Usui Reiki Treatment for the improvement of Body and Mind

reiki-1This document is a reprint from an earlier BBS archive which eventually made it to my website in the 1990′s, so some material (or my opinions of it) may have changed since then, also, the earlier contact links are no longer valid. You may contact me via this website’s contact form.

In this series I talk about Reiki, and my history with it.  I also discuss some commonly held myths and give a warning about false practicioners of a “fantasized” form of faith healing versus the real-life, certified attuned transmission of Reiki from one person to another.

 

Usui Reiki Treatment for the improvement of Body and Mind

This is kinda a big document, my apologies for not breaking it up into smaller chunks ;)

What exactly is this Reiki “thing?”

The word “Reiki” consists of two older-form Japanese (Kanji) characters “Rei” and “Ki” which together (very loosely, I might add) translate to “Universal Life Force” – in modern Hiragana these characters loosely translate (in one context) to mean “Electric Feeling” which describes one of the sensations one feels when receiving a Reiki Treatment. However, as with the evolution of most language, the more “modern” meaning of the Kanji means something entirely different! So, a “modern-day” Japanese speaker may interpret the characters to mean something like “great spirit” which is still somewhat accurate- Since Reiki is a natural phenomenon which utilizes universal spirit-energy inherent in all things (similar to Qi-Gong or Jo-Rei, other healing modalities) we can theorize that when Reiki was brought to the west, this was the most understandable concept, so the symbols (which sometimes look more Chinese than Japanese) have remained to represent the system of Reiki that is widely practiced in the Americas and Europe. That’s just kinda the way it has “migrated” from Japan, so it stays that way because, well, I suppose because of the fact that most western Reiki Masters don’t speak Japanese nor have they been educated in reading Kanji, Katakana, or Hirigana!

Anyway, a Chijiro Hayashi Reiki Treatment consists of 3 basic procedures (front, head, back) which enable the body’s own internal healing processes to activate, prompting natural healing. This treatment works along with all western and eastern medical practices, is not invasive, and does not require the receiver to undress (or even wear those tacky hospital gowns!) Reiki is a dynamic force that will work “through” clothing, walls, and it is known to work over remote distances. Reiki is not “faith” healing, “psychic” surgery, or other form of “spiritual” healing, although it does work on all levels (mind, body, and spirit) and has been known to produce euphoric states in some people (I usually refer to this as warm fuzzies or just the “Reiki Mushiness” because it feels similar to that mushy feeling one gets while in Love) The Reiki can be described as the natural lifeforce or life-stream energy which emminates from all things, and the Reiki practicioner has been attuned to harness this energy, and direct or re-direct it for the purpose of self-healing or what is often referred to as “therapeutic touch” on others. The great thing about Reiki is that it does not have any harmful side effects, it can be learned by anyone (regardless of previous training) and can be experienced by anyone. Reiki is not a religion, however Reiki Masters must follow strict principles, the basis of which are often described as thus:

The principles of Reiki
(as passed by Hayawo Takata to Rev. Fran Brown)

Just for today…

1. Do not anger
2. Do not worry
3. Earn your living honestly
4. Live the attitude of gratitude
5. Show love and respect to all living things


The original Reiki Ideals
(presented by Toshitaka Mochizuki, perhaps a more “direct” student in the Usui Lineage of Reik Natural Healing)

“The secret art of inviting happiness
The miraculous medicine of all diseases
Just for today, do not anger
Do not worry and be filled with gratitude
Devote yourself to your work. Be kind to people.
Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer. Pray these words to your heart and chant these words with your mouth
Usui Reiki Treatment for the improvement of body and mind
The founder
Usui Mikao*”
*In Japanese, it is proper grammatic structure to place one’s surname/last name before their first name.

Warnings regarding false instruction/practices by those who are merely fantasizing or pretending to have Reiki

This is an announcement to educate and inform prospective Reiki students about the possible dangers and innaccuracies toted by false Reiki Masters- You can usually tell when you have found a false Reiki Master because of:

  • Exhorbitant prices being charged for Reiki classes
  • “Crash course” Reiki instructors, who try to cram a few years worth of training into a single weekend.
  • Self-proclaimed “masters” have stolen symbols, techniques, and attunements and have no actual training.
  • Other self-proclaimed “masters” believe they have “channeled” attunements by mere intention. This of itself should be obvious: You need a LIVING reiki master to pass the attunements on to another LIVING person!

