Other Religious / Metaphysical Studies
Jesus the Christ - The Christ is his title, meaning “the anointed one”. He was and is an advanced soul who was the Avatar of the Piscean Age. It was his mission to bring a new understanding of love to those on Earth. He is still here to help today and his mission is much the same.
Mary, mother of Jesus - Another advanced soul who is also here to help those who ask and are in need.
Another valid pathway to understanding who you are and your place in the universe. Buddhism emphasizes meditation, right thoughts and actions, and service as a way to overcome pain and suffering, and to achieve peace, happiness and enlightenment.
There are several forms of Buddhism such as Zen, Tibetan and others.
The goal of Hinduism is to achieve union with the Creator by maintaining “purity, self-control, detachment, truth, non-violence, charity and compassion toward all living creatures.” A large part of self-control and detachment is meditation.
We first learned Transcendental Meditation as taught by Maharishi Yogi.
After a few years we moved on to a bundle of four meditation techniques (visual, auditory, taste, and mantra) called “Knowledge” as taught by Guru Maharaj Ji.
Then we moved on to a breath mantra taught by Swami Muktananda.
In addition we have had and continue to have guidance and instruction from Hindu mystics and teachers such as Paramahansa Yogananda, Daya Mata, Aurobindo, and The Mother (Mira). Mira is my personal guide.
The word means “submission” as in submission to the will of Allah. Islam is the monotheistic religion prescribed by the Qur’an, a text considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God and by the teachings and practices of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam. As with any religion, there are several denominations.
Sufism is the mystical / esoteric branch of Islam. Through a variety of spiritual practices such as asceticism, recitation, singing, instrumental music, movement, dance (i.e. whirling dervishes), incense, meditation, ecstasy and trance.
G.I. Gurdjieff - Gurdjieff was an Armenian mystic who studied with a secret esoteric Sufi brotherhood based in Asia. He then came back to the West and was active in teaching students and in some cases establishing schools in Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Germany, England, France and North America. Many of his students went on to teach and or establish schools themselves.
Huna is the ancient Polynesian shamanistic, healing arts and way of life. Because of Christian persecution, it was hidden from the Western world until the 1930’s. There are many concepts and practices that are beneficial on a daily basis. An excellent example is the concept of human beings as three part beings with a low, animal or subconscious self, a middle (waking consciousness) (ego) self and the Higher Self (connected to the Creator).
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a name given to the all-pervading or universal life energy. It is used by healers all over the world and goes by many different names. It is called prana in India, elan vital in Europe, Chi or Qi in China and so on.
Definition of Reiki: Rei – holy, spirit, mystery, gift, nature spirit, invisible spirit, universal, higher knowledge or spiritual consciousness.
Ki – vital life force, universal life force, energy.
Thus we refer to Reiki as a spiritually guided life energy.
In a Reiki session, the hands are laid on the receiver using twelve or more hand positions that correspond to the major chakras and or energy centers in our body. From the hand position, the energy flows or finds its own way to where it is needed most and floods both the giver and receiver with relaxation and a sense of well being. If the receiver cannot be touched directly, the hands can be held 3 to 5 cm above the specific position with the same or similar effect.
The Reiki practitioner does not heal but rather is a channel for the universal life-force energy.
Reiki is both powerful and gentle. In its long history of use, it has aided in healing virtually every known illness and injury including multiple sclerosis, polio, heart disease, cancer, skin problems, cuts, bruises, broken bones, headaches, colds, flu, sore throat, sunburn, fatigue, insomnia, and impotence.
As a holistic healing method, it usually needs time to help the receiver’s system rebalance itself. However, “instant” healing does occur periodically.
While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion and it has no dogma