Find out more about Frans Stiene’s new downloadable chanting CD Primordial Sounds for Healing. One of the key elements to remember when chanting is that the sound needs to come from your lower abdomen. In Japanese, this area is called the hara or tanden. When the sound comes from this hara you perform deep breathing (Okinagaho in Shintoism). Deep breathing is important if you want to heal yourself. It helps you to ground yourself, releases tension in your abdomen, creates a strong physical vehicle in which you can embody the universe, and it enables the vibration of the sound to travel through your whole body, not just your throat.
I learned western Reiki and practiced it as a healing art for many years. And then, after learning Komyo Reiki from Hyakuten Inamoto san, and subsequently traditional Usui Reiki from Frans Stiene, I’ve practiced it as a path to awakening, i.e. a spiritual path. And even as I shifted to practice Reiki as a spiritual path, the healing work that I did only became more powerful!
Within the system of Reiki we have primary practices and secondary practices. It is important to know what these practices are as this will help us to get a clearer understanding of what we are practicing and how to progress.
Check out our beautiful, shiny Shinpiden graduates from the San Francisco area deep amongst the Sequoias.
There have always been a number of elements that we have based the International House of Reiki on and it is interesting to look back and see how we have developed them over the years, consciously or not. When we first began with the system of Reiki we had little or no support from either teacher or community. This ‘lack’ presented us with a lesson that we took to heart. We wouldn’t let our students experience this, we would do all we could to support them.
We began collecting manuals from different lineages and teachers and to research their content’s origins. It was fascinating. We made contacts around the world such as Light and Adonea from Arizona who had also been researching the system’s origins and from whom we also took a Shinpiden class, Robert Fueston who was studying Hawayo Takata’s teachers and many others, including Hyakuten Inamoto in Japan who was working with Hiroshi Doi and Mrs Yamaguchi.
Frans and I awoke one morning, 15 years ago, to the realization that we could call ourselves Reiki Teachers. We were in Kathmandu, Nepal and had recently completed a brief Reiki Teacher course. Over a breakfast of hot banana porridge and chai, we tentatively built a vision of ourselves in this new and wondrous role. On reflection, Doctor Who would call this a “fixed moment in time”. One of those moments that can’t ever be changed, it was something we had always been heading towards, albeit having often lost our way in dark, strange places or along treacherous mountain tracks.
To celebrate 15 glorious years of the International House of Reiki we’d like to open up a fun competition.
The top 3 winning posts (those that make us laugh, cry or choke on our toast) will recieve a voucher for a free $55 teleclass by the International House of Reiki. You may chose to use it for the upcoming Reiki and Mindfulness Teleclass or one of our future teleclasses.