Thursday, September 6, 2018
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Sunday, February 11, 2018
I’ve recently been requested my credentials and bio by HR, as one of the meditation teachers who moderate lunch time meditations at work. I’ve not had a bio for my Holistic practices before so this made me think about all the certifications, trainings, workshops I’ve attended over the years. After giving a summary of the relevant credentials, I continued the list to add key trainings and trips that impacted who I am.
When I completed the list (which doesn’t even include a fragment of all the continuous education yoga trainings, day-workshops, shares, satsangs, etc.), I was full of gratitude; I was able to attend so many teachings by so many great teachers. What a privilege! When I completed the list, I felt bad for a second that I spent so much time away from my family. However, I think having these workshops helped me become a happier person (and a better mom, I hope). I think everyone should invest in their happiness in one way or another.
Having said that It certainly helps to dream about what you want to do and where you want to go, Most of these workshops were in my Dream list once so I’d encourage you to create yours.
How do you want to contribute to your happiness? Think about what do you want to do for yourself?
Hint, hint!!! Frans is coming back for Reiki Master Teacher Shinpiden class in April and I’m going to an awesome Meditation retreat in Indiana in May. Let me know if you’d like to join me.
Here is my list:
Trip to Teotihuacan, Mexico City 2002
Reiki Level 1 and 2 with William Lee Rand, Detroit, MI Nov 2002
Meditation workshop with Julie Lusk March 2003- CYS Cincinnati,OH
Reiki ART Level 3 with Gulcan Arpacioglu March 2004 Istanbul, Turkey
Kalachakra Teachings by Dalai Lama in May 2004, Toronto, CN
EFT Workshop with Gulcan Arpacioglu July 2004 Istanbul, Turkey
Reiki Master Teacher with William Lee Rand, Detroit, MI Nov 2004
Trip to Rishikesh, Gangotri, Haridwar and Mandukya Upanishad teachings by N.V.Raghuram- July 2005
Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training (200 hrs), Dec 2005-Apr 2006 Cincinnati, OH
Anusara Yoga -Inner Body Bright by John Friend May 2006 Cincinnati, OH
Kriya Initiation Oct 2006 Cincinnati, OH
Trip to Lake Titicaca, Peru and Bolivia, March 2007
Ananda Kriya Yoga Meditation Retreat May 2007 Nazareth, KY
Atisha’s Lamp for Path to Enlightenment- Teachings by Dalai Lama Oct 207 Bloomington, IN
Reiki Shinpiden Class by Frans Stiene Oct 2008 NYC, NY
Ananda Kriya Yoga Initiation and Ananda meditation retreat Dayton, OH October 2009
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar April 2010 Cincinnati, OH
Heart Sutra teachings by Dalai Lama, May 2010 in Bloomington, IN
Volunteer in Ethics in a Modern World Public talk by Dalai Lama Oct 2010 Miami University, OH
Reiki Shinpiden Class By Frans Stiene July 2011 Cincinnati
Kalachakra teachings Dalai Lama in July 2011 Washington D.C
Trip to Chichen Itza, April 2012 Cancun, Mexico
Ananda Kriya Yoga meditation retreat Sep 2011 Oldenburg, IN
Reiki Shinpiden Class By Frans Stiene June 2012 Cincinnati
Komyo Reiki Traning with Hyakuten Innomoto Sensei in August 2012 DaiBosatzu Monastery Catskills NY
Ananda Kriya Yoga Meditation Retreat Nov 2012 Bergamo Center Dayton, OH
Reiki Shinpiden Class by Frans Stiene April 2013 Cincinnati
Atishas’ Lamp - Teachings by Dalai Lama May 2013 Louisville, KY
Ananda Kriya Yoga meditation retreat Nov 2013 Bergamo Center Dayton, OH
Reiki Retreat by Frans Stiene April 2014 Cincinnati
Reiki Shinpiden Class By Frans Stiene June 2014
PremsadhaSivananda July 2014 Grailville, OH
Breathwork with Leslie Kaminoff August 2014 Columbus, OH
Yoga Retreat with Eric Shifmann Sep 2014 Yellow Springs, OH
