion. That is the key to manifestation – putting the idea out there and then avoiding dwelling on it afterward. Surrender it to Source and watch it start to unfold. Trust that it will. You will cultivate patience by doing so.

I am learning patience right along with you, and doing my best to incorporate these methods into my life. It takes work, so don’t think it’s effortless. But make the process yours and see the impact it can have on your overall happiness, stress levels, and peace of mind.

Reaching Reiki

October, 2009

with ReikiAwakening.com’s Alice Langholt

Welcome to this month’s Reaching Reiki column. The theme for this month’s column is Being Present. This is a very important topic and it can change your life. I’ll also explain how Reiki can help, although it is not necessary to have Reiki in order to consciously incorporate mindful presence into your life.

First, what does it mean to be present? Being present is about living in this moment, now. Many of us, me included, worry a lot. We worry about what’s coming up, what’s due, what’s on the long list of things to do, what’s happened recently, and more. Even though we’re taking care of things right now, our minds are preoccupied with these other issues, ruminating on that argument or that deadline instead of focusing on what’s happening right now. What’s wrong with this picture?

Being preoccupied keeps us from enjoying what’s going on right now. It saps the joy from our lives because joy happens when we truly enjoy what we are doing in this moment. Sounds simple, but for so many of us, it is not simple. You might be thinking, what about all of these things? How do I stop thinking about them? You might also be thinking, what if I am doing something now that is just not fun, like cleaning or changing a flat tire, or grocery shopping? How am I supposed to find joy in that chore?

Eckhart Tolle teaches that there are three states of being present: Acceptance, Enjoyment, and Enthusiasm. All of them involve being present, which is important enough that it will improve your life. So let’s look at them in relation to our real life situations.

Say you’re doing that chore you hate. The one that makes you wish you could be anywhere else. Instead of grumping over it, try simply accepting that you need to do it. Focus on getting it done, and you may find that your acceptance of it makes it less reprehensible. A sense of peace can come over you as you complete the task.

Now imagine that you’re doing something that is just part of your day. You are at work, or you are caring for your child. Instead of thinking about something else, such as the argument you had this morning, or what you will make for dinner, focus on exactly what you are doing. Be in the moment. The simple focus of being present can bring enjoyment to what you are doing, as you are consciously present. You will breathe easier, and give your full attention to the task at hand.

Next, think of doing something you truly love. Do this, and be fully in the moment. You will find that your enjoyment will increase to enthusiasm as you truly feel how much you love doing what you are doing. You are in your element, and being truly present is the way to live richly and fully in the moment.

Now what if you are having an argument with someone? How do you be present in that situation? There is no enjoyment in that moment, right? Of course right. But if you can be fully present, you will find that you are aware of the way you are responding to the other person. Perhaps you will be able to react differently than you would if you let yourself respond in anger. Full awareness of yourself helps you be aware of responses that are purely defensive, or provoking. Perhaps cultivating a peaceful, quiet presence can give your argument less angry energy, and change the outcome. Try it.

What does this have to do with Reiki? I’ll tell you. As a part of my Reiki practice, I do a daily self healing meditation. During this time, I open myself up and allow the energy to flow where it is needed. I cultivate a presence, being in the moment, not letting my thoughts wander other than a quiet awareness of the sensations in myself. It sets the stage for the rest of my day, reminding me that I have the power to be present.

Here’s an exercise for helping to establish presence in your life:

Breathe. Slowly. Deeply. Focus on your breath and the spaces in between your breaths. Stop to do this several times each day. Mindful focus on breathing helps you cultivate an awareness of the here and now, appreciation for the way your body works without your conscious effort, and brings you to the present moment.

Give presence a try and see how it changes things.

With love and light

Reaching Reiki

September, 2009

with ReikiAwakening.com’s Alice Langholt

This month on Reaching Reiki I’m going to talk about Psychic Protection. For anyone who works with energy, whether Reiki, or other practices, protecting one’s energy is very important. Here’s why it’s important, and some ways to do it for yourself.

When we work with energy, either via meditation, yoga, Reiki, Tai Chi, or any other practices, what’s happening is we are raising our energetic vibration. What does that mean? We are heightening our senses to be intuitively aware of our energy and that around us. Our Higher Selves, Guides, Angels, and Archangels exist at higher vibrations, and it is via raising our vibration that we connect with others and these sources. Also existing at higher vibrations are thought forms, negative energies, entities and manifestations. These are undesirable to have attaching themselves to our energy, and they are attracted to our energy when it’s vibrating at their frequency.

Sometimes a negative energy will attach itself to us accidentally – when it’s released from another person and thinks we are the Light. Sometimes we unwittingly pick up negative energy from another person who is sending it out unknowingly. You can often sense a person who has negative energy, because that person may make you uncomfortable to be around. You may feel drained or tired out simply by being near that person. Sometimes negative energy will attach itself to us purposefully, sent knowingly by another person with intent to harm. The last two examples are known as Psychic Vampires – people who knowingly or unknowingly absorb your good energy or send out their negative energy to you.

