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December 01, 2015 | by Bronwen Stiene

We've found Facebook such an excellent resource for getting information out to members and those interested in the system of Reiki. Instead of blogs we'd like to share information with you there.

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Promoting the System of Reiki through Meditation - an Interview with Helen Galpin

June 15, 2013 | by Bronwen Stiene

Helen Galpin is a Meditation teacher, a Shibumi Registered Practitioner & Teacher and co-founder of the British School of Meditation. Helen works in the Cheltenham area and can be be contacted through her websites The British School of Meditation and Reiki Inspirations. Listen as Bronwen Stiene interviews Helen about her two businesses and finds out:
- How a Reiki School and a Meditation School can compliment each other
- How meditation can help Reiki Practitioners and Teachers with their self-care and their students
- Hints on how to promote your Reiki practice

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Do Not Anger… It’s a Good Idea

June 15, 2013 | by Bronwen Stiene

The Reiki Precept “Do Not Anger” is one that often has people discussing what we should do with our anger. Have a read of this article and see what science tells us about anger.

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Living with Cancer and using Complementary Therapies like Reiki

February 01, 2013 | by Bronwen Stiene

Watch this video about Living with Cancer. This specialist discusses the use of complementary therapies in mainstream medicine.

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New Reiki Book | Reiki for Dogs

January 20, 2013 | by Bronwen Stiene

Check out Kathleen Prasad’s latest Reiki book “Reiki for Dogs”!
Using the most gentle and natural treatment possible, Reiki for Dogs can help you realize a new level of well-being for your dog. This powerful book provides everything necessary to help your dog through times of discomfort and to deepen your bond with the canine companions in your life.

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The Effects of Reiki Therapy on Pain and Anxiety in Patients

December 16, 2012 | by Bronwen Stiene

American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. 2012 Jun; 294: 290-294.
BACKGROUND: Reiki is a system of natural healing techniques administered by laying of hands and transferring energy from the Reiki practitioner to the recipient. METHODS: We investigated the role of Reiki in the management of anxiety, pain and global wellness in cancer patients. Building on the results of a pilot project conducted between 2003 and 2005 by a volunteer association at our hospital, a wider, 3-year study was conducted at the same center.

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Reiki Hospice Volunteering Doesn’t Stop After The Patient Has Passed

November 29, 2012 | by Scott Kravis

After volunteering for about a year at Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care by making the rounds to see hospice patients that were admitted to the hospital I met the bereavement coordinator/ counselor and I suggested that Reiki treatments would benefit those whom are grieving. She was very open to the idea of Reiki treatments for the loved ones of those that have passed. The bereavement councilor is also a certified Integral Yoga instructor and very involved with the Integral Yoga community so she understood the concepts of “Energy”, “Oneness” etc…. and their benefits. On the patient side of this hospice the administration was not so open to, and was skeptical about, Reiki treatments for patients and would require a Doctors prescription even if the patient requests a treatment, if the doctor does not approve they could not get a treatment from a hospice volunteer like myself.

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Reiki Volunteers get great results in USA Medical Centre

November 05, 2012 | by Bronwen Stiene

Here is some interesting research about the system of Reiki and volunteers in a USA Hospital.
“Anxiety before Reiki treatment was 2.45 and after Reiki was 0.85. Pain before Reiki treatment averaged 2.9, but after Reiki treatment the level fell to 1.55. Nausea averaged 0.65 before Reiki treatment, but fell to 0.3 after the Reiki session. “Overall we saw a 71% reduction in “stress,” a 65% reduction in “anxiety,” a 54% reduction in “nausea” and “pain” decreased by 47%,” explained Lynne Danik, Director, Volunteer Resources for Hunterdon Healthcare.”

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Reiki in Hospice

February 22, 2012 | by Christina Gregory

Typically we think of Reiki as a healer and balancer but when we are dying how does that play
out? What is healed and what is balanced when the body is succumbing to disease or the effects of old
age? Do we balance energy centers? Do we only focus on areas of pain?

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Shibumi is always interested in what is happening in Japan

February 20, 2012 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

Shibumi is always interested in what is happening in Japan and its relationship to the West.

