Sunday, July 15, 2007

Sermon on Reiki

So this last week, I was trained in Reiki. What is it, you ask? I’m glad you asked! Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by laying on hands and is based on the idea that an unseen life force energy flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's life force energy is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy." This is so totally SOV2, it’s incredible!

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results. During the training, one participant / future healer was healed of a chronic tic in her arm. Before the session, it shook like an earthquake. After the session, it didn’t shake once all week. It was totally amazing.

There was also a woman there who made me promise to keep it quiet, as the reiki masters doing the training said they don’t like her talking about it, but she was able to read your life-energy level. She says she sees auras, and the width of the aura indicates your life-energy level. She said everyone who receives reiki had growth in their levels. Even me.

However, there was a couple of times that people found out I was a Catholic nun, and they asked me about this silly moto (motu?) thing. The aura-reader said my aura actually turned black and shrunk to nothing when we were discussing the whole Latin thing. It took a session with five of the top healers to even get my aura back to where it was even visible. Since I had nearly passed out before that session, the healers said something about my needing to avoid the mountain trails marked “expert” in the future. I still don’t understand why they’d have a retreat for expert Reiki healers (which I now am) and mark the trails differently. But now I am living proof that Reiki really works.

However, I do have a problem, and need everyone’s help. When I signed up for the conference, I checked to pay by credit. I figured I could give $5 - $10 every couple of weeks until I got it paid off. Well, when I went to leave, they asked for my credit card, and were just a little unhappy when I told them I didn’t have one. This conference was at a really schwanky retreat center, in the mountains with brooks and a healing grotto (I called it a spa, and was told that was very wrong) and terrific organic meals. I’m not sure about the total bill when all was said and done (I was pretty upset about how unfair it is to charge $175/night and not even include a continental breakfast or green tea), but they said something about sending a collection agency after me. I really don’t want to get Fr. Tim in trouble, so if you could put a few extra dollars into the collection basket, and mark it for my retreat, I’ll hopefully get at least the legitimate expenses paid off. I’ve decided to return the $1500 trainers kit, and I’ll create my own training materials. That way, I can put all sorts of great images on them, like DaVinci’s Vitruvian Man. Only I’ve photoshoped it so it’s a womyn. Anyway, any donations would be appreciated!

I’ll be doing a healing session every other day in the spirit maze at 2:00 pm. I’ll need to talk to Fr. Tim about getting a session going for healers to be trained. Hope to see lots of you learning this wonderful new technique!


Maryann McGronk said...

Sr. Fairah,

I'd be happy to help. I got my grandma's inheritance - part of my share, anyway, and I can chip in $500 for you. Is it ok if I just write a check? You helped me out some time back so I want to return the favor.

We can't have a collection agency coming after you, .

Anonymous said...

That would be a HUGE HELP! I don't even want to tell you what the final bill was... besides that, I'm arguing several of the charges. Imagine, a $50 fee for borrowing one of their laptops that was just sitting around. I only had it 2 days! That is outrageaous. Anyway, thanks!

Che' Lovell said...

Hey Sr. Fairah,

I'll donate my tips from delivering Pizzas last week. That's like $250!


Anonymous said...

Hey, Che... Thanks! But some of that will need to go toward the money I owe you for the shipload of green tea I accidently destroyed a few months ago. But if you're willing to let that go, and pay off the Reiki center first, I'd sure be grateful...

Anonymous said...

Sister, my parents always taught me to help the nuns. When I was young, my mother brought food to the convent, and my dad helped the sisters fix things.

I think I should carry on that wonderful tradition, especially when a nun gets involved in a wonderfully ecumenical, biblically oriented tradition like Reiki. I can just "feel" how Reiki will change the parishioners at SOV2. And just think, with our help, YOU will be the one to get this started. I just shiver in my boots thinking about the future!

As soon as you set up a paypal account, i'd love to contribute two months salary to the cause. Oh, wait. . .isn't that what I'm supposed to pay for an engagement ring? Anywho, i'd love to donate.

Caring thoughts and feelings,

Anonymous said...

There's really good proof that the republicans are behind paypal, and I really don't trust those third-party vendor types. So just send the donation to the church, Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Rei, 霊, can also mean zero...

Sir Rev. Leonard Feeney, HKTTC said...

Interesting, Anonymous...

Can it be used thusly?:
"Sr. Fairah's I.Q. is Rei"
"Sr. Fairah's pantsuit cost 7 Rei Rei dollars"?
"Sr. Fairah's feminity to masculinity ratio is Rei:1"
"Sr. Fairah has Rei chance of NOT burning in the fires of Hades"

Anonymous said...

I have no reason to defend my IQ, my wearing pantsuits, or my femynity. God alone determines fate and salvation. I feel sorry for you, that you are so enclosed in fear of hell. I am a free womyn in so many ways. You are one sad man, lenny.