Yoga Talk with Stephen Cope Nov 2014 Cincinnati
Yoga Workshop w/Lilias Folan Dec 2014 Yellow Springs, OH
Ananda Kriya Yoga meditation retreat May 2015 Indiana
Reiki Meditation Retreat by Frans Stiene June 2015 Cincinnati
Pilgrimage to Himalayas (Ladakh, Badrinath, Rishikesh, Bodhgaya) with Ananda Oct 2015
John of God Nov 2015 Abadiania, Brazil
Retreat Emerge-n-See by Julie Lusk Jan 2016 Cincinnati
Reiki Shinpiden Class By Frans Stiene April 2016 Cincinnati
Trip to Bhutan, Nepal September 2016
Spiritual Counseling Training at Ananda, Nevada City, CA in Oct 2016
John of God Mar 2017 Abadiania, Brazil
Reiki Meditation Retreat by Frans Stiene April 2017 Cincinnati
Ananda Kriya Yoga meditation retreat May 2017 Indiana
PremsadhaSivananda Talk at Grace tree July 2017
World Happiness Forum Miami, FL Mar 2018 (scheduled)
Reiki Shinpiden Class by Frans Stiene April 2018 (scheduled)
Ananda Kriya Yoga meditation retreat May 2018 Indiana (scheduled)
Monday, August 28, 2017
Last Sunday we have gathered for an iron-man chanting marathon (thanks to Maria Kammerer!), to practice chanting Reiki precepts.
Just for Today
Do not Anger
Do not Worry
Do your work Diligently
Be Compassionate to yourself and all living beings
The precepts seem simple but I’m amazed by the deeper layers one can discover with practice. After our marathon chanting I had two discoveries:
Bear with me on this imagination: Imagine a lantern made from a flexible soft material, almost like silk. It’s like accordion but you can pull from each side and manipulate the lantern. Imagine this lantern has 4 sides and each side has blinds. One side is “Do not Anger”, second side is “Do not Worry”, third side is “Gratitude”, forth side is “ Diligent work”. The bottom end is “Just for Today” the top is “Compassion”.
Let’s build up the lantern from bottom up where the bottom most end is “Just for Today”. This is what grounds the lantern down to Earth (Being Here and Now). The opposite end or top of the lantern is “Compassion”. This is what hooks us up to Heavens. The lantern itself is a bridge between the Earth and Heaven.
If you pull the side of the lantern that represents “Do not Anger”, (i.e. if you practice this precept and be aware of the anger, recognize that it’s only the ego, recognize the root causes of the anger and succeed to transform the anger), the blinds on this side of the lantern opens up to reveal the Great Bright Llight within the lantern.
If you pull the side that represents “Do not Worry”, (i.e. if you recognize that worry is only comes from unsettled mind, it’s just a thought and it’s not aligned with our true nature and if you transform worry to ease), the blinds on this side of the lantern opens up to reveal the Great Bright Light within the lantern.
If you pull the side that represents “Gratitude”, (i.e. if you pay attention to the little miracles of being alive and your heart fills with joy and gratitude), the blinds on this side of the lantern opens up to reveal the Great Bright Light within the lantern.
If you pull the side that represents “Diligent Work”, (i.e. if you utilize your full potential that you came into this world with, that your potential becomes your work and your work is your utmost potential), the blinds on this side of the lantern opens up to reveal the Great Bright Light within the lantern.
If you pull the lantern away from opposite ends, (i.e. you practice Compassion in the Now), all four sides of the lantern are collapsed and there is no lantern anymore and the Great Bright Light is totally exposed.
The second understanding is similar in nature but it is math related. I think there is a math nerd within me waiting to be discovered!
In this one, “Just for Today” or if we simply call it as “Being Here and Now” has a multiplication factor of 0 (Zero).
