HeartSong Reiki and HeartSong for Animals

HeartSong Reiki and HeartSong for Animals

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Hara and Reiki
by Frans Stiene

"The Japanese feel that hara can help not only your everyday life, but that it can be a way to attain the ultimate enlightenment." - The Art and the Way of Hara by Seigen Yamaoka

The Japanese word hara 腹 has many meanings: abdomen, mind, courage, one's true intention or motive, centre, true centre of a person, the proper seat of the mind, true mind.

"The mere fact that these words are frequently used in Japanese society should not be taken to indicate that all citizens of modern Japan possesses a deep or innate understanding of ki and hara." - The Japanese Way of The Artist by H.E Davey

There are some wonderful sentences in the Japanese culture which symbolize the different meanings of hara:

Hara ga tatsu - to be angry
Hara wo waru - a heart to heart talk
Hara ga dekite iru - having a calm mind even in times of emergency
Hara ga chii-sai - narrow minded
Hara ga suwaru - to be mentally stable and unshakable
Hara o kimeru - to make one's mind up
Hara ga futoi - to be courageous - a large heart

As we can see, the word hara means not just abdomen but much much more. This is why it is such an integral part of Mikao Usui's teachings.

Let’s look at the precepts:

Do not anger
Do not worry
Be grateful
Be true to your way and your being
Show compassion to yourself and others

First of all, to practice the system of Reiki we need to make up our mind, hara o kimeru, to start to practice. Then we need to slowly let go of our anger so that we will find composure and not be angry all the time, hara ga tatsu. Then we start to let go of our worry and we become calm in all situations, hara ga dekite iru. To be grateful we need to open our mind and find tolerance, so we have to let go of our narrow mindedness, hara ga chii-sai. When we are true to our way and our being we need to be mentally stable, hara ga suwaru. And to show compassion to ourselves and others we need to have a large heart, hara ga futoi.

Thus the more we embody the precepts in our daily life, the more we become a person of hara, a person who embodies stability in their daily life.

"The general description of a person of hara is someone with courage, will power, strength, determination, character, integrity, honesty, and patience. Such a person is also known as a person with a “big hara”. That is, they are generous, compassionate, and understanding." - The Art and the Way of Hara by Seigen Yamaoka

Doesn't what Seigen Yamaoka states represent a person who has embodied the precepts? Of course. This is why we can see the concept of hara very clearly within the precepts.

When we look at the meditation practices taught within the Japanese Reiki traditions we see a practice called joshin kokyu ho. This practice focuses on the hara, breathing deeply into the hara so that the practitioner can become more stable and centred. But for this meditation to really have any benefit we have to keep doing it again and again and again so that we can rediscover our hara, our centre.

"It takes time, concentration, patience and endurance to meditate. Many give up before achieving any results. Because this practice is so relaxing, we may stop at this point in the meditative process and do it only for the purpose of relaxation. But you must persist in order to be introduced to the hara." - The Art and the Way of Hara by Seigen Yamaoka

When we look at the mantras taught within the system of Reiki, we can also see the hara in there. To be able to chant mantras correctly from a Japanese spiritual perspective, we need to chant them from the hara. This deep kind of chanting creates a resonance which moves through our whole being from our centre, our hara. Through this prolonged chanting we can embody the precepts more and more in our daily life, so that again we can become a person of hara.

“Since we chant these words with energy from the abdomen, it naturally creates the repetition of deep breathing from the belly...Through this breathing, the power in the physical body is increased;" - The Essence of Shinto - Japan's Spiritual Heart by Motohisha Yamakage

This deep kind of chanting from the hara is used in all major Japanese spiritual teachings, from Shinto to Shugendo to Tendai Buddhism, and to Mikao Usui's teachings. The main purpose of this deep hara chanting, in all teachings, is so that we may remember our true self.

Even when we look at the symbols within the system of Reiki we can see the hara in there. For example the first symbol, when visualised, goes inwards. Why does it go inward? By going inward, we are able to rediscover our hara, our centre, so that we can be centred in our daily life. In doing this, going inward to your centre, you slowly start to embody the symbol, as traditionally you would use the symbols for internal meditations to rediscover your true self. For this, the true self, is the centre of the universal flow of divine consciousness.

"In other words, we must never allow ourselves to forget the concept of chushin, our centre. All things are controlled by the stability and the quality of their center, the place where their being is born. We may call this place the life force, or kannagara, the universal flow of divine consciousness. Whatever you wish to call it, it is the force that comes from our hara" - a teaching from Morihei Ueshiba the founder of Aikido from the book Principles of Aikido by Mitsugi Saotome.

And when we look at the reiju/attunement/initiation, we can see the hara in there also, as the essence of reiju is really a process of interconnectedness of true mind to true mind, of hara to hara.