Now let’s talk about protecting yourself! It’s good to work with the Light – to help others through Reiki or energy work, and help ourselves as well. So don’t toss out the process. Just learn to protect your energy – shield yourself from harm – and all will be well. There are many ways to do this. Here are some examples:

* Intention – this is very powerful! Every day upon getting up, before going to bed, before energy work of any kind, and as needed, intend that you be shielded in a white, golden, or blue cloak of light energy. Really imagine putting it on, zipping it up, and pulling on a big hood. This is your protection. Intend that it be so, and it will be.
* Cleanse your space – There are many ways to do this. One is by smudging – burning a sage smudge stick and wafting the smoke around every room you want to protect. Another is by putting crystals around the room. Crystals have lots of energy, and give off good energy, while absorbing negative. You may need to cleanse your crystals in salt, water, or via giving them Reiki.
* Ask for help – angels are there to help you. Just ask for angelic protection before bed, and before any sort of energy work. Ask, and tune in to feel them surrounding you with loving light and shielding. You can ask that angels be stationed in each room of your house, or the corners of the room you are in, or surrounding you. Don’t underestimate the power of asking the angels for help.
* Self-heal – Be sure to run energy through yourself regularly to clear out anything you don’t need, remove blockages, and help yourself. If you have Reiki or another energy healing practice, use that. If not, visualizing energy flowing in your crown and down your body, while visualizing energy coming up from the earth into your feet, both meeting at your heart will help connect you to the cosmos and the earth, and flush what does not serve you down and out, to replace it with fresh light energy from above. This is called Grounding, and it’s beneficial several times a day.

The bottom line? Be sure you are caring for yourself as you reach out to help others, or open yourself to connecting with higher energies. While energy work is important, enlightening, and increases your intuitive development, it also makes you vulnerable to negative stuff that’s out there. Learn to protect your energy to safely grow in your intuitive abilities and potential.

With love and light,

Alice

Reaching Reiki

August, 2009

Reaching Reiki with ReikiAwakening.com’s Alice Langholt

Hello there! I’m honored to have been asked to write the Reiki column for PaganPages.org! I’d like to use this first column to introduce myself and talk about what Reiki is and why I do it.

First, let me say that the strongest reason that I’m a huge Reiki advocate is that I am a regular person. That is to say, I did not have any special abilities growing up, and I wasn’t born with intuition or anything beyond wishing to be special. When I learned Reiki, things changed for me completely. Learning Reiki gave me access to spiritual energy, not only for myself, but for helping others heal and feel better. In fact, the most powerful part of this for me is distance healing. I now teach Reiki to people like me, average regular non-intuitive people, and watch their world open as mine did. I also teach Reiki to those who are already gifted with intuitive abilities and want to learn this method of directing these abilities for healing. But I’m ahead of myself.

You may be wondering what Reiki is. Here’s the skinny: Reiki is a Japanese-originated method for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes physical and emotional healing. Reiki treatments are given by a light hands-on touch, or remotely via distance, and follow the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what enables us to be alive. When stress and other emotional factors drain our life force energy, we are more likely to get sick or feel exhausted. With thriving life force energy, we are more capable of being emotionally balanced and healthy. Reiki works in complement to all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote healing.

The word “Reiki” is a combination of two Japanese words – Rei, meaning “Spiritually guided,” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki translates to “spiritually guided life force energy.”

Distance healing is tangibly felt by the recipient as strongly as hands-on healing is. Generally speaking, Reiki feels warm, soothing, tingly, relaxing, positive, releases emotional blocks, and relieves pain.

Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit, and brings relaxation and feelings of peace, security and comfort. Many have reported accelerated healing after Reiki treatments. Reiki is available to anyone, and can easily be learned by anyone. It does not require intense study or psychic ability. In fact, Reiki helps one get in touch with one’s intuition. Learning Reiki completely opened my intuition! Besides giving and teaching Reiki, I now do channeled readings and mentor intuitive development. This world opened to me because I had the opportunity to connect with my intuition through learning and practicing Reiki.

The ability to channel Reiki energy is transferred to a student during an “attunement” given by a Reiki master, immediately enabling the student to access the unlimited supply of “life force energy” for its many physical and emotional benefits. Reiki can be taught in person or via distance. I have learned and now teach Reiki both ways, with equal effectiveness.

Although Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no commandments or requirements for worship, and Reiki works whether one believes in it or not. Reiki’s spiritual aspects and tangible results often give people a spiritual connection that their religion may not. I can certainly attest to that experience. I grew up wishing to be connected with some spiritual energy outside myself, and when I learned Reiki, it happened.

So, thank you for reading my opening column. In future posts, I plan to talk about Reiki-related topics, amazing Reiki stories, and answer questions. That reminds me, if you have any questions you would like to see answered about Reiki, or you’d like more information about how you can experience and learn Reiki healing, please email me: [email protected] and/or come to my website: reikiawakening.com. Namaste.