Well, Studio Ghibli has done it again. As many of you know we are huge fans of the anime movies made by Studio Ghibli.

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Some historical information about healing in Japan:

February 13, 2012 | by Edward R. Drott
Gods, Buddhas, and Organs
Buddhist Physicians and Theories
of Longevity in Early Medieval Japan

Literary and historical texts from the eighth century onward record countless examples of priests being employed to pray or perform incantations for the recovery of those suffering from severe illnesses, particularly members of the imperial family or nobility. The Shoku Nihongi, for example, indicates that a total of one hundred and twenty-six “healing meditation masters” (Jp. kanby? zenji ????) had been recruited in attempts to restore the retired Emperor Sh?mu to health.

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Mystery and Mastery

February 02, 2012 | by Joy Vernon

At this time last year, I decided to join an organization called Shibumi International Reiki Association. This group was developed by Frans and Bronwen Stiene, who run the International House of Reiki and teach Usui Reiki Ryôhô, which is one of the Reiki lineages I am trained in. As a member, in addition to upholding the Vision, Mission and Philosophy of Shibumi, I also agreed to uphold their Codes of Practice, which includes, among a great many other things, the requirement that members not use the term Reiki Master. As the Shibumi website puts it, “The term Reiki Master is not utilized by Shibumi members due to the understanding that one does not master Reiki (spiritual energy).”

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July 02, 2011 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

Shugend? (also spelled Shugendo) can be loosely translated as “path of training to achieve spiritual powers.” Shugend? is an important Kami-Buddha combinatory sect that blends pre-Buddhist mountain worship, Kannabi Shink? ????? (the idea that mountains are the home of the dead and of agricultural spirits), shamanistic beliefs, animism, ascetic practices, Chinese Yin-Yang mysticism and Taoist magic, and the rituals and spells of Esoteric (Tantric) Buddhism in the hope of achieving magical skills, medical powers, and long life.

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Buddhism in the West

July 02, 2011 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

Today Buddhism and Daoism, in forms often quite different from Asian origins, are paths that “westerners” choose to follow. Zen, Tantric Buddhism, and Daoism as spiritual practice in western languages and cultures, are quite different from Asian origins. And, indeed, so it must be, to succeed in any context. The American and European fascination with “Zen sitting” is simply not found in Asia. Zen sitting as a disciplined practice is only used in the training of novice monks in Japan.

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More Shugendo and Reiki

September 01, 2010 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

Tokyo, Japan—Urban dwellers, looking for something missing from the day-to-day grind of their working lives, are literally heading to the mountains to reconnect with nature and find spiritual fulfillment.
They are devotees of Shugendo, a religion based on ancient Japanese mountain worship that incorporates aspects of Buddhism, Shinto and other faiths.

Among the followers is a 33-year-old man from Tokyo who works weekdays as a sales representative. On his days off, he heads for the mountains, donning a traditional outfit, complete with a conch-shell horn and straw sandals.

He is a yamabushi, a mountain priest trainee. His grueling training regime includes a discipline called nyubu, which involves walking steep mountain paths for a few days while visiting sacred sites and worshipping gods and Buddha. He has a religious name: Shinanobo Zuiryu.

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Shugendo DVD “Where Mountains Fly”

September 01, 2010 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

« In the middle of the night, on the 19th day of the 8th month of the 3rd year of the Sôchô era, the sky was filled with a multitude of sounds. The country was shaken as under a powerful earthquake. This mountain arrived through the air, and came down from the sky to rest in our country. Ômine is the place where it landed, and stopped. Ômine is a part of the South-Eastern corner of the country in which Buddha was born. It broke off from the South-Western part of the Diamond grotto on the Vulture Peak.
After that, nothing is known. »

In 538 AD, a mountain flew over from India to land in Japan. The arrival of Mt Ômine in the Kii peninsula is a metaphor for the introduction of Buddhism to Japan. The DVD “Where Mountains Fly” takes you deep into Japanese sacred mountains by way of two narratives: a legend dating back to the 12th c. AD, and contemporary religious practices in the mountains.

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Japanese Koan on Compassion

June 19, 2010 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

Compassion is one of the Reiki precepts.

