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A Message from Beth Gray
Beth Gray received her mastership in 1976 from Mrs. Takata
and was one of several masters first initiated by her. She also
received a special technique from Takata that is part of the
Reiki II initiation. This technique gives practitioners clairvoyant
ability! An article about Beth Gray including additional information
about this technique is in the spring
Issue of the Reiki News Magazine. Beth was a very powerful
healer and teacher and we honor her contribution to Reiki. Following
is a special message she sends to all Reiki practitioners:
Greetings to all of you!
In this difficult time in the world, it is my prayer and wish
that we all may remember that we are made of and by Universal
Love. May all practitioners of Reiki flow with peace and healing
Let us issue a silent meditation to love and truth and peace
and beauty that they make themselves at home in our hearts and
in our world. Let us release all the troubles that seem to run
rampant like a plague, and realize they are caused by the ego,
which is an illusion. Make a decision that you will initiate
and continue with the process of forgiveness.
Until one is committed there is hesitancy; the moment one definitely
commits oneself, providence moves too, and a whole stream of
events issues from the decision which no one could have dreamt.
But this process begins in your dream. So dream the dream of
and begin to live it, for boldness has genius and power and
1 February, 2003
San Carlos, California
Send Reiki for World Peace
by William Lee Rand
The world is in need of healing and calls out for our help. Let
us think of all the people of the world and all the world leaders
and send them Reiki on a daily basis. Especally, let us focus
on the events in Iraq and ask that the highest good will take
place for all concerned.
We know that the intelligence that resides within Reiki has
the wisdom to guide the situation in Iraq into a more harmonious
outcome. Therefore I request that each of us take some time
each day to send Reiki to President George Bush, Tony Blair,
Saddam Hussein, the people of Iraq, and all those concerned
with the situation. Remember, when doing so it is important
to set your own ego and personal energy aside and to turn the
situation over completely to the loving healing power of Reiki.
Think of the affect this will have if hundreds or even thousands
of Reiki practitioners focus Reiki healing energy on the situation
every day. Certainly it will reduce suffering and create a greater
level of peace for Iraq and the whole world.
Thanks so much for your help.
Keeping Reiki Free - in
New York and other States
by William Lee Rand
The value of Reiki as an alternative/complementary healing
method is becoming more and more apparent to the general
public. In fact, it seems like just about everyone either
has Reiki or has heard of a friend or other acquaintance
that has it or has heard it mentioned before. Not only is
this causing an increase in the use of Reiki by independent
practitioners, but it is also fostering the increased use
of Reiki in hospitals and clinics. While there is no statistics
available as far are I know, from the communication I have
received over the past, Reiki is being offered in hundreds
if not thousands of hospitals across the country.
This increased use especially in professional settings
has brought the question of government regulation of Reiki
to the attention of many people and groups. Some have started
to think of Reiki in the same way they think of other medical
practices and have suggested that it needs to be regulated
and licensed. In addition, the current medical practice
act that was passed in most states many years ago is so
broad that technically, Reiki is considered a medical practice
and therefore requires that it be practiced only by licensed
health care providers. Note that this law is currently in
place, but rarely enforced. However, the fact that it exists
places all Reiki practitioners under an unnecessary threat
that could be used if someone chooses to do so. This has
happened with a few other alternative/complementary practitioners
with devastating results.
Remember, the purpose of a law is to protect the public
from harm. Since Reiki does not cause harm, there is no
need to create laws requiring that Reiki be licensed or
regulated by the government.
Reiki and the Religious or Spiritual Defense
Many Reiki practitioners have chosen to become ordained
ministers as a way to protect themselves from the Medical
Practice Act (practicing medicine without a license). The
value of this method of legal defense is questionable. A
by the Universal Life Church outlines several key issues
necessary for Reiki to be considered ones religion. However,
even if one can prove that Reiki is ones religion, it still
does not guarantee that this will be a viable legal defense.
and Religious Freedom for a more complete discussion
of this issue.
Because of this and the fact that the medical practice
act does already exist, and since other groups are considering
creating government licensing of Reiki, something must be
done to protect ourselves from this threat. Several states
have passed laws exempting alternative/complementary practitioners
including Reiki practitioners from the medical practice
act. These laws are beneficial to Reiki practitioners as
they prevent the government from harassing us and make the
practice of Reiki without a license a legitimate legal activity.
