Reiki Kids are Highly Sensitive

by Maureen Healy


Children are the hands by
which we take hold of heaven.

-Henry Ward Beecher

2015-06-27_10-15-47Our children are being born more sensitive than ever. They hate scratchy clothing, mean words and loud noises. Scientists estimate that between 15–20 % of children today are born with high sensitivity, although my experience tells me that it’s much higher. Of course, the challenge comes when their gentle nature rubs up against our sometimes not-so-sensitive world. So what can they do? Well, you may have guessed it—they can receive and learn Reiki.

How Reiki Helps Sensitivity
Lauren, aged twelve, said: “Reiki helps me feel tired” and that’s true. She had trouble sleeping and feeling relaxed before she got Reiki treatments. Marco, aged nine, told me: “I love helping with Reiki.” Marco is the “go to” person on his block in Los Angeles for fixing headaches and tummy problems. Whether sensitive boys or girls are giving or getting Reiki, they experience growth in very specific and important life skills:


  • Self-Confidence – When sensitive boys and girls participate in giving someone Reiki it shows that they have tangible skills. Whereas some children might demonstrate their skills through a display of their soccer trophies, these children have a crystal collection and Reiki certification to show their attainments . It makes the invisible very visible, so they feel empowered on their path. Receiving Reiki is also a confirmation for them that the power to heal is within all of us.
  • Calmness – Reiki helps sensitive children become calmer, especially when our world feels hectic and overwhelming. As in Lauren’s situation, it’s very practical to use Reiki to help someone sleep or feel more relaxed in high-stress situations (i.e. test-taking, performing, sporting events).
  • Centeredness – Sensitive children feel more deeply and are quick to respond. So by building up a practice of Reiki (receiving or giving), they learn how to access their center and take a “sacred pause” before acting. Emma told me, “I love Reiki. It helps me feel OK when I used to cry,” and I couldn’t have said it better.
  • Connection (to self and others) – Connecting with others in the Reiki world empowers sensitive children and helps them find their way. Althea, aged thirteen, told me: “I love, love, love coming to your classes and making new friends.” I teach a Reiki class at which a large group of intuitive kids come together, and they always laugh as well as make friends (it’s that birds of a feather idea).
  • Spirituality – Sensitive boys and girls tend to believe in something greater whether it’s God or Nature. By becoming familiar with Reiki, they can begin to rely on the fact that “something greater” is in and around their lives helping them. One of my students, Noah, said: “God is in these crystals” and then we put Reiki into the crystals. It is the beginning of a spiritual practice.

On the Path
Highly sensitive children are learning how to become strong from the inside out, and Reiki helps them on their way. Of course, it isn’t the only way to help these intuitive and perceptive children, but it does strengthen their growing sense of self-confidence and resilience and ultimately, their ability to create true happiness.

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This article appears in the Spring 2015 issue of Reiki Webstore


What is the History of Reiki?

By William Lee Rand

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The following referenced history of Reiki is taken from Reiki, The Healing Touch and has been carefully researched to contain verified information from dependable sources. You have permission to copy and paste this history including the photos on to your own web site as long as you use the entire text and do not make changes to it. Copy for your website available by clicking here

Mrs. Hawayo Takata brought Reiki from Japan to the West in 1937 and continued to practice and teach until her passing in 1980. Because of her devotion, Reiki has been passed on to millions of people all over the world, and the numbers continue to grow! And as you will see, if it wasn’t for her, Reiki most likely would never have been discovered by the West and even in Japan would have been practiced secretly by only a small number of people.

Until the 1990s, the only information we had about Reiki came from Mrs. Takata. Her story of Reiki was recorded on tape, and this recording is still available along with a transcript of the contents.(1) In the past most people including many authors simply accepted Takata Sensei’s interpretation of the history of Reiki as accurate without attempting to do any additional research. Because of this, Mrs. Takata’s version of the story was repeated in all the earlier books written on Reiki. (Fortunately many current authors are using more recent historical information.)

In the course of researching the origins of Reiki, I learned that Mrs. Takata took liberties with the history of its development. In 1990, for example, I wrote to Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan where Mrs. Takata reported that the founder of Reiki, Usui Sensei, had held the office of president. I had hoped to gain additional information that would help us understand who Usui Sensei really was. I also contacted the University of Chicago, from which Usui Sensei had obtained a degree according to Mrs. Takata. Neither university had ever heard of him. (Copies of the letters from both universities are available from the International Center for Reiki Training.) This disappointing discovery led me to wonder if other parts of the Takata Sensei version of Reiki were also inaccurate. In talking with several early Reiki Masters about this discovery, I was told that Mrs. Takata had westernized the story of Reiki by changing certain details and adding others to make it more appealing to Americans.

I continued to seek additional information about the history of Reiki, but attempts to secure it went slowly at first. The main reason for this is that after World War II, the U.S. government had complete control over Japan for a time and banned all Eastern healing methods in Japan and required that only Western medicine be practiced there. The members of the organization Usui Sensei started, the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, decided they wanted to find a way to continue to practice Reiki. Some of the other healing groups such as the Acupuncturists were able to get a license to practice, but the Gakkai chose not to go through this process. In order to continue to practice Reiki, they decided to become a secret society and practice only among themselves and not talk about Reiki to anyone outside their organization.(2) This made it difficult for anyone to learn about Reiki including the Japanese. In fact, if someone in Japan wanted to learn Reiki after the war, he or she had to travel to the U.S. to learn or had to learn from a Western trained Reiki teacher who traveled to Japan. Because of this, even now most Reiki practiced in Japan is a combination of Western and Japanese Reiki.


1 Mrs. Takata Speaks, The History of Reiki, CD and transcript (Southfield, MI: Vision Publications, 1979).2 Tadao Yamaguchi, Light on the Origins of Reiki (Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus Press, 2007), 66.

This is why an accurate history of Reiki took so long to unfold up to this point in time. Then in 1996, I received from Japan a copy of the Original Reiki Ideals, which were different and more expansive than what had been presented by Mrs. Takata. They include the idea that chanting and offering prayers are important to Reiki practice.(3) In 1997, Arjava Petter’s book, Reiki Fire was published, which was the first of a series of books on Japanese Reiki. He along with his wife, Chetna Koybayashi, had made contact with the Gakkai. They had discovered the location of Usui Sensei’s grave and many other facts including information on the Japanese Reiki Techniques, all of which were revealed in his books and subsequent workshops.

Invited by Arjava Petter, Laura Gifford (now Laurelle Shanti Gaia) and I went to Japan in 1997 and with Arjava as our guide, we were taken to Usui Sensei’s grave and Mt. Kurama and much of the new information was explained to us.(4)

In 1999 and 2000 I invited Arjava and Chetna to come to teach workshops on the Japanese Reiki Techniques across the United States. In addition, in November, 2001, I took Reiki I&II from Chiyoko Yamaguchi in Japan, a Shihan (Reiki Master) who received her training from Hayashi Sensei. (She passed on in 2003). In October 2002 I took Gendai Reiki training from Hiroshi Doi—who is a member of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai—and also had two detailed interviews with him.(5) It is from these sources and my continued contact with these and other Reiki researchers that my understanding of the history of Reiki along with how Usui Sensei and Hayashi Sensei taught and practiced Reiki has developed.