But here comes the interesting part...the physical aspect of the hara is just a signpost; in the deeper levels of our practice we also need to let go of the hara. Takuan Soho, a famous Zen master (1573-1645), taught that focusing on the hara applies to a person under training but that a person who goes deep into their personal practice lets go of resting their mind on the hara. Thus the focus on our hara is merely a stepping stone! But we don't throw away the stepping stone too quickly else we sink, we sink into the sea of anger and worry, of not being grateful, not being true to our way and our being, and not being compassionate to ourselves and others. So be careful...check in with a good, qualified teacher who knows about the hara through their own personal dedicated practice before you throw away the stepping stone of physically focusing on the hara as you mediatate.

"The final point to be made about meditation is that although hara plays an important part, you can become attached to it, in which case hara becomes a crutch and a hindrance. In final analysis, you must become free even of hara." - The Art and the Way of Hara by Seigen Yamaoka

But due to the modernisation in Japan, like in most countries, we see that lots of teachings are losing this ancient hara practice and focus. But even if we live in a modern time, we still can pick up these old tried and true teachings which have already brought so much benefit to many people around the world.

"One of the major casualties of the Japanese language’s rapid and ongoing evolution is the diminishing use of body-related phrases — a phenomenon that reflects how Japanese people’s once-visceral connection between their bodies and minds is these days rapidly attenuating." - The Japan Times (oldest English daily newspaper in Japan)

So sit on your meditation pillow and practice the ancient Japanese practice of hara as Mikao Usui pointed out within his teachings, so that we each can become a person of hara and embody the precepts in our daily life. For it is through this personal practice, an embodiment of hara, that the world can become a better place, a place of healing and compassion.
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HeartSong Reiki/HeartSong for Animals
Heart-centered healing for people and animals Reiki sessions for people and animals in central Vermont.

Office hours in Stockbridge. Distant sessions available. Classes in Reiki and Animal Reiki.

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10/02/2022

Have a joyful day friends!

09/30/2022

Gunther is helping me with my selfie skills. 😊
I love this little character and he was front and center for our ®️training this week!
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Why Meditate 09/30/2022

Why Meditate

Sweet essay on meditation from my friend, @AmySuardi.

Why Meditate Once upon a time not that long ago, something was wrong in my life. I had lost my sense of purpose and I was saying to myself, I hate my life. Reading a book for a retreat I would be attending called Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, I came across a pa...

Ruff day? Dogs can detect if people are stressed, research finds 09/29/2022

Ruff day? Dogs can detect if people are stressed, research finds

But, of course! And if the dogs in your home know you are stressed, you can bet they are reacting to it.
You know what helps stress in people and dogs? REIKI!!!

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09/28/2022

Off to another day at the Little Red Barn Farm Sanctuary! Another day of Georgia telling me she doesn't care what the sign says. except Georgia. 😄
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09/26/2022

Be still.

09/25/2022

Our Animal Reiki Retreat had so much deliciousness from @rosyoats Vegan Ice Cream!! Chocolate and Spiced Cider were my faves. The White Peach was also a big hit.

Photos from HeartSong Reiki and HeartSong for Animals's post 09/23/2022

Might be a bit chilly but it's still a perfect weekend for a retreat!!

09/22/2022

I am the Universe. The Universe is me. Namaste.

"To say we are in the Universe, that's true, but it is also legitimately accurate, scientifically accurate (and even spiritually deep), I think to declare that the Universe is in us, even alive within us... " ~Neil deGrasse Tyson

"The real deep down YOU is the Whole Universe... You are something that the Whole Universe is doing, in the same way that a wave is something that the Whole Ocean is doing..." ~Alan Watts

The Most Astounding Fact - Neil deGrasse Tyson
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0nce You Know This... Alan Watts
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09/20/2022

09/19/2022

I saw this book in the hallway at our local school on Saturday! ❤️ Addressing this subject early is so important. Teaching compassion at a young age creates kinder children. Kinder children become kinder adults. ❤️ Well done @stockbridgeelementary!

Timeline photos 09/18/2022

Uncover your Love Light. ❤️

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09/18/2022

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09/18/2022

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Timeline photos 09/17/2022

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Photos from HeartSong Reiki and HeartSong for Animals's post 09/16/2022

Let's work together to bring more Light to the world. Our animal friends benefit greatly when we are calm and peaceful, not to mention how important that is for our well being. ®️training Online Level 1 and 2 begins mid October. What are you waiting for? Your animal friends will thank you! Sign up at www.heartsongreiki.com

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09/15/2022

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09/08/2022

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Tomorrow is the LAST DAY to secure your spot for this amazing retreat!

📣 2 spots left! Registration closes Sept 7th.

🐄🧘 Don't miss out on your opportunity to join Kelly McDermott-Burns of @heartsongreiki for a lovely weekend of delicious vegan food, yoga, and lots of meditation time with the support of the animals at @littleredbarnfarmsanctuary

📅 This retreat is designed as a stress-free weekend and will begin at 1:00 pm on Friday, September 23, and ends after lunch on Sunday, September 25.

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09/06/2022

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09/03/2022

08/30/2022

Kittens!!!!

