A Mother Here

"In Her Image" - Jennifer Smith. Third Place. This work is mixed media (oil and floral decoupage) on canvas paper. The impulse behind the work came from my desire to create an image of the Prime Female as a being representative of the human race as a whole. I would love all women who view this image to feel as though they are made perfectly; in image of a Heavenly Mother who embraces and embodies all possibilities of skin/eye/hair color facial features etc.

Mother Goose

How deeply I love you, my Mother!!!

How I wish you had loved me.

You couldn’t.

You couldn’t do it!!!

You were just a shell,

A shell left over from rape,

From an unwanted pregnancy,

A baby boy you never saw, never held, never wanted.

I’m told you were abused as well.

By your father.

That is impossible for me to imagine.

It must have been someone else.

Who hurt you?

Who formed the monster you became with me?

How do you possibly justify what you did to me?

By telling the world I was “crazy”

So no one would listen if I told.

I never told.

What would be the point?

You took away or killed everything I ever loved.

You definitely tried.

You wanted me to see you

as having total power over me.

You wanted me to believe that you were

too powerful to ever be questioned.

What I know I KNOW is

You were never powerful at all,

 You were pitiful.

With all your manipulations.

All your attempts to control.

All your lies.

You are a liar!!!

Just a liar.

Your teeth caved in.

Eaten away, turned upon themselves.

Dead, dead, dead like you!!!

I wish this had a pretty ending.

But…it is what it is.

There are times when we have to be

thankful for what is!!!

I AM grateful for the way things really were!!!

You made me stronger than

I ever could have possibly imagined!!!

Without intending to do it,

You made me exactly what I AM TODAY!!!

STRONG, HEALTHY, INVINCIBLE,

UNBREAKABLE, UNDISPUTED, INDISPUTABLE,

IMMACULATE, WEATHER-PROOF.

I AM SOMEONE WHO CANNOT

POSSIBLY BE BEATEN!!!

I AM UNBEATABLE!!!

UNBEATABLE!!!

UNBEATABLE!!!

UN BEATEN!!!

UN BEATEN!!!

UN BEATEN!!!

I AM ALIVE!!!

I AM ALIVE!!!

I AM ALIVE!!!

I REMAIN ALIVE FOREVER!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you,

thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

© Molly Silfies and ChiCreation, 1978-2078. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Molly Silfies, ChiCreation™, I AM Reiki™, Ascended Master Reiki™ and/or OnenessReiki™ with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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One Reiki Family

Under the sky, under the heaven, there is but one family.

Bruce Lee

When introduced to Reiki way back when, I thought everybody practiced Reiki the same way.  It wasn’t until a bit later that we were told about The Reiki Alliance.  Looking back, we in the Light Therapy tradition were given very little information about other traditions and ways of practicing Reiki.  Bits and pieces floated to my awareness occasionally.  These were filed away for future reference, just in case.  But for the most part, I stuck with what I’d been taught and had little idea what had been handed down to practitioners of Reiki traditions other than my own.

Some years later, I met a woman whose lineage did not include Takata.  Our discussions provided me additional information regarding Reiki and its origins, and about how Reiki has evolved since its inception.  My practice of Reiki remained the same.  While I had opened to the fact that Reiki practices are somewhat like DNA and fingerprints, it didn’t occur to me that anyone was “wrong” or egotistical or “not real Reiki”.

When I recently began following a Reiki group on LinkedIn, I experienced mild surprise with one discussion in particular.  The question presented has to do with how many attunements are correctly given in the Usui system.  My thought, of course, was that I didn’t comprehend why this would ever be an issue.  What was the problem?

However, the discussion became quite lively, and I noticed what I perceived as likely being bias and/or competition involving the various traditions represented by those in the group.  At first this bothered me.  Then, light bulb!!!!!

Since I was the one perceiving issues within the group, I must be the one with the issues!  It was my job to work on that.  So, as always, I proceeded to do exactly that.