The legislation recently passed in California is a good
example of this. I suggest you carefully read this short
bill as it is a good model for legislation that protects
Reiki practitioners and also protects the client. Please
click here to read this short bill: http://www.californiahealthfreedom.org/documents/our_bill.asp
Many states are working to keep Reiki and other alternative/complementary
healing methods free of unnecessary government regulation.
They have just drafted a new bill similar to the California
bill that will make Reiki a legal practice without the need
of a government issued license.
Reiki practitioners in Florida have been hampered by the
Massage board that says one needs to be a licensed massage
therapist to practice Reiki. This group is creating legislation
to prevent this and keep Reiki free.
A national organization has formed to work with anyone wanting
to create legislation to protect our right to choose the
healing modality we want without the threat of unnecessary
government licensing. This is a really wonderful group of
people who have a solid spiritual commitment to protect
our rights. I highly recommend that you become a member
and if you can, make a donation. In this way, you will be
helping to keep Reiki free! Please click here to go to the
Rock Hill, NY - Labor Day Weekend
August 29-September 1, 2003
Come to our Reiki retreat! Last year we had 250 friendly
and enthusiastic Reiki people who represented many of the
various lineages and schools of Reiki from around the country
including some students from other parts of the world. It's
a great experience to be with so many healers and to exchange
hugs, Reiki sessions and healing stories. Many lasting friendships
This year we are featuring Walter Lübeck, one
of the most prolific Reiki authors and one of the world's
best Reiki teachers. He will be presenting several mini-workshops
including Rainbow Reiki crystal work, advanced aura/chakra
healing, and a special trance drumming session. This last
session will be really exciting as Walter is one of the most
amazing drummers I have every met. Also included is Ulla
Suokko a flautist who will provide several presentations
including playing background music for our Reiki exchange
sessions. She did this last year and we had 20 tables set
up with over 120 people all giving and receiving Reiki together
in one big room! Also William Rand will be presenting
Japanese Reiki Techniques, Meet your Reiki guides, and Reiki
for world peace. Michael Arthur Baird will be presenting
Reiki drumming, and a guided meditation. Laurelle Shanti
Gaia will be presenting a Reiki crystal and soul breathing
mini-workshop and meditative journeys into the Reiki energy
and symbols. We will also have a dance on Saturday night,
and many other wonderful activities. Also, the camp has lots
of hiking trails, a small lake with canoes and row boats,
a big heated swimming pool and lots of other recreational
Dancing, Drumming and Smudging at the retreat
Cost: $350.00 to $450.00 and includes lodging, food and all
workshops and activities. (There may be some private sessions
with Walter or others that require an additional fee.)
Rand will also be teaching an ART/Master
class Aug 25-27 before the retreat.
Shanti Gaia will also be teaching a Karuna
Reiki® class Aug 25-27 before the retreat.
Walter Lübeck will be teaching a class titled,
and Developing the Body of Light before the retreat Aug
We look forward to seeing you at the retreat!
For more information and to register please visit http://www.reikiclasses.com/retreat.htm
*Karuna Reiki® is the registered
trademark of the International Center for Reiki Training
Reiki of the Universe
by William Lee Rand
Does Reiki have a connection to the Universe? When we think
of the vastness of the Universe--the seemingly unlimited number
of stars and galaxies and worlds, the creative processes taking
place, the tremendous distances, the billions of years it has
existed, and the unknown mysteries it must contain--we are awestruck.
The wonder of the Universe goes far beyond our ability to comprehend.
And yet, when we contemplate the wonder of ourselves and the
fact that the Universe is mirrored in our own minds, there is
a feeling that the Universe exists within us as well.
When we think of the creative power that manifested the Universe
and all of life, which in turn has lead to our own existence,
we can begin to appreciate how completely we are a part of the
Universe and all of its forces, both known and unknown.
In the Reiki Ryoho Hikkei (Dr. Usui's Reiki handbook), Dr.
Usui states: ". . . Reiki Ryoho is an original therapy
which is built upon the spiritual power of the Universe."
