20 December 2012

Awaken, Unity and Love

What is the duty of a Lightworker, a healer, a minister, a seeker, a mystic, poet....?
"It is our duty to serve as messengers and guides for world peace and universal brotherhood. In order to accomplish that great task, we must: 
Be enlightened to the true nature of the the universe.
Reside in God's heart.
See the enter world as God's living form.
Learn the teachings of the divine.
Make the divine manifest in human affairs.

That is to say, in our mission we are to be like a sword of the spirit cutting to the heart of things."  The Heart of Aikido: THE PHILOSOPHY OF TAKEMUSU AIKI by Morihei Ueshiba; translated by John Stevens
Substitute "God" with SOURCE OF LIFE, Creative Principle, LIFE...whatever floats your boat. Words are just words it is the intention behind them. God is word often misused, abused and has so many negative connotations.  But you get the point right?


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19 December 2012

Energy Medicine

Whether its Mikao Usui's Reiki Method for Healing, Donna Eden's energy medicine, Barbara Brennan or Steve Barrett's Chios Healing...

Energy Medicine is what will take us to the next level.

Learn something new (old/traditional) and enhance your life.

Brightest Blessings!
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12 December 2012

12.12.12

Happy 12.12.12

Love
Light
Compassion
Humility
Growth
Unity
Harmony
Awareness
Awakening


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01 November 2012

Amida Butsu & Bodhisattva


Below is from a couple of months ago as we were going through the book MAHAYANA BUDDHISM by Beatrice Suzuki wife of D.T. Suzuki.

This paper was written very informally (as all of mine usually are) and straight from deep heart felt sentiments.

The topic is AMIDA BUDDHA & BODHISATTVA


We all have the Bodhi seed within us. Each one of us is Buddha. Therefore I see Amida Buddha as Me. I have within me the Eternal Light and Infinite Life. There is nothing outside of myself to trust in. We are all ONE. 
I am a member of the Buddha family and because I AM  it is my duty to conquer sin (that which keeps me separated from knowing who I am) and fear (as a mother I have all sorts of fears I am dealing with in learning to let go of my children and allow them to experience their being) and work for the good of others.   
When I work for the good of others I am less likely to dwell on the perception of my own so called suffering. Keep my eye on the prize. The prize: Awakening. 
A few years ago I heard a friend say that he took the Boddhisattva vow to awaken and dedicate his life to helping others awaken. He said that a Boddhisattva was one who would forego breaking free from Samsara until every sentient being was awakened. 
I remember my immediate response to what he was saying was that of revulsion. I thought to myself….there is NO way I want to stick around this place; I want to awaken and NOT come back here never ever again. 
Well, to be honest there is a part of me that finds that appeal but on the other hand there is a part of me that sees the benefit in helping others to awaken. We are all in this together and that is a fact.  
When I was a young child my earliest memories of my thoughts are that I
felt that we were all connected. I knew that my family was my family but somehow I knew that the so called strangers walking down the street were somehow connected to me as well.  
So, defer to the Child Me and I think of the Bodhisattva vow as an ideal to put into practice in my daily life. It is not just for the benefit of the world but also for my benefit as well.  
We are all One. 
CAPPING PHRASE: Remember the Bodhisattva vows.
CODE PHRASE: We are in this together

22 August 2012

Don Beckett - sensei


Over 24 hours has passed since I learned of the passing of one of my (and a multitude of others) beloved Reiki teachers, Don Beckett-sensei.

There, I can not believe I typed that last sentence without choking up. I did not cry or pause for a moment. I did however reflect on what I feel Don would express to me. He would tell me that it is okay, his time came, he lived his best life...and he would say to me,"be well   be well" & "Total Surrender".

TOTAL SURRENDER.....

I poured tears from my heart when I read of Don's death. I awakened at 4:40am the next morning mourning his passing. But then I told myself this is not what Don would want.

