Monday, November 1, 2010

Reiki Newsletter-November 2010

Dear Friends,

We’ve had another awesome Reiki Day on October 3rd and will sure not be the last one. We’ll continue to meet in every six months. Watch out for the announcement for April 2011 Reiki Day soon. This time we’ll have more hands-on Reiki, new techniques and meditations. In the mean time, as promised, I wanted to share the hand-out I’ve had for “Reiki as a Spiritual Path” break-out session.

There is a 15th century Indian poet, Ekanath Maharaj, who in one of his poems pays gratitude to his Guru for helping him see the “Truth”, the eternal truth that is J . I was thinking why I love this poem so much. May be because I too am blessed to have teachers who make me realize things that I couldn’t have on my own.

It took me a similar blessing to get a deeper understanding of Reiki, not only as a method of healing but also as a spiritual path during the Shinpiden class (Reiki Master Teacher training in Traditional Japanese tradition). I always knew Reiki could be a spiritual path if one chose to take it deeper. However, I always had arms length distance to the notion of practicing Reiki as a spiritual path. Honestly, I had the intention to use Reiki as a tool to practice compassion and selfless service to open my heart, to open it to unconditional love.

It’s perfectly fine to practice Reiki as a hands-on healing modality, like many do; but it’s also important to understand the possibilities that Reiki can offer. If one chooses to practice Reiki as a spiritual path, Reiki is equipped with tools and notions that could lead anyone to Enlightenment.

This realization also brought all the different pieces of the Reiki puzzle together for me. Once seen as separate pieces; precepts, symbols, mantras, hands on healing, meditations all came together and most importantly I realized that all these pieces were all steps for the same purpose; leading to “Great Bright Light”, to the “Enlightenment”, “Satori” or as I call “Self-realization”. Not only that, I was able to see clearly how different spiritual traditions, (as I share in this example, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sufism) are all paths that lead to the same destination, the same hill top that when we reach the view is the same no matter which path you follow. Oh well, here it’s all in one page!

Healing Wednesday will be on Wednesday November 17th from 10 am till 2 pm

“Healing Wednesdays” is to reach out to communities that can’t afford Reiki. It’s very fulfilling to provide Reiki to those who need it the most and can’t afford it. People start to line up at the free food bank at 10 am and we offer Reiki to all those who wait in line. Come stop by any time and stay for as long as you want. We take shifts. Contact Elfriede directly to register at What a great way to celebrate my birthday!

Reiki at Victory of Light Festival- Sharonville Convention Center on Sunday November 21st at 5 pm

It has become a tradition to have a Reiki breakout session at Victory of Light! This is one of a kind gathering where we’ll match the audience with Reiki practitioners to give everyone a “Reiki experience” while a group of Reiki Masters talk about Reiki and answer questions. We need help from all Reiki practitioners. This is a great opportunity to spread Reiki and has worked well in the past VOL’s events. Please mark this date down and come join us to help spread Reiki! Feel free to bring your friends or invite anyone who is interested in learning about Reiki. Patricia, Arleen and Gwynne will conduct the session (and we’ll all help). Victory of Light is the largest holistic expo in Cincinnati with 100’s of booths with readers, healers, crystal shops, books, aura photography and all day workshops. Spare yourself some extra time to look around. You can literally spend a whole day there. Please RSVP via Ning.

Reiki Share/Support Groups:

Reiki Support Group meets at the Hospice of Cincinnati in Blue Ash every 2nd Saturday. Next meeting is on November 13th. Pease RSVP directly to Mira if you’d like to join. It’s a great way to ask questions and share experiences. Contact Mira at:

Reiki Share at Northern Methodist Church on Sunday, November 21th (6700 Winton Road, Finneytown, OH 45224), from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Please RSVP by the Friday before to Elizabeth at The fee for this Share will be $10. Light refreshments will be provided.

All other Reiki events (Reiki shares, support groups, clinics) are posted in Ning. Sign up to get invitations to new events.

Zeynep "Premdasi" Yilmaz

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