3 Toshitaka Mochizuki, lyashi No Te [Healing Hands] (1995), 227, ISBN 4-88481-420-7 C0011 P1400E; “The Original Reiki Ideals,” Reiki News (Fall 1996); and page vi of this manual. To order the Original Reiki Ideals click here.

4 For more information, see Appendix A, “Discovering the Roots of Reiki,” and The Inscription on the Usui Memorial section below.

5 William Lee Rand, “An Interview with Hiroshi Doi,” Reiki News Magazine, Pts. 1 and 2 (Summer 2003): 9–11; (Fall 2003): 12–14.

A More Accurate History of Reiki

The following is an updated history of Reiki based on accurate, verifiable information. Where possible, sources have been referenced so others can follow up on this research if desired. The history begins with a look at the inscription on the memorial stone that was erected in 1927 in memory of Mikao Usui Sensei, founder of the Reiki healing system.

The Inscription on the Usui Memorial

The inscription on the Usui Memorial, dating from 1927, was written by Juzaburo Ushida, a Shihan who was trained by Usui Sensei and able to teach and practice Reiki the same way he did. He also succeeded Usui Sensei as president of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. Masayuki Okata, also a member of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, was the editor. The English translation was done by Tetsuyuki Ono and is reprinted here from the book, lyashino Gendai Reiki- ho, with permission from the author Hiroshi Doi.

The large kanji at the top of the memorial stone reads: “Memorial of Usui Sensei’s Virtue.” The remainder of the inscription reads as follows:

What you can naturally realize through cultivation and training is called “VIRTUE” and it is called “MERIT” to spread a method of leadership and relief and practice it. It is people of many merits and a good deal of virtue that can be eventually called a great founder. People who started a new learning and founded a fresh sect among sages, philosophers, geniuses etc., named from the ancient times, were all those as mentioned above. We can say that Usui-Sensei is also one of those people. 

He started newly a method to improve body and spirit based on REIKI in the universe. Hearing of the rumor, people who would like to learn the treatment and undergo the cure gathered from all quarters all at once. Really, it was very busy indeed.

Usui-Sensei, whose popular name is Mikao and whose pen name is Gyohan, came from Taniai-village, Yamagata- district, Cifu Prefecture, and had forefathers named Tsunetane Chiba who had played an active part as a military commander between the end of Heian Period and the beginning of Kamakura Period (1180-1230). His father’s real name is Taneuji and his popular name is Uzaemon. His mother came and got married from the family named Kawai. 

Usui-Sensei was born on 15th August, 1865. Having learned under difficulties in his childhood, he studied hard with efforts and he was by far superior in ability to his friends. 

After growing up, he went over to Europe and America, and also studied in China. In spite of his real ability, however, he was not always successful in life. Although he was compelled to lead an unfortunate and poor life so often, he strove much more than before to harden his body and mind without flinching from the difficulties. 

One day, Usui-Sensei climbed Mt. Kurama, where he began to do penance while fasting. Suddenly on the twenty first day from the start, he felt a great REIKI over his head, and at the same time as he was spiritually awakened he acquired the REIKI cure. When he tried it on his own body and members’ of his family also, it brought an immediate result on them. 

Having said “It is much better to give this power widely to a lot of people in the world and enjoy it among them than to keep it exclusively by his family members.” Usui-Sensei moved his dwelling to Aoyama Harajuku, Tokyo in April, 1922 and established an institute, where the REIKI cure was instructed openly to the public and the treatment was given, too. People came there from far and near to ask for his guidance and cure, and they over-flowed outside, making a long line. 

Tokyo had a very big fire caused by a great earthquake in Kanto district in September, 1923, when the injured and sick persons suffered from pains everywhere. Usui-sensei felt a deep anxiety about that, and he was engaged in a cure, going around inside the city every day. We can hardly calculate how many persons were saved from death with his devotion. His activities of relief, in which he extended his hands of love over to those suffering people against this emergent situation, can be outlined as noted above. 

Thereafter, his training center became too small to receive the visitors, so he built a new house in Nakano outside the city in February 1925 and transferred there. As his reputation got higher and higher, it was so often when he received an offer of engagement from everywhere throughout the nation. In accordance with these requests he traveled to Kure and Hiroshima, then entered Saga and reached Fukuyama. It was at the inn at which he stayed on his way that he caught a disease abruptly, and he passed away at the age of sixty-two. 

His wife got married, coming from the Suzuki family, and she is named Sadako and has a son and a daughter. The son’s name is Fuji, and he succeeds to the Usui family. 

Usui-Sensei’s natural character was gentle and prudent, and he did not keep up appearances. His body was big and sturdy, and his face was always beaming with a smile. But when he faced the difficulties he went ahead with a definite will and yet persevered well, keeping extremely careful. He was a man of versatile talents and also a book lover, knowing well in the wide range from history, biography, medical science, canons of Christianity and Buddhism and psychology up to magic of fairyland, art of curse, science of divination and physiognomy. 

In my opinion, it is evident to everybody that Usui-Sensei’s cultivation & training were based on his career of art and science, and the cultivation & training became a clue to create the REIKI cure. 

Reviewing the fact, I understand what the REIKI cure is aiming at is not only to heal the diseases but also to correct the mind by virtue of a God-sent spiritual ability, keep the body healthy and enjoy a welfare of life. In teaching the persons, therefore, we are supposed to first let them realize the last instructions of the Emperor Meiji, and chant the 5 admonitions morning and evening to keep them in mind. 

The 5 admonitions in question are: 

1. Don’t get angry today. 

2. Don’t be grievous. 

3. Express your thanks. 

4. Be diligent in your business. 

5. Be kind to others. 

These are really the important precepts for a cultivation, just the same as those by which the ancient sages admonished themselves. Usui-Sensei emphasized that ‘This is surely a secret process to bring a good fortune and also a miraculous medicine to remedy all kinds of diseases.’ by which he made his purpose of teaching clear and accurate. Furthermore, he tried to aim at making his way of guidance as easy and simple as possible, so nothing is difficult to understand therein. Every time when you sit quietly and join your hands to pray and chant morning and evening, you can develop a pure and sound mind, and there is just an essence in making the most of that for your daily life. This is the reason why the REIKI cure can very easily spread over anybody. 

The phase of life is very changeable in these days, and people’s thoughts are apt to change, too. Could we fortunately succeed in spreading the REIKI cure everywhere, we feel sure that it would have to be very helpful in order to prevent people from disordering their moral sense. It never extends people nothing but the benefits of healing long term illness, chronic disease and bad habit. 

The number of pupils who learned from Usui-sensei amounts to more than 2000 persons. Some leading pupils living in Tokyo among them gather at the training center and take over his work, while other pupils in the country also do everything to popularize the REIKI cure. Although our teacher already passed away, we have to do the very best to hand the REIKI cure down to the public forever and spread it much more. Ah! What a great thing he did; to have unsparingly given people what he had felt and realized by himself! 

As a result of our pupils’ recent meeting and discussion, we decided to erect a stone monument at the graveyard in his family temple so that we may bring his virtuous deed to light and transmit it to posterity; so, I was requested to arrange an epitaph for the monument. As I was much impressed by his great meritorious deed and also struck by our pupils’ warm hearts of making much of the bond between master and pupil, I dared not refuse the request, but described the outline. 

