Lesson Plan 2

Goal: To experience Reiki

1. Use the blindfolded man in an auditorium exercise to demonstrate how we gravitate toward yes or no.

What did yes feel like? Where did you feel it? Did you have a visual or auditory, tactile, taste or smell that you associate with yes and no? Do you think your brain has a code for certain values? For example, my brain always uses the idea or felt sense of water to represent truth. It has become a code to alert me to the truth of a matter. Do you think it is possible to have more than one reaction at a time? Both yes and no? Consider for a moment what kind of energy mixed signals generate.

2. Have two people sit back to back. Have one person smile or frown and ask the other to guess or intuit if their partner is smiling or frowning. How did you know what your partner did?

3. Have two people mirror one another. How did you know what was coming next?

4. What does red feel like? Orange? Yellow and green? Blue, violet? White? Black?

5. Chant a mantra together for 11 minutes. See if you can let the mantra chant itself. How do you feel during and after? Chant the vowel sounds.

6. Draw a Reiki symbol on your right palm, then on the left. What do you notice?

7. Share Reiki for 11 minutes. Then share experience.

8.Talk about chakra system and how knowing this information can help day to day.

9. Do the forward/backward muscle test to test for truth.

10. Use a dowsing rod to measure energy fields.

11. Do a gratitude worksheet with orange slice picture.

12. Closed circuit test

13. Dehydrated, hydrated

14. What precautions (if any) should you take before doing reiki?


Lesson Plan

Before class, meditate. Pray to be guided and inspired, for Spirit to move and be prevelant in all my interactions.

Goal: To discuss and experience Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen. To cover the core concepts of not having time or space constraints, and of actually creating time and space as a way to allow for conscious choices, and as an energetic reality one enters into and dwells, lik

e entering a pagoda.And how HSZSN is the equivilent of the now familiar word, Namaste.

Cho Ku Rei: The Reiki Power Symbol Sticker
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Review the first two Reiki symbols and the five precepts. Release anger, release fear, be compassionate and humble.

Demonstrate the use of these symbols and precepts by talking about a recent episode of relying on them to facillitate change. Use myself as example by telling about how my relationship with my mom is changing form adversarial to mutual respect because I can see her as she was as a girl growing up and she can see me as an adult woman.

Ask for examples of how a student would use these symbols and precets in his or her own life.

Write out the kanji Hon She Ze Sho Nen and give definition.

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Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen is know as the distance Reiki symbol and it can be used to heal trauma and injury from past experiences. Why do you think healing from a distance is possible? Why is it important?

It can be used to treat karmic notches in the present. What I mean when I say karmic notches that we all have recurring glitches in how smoothly our life runs. We may always end up with the same type of trouble in relationships or have repeating patterns of hardship in our workplace. What I’m calling karmic notches are the tendencies that like a notch in a wooden wheel causes a disruption in the smooth turning of the wheel. So that every time the wheel goes around, when it gets to the notch, there is a disruption or a bump; the wheel might even break if the noth is big enough to weaken the wheel to the breaking point. Can you think of any areas of your life where there might possibly be a karmic notch?

HSZSN is a tool we can use to smooth out the notch and make the wheel round again.

Now how does that work? In part, HSZSN make room for a person to apply the 5 precepts: it gives us pause when certain negative habits crop up. For example, when someone does something tbat triggers an angry or fearful response, HSZSN will have allow the ULF to correct the notch or tendency to react in a habitual way and choose to see the situation with compassion. It allows us to be grateful for having the opportunity to act in a way more in line with our values. We can feel humbled by the way a change in our perception causes us to make different choices than the type of choices that keep leading to the same negative situations. And now you can see how HSZSN will heal your future events by changing what choices we make in the present moment which like a wheel in motion is constantly turning around the same axis but without the notches. Can you give an example as to how you would benefit from a freeze scene moment to reconsider your actions? What force -sands the wheel” so to speak? Could it be that the sound/light frequencies emitted during Reiki practice grinds away the rough spots?

I always use all the first three symbols when I’m giving a Reiki session because I can see the benefit of all three together. CKR focus the power, SHK provides the equanimity to make thoughtful change and HSZSN frees up time and space to apply the precepts.

I like to think of this symbol as the uncertainty or the decision-way between what is and what can be.

You can learn how to draw the symbol from sources online or in your books. So we won’t use class time to go over the mechanics of drawing it.

I recommend drawing the symbol in the air on on your hand, or if appropriate, over the one being treated. I’ve found that by taking time and concentration to draw the symbol correctly I am more in tune and more engaged in the healing process. In other words, it helps me clear the air or make a clear space for life force energy to do whatever needs to be done. It’s a little like sweeping the floor and removing the clutter in the house before a special guest arrives.

Yet another way to talk about HSZSN is to say. “The light in me recognizes the light in you.” It is the Reiki equivalent of namaste in that regard. It is the light that is already present that will be discovered or uncovered or revealed by our interaction. Why do you think it is important to recognize that as a practioner you are not giving the recipient your own energy but allowing the light of their true nature to shine through. As I learned from the candle flame, light attacks light. So how is the light in you honoring the light in the other?

HSZSN is sometimes called the pagoda because it looks like a boathouse, so you can think of it as a special time and space to meet with the universal life force that goes beyond time and space. When you enter into the pagoda enter the realm of the miraculous.

Another way to think of HSZSN is to understand the power in the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle which grapples with the mystery of the fact that a photon, or quantum of light will appear as a particle or wave depending upon our observation. Our observation alone can determine which way the photon manifests. It in that moment of possibility that we are free, that we find power. Why is that little bit of uncertainty powerful?