We can ask, what is the spiritual power of the Universe that
he is speaking of, and what allows us to have access to it?
In what way are we connected to this power?
We Are Star Dust
We know from astrophysics that the elements that are used to
create our physical bodies were formed in stars. The elements
up to iron were formed inside stars, and those more complex
than iron were formed within the intense heat and pressure that
occurred when the star exploded. The flash of light created
by such an explosion, called a supernova, was so great that
it shown brighter than the star's entire galaxy. At the same
time, all the star's elements were blown into interstellar space.
There they drifted for billions of years, and finally some of
them formed the planet we call earth. Later, some of these same
elements came together to form the physical body that you are
dwelling within right now! Think about this. The elements that
make up the bones, tissues, and blood of your body had their
origin in an exploding star! Take a moment to look at your hands
and think about your body and contemplate your connection to
the Universe. . . . .
. . . . . . . In the same way that all the elements of life
were created in an exploding star and streamed out into the
Universe to create life, so too does the spiritual energy of
the Universe come streaming out of our hands when we give Reiki,
and it too contains all the elements of life. The Universe resides
within us, and we bring forth its potential and help it move
more quickly toward its goal when we allow Reiki to flow through
us. As Reiki practitioners, we are helping the Universe fulfill
This is an excerpt from an article in the spring
edition of the Reiki News Magazine.
Spring edition available NOW!
Honoring All Reiki Schools and Lineages
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Catering to both the beginner and the seasoned practitioner,
we feature the latest information on every aspect of Reiki healing.
Welcome . . .
to the spring issue of the Reiki News Magazine. This issue covers
a wide range of topics which I hope will inspire, instruct and
motivate you in your use of Reiki. The cover depicts the wonder,
beauty and mystery of the Universe we live in and its connection
to the source of Reiki. Dr. Usui said that Reiki comes from
the spiritual power of the Universe and the article Reiki
of the Universe by William Lee Rand invites you
to contemplate the origin of Reiki as well as your own.
Beth Gray was one of Takata's first masters. She was a wonderful
teacher and healer and it is with pleasure that we feature an
article honoring her and the teaching methods she used. Of special
importance is the fact that she taught a unique method of using
one of the second degree symbols in a way that gave access to
the client's subconscious mind, thus allowing the practitioner
to discover the emotional cause of illness which could then
be used to affect a deeper level of healing. A Tribute to
Beth Gray by Amy Roland is a very useful article
and contains many examples of how use Reiki effectively.
The heart is perhaps the most important organ in the physical
body and the heart chakra is likely the most important part
of the energy body. Love is the central theme of the heart and
it is through love that we absorb and utilize all the experiences
of life in a healthy way. The article Healing the Heart
by Walter Lübeck
provides deeper understanding about the relationship between
the physical heart and the heart chakra and gives advice on
how to use Reiki along with diet and other methods to heal the
Being able to give a professional Reiki talk is an important
skill for the promotion of ones Reiki practice. The article
Speaking Up About Reiki by Diane Shewmaker provides
a very through description of everything you need to do to develop
and present a Reiki talk. This is a well written article and
will be very helpful to anyone wanting to speak about Reiki
before a group.
The attunement process is the heart of Reiki training and understanding
its importance and how it works is necessary if we are to derive
the greatest use of this wonderful gift. In The Attunement
Experience, by Penelope Quest insight into the spiritual
nature and energetic workings of the Reiki attunement process
helps us appreciate this important and necessary experience.
Harmony between all Reiki teachers and groups is needed if
we are to effectively provide the healing the planet so desperately
needs. Not only does this have value for the health of the Reiki
community as a whole, but when one is in this state of mind
and takes action to promote harmony between oneself and the
other Reiki practitioners and teachers in ones area, ones own
Reiki practice will improve as well! Harmony Between All
Reiki Groups by William Lee Rand provides examples
and outlines the steps one can take to help you work cooperatively
with the other Reiki people in your area.
Also included in this issue is a new movie review column, a
story about helping others in India and our regular Reiki stories
I think you will find this issue exciting, entertaining and
informative. Please let me know how you like it and I am also
very interested in any suggestions you may have for improvement.