Therefore, I do expect heartily that people in the future generations would not forget to look up at the monument in open-eyed wonder. 

— Usuida, in February, 1927. Edited by Masayuki Okada, The Junior 3rd Rank, the 3rd Order of Merit, Doctor of Literature. Written by Juzaburo Usuhida, The Junior 4th Class of Services, Rear Admiral.

Mikao Usui

Mikao Usui, or Usui Sensei as he is called by Reiki students in Japan, was born August 15, 1865 in the village of Taniai in the Yamagata district of Gifu prefecture, which is located near present day Nagoya, Japan.(6)

He had an avid interest in learning and worked hard at his studies. As he grew older, he traveled to Europe and China to further his education. His curriculum included medicine, psychology and religion as well as the art of divination, which Asians have long considered to be a worthy skill.(7) Usui Sensei also became a member of the Rei Jyutu Ka, a metaphysical group dedicated to developing psychic abilities.(8) He had many jobs including civil servant, company employee and journalist, and helped rehabilitate prisoners.(9) Eventually he became the secretary to Shinpei Goto, head of the department of health and welfare who later became the mayor of Tokyo. The connections Usui Sensei made at this job helped him to also become a successful businessman.(10)

The depth and breadth of his experiences inspired him to direct his attention toward discovering the purpose of life. In his search he came across the description of a special state of consciousness that once achieved would not only provide an understanding of one’s life purpose, but would also guide one to achieve it. This special state is called An-shin Ritus-mei (pronounced on sheen dit sue may). In this special state, one is always at peace regardless of what is taking place in the outer world. And it is from this place of peace that one completes one’s life purpose. One of the special features of this state is that it maintains itself without any effort on the part of the individual; the experience of peace simply wells up spontaneously from within and is a type of enlightenment.

Usui Sensei understood this concept on an intellectual level and dedicated his life to achieving it; this is considered to be an important step on Usui Sensei’s spiritual path. He discovered that one path to An-shin Ritsu-mei is through the practice of Zazen meditation. So he found a Zen teacher who accepted him as a student and began to practice Zazen. After three years practice, he had not been successful and sought further guidance. His teacher suggested a more severe practice in which the student comes close to death.(11)

However,Usui Sensei misunderstood his teacher and thought he meant that he must actually die. So with this in mind he prepared for death and in February, 1922, he went to Kurama yama to fast and meditate until he passed to the next world. In addition, we know there is a small waterfall on Kurama yama where even today people go to meditate. This meditation involves standing under the waterfall and allowing the water to strike and flow over the top of the head, a practice that is said to activate the crown chakra. Japanese Reiki Masters think that Usui Sensei may have used this meditation as part of his practice. In any case, as time passed he became weaker and weaker. It is now March, 1922 and at midnight of the twenty-first day, a powerful light suddenly entered his mind through the top of his head and he felt as if he had been struck by lightning; this caused him to fall unconscious.

As the sun rose, he awoke and realized that whereas before he had felt very weak and near death, he was now filled with an extremely enjoyable state of vitality that he had never experienced before; a miraculous type of high frequency spiritual energy had displaced his normal consciousness and replaced it with an amazingly new level of awareness. He experienced himself as being the energy and consciousness of the Universe and that the special state of enlightenment he had sought had been given to him as a gift. He was overjoyed by this realization.


Inscription on Usui Memorial, Saihoji Temple, Suginami, Tokyo, Japan.

Inscription on Usui Memorial.

Mochizuki, lyashi No Te. See note 3.

Yamaguchi, Light on the Origins of Reiki, 61.

10 Shiomi Takai, “Searching the Roots of Reiki,” The Twilight Zone (April 1986): 140–143. This article can be viewed on the web at (Note that this Japanese magazine is no longer in business.)

11 In an alternate version of this story it is said that Usui Sensei’s personal life and business had failed and that he had gone to Kurama yama to meditate to gain clarity on what to do to solve his problems: Shiomi Takai, “Searching the Roots of Reiki,” The Twilight Zone (April 1986): 140–143.

When this happened, he was filled with excitement and went running down the mountain. On his way down he stubbed his toe on a rock and fell down. And in the same way anyone would do, he placed his hands over the toe, which was in pain. As he did this, healing energy began flowing from his hands all by itself. The pain in his toe went away and the toe was healed. Usui Sensei was amazed by this. He realized that in addition to the illuminating experience he had received, he had also received the gift of healing.(12)

Usui Sensei practiced this new ability with his family and developed his healing system through experimentation and by using skills and information based on his previous study of religious practices, philosophy, and spiritual disciplines. He called his system of healing Shin-Shin Kai-Zen Usui Reiki Ryo-Ho (The Usui Reiki Treatment Method for Improvement of Body and Mind) or in its simplified form Usui Reiki Ryoho (Usui Reiki Healing Method). It is important to know that Usui Sensei didn’t create Reiki as there were other methods of Reiki healing in Japan prior to Usui Sensei creating his method.(13)

In April 1922, he moved to Tokyo and started a healing society that he named Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai (Usui Reiki Healing Method Society). He also opened a Reiki clinic in Harajuku, Aoyama, Tokyo. There he taught classes and gave treatments.(14)

The lowest degree of his training was called Shoden (First Degree) and was divided into four levels: Loku-Tou, Go-Tou, Yon-Tou, and San-Tou. (Note that when Mrs. Takata taught this level, which in the West we refer to as Reiki Level I, she combined all four levels into one. This is most likely why she did four attunements for Level I.) The next degree was called Okuden (Inner Teaching) and had two levels: Okuden-Zen-ki (first part), and Okuden-Koe-ki (second part). The next degree was called Shinpiden (Mystery Teaching), which is what we call master level. The Shinpiden level includes, Shihan-Kaku (assistant teacher) and Shihan (venerable teacher).(15)

Contrary to previous understanding, Usui Sensei had only three symbols, the same three we use in the West in Reiki II. He did not use a master symbol. This fact has been verified by Hiroshi Doi and by research done by Hyakuten Inamoto, Arjava Petter and Tadao Yamaguchi.

In 1923, the great Kanto earthquake devastated Tokyo. More than 140,000 people died and over half of the houses and buildings were shaken down or burned. An overwhelming number of people were left homeless, injured, sick and grieving.(16) Usui Sensei felt great compassion for the people and began treating as many as he could with Reiki. This was a tremendous amount of work, and it was at this time that he began training other Shihan (teachers) so that they could help him more quickly train others to be Reiki practitioners and help the sick and injured.(17) It was at this time that he further developed his system of Reiki including devising a more formal Reiju (attunement) process.

Demand for Reiki became so great that he outgrew his clinic, so in 1925 he built a bigger one in Nakano, Tokyo. Because of this, his reputation as a healer spread all over Japan. He began to travel so he could teach and treat more people. During his travels across Japan he directly taught more than 2,000 students and initiated twenty Shihan,(18) each being given the same understanding of Reiki and approved to teach and give Reiju in the same way he did.(19)

The Japanese government issued him a Kun San To award for doing honorable work to help others.(20) While traveling to Fukuyama to teach, he suffered a stroke and died March 9, 1926.(21) His grave is at Saihoji Temple, in Suginami, Tokyo, although some claim that his ashes are located elsewhere.