My greatest joy would be to know that we are all one Reiki family and that we function and support one another as equals although our individual practices do vary.  In some traditions, hand positions are standardized and symbol reception/use is treated with distrust or suspicion.  In other traditions, symbol reception is commonplace, being the norm rather than the rarity, and there is fluidity/flow during treatment and attunement, with much reliance upon intuitive data and the assistance of guides.  Yet, we are all undeniably attuned in the Usui system.

There was a time of bickering and oneupmanship in the world wide Reiki community, early on.  We are not children anymore, and the world we all inhabit is in dire need of the most positive influences all of us can provide.  We have a responsibility, collectively as well as individually, as one Reiki family as well as proud members of the traditions we came up in.  We should be proud of our Reiki roots.  At the same time, we have an obligation to educate the medical community and the public about the benefits of Reiki.  Undeniably, this includes the necessity of providing all appropriate education to Reiki practitioners and teachers.

I AM profoundly grateful to better understand why there was once an effort to standardize Reiki.  However, in my own observations, the highest standards invariably arise within the individual practitioner rather than being arbitrarily set by a person or group assuming ownership/control of Reiki.  While it pains me immeasurably to witness the countless offers of free attunements, cheap attunements, and self-attunements being advertised to unsuspecting consumers who desire to learn about Reiki but are reluctant to pay the prices normally charged by reputable teaching masters, what bothers me most is the disillusion that results when students choose less-than-the-best for themselves.  Often these students become disillusioned with Reiki itself, rather than with the teacher of their own choosing.

As practitioners and teaching masters, how do we repair and reverse this?  Obviously, we can set our own standards at a very high level, we can honor the Reiki that flows through us, and we can be in every way one Reiki family.  We can begin consciously seeking out our similarities as well as celebrating the entire spectrum of Reiki traditions and forms.  We can honor and respect one another as professional equals.  We can fearlessly, lovingly share the truth and essence of who we are as Reiki practitioners.

WE CAN BE THE LOVE THAT WE ALL ARE.

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Until next post, Namaste!

Usui’s Symbols

As planned, this post is about clearing personal issues arising due to conflicting information, confusion, contention, control issues, misinformation, and missing information in the world wide Reiki community today.

When is it okay to just say, “I don’t know.”  Is it ever okay to refuse to make an issue your personal issue?

Mentioned in the post immediately preceding this one, I’ve recently followed a Reiki forum.  A question is posted there, “Is Reiki Master/Teacher one or two separate levels?”  Comments are nearing the 100 mark.  Discussion has been enlightening, inspiring, and thought provoking.

Thinking back to my own attunement process, I recall what it’s like to be a complete newbie to Reiki.  As noted earlier, I remember the physical body sensations that came with hearing Usui’s name for the first time, the impact of learning that the man fasted for 21-days, counting the days by dropping his supply of 21 stones one stone each day over the precipice where he fasted, and that he received symbols that appeared to him in bubbles of energy.  Our teacher said that he received a number of symbols. How many did he receive?

A bit further into the training, I learned that only four of those original Usui-received symbols are in use today.  What happened to the other symbols?  When and why were those removed from common practice?  Why are they not commonly used now?  Are they recorded and archived somewhere?  Or are they “lost” to modern Reiki, available only in the Akashic Records?

Following the discussion about how many levels there are, I also recall going out into the enormous world when I completed my initial 13 months of Reiki.  There were times when I felt totally inadequate.  I questioned my ability to effectively share Reiki with others.  I even questioned whether or not I had learned the same Reiki that Usui fathered. At a point, I contacted Fran Brown.  After three conversations with her, she said, “You are fine.  You don’t need to be reattuned.  You are already attuned.”

Most of us share possession of unquenchable eagerness and willingness to make it right. But first, please find out whether there is anything wrong with your training!

