The Reiki Rue Trail

During this season of renewal, recharge, re-direction, and ritual, my personal Reiki practice has been unfolding down new, revealing rues (paths). With all the energetic debris that collects within our personal sphere, Reiki as a balancing practice is a most allied friend. As a life management tool and sacred self-care practice, the benefits of reiki reveal themselves by lifting our level of consciousness, transforming our vibratory signature and mental/emotional programming, and turning fragmented outer/inner chaos into a coherent, integrated ease of living. I invite you to take stock in your season of life, savor slow, and rejoice as you follow each falling leaf through the beautiful cycles of decay and re-birthing.

~ Katherine R.

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Upcoming Event இ Friday, November 2

Love the handful of earth that you are.
— Pablo Neruda

Silence is a forgotten language. The village well is a forgotten meeting place. On November 2nd, I will be hosting an evening where we celebrate both (sound & silence). Join me for a small community gathering of meditative sound, uplifting stillness, and restorative energy balancing. This will be a casual evening of conscious self-care (yoga attire), where we will unwind our grip, awaken in self, connect in community, and explore the quality of the silence that the sound leaves behind for us. This is a casual, no-frills celebration of self-love and inter-connectedness. Come comfortably and don’t forget your yoga mat and socks. Light refreshments will be served. A large portion of all donations will benefit The Gentle Barn. More details below

COME இ SIT இ STAY AWHILE

~ Katherine R.

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Your Word of the Day

Sound is the resonance of who you are.
— Chloe Goodchild

We practice intention with what goes into our mouths (i.e., the chilis pictured), but what about what comes out of our mouths via our words?  Let's ask ourselves: What do the words I utter say about me?  What values do my words embody?  What do the words I think, my inner dialogue, say to me?  What is my verbal signature?  Words have energy.  Words are energy.  Words create or destroy, allowing us to expand luminously or dwindle.  Words are catalysts and allies in our manifestation of healing, peace, and positive transformation.

According to Chloe Goodchild, the Aborigines believe in the notion that we have the capability to sound a whole new world into being.

Don Miguel Ruiz writes about "being impeccable with your word" in The Four Agreements.

I invite you to cultivate a daily practice that uses the rich beauty of language to create more harmony, more love, more connection, and more alignment...within yourself, beyond yourself.

Let's sound a whole new world into being through our choice of words.  Using our voice for conscious communication, what a privilege and what a responsibility it is.

In authenticity and co-creation,

~ Katherine R.

Today's post is dedicated to Pono Kai's healing and voice, the best Australian Shepherd I know.

Chilis laying out to dry and greet me in Nepal

Chilis laying out to dry and greet me in Nepal

World Animal Reiki Day

Free to be.  Free to Heal.

On February 5th, I invite you to celebrate World Animal Reiki Day together.  In honor of all animal beings and the love and wisdom that they impart on us, I am offering a Free 30-minute Reiki Healing Distance Session and Ritual for your beloved animal companions.  Spread the Reiki Ripple with me.  Please connect to sign up and for details.  Promotion expires February 7, 2018.

In love and respect for all animals, our planet, and our collective well-being,

~ Katherine R.

Beautiful beings that graced a travel journey

Beautiful beings that graced a travel journey

Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a [beautiful] traditional African concept with a rich history.  In “About the Name”, it is described as the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.  Leymah Gbowee describes it as, “I am what I am because of who we all are” and Desmond Tutu expressed it as, “My humanity is inextricably bound up in yours. We belong in a bundle of life.”  However beautiful, it's difficult to corral the essence of this worldview into language.  Let's give it life through our choices. We are all connected in The Reiki Ripple.

Beautiful souls that graced a travel journey

Beautiful souls that graced a travel journey

Wabi-Sabi

What is wabi-sabi?  

My distillation of the philosophy and aesthetic wabi-sabi:

A Japanese concept that emphasizes finding beauty in the natural imperfections of nature and life cycles; honoring the wisdom and gifts harboured within such authenticity and transience.

 

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Timeless & True

As the calendar page turns, the Reiki Ripple (as I term it) of healing and growth continues to expand within us and outstretch without.  Thank you for choosing to be a positive agent of change within your world and beyond.