It has come to our attention that there are numerous persons and even groups of people who claim to be Reiki Practicioners or Reiki Masters, when in fact they are merely deceiving you, quacks, or mis-guided students of the same.

These groups’ intent may be to harm the credibility, sacredness, or responsibilities of Reiki, even if not on purpose, naivity is no excuse.

No person or group that has not received certified Reiki attunements from a decentant in the Usui lineage should be teaching or practicing Reiki.

Any person claiming to have “channeled” attunements in place of *REAL* Usui Reiki attunements by a LIVING REIKI MASTER is seriously deluded. Let us look at this from a medical contexts, since Reiki is recognized by the AMA as a valid ( alternative, yes ) medical procedure!

Would you go trust a brain surgeon that, instead of getting the proper education, said he “intended” a four-year degree in a few hours? Of course not.

Reiki, being a medical procedure, should not be treated any differently — as hilarious as it may be, there are actually people believing that, through some cosmic osmosis, they merely have “attained” Reiki training — I do believe people can obtain book knowledge on a subject through telepathy, channeling, etc, but a medical attunement? No. Logically, these people are “pretending” they are Reiki Masters, and may be in need of psychological counsel.

There are also non-Reiki groups who are wildly posting the so-called “sacred” Reiki symbols, most probably in an attempt to defame or discredit the entire Reiki lineage. These symbols are called “sacred” for a reason — for one to use them without proper attunement is damaging to both the giver and recipient. Would you want someone to give you radiation treatments, Xray, MRI, or other scan without proper training and precautions? Would you want someone to infect you with uncontrolled natural forces? Powerful, primordial energies that they don’t even understand? Should Reiki be treated any differently? Of course not.

We refuse to affilate ourselves with any organization whose mission is to impinge exhorbitant costs upon sincere Reiki practicioners, for the mere purpose of affiliation or alliance, which goes against the very nature of the Reiki principles. There is no documented proof that Hayawo Takata paid the alleged $10,000 for her Reiki training, nor do most of the remaining 22 Reiki Masters taught by Takata agree that any successor was mentioned- The general understanding given is that WHEN REIKI MASTER TEACHER TAKATA DIED, SHE LEFT NO SUCCESSOR, as well, not being a REIKI GRAND MASTER herself, had no authority to confer same title on anyone else, including her own relatives – this comes as a great shock to many people who simply haven’t done the research to learn the facts.

How can you, the average person, avoid being scammed? Easy. Check the Reiki Master lineage. Ask the person for references, then check the references.

Ask the teacher about Reiki. Ask them what they will receive in a class. If you are a registered nurse, ask for continuing education credit. Ask about certification. Can they train someone to become a Reiki Master? How long is each class? How long should one wait between the various degrees or levels of Reiki? How much does it cost? What materials will they recieve with their training? Etc..

The Usui Lineage

The Usui system of Reiki Natural Healing is based on the original (Kyoto-based) teachings and subsequent system “Usui Shiki Ryoho” as developed by Chijiro Hayashi (Tokyo, Japan) Hayashi’s system of Reiki was given to Hayawo Takata in exchange for several month’s of hospital maid / housekeeping services, and of such, it is rumoured that Takata sold her house in Hawaii to finish her Reiki training (in Tokyo, Japan with Hayashi). Eventually, Takata made her way back to the states and began informally teaching Reiki, and during her lifetime, (most researchers agree on this) Takata initiated a total of 22 Reiki Masters, whose original intent was to assist Takata’s vision that Reiki would be taught world-wide. 2 of these Reiki Masters, Fran Brown and Beth Gray, had successful Reiki practices in California. Reiki Master Glen Dunning (who taught Christopher 1st and 2nd degree Reiki) was trained by Fran Brown, and Diana Maxwell (who taught Christopher 3rd degree/Reiki Master) was trained by Beth Grey. This is how Reiki Master Sensei, Rev. Christopher Calhoun fits into the Usui Linage (a graphic representation appears below)