We really require great wisdom to be truly compassionate and the system of Reiki gives you the tools to delve into that compassionate space through the practice of its five elements. Each situation we encounter will require a different compassion - there is not one way, but many - just as all humans are unique and work in their own individual ways.

Have a read of this Japanese koan and see what you think about this as a form of compassion.. or is it? Koans are meant to be contemplated and meditated upon. We suggest you try it.

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Finding Stillness

June 04, 2010 | by Reed Everingham

Being a Reiki practitioner, my day-to-day practice includes traditional Japanese breathing techniques and other forms of meditation.

I sometimes find the discipline of a daily practice challenging and am always grateful when new ways of maintaining this practice unfold.
In my home there are many animals including one cat and many fishes. My partner is a fish enthusiast and so keeps a number of aquariums exquisitely stocked for our viewing pleasure. The tanks are filled with an amazing variety of plant-life and Amazonian fish species. In my mind, the tanks themselves are more like aquatic gardens.

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Tendai Calligraphy

May 19, 2010 | by Frans Stiene

Recently I attended a Tendai Symposium in San Francisco where one of the top Japanese calligraphic artist gave a demonstration - his name is Houkai Shibayama (Senkei) and he is considered to be a “living legend” in Japan. It was amazing to see this gentle man creating such powerful work with his brushstrokes.

The style of calligraphy is called Shousho, a writing style with few characters, in which you can find its symbolic nature.

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What does it mean “to live”?

May 01, 2010 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

What is it ‘to live’?

The movie “Peace on Wheels - IKIRU (To Live)” is a reflection on peace and living through the world of Hiroko Kimura, artist, poet and activist. Having un

I love the earth,
I love people,
and I love myself.

And another poem that maybe those in the Reiki world can relate directly to:

When I eased nature all alone
For the first time in my life,
The word “impossible”
Went out of my vocabulary.

From Hiroku’s experience it is possible to see that we must never feel limited by our bodies. By connecting to the world around us we can truly live.

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Shugendo Now & the System of Reiki

February 19, 2010 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

If you’re interested in finding out more about the history of the system of Reiki and its influences then take a read of this article by the International House of Reiki.

It explains a little about the relationship between the system of Reiki and Shugendo as well as what Shugendo is.

Then it provides links to all sorts of things Shugendo as well as the trailer to a beautiful new movie called Shugendo Now.

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The Title of Reiki Master and the Precepts

February 16, 2010 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

The term Reiki Master was never used by the founder of the system of Reiki, Mikao Usui.

It was introduced when the translation of Japanese to English became necessary as the system moved out of Japan.

The question that we’d like to ask is this… is this the right title to call yourself when you are teaching, especially in our modern age?

There are many Reiki teachers today who feel uncomfortable calling themselves Reiki Master. This is because the title implies that the Reiki Master masters spiritual energy (Reiki). For this reason Shibumi International Reiki Association asks their Registered Practitioners and Teachers to refrain from using the title Reiki Master, instead calling themselves Reiki Teachers.

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Healing with Reiki in Bosnia

January 03, 2010 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

One of Shibumi’s members, Jenny Newman, has worked for The Healing Network in Bosnia as a volunteer Reiki practitioner:
“Healing Hands Network is a charity born in response to the atrocities of the Bosnian war and begun its work there in 1996 after Vicki Poole a Bowen Technique practitioner was moved to do more following a visit to Sarajevo. She recruited a few more therapists and in 1997 the charity was formed. Since then a continuous flow of volunteers has grown and expanded the original concept of HHN; today around 25,000 voluntary treatments have been given with up to 3,000 treatments being given each year.”

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Mikao Usui and the Samurai

December 29, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

It is said that Mikao Usui’s ancestors were Samurai. But who and what were the Samurai?

Many Samurai practiced esoteric spiritual teachings, like Mikkyo, and worshipped various Buddha’s and war deities. Often these deities and Buddhas were depicted on the Samurai’s outfits, like helmets, swords and more.

The Metropolitan Museum in New York is hosting a wonderful exhibition until the 10th of January 2010. So if you’re looking for something to do in the holidays why not visit the MET.

