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On Monday in the UK it was a Bank Holiday For the majority of people this mean a day off work (wonderful). If you don’t know, Bank Holidays are so called after the introduction of the Bank Holiday Act in 1871. Banks and many other places of employment would close on these days. Prior to that there were over thirty additional days off from work, so I assume the Act was introduced in order to reduce the time employees had off from work.
These days we live in a hectic world. We rush from A to B with our minds preoccupied with things we “have” to do. We make lists in our minds and run through them over and over again. When we do this we are distracted. We not only miss out on the here and now and what is all around us we also risk becoming ill due to the stresses and strains that we put ourselves under. Our bodies are on heightened alert all of the time when we live like this, our immune system works over time to cope with the stress and our adrenalin levels are high. The body can only cope with so much and at some point the cracks will begin to show. For some this will mean frequent colds, headaches (especially at the weekend when the body is able to rest and you begin to unwind), stomach upsets, gall stones, hypertension and depression and so on. These are just a few of the conditions that can occur when the bodies internal environment is not taken care of.
We must learn to look after ourselves internally. Why and how can we do this? We must realise that we are unable to control all external events around us. At times we simply would not want to and at other times our lack of control can be painful, if for example a loved one is ill and all you can do is sit by and watch them slip away or perhaps a friend has a drink problem and you are unable to convince them to seek help in order to change this self destructive behaviour. At times we must learn to accept that others can and do make wrong live choices.
When we learn to control our inner environment we feel at peace, calm and relaxed. We are better able to cope with the bad things that life throws at us from time to time. We can leant to take control of our inner environment by eating good food, taking exercise, especially Yoga as this will work on the body and mind at the same time and by meditating. Meditation is exercise for the mind, it helps to de-clutter and, most importantly, it helps to slow things down so that you can think more clearly. Meditation on a Bank Holiday, or any day for that matter, is a holiday for the mind.
In my blog next week I will show you how you can learn to meditate properly.

Robin Williams

Robin Williams
Reading about the death of the actor Robin Williams last week shocked and saddened me. As a child I looked forward to watching Mork and Mindy on TV, it was one of the highlights of my week. I was also disgusted to read that there had been many spiteful and malicious comments on facebook and twitter regarding the manner of his death. Whilst I do not want to engage in the possible reasons as to what drives some people to do something like that, I do believe that what we put out to the world comes back to us three fold. If we generally act in a kind and compassionate manner this will be returned to us in abundance. if we are mean spirited and spiteful that also will be returned to us.
Have you ever been thinking about someone and the phone rings? Of course you have, this is because whenever you think about someone you are sending that person your thoughts and feelings. I now want to dedicate the rest of this post to people that we know who are battling a physical or mental illness (or both). Please post whatever information you feel happy to share. All who read the blog can send positive thoughts to the people concerned and those of us that  are trained in Reiki can send a little distant healing.
I would like to start:
To my good friend Kathy who has cancer and who is battling with a difficult home life. Love and best wishes. I know you have the strength to deal with both and have a joyful and abundant life.

The Weather

It has been a long time since I last sat down to write my blog as I have been busy writing my book  “A Begininers Guide To Crystal Healing” and as I have almost finished it  I now have time to put pen to paper or rather my fingers to the keyboard and begin my New Years resolution which was to post at least monthly on my blog.

Today is a great day for my three dogs Alfie, Bones  (who is really my husbands dog and who is now world famous, check out his blog) and Jessie. The snow has been falling all day long and as I am devoted to my furbabies I wrap up warm and take them on their twice daily walks. The problem is that once off the lead they dont want to come back – they LOVE the snow and when I get to the fields at the back of my home and let them off their leads they simply do not want to come back. So, I am left standing there  trying to attract their attention as they run and roll around in the snow. By the time I get home they are tired out and I am cold and miserable but at the same time pleased that they have had a lovely time.

Due to all of the walking and time out in the cold weather I have began to develop a bit of a sore throat. I have been sending reiki to the throat and to the throat chakra as well as using green calcite to increase my energy and vibrations. This is a great stone to wear, especailly over the throat chakra in the form of a pendant as it helps eliminate any problems with the lungs and thyroid as well as supporting the immune system. You can also carry the stone around in your pocket or as some other form of jewellery.