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The Reiki Teachings

Usui Reiki is *usually* taught in the following manner, this is taken from Takata’s system, which tends to vary between the various Reiki Masters, thus making it somewhat difficult to establish a “standard” for training! However, after concurring with direct descendants of the original Usui teachings, we have arrived at the conclusion that this way of teaching is suitable for westerners:

First Teaching
The student is given 4 attunements, this attunes them and seals the Reiki energy for life. Once activated, Reiki will not become depleted, there is no need for follow-up attunements or “recharging” of the energy. It is unlimited. Most students are asked to go into a 2-week or so internship, working with and acclimating their body to the flows of the precious Reiki energies. Progressing too rapidly into advanced training may have drastic or adverse effects on the Reiki practicioner’s life condition which may be passed into the lives of those they are performing the Reiki upon- this “training” phase is thus neccesary to ensure that the student develops their ability in the most beneficial way for themselves and others – a Reiki master must be ready to shoulder their students and support their growth, just as any good doctor would be an available “safety net” for their entrusted interns.

Second Teaching
The student has worked with the first teaching for 2 weeks or more, and has become accustomed to the Reiki energy. They are now given 2 additional attunement sets, and sacred knowledge of the Reiki symbols is imparted (if they are ready) and the student is given the formulas for absentee (long-distance) Reiki treatments, the subconcious connection formula, and usually some Advanced Reiki Training (sometimes referred to as A.R.T.) Procedures on “installing” the sacred Reiki symbols may vary between Reiki masters, but the main focus should be to impart each symbol as an individual catalyst, and deter from making “Reiki symbol soup” out of them. Takata enjoyed combining symbols into “formulas” much like herbalists combine herbs for a given effect. Most Reiki masters will go over the most common formulas and how Takata used them (ask us for information on this if you are a Reiki II or greater). Most students are asked to go into an internship of Reiki practice to ensure that the symbols and procedures are working properly for them, before progressing into the deeper mysteries of Reiki.

Third Teaching (sometimes Third and Fourth)
The advanced student has worked with the first and second teachings for a year or so, having become adept and secure in their knowledge and the proper usage of the Reiki treatments. As they are ready to progress to the third level, they will recieve the Master Empowerment Symbol and be able to give Reiki expansion attunements to others. They are given 2 more attunements.

As the student works with this, they are then given the Master Empowerment Formula and are able to attune their own students to Reiki, thus they are granted the title Reiki Master. After teaching for about a year, they may continue into the inner mysteries of Reiki and be granted the very auspicious title of Reiki Master Teacher. Some Reiki master have formed organizations or segregations for their specific style of Reiki. Other Reiki masters have added their own personal dogmas (such as religious or philosophical models, etc.).Other Reiki masters like to add other non-Reiki healing modalities (such as Crystal Healing, Massage, etc.) — ANY OF THESE MAY OR MAY NOT BE OF BENEFIT TO THE STUDENT, depending on their own upbringing and beliefs. Aquiring this seemingly irrelevant knowledge may be offered to a student, but in no way should it be a requirement, even if it includes “reiki-like” symbols, techniques, etc – we still realize that the Usui system was quite simple and worked just fine that way!

usuistory

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As with most oral traditions, there are some variations to this story. Every effort has been made to relate this account as close as possible to what actually occured. Mikao Usui was a teacher in Japan, some say he was a Buddhist priest, while others claim he was a xian minister. There is a notion that Mikao Usui was a medical doctor, but most records indicate that he was not a “doctor” in the western sense, but more so a “doctor” of the mind, his mind adept in teaching, counseling, a well-respected individual and philanthropist. If an actual title existed, it was probably an honorary one, since Mikao did not seem to promote a profound interest in obtaining nor propigating such an affiliation.