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Christmas Wishes to Shibumi Readers and Members

December 24, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

Merry Christmas and happy holiday season to all who have followed the evolution of Shibumi International Reiki Association. It has certainly flourished and grown in its first year and we are all excited to head into 2010. We have lots of plans to continue Shibumi’s growth, bringing support to the Japanese art of Reiki.

We have included two fun videos for you with our christmas wishes of peace and love to all. Enjoy!

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Meditation with monks

December 24, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

A bell tolls at first light. The old timber “nightingale” floors chirp under stockinged feet, there’s a whisper of saffron and black robes, a rumour of conversation and the monks enter the temple. Mist drifts around the eaves like incense and there’s a chill in the mountain air, yet behind the sliding paper screens it’s warm and dark. Low, golden lanterns illuminate an ornate altar, around which the monks sit perfectly still.

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The Horse Boy

November 18, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

For all the animal Reiki practitioners out there here is a must see movie and a must read book about a young boy called Rowan who has autism and his father and mother who are looking for ways to help him.  Their son would not talk and to them until one day his father placed him on the back of a horse called Betsy. After this they started to look at different methods of healing and finally took Rowan on a journey to Mongolia. Mongolia is a land full of horses and shamanism which was the perfect place to look for healing with horses. The book and movie is all about their journey - a journey as a family in search of healing and hope.

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How to use Mantras and Symbols in the system of Reiki

October 25, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

In the system of Reiki specific mantras and symbols are utilized to delve deeper into your own true nature. In Japan, the word for ‘symbol’ is shirushi and the word for ‘mantra’ is either jumon or kototama (kotodama). Literally translated, jumon means ‘a sound which invokes a specific cosmic vibration’ while kototama means ‘a word carrying spirit’.

These mantras and symbols are taught in Okuden Reiki Level II and Shinpiden Reiki Level III. Although many modern Reiki schools teach these symbols and mantras as tools for external use, traditionally the Japanese teachings work with them for internal development. The Japanese word ‘Okuden’ actually means ‘inner’ or ‘hidden teachings’, hence the tools taught in the Okuden teachings are employed to find that which is hidden within you; your own true nature. They are seen as keys to unlock your hidden potential, and once you have unlocked it. the tools are no longer required. This, of course, takes many years of dedicated practice and can only be successfully experienced under the qualified guidance of a teacher who has walked the path.

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Is modern Japan losing its center?

September 13, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

Imagine a nation of people who no longer know where their center lies. That’s what Japan has become in recent decades.
One of the major casualties of the Japanese language’s rapid and ongoing evolution is the diminishing use of body-related phrases — a phenomenon that reflects how Japanese people’s once-visceral connection between their bodies and minds is these days rapidly attenuating.

Within the Japanese teachings of the system of Reiki we work with the hara. This is the area known as the tandien or tanden in China and is a few finger widths below the navel, inside the body. It is the energetic center of the body and the foundation Reiki technique hatsurei ho is based upon the hara.

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Making Spiritual Wine

August 19, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

People of all shapes, sizes, religions and beliefs work with the system of Reiki to improve their quality of life. It is also not confined to profession. Shibumi, for example, has members from all types of professions around the world. Some work in offices, some in hospitals, others in restaurants or as ministers of religion. Many of these people combine what they do as their “day job” with their Reiki practice. By the words Reiki practice,  we are referring to a daily routine of personal healing which may include meditation, hands-on healing, working with the Reiki precepts and chanting.

If you were a wine maker and a Reiki practitioner what would you do? Here is how one Spanish Reiki practitioner combines her loves…

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Japanese Movie and Children’s Life Source

August 16, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

Yet another fabulous movie by Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki.

Have you ever seen Spirited Away or My Neighbor Totoro? If not hurry to the video store and get them out on DVD.

Hayao Miyazaki is a famous Japanese director and animator and his 2001 movie Spirited Away was the highest-grossing film ever in Japan! One of the interesting things about Miyazaki is that almost all his movies have deep messages about humanity and their connection with the natural elements. Another important aspect is his, often very strong, leading female characters like Satsuki and Mei in My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki in Kiki’s Delivery Service and San in Princess Mononoke.

