Reiki…..Kyoto, Japan

In 1994 I was given the great opportunity to visit the country of Japan. For 2 months, the city of Kobe was my endearing home.

To be totally honest with you, I never had a single thought about going to Japan. In-fact, I had once worked with a Japanese woman who quite frankly – irritated the living crap out of me, because of the way she went on and on about how the Japanese culture was so superior to Western culture.

So……I had a “not-so-nice” view on Japan.

And brother……was I wrong about that sight!

While working in Kobe, I took a morning off and went sightseeing to where a friend of mine told me “not to miss”…..the temples of Kyoto.

Even before I got there, while sitting on a train that took me high up the side of a mountain, I had a “feeling” that I was going to where the Universe had planned.

At this time I knew nothing about Reiki. I had never even heard the word. But looking back now……I know that I was FEELING it. I can’t put into words what it was that was “stirring” my soul, but I can say, that it was as though I was going to a place……that I had already known.

The 2 hours that I spent walking the grounds, was in complete silence. At one point I sat down on a bench and just cried. It was as if the “essence” of the energy that surrounded the place, was filling every cell of my physical and spiritual bodies to their capacity……and I was overwhelmed.

Needless to say, the place was a visual masterpiece. The video and still pictures that I took, could only capture a quarter of what it was like to actually witness it in person. It was very similar to what it is like in watching live theater. It must be experienced in the moment, as it is happening……to feel the “magic”.

One day, three years after returning to the states, I was in a bookstore. I saw a business card with the word Reiki on it. For some unknown (and now known) reason – I took my first steps on the path.

The Japanese culture is the perfect example of the Reiki Principles:

  • In 2 months – I never experienced one angry person.

  • They have a natural inner knowing that everything is in perfect order and harmony – so there is no need to worry.

  • They believe that as a person grows older – they become more valuable – therefore they are held in the highest respect.

  • They believe that a persons occupation is a way to be of genuine honest service to others.

  • They hold nature in high regard, as being the closest human experience – to a Higher Power.

So I’m here to tell you. I was wrong about my view of Japan. In the future, I will hopefully not allow one persons attitude to “taint” my vision of an entire culture.

And if you EVER get the chance to visit the sacred and magical city of Kyoto…..jump on it!

You won’t EVER forget it.

Be well

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8 thoughts on “Reiki…..Kyoto, Japan

  1. Good Morning Ron ! That sounds like an incredible experience ! Beauty and peace and respect… How wonderful that you got to experience that magic in Japan…

  2. Good Afternoon Annie!

    Thank you so much for stopping by.

    It’s funny, last night while I was sharing Reiki with myself, towards the end of the session, I got such a strong feeling and memory of my time in Kyoto. I actually had planned to post about Aromatherapy, but something inside said different.

    When I sat down at the keyboard, my fingers just flew. I remembered things that I didn’t remember while I was experiencing Kyoto some 13 years ago. It felt nice to remember them. I feel so fortunate to have been able to go there.

    This proved something very valuable to me about “allowing” the Universe to give me what I need. I honestly believe that most of the time I don’t really know whats good for me. So I live by the philosophy of allowing my life to “play out” as it was planned.

    I’m very different than most people in this regard…..I believe in Fate and Destiny for my own life experience. The challenge for me is in surrendering to it. Sometimes I do and other times I scream.

    However, I LOVE my life…..and would’nt think of trading it!

    Thank you again for your Friday Peek- A- Boo!

    We’ll talk soon……..

    Be well,
    Ron

  3. Hi Ron~

    This is my first visit to your site. How serendipitous that you’ve written about Japan today. For nearly three years, in my early teens, I lived in Japan. My father was in the Air Force and was stationed there. Luckily, the family was able to go along.

    Living in Japan was an amazing experience for me. I loved the easy graciousness of every one I encountered. Shopping was an enjoyable past-time and often the clerks in the shops were thrilled we’d stopped in for a visit. The school children (often kids my age) would eagerly practice their English language skills with us. We never got lost. If we looked confused while in the subway station, someone would gently guide us in the proper direction even if it was opposite of the way they needed to go.

    One of the highlights of my time there was visiting Kyoto and going to the temples. I recall seeing the three monkeys plaque and being amazed that is was such a small thing, tucked up under the eaves.

    I recall the efficiency of nearly every system we came upon. From the trains and subways, to the cabs and even the expressway, everything moved along as it should.

    Another high point was visiting “Summerland” a huge indoor island, complete with a ocean waves in the swimming pool and tropical weather even when it was freezing outside.

    We lived first in Yokohoma, then in a housing unit called Grant Heights in Tokyo and finally at Yokota AFB. I started high school in Japan and upon my return to the US found that my time in Japan had changed me in many ways.

    Sorry for the long first comment. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading your post and tell you thanks for the memories.

    ciao adesso~
    CeeCi

  4. Hello CeeCi!

    Thank you SO much for your visit!

    Hey don’t worry……I have a tendency to be “long winded” when I leave comments on other people’s blogs. My fingers just start flying across the keyboard. So feel free to share as much as you desire.

    And thank YOU….for sharing your LOVE for Japan too!

    Actually YOU said some pretty wonderful things that I had forgotten, but totally agree with. Japan took me totally by surprise. When it came time for me to return home…..I felt like I was LEAVING my home. It took me months to get settled back into the “Western World”. It was an experience that has stayed with me ever since! Maybe one day I will return. The “essence” of the place just resonated so DEEP within my soul (such as with you). I think every American should at least visit the place ONCE…….just to FEEL what REAL living is. It was the “sweetness” of the culture that moved my heart to tears.

    Thank you again for your visit. Please stop by ANYTIME to share. I will be stopping by your blog in the future!

    Be well,
    Ron

  5. Morning Angel Annie!

    Thank you…….and you do the same!

    I’ll check your blog out this evening….for a new post…can’t wait!

    BE well,
    Ron

  6. Thank you for posting this Ron, it really reinforces the power of the gentle and peaceful path that I’m starting in my life. I hadn’t thought of Reiki until a customer loaned me a story-book with dolls as the main characters. It’s all about nature, and how humans treat nature in contrast with forest spirits.

    Shortly after that I decided to learn more about that “Reiki stuff” that I’d heard about over the years. It just flowed from there, and my hope is that the Japanese culture continues to influence the Western world for the better.

  7. Hellooooo Beth!

    And thank you very much for your visit.

    Is’nt is something how Reiki FINDS YOU? I’ve heard this from so many people on the path – Reiki was in the “subliminal” part of their lives – and then one day the path manifested!

    Ah yes….gentleness. This is my wish….to bring a gentleness back to people’s lives through my touch.

    That’s what I love about Reiki. It’s POWERFUL and GENTLE at the same time.

    The Japanese culture is the “perfect blend ” of these two things.

    Like I said, if your ever get the chance to visit….please do…..you’ll come back a “conciously altered” human.

    I’m so happy that you and Reiki are friends….and I wish you a fabulous journey together.

    Please feel free to stop by anytime to share!

    Be well,
    Ron

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