One semester, he was teaching about anatomy and various popular medical treatments to the body’s illnesses. Which school has been debated at this point, it may have simply been a lecture room somewhere in or around the Kyoto temple. On such a day, one of his students approached him, and asked, “Teacher, we’ve spoken about many systems of treatment today, but what of the ancient healing ways of the Buddha, and so on? Where did they aquire their healing powers, and how did it work?” Usui was perplexed, not only was this student brave enough to ask a question, but he had asked a question that Usui wasn’t able to answer. Usui told the student that he will make a personal effort to research it, and then if the student was on time for class, he would give him the answer.

But, there were no direct answers to be found, in either eastern nor western medical reference, only a small hint that in some Buddhist sects there exists an order of natural healers, who, without any medical instrumentation do heal the sick and wounded through the laying-on of hands.

( this is generally thought to be Tibetian Buddhism, but actually its more along the lines of Tao Buddhism – I crossed paths with a Tibetian Monk who had been trained in this Tibetian off-shoot of Reiki, which varies somewhat from Usui’s Reiki, both in practice and symbology, oh! off on a tangent there, sorry – back to our story.. )

Well, thought Mikao Usui, this must be the answer. I shall relate this to my students, and that will be that. This, of course, only caused more excitement in his young students, so thirsty for knowledge. He vowed to research the matter further over the forthcoming holiday, as there was a Buddhist temple in a nearby prefecture. (to Americans, a neighbooring county) As Mikao Usui approached the temple, word had already preceded him, and the temple monks had already researched the matter for him and were prepared with a statement. They told him that, yes, such a system existed some time ago, but there are very few who practice it to this day, and even the accounts of this information were written in older languages (such as Tibetian and ancient Sanskrit) which were hard to decipher.

Usui was not yet satisfied, and wanted to study whatever texts were available to him. He became so immersed in this study, that eventually he took leave from his teaching duties so that he could more easily journey to remote places of worship and meditation, where he was told the information was awaiting his discovery. It is often rumoured that Usui spent the latter 20 years of his life in this work, and finally, he found what he was looking for. A compilation of many references to the “universal life force energy” which is now known as Reiki. Unfortunately, these texts were shrouded in mystery, symbolism, and conjecture (like so many other Tibetian texts, written in this way to protect them from the uninitiated). Mikao Usui gathered his research, hoping to make sense of it all, and set off to the sacred mountain in Kyoto, Japan (some say this is Mount Kori-Yama, but most disagree.) To this day, monks will trek up and down Kyoto mountain numerous times a day – it is still revered as a very sacred place, a place of revelation.

This is what Mikao Usui sought, revelation. He had all of the peices, but no clear understanding as how to put them together. It is uncertain where Usui obtained all of the symbols, but the modern legend states that he attained clarity of it through a 21-day fasting meditation, hence, most people undergo a similar 21-day cleansing program before taking Reiki. Takata liked to tell people that Mikao Usui was bonked on the head by a golden ray of light, which sounds very intriguing to western new-agers and xians, while the more practical (and believable) researcher knows that the symbols came from earlier Buddhist texts, and were part of an earlier healing system which pre-dated Reiki, even perhaps hundreds of years BCE.

Usui set-up a small healing clinic and used Reiki to heal the poor, those who could not afford regular medicine, and people of debilitating or severe illness who could not be treated by more traditional forms of medicine. Mikao Usui has been known to teach Reiki to several people, although two of his pupils stand out the most, one being Chijiro Hayashi, a doctor who worked in a hospital in Tokyo, Japan.

hayashistory

hayashi1As with most oral traditions, there are some variations to this story. Every effort has been made to convey this story as close as possible to actual historical events. I am grateful to the kind soul who related this account with me, yet for whatever reason their wish is to remain anonymous – you may however send me your email with your comments and feedback.

Chijiro Hayashi, a Japanese doctor who worked in Tokyo hospital, heard about Usui’s clinic and decided one day to investigate. Out of respect, he attempted to telephone Mikao Usui before coming unannounced, but was unable to reach him – however, Hayashi was so impressed by the accounts given to him by some patients, that he had to make the trip anyway!