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Was the founder of the system of Reiki a Tendai or Shingon practitioner?

August 02, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

Due to a current lack of evidence there is a controversy as to whether Mikao Usui, the founder of the system of Reiki, was either a Tendai practitioner or a Shingon practitioner. Both of these practices are Buddhist in origin, yet there are differences and similarities.

By looking back into the history of these practices at who founded them perhaps we can see what Mikao Usui practiced?

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Zazen and the System of Reiki

July 30, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

Zazen, which literally means sitting meditation, is a popular aspect of many Japanese spiritual practices. During the practices you “just sit” (shikantaza) and calm your mind so that you gain a deep understanding about the nature of your own mind. But how do you sit in zazen and what do you actually do once you’re there?

These are questions many people ask, so below is a link to a comprehensive explanation on how to practice zazen, including photo’s on how to sit either in seiza or on a chair.

One of the most important elements in zazen is your posture and your breathing.

In many zazen practices you breathe from your hara (belly) - the center of your being - thus creating a feeling of being centered, open and yet grounded. Hara breathing is a major part of many traditional Japanese Reiki practices, like Joshin Kokyu ho and Seshin Toitsu for example.

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Was Mikao Usui a Shugenja?

July 27, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

Was Mikao Usui, the founder of the system of Reiki, a Shugenja?

Some sources say that Mikao Usui was not only a Tendai practitioner but was also practicing Shugendo. A person who practices Shugendo is called a Shugenja or Yamabushi.

Shugendo is an ancient Japanese practice which focuses on reaching enlightenment in this lifetime through ascetic mountain practices.  Shugendo is a mix of esoteric Buddhism, Japanese shamanic practices, Shinto, Chinese Yin/Yang philosophy and Japanese folk beliefs. After 1868 however, the Mejii government ordered a seperation of Buddhist and Shinto elements and outlawed Shugendo because of its mix of Buddhism and Shinto. Some Shugendo temples found protection within both individual Tendai and Shingon Buddhist schools.

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Researching the system of Reiki and the Lotus Sutra

July 23, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

It is said that Mikao Usui (the founder of the system of Reiki) was a Tendai Buddhist practitioner.

Let’s see what influences this may have had upon his teachings…

Tendai practitioners work with the Lotus Sutra, it is one of the teachings most important sutras. A sutra is a canonical scripture generally based upon ancient oral teachings. Tendai originated from the Chinese Tiantai or the Lotus Sutra School, which is Mahayana Buddhism - one of two main existing forms of Buddhism.

Two main teachings of the Lotus Sutra are that, first, we can all realize Buddhahood in this lifetime (as it is innate within us) and, secondly, to have a direct experience that the self and others are all of one substance. In brief the Lotus Sutra discusses and explains the concept of non-duality.

Within the system of Reiki non-duality is symbolized by the Shinpiden Reiki Level III mantra DKM!

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Japanese Mandalas a part of Reiki?

July 21, 2009 | by Scott the Newshound

The exhibition “Japanese Mandalas: Emanations and Avatars” remains through Nov. 29 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; (212) 535-7710,

If you’re in New York before November 29th enjoy Japanese Mandalas at the MET. 

We know that Mikao Usui (the founder of the system of Reiki) was heavily influenced by various traditional Japanese forms including that of Buddhism. Different strains of Buddhism were originally brought across to Japan from China by Dengyo Daishi (767–822) also known as Saicho and Kobo Daishi (774–835AD) also known as Kukai. Saichi began the Tendai school and Kukai that of Shingon. Both Tendai and Shingon forms of Buddhism utilized Mikkyo “secret teachings”. The core of the exhibition is based upon the Mandalas of Both Worlds - paired cosmic diagrams of the Diamond World and the Womb World. These mandalas were both taught in Tendai and Shingon Mikkyo practices.

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Tendai Nuns and Reiki

July 16, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

It is said that Mikao Usui, the founder of the system of Reiki was a Tendai buddhist practitioner. We can see tendai as an influence upon the system of Reiki, or, if you prefer, we can see where elements of the system have originated from. Don’t be confused, this is not to say that we practice buddhism as Reiki practitioners, but it helps us to know where the teachings originated from out of the Japanese culture and philosophy.

