Midnight Song

Often, life seems to be at a standstill for a long, long time. and then change comes quickly, unexpected. In the summer heat, it’s hard to imagine the turning of the season, but there it is, on a single sheet with a big eye that sees all.  This leaf fell for me...

Gaining Mastery, Knowing Nothing

This weekend, I took a Reiki masters class in a lineage called “Komyo Reiki Kai” which was started by a Japanese Buddhist monk named Hyakuten Inamoto. Mr. Inamoto trained with both Japanese and Western Reiki Masters, and has been a translator for Hiroshi...

Giving Up Not Doing Something, and Doing It Your Way

Yom Kippur occurred on a Saturday this year, which gives the normally austere-feeling holiday (Repent! Atone!) a different flavor. Sabbath is the day of lounging and eating heavy food that makes you want to doze on the floor afterwards, and joking out with family and...

Missing the Mark

Tonight, I was in the middle of giving a Reiki session, when I remembered what I had forgotten. This blog. Simple oversight. A few days after I officially became a Reiki master, it was Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, my favorite part of which is a ritual called...

Completing School Just as Others Dive Back In

On Saturday, our Reiki masters group, together since the spring of 2009, celebrated the closing of a chapter as teacher and students by doing a ritual along the Shenandoah River. We gathered in a circle, lit incense, and were guided by Luann to go our separate ways...

If You Could Choose A Name, What Would It Be?

Nomen est omen. (Names are destiny) — Ancient Roman saying Names are, on one hand, super important. According to Jewish tradition, God’s most mystical name, a 72-letter tag that was revealed to Moses at the Burning Bush and with whose help he parted the Reed...