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March 2003

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It is my pleasure to send you the February 2003 edition of our Reiki online newsletter. Clicking on the links in the table of contents takes you directly to each article. To return just click on the "Return to Contents" link at the end of each section. I would enjoy your input so we can make this newsletter even more informative and valuable. Feel free use the input form toward the end of the newsletter to send any comments, questions, information or Reiki Stories that you would like to share with other Reiki people.

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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 love.

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 your heart,
and begin to live it, for boldness has genius and power and magic.

In Joy,
Beth Gray
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.

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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 sermon written 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. See Reiki 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:

Many states are working to keep Reiki and other alternative/complementary healing methods free of unnecessary government regulation.

New York
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.

National Organization
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 site.

Reiki Retreat
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 formed.

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 possibilities.

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.)

William Rand will also be teaching an ART/Master class Aug 25-27 before the retreat.
Laurelle Shanti Gaia will also be teaching a Karuna Reiki® class Aug 25-27 before the retreat.
Walter Lübeck will be teaching a class titled, Healing and Developing the Body of Light before the retreat Aug 28.

We look forward to seeing you at the retreat!

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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 its purpose.

This is an excerpt from an article in the spring edition of the Reiki News Magazine.

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Honoring All Reiki Schools and Lineages

The Reiki News Magazine

Note that only small portions of the hard copy Reiki News magazine appear in this online newsletter. To find out how you can get the 60 page magazine containing all 35 pages of Reiki articles, click here.

Reiki News Magazine is the best source of information, inspiration and news for Reiki healers and teachers. We honor all schools and lineages and feature articles and stories by the worlds best known and experienced Reiki masters and practitioners. 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 heart.

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 section.

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 to others.

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 Stories

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 Venkatraman
(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 anymore.

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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