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The Sound and Form of Healing

Sound Waves

Our physical body is a complex organization of rhythms, flows,

and cycles.  Our breath, our heart beat, the pulsations of blood through our arteries and veins, the undulation of our digestion, the tidal movement of fluids, the impulse patterns of our neurology and emotions, the emergence and quiescence of consciousness, and the rising and falling rhythms of our etheric are together an elaborate orchestration of movement.

With that movement, the many rhythms of life express as a magnificent unification into music.  The rhythms and patterns become the sound of life coursing through the form.  And extending beyond that, the musical sounds join with harmonies of the world and the cosmos around you and the actions you take become the melody in the song of life.

Over and over again, the expression of life and the subtle harmony of existance work together to find purity of form.

Many systems of natural healing utilize sound to reawaken primal memory of life and vitality.  Sound healing bathes the body in waves of vibration to stimulate and to invite new states of being.  Gong Baths, chakra bowls, and tuning forks are all examples of this work.

We think back to our most natural instincts to calm a baby or even ourselves is to gently sing.  In that sharing of heart and voice, the energies soothe the spirit and the body.

The power of music is in the reawakening of memories.  We connect times of joy and sadness with the songs that we love.  We remember the sense of freedom, of hope, of limitless possibility with the songs of our lives.

Sound is a powerful healer, because it is so much more than simply lyrics and chords.  Sound is movement.  It is an interconnecting vibration.  It is a union of the heavens and physical life.  It joins heart and mind and breath with the spirit of now, the spirits of those with us, and the spirit of the one generating the sound.

In these joinings, there comes an alignment into a pure, timeless  state of wholeness. 

In the older traditions in the Art of Reiki, sound and form become tools for remembering.  They help us to remember our original nature.  Within the vibrations of those primal sounds found throughout nature – the chirping of birds, the babbling of a stream, that patter of rain, the rustling of leaves, we reconnect with nature within us.  We connect with the most pure elements of life.

When we make these connections, our own life takes on the process of cleansing and clearing, bringing ourselves more in tune with life.  We remember the truth, and the blockages we have created emerge to the surface for us to see more clearly.  As these blocks surface, they are freed to dissolve into the world around us or become a source of strength moving forward.

Sound and form are intrinsicly one.  To learn to use the power of sound and form, we invite you join us for Okuden: Traditional Japanese Style Reiki II – The Inner Teachings of Reiki.

The one-day training is Sunday April 13th and the foundations of prior Reiki 1 Training is required.  This course will provide you with a lifetime of study and self-discovery.

Plus, below is the full schedule of classes for April-May-June 2014.  Or, you can get all the details at:

We look forward to seeing you soon.

REIKI: Is it the right time, place and season for you?

Reiki6Reiki is a Japanese word translated as ‘spiritual energy’.  The word ‘Reiki’ has become synonymous with a system of healing which has entered the mainstream of Western life.  You’ve all heard of it – many of you have taken one or more levels in the various lineages.


As you begin another year, perhaps it is time to open your heart and your life to this spiritual path.  Yes, Reiki is a spiritual life path, a way to heal not only others but oneself.  It is a beautiful, powerful yet simple path, a way of living in harmony with Heaven, Earth, and your Connection to all that exists.


Linda and Rick have studied several different Reiki “lineages”.  A lineage is a way to trace one’s certification back through individual teachers to the founder of Reiki, Usui Mikao.   The deeper one goes into the study and practice of Reiki, the more understanding surfaces for us to realize that the lineage is one of spirit, of an internal knowing that you are connected to the teachings and the jumon (mantras) and shirushi (symbols), and how these have been put together to show us the way to enlightenment.


In order to be an effective “healer”, one must first work with healing Reiki8one’s own life.  This is the most important thing you need to know!  In Shoden (Level 1 of the system of Reiki that we teach), you will open the door to a way of empowering yourself to create serenity in your daily life, through ancient practices of breath work and meditation.  You will experience your own life force and how this can be concentrated in your hands to offer hands-on healing treatments to yourself and others.  You will learn about the Japanese energy centers of the body and how they relate to wholeness and balance.  You will meditate upon the Reiki Precepts, the core of the teachings and the “secret” to happiness.  And, you will receive four Reiju (attunements, or spiritual blessings) to assist and support you as you move into these beginning understandings.


Reiki5After you have been practicing the Shoden level techniques for awhile, you may consider the next level of study.  In Okuden (Level 2), you will focus more deeply on your self-healing.  Tools will be offered and practiced that will awaken and resonate with your energy centers to promote spiritual growth and well-being.  These include the jumon (mantras), which are chanted aloud, and three of the four shirushi (symbols).  These practices are some of the most profound you will EVER come across, and they effect rapid progress on your personal journey.   You’ll also learn the deeper meaning of “distant” healing and practice that technique, and receive two more Reiju.


The practices of Okuden are imperative to attaining the wisdom and clarity necessary for the final level, called Shinpiden.  Therefore your teachers will remain available to you for the time necessary for you to progress through the Shoden and Okuden practices and master them.  We’ll be offering Reiki practice nights that are different from what you may usually encounter, because we will be doing the meditative work and jumon chanting as well as the hands-on treatments.  We will also offer individual guidance and counseling by appointment.


We are offering both Shoden and Okuden in the current calendar, and we encourage any of you who have been considering Reiki training, as well as any who have studied in different lineages, to give yourself this opportunity to connect with ancient Japanese teachings that are still so impactful and relevant to our Western society today.


When the time is right, we will offer the Shinpiden training on an as-needed basis to those of our students who have committed to this path.  Shinpiden takes you deeper into the mysteries of the teachings.  You will receive the final shirushi and jumon, and learn how to do reiju.  You’ll also receive outlines for that time when you feel you are ready to begin teaching this system.  Shinpiden is an invitation to becoming all that you can be – the embodiment of Reiki – for the benefit of yourself and those you touch during your everyday life.


Bonbu mo satoréba hotoké nari.

“Even a common man by obtaining knowledge becomes a Buddha.”


Shoden: February 23 and 24, March 23 and 24,  9:30am-5:30pm

Okuden: April 13, 9:00am-5:30pm


Mt. Kurama, where Usui Mikao studied

Meditation – Bridging Spirit & Physical (Part 2)

In this second part of “Meditation – Bridging the Spirit & the Physical”, let’s explore the “whys” and “hows” of meditation.

First, though, let me say that there is no wrong way to meditate.  In fact, there are countless methods ranging from strict fasting in silent solitude to quiet contemplation to active movement such as Tai Chi, Yoga, or other exercise.  Even walking can be a meditative practice when done with the correct mind-set.  Regardless of which style you choose to incorporate, it is important to keep in mind that your personal practice and the methods you use will evolve with you as a process of spiritual self-discovery. » Read more..

Meditation – Bridging Spirit & Physical (Part 1)

Sunset Meditation


Today, I want to share with you Part 1 of a 2-part article I wrote about a year ago, but never published.  It is about the role of meditation as the bridge between the spirit and the physical consciousness.

Meditation is one of the greatest and most generous gifts you can give to yourself.  The benefits affect every part of your life, and the applications of meditation are endless.  If you are willing to dedicate just a small part of your day to reconnecting with the spiritual part of yourself in this conscious, on-purpose way, you will find yourself becoming more at peace, more confident, better able to make good choices, and so much more. » Read more..