New To The Craft

December, 2008


In the Realm of Magic

For many of us who enjoy a good Harry Potter book or the fairy tales of childhood, there is a special word that draws us to the study of Wicca: magic.  That one mysterious word conjures up a euphoria of wonder and excitement that feels alien in comparison to our daily lives.  Suddenly, anything is possible, and we become more than mere mortals bracing against the tides of fate.  These are certainly the types of emotions the idea of magic can inspire, but daily we are told to keep such notions in the realm of fiction where they belong.  There is the world of reality and the world of the imagination, through which a clear and distinct boundary is drawn.  But is this division as clear as some say?  Is there really a division at all?  These are some of the questions Wiccans open themselves to and ask, allowing for a faith which embraces what others may not even consider possible.

One way to begin to explore these questions is to establish: what do we mean by “reality?”  Many would name the physical world around us as the foundation of the real world.  This is the area accessible to our senses, and we experience it everyday in a reliable manner that gives us little reason to doubt its existence.  Not every aspect of this world can be sensed, which we know through scientific instruments that go beyond our human limitations.  This is the only way we know of ultraviolet light, microwaves, or dark matter for instance.  Even though we cannot see these things ourselves we know they are real when we observe their effects.  Before each of these things was discovered by scientists they most certainly existed, we simply did not have technology suitable to view them.  It is therefore wise to have a healthy dose of open-mindedness alongside skepticism when deciding whether magic may or may not be “real,” as today’s unknowns can always become tomorrows discoveries.

Now let us go back to the separation between reality and imagination.  We have established that reality in common thought corresponds to the material world, both seen and unseen.  Imagination is something altogether distinct.  It is the collection of our thoughts, dreams, and hopes as to what reality should or might be.  I can see a horse and imagine a unicorn.  I can see a problem and imagine its solution.  Our thoughts and mind are our primary way of creating change in the physical world by envisioning what can be instead of what is.  A thought may not be a material object in the way that a chair is, but its effects on the world around us are real and profound in the form of our actions.  This blurs the definition a bit on what constitutes reality.  Is a thought only real if I create it in the material world?  Or is it real because of its affect on my decisions and actions?  A hopeful person may in reality have nothing to look forward to based on the way events play out, but the effect the hope has on the person changes what they do and how they act regardless of the physical reality around them.  Imagination is separate from reality only in that it does not have to conform to the physical world to be real or have an effect, and this is the key to understanding what magic is.

Someone who practices magic in our world does not have lightning bolts shooting from their fingertips and may or may not wear a pointy hat.  There is a certain aspect of romanticism in modern witchcraft that plays to the fantastical and whimsical natures of many of its practitioners.  What all magic shares, regardless of the outer forms, is a disciplined focus of the mind and thoughts aimed to produce an effect.  To believe in magic is merely to believe that thoughts can affect reality, and to practice and hone the craft of doing so.  To a skeptic this may only go so far as to acknowledge that if a person focuses their thoughts with great intensity towards a goal, it would at the very least affect the actions of that person.  If my goal is to find love and I wish to use magic, all of my concentration and focus on that goal would undoubtedly affect what I do and move my actions in line with it.  Most practitioners take it a step further and say that the thoughts you put out affect the energy around you, and that true magic is when that energy is affected enough to bring about your intentions.  That is a harder gap to bridge for those new or foreign to the Craft, but as with all of its aspects Wicca values experience over belief.  It does not require you to believe in magic but rather invites you to experience it and judge for yourself.  As with hope, there is nothing to lose, and everything to gain by choosing to suspend one’s disbelief.  And that is when the boundaries to the realms of reality and imagination blur, uniting to create a truly magical whole.

Journal for the Month of November:

I cannot say that I have yet had a successful experience with a spell.  On the other hand I have had a direct experience with another form of energy work known as Reiki.  A few months back I attended a Reiki attunement for levels I and II.  During this process the student is said to be opened to the flow of universal energy in order to channel it for healing.  I went into the experience very skeptical, but with an open mind.  During one of the guided meditations I experienced a strange sensation, almost as if energy were coursing through my spine at a rapid pace.  The sensation heightened and intensified to the point where I felt as if some torrential waterfall were coursing through me unhindered.  After a time the feeling faded, and as I came back into my regular awareness I learned that our instructor had been focusing on opening our chakras during those moments before.  There was no way I had imagined the experience, and I could not explain it away in rational terms.

Why do I mention this experience here?  For me, it was pivotal in giving the concept of magic a chance.  I firmly believe in the power of the mind and that amazing things can be accomplished through its discipline, but I had a hard time accepting the idea of energy work and its implications.  Magic and Reiki are two very different things, most especially because in Reiki the practitioner never tries to control the flow the energy, and instead focuses on being a clear and open channel for it.  But I can now say that I have literally felt energy working within me, and it has opened my mind to a vast sea of possibilities I may never before have considered.  To anyone else I would say, don’t just believe in something, know it from your experience.  And at the same time you can take the knowledge from others that such things are possible, as long as we are willing to open ourselves to them.

Until next month, blessed be! )O(