There were many hands-on healing schools in Japan at the time Usui Sensei started his school. These other schools were not part of Usui Reiki.(22) There may have been some connection between Reiki and MahiKari and Johrei as these two Japanese religions have a Reiju like (attunement) process and offer people healing through the hands.(23)

After Usui Sensei died, his students erected a memorial stone next to his gravestone. (This is the memorial stone pictured on page 14.) Mr. J. Ushida, a Shihan trained by Usui took over as president of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, and was responsible for creating and erecting the Usui Memorial stone and ensuring that the grave site would be maintained. Mr. Ushida was followed by Mr. lichi Taketomi, Mr. Yoshiharu Watanabe, Mr. Toyoichi Wanami, and Ms. Kimiko Koyama. The current successor to Usui Sensei is Mr. Kondo, who became president in 1998.

Contrary to what we have been told in the West, there is no “lineage bearer” or “Grand Master” of the organization started by Usui Sensei—only the succession of presidents listed above.(24) The twenty teachers initiated by Usui Sensei include Toshihiro Eguchi, Jusaburo Guida, Ilichi Taketomi, Toyoichi Wanami, Yoshiharu Watanabe, Keizo Ogawa, J. Ushida, and Chujiro Hayashi.(25) Contrary to one version of the Reiki story, Chujiro Hayashi was not the successor to Usui Sensei, but rather Mr. J. Ushida as previously mentioned. It is also important to note that the four presidents of the Gakkai that followed Usui Sensei, were Shihan who had been trained directly by Usui Sensei, thus assuring that the Gakkai understanding, practice and teaching methods were the same as that of Usui Sensei.


12 Doi, Iyashino Gendai Reiki-ho, Modern Reiki Method of Healing, 48. This story has been passed down within the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. According to Doi, it is also written in ‘Kaiin no tame no Reiki Ryoho no Shiori’ (Guide of Reiki Ryoho for the members), September 1, 1974.

13 To read more on this topic go to:

14 Yamaguchi, Light on the Origins of Reiki, 63–64..

15 Walter Lubeck, Frank Arjava Petter, William Lee Rand, The Spirit of Reiki(Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus Press, 2003), 15.

16 “Earthquakes Tokyo-Yokohama,” Encyclopedia Britannica (1997), CD-ROM.

17 Frank Arjava Petter, Reiki Darma Newsletter Number 31, January 1, 2011.

18 Reiki News Magazine (Spring 2011): 18 for a photo of Usui Sensei and the twenty Shihan.

19 Yamaguchi, Light on the Origins of Reiki, 63–64.

20 Takai, The Twilight Zone, 140–143.

21 Inscription on Usui Memorial.

22 According to Toshitaka Mochizuki, lyashi No Te, Taireido was started by Tanaka Monihei. Tenohira-Ryouchi-Kenkyuka, which means “The Association for The Study of Palm Treatments,” was started by Toshihiro Eguchi, who learned healing from Usui Sensei before founding his own group. Eguchi also wrote books on healing, which are now hard to find. Jintai-Ragium-Gakkai, which means “The Human Body Radium Society,” was founded by Matumoto Chiwake, and Shinnoukyou-Honin was a religious group founded by Nishimura Taikan, whose method was called ShinnouKyouSyokusyu-Shikou Ryoho, meaning “Violet Light Healing Method.”

23Winston Davis, Dojo, Magic and Exorcism in Modern Japan (Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 1980).

24Frank Arjava Petter, Reiki Fire, (Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus Light, 1997), 26. ISBN 0-914955-50-0.

25This list comes from the research of Frank Arjava Petter.

Chujiro Hayashi 

Before his passing, Usui Sensei had asked Hayashi Sensei to open his own Reiki clinic and to expand and develop Reiki Ryoho based on his previous experience as a medical doctor in the Navy. Motivated by this request, Hayashi Sensei started a school and clinic called Hayashi Reiki Kenkyukai (Institute). After Usui Sensei’s passing he also left the Gakkai.

At his clinic he kept careful records of all the illnesses and conditions patients who came to see him had. He also kept records of which Reiki hand positions worked best to treat each patient. Based on these records he created the Reiki Ryoho Shinshin (Guidelines for Reiki Healing Method).(26) This healing guide was part of a class manual he gave to his students. Many of his students received their Reiki training in return for working in his clinic.(26)

Hayashi Sensei also changed the way Reiki sessions are given. Rather than have the client seated in a chair and treated by one practitioner as Usui Sensei had done, Hayashi Sensei had the client lie on a treatment table and receive treatment from several practitioners at a time. He also created a new more effective system for giving Reiju (attunements).(28) In addition, he developed a new method of teaching Reiki that he used when he traveled. In this method, he taught both Shoden and Okuden (Reiki I&II) together in one five-day seminar. Each day included two to three hours of instruction and one Reiju.(29)

Because of his trip to Hawaii in 1937–38 prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he was asked by the Japanese military to provide information about the location of warehouses and other military targets in Honolulu. He refused to do so and was declared a traitor. This caused him to lose face, which meant he and his family would be disgraced and would be ostracized from Japanese society. The only solution was seppuku (ritual suicide), which he carried out. He died honorably on May 11, 1940.(30)

Hawayo Takata 

The following is a summary of Mrs. Hawayo Takata’s version of her early years leading up to her contact with Reiki at the Hayashi clinic:

She stated that she was born on December 24th, 1900, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. Her parents were Japanese immigrants and her father worked in the sugar cane fields. She eventually married the bookkeeper of the plantation where she was employed. His name was Saichi Takata and they had two daughters. In October 1930 Saichi died at the age of 34, leaving Mrs. Takata to raise their two children. 

In order to provide for her family, she had to work very hard with little rest. After five years she developed severe abdominal pain and a lung condition, and she had a nervous breakdown. Soon after this one of her sisters died and it was Mrs. Takata’s responsibility to travel to Japan, where her parents had resettled to deliver the news. She also felt she could receive help for her health in Japan. 

After informing her parents, she entered a hospital and stated that she was diagnosed with a tumor, gallstones, appendicitis and asthma.(31) She was told to prepare for an operation but opted to visit Hayashi Sensei’s clinic instead. 

Mrs. Takata was unfamiliar with Reiki but was impressed that the diagnosis of Reiki practitioners at the clinic closely matched the doctor’s at the hospital. She began receiving treatments. Two Reiki practitioners would treat her each day. The heat from their hands was so strong, she said, that she thought they were secretly using some kind of equipment. Seeing the large sleeves of the Japanese kimono worn by one, she thought she had found the secret place of concealment. Grabbing his sleeves one day she startled the practitioner, but, of course, found nothing. When she explained what she was doing, he began to laugh and then told her about Reiki and how it worked. 

Mrs. Takata got progressively better and in four months was completely healed. She wanted to learn Reiki for herself. In the spring of 1936 she received First Degree Reiki from Dr. Hayashi. She then worked with him for a year and received Second Degree Reiki. Mrs. Takata returned to Hawaii in 1937, followed shortly thereafter by Hayashi Sensei and his daughter who came to help establish Reiki there. In February of 1938 Hayashi Sensei initiated Hawayo Takata as a Reiki Master. 