Well, I am feeling much better now – ready to go out with the  dogs on another walk !!

The History of Reiki

Although Reiki is gaining in popularity, there are many who, although they have heard of it, don’t know much about the origins of Reiki. Here is a short history of Reiki and its founder Mikao Usui that I originally wrote for my website The British Academy of Reiki, I hope you enjoy reading it.

Reiki begins with the birth of Mikao Usui in 1865. At this time Japan was undergoing a transformation. Christianity was declared illegal and those who refused to renounce it were executed, most Japanese had to register at Shinto temples. The ban on Christianity was only lifted in 1873 after Japan was forced to open up its borders. Industrialisation led to great change and people sought ways to keep hold of traditions and cultures.
Usui grew up in a village now called Miyama-Cho. He came from a Tendai Buddhist family and he had a sister and two brothers. Usui was a big powerful man who although kind, quiet and compassionate he did not tolerate foolish behaviour and he could be harsh and critical at times. Usui’s family were very poor and indeed, throughout his life he appeared to place little importance on material things. He married and had a son and a daughter. In order to support his family Usui took a number of jobs ranging from public servant, office worker, reporter and eventually a policitican’s secretary where he was afforded the opportunity to travel outside of Japan to Europe, America and China. During these visits Usui was said to have been fascinated with the way people lived their lives and the many traditions and cultures present in the world around him.
Usui also loved to study and he read many subjects including medicine, psychology, numerology and astrology. Usui was searching for the ultimate purpose in life and after many years of studying he became frustrated and on the advice of monks he carried out a 21 day fast at Mount Kurama. Some say that this was where Usui experienced a state of enlightenment however, Usui’s system was not something new to him which came in a flash of inspiration, rather it was rooted in many existing traditions. The original system did not have a name and it is thought that the name was given by the Usui Reiki Ryocho Gakkai (the Usui Reiki Healing Method) which was set up by Usui’s students in 1926 after his death.
Usui’s healing methods become very popular and it was said that he had many students. Some of his students asked him to teach them how to heal and the students travelled from all over Japan to meet him. The older generation in particular liked his methods as they believed that he was keeping traditions and customs alive. Usui’s students came to his house often they would stay for a day or two go home practice what Usui had taught them and return some time later. It could take up to a years to complete reiki first degree only a few students carried on to the second degree and even less to the master level. Reiki was not just a healing method but a whole spiritual practice . Students only moved forward when Usui thought that they were ready. Reiki was seen to be a work in progress throughout a person’s life with the aim to reach the highest level of enlightenment possible.
As Usuis methods become more and more popular the Japanese military became interested in him. Usui was approached and asked to teach the imperial officers ways in which they could help heal themselves if hurt during battle as there was a desperate shortage of medics available. Usui appeared to show some initial reluctance to do this as his system was based on spiritual enlightenment and not a mechanical process. None the less, Usui devised a system of training and he also used symbols for the different frequencies of energy. An imperial officer Dr Chujiro Hayashi was trained by Usui, a Christian he had little interest in using intuitive methods or scanning techniques which were taught by Usui . he opened a clinic which was similar to a hospital ward. Patients were treated with reiki and he documented the results noting the most beneficial hand positions for people with specific conditions. Interestingly, Hayashi still expected his students to be able to use scanning and intuitive techniques.
One of Dr Hayashi’s patients was a woman called Hawayo Takata who lived in Hawaii. She was suffering from a cancerous tumour and a number of other health problems all of which were resolved with reiki. With her good health restored, this once sceptic began to learn reiki herself. Mrs Takata taught 22 people to masters level and they have in turn, taught many others.
Because Mrs Takata was teaching reiki after the second world war, Japan and anything Japanese was not looked at very favourably. To get around this Usui was introduced as a Christian theologian who had sought to develop a system of healing similar to the miracles that Jesus had performed. Western style reiki is now taught on courses throughout the world.