Sound Therapy, Soul Healing

Sages say that the quieter you become, the more you can hear.  I would follow that the more you do this, the more you can understand.  Be still in the noise of the world and listen, truly listen to your inner sound and to the Universe's sound ("uni" meaning one and "verse" meaning song, or "one song").  In stillness, we find the space where our inner sound meets Universe.  It is in this space that we learn our soul and align connectedly as one.  ~ Katherine R.

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Wild Peace & Grace

Life.  Messy.  The grace of nature never fails to sustain, console, uplift, and redeem me.  In stillness and openness, I listen, I learn, I grow.  As fires burn too close to home, and life aches and beckons new expansion, these two poems hold space and healing balm today.  I am deeply grateful that they found me, as I am for the beautiful sisters who shared them my way and for the beautiful authors whose poetic words quench, heal, pacify.  ~ Katherine R.

The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

 

When We Plant a Rose Seed in the Earth by W. Timothy Gallwey

When we plant a rose seed in the earth, we notice that it is small, but we do not criticize it as "rootless and stemless." We treat it as a seed, giving it the water and nourishment required of a seed. When it first shoots up out of the earth, we don't condemn it as immature and underdeveloped; nor do we criticize the buds for not being open when they appear. We stand in wonder at the process taking place and give the plant the care it needs at each stage of its development. The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be constantly in the process of change; yet at each state, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is.

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Rainwater & Zenebe

~ So, we listen to the lullaby of the rain.  Listening to the messages it insightfully whispers to us, we welcome them into our lives.  We hold hands tightly as it pours and drenches us but we stay open and still, and then comes the warmth, only then, after we’ve truly braved the discomfort. ~ K.R.

I love the rain.  In Japan, where Reiki holds roots, I would be fascinated by the rain chains (kusari-doi) that clinked in applause as the water flowed down them and collected for families to use.  I am captivated by how each drop falls long, dances as it lands, quenching the earth and gifting a sense of purification, renewal, stillness.

My daughter’s name would have been Zenebe, “raining” in Amharic (Ethiopian), Zen for short.  That’s how much I love the rain.  To love it is to embrace that which most others cower from, much like difficult emotions, trying decisions, loss, and so on.  It’s beautiful when we can look up into the rain, embrace it, find the beauty, the gifts.

A few days ago, my preschool-aged son said to me, “Mami, look at what a beautiful day it is”.  As I examined the gray, overcast sky, I was filled with humble love and appreciation.  I joined in his celebration.  I loved his reminder that we are the creators of our perception, of our reality, and in each moment, we direct the weather vane to “make our own weather”.  He reminded me that we ultimately choose to dance in the rain or hide and run from it.

There is no rainbow without rain.

Love the rain. 

Dance with me ~

Katherine R.

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Giving Tuesday - Give & Receive

Some say, "it is better to give than to receive".  I believe that "it is better to give and to receive".  In celebration of Giving Tuesday, an annual global giving movement, and in gratitude for all that I have and don't have, I am offering a very special offer, a complimentary 30-minute in-person or distance Reiki healing session, to all those who make a donation to The Gentle Barn (www.gentlebarn.org).  Please email me at katherine@reiki-native.com to sign up and for further details.  Promotion expires December 7, 2017.  

For the love of animals, our planet, and our collective healing,

~ Katherine R.

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Honoring Native American Wisdom

Yesterday, the day after the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, was the designated Native American Heritage Day (holiday).  This got me thinking about the meaning of the word native, with all of its complexity, and for all that it can represent.  It got me thinking about how I love to learn from and honor heritages other than my own.  Honoring the richness of the fabric of humanity every day, in some way, is important to me.  I always find myself within it—always do.  It got me reading.  Now, it has me sharing today’s musing with you.  

As I write this note, I am boundlessly grateful for the seals barking outside, as they relish in the rolling, misty fog that soothingly and refreshingly blankets us this afternoon.  I am grateful for these still moments, with my black lab underfoot, where I can listen—truly and actively listen—to living nature, to its whisper, and to be anointed by its delicate magic.  I am grateful to share a few words here with you, along with the following beautiful Native American prayer that found me today.  I feel so fortunate to be held by these wise words today—precisely what I needed.  Thank you to the Puebloans for inspiring me in so many ways today.  Indeed, we are all connected, and their courage and wisdom is woven into our present.  Thank you for sharing this moment with me.  

Love ~ Katherine R.

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