Whatever you multiply it with (or when you bring this factor at the presence of others), everything else disappears and the result is zero (non-duality or emptiness).
You multiply “Here and Now” with Anger, anger disappears, the end result is zero; you multiply Here and Now with Worry, worry disappears, the end result is zero. You multiply it with Gratitude, there is no need for gratitude anymore, because there is no subject that feels grateful or any objects to be grateful for, the end result is zero. You multiply it with “Diligent Work” there is no one left to work, or any work left to be done, the end result is zero. Multiply it with Compassion and there is no one left to be compassionate for, including the Self. The “Here and Now” is the Golden key to de-activate the need for all others, it’s the zero factor J but look at what remains…
Here and Now x Anger = 0
Here and Now x Fear = 0
Here and Now x Gratitude = 0
Here and Now x Work diligently =0
Here and Now x Compassion = 0
What remains = Great Bright Light
Love & Light,
Sunday, April 2, 2017
I love April because it means FRANS IS COMING TO TOWN!!!! This will be the 7th year, my teacher Frans Stiene is coming to Cincinnati to teach a Reiki event. This year we’re blessed with a 4 day Reiki Meditation Retreat.
Frans is a dedicated practitioner who deepens his own knowledge and experience and reflects it in his teachings. That’s why the same class looks different every year. This is true for the Public Talks too. If you’ve been to his Public talks before, I invite you to come experience it again. I’m sure you’ll get out something different.
The Reiki Meditation Retreat will be on April 21- April 24 in Transfiguration Spirituality Center, a secret heaven in Glendale. The Retreat is open to any serious practitioner; you don’t have to be a Reiki practitioner. Here is the link for registration: http://us.ihreiki.com/events/detail/east-coast_usa_4_day_reiki_retreat1
If you’ve been to a 1 day Retreat or as we call it the Play Day before, multiple it by 4, that’s how much fun it is J
If you can’t make the Retreat, Frans will give 2 free Public talks.
Wednesday April 19th 2017 7-9 pm
Reiki Room of Dayton
848 E Franklin St,
Washington Township, OH 45459
Thursday April 20, 2017 7-9 pm
True Freedom Recovery Yoga
4501 Allison Street
Norwood, Ohio 45212
Besides fun and information, Frans’ Public talks are an energy experience where you get what you need at that point in your life. So, come back again and bring family, friends, kids, especially if there is anyone who is curious about Reiki and you don’t know how to explain it!
While here Frans will give private healing sessions too. There are only few sessions left. Contact me quickly if you want a private session with him. Sessions will be on Thursday April 20th and Tuesday April 25th.
Our next big Reiki event is in May. As you know, we meet twice a year for a fun day to practice together as Reiki practitioners. Next Reiki Day is May 21st, 9:30 AM - 5 PM in Northside. Here's a link to more information. http://www.wherevent.com/detail/Attune-The-Art-CIncinnati-Reiki-Day
Last but not least, there will be a Reiki presentation next weekend at Victory of Light Festival on April 8th at 5 pm in Sharonville Convention Center. Come join to give Reiki if you’re a practitioner, or invite your loved ones to listen about Reiki and get a short hands-on Reiki experience. Patricia and Sundar will be leading this experience and everyone is invited to take part!
Hope to see in one of these events (or may be all!),
Love & LIght,
Friday, February 3, 2017
It's been exactly 15 years since I’ve first heard about Reiki. I still remember those first few months that led me to learn Reiki and all the magical things that happened during those months (and many more in following years).
It was the last week of January in 2002. One weekend, my mother-in-law and I were talking on the phone like we do every week. She casually mentioned that she has learned Reiki in a weekend workshop. I probably wouldn’t believe what I’ve heard if it would have been someone else but I trust my mother-in-law, she is very down to earth and sharp woman. I still couldn’t wrap my mind around how could you touch and heal. I always believed that some people are born with the ability to heal but those were natural healers, I believed. It’s just that I didn’t think anyone could do it.