When he arrived at Usui’s clinic, it was evening and the clinic had already closed for the day. Usui was working on a patient and could not be interrupted, so Hayashi waited for some time, hoping Usui would finish. However, the treatment took quite a bit longer than Chijiro Hayashi could wait, and the suspense got the better of him so he snuck in to peek at Usui performing his treatment.

Usui sat motionless, his hands resting on the patient – although the windows were open, the room was quite warm. This was odd to Hayashi since there was no visable heat-source. Hayashi, untrained at this point, quietly approached Usui, who came out of meditation to glare back at him. Hayashi quietly asked if his patient were dead, since he was lying motionless on the table before Usui. Usui asked Hayashi to wait outside – and puzzledly, Hayashi bowed before returning to Usui’s “waiting room.”

Some moments later, the man that was lying on the table bounded happily out of the door, in an apparently inebriated state. Hayashi thought that Usui had given him some sort of sedative, which he must have finally awakened.

Usui entered the room, wearing what looked like a monk’s robe and clothing, and, recognizing Hayashi as a doctor, and knowing what Hayashi was thinking, told him that no medications were neccesary for the patient, and that he was using Reiki so that he would be well enough to walk again.

Hayashi was to ask Usui to tell him about this Reiki, but before he had a chance to ask, Usui told him that he was finished for the day and that Hayashi would have to come back another time. Perplexed, Hayashi had no choice but to return home, so he headed back to the train station to return to Tokyo empty handed.

Then something unusual happened. The train to Tokyo would not be arriving that evening, Hayashi had to spent the night in a local inn. He dreamed of Usui’s Reiki, it was so fresh on his mind, he thought, as he awokened the following morning. Hayashi went to the train station and discovered there would be no trains bound for Tokyo that day, because of a special festival that was going on in this area. He asked when the next train would arrive, and he was told they would arrive the following evening.

Well, Hayashi thought, at least while he was here he would have the chance to study Usui’s Reiki. But Usui was nowhere to be found, he had gone into the Temple to help with preparations for the festival. There was a young woman who was administering Reiki for Usui while he was gone, and she was able to explain some of the hand positions to Chijiro Hayashi – he thought it was quite simple and it reminded him of accupuncture – the woman nodded in agreement, and said that the energy works with the body’s Ki, along the energy meridians – being a doctor, Hayashi was able to assist the woman in diagnosing certain ailments, to which the remedy most always seemed to be the same Reiki treatment. Hayashi took notice of this, and asked “if the treatment is always the same, why ask them what’s ailing them?” The woman laughed and said ‘the procedure may be the same, but the Reiki adjusts itself for each patient, it is easier to work on the causes of a complication than to guess how to aid the symptoms” – This made Hayashi angry, because he thought the woman was making fun of him. He decided to leave, and spend the rest of the day on the Temple grounds, looking for Usui, since that’s who he really wanted to see anyway.

When Hayashi arrived at the Temple gates, the color guards would not let him enter, stating that it was a sacred place and only initiates of the Temple could pass during the festival – he would have to come back at a later time when there weren’t any festivals going on. Frustrated, Hayashi returned to his inn – as he entered, he found his belongings neatly arranged in the front room (it was traditional for the inn to do this as guests checked out). He approached the inn keeper and asked why his belongings were there, and they told him it was because his friend had checked out, so they assumed he was leaving as well. When Hayashi told him that he was alone, the inn keeper informed him that another doctor from Tokyo had arrived at the same time he did, and they assumed they were leaving together as well (he later found out this was true, but initially thought Usui did this to frustrate him). Hayashi asked if he could stay another night, but the inn-keeper apologeticaly informed him that all the rooms were full, because of the festival, and that he would have to try another inn to host him for the night.

Hayashi did not find another inn, every one was full. His only recourse was to return to the Reiki clinic, ask forgiveness for leaving, and then ask if they would put them up for the night – this was very difficult for Hayashi, since he was raised in the patriarchal society of traditional Japan!

