Friday, December 23, 2011

Reiki Newsletter-January 2012

Dear All,

Our dear friend Tony organizes a “Distant Reiki Experiment” every year for 10 years (yes, this is quite a Cincinnati Reiki Holiday tradition now!). The purpose is to help Reiki practitioners charge their goals with Reiki for the New Year. It’s that time again. You are all invited to participate in this experiment. This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday January 1st at 3pm EST. To sign up and get the instructions click:

You can still participate if you don’t sign up. At 3 pm on Sunday, please use the following statement of intent during whatever process you choose to send Reiki so we can all focus the energy in the same direction: “I would like to send pure Reiki Energy to fully and completely empower and manifest each goal posted to the Distant Reiki Experiment's website; and to heal and empower every practitioner participating in this event as well as the Earth.”
May all your wishes come true...!

As my tradition in every January Newsletter, I’d like to share some tips on how you can create your resolutions and use Reiki for their materialization.
Ø Manifesting a reality starts with clear intentions (remember Secret: The Law of Attraction). What you focus on, you attract to your life.
Ø Express your New Year resolution with clarity. Instead of saying “I want to be happy”, define happiness. Say “I want a new job that will bring my highest potential” or “I want to be in a relationship where we can share and grow together”. In stead of “I want a new car” say the model and the color and add any other details as possible. This shows how clear you are with your goal.
Ø Always use positive statements in current tense. Instead of saying “I don’t want to be sick”, say “I am completely healthy”.
Ø Visualize yourself as already accomplished your wish or resolution, i.e. you can visualize yourself at the front yard of your dream home, at the office, or in a loving relationship. Visualize as many details as you can.
Ø Think about what emotions you’d have when you accomplish your goal. Add that emotion to your vision. Feel the breeze of the ocean or sand in the beach, warmness of the sun in your face when you’re in your dream vacation. Feel the joy, the happiness, the contentment of accomplishing your goal.
Ø To empower your goals with Reiki; you can simply write down your resolutions on a piece of paper or visualize it.
Ø Activate Reiki by saying an intention or affirmation like “I’m opening myself to Reiki”. Feel the gentle current of Reiki.
Ø If you know Reiki symbols use them at this time. If you are using visualization, beam Reiki to the image as if it’s in a screen in front of you. If you prefer to write it down, take the piece of paper into your palms and provide Reiki.
Ø Send Reiki to the image or to the paper for 5-10 minutes, or as long as you feel necessary. .
Ø Well, the work starts after you send Reiki. Make an action plan and work towards your goal. I’ve just updated my personal OGSM (Objectives, Goals, Strategies and Measures) and I’d be glad to work with you individually if you’d like to create yours. This is a tool I’ve adapted from corporate world. It starts with having a vision, mission, achievable goals, and measurable targets for your goals. It works amazingly!
Ø It’s also very important to prepare yourself for your goal and bring your surrounding conditions ready for the materialization of your wish, i.e. check internet resources for healthy diets, how to learn a new skill, etc. One thing I often do is to talk about my goals to my family and friends. The more you talk about your goals, the more you’re inspired and get closer to them. It’s also important to surround yourself with people who’ll support you and your goals.
Ø Always remember you are worth it and you deserve it!
Ø Probably the most important aspect is not to cling to the outcome. Remember it’ll be materialized only if your goal is aligned with your life plan and if it’s for your utmost good. Trust the Divine order for that.

Meditation Meet-ups on 2nd Sundays at 9 am - January 15th 9:00am - 9:45am at Grace Tree Yoga Studio
I’m facilitating monthly Meditation group meetings at Grace Tree Yoga Studio every second Sunday of the month. Join me each month to experience the dynamics and support of meditating as a group. Each meet-up will begin with a brief introduction for newcomers on the basics of meditation and a grounding meditation. The rest of the time is open for everyone to have their own experience. All are welcome. Free (Love offerings accepted).

Reiki World Peace Meditation on Wednesday January 18 7:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Join thousands of people around the world to send Reiki for World Peace. You can download the World Peace cards from William Rand’s web site:

Reiki Level 1 Class on Saturday January 21st from 9:30 am till 6:30 pm $100
Spread the word to your friends and loved ones. This class incorporates Japanese Reiki elements and empowers anyone to tap into your highest potential. Class proceedings will support my special project: Essential Element:Water and will support building water wells in Africa to bring clean drinking water to thousands.

Yoga and Reiki: The Perfect Couple February 5 1 pm-3pm at Grace Tree:
How do Yoga and Reiki relate to each other? Yoga is an ancient spiritual science that leads to well-being, peace, balance and even self-realization. Reiki is a spiritual healing method that balances, heals and helps to bring the “Divine-self out”. Practiced together, they can support each other and lead the practitioner to the ultimate goal, “self-realization” or being the “Great Bright Light”. This class will explore and compare different pillars of both Yoga and Reiki, and give you practical tips on how to use both modalities in your self-development. It’s perfect for all level of practitioners of both practices.