Of course I went to internet, googled Reiki and there were lots and lots of information, anywhere from free distant attunements to classes charging $10,000. I lay it to rest for a while.
Couple weeks later, in mid-February, I went to Florida for business. I had 1 hour free time until a business dinner. I was driving back to the hotel when I saw a book store in a strip mall. The rest, I’ll never forget….
I made a sharp left turn, parked the car in front of the book store. I walked in to the store. I walked right into an aisle on the left. I walked to the end of the book shelf and reach out and grabbed a book, yes… a Reiki book.
Even today, when I know where the Health/Alternative healing, etc. books are located in a bookstore I can’t find Reiki books at first try. It was simply a miracle to walk right to a store and pick a book, a Reiki book, without searching or even thinking about it. It was like the book jumped to me.
It was Sandy Leir Shuffrey’s Teach Yourself Reiki and the first sentence of the book was that You cannot teach yourself Reiki! It’s because this book is published by ”Teach Yourself” series, it’s called Teach Yourself Reiki. Anyway, I immediately started to read the book, memorized the hand positions and started doing Reiki to myself. It was amazing that even though I didn’t have the attunements, I was feeling the energy. I can’t forget the deep restful sleeps I got those first few weeks.
When I returned home I immediately started looking for classes in Cincinnati.
That journey was quite amazing too. I found couple Reiki Masters and Mira Shukla amongst them who teaches at Tri Health Pavillion. I realized I missed her class by one week and I was going to be out of the country in her next class; and the following class coincided with my sister’s wedding. It was like a curse. Months have passed and I was still chasing a class.
It was September, the schools started and my son’s school had an Open House. There were after school activities accepting registrations during the Open House. My son and his best friend wanted to go to Kumon, an after school reading and math program. I talked to the Director of Kumon during Open House, and registered my son. I grabbed the Director’s business card and it was Mira Shukla. I walked with the card in my hand and read the name few times. I couldn’t believe it, it was the Reiki Master I was chasing for month. I went back to the desk and asked her if she is the Reiki Master Mira Shukla. We both laughed and I told her that I was chasing her classes for months. She promised to let me know for the next class in October. That class got cancelled and I was at the end of my patience. I couldn’t wait any longer. I was reading William Rand’s web site and I was even corresponding with one of his Turkish students. I realized there is a class coming up next weekend in Detroit. I called immediately and the associate said the class was full for weeks and someone just called and cancelled. One spot was available and it was mine. I signed up immediately.
The next day I saw Mira at school. She asked me if I got her phone message. No, I didn’t. She said she left me a message that she was going to teach me a private class because I was waiting for so long. I told her that I signed up to William Rand’s class and I am going to Detroit next weekend.
I went home and there was a red light blinking in the answering machine, which neither me or my husband noticed in last 2 days. I played the message. I couldn’t believe it. I rewind it again. It was an empty message with no recording.
I knew I was supposed to go to William to Detroit.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Reiki and the Five Elements
You may wonder what’s the relationship of Reiki and the 5 Elements and what the practice of 5 Elements could possibly bring to our Reiki practice?
First of all, what I mean by Elements is the building blocks of our “being”. The elements; Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether first defined by ancient Greeks to explain the nature of existence. However similar concepts existed in all ancient cultures around the world. They even say there is also a 6th element, the mind. In short, what I mean is what constitutes our “human being” as body, mind and soul as well as the qualities that makes us a human being and what makes the Universe.
In that sense, I see the knowledge and practice of 5 Elements as a great companion to my Reiki practice. For me, the purpose of Reiki practice is to “be the Reiki”, or to recognize that I’m already Reiki (the Great Bright Light). For me, what this means in practical sense, is to live in a non-dual world with pure consciousness with unconditional happiness and peace, without any anger, fear or worry, with deep gratitude. It means to manifest my highest potential in life, and love my self and all living beings with infinite compassion. A person who lives in this state of mind is well-balanced, in harmony and peace within and with everything around.