Hayashi returned to the Reiki clinic, and told the woman his story. Without comment, she agreed to allow him refuge for the evening if he promised to help out for the next 2 days. Reluctantly, Hayashi agreed. The woman gave Hayashi some of the most peculiar tasks, just to see if he would perform them- she was testing him, he knew it. He did not anger, he did not fritter his time away, instead he worked very dilegently and listened to what the woman told him – she told him about how Usui developed his healing system from ancient texts and sacred symbols, and further showed him where to place the hands in a reiki treatment. He knew he would have to return to Usui one day to complete this “training” although the woman made no mention of it.

Hayashi returned to the hospital, and they were glad to see him – he had been gone for 3 days, after all! Hayashi, excited about Reiki, instructed his staff on the positions he learned, but something seemed to be missing – while they had all the “book knowledge” and understood everything, the Reiki just didn’t seem to be as effective as Usui’s. He was surely leaving something out. And then he discovered the OTHER person – the co-worker who had been at the inn during his visit – it was one of the male nurses, he had come from Usui’s clinic to work in the hospital just a few months ago, and he had been given special instructions to “activate” the Reiki in his hands. When Hayashi told this man about the positions the woman was using, the man nodded thank you and then started using them right away! The room filled with the same warmth he had experinced with Usui, and he knew at that moment what was missing – he had to return to Usui to complete the “teaching.”

After about a month, Hayashi was able to make the trip down to see Usui once more, and this time he arrived not as a doctor, but a student. Usui agreed to train him in Reiki only if he would use it at the hospital and, if there were sincere students to be found, to share it with them. Hayashi agreed, so Usui passed his knowledge and energy to him, along with several pages of notes, diagrams, and descriptive charts. Little did Hayashi know what was in store for him!

Hayashi worked with the Reiki energy for some time, and attempted to refine or conform the Reiki teachings for the medical environment, thus, over time, developed the system of hand positions that is commonly taught in western Reiki. Hayashi taught many people about Reiki, however only “passed on” his innermost teachings to a select few. One of these fortunate people was a terminal woman by the name of Hayawo (literally, Hawaii) Takata.

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As with most oral traditions, there are some variations to this story. Every effort has been made to convey this story as close as possible to actual historical events. Send me your email with your comments and feedback.

Chijiro Hayashi was fortunate to be trained by Mikao Usui – one of the great joys of being a Reiki Master is the gift of transferrence, that is, the ability transmit the frequencies of Reiki and pass them from one initiate to the next – one of these fortunate people was a terminally-ill woman by the name of Hayawo (literally, Hawaii) Takata, who just so happened to be in the right place at the right time, she was in Tokyo, Japan while Chijiro Hayashi was working there!

Hayawo Takata was on her last hope, she had tried conventional therapies for her ailments but just was not getting any better. She heard of Chijiro Hayashi from the hospital staff, and soon became very persistent in learning everything she could about Reiki – she felt that it was the answer she had been waiting for. Immediately, it seemed, she developed a sincere fascination with the Usui Reiki teachings, and as it began to help her, wanted to learn more about it. Takata had a complete remission of her terminal condition, and then decided that since Reiki saved her life, she owed it to Reiki to learn how to do it and share it with the mainland, USA, to share it with the hospitals and doctors there. How wonderful, she thought, this would be if Americans could use it to help themselves as it has helped her!

Upon returning to the states, though, as fate would have it, most doctors identified Reiki with “psychic healing” done by Filipinos and “faith healing” done by xians, and “spiritual healing” done by the new-age and pagan crowds! Oh, she was so flaberghasted! How could she explain Reiki to the westerners, who had no concept of Ki or Chi or even such basic “universal life force” energy?

She decided to go back to Japan and study longer with Hayashi, so she sold her house, not knowing when (if ever) she would return to the states, and journeyed to Tokyo, to work in the hospital. Hayashi agreed that if she worked for him at the hospital, he would teach her everything he knew about Reiki. So Takata of course agreed, and thus began what is said to be an 8 month internship where Hayashi eventually enabled and empowered Takata to be the west’s first Reiki Master Teacher! Now that she was able to not only practice Reiki but also transfer and “attune” others to Reiki, she was confident that she would be a better representative to teach Reiki – she returned to Hawaii.