Now the best way to learn about this powerful Reiki symbol is to experience it. So let’s spend the last few minutes of this lesson in direct contact with HSZSN. I’m going to ask you to sit quietly with your eyes open but relaxed. Sit back in your chair with both feet on the floor and relax your hands in your lap. Breathe comfortably with a soft belly. I’m going to draw the symbols in the air and let Reiki channel through me to you. Notice how you feel right now; close your eyes and scan your body and without judgement just notice what you notice. Make a mental note of anything that stands out so you can compare it with how you feel after the session. We are going to spend the next 3 minutes in silence. I’ll let you know when to open your eyes.

(Do the exercise)

Open your eyes and take a deep breath. Mentally and somatically scan yourself and compare before treatment notes with after. If you would like to, I’d love to hear about your experience.

Thank you for participating.



It’s the crysalis that I find painful.

There’s no room for words.

Too focused on becoming to see what is

About to emerge.

What if I told you that here in the dark

We are not so far apart,

We who use our shoulders and spines to push against what confines

Our dreams.

As safe as it is inside the crysalis,

To stay is to die.

Struggle makes me strong

Enough to break free.

Let it be.

Intimate Mantra

I never knew a mantra could have energy that can be communative but that seems to be the case. Let me explain.

For years I have relied on and loved mantras. I believe in the power of sound to help and heal us. We are vibrational beings and mantras can help us entrain to a higher frequency.

Usually I wake up with a particular mantra on my mind and sometimes I search for a mantra that addresses a specific issue. If I am low on energy I choose a mantra that energizes, if I am distraught I choose a mantra that comforts and soothes. But I never realized a mantra could choose me.

For the past few weeks I have been drawn to Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam Siri Wahe Guru. I am not only drawn to it, but drawn to chant it in a quiet, revernt manner as opposed to strong and loud. The mantra has come to life for me. It is a precious friend and teacher. When I chant it quietly, as if I am listening more than singing, I feel more open to the meaning and healing qualities of the sound itself.

Here is what the mantra means.

Ek (One) Ong (Creator) Kar (Creation)

Sat (Truth) Nam (Name or Identity) Siri (Great)

Wahe (Beyond description, “Wow!”) Guru (Dispeller of darkness, Teacher) (this interpretation is from the 3ho foundation founded by Yogi Bahjan,)

When I chant it I can feel it becoming part of my body/mind/spirit. Its vibration shakes off the limiting beliefs that kept me from moving forward in my life.

The most important thing is that I am more and more free to love people and to be of service without worrying as much about what people think of me. I am not just a person with certain characteristics, I am an outpouring of the love of the creator. I am a breath of Great Spirit, no more and no less.

Now when I chant Ek Ong Kar it feels like the mantra is chanting me. The river and the river bank are one.

The Umbrella Tree

One of my best friends, when I was growing up, was an Umbrella tree. It’s leaves were large and spread into a green canopy on the top of a trunk that was just the size of a giant lap. I could sit in the tree’s lap for hours and let my imagination go wild. But mostly I watched and listened. I watched the play of light on the leaves and branches, I watched the little ants that crawled in determined lines up and down the trunk. I listened to the rustle and whisper of the wind weaving in and out and through. I used to sing there too. It was my favorite thing to do.

I have a very personal and heart-felt connection to trees. I had my first spiritual awakening, as it is called, in that Umbrella tree; it was where I first became keenly aware that there was a benevolent force, bigger than everything that for some crazy reason, loved me. I knew it as surly as my next breath. I didn’t have words for the experience until years later when I wrote about it.

Listen, God is singing through the Elms, first as thunder, then as wind, then as trembling leaves and limb.

(I know I meantioned Elms instead of Umbrella tree in the poem; most of the trees around my house were Elm, and I felt connected to them all.)

The tree of life, as a symbol, appears in cultures all over the world. They are vital to our survival. Without trees we would not breathe clean air. Trees revitaize us and refresh our spirit.

The more we learn about trees the more they reveal how intricately they are all connected to each other and to the whole environment, including us.

They serve as a reminder that as people we are connected to one another and that each person is essential to the vitality of the whole. They remind us that we need strong, well nourished roots and that we need to stretch beyond ourselves to reach our highest potential. And they remind us that we are part of one glorious song that is being played out through the lives of every single one of us.

We listen, stretch, learn, grow and our own health is of benefit to those around us. And like trees, we support one another when one of us needs extra care. (It has been discovered that healthy trees will send vital nutrients through a fungal system to a tree that is injured or sick.)

Trees are a celebration of the life force coursing through them. We can be that too.

Between Oscillation: Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen.

It is the uncertainty between a particle and a wave that seems to fit perfectly with the Hon Sha ze Sho Nen. The distance healing symbol in Reiki means no past, no present, no future; no time, no space.

But how can that be when we use time and space, not only to intend for something to happen, but to see our intention to fruition?

At one end of the pendulum we have no action. At the other end we have action; one moment still but still moving.

It’s right there, in that sweet spot, in the uncertainty of whether it will be particle or wave, action or no action that Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen occurs.


But instead of time and space collapsing as you think it might if one might be able to exist in between one or the other, time stretches, not only forward and back, but on all sides, in all dimensions.

I think it’s like holding a butterfly in your open hand.

Maybe it is the Buddha’s middle path.

Shall we take it?

The Cold Makes Me Lonely

I have to interrupt the chickens by making my own sound: fingers tapping out my inner state on a small keyboard.

The chickens make a lot of sense as they carry on converstations and follow social rules,

it seems.

I watch them from the kitchen window as they share with some doves but not with others.


Better than vision is to listen to them speak to one another on the patio where they gathered

to get out of the rain.

Tonight they will all sit close together in their little house on the upper level: the loft.

The door will be closed against intruders

and they will sit as close to one another as they can.