Thursday, May 19, 2016

Reiki Newsletter: May 2016

Dear friends,
I did this few times in the past, like after I was trained with Frans in 2008, I called my past students for a re-training based on my new understanding of Reiki.
It happened again, this time, after reading Robert Fueston’s book; Reiki :The transmission of Light; I realized the mistakes I was making during my classes on history of Reiki and I decided to stop talking about Reiki history and simply refer anyone curious about the evolution of Reiki in the West to Robert’s book.
Robert Fueston is one of the pioneer Reiki researchers, and we’re very lucky to have him talk to us on Cincinnati Reiki Day this Sunday, May 22nd.

First of all, I’m fascinated by the effort Robert has spent to find and train with Mrs. Takata’s original masters or their senior students. Robert has compiled and classified how Mrs. Takata’s teachings evolved, including evolution of attunements and he provides a list of practices that are originally taught by Mrs. Takata vs. non-traditional practices adapted later into the system of Reiki.
Oh and the mistakes I was making….I realized that Iris Ishikuro is not Mrs. Takata’s cousin but one of her Master students. Just because I heard this story from my first Reiki Master, I continued the misinformation. Also, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that Mrs. Takata gave priority to spirituality aspect of Reiki and then the physical aspect, and that she allowed her teachings to be taped and it’s not all oral teaching tradition after all. In fact Mrs. Takata was working on a book herself. You may discover many other facts about history of Reiki form Robert’s book.
It’s an incredible opportunity to hear his research first hand from Robert. I can’t wait to listen to him on Sunday. Hope you all can make it. The morning session is for Reiki Masters from 9:30 A.M. until 12:30 P.M $10 (cash only.
Potluck Lunch 12:30-1:30 everyone is invited!
The afternoon session is open for all levels of Reiki practitioners from 1:30-5:00. $10 (cash only)
Please RSVP to Maria Kammerer at

Love & Light,


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Living with 100 things challenge

I’ve been doing an adopted version of the “Living with 100 Things” challenge for a couple of years now. The best thing about this challenge is that you can make up your own rules and goals; and I shamelessly made up mine. I don’t think I could ever do the whole challenge, nor I would want to; but there are people out there who can do it and that’s very inspiring. I bow to them!

One problem with my challenge was my tracking. I didn’t have a good base and I changed my rules along the way a little bit. Hey! I’m doing this for fun (and to raise awareness and to help Mother Earth) and I’m the queen of my rules. Yet, I wish I had a more accurate measuring system at the beginning. When I first started, I knew I wanted to limit this challenge to my clothing items only and even within that, I had some rules: No outerwear, no underwear, no socks, no shoes, no scarfs (I have a serious problem there!) and gift items don’t count.  It was simply an effort to reduce my everyday clothing, and I stick to this rule to this day. It’s just that I missed to count some items  at the beginning, oooops  L  With that, I know I still had well over 300 items when I started. Well, that shocked me, but don’t judge me until you take a count of your inventory J

Over the years, I made a twist to my goals but I didn’t change the overall goal of coming down to 100 clothing items. The twist I made was to have an additional goal that min 50% of my total clothing inventory will be previously owned items.

Drum roll please….. As of Friday  May 13th 2016, I have a total of 163 clothing items vs over 300 items when I first started (that’s 54% reduction) and 47% of this (77 items) are previously-owned . That means even though I’m still 60% over my ultimate goal (163 items vs. 100 items), I’m about to reach to my 2nd goal of having 50% previously owned items.

That’s enough math, let me talk little bit about why I still have this inventory.
The root cause, of course, is the attachments. Attachments to clothes that I didn’t even wear for 10 years;  clothes I got from India (that I wore not more than couple times), sentimental clothes (I still have old Cincinnati Yoga School t-shirts, the school closed 10 years ago),  some well-kept, classical, night/holiday wear (that I don’t wear more than once a year). Also I notice more than 70% of my inventory is summer clothes, just too many t-shirts and tank tops. May be I need to do a detachment ceremony to part from my beloved items.  This gives me enough thought until next year!

 If you ever inclined to do this, my advice would be:
-          Define your rules and decide what you want to include and exclude early on
-          Decide your tracking/measurement base
-          Just have fun!

In the meantime, thanks to the pioneers of this movement!
This is the blog of the original father of this concept:
I like Miss Minimalist’ blog :

Love & Light,