If you are now seeking the perfect teacher for you, ask an abundance of questions.  Do everything within your own power to clearly understand where prospective teachers are coming from. Ask how many attunements are given at each level.  Ask how many levels are given.  Be certain you understand.  Write down the answers to your questions so you can refer to them later.

If you’ve already had attunements, you are in a very different position.  Verify that you’ve received the appropriate symbols for your level of study, that you know how to draw them precisely and what their uses are.  If you’ve paid for completion of the master level and still have questions about passing attunements or anything else regarding your training, contact the person who trained you.  This does not always produce acceptable results, so be willing to seek out a trustworthy, well-trained teacher to discuss what your particular needs are.  Also, get second or third opinions. You’ll know within you when you get the right information; you’ll experience that “click”.  It feels “right” when it is right.

There are many times many variations in the teaching of Reiki.  At one end of the spectrum, some offer Reiki attunement by distance.  (I personally do not recommend this.)  At the other end, there are teachers who require apprenticeship of various periods of time, as well as writing your own manuals, extensive documented hands-on practice, and more.  And prices vary tremendously.

Eventually I reached a point, and this was personal for me, where the hazy history of Reiki became a non-issue.  When I verified to my own satisfaction that the Usui attunements, symbols, and practices I was using are indeed authentic, my choice was to devote my time to practice rather than seeking to document “facts”.  Again, this is a personal choice, and it is not for everyone.

I am not interested in converting, convincing, or selling anyone else on the notion that my path is a better path or the only path. I’m not seeking a following or a fan club.

What I AM interested in is assisting other Reiki enthusiasts to eagerly seek their own true paths.  We each bring into physical life the unique totality of all our experiences to this point.  Each one is a unique vessel for Reiki; each one expresses Reiki through her/his individual, personal essence.  And each one is free to perceive me through his own personal perceptual field and vision. Everything is in divine and perfect order.  All-That-Is is as it is supposed to be.

What difference could it possibly make whether you receive(d) three or four levels of Usui, so long as you have the real thing? Would you really rather question your training, which, by the way, is likely perfect for you and your process, even when you choose to redo it?  Or, do you truly prefer to live and practice Reiki 24/7, every moment of your life, from now on?  It is your choice!

If and when you allow it, the energy itself will teach you all you could ever ask or desire!  I guarantee it!

That’s it, in a nutshell!  Oh!  By the way, how many symbols did Usui receive?  What happened to them?  Why are they not all in use today?

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Until next post, Namaste!

Accessing the Divine Sacred

I’ve recently followed a lively Reiki discussion which has been inspiring, to say the least.  It always amazes me to witness the choices made by many individuals who are all given the identical raw material to work with.

This discussion brought to mind the remembrance of my maternal grandmother pulling a chair up to her kitchen stove, placing its back against the oven for safety, showing me the cabinets, fridge, pots, and utensils, and saying firmly, “You cook.”  She left the kitchen.  I was three years old.

That was my instruction about how to cook.  Given the raw materials and my own abilities, I figured it out!  Ask anybody who knows me.  I love to cook and people love the food my hands prepare.

Grandmother taught me not only how to cook.  She taught me how to live and how to learn.

It has been so with Reiki.  Once initiated, we each have the identical raw material to work with.  Individual choices are amazing.

I think of all the gifts I’ve known, gifts I’ve given, gifts I’ve received, and gifts I’ve observed in the world around me. Some people don’t appear to recognize gifts; theirs are never opened. Some open their gifts, then never use them.  Those who use them are free to do with their gifts whatever they choose.  Rarely, there are children who treasure their gifts, love them throughout their lives, and eventually master them, perhaps discovering innovative uses, functions, designs, and applications for their particular gifts.

In my life, Reiki is a gift, an incredible raw material to learn about, to observe the workings of, to play with, and hopefully to master. What can be accomplished with this energy?  Thus far, ULFE appears boundless, endless, and limitless, conforming to our individual abilities and intelligence, being limited only by our ingenuity in using it.  We are vessels for this energy, conduits, transformers and transmitters, as well as transducers.  It fills us completely to the extent of our own capacities.