There, as well limited excursions to California, Hayawo Takata instructed a sum of 22 Reiki Masters, and in an effort to preserve the sacredness of Reiki, exaggerated and somewhat fabricated the story of Mikao Usui, changing him from a Buddhist to a Christian, and stating he got his revelations from sparkly bubbles of light (to appease the new-agers) instead of from ancient texts, which would be even harder for ingrained westerners to accept – it seems though, that amidst all of this, the true story of Reiki has remained, and its sacredness has remained in tact for those that chose to uphold its value and, respect the honor of Mikao Usui and his legacy!

Two (2) of Takata’s masters are known as Beth Gray and Fran Brown, and it is from these two Takata-trained Reiki Masters that Diana Maxwell and Glenn Dunning became Reiki Masters (respectively), and from these two Reiki Masters, was taught Christopher Calhoun.

Thus completes the story and lineage of Christopher Calhoun, who has been granted the auspicious title “Reiki Master Sensei” (basically, Reiki Master Teacher) — wait a minute, you are probably wondering (as in martial arts) why there is no “Grand Master” of Reiki, and if you do your research, you will discover that since Takata did not choose to entitle anyone to “pass along” her Reiki directly, and for the obvious reason that Takata herself was not considered a “Grand Master,” one can not call any of Takata’s 22 Reiki Masters (or relatives, for that matter) a “Grand Master,” so sayith the Christopher-Sensei and all his research (there are references I would be happy to discuss for those that wish!) Regardless of that, I do value the Reiki training I’ve been so fortunate to recieve, and of course, it works! :)

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After taking Reiki 1, 2, and 2+ with Glenn Dunning, and completing Reiki 3/Master with Diana Maxwell, Christopher Calhoun immersed himself into intensive studies to find out all he could about the variations of Reiki, different lineages, masters, teachers, and students, and developed the Usui Shiki Ryoho system of Reiki Natural Healing he currently teaches.

He is not affiliated with any Reiki community or group, profitable or non-profit, and teaches Reiki by special arrangement only.

For more details on his classes and requirements, both monetary (if applicable) and spiritual, please contact me through this website’s contact page.

I used to have an email address for this, however it is now hopelessly bombarded with spam, so you can use my personal email instead, or reach me through social media. I am on Twitter, Google Plus, and Facebook. In the event that someone has copied these texts from starlord.net to another site, please ask the website owner to link directly to my twitter account: http://twitter.com/chrcal so at least people can direct message me from there.

About me as pertaining to Reiki

Reiki Master Sensei Christopher Calhoun invites sincere seekers to attend an informal Reiki session, so that you can obtain more detailed information about the Reiki lineage and history. He practices out of the San Mateo Peninsula area (20 minutes south of San Francisco, California, USA) but may travel to other locations if you can organize enough participants (or compensate him for travel expenses) to learn Reiki – each class is taught in 2-day sessions, with alot of hands-on practice – qualifying participants will recieve instruction manuals, certificates, and eligible nurses can receive Continuing Educational (CE) credits (additional registration fees may apply). I am not a marketing person and the intent is not to make money off of this, only to share Reiki with others.

Did you know:

Most medical facilities will reimburse their hospice and RN’s for taking Reiki?
That four-part Reiki story was was just the “short” version!
Reiki was used as part of an in-depth study of alternative therapies at Stanford University
Reiki has been practiced along with modern medicine at Seton Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente
Reiki is more widely accepted in Eastern medicine than it is in the west, even though more westerners know about Reiki!

Want more?

If you are interested in:

Reiki Treatments
Reiki Instruction/Validation
Related Reiki tools, networking, etc.

Then please contact me, and (upon approval) we will send you more information!

 

WIP: Discography links fixed!

I went about fixing the links to the downloadable/playable tracks under the published album pages, this includes Debut, Recovery, Go! Go! Go! and the unfinished/unpublished Blender album. I’ll continue to fix these so people can enjoy them, and perhaps later make better use of WordPress to put them into proper playlists or digital download packs or what-not!

Anyway, enjoy this blast from the past, hope you find some tunes that you like, and if you are an artist, dancer, DJ, use it in meditation groups or just plain like some of this stuff, please do let me know!