Wishing you all a happy New Year filled with abundance of health, peace, prosperity, love, and joy.
Reiki hugs,
Love & Light,
Zeynep “Premdasi” Yilmaz

Thursday, December 1, 2011

When I found about the letters exchanged between Saicho and Kukai, I was just blown away. Imagine two young monks, carefully chosen, to travel to China to study Buddhist teachings and to bring back the select texts to Japan. The year was 804! This is the beginning of a journey of friendship, hope, anticipation, collaboration and rivalry. One of the monks was Saicho, later to be the founder of Tendai School of Buddhism, the other was Kukai, the founder of Shingon school of Buddhism. Even though the storm separated their ships and they each went their own separate ways in China, the passion and dedication of these two men, unknowingly, impacted the history of religion in Japan and in some subtle ways our practice as Reiki practitioners.
To tell you little more about Saicho, the founder of Tendai Buddhism, just imagine him as a 19 year old monk who has retreated to Mount Hiei for 12 years! Prior to his trip to China and his uncovering of T’ien-t’ai teachings, Saicho made the following promises as written in one of his earlier works; “Ganmon” (vows) .
*1) So long as I have not attained the stage where my six faculties (five sense and the mind) are pure, I will not venture into the world.
2) So long as I have not realized the absolute, I’ll not acquire any special skills or arts (such as medicine, divination, and calligraphy).
3) So long as I have not kept all of the precepts purely, I’ll not participate in any lay donor’s Buddhist meetings.
4) So long as I have not attained wisdom, I will not participate in worldly affairs unless it to be benefit to others.
5) May any merit from my practice in the past, present, and future be given not to me, but all sentient beings so that they may attain supreme enlightenment

This deep dedication to practice continued throughout his entire life, as he founded an education system for monks, and established retreat centers in mountains for Tendai monks to meditate uninterrupted from distractions of daily life. Saicho’s administrative reforms paved way to a more autonomous order of monks that eventually opened new interpretations of Buddhist practices and flourishing of Tendai Buddhism in Japan.

So, what does this all have to do with Reiki?

Mikao Usui was a Tendai Buddhist. One common thing, I found, between Saicho and Mikao Usui, is the importance they gave to practice of precepts. Even though the precepts we are talking about here are different (Mahayana precepts vs. Reiki precepts), both men, Saicho and Mikao Usui, in principle thought that precepts were the foundation of spiritual practice. Saicho, for almost all of his life time, fought for substitution of existing Hinayana precepts with Mahayana precepts and gave the practice of precepts utmost importance. For Saicho the perfect practice was: practicing the precepts, practicing the meditations, and studying the teachings such as Lotus Sutra.
Although Saicho retreated in Mount Hiei for 12 years, and later established a retreat center in Mount Hiei , he also gave utmost importance to practice of precepts for the lay people. Amongst the pillars of practice, Saicho thought the practice of precepts could be practiced by anyone at any time. He thought that even if one doesn’t have time for meditation or mental ability to practice sutras, everyone could practice precepts.

For Mikao Usui, the Reiki precepts were the foundation of Reiki practice. We later learned that Mikao Usui started his spiritual teachings by teaching the Reiki precepts.
These two men who lived 1100 years apart influenced our lives as Reiki practitioners. Saicho giving utmost importance to the practice of precepts as the foundation of spiritual practice of Tendai Buddhism and Mikao Usui by making the Reiki precepts the foundation of the Reiki practice. So, what we need to do is simply: PRACTICE :-)

Just for Today, Do not Anger
Just for Today, Do not Worry,
Be Grateful,
Work Hard
Be kind to all living beings.

Gentle Yoga classes on Thursday nights at 7pm Grace Tree Yoga Studio
Looking for new year resolutions already? Come try a yoga class! We explore a sequence of gently paced Hatha yoga postures designed to stretch, tone, strengthen, and improve balance while increasing breath awareness. Emphasize is on "being" rather than doing. Perfect for all levels, especially those who look for a conscious practice. My portion of the proceedings will be donated to MyCharity:Water to support water drills in Africa.

Reiki Level 1 Class at Wellness Community on Saturday December 3rd
Do you know anyone struggling with cancer? This class is for Wellness Community members and their families. Please contact Wellness Community to register to my upcoming classes. All Reiki classes are free.

Meditation Meet-ups now every 2nd Sunday (Dec 11th) 9:00am - 9:45pm at Grace Tree Yoga Studio
Please mark the NEW Mediation Meet-up time at Grace Tree Yoga Studio. Now it’s in the mornings of 2nd Sunday of the month. Join me each month to experience the dynamics and support of meditating as a group. Each meet-up will begin with a brief introduction for newcomers on the basics of meditation and a grounding meditation. All are welcome. (Love offerings accepted).

Healing Wednesdays at Free food bank in Manna Outreach now every Wednesday 10am-1pm
Please contact Elfriede directly at

Reiki World Peace Meditation on Wednesday December 21st 7:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Coming in 2012:
Reiki Fridays
I’ll provide Reiki sessions on every Friday in January to support MyCharity:Water project. Treatments will be in my home. Sessions will be donation based (suggested donation $100/session). Relax with Reiki and support water wells in Africa. Yummmm…

Reiki 1 class on Saturday January 21,2012:
I’ll teach a Reiki Level 1 class powered with Japanese teachings. Spread the word to your loved ones! More info to come.

Reiki Shinpiden Master/Teacher Training: Frans Stiene is coming back for a Reiki Shinpiden Master/Teacher Training in June 8-9-10, 2012!!! The class is almost full already. Hurry up. For more info:

All other Reiki events (Reiki shares, support groups, clinics) are posted in Ning and FB. Sign up to get invitations to new events. or type CincinnatiReiki at Facebook.

Reiki hugs,
Love & Light,
Zeynep “Premdasi” Yilmaz

‘* From the book: Saicho: The Establishment of the Japanese Tendai School by Paul Groner