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In this post, it is my intention to clarify what Metta Reiki is. I hope you all do not mind a few plugs scattered here and there, but considering I am self-employed, in addition to maintaining an informative blog, this is what I do “at work.” There have been many hits on the Metta Reiki page of my blog, in fact, if I were to speculate, I would say at least a quarter of the blog’s traffic views this page.
It is my intention to cover these topics: 1) as a student of Reiki, I would like to know more about Metta Reiki; 2) what benefits might I receive from exploring Metta Reiki?; 3) I have my own healing facilitation practice, how can I incorporate Metta Reiki into my practice?; 4) What can I expect in a class / workshop?; 5) How might Metta Reiki benefit me or my practice?
I have been fortunate with my many teachers – Tibetan Lamas (some well known, others who are / were secret yogis), process-oriented bodywork instructors, traditional Reiki Masters, practitioners of Indigenous rituals, a Sufi Master and multiple, astrologers / authors. It is my intention that what I offer please my teachers. Out of all of them, ones who taught me how to slow down appropriately and mindfully, and practice kindness to self are perhaps the most profound, and that is what I attempt to emulate in offering Metta Reiki.
My passion is in introducing people to inner resources of loving-kindness, compassion and potency (within us all). Hugh Milne has a quote in “The Heart of Listening,” that goes, “we can never go too deep, but we can go too fast.” Through practicing Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy and traditional Reiki, along with attending many highly-respected Tibetan Lamas and other realized teachers, plus maintaining a Buddhist meditation practice, I have experience with Metta practices, (energetic) field dynamics, tools for self care and a practice of compassion and skillful means.
Metta Reiki is a fusion of Tibetan Buddhist practices, simple exercises for well-being (primarily from Zapchen Somatics), Compassionate Communication and traditional Usui Reiki. One of my primary intentions is to go slow enough to allow for graceful integration and to develop a comprehensive understanding of what is possible when we rest down into our heart and listen to what it has to share. Tools for appropriate self care – energetic balancing, physical relaxing, mental calming, etc – are considered vital and are taught accordingly. These tools come from a number of modalities, including Craniosacral Therapy, Tibetan Buddhism, BodyTalk, traditional Reiki, Zapchen Somatics and Spiritual Processing. I try to share the most potent tools that I use in my personal practice.
The benefits one receives from exploring Metta Reiki are plenty and diverse. First, you slow down enough to practice kindness to yourself – to truly check in and ask, “What are my needs? Are they being met? Are they appropriate? How can I shift my lifestyle to accommodate my authentic needs?” Second, students are introduced to techniques which they can use both with themselves and with others for rapid relaxation and subsequent healing. In Craniosacral Therapy, there are states known as still-points where we can rest so deeply that our body is in a state of relaxation beyond that of sleep. The still point is where we do the most reorganization and re-patterning. Over time and with practice, there are techniques that can get a diligent practitioner to these states without needing help from anyone else. (Keep in mind I would never recommend against receiving bodywork from a qualified practitioner, but receiving, for example, hundreds of sessions can be pricey.) Finally, Metta Reiki is a great way to start one’s inner journey toward self-discovery and practicing kindness to self. It is non-sectarian, despite there being some meditations from Buddhism, and I do not promote any religion over another.
If you maintain a healing facilitation practice, then you may want to explore Metta Reiki. If you find yourself burnt out after seeing many clients in a week, or if there are some weeks when it is difficult to motivate yourself, then these workshops will provide you with tools for quality self care. How can we shift our ways of relating to others to be more appropriate? How can we develop equanimity to better handle any situation we come across? Metta Reiki provides tools for discovering alignment and resting in equanimity.
In a typical Metta Reiki workshop, one can expect to be in good company. It is my intention to have participants who are open to growth and transformation, who are willing to look at some potentially uncomfortable aspects of their lives with the purpose of re-patterning and moving forward from those old paradigms. My ideal demographic is ages 17 to 77, of diverse backgrounds and cultures, who are willing to shift conditioned patterns which no longer serve and to move toward patterns of kindness, openness and wholesome enjoyment of life. Over time, and after completing Level Three and Four, it is my intention for workshop participants to grow to understand the healing process, both in themselves and in others (their potential clients).