Shibumi is interested in tracing back from the system to its origins to help practitioners get a solid grounding in their practice and to help them be aware of what it is they are doing and the motivations and intents behind the practices which have often been forgotten or variegated.

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Curing with Kaji the Reiki Way

July 16, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

Healing and Esoteric Empowerment in Japan is an interesting article for Reiki practitioners! It focuses on a very traditional healing practices in Japan.

This particular article discusses healing from a Shingon viewpoint and although Mikao Usui was said to be a Tendai practitioner you will find some hidden gems in this article about how to become a vehicle for universal energy.

It describes a healing session where the practitioner, Ven. Ikeguchi Ekan, lays his hand on the head, neck, shoulders, arms, spine and kidneys with the whole session taking only 10 to 15 minutes.

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Shibumi Reiki Newshound

July 16, 2009 | by Bronwen Stiene

Shibumi is fortunate to have a new newshound working the web to bring you interesting tidbits.

His name is Scott (the newshound).

Scott is a member of Shibumi and International House of Reiki Shinpiden graduate who is spending a bit of his spare time sorting through the web quagmire to find you some gems of information that relate to the Japanese practice of the system of Reiki. .

Much appreciated Scott!

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Special SARA Fundraiser: Bid Now on an Oil Painting of Your Animal

July 14, 2009 | by Bronwen Stiene

Special SHELTER ANIMALS REIKI ASSOCIATION Fundraiser Art Auction - Bid Now
Bidding ends Aug. 31, 2009

SARA is auctioning off a Personal Commission by Talented Animal Artist Carla Reed: 100% of Proceeds go to SARA!
Support SARA and honor a special animal in your life at the same time.

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30 days of Being with my Natural Energy

July 14, 2009 | by Bronwen Stiene

A Shibumi Registered Practitioner (Shibumi RP) from California, Joyce Leonard, has taken it on herself to start a blog about her 30 day journey of being with her natural energy.
But what does she mean by that?
Well, have a read of the blog she has created to follow her journey. Many of us can likely relate to exactly what she is talking about. We’ve included an excerpt here:

I have been abusing chocolate again to the point that I had a headache yesterday…also the 2nd latte of the day didn’t help. I went to bed with my head pounding and woke up this morning with the same. This is not the first time.

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No Reiki for Catholic Nuns

July 07, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

Something is afoot in the Catholic Church.

As many of you know the USA Catholic Bishops wrote a paper in 2009 about the system of Reiki. They wrote that to practice the system of Reiki as a Catholic “would be operating in the realm of superstition” and went on to say that “Since Reiki therapy is not compatible with either Christian teaching or scientific evidence, it would be inappropriate for Catholic institutions, such as Catholic health care facilities and retreat centers, or persons representing the Church, such as Catholic chaplains, to promote or to provide support for Reiki therapy.”

In fact, we wrote a response to it here on Shibumi called Reiki and the Catholic Bishops.

I guess we didn’t expect it to end there.

To support their paper, according to the online New York Times, the Vatican is now “quietly conducting two sweeping investigations of American nuns, a development that has startled and dismayed nuns who fear they are the targets of a doctrinal inquisition”.

And, yes, the system of Reiki is mentioned in the article.

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Shibumi Newsletter 2

June 16, 2009 | by Bronwen Stiene

The Shibumi newsletter is here.

You can access it here:

Make sure you subscribe in the box on the right if you’d like to get your copy delivered directly to you - all you have to do is add your email address!

Love the Shibumi team!

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Reiki and the Catholic Bishops

June 06, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

The system of Reiki has come to the attention of the Catholic Church in a publication by The Committee on Doctrine, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, March 25, 2009. This publication is undersigned by eight Catholic Bishops. It can be viewed here under Publications:

Before discussing the paper’s contents directly, there is one major question that this publication does not satisfactorily address:
Why did the Committee feel the need to publish a viewpoint on the system of Reiki at all?

