Welcome to Spirit Dragon Reiki

As defined by Paula Horan, in her great book "Empowerment Through Reiki", "Reiki is the Japanese word for Universal Life Force Energy. When the 'Rei' and 'Ki' are broken down into their two component parts, the Kanji (Japanese alphabet) definition for Rei is universal, transcendental spirit, mysterious power, essence. Ki is described as the vital life force energy, very similar to the Chi of Chinese acupuncture, Light to Christians, and Bioplasmic Energy to Russian researchers."

If you're reading this because you've seen or been given my card, thanks for taking the time to stop by and learn. If you've found this blog by other means, remember that there are no such things as coincidences. Either way, you've come here to learn about Reiki and for some of you, to try to gather enough information to make a decision.


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Teachers and Lessons Learned

I've been blessed over the years with teachers who enter my life when I least expect it. Serendipity? Fate? Luck? Your guess is as good as mine. There is an old saying, and I don't know who to quote on it but: "When the student is ready the teacher will appear." What comes to me more and more lately, is how I can take myself out of the game by not being present - by not really listening when I should be, or not really committing to something I probably should.

My trip-up has until recently always been the "what-if" syndrome. What if I decide to do this and that other, more interesting thing comes along. My worry is always that I've committed to something or someone and I don't want to then disappoint them by changing my mind. I like to see things through. Usually though, the only thing that gets me is paralyzed.

Things that Elena Brower, one of my more recent teachers/angels, writes about, really get me to wake up, if even for a few minutes. Yoga classes with her are amazing and in the one Reiki session I gave her, I was literally rocked on my feet when our energies connected. I had to stop and reground myself to continue. What it taught me is how connected we all really are and it caused me to realize how many different ways I feel energy.

And then there is Jorja - my life coach for 3 months. She has an amazing perception for what's going on inside. She said things to me no one ever did before and woke me up to a different form of reality. Big Mind - which she learned from her teacher, Genpo Roshi. I only got a small dose of it but the same thing kept coming back around - awareness. To me, it's akin to Eckhard Tolle's Power of Now.

Where are you now? Are you really present, or are you somewhere else? Physically, you're in the chair, or on the floor or standing in line at the supermarket. But where is your mind? Jamaica? Your grandma's house when you were six? See what I mean? We occupy space that a large percentage of time, is void of our awareness.

Do this - breathe. Take a big breath, hold it for a second, and release it. Do that again with your eyes closed. I mean really do it. Don't think about doing it, participate in your life. You'd be surprised how little real breathing you do. Breathing for shear survival is on auto-pilot. It has to be because we sleep - right? But honest, conscious, deep, soul-filling breathing is an act we can practice that will bring us to the "now". It will snap us into an awareness that usually floats around us like a fog. Let some sunshine in and practice awareness.

Namaste,
Jeff

Sunday, June 14, 2009

My Practice in DC Area

Hi all,
I'm finally getting settled in and ready to start building my practice. I'll be training a new practitioner starting in the next couple of weeks and am also starting to look at yoga studio space. Thought a deal was going to go through with Hot Yoga in DC but that's still up in the air.

If you've ever had any thoughts about pursuing energy work, Usui Reiki is a wonderful gift to give yourself and others. There are many positive avenues and yours is only limited by your imagination.

Peace, love, light,
Jeff

Monday, March 30, 2009

As The Spirit Moves Us

Sometimes it's very hard for us to see the guideposts that have been set out for us. The trees and shrubbery of doubt and fear get in the way, obscuring the message that is meant to lead us to our higher selves.

Sometimes we'll see the sign just fine and it might say, TURN HERE, but we know that where we want to go is straight ahead so we ignore that sign. And then we get to where we knew we needed to get to and it's not what we thought at all.

I've always been an adventurer. I'll take the long way just for the change of scenery, and always with the curiosity of a child. What cool, new, exciting things will I find over here? Ooh, what if I take that lane there? What's down here? Looks spooky - let's go! And this whole new world opens up and offers itself freely, expanding what we thought we knew and showing us that as smart as we are, there's always more to learn.

I came to those crossroads again a couple of months back. At first the signs just said, "hey jeff, maybe you need to turn here." And I thought, "yeah maybe". And the next sign said, "Hey Jeff. You probably should turn Here." And I said, "Um, let me think about that for a sec, okay?"

And then the sign said, "TURN HERE NOW. TIME'S UP!" And I said, "Absolutely! I'm turning! See, the wheel is now going that way!" And as soon as I made that decision, flowers blossomed along the road. Aromas came to me that I'd never sensed before. Colors became brighter and more distinct. My head cleared, my shoulders softened, and grace smiled at me.