Many see Reiki as a healing modality.  It is.  It is also more than that.  Reiki is amazing, awesome, the essence of freedom, inspirational, miraculous, reverential and spiritual.  Reiki has brought into my life bliss, clarity, freedom, growth, joy, laughter, love, openness, profound peace, sweetness, and wisdom divine. Reiki has brought me the gift of the possibility of optimal development and growth at a deep personal level.  And these words are only a tiny, insufficient expression of what Reiki means to me.

Reiki is a spiritual path.  Because of Reiki, I now have some concept of personal perfection.  Will I ever be perfect?  🙂 Well, there is a guiding part of me that already is perfect.  Clue:  It isn’t my ego or my reasoning mind. What I’m referring to is the divine inner part of me that I’m getting to know.  My intention is to step back and allow this Divine Self to live through this fleshly body, to act and speak through this form.

It matters very little whether we call this the High Self, the I AM Presence, Inner Guidance, God, or the Super-Conscious.  All that matters is that we mindfully connect with this ever-available aspect of consciousness and master the art of allowing it to function in our own lives.

Reiki heals us first!  Attuned to Reiki, we have available to us an intense, thorough healing process of our own to experience. Participating in the healing of others may or may not be part of our process.  This is incidental, individual, and matters little when we see the big picture.

Reiki is an opportunity to become all we can be!  Remember that image of the armed services ad?  BE ALL YOU CAN BE!

Dare I be so bold as to respectfully suggest that it matters not at all whether you receive Usui attunements in three levels or four? What actually matters is that you receive the gift of Reiki. Cherish, honor and treasure your gift.

If you question whether or not you’ve actually received Usui attunement, please check with someone who is qualified to tell you if your symbols are the four currently in use today, which were originally received by Usui.  Show them how you do an attunement.  Check and double check if you’re uncertain about your attunement and training.  If you didn’t already receive what you want, rectify it.  Any practicing, qualified master will most likely be delighted to assist, and you’re likely to have a good laugh about why this issue is in your life!  Then settle down and get with your process.

Reiki is our access to the sacred and the divine within our SELVES! There is no greater gift.  It matters not at all whether or not we receive attunement in three levels or four, only that what we receive is genuine, and that we make the most of it.

It matters what we do with the gift.

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The next post will most likely be about what happened to Usui’s other symbols.

Until then, Namaste.

Man’s Divine Nature

“When man goes in partnership with God, great things may, and do, happen.”

The Urantia Book

This video brought with it a free flow of tears and joy as I watched. I hope you find it as uplifting and beautiful as I do!  It’s pretty much the entirety of this post.  I’ve added a couple of thoughts below about the true nature of humankind.  (There’s music if you like!)

Every man, being born of God, brings into this Earth life that Spirit which created him and gives him Life.  This same Spirit beats his heart and causes him to breathe.  So man, from his very beginning, is Divine as his Source and Creator is Divine.  The very Nature of Man cannot be other than Divine, unless and until the being of man is consciously, deliberately qualified (taught) to express other than his own Divine Nature.

Now, the argument may be made that all things in existence cannot be other than Divine, for all things do in fact take form from the very substance and energy of God.  However, along with his Divine Nature, man is also endowed with free agency, free will, and the ability to make his own choices.  Man is given Perfect Freedom to choose as he himself deems fit and desirable.  With his Absolute Freedom, the individual man chooses his own path and follows it to exaltation and ascension, or to discord, destruction, and death. Every choice along the way is his own, even to allowing others to make his choices for him; those in the energy work community call this “giving away one’s power”.

Choose wisely and well!  Until next blog.  Namaste!

© Molly Silfies and ChiCreation, 1978-2078. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Molly Silfies, ChiCreation™, I AM Reiki™, Ascended Master Reiki™ and/or OnenessReiki™ with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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