Don Beckett, you were truly a beautiful soul. Thank you for blessing my life with your presence and your care. Thank you for writing Reiki: The True Story.

I cherish our friendship since 2008 and will continue to appreciate all that you have taught me directly and indirectly.

I have so many email exchanges and facebook messages that I can read and reread to feel you close. I will print them all out.

It had been a month and half since our last correspondence and I was just thinking the other day that I needed to email you and update you on what's been going on and see how you were doing.

Our last communication was a little over a week ago via the Reiki group. I let you know that I appreciated your recent well written article. So you must have known you were not out of mind!

You will never be forgotten. You are in your place as one of my spiritual ancestors.

Don, I will dry my tears and I will keep your words close at heart to accompany me on my spiritual journey.

ALOHA!! Beloved friend. H U G S !!!!!




He said this was a happy moment!
Don Beckett 1953-2012

Reiki Practitioner and Teacher. Friend to many. A kind, caring, compassionate man who walked the path with humility and trust. He had a tender heart!

Energy healing and macrobiotic lifestyle was his path. His passion was for Reiki, Jourei and Shinki.

Many people all over the Reiki world appreciated him.  He is author of Reiki The True Story.




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Teaching in Romania

Here is a piece from Don's website that he enjoyed...so I thought to share...

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THANKS to Roz Brown for sending me the following poem. I like it very much. I can identify with its message : ^ >. And it seems quite well suited to a site about Reiki ... because Reiki itself is a process of not-doing, a process of becoming invisible....


The Art of Disappearing

by Naomi Shihab Nye

from Words Under the Words: Selected Poems
© 1994 The Eighth Mountain Press
Reprinted with permission of the author


When they say Don't I know you?
say no.

When they invite you to the party
remember what parties are like
before answering.
Someone telling you in a loud voice
they once wrote a poem.
Greasy sausage balls on a paper plate.
Then reply.

If they say We should get together
say why?

It's not that you don't love them anymore.
You're trying to remember something
too important to forget.
Trees. The monastery bell at twilight.
Tell them you have a new project.
It will never be finished.

When someone recognizes you in a grocery store
nod briefly and become a cabbage.
When someone you haven't seen in ten years
appears at the door,
don't start singing him all your new songs.
You will never catch up.

Walk around feeling like a leaf. Know you could tumble any second.
Then decide what to do with your time.




An inspirational poem that Don enjoyed:
Believe in beauty....Believe in love....
~ Author unknown 
Contributed by Caitlin Wright Thompson


Creating this page has helped me to smile!! I love you Don!!



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31 July 2012

Infinite

At the still point in the center of the circle one can see the Infinite in all things.

--Chuang Tsu

In Joy & Oneness of Peace.

29 July 2012

Nirvana


NIRVANA
Mayahana Buddhism by Suzuki, B. L and D.T. Suzuki
July 29, 2012

Suzuki sensei writes: “NIRVANA is Samsara, and no more a transcendental entity to be sought after death or to be reached after crossing the stream of Samsara.”
“…the mind regains its original purity and grace and becomes altogether free from worries and other annoyances.”


Until we truly realize there is no birth, no death, no good, no bad…it all just is.


…it all JUST IS… Suchness?


Until we can truly be here now…be now without judgment or qualification we will not see that we are already here, Nirvana.


Nirvana is not outside of us. Nirvana is the center within.


Enlightenment or Nirvana is not a place we are going or a state we must attain, it is a state we must remember.


My goal, my job, my dharma is to awaken. I must awaken to the truth of who I truly am.


What comes to mind is the Hebrew term: Hineni which is HERE I AM.


CAPPING PHRASE: Around and round the merry-go-round.
CODE PHRASE: Here I am, awake!

03 July 2012

New Art: Hamsa/OM



 April 2012 Acrylic on canvas, Copper metal leaf.

FOR SALE.
Email to inquire about details.

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01 July 2012

What Does Shakyamuni Buddha Ask of Us

Shakyamuni Buddha does not ask people to never experience suffering, affliction or craving. 