How could the practice of Elements help to achieve this state of mind? I think the practice of Elements does it in 2 ways; first by balancing the Elements, the building blocks; so that the person is in harmony within. A person who is in harmony can’t help but be in good health, and good state of mind and eventually in harmony with everything else (non-judging, accepting, surrendering). On the other hand, the practice of Elements also helps to let go of Elements which eventually helps to rid the Ego, the self, so that what stays behind is the True self.
I also see lots of similarities between what the Reiki symbols represent and the Elements. If we look one by one:
Earth element represents groundedness. No wonder one feels safe, secure and free from any fear when grounded. It also reinforces our life purpose. When we ‘re balanced in Earth element, we acknowledge our right to be on this Earth, we recognize our uniqueness and uniqueness of our abilities. Earth element is also nurturing, we nurture our own qualities as well as bringing the best in others. In our body, it’s represented in our bones and muscles.
If we have too much Earth energy, we may be stuck, not flexible and unable to make the next move. Too little Earth energy makes us spacy, not able to make decisions, even angry, agitated and depressed.
Water is about the flow, the flexibility. Water takes the shape of its container, is flexible. Water represents the creativity. Life started in water and even fetus grows in amniotic fluid. Water is represented in our body in all fluids, the blood, the saliva, the recreative systems, kidney and bladder. If we’re balanced in our water element, it gives us the ability to flow with life at ease.
If we have too much water, it’s hard to concentrate and we may lose ourselves in the current of our thoughts and feelings. If we have too little water, we can’t flow to life and dry of creativity.
Fire is the passion. It’s the force behind the action and ambition. Fire is also the power that triggers all of our body systems. It’s represented in our body in digestive system, there is literally a chemical reaction going on, a little fire, in our bodies. The force of fire is transformative, just like it transforms food into energy, it can help to purify us and move to the next stage of our lives.
If we have too much fire, we may burn and deplete ourselves out and may not be tolerant to others. If we have too little fire, we don’t have the ambition to do anything.
Air is about movement, motion and change. As wind blows, separates the clouds and brings out the sun air element can move unnecessary thoughts and bring clarity to our minds. It has the ability to move freely in a playful way and expand to infinite. Air is subtle but powerful, it hosts the prana, the life force. In our bodies, it’s represented in lungs.
If we have too much air, it may be hard to concentrate, focus or grow roots. If we have too little air, we may resist to life and resist to change.
Ether is what holds all elements together. It enables all elements to exist together. It’s open, inclusive and accommodating. It’s represented in our awareness. Our awareness can shrink or expand as space.
When we have too much space, we may be disconnected. If we have too little space, we are confined and stuck.
If we practice balancing our elements, we find ourselves deeply grounded to the earth, we feel safe, secure without any anger, fear or worry and with a correct life purpose, we flow tru life with ease, we’d have the passion for right action and transformation and a clear mind and expanded awareness.
This is the exact same space the 5 Reiki precepts point out: No anger, No worry, Deep Gratitude, Honest action, and Compassion for self and all.
What are the ways to practice Elements? There is a structure called a stupa that represent, amongst many other symbolism, 5 Elements in Buddhism . I was very lucky to visit and circumambulate some sacred stupas (Shanti stupa in Ladakh, Boudhanath in Kathmandu as well Dochula pass with 108 stupas in Bhutan). To my experience the practice of 5 Elements gets very easy when you’re at the presence of a sacred stupa. However, we can’t find a stupa in our everyday life, let alone a sacred one. What we can do instead is a visualization of a stupa in our body or reciting the syllables that represent each Element. With this practice of mindfulness, our elements get in order and balanced which brings balance and harmony inside and out.
|Shanti Stupa in Ladakh, India|
|Boudhanath, Katmandu, Nepal|
|108 Stupas in Dochula Pass, Bhutan|
We’ll practice few of these meditations during the Reiki Day next week. Hope to see you all at Hoffner House in Northside on Sunday September 25th, 2016.
Here is the invite:
Love & Light,