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?
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.
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. kanbyō zenji 看病禅師) had been recruited in attempts to restore the retired Emperor Shōmu to health.
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).”