Reiki as a way of life

Join the Reiki Circle every Tuesday morning from 9:30 a.m.-noon in Room A-2 in the Cottonwood Courtyard.

Join the Reiki Circle every Tuesday morning from 9:30 a.m.-noon in Room A-2 in the Cottonwood Courtyard.

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Reiki is a gentle yet powerful healing energy usually experienced through “laying on of hands” but can also be given at a distance. It works through the wisdom of our own bodies taking in this energy and using it to balance and heal us. One of my daily practices is to give Reiki energy to myself. It starts my day off right!

Dr. Mikao Usui rediscovered this Reiki energy in the late 1800’s and began teaching others. Today there are Reiki Master/teachers and practitioners around the world. Dr. Usui also developed five principles by which to live.

Here is the updated version of the Reiki Principles:

Just for today, I choose peace – We believe that to live in peace is a choice. If we truly desire more serenity and calmness, we can do those things that bring it to us. We can take a walk, meditate, breathe deeply, connect with others, laugh, hold a pet and so forth.

Just for today, I choose joy – Do you fill your day with things that make you happy? Again, it is a choice to balance the “shoulds” with the “desires.”

I live my life in integrity – We may each have a different idea of what integrity means, but we in Reiki believe it is important to be in touch with what it means to you and to let your daily activities reflect that.

I treat all living beings with kindness – This is easier to do in some instances than others. We love to do kind deeds, but believe it is equally important to have kind thoughts. Many of us were raised to judge others, to blame someone (anyone!) when something goes wrong. May we aspire to know that everyone is doing the best they can with the knowledge they have.

I show gratitude for all my many blessings – We are each gifted with blessings, but do we recognize and acknowledge them? The more we are grateful for these blessings, the more blessings we will receive.

If you would like to experience Reiki for yourself we offer you two opportunities. Visit us at the Cottonwood Open House on October 11 from 9:00 a.m.-noon near the stage. Practitioners will give free Reiki demonstrations.

Every Tuesday morning from 9:30 a.m.-noon the Reiki Circle meets in the Cottonwood Courtyard, Room A-2. Here we share meditation and Reiki. We welcome all to join us. There is a love offering.

If you have questions please call Lois Valleau 480-883-6699 or Catharina Cupples 480-883-7747.