To summarize Takata Sensei’s Reiki background, she traveled from Hawaii to Japan to tell her parents about the death of her sister. Having been diagnosed with several ailments, the main one being asthma, she was guided to Hayashi Sensei’s clinic in Tokyo and after receiving four months of Reiki treatments was completely cured.(32) She wanted to learn Reiki in order to continue treating herself and also to take it back to Hawaii to share with others. Hayashi Sensei allowed her to work at his clinic and also began giving her Reiki training. She worked one year at the clinic and eventually received the Shinpiden level (Reiki Master). Hayashi Sensei officially acknowledged this in Hawaii on February 21, 1938, and also stated that she was one of thirteen Reiki Masters trained by him.(33)


26 A translation of this healing guide can be found on page 63.

27 Frank Arjava Petter interviewing Tsutomo Oishi, a member of Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai.

28 Rand, “An Interview with Hiroshi Doi, Part 1.” 13.

29 Yamaguchi, Light on the Origins of Reiki, 28.

30 Ibid., 69.

31 Vera Graham, “Mrs. Takata Opens Minds to Reiki,” The (San Mateo) Times, May 17, 1975.

32 Patsy Matsura, “Mrs. Takata and Reiki Power,” Honolulu Advertiser, Feb. 25, 1974.

33 This information was recorded on Mrs. Takata’s Reiki certificate and in Mrs. Takata’s handwritten notes dated May 1936. A copy of her Reiki certificate is included in the article How Hayayo Takata Practiced and Taught Reiki.

Takata Sensei practiced Reiki in Hawaii, establishing several clinics, one of which was located in Hilo on the Big Island. She gave treatments and initiated students up to Reiki II. She became a well-known healer and traveled to the U.S. mainland and other parts of the world teaching and giving treatments. She was a powerful healer who attributed her success to the fact that she did a lot of Reiki on each client. She would often do multiple treatments, each sometimes lasting hours, and she often initiated members of a client’s family so they could give Reiki to the client as well.

It was not until after 1970 that Takata Sensei began initiating Reiki Masters. She charged a fee of $10,000 for Mastership even though the training took only a weekend.(34) This high fee was not part of the Usui system, and she may have charged this fee as her way of creating a feeling of respect for Reiki. She said that one should never do treatments or provide training for free, but should always charge a fee or get something in return. She also said that one must study with just one Reiki teacher and stay with that teacher the rest of one’s life.(35) In addition, she did not provide written instruction or allow her students to take notes or to tape record the classes and students were not allowed to make any written copies of the Reiki symbols. She said that Reiki is an oral tradition and that everything had to be memorized.(36) While this is generally true, she didn’t always teach the same way and in at least one class she allowed her students to take notes and gave them handouts.(37)

It is not certain why she said Reiki is an oral tradition or why she taught Reiki this way. What we do know from our research in Japan and the research of others is that these rules are not part of the way Usui Sensei or Hayashi Sensei practiced Reiki. In fact, Takata Sensei received a Reiki manual from Hayashi Sensei indicating that the oral tradition was not how Hayashi Sensei taught.(38) In addition, Takata Sensei taught Reiki differently than howshe had been taught. She simplified and standardized the hand positions so that every treatment would be the same. She called this the “foundation treatment,” containing just eight hand positions.(39) She also eliminated the Japanese Reiki Techniques.

Before Mrs. Takata made her transition on December 11, 1980, she had initiated twenty-two Reiki Masters.(40) These twenty-two Masters began teaching others. However, Mrs. Takata had made each one take a sacred oath to teach Reiki exactly as she had taught. This made it difficult for most of them to change, even though some of her rules made it more difficult to learn, which seemed to go against the nature of Reiki.

This version of the history of Reiki from Usui Sensei to Mrs. Takata relies on verifiable information that has taken a long time to reach the West. In addition to the reasons for this mentioned earlier, there are a number of others. After Hayashi Sensei died and World War II ended, Takata Sensei stated that all the other Reiki Masters in Japan had died during the war and that she was the only Reiki Master in the world.(41) Therefore, most people refrained from researching the history of Reiki, thinking she was the only authority. Many of the Masters she initiated also discouraged people from doing such research, stating that it was not needed, as their knowledge of Reiki was complete. Add to all this the fact that the Gakkai had become a secret society along with the linguistic, cultural, and geographic barriers that separated the United States from Japan, and it is easy to see why most authors simply accepted her story as true without seeking verification. Most did not realize that the organization started by Usui Sensei still existed in Japan and that contact with them, while difficult, was still possible.


34 Bethel Phaigh, “Journey into Consciousness,” 130. Other Masters initiated by Mrs. Takata have confirmed that she gave Reiki Master training in a weekend.

35 We know that Keizo Ogawa took Reiki Master training from Usui Sensei and lichi Taketomi, so it is not likely this rule came from Usui Sensei.

36 “Mrs. Takata Speaks,” audiotape. This was also explained to me by Bethal Phaigh in 1981 when I took Reiki I from her.

37 William Lee Rand, “Takata’s Handouts,” Reiki News Magazine (Summer 2009): 58. This article contains the handouts and notes taken during one of her classes.

38 A translation of this manual is in Reiki, The Healing Touch on page 63.

39 John Harvey Gray and Lourdes Gray with Steven McFadden and Elisabeth Clark, Hand to Hand, The Longest-Practicing Reiki Master Tells His Story (Gray, 2002), 93.

40 Before she died, Takata Sensei created a list of the twenty-two Masters she had initiated. They are: George Araki, Dorothy Baba (deceased), Ursula Baylow (deceased), Rick Bockner, Barbara Brown, Fran Brown (deceased), Patricia Ewing, Phyllis Lei Furumoto, Beth Gray (deceased), John Gray (deceased), Iris Ishikura (deceased), Harry Kuboi, Ethel Lombardi, Barbara McCullough, Mary McFadyen, Paul Mitchell, Bethel Phaigh (deceased), Barbara Weber Ray, Shinobu Saito, Kay Yamashita (Mrs. Takata’s sister), Virginia Samdahl (deceased), and Wanja Twan.

41 Graham, “Mrs. Takata Opens Minds to Reiki.” This is also stated on her Reiki flyers dated July 1975 and June 1976.

Reiki Since Mrs. Takata 

Reiki energy is very flexible and creative, treating each unique situation with a unique response and working freely with all other forms of healing. The Reiki energy itself provides a wonderful model for the practice of Reiki. This began to be acknowledged gradually after Takata Sensei passed on. In the mid-1980s, Iris Ishikura, one of Takata’s Masters, trained two Reiki Masters at a more reasonable fee and made them promise they would also charge a reasonable fee. The Masters trained by Ishikura at this lower fee began training many other Masters in turn. Out of this group, many were open to change and began allowing the wisdom of the Reiki energy to guide them in the way they should practice and teach Reiki. Because of this, restrictive rules began to fall away. Reiki classes became more open and more supportive of the learning process. Workbooks were created, notes and tape recordings were allowed, reasonable fees were charged, and many began studying with more than one teacher. All this generated greater respect for Reiki. It also increased people’s understanding of Reiki and improved their healing skills. With lower fees, the practice of Reiki began to grow quickly and spread all over the world. It is estimated that there are at least 1,000,000 Reiki Masters in the world today with well over 4,000,000 practitioners, and the numbers continue to grow!