We have some wonderful kittens ready for adoption! They have great personalities, and very friendly! If you have been thinking about adding a furry friend to your household, now is the time! Call the adoption center at 802.483.6700 to schedule a time to come meet them! 🐾❤️

08/30/2022

Level up with Level 2!!
Gerry says I had the wrong date on this class! Who's a good girl??
Starts Oct 15.
Don't you want to learn the gentlest and most successful way to share Reiki with the animals in your life?
Follow the link in my bio for all the deets.
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08/30/2022

Fall classes are on the schedule friends! Don't you want to learn the gentlest and most successful way to share Reiki with the animals in your life?
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08/27/2022

My friend Gerry wants you to know about this class. Join me online to take your practice to the next level.
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Photos from HeartSong Reiki and HeartSong for Animals's post 08/27/2022

I can't get enough of this punkin!! ❤️❤️❤️

08/25/2022

This guy. 💕💕💕 Post meditation.
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08/19/2022

Tomorrow 8/20 is the last day to score our new doggie design!! These shirts benefit the non-profit so we can continue to bring the healing power of ®️ to the animals and their caretakers in shelters, rescues and sanctuaries worldwide.
Order here: https://bit.ly/LAL-DoggieLoveShirt2022

08/17/2022

In-person and distant sessions for your animal friends.
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08/15/2022

Today, we celebrate the birthday of the founder of Reiki, Mikao Usui!

All Reiki practitioners are indebted to Sensei for developing the system of Reiki. We celebrate his birthday with gratitude! ❤️🙏

08/11/2022

Caption.

08/11/2022

Beau loves to join me for meditation. 💝
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08/11/2022

My sunshine boy!
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Timeline photos 08/10/2022

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🐑🧘‍♀️ Join Kelly McDermott-Burns of HeartSong Reiki and HeartSong for Animals for a lovely weekend of delicious vegan food, yoga and lots of meditation time with the support of the animals at the Little Red Barn Farm Sanctuary!

📅 This one of a kind event will begin at 1:00 pm on Friday, September 23 and ends after lunch on Sunday, September 25.
https://mailchi.mp/heartsongreiki/animal-reiki-retreat-13665648

Timeline photos 08/10/2022

Timeline photos

🐑🧘‍♀️ Join Kelly McDermott-Burns of HeartSong Reiki and HeartSong for Animals for a lovely weekend of delicious vegan food, yoga and lots of meditation time with the support of the animals at the Little Red Barn Farm Sanctuary!

📅 This one of a kind event will begin at 1:00 pm on Friday, September 23 and ends after lunch on Sunday, September 25.
https://mailchi.mp/heartsongreiki/animal-reiki-retreat-13665648

08/09/2022

Need a hiking partner? Here's a good boy!

Duke is such a handsome small lab. Perfect size for travel, loves everyone, swims, great hiking partner, an all around good boy- goodkarmarescue.org (43 lb, 1 yr lab)

08/09/2022

My little LC rarely takes a good photo. But she was patient this morning and the sun shows off her beauty. 😍

08/08/2022

Not just for Vermonters--here's an easy way to help your local shelter.

We are in need of a few items! If you want to help the animals in our care a donation is much appreciated! We thank you in advance❤️

Timeline photos 08/04/2022

Where are my dog lovers???
Here's a great way to support our non-profit and show off your love of dogs at the same time. Extra cool if you meditate with your dog!

Put on your Paw-ty Hat and celebrate DOGust 1st, the official birthday of all shelter and rescue dogs, with SARA! 🐶🥳

🐾 SARA’s DOGust fundraiser t-shirt features an adorable procession of dogs from large to tiny, leading the way with confident, joyful steps as their person walks peacefully behind them. There are several different styles for you to choose from! SARA shirts are super soft and are comfortable for even the most active of birthday celebrations with your own favorite dogs! 🎉

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08/04/2022

Sign up today!! Take your Animal Reiki practice to an exciting new level!
2 spaces available for this course.
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08/02/2022

No Reiki for Gracie this visit. She just wants to play ball! It's all Reiki in the end. ❤️ Gracie is a sweet adoptable dog at @rchsvt. Do you want a furever friend??
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08/01/2022

There is never a wrong time/place for practice.

07/29/2022

Let's get into the deeper practices together! Register today at www.heartsongreiki.com.
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Photos from HeartSong Reiki and HeartSong for Animals's post 07/22/2022

In the garden.

07/15/2022

Reiki Research — Heather McCutcheon

There have been quite a few clinical trials on the benefits of Reiki for a variety of conditions. Heather McCutcheon has put together a great list. Thank you, Heather! And thank you to Nicholas Pearson-Walsh for sharing this info this evening!

Reiki Research — Heather McCutcheon In addition to mountains of anecdotal evidence supporting reiki, more and more clinical trials are being conducted and published in peer-reviewed journals.

07/07/2022

Join me for an afternoon at the Little Red Barn Farm Sanctuary for an afternoon of meditation with the sweet and friendly residents. Sign up at www.heartsongreiki.com
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Photos from HeartSong Reiki and HeartSong for Animals's post 07/06/2022

Been wanting to learn the successful ®️ Method of ? Level 1 and 2 online training begins in August! Register at www.heartsongreiki.com

07/04/2022

Why I don't get anything done.
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07/01/2022

So tired. 🥱

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