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Shibumi Newsletter 1 is here….

February 25, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

The first Shibumi newsletter is here.

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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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