I learned Reiki I on the Big Island of Hawaii in 1981 from Bethel Phaigh, who had learned from Mrs. Takata. In 1982, I received Reiki II from Bethel. I loved Reiki and started a Reiki practice. Because of the high fee for Reiki Master training and other restrictive rules, I did not think that becoming a Reiki Master was part of my spiritual path. However, Reiki has a way of guiding us in the way we should go, and through a number of coincidences and fortunate circumstances I met Diane McCumber in 1989. She was a Reiki Master of the Ishikura lineage and was charging a very reasonable fee to train Reiki Masters. I took her training and began to teach.

I chose to allow the Reiki energy to guide how I would teach. Rather than adhere strictly to the rules set by Takata Sensei, I wanted to do everything I could to help my students learn Reiki and use it in a way that was right for them. If they wanted to start a Reiki practice or to teach, then I wanted them to be as successful as possible.

To further this purpose, I took everything I had learned about Reiki to that point, organized the information and placed it in a class workbook that included drawings of the Reiki hand positions, which I then gave to my Reiki students. I have continued to expand and update the workbook until it evolved into the workbook you are reading now.

From the beginning, I encouraged students to take notes and to tape record my classes; I openly answered all questions and actively encouraged my students to do well. I taught the value of developing one’s intuition and having confidence in one’s experience and personal decision-making abilities. Knowing that one can always learn more, I continued to study Reiki from others and eventually took the Master Training from four additional Masters including two from Japan. This added to my understanding of Reiki, as each teacher had gained many unique insights about how Reiki works and how to practice it. I make it a point to acknowledge the value of other teachers and practitioners. In my travels, I continue to exchange Reiki information with them, looking for new information to use and pass on to others.

Because I based my Reiki practice on the process of working in harmony with the qualities and values apparent in Reiki energy and following Reiki’s guidance in carrying out my plans, my classes were filled with students right from the beginning.

A newsletter was started in 1990 that continued to grow in size and readership and in 2002 became the Reiki News Magazine.

Wanting to maintain high standards for Reiki, I started a teacher certification program (now called our Center Licensed Teachers program) that required additional training and takes about three years to complete.

In 1995 a website was started ( that offers over 300 free articles on Reiki and lots of resources for those wanting to practice or teach Reiki. We also have a web store, which offers class workbooks, Reiki tables, and other products helpful to Reiki practitioners and teachers. (

We began the Center for Reiki Research in 2009 ( Staffed by seven Ph.D qualifed researchers, it contains references and summaries of all Reiki research studies published in peer-reviewed journals, a list of 70 hospital Reiki programs, and many useful articles and other features to help those interested in promoting an evidence-based understanding of Reiki. We’ve also started our own research study on pain in orthopedic patients due to be completed in 2012.

In 2010, we created a professional Reiki Membership Association ( The current membership of over 1300 Reiki practitioners and teachers offers Reiki sessions and classes across the U.S. and in some foreign countries.

The text above is reprinted from Reiki the Healing Touch by William Lee Rand. Permission is granted to reprint the text onto your web site as long as you use the entire text and do not make changes and indicate that the source is from

Reiki – The Basics

How Reiki Works


stoLife force flows within the physical body though pathways called chakras, meridians and nadis. It also flows around us in a field of energy called the aura. Life force nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their vital functions. When this flow of life force is disrupted, it causes diminished function in one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body. 

The life force is responsive to thoughts and feelings. It becomes disrupted when we accept, either consciously or unconsciously, negative thoughts or feelings about ourselves. These negative thoughts and feelings attach themselves to the energy field and cause a disruption in the flow of life force. This diminishes the vital function of the organs and cells of the physical body. 

Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached. This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away. In so doing, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way. 

Read more about Reiki here.

What to Expect During a session

Reiki (pronounced ray key) is a spiritual life force or vital spiritual energy that resides in all things.  During a Reiki session, a therapist channels this energy through him/herself into the patient to activate the natural healing process of the client’s body in order to restore physical and emotional well-being.  English speaking persons usually refer to reiki as “universal life energy”.

A typical Reiki treatment is an hour long.  The recipient wears comfortable clothing and treatments takes place on a massage table with soft music playing in the back ground.   Depending upon the recipient’s preference, the treatment will either be “hands on” or “hands above”.  In a hands above treatment my hands are above the client’s body and work in the etheric body.  In a hands on treatment, I gently place my hands on the client’s body.

Clients report feeling a warm, gentle flow of energy through their bodies during a Reiki treatment. Reiki energy goes where it is most needed to heal the root cause of disease. I am intuitively guided as to where I place my hands and what symbols (if any) to use. I also use a drop or two of essential oil to enhance the client’s experience of releasing and healing.

After a Reiki treatment, the recipient often feels warmth or tingling in the area being treated.  A state of deep relaxation, combined with a general feeling of well-being is usually the most noticeable immediate effect of the treatment, although emotion releases can also occur.

It is believed that Reiki energy goes where it is most needed and can continue to work in the body for a period of time after the treatment has ended, usually up to three days.

A series of three or more treatments, typically at intervals of one to seven days, is usually recommended.  Regular on-going treatments are often used with the aim of maintaining well-being.  The interval between such treatments is one to four weeks.

While randomized clinical trials assessing the efficacy of Reiki have been inconclusive, these trials have not reported any significant adverse effects from the use of Reiki.


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SoulCollage® -Discover Your Wisdom, Change Your World™

Soul Collage 6 Soul Collage 5Soul Collage is an intuitive process for self-discovery and community developed by Seena B. Frost, M. Div. from the Yale Divinity School, M.A. in psychology from Santa Clara University. She has been a psychotherapy clinician and supervisor in California for over thirty years.

Soul Collage is process of selecting images and making them into a collage.  Each image represents some part of yourself.  You will fit theses images together to form a collage that speaks to your heart.  The images are picked by intuition and then crafted together by imagination to form a “soul inspiring” card.

After you have created your card, you will ask a series of questions and “dialogue” with it in order to understand the message the card is bringing from your soul to your conscious mind.

  • The first question you will answer is “Who are you”?  The answer begins “I am one who …”
  • The second question is “What do you have to give to me?”
  • Third, “What do you want from me?”
  • The fourth questions will answer the question “How will I remember”?
  • The fifth question is “What is your shadow side?”
  • Sixth, “What is the core meaning of this card?”
  • And finally “What is its essence?”

You will create four groups of cards: Committee (the psychological/personality of your life); Community (collages of the people, pets, events, etc. that helped to shape your life); Companion (the energies that have impacted you: animal and spirit guides); and finally Council (the Archetypal and Spiritual influences in your life). The cards become a story of your life and assist you in surprising ways to explore your Soul, your Shadow, and your inborn gifts.  They often bring to the surface the unknown parts of the self.  While you will work on your cards individually, a portion of each group is for sharing your card and what it means to you.

Once you have assembled at least 20 cards, you will be able to do readings about yourself and your life. Select the image to learn more about SoulCollage®. Soul Collage is for anyone who wishes to gain a greater understanding of her/his life and life’s purpose.  It is fun, inspirational, and life changing.