Thanks!

Chrcal / StarLord
December 2013

 

Music getting posted to SoundCloud

Hi folks,

Well, figured the tunes on this web server (with many broken links, even though the files are there, they have moved about)…

It was time I posted stuff somewhere where people can enjoy them in the spirit of creative commons, so they are now on SoundCloud — and yes, I am using the newer name that people are getting to know me by the past few years, “chrcal” (take the first 3 letters from my name and surname, there you have it).

Hope you enjoy!

Oh, before I forget, the link:

https://soundcloud.com/chrcal

 

 

More outages at bluehost.com, a new webhost is chosen.

Hi folks, last webhosting rant for awhile I hope…

In August 2013 we saw 19 outages, 11 hours 53 minutes of downtime, or an uptime of 98.4%

Our original contractual SLA with bluehost guaranteed 99.5% uptime or better, but they have since removed this language from their TOS and network status pages. I guess the writing was on the wall, eh? To be fair, bluehost lets you leave at anytime you are dis-satisfied, with no penalty payments or what not, they even pro-rate your unused service and refund the difference. Kudos for that.

Matt had an awesome service back in the day.  Pity the service went the way it did.

Of course, none of the blog sites are a main source of income for me, I don’t do this full-time. But, we can’t afford to be down when people want to read an article, look up an address, view or listen to a broadcast, buy something, post an article, whatever, the sites I manage for other people depend on the webhost to be reliable, and that’s why we are moving them all elsewhere.

I’d like to just get back to posting my little blog articles, music, podcasts, vodcasts, and what not.

As an aside, for those who haven’t been following me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, or other places I post, well, I hope to catch-up on all things StarLord, soon :)

We’ve selected a new webhost and will be moving everything over in the next few days. Our hosting package with Bluehost.com expires next month, and we won’t be renewing it. This new host comes highly recommended from several of my friends…

To bluehost’s credit, we’ve only had 2 outages this month (September) lasting 25 minutes total or 99.92% uptime, but it’s a case of not enough and too late.

You are welcome to check our history of pingdom stats from the past few years if you like, they are public info… though pingdom focuses on ping time (or response in ms) I mostly use this free awesome service to keep track of up/down time…

Is your host better? worse? Feel free to comment here at the website, or via facebook, twitter, et al :)

 

Outages at BlueHost.com worsen, sites get hacked.

I haven’t written a blog article for far too long.

Well, this is more so a customer service rant.

Something worthy of bringing to the attention of our readers, since Matt (the CEO of BlueHost.com, my host for years) left the company, the service gradually went to shit.

For starlord.net, in July 2013, there were 21 outages, response time down to a average of 5467 ms, that doesn’t seem bad when considering it equates to 99.56% uptime, 190 minutes (just over 3 hours) of being completely inaccessible.

But, for me, that is bad.

When you have paying customers who can’t access their website, and podcast subscribers who can’t view posts or listen or watch episodes, that is all bad for business.

Since BlueHost refused to give me status update emails or post things transparently when the stuff goes down (as they promised to do), or even planned outages and maintenance and what not — which I got no word of — we took proactive measures to get outage reports from pingdom, in fact, have been monitoring this on our own for awhile.

Giving a shot at optimism, I thought I would call for some Support and see if they could patch things up. After a few failed voicemail/calls and tickets to bluehost, along with their odd excuse for a live chat help (run by slow responding people who can barely understand tier 1 support, let alone something technical), I threw up my hands and just gave up. They were just not talking to customers anymore.

Then, My wife’s website got hacked in June from an IP address inside bluehost, this means someone logged in and compromised their systems, and then recursively went through and uploaded files to people’s hosted websites. I asked for access logs but never got them. Silence is golden, perhaps they were embarrassed, or just didn’t care?

When questioned, bluehost said that being hacked was not their problem, we are on our own, whatever happens to your website is your own fault for not protecting it. Really? This is the level of security I paid for? It starts sounding like an inside job to generate more sales of their security add-ons to me.

Thus, we started looking for a new host.

 

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