Sunday, December 21, 2014

Giving and receiving

Giving reiki to my youngest daughter provided my eldest daughter and me a blessed opportunity.

Caring ... for a loved one
Listening ... for the need
Feeling ... warmth
Witnessing ... quiet healing

My youngest was on the table, yet all three were

Strengthened ...
Uplifted ...


Monday, November 24, 2014

Self Reiki

Thanks, +Tammy Rounds for reminding me it's important to take care of myself. This is a busy week with Thanksgiving guests arriving, and grandkids spending the night Friday. From Angie Webster on we read:
"When you give Reiki to yourself you are staying directly in touch with the sensation of offering and receiving Reiki. For those that are new to Reiki, acquainting yourself with these sensations is helpful."
Yes, I am new to Reiki, but have felt the source of strength in the past while raising my children. Now they are grown, and those same feelings come to my heart with each grandchild. I love watching them grow, and the ability a "grandma" has to be an influence for good.



Saturday, November 8, 2014


How deep and ancient are our roots?

These regal aspen near my sister's cabin in the mountains west of Heber City are apparently part of the ancient Pando colony.
"Aspens typically grow in large clonal colonies, derived from a single seedling, and spread by means of root suckers; new stems in the colony may appear at up to 30–40 m (98–131 ft) from the parent tree. Each individual tree can live for 40–150 years above ground, but the root system of the colony is long-lived. In some cases, this is for thousands of years, sending up new trunks as the older trunks die off above ground. For this reason, it is considered to be an indicator of ancient woodlands. One such colony in Utah, given the nickname of "Pando", is estimated to be 80,000 years old, making it possibly the oldest living colony of aspens. Some aspen colonies become very large with time, spreading about 1 m (3.3 ft) per year, eventually covering many hectares. They are able to survive forest fires, because the roots are below the heat of the fire, with new sprouts growing after the fire burns out." See:
Can we also weather the heat of the fire?

IMAGE: Courtesy of the author.

Monday, November 3, 2014


"Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!" says the White Rabbit.

Am I rushing around, completely missing the joy in the moment?

IMAGE: Illustration d'origine (1865), par John Tenniel (28 février 1820 – 25 février 1914), du roman de Lewis Carroll, Alice au pays des merveilles. Wujumedia Commons.

Sunday, November 2, 2014


Seeking quiet music for meditation, I ran across Healing Piano Music for Massage, Meditation, Reiki, 7 Chakras, Relaxation & Better Sleep. Steve Cravis is a sensitive keyboard artist, and I offer this suggestion for calming nerves, and opening pathways.

It's free to Amazon Prime members.


Saturday, November 1, 2014


A dear friend stopped by unexpectedly to bring me a small gift - a white calla lily. She had no way of knowing this is what my parents grew in their yard. When my husband and I were married five years ago, I carried a single large white calla lily in remembrance of them. Thanks to Claire, I'm feeling closer to Dad and Blanche. It's a calming thing, a tender mercy, a sentinel.

Sentinel - someone whose job is to stand and keep watch.

IMAGE: From the author's works.

Friday, October 31, 2014


Studying diverse cultures broadens my perspective.

We captured this image at the Neah Bay (Washington) Museum reflecting various eras of the Makah Indian Tribe which has lived in  the area for thousands of years. These Natives have also embraced modern technology, as they have a website:

Am I adaptable? Do I always look back? Do I look to the future? What about living in the Now?

IMAGE: From the author's works.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Are we...

In life, are we the water, mountain, grasses, tall trees? Rocks upon the shore?

IMAGE: From the author's works.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Fog rolls in but can we always see it?

IMAGE: From the author's works.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Grandma Reiki

If Reiki is the strength to channel positive energy, then I've been channeling it since Tracen was born nearly 17 years go.

It speaks to love.

It speaks to encouragement.

It speaks to fostering independence in others.

It speaks to joy.



I seek to heal myself, and enrich the lives of loved ones.

I am lately drawn to A Modern Reiki Method for Healing by Hiroshi Doi. Amazon explains "Usui Reiki Ryoho is a Japanese technique for creating happiness, relaxation and healing. The author, Hiroshi Doi, is a Japanese Reiki Master who is a member of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, the original association started by the founder of Usui Reiki, Usui Sensei."



The Pacific Ocean smooths rocks over millennia. I wonder how long it will take for Life to teach me similar lessons?

IMAGE: From the author's works.

Journey to the cape

We took this path among ancient cedars near Neah Bay, Washington, on the way to the Cape Flattery lookout. My husband helped me here and there as some of the stones and wooden planks were a bit slippery.

Our lives are like that.

IMAGE: From the author's works.

What is Reiki?

I see Reiki as a form of meditation.

A pathway to see who I am in the Universe.

I don't confuse Reiki with religion.

Practicing Reiki is like practicing Hatha Yoga and discussing Quantum Physics.

I've lately noticed scientists, particularly those "quantum" physicists acknowledge "God" as things couldn't happen by chance. I've even met physicians who acknowledge their hands were guided in surgery.

I see Reiki as a method of quieting my soul so I may more clearly consider being a positive influence in my family and among my dearest friends.


Sunday, October 26, 2014

I and II

Today I received Level I and II attunements from my daughter Tam. It was very smooth, natural, and comfortable – like a conversation really. Our discussion centered on the following thoughts:

  • Reiki heals spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
  • Reiki practitioners are not The Healer, God is.
  • Reiki practitioners are conduits to focus this universal power.