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“What I enjoy about SoulCollage® is how my higher self directs me to pic images with which to form a collage and then how the finished card “speaks” to me. Now that I have about 25 cards, I can do “readings” with them. I ask a question then shuffle the cards and pick three. I let the three cards speak to me as the answer to my question. SoulCollage® is a way of communicating with your higher self.” -Ann VanDyke

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The Goddess Within Series


Do you desire to live more abundantly, more joyously, and more in line with your Divine mission here on earth?  In this class you will learn about and connect with your Divine Feminine thru the 9 personal chakras and 2 of the transpersonal chakras.  This class meets once a month for 12 months.  Each session we will work with a different goddess.  Each goddess will teach a valuable lesson that empowers you to be the best you can be and to bring forth your own Divine Feminine.  If this speaks to you, then this is the class for you!

goddessfaceThis program includes:

                    • Monthly class.
                    • A notebook and all materials.
                    • Goddess charm bracelet
                    • Laminated image of each goddess.
                    • Loving and supportive community in which to grow
                    • Certificate of Completion


Read more about the Goddesses HERE

Ann - croppedAnn Van Dyke has a Master of Arts degree in psychology, is claircognizant and uses her intuitive skills to help people find their truth.  She is a Reiki Master/Teacher and a Karuna Master/Teacher.  She teaches all levels of Reiki and Karuna Healing Modalities.  Over the last 35 years, she has helped countless people find their centers and empower themselves.  Ann can assist you to find your own Higher Truth, clear old tapes and to live more productively, joyously, and abundantly.

Goddess Within—Gaia, Yemanya, Maeve




Gaia“First in my prayer, before all other deities,
I call upon Gaia, Primeval Prophetess . . .
The Greek great earth mother.”

Gaia emerged from Chaos, an amorphous, gaping void encompassing the entire universe, and surrounded by an unending stream of water.

Gaia, the beautiful, rose up,
Broad blossomed, she that is the steadfast base
Of all things. And fair Gaia first bore
The starry Heaven, equal to herself,
To cover her on all sides and to be
A home forever for the blessed Gods.

In her sleep, Gaia gave birth to Uranus, the “Universe” and Pontus (the Sea and the God of the Sea.  Uranus, bursting with love for Gaia showered her with fertile rain and this is how Gaia gave birth to the rest of creation.

Oh Goddess, Source of Gods and Mortals,
All-Fertile, All-Destroying Gaia,
Mother of All, Who brings forth the bounteous fruits and flowers,
All variety, Maiden who anchors the eternal world in our own,
Immortal, Blessed, crowned with every grace,
Deep bosomed Earth, sweet plains and fields fragrant grasses in the nurturing rains,
Around you fly the beauteous stars, eternal and divine,
Come, Blessed Goddess, and hear the prayers of Your children,
And make the increase of the fruits and grains your constant care, with the fertile seasons Your handmaidens,
Draw near, and bless your supplicants.

~Orphic Hymn to Gaia~ translated and interpreted by Virginia Stewart, M.Ed.



YemanyaYemanya is a powerful orisha of the Yoruba religion in Africa and Brazil.  There are at least 3 legends concerning her beginnings:  she is the Mother of All, where all life came from the sea;  she is the daughter of Olokun who is beyond gender and is associated with the sea, unfathomable wisdom, and the unconscious; finally,  she is the daughter of Obatala  and the granddaughter of Olorun who provides the vital energy  (ah-shay) for all of living existence.  Regardless of which legend is most meaningful to the individual, Yemanya represents the power of the Divine Feminine and the creative principle.

Yemanya is the ocean, the essence of motherhood and a fierce protector of children.  Her Christian counterpart is Mother Mary.  She is the spirit of water and was present in the beginning.  She is often pictured as a black mermaid.

Her name comes from the Yoruba words Yeye omo eja and means “Mother whose children are like fish”.  This represents the vastness of her motherhood, her fecundity, and her reign over all living things.  She is the Queen of the Ocean, the feminine principle of creation and the spirit of the moonlight.  Fourteen Yoruba goddesses and gods came from Yemanya’s womb, and the breaking of her uterine waters caused a great flood which created the oceans.  She possesses the secrets of the depths of the oceans.  She is also a “moon goddess” as the moon controls the movements of the tides.

Yemanya does not easily lose her temper; but when she does, she is like a storm at sea: wildly and indiscriminately violent and destructive.

Yemanya’s number is 7, a link to the 7 seas.  Her colors are blue and white representing water, and silver representing moonlight.  She is known by many names, among them: Yemanya, Yemaya, Lemanya, Janaine, and Yemalla.

Yemanya’s first gift to humanity was a sea shell in which her voice could always be heard.

Yemaya, Blessed Mother of the Seas,
Let Your Sacred Waters wash over me.
Mother, embrace me, Your humble child.
Cleanse me, Nurture me, Sustain me.
Yemaya, Beautiful One.
You Who wears the Seven Skirts of the Seven Seas,
Swirl around me and create a flow of energy
that can wash away all bane.
Yemaya, Mistress of the Moon,
Shine Your light onto me,
And fill me with your magic.
Help me to accomplish my goals
Yemaya, Healing Ocean Mother
I ask You to fill me with Your Healing Energy
Let Your Cleansing Waters wash over me
Heal me with Your Regenerative Powers.



MaeveMaeve, also known as, Queen Mab Mab, Mabh, Medb, Medhbh, is the magnificent Warrior Queen of Faeries.  Her name means “intoxication”; perhaps because men became “intoxicated” with her beauty, power, and wealth? She rules from the Connaught wilderness in western Ireland.  In the height of her power, no mortal king could reign in Ireland unless he was married to Maeve, Queen of the Other world.

Maeve was once the supreme ruler of the fae, allowing mortal and faery to work together on a respectful plane.  She was dethroned by her son, Oberon.  Under his rule mortals began to stray from the old ways, becoming ignorant towards the fae, not leaving cream and honey or cakes for them.  Mortals began to regard the fae as childish fantasies that never existed.

Maeve demanded Oberon change his ways or relinquish his throne.  Oberon banished Maeve from his kingdom, which he called the “Seelie Kingdom”.  Maeve took refuge in the far reaches of the faery realm organizing the “Unseelie Kingdom”.    Neither kingdom has pre-eminence thus, a balance between the Seelie and the Unseelie was reached.  Although Maeve respects this balance, she is interested in shedding moral ignorance.

Maeve had a reputation for being competitive and always getting what she wanted.

She demanded that she be above all others, even the kings to whom she was a consort.  One day she was lying in bed with her consort, King Ailil.  They compared possessions.  Ailil was attempting to prove he owned more that Maeve.  Point for point, Maeve matched his possessions, all but one:  a magical bull.

Determined to match Ailil, gathered her armies to steal the magic bull of Cooley in northern Eire.  After a bloody battle in which her handmaiden, Locha, was killed, Maeve wins the magic bull.  However, upon returning home her magic bull and Ailil’s bull fling themselves upon each other, tearing each other to bits and dying.

The faeries are believed to be descendants of the Picts (painted people), an early Celtic civilization in Britain, Scotland and Ireland.  These diminutive peoples were fond of tattooing their bodies or embellishing themselves with war paint.  In Ireland, they were called the “Cruithni”: the people of designs.  These people were primarily a nomadic agrarian culture.  They wanted to escape the Iron Age Invaders; thus, they retreated into the faery realms.