He does ask us to open our eyes to the reality of Life, the world in which we live and all the ups and downs that we experience, realize the impermanence of it all and how it does not and should not define us or lead us emotionally. 

He asks that we open our eyes and rise above the seeming chaos, harness the energy to use it to truly live meaningful lives.


The cultivation of the path can lead us to perfect peace. 

Peace first with ourselves and then peace with others.
 
When we awaken to the truth, truly awaken to the truth of life we will no longer wallow in grief. 

And should we for a moment, wallow in grief, we will forgive ourselves and let it go.

When we awaken to the Truth of Life we will learn to accept and live Life as it truly is. We will then have arrived at perfect Peace.

We may still have disappointment. We may still have sadness. 

We will experience emotion and simple except it, learn from it and let it go. 

We are then no longer living from a foundation of reaction and thus no longer creating negative Karma.

That in my opinion is Enlightenment.

30 June 2012

Reiki Practitioners Mission

We never know the outcome. 
We may not always see visible signs of action. 
But patience and devotion 
to the loving care...
the laying on of our Reiki hands...

That is our mission. 


(c) Tamu Ngina 2012


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24 June 2012

Invisible Threads

Reiki.....


Invisible threads


Woven fibers of light


Particles flowing
around and through our being


Activated by love


Moved by compassion


Energy that heals




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What Buddha Taught



The Buddha taught enlightenment. 

He did not teach that we will never be depressed. 

He taught us not to be defeated by it. 

He did not teach us how to avoid suffering. 

He taught us to meet affliction and lively nobly, so that suffering is not unnecessarily multiplied. 

There is suffering enough in the world. 

He did not put himself above us. 

He was a man who never claimed divinity. 

He showed a way to live with reality, with all its alternations and with all the emotions and internal changes that result from them, and to see that this is our path.

*David Brazier
The Feeling Buddha
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07 June 2012

Dharma practice

"...dharma practice is concerned not with proving or disproving theories of self but with understanding and easing the grip of self-centeredness that constricts body, feelings, and emotions into a tight nugget of anguish." Stephen Batchelor

In Joy & Oneness of Peace.

15 April 2012

Walk. Walk. Walking

Walk.
Walk.
Walking the secret spaces
within my mind.

Sun shines gladly through
dust tainted panes.

(c) Tamu Ngina
In Joy & Oneness of Peace.

16 March 2012

Artist



In Joy & Oneness of Peace.

08 March 2012

Full Moon Precipice

Beautiful moon
Full of grace
Essence of peace.

Give thanks within.

Full of love
On the verge...

(c) Tamu Hoyo Ngina
In Joy & Oneness of Peace.

24 February 2012

Buddha Dharma Sangha

This is why I hold the three treasures so dear.

Buddha, Dharma and Sangha

"The work of Buddhism is to awaken, to come out of the sleepy dreams and notions of reality that we hold to be true and replace them with a direct experience of what is more accurately occurring. To awaken in this way, we need to become conscious of what’s actually going on at the very depths of our experience."
- Will Johnson

20 February 2012

Dynamic Force

I found the following quote on Pamela Miles' Reiki Website and thought to share as I found it to be very beautiful.



“I believe there exists one Supreme Being—the Absolute Infinite—a Dynamic Force that governs the world and universe. It is an unseen spiritual power that vibrates and all other powers fade into insignificance beside it. So, therefore, it is Absolute!
This power is unfathomable, immeasurable, and being a universal life force, it is incomprehensible to man. Yet, every single living being is receiving its blessings daily, awake or asleep.”
– from Hawayo Takata’s early diary




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08 February 2012

Encounters

Encountering what appears to be Hebrew "tzim" in the most unusual of places.

A dumpster or large metal bin outside of a carpet retailer on US222 in Trexlertown.

In Joy & Oneness of Peace.

21 January 2012

The Greatest

The Greatest. . . .