If you already have a subscription,
I invite you to take the time to read and study the material
offered in the spring edition and to experiment with it. As
we improve our use of Reiki, not only do we help others, we
also make the world a better place to live. May
you be blessed by the love and healing that flows through you
May your divine purpose be fulfilled by the creative healing
power of the Universe.
Love and peace to you and the world,
William Lee Rand
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Reiki Heals Tumor
My first experience with Reiki was when I didn't know all
that much about Reiki. What I did know was I always felt a strong
energy around me, so when my friend told me she was diagnosed
with a growing tumor in her abdomen I put my hand over the tumor
area and felt heat coming out through the top of my hand. In
fact, I almost could see the heat waves coming from the top
of my hand. I didn't think much about it until my friend saw
me again and told me what her doctor said.
When she was diagnosed with this tumor she could not be operated
on because the tumor had a bubble around it and they feared
it would break open and if it's cancer it would spread. The
following week after giving her a Reiki treatment the doctor
discovered the tumor was actually soft and could be safely removed
through some type of suctioning through her belly button. The
following week she had a hemorrhage and the doctor told her
the tumor was gone. He could not explain it except to say the
body sometimes heals itself.
I am pleased to say she is now healthy with no signs of the
tumor. But what is now growing is a healthy baby girl expected
in May. Kathleen Nolan
Wonderful Reiki Healing!
I got my Reiki I attunement in July 1997 in India. At the
time I was suffering from hypothyroidism, and had had a total
hysterectomy. I was on HRT, Calcium and Eltroccin for over 5
years and used to get a check-up regularly by an endocrinologist.
Soon after my Reiki attunement, on an impulse, I stopped the
medication and continued with my Reiki self-treatment daily.
I took my Reiki II attunement August 1997. When I went in for
my check-up in September 1997, to the amazement of the Doctor
and myself, my T3, T4 and TSH levels were well within the limits
and I had not taken any hormones for almost 3 months. But my
endocrinologist told me it could be a temporary remission and
asked me to check-up after six months. Lo and behold, after
6 months, 1 year, 2 years and today almost after 6 years I am
absolutely fine according to my regular medical check-ups and
blood tests. Thanks to Reiki. Today I am a Reiki Master in Kolkaata,
India, conducting classes with very good results. Bhanumathi
(Editors Note: While this situation worked out well, it is important
that check with your medical doctor first before changing the
dosages of prescribed medications.)
The Loving, Healing Power of Reiki
I have seen the miraculous power of Reiki - from the utter
transformation of my own mind and body, to the awakening of
so many precious students from the attunements, to the healing
of the bodies of those I've been able to serve. One story in
particular sticks out in my mind. I recently moved to San Francisco
from upstate New York. I was having a hard time being there
--- little money, no place to call home. I met a woman who offered
her home for me to stay in. We would "trade". I would
do work for her, and she would provide me a free place to live.
I started to practice Reiki on her weekly.
Reiki affected her PROFOUNDLY. She began to get in touch with
memories of her youth when she received communication from an
angel when she found such a mystical reality in nature. I saw
the light of her blooming heart in her excited eyes as she journeyed
into the spiritual aspects of her life she had forgotten or
left behind. Also, she began to heal physically and mentally.
Whereas she had found herself needing to take Ritalin for her
"A.D.D.," she says that she rarely has to take it
An ankle problem that persisted for weeks was healed completely
in one session. And then, just the other day, she informed me
that she was having MAJOR back pain - she had taken 6 to 8 extra-strength
Ibuprofen just so she could get through her day. She had no
time for an in-person treatment, so I offered to send her distant
Reiki. In the process of sending Reiki I could sense her pain
deeply rooted in her aura. I even felt a little discouraged
but I tried to be focused and do what I felt guided to do without
concern for the outcome. I called her after the treatment, and
she said she felt "uplifted." We discussed other treatment
options as she was considering chiropractic. I told her to follow
her intuition and to allow the healing to unfold. When I spoke
to her two days later she said the pain was pretty much GONE.
Over and over again I am amazed. I have attuned my new friend
to level one and right away she began to offer Reiki to friends
of hers. She was so ripe to receive this gift in such a space
of openness and readiness to accept it. Chris Campbell
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