While Maeve and her army of faeries can be very helpful, they can also be tricksters.  If you make a choice to work with Maeve and her faerie legions, be sure to thank them and leave them small treats.  Maeve is fond of crystals; thus, you might want to leave small crystals lying around where she can find them.

Oh Maeve, Warrior Queen

empower me.

I call upon your magic

to help me be all that I am.

You are like the acorn.

So tiny, just a wisp. Yet,

Your power is like the mighty oak.

Help me Maeve.

Help me release my power.

Blessing to Queen Maeve.



Everyone is intuitive, everyone!  Most people don’t pay close attention to or act on their “intuitive hits”; thus, they never develop good intuition.  Yet most people would acknowledge they often get “gut feelings” about what to do or not to do.  Those “gut feelings” are intuition rising up to give the individual information about his/her life.

In the August 31, 2011 issue of Psychology Today  Francis Cholle gives us some insights on intuition.

Instinct and Intuition, as I define it, is this:Intuition 1

• Instinct is our innate inclination toward a particular behavior (as opposed to a learned response).

• A gut feeling—or a hunch—is a sensation that appears quickly in consciousness (noticeable enough to be acted on if one chooses to) without us being fully aware of the underlying reasons for its occurrence.

• Intuition is a process that gives us the ability to know something directly without analytic reasoning, bridging the gap between the conscious and nonconscious parts of our mind, and also between instinct and reason.

In essence, we need both instinct and reason to make the best possible decisions for ourselves, our businesses, and our families. Unfortunately, many of us—even when we experience success using this lesser acknowledged part of us-are uncomfortable with the idea of using our instincts as a guidance tool. We are embarrassed to say that we follow hunches, we mistrust the sometimes-cryptic messages that our instincts send to us, and consequently we diminish our capacity to leverage the power of our own instincts when we need them most. Our discomfort with the idea of relying on our instincts is based on millennia of cultural prejudice.

Think of the common phrase, ‘‘We are not like animals.” It tells us that the assumed difference between humans and animals is humans’ ability to reason with our instinctual impulses, and the unspoken message is that reason is a higher and better quality to possess. The thing is, not only are we like animals, we are animals. However, we are animals with the distinct advantage of having both instinct and reason at our disposal. So we don’t actually have to reject either morality or instinct; rather, we have the capacity to honor and call upon both.

We don’t have to reject scientific logic in order to benefit from instinct. We can honor and call upon all of these tools, and we can seek balance. And by seeking this balance we will finally bring all of the resources of oubrain into action. Until about a hundred years ago science wasn’t even aware of the role of our unconscious, but studies now show that only 20 percent of the brain’s gray matter is dedicated to conscious thoughts, while 80 percent is dedicated to nonconscious thoughts.

So, speaking logically (no pun intended!), how could we possibly be making the best decisions for ourselves without including the nonconscious parts of our being?
Now that we have this figured out—how do we include intuition into our everyday life? Since we’ve spent so long ignoring or dismissing this aspect of self, how do we now successfully re-integrate it into our practical decisions? The answer is simple: dialogue it.

Here are three ways to listen to that internal voice and allow its guidance into your everyday life:

1 – Keep a journal. Writing your thoughts and feelings down on paper—even if you “think” you have little to say—helps the nonconscious mind open up. You may find you’re writing words and phrases that don’t make sense to you, or stir emotional responses rather than intellectual responses. When this happens, it leads to:

2 – Turn off Your Inner Critic. Often times we rationalize away those voices within. This time, listen without judgment. Allow the inner dialogues to happen without fear or ridicule.

3 – Find a Solitary Place. A place where you can allow emotions to flow freely is an imperative part of finding and retaining the building blocks of intuition. Here you may also want to create an emotional connection to an object, a color, a piece of music or literature – anything that will allow feelings to stir that are solely from within and do not carry intellectual or rational reasoning.

These three exercises will aid you in creating a new, deeper relationship with the self, help clarify that inner voice, and allow you to bring your true instinctual awareness back into your rational everyday life.


Intuition 2Have you ever wondered if you could develop your intuition?  You can!  Everyone has intuitive ability, but not everyone pays attention to his/her intuition.  Developing your intuition is like learning any other skill – you learn the basic tenets or activities of that skill and then practice those basics.

In this exciting series of 12 classes you will learn how to develop and use your intuitive ability.  This series of classes is co-taught by Ann Van Dyke and Beki Wise.  Topics to be explored are reading and working with energy, clairvoyance, claircognizance, clairaudience, clairsentience, remote viewing, psychometry, using pendulums, channeling, and mediumship.  There are two classes for practicing your skills class 6 and class 12.

Reading and working with energy, clairvoyance, claircognizance, clairaudience, clairsentience, remote viewing, psychometry, using pendulums, channeling, and mediumship are skills that can be learned and practiced.  These skills are all “intuitive’ skills.  Thus, learning about them will allow you to develop your intuitive abilities.

Is it time for you to “ramp up” your intuition by learning and practicing intuitive skills?  In reading and working with energy, you will learn to read and manipulate energy.  In clairvoyance, claircognizance, clairaudience and clairsentience you  will learn what the “clairs” are and how to work with them.  Remote viewing will teach you the practice of seeking impressions about a distant or unseen target using subjective means, in particular, extrasensory perception (ESP) or “sensing with mind”.  Psychometry will teach you how to “read” objects that you hold in your hand.  You will learn how to use a pendulum to obtain information and make decisions.  

Channeling is a natural form of communication between humans and angelic beings, nature spirits, non-physical entities or even animals and pets. In this class you will learn how to channel information from these sources.  Mediumship is the ability to mediate communication between spirits of the dead and living human beings.

These are fun and exciting classes.  You will be in the company of others who are seeking just like you.  Come join Ann and Becky and learn just how “intuitive” you are.

Soul Collage

What is a Soul Collage?

Soul Collage is an intuitive process for self-discovery and community.  A collage is created by intuitively selecting images and then imaginatively fitting the images into a collage that symbolizes or reveals your Soul, your Shadow, and your in-born gifts.


Thursday June 18th in Golden  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Thursday July 16th in Golden  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Thursday August 20th in Golden  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Soul Collage 1 (1) Soul Collage 2 (1) Soul Collage 3 (1) Soul Collage 4 Soul Collage 5 Soul Collage 6

Reasons to Forgive

girUntil you forgive the one who hurt you at both the emotional and spiritual levels you are tied to them by Karma. To heal the karma, you must forgive yourself and the one who hurt you. Forgiveness is a decision to let go of resentment and thoughts of revenge. It does not mean that you condone what the person did. It does not mean you deny the other person’s responsibility for hurting you. Forgiveness doesn’t minimize or justify the wrong. In fact, the hurt may always remain a part of your life, but forgiveness can free you from its grip on you and help you focus on other, positive parts of your life. Forgiveness can even lead to feelings of understanding, empathy and compassion for the one who hurt you. Forgiveness brings a kind of peace that helps you go on with life. Forgiveness brings freedom to grow and heal. Letting go of grudges and bitterness can make way for compassion, kindness and peace. Lower your blood pressure, reduce symptoms of depression, and much more!