The following article was written by Reiki Master Diane Guinter
To All of my Dearest Reiki Colleagues,
I have recently been volunteering at Life with Cancer the last few months. They have informed us that they have been struggling to get practitioners to volunteer lately, the last 4-5 months, an(d) they have had to be canceling slots for their clients/patients.
I wanted to encourage all of you to revisit why we do Reiki, including myself because the message I’m going to share with you below got sent to me today (see note below) and I felt that I was “not necessarily present” last night and WOW what a surprise that Reiki worked through me anyways.
I’m so happy I went last night even through our busy schedules seem to take priority BUT again “wow” I’m in awe of the gift we were given and am able to share with the universe.
A recent Reiki client at Life with Cancer said:
“I have come for Reiki and the oncology massage and it has been very healing and fantastic. I always feel calm and powerful healing. I am so relaxed that it’s almost dangerous for me to drive. Better than any medicine prescribed. I have stage 4 Breast cancer that has gone to my hips, spine and ribs. I feel loose and energized. Thank you so much!! Words can’t express my gratitude.”
|Volunteer Reiki Practitioners Needed at Life with Cancer|
Life with Cancer is an organization that provides education and support to cancer patients and their families/friends, free of charge and regardless of where they are being treated. We are proud to report that we have had an active reiki program for the past 15 years. It is through the efforts of our volunteer Reiki practitioners that this program is possible. So many of our clients report the benefits receive through the free reiki treatments they receive at Life with Cancer.
We are now looking for additional practitioners to add to our volunteer list. Our Reiki appointments are held at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 8411 Pennell Street, Fairfax Virginia (check us out at www.lifewithcancer.org).
We offer individual Reiki appointments to cancer patients, survivors and their family members on the2nd Monday and 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:30 and 7:30pm. Each appointment lasts approximately 50 minute and 7 appointments are scheduled for each time slot. That means that we need 7 Reiki practitioners each evening.
Please review the following requirements and contact Catherine.Intartaglia@inova.org if you are interested or would like more information.
Requirements for volunteer Reiki practitioners:
Level III or Masters certificate
TB test (no cost to you)
Annual flu shot (no cost to you)
Signed release for a background check (at no cost to you)
Community Affairs and Volunteer Coordinator
Life with Cancer
Inova Schar Cancer Institute
8411 Pennell Street
by Reiki Master Teacher Anne Aden
Yesterday I finally got together with my friend Pat. The last time we chatted was at the retreat in September. We exchanged Christmas presents. I gave her a mug I’d made and she gave me a magnifying makeup mirror. With a light. 15 times magnification. Jim said, “She must have seen something you couldn’t.” I can now see every wrinkle, errant eyebrow hair, and clump of mascara. This morning I got to work pulling, tweezing, and wrestling with every brow hair and whisker that heretofore I was blessedly unaware of.
As I finished up, I mentally listed where else I’d recently spent such concentrated time. It’s the start of a new year and I’ve already devoted hours, if not days, to organizing piles of bills and papers for our accountant and sorting through excess clothes in preparation for a big donation run.
This is the stuff of life and certainly necessary, but nourishing? Not so much. As I move more deeply into January, which tends to be a darker time for me emotionally, I’ve found more lightness in what is simplest – my meditation practice. The choices are minimal. I either sit on the cushion or I don’t. I either work at staying focused or I entertain myself with whatever thought wants attention. I either sit up straight or I lose attention and slouch. These are moment-to-moment choices. They are simple to make.
We are always practicing something. Each moment that I practice awareness of this moment, even as it effortlessly melts into the next, helps me recognize and accept impermanence and change, and leads to choice. This year I choose to sit on my cushion; choose to work at focus; choose to lengthen my spine.
Simple. And oh so much less painful then plucking wayward hairs, making sense of old receipts, or wondering why I still have tags on clothes that have been in my closet for years.
For a list of practices that include meditation and qi gong, visit the Tree of Contemplative Practices from the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.
by Reiki Master Keith Webb
If you missed the 10th annual RJKD retreat last year, you missed one of the best.
In celebration of the 10th Retreat, Angela and Karl Robb created a slide show from retreats past. All 20+ of us there ooh’ed and ahh’ed seeing friends from over the years. Many were there this year, some were unable to make it, and others are sorely missed. If you haven’t had a chance to view it, or would like to see it again, here’s the link. It’s well worth your time.
Pat Fogle led us in the art of story-telling – a practice that was the primary focus of the retreat. We were all asked to bring an object to the retreat that held meaning for us. When it was time for story-telling we had the opportunity to share the story behind the object. There were many poignant stories and many humorous stories. Each and every story revealed the heart of the story-teller. Nico DeJong shared the story of a dear friend who mysteriously disappeared from his life. Angela Robb shared the story of how she and Karl met and fell in love. Jessica Gallahan shared the story behind her son. As each story unfolded and hearts opened, the bonds between us all grew closer and closer. By the end of the retreat on Sunday afternoon, not one of us wanted to break the magical spell that engulfed us all.
As each person shared, we all listened. We listened intently. We were fully engaged with the narrator, and we were fully engaged with each other. During breaks, we touched one another. We hugged. We held hands. We looked into each other’s eyes. We communicated non-verbally, as there were times when words were superfluous.
The personal sharing brought us all closer together than I have ever seen this group. There has always been an unusual trust amongst us, but with this retreat, I would venture to say that it would take hurricanes and tornadoes, earthquakes and volcanoes, and meteors smashing into the earth to break this trust.
The 2016 Retreat will be held again at the Roslyn Retreat Center near Richmond. VA. The dates are September 30th -October 2nd. They are in ink on my calendar. I sincerely hope to see you there.
New Year, New Look!
In order to provide a better experience for everyone, I decided to move the RJKD website to this type of format. Our old site needed some help and it was hard to find items. I hope you will find this format easier to use. Please send me any of your comments. I want to provide everyone with a great user experience!