Reiki Wednesday 7/25/12

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On Wednesday, I will be playing for the Reiki Harmony Center’s Reiki Share. Come check it out!

A session at the Reiki Share usually lasts between 20 to 30 minutes depending on how many people attend. Individuals without Reiki I (or above) training will be first to receive a session. Reiki shares are free to RHC students and clients or $5 for others.

Please contact them before attending, so they will have enough space for you.

717 W. Union Hills Dr., Phoenix
Southwest corner of 7th Ave and Union Hills

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Reiki Tonight 6/20/12

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Tonight I will be playing for the Reiki Harmony Center’s Reiki Share. Come check it out!

A session at the Reiki Share usually lasts between 20 to 30 minutes depending on how many people attend. Individuals without Reiki I (or above) training will be first to receive a session. Reiki shares are free to RHC students and clients or $5 for others.

Please contact them before attending, so they will have enough space for you.

717 W. Union Hills Dr., Phoenix
Southwest corner of 7th Ave and Union Hills

Internship Countdown

Two hours down, 78 to go! I played for two hours at the Reiki Harmony Centers’s Reiki Share last night. What’s a Reiki Share? It’s when Reiki practitioners and students get together to practice on each other and on anyone who can use a session. At the Center I am playing at, sessions are free for Reiki students, and only $5 for anyone else, so it’s a great way to experience this for yourself. The excitement over having a harpist would have been easy to feel even if it wasn’t a Reiki Center (tee hee!)

There is nothing like first hand experience to help you really, really, really learn what it is you thought you already knew. I thought I knew a lot, and now after putting theory to practice, I’m proud to say I now know even less. Here’s what I learned:

Pay attention to the space that you are playing to, not the space you are in. This was a group session, so the only space available was just outside the doorway. I learned too late that the resonance in the room where the work was being done was not the same as the hallway I was playing in. Fortunately, they were only a fifth apart, and I was playing in consonance with the room, but it would have been better if I had spent a little time in the space first. And watching the events unfold in the room helped to know when to wind each of the 20 minute improvisations down.

Don’t think about what you are doing. Just play.  Isaac Asimov said “Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.” Every time my brain tried to take charge things got complicated – muddy. The music comes on its own, it really does. And it’s not repetitive or boring.

Keep it simple. Where have I heard that one? No matter how simple I made it, it could still have been simpler and more effective.

There are no coincidences. ‘Nuff said.

Overall, it was a good session, and I’m looking forward to the next 78 hours. But I’m really glad that this first one is done.

Reiki Tonight

Tonight I will be playing for the Reiki Harmony Center’s Reiki Share. This is our first collaborative event, do come check it out! Details are in the “events” section of the blog. Thanks!

Reiki Share

OK, the last time I checked, I wasn’t from Missouri, but as a card-carrying  ISTJ, I’ve got to see it to believe it. So what is it with this Reiki thing? Well, it looks like it is going to be a long story.

Part of the self-care portion of the IHTP curriculum includes a basic introduction to reiki. During our training, we got a short attunement from our instructor Judith Hitt, who is a Reiki Master. And I”ll be darned if I couldn’t pick up the resonant tone of everything around me after that — the room, people’s voices,birdsong, the air conditioner…  Before that session, I was humming high and low, trying to match what I heard, and never quite sure that I was getting it.

So back to the ISTJ-ness that is me. True to form, I found the Reiki Harmony Center here in Phoenix, and found out that reiki practitioners really do practice — on each other. So for $5, I got another attunement, along with an introduction to the actual practice of reiki. So far so good, I can still hear. 🙂

For the record, I don’t know what ki is — maybe it’s a god, maybe it’s some universal electromagnetic energy, maybe it’s something else. I am leaning toward  thinking of it as something hard-wired in our brains – some way we have evolved to be able to recognize, in some form, the bigger picture of things, and put our own selves into perspective. But even if it’s just a giant placebo in the sky, if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, then we are doing well to provide it with a pond to swim in.

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