The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming with the worlds ways.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
The greatest patience is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.

Atisha (11th century Tibetan Buddhist master)

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19 January 2012

Happy New Year!

It is already the middle of January! 2013 is shaping up to be a spectacular year!!


I teach about suffering and the way to end it.

Conquer the angry man by love.
Conquer the ill-natured man by goodness.
Conquer the miser with generosity.
Conquer the liar with truth.


Dhammapada



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07 January 2012

Buddha Eyes

Here is an excerpt from my recent assignment for class. This was written after reading the book Shakyamuni Buddha: A Narrative Biography

My eldest son went for a half hour walk this evening. Upon returning he told me that he thought there should be a law that people should be required to turn off all lights and go outside to enjoy the night sky. He feels that doing so would help people to expand their minds.

Siddhartha was determine to follow his souls desire to become a monk however the birth of his son was an obstacle. Even family attachments were not enough to hold him back. As a mother I find this very difficult. I would have to wait until my children were of legal age before I felt I could completely devote myself to my own goals. Buddha paid dearly by leaving his family behind but the reward was so great and has benefited so many. His goal was not personal it was for the benefit of all. Even so I am not sure if I could do the same. Because of what the historical Buddha did by renouncing his family and life in order to pursue enlightenment we do not need to do the same. He walked before us.

“We have inherited instead an obligation to lead active and productive lives as lay people. We must, however, practice a psychological renunciation;…” pg. 29-30

For me this psychological renunciation is the journey, it is the path.

The Buddha realized that he was not going to be able to find enlightenment merely through following his teacher. He realized that by meditating and going within he could find the answers.

“He realized that he could attain enlightenment only through his own practice and meditation.” Pg. 31

It’s a lot of work but no one can do it for me. We can only do our own practice and meditation. It is not handed to us we must doing our work with faith and we will attain Buddhahood as well.

Each day being aware of the temptations of Mara will bring us a step closer to being able to see clearly with Right View and act with Right Action.

To be able to look at the world through Buddha eyes will be like Heaven. To be able to see everyone as they truly are bathed in glory and brilliance would be something wonderful indeed.


I know even now that I will have to practice lovingkindness and compassion with myself. It is not always easy!

01 January 2012

Happy New Year & Dharma Dragon

Greetings and Salutations!

Top of the year to you 2012! Yeah! And its year of the Dragon.

Soaring high...

On the Dharma path what am I dealing with?

What is the Right View and Right Action when dealing with TEENAGERS??

Yes, my teenagers...and three of them at once.

Anyway....as I contemplate my path for the year ahead please enjoy the Dharma Talk
from my Sensei Rev. Koyo Kubose of Bright Dawn Center for Oneness Buddhism.


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Happy New Year & Year of The Dragon

Reiki Blessings, Grace and Peace,

May such lovely blessings follow you through this year of 2012 on our modern Gregorian calendar.

Where is my Reiki practice taking me today?

Just for Today

I will not worry and I will not anger. I will breathe as I continue to walk down the path of being a mother to three teenagers and a toddler mind you. ;-)

The toddler is the easiest one. He is defiant but does not talk back! Yes, even he acts as though he knows it all!!

I've never been a mother of teenagers before, if I have in a previous life it doesn't matter because I do not remember anyway.

It is nerve wracking, frustrating and emotional. However, overall my boys are very good young men. They make good grades and hang out with decent peers.

Its the learners permit for driving. Its the occasional rolling of the eyes. Its the constant need to have the last word.

Just for today I shall remember to breathe.

Gam zeh ya'vor. That is Hebrew for this too shall pass.

May you soar with the Dragon. Be strong and know your power and use it for good. May your tongue be steady and only sharp when absolutely needed.

I am posting a link to the Dharma Talk given this morning by my Sensei the Rev. Koyo Kubose of Bright Dawn Center for Oneness Buddhism where I am in a 2 year lay minister program.

Enjoy this Dharma Talk.


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