It is more than interesting that the Church has gone so far as to comment publicly on the system of Reiki. This is especially true, when on viewing the Committee website, there appear to have only been 13 publications (not including translations) prepared by the Committee in the last 20 years, and that includes “Guidelines for Evaluating Reiki as an Alternative Therapy”.1 The other 12 publications involve such topics as the Church’s stand on homosexuality, abortion, contraception and the role of the male priest. That the system of Reiki finds itself in the company of such contentious religious issues is astounding. Perhaps why this is so will become more apparent as we discuss the issue further.

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Free Shibumi Reiki Membership Packs

June 03, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

We’ve finally completed a great project that we hope will benefit all of our registered members ... new Free Membership Packs.

When you become a a Registered Practitioner or Registered Practitioner and teacher for the time you will receive one of these packs by snail mail.

We think it is important that registered members present themselves as professionally as possible and through this pack we hope to be able to help you do just that.

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Shibumi is ready to rock ‘n’ roll

April 29, 2009 | by The Shibumi Team

Any glitches on the Shibumi site are now fixed (well, the ones we know about grin).

We are now totally settled back into life on the internet - so we look forward to seeing everyone take advantage of the website and if you join us, the membership section of the website as well.

If you are a member there are lots of great things for you to do and to become a part of depending upon your level of membership…

  • Take part in discussions on books
  • Talk about Reiki teachings
  • Become a member of the Shibumi Reiki Scientific Research Team
  • Discuss your practise and practice
  • Download banners for your email program or website telling the world that you belong to an association with high standards from a Japanese perspective
  • Upgrade to professional status and get listed on the website
  • Download Codes of Practice and Ethics for your teaching space
  • Find out what is happening in your part of the world
  • And who knows what else you’ll find there… we are forever looking at ways to build the resources and support for members.

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We’re up and running

April 24, 2009 | by Bronwen Stiene

Good news - the servers have been moved. is happily running at full steam ahead again.
Thanks for your patience as we sorted out glitches.
It must be time for a new newsletter soon - we look forward to staying in touch with everyone involved with

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Server update for

April 21, 2009 | by Bronwen Stiene

This is hopefully the last week of server hell on!

We decided to throw in the towel with the new one that wasn’t working and get a new, new one which hopefully will be fully working by the end of the week. We’ll let you know once that is done and life can return to normal.
Thanks for your patience those who have had trouble accessing any elements of the website!

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Server Issue

April 08, 2009 | by Bronwen Stiene

Just wanted to let you know we’ve had to change servers and in the process elements of our website have stopped working (namely the member forum and the ability to become a member - oh no!).
In the meantime please enjoy the website and we hope to have it all up and running in the next couple of days.

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I am not a Reiki Master

March 05, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

So, finally someone asks why Shibumi has decided not to use the term Reiki Master,  preferring to use Reiki Teacher instead.

Basically it comes down to the fact that there has been great misuse of this term. In the world of Reiki many who do a short Level III course go on to immediately call themselves Reiki Masters. They then continue to call themselves this even though they may not practice or make any effort to work with the system.

The term Reiki Master has lost its meaning.

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Shibumi Newsletter 1 is here….

February 25, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

The first Shibumi newsletter is here.

You can access it here:

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Love the Shibumi team!

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Primordial Lineage

February 22, 2009 | by Rebecca Holton

Lineage in the Reiki community is one of those tenacious subjects that never really goes away. Many Reiki students first hear about their own lineage from their teacher and, from then on, it can become increasingly relevant to them.

In many traditions, lineage is used as a kind of validation that the practices, methods and teachings taught in the tradition really do stem back to the person who first created them. This means that, within some of the more competitive corners of our Reiki community, lively “my lineage is shorter than your lineage” discussions flourish abundantly. There is often an unspoken belief lurking quietly beneath this kind of discussion, that a shorter lineage can make a teaching more relevant, stronger, or even more directly transmitted from Mikao Usui although, if we examine this view rationally, it is impossible to find any logic or common sense in it. However short their lineage is, any teacher can make changes to the practices they teach.