If we can get to where we start believing the first sign, and trusting that the universe is infinitely wise and good, we can walk amongst those flowers more often, hand in hand with grace.

Peace and light,
Jeff

Friday, December 12, 2008

My Own Medicine

Aside from some achy knees sometimes, I feel great most of the time. For the last two days though, my back has really been bothering me. I was on the 7 train heading home today and couldn't believe the pain I was in. Not a usual thing for me.

And then it dawned on me - Reiki. I do it for others but some how never really needed it for myself like this. The train was very crowded then as it was the beginning of rush hour. So, I closed my eyes, invoked the Power Symbol, and imagined my hands on my lower left back. Immediately it warmed up, and within seconds, the pain subsided and then pretty much disappeared. It was still a bit stiff, but the pain was gone. Cool stuff, this Reiki.

Jeff

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Simplicity

In 2006, a book came out by John Maeda called "The Laws of Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life". John is a professor at MIT and the founder of the SIMPLICITY Consortium at the MIT Media Lab. In this "simple" little tome of only 100 pages, he posits 10 laws and 3 keys that can guide us towards a cleaner, more meaningful world. It's an amazing book.

This morning I was making a power shake and the sheer simplicity of our Black and Decker blender hit me. The buttons for the 5 speeds are arranged like a smile with an additional "Ice Crush" in the upper left corner and a "Pulse" in the upper right. And right smack in the center - bigger than the other buttons is "OFF".

Plain. Easy. Simple.

Just like Reiki.

Reiki is simplicity in action. It doesn't require anything other than openness. It doesn't even require belief. It can be done any where at any time - I often give myself quick treatments on the trains and have given co-workers quick treatments at their desk.

Sometimes simple things confuse me. Even though I pride myself on being able to find the quickest route to a conclusion or resolution, and have an eye for seeing how seemingly disparate things can fit together, I expect to be able to do lots of things to accomplish a worthwhile goal. You know - do more to get more. And Reiki contradicts that, as do meditation and yoga.

In each of these disciplines the tenant is "Do less to get more." And I see it with every new person I do a session with. At the beginning of my practice, I would "try" to much. Oh, the Reiki did what it was meant to do but I often found myself pushing it, or willing it to give the person on the table everything he or she needed. And at times I still find myself wondering if I'm transmitting anything at all.

And every new session brings me a new revelation. I see things - places I need to touch the body to run the energy. They are like little maps in my mind. And all I do now is ask. I ask the Reiki to guide me and then let go of any expectations. And every person who sits up at the end of a session has had a wonderful experience - often times revelatory and astounding.

Reiki=Simplicity

Book Review - The Laws of Simplicity

Peace and light,
Jeff

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Dr. Masaru Emoto, Water, and Reiki

Hi all,
Dr. Emoto has discovered some amazing things about water. Through his experiments, he has proven that water is affected by thought. In his book "The Hidden Messages in Water", a New York Times best seller, he has published pictures of water crystals that have been exposed to different words or phrases.

Any guesses what they look like? The water with the phrase "You fool!" written on a piece of paper and taped to the bottle wouldn't produce a crystal at all. Similar uses of negative words showed the same in either making no crystal, or making ones that are malformed and ugly. And when shown "Love and Gratitude" or "Thank you", the crystals that formed were beautiful and delicate.

Next he tried music. Heavy metal music made dark, ominous crystals while classical music made alluring, elegant crystals. Amazing.

And here is where all this lead me. We are made of water. Our bodies are 70% water. Water is affected by energy. You with me? Reiki is an energy - Universal Life Force Energy. When we channel the energy to our clients we are changing the way water exists in the body.

Go back up to the previous example - heavy metal music. Now, I like rock and roll very much, it's what I grew up with and I'll always go back to Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. But now I think about it differently because I have an idea of what it's doing to the water in my body. And as a Reiki Master, I can counter that affect with a self-reiki session. Or, I can listen to some Brahms and make the water happy again too. ;-)

But what I'm getting at is that Reiki energy can affect the water in your body. To me, that's very cool. And it's cool because the reiki energy is love - and love energy going into a body can do nothing but make that body more whole and balanced.

You can look at reviews of this book here:

The Hidden Messages in Water

Peace,
Jeff

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Reiki/Art Initiative

Hello again,
I'm starting to get this off the ground. Spoke to a New York City artist buddy of mine and he's interested in hearing more and helping me with it. Also have been having conversations with a lady at work who is really good at marketing and building. Her and her boyfriend have build a software company and have some apps bundled with HP computers. Way cool.

More to come,
Jeff