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Unravel the Worry Knot: For Today Only

February 22, 2009 | by Trish Edwards

When I was growing up in North Carolina, I was exposed to some interesting expressions of worry. I learned that you could “worry someone to death”, that I could be “worried sick” about something, and that a dog “worries a bone”. Someone could be a “worry wart”, while someone else “fussed and worried” over the preparation of a meal.

I grew up to find that people carry “worry stones” as a way to focus their nervous ticks. Some cultures create “worry dolls” as a place to store their fears and cares.

So what is worry - and why do we do it?

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At long last a Reiki Association to feel ‘at home’ as a member!

February 14, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

Isn’t that a lovely comment? And then she wrote “Naturally I have joined”.

It’s great to see the enthusiasm around this new association.

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Why Another Reiki Association?

February 11, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

Looking on the internet there are a variety of Reiki associations. Some for specific branches of Reiki, others for anyone practising Reiki, and some for anyone practising a natural therapy. The standards vary enormously between associations! Some have really pushed for higher standards (we would count the excellent Australian Reiki Connection as one of these) while others appear only interested in getting more members by basically having no standards at all.

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The Deeper Meaning of Hara

January 05, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

The hara is regarded as one of the most important aspects of Japanese life and of its people’s spiritual practices. But what is it exactly?

Translated from the Japanese hara simply means belly, yet there is so much more to this intriguing word. At a deeper level the word, hara, means one’s true nature; who one truly is as a human being. So it is not just a physical centre in the body but also the centre of one’s true nature.

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It’s Raining Rei

December 24, 2008 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

In our recent Dutch Shinpiden Reiki Level III course a calligraphic work of the word Reiki hung on the wall. It stimulated a discussion concerning the first kanji, Rei; the possible meaning behind it and how it relates to hands-on healing and the attunement process.

Working with kanji is amazing – not only does Kanji supply a word for us to read but it often holds a related visual image within its specific brush strokes. Imagine if the English word tree actually looked liked a picture of a tree… well, with kanji it is possible to discover such beauty. Let us look into the first of Reiki’s two kanji to find hidden meaning within its visual depths.

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The Deeper Meaning of the Word Reiki

December 15, 2008 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

One literal translation of Reiki is spiritual energy or universal energy. We suggest that Reiki may have another meaning - one that does not stem from a literal translation but rather from one’s direct experience.

When we practice the various elements that comprise the system of Reiki we utilize spiritual energy (Reiki). Practitioners are surprised when they discover in their practice that different stages exist within this spiritual energy. A path is unearthed and those who conscientiously practice the elements of the system of Reiki gradually see where it is heading.

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Reiki Precepts - The Foundation of the System of Reiki

December 15, 2008 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

As you know, the Reiki Precepts are one of five elements of the system of Reiki.

A precept, however, is NOT an affirmation. There has been confusion about their use since great books like Louise Hay’s ‘You Can Heal Your Life’, which includes affirmation work, became popular.

Affirmation work has certain guidelines and usages that are unrelated to precepts (such as the use of the term ‘do not’). Perhaps these simple definitions below will help clarify their differences for you.

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Anger Management - For Today Only

November 27, 2008 | by Trish Edwards

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to review some of my old yoga DVDs. I do this periodically to help keep my home yoga practice fresh. The last thing I expected to discover was a profound insight into the first Reiki precept: For today only, do not anger.

Anger has been the most challenging precept for me, I confess. To say, “Just for today, do not anger.” is almost the same as saying, “Just for today, do not inhale.” There are many days that I find myself reacting in anger several times during the day, with varying degrees of intensity. Maybe one of the dogs destroyed a book. Or, someone ran over my foot with a cart at the grocery store. Perhaps a thoughtless turn of phrase in an email hurt my feelings and sparked anger.

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Breaking the Reiki Code

October 01, 2008 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

Current research into the system of Reiki is bringing to light a great deal of hidden knowledge about the system’s beginnings and original intentions. While researching our books, The Reiki Sourcebook, and The Japanese Art of Reiki, we discovered that this is not the sort of knowledge that has deliberately been buried away from prying eyes – rather it has been lying under the dust of an unexplored past. By brushing off some of that dust, this article reveals a code: one that is constantly in play for practitioners across the globe - often unrecognized and unacknowledged.

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