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Reiki Apprenticeship Level I – Final project

i Apr 5th 1 Comment by

Hello world,

The following article is about my project of Reiki apprenticeship level I. This project focuses on gardening and can be divided in two different parts:

First, I made an experience, which consisted in cultivating two plants in the same conditions. One receiving Reiki, the other one no. I bought two flower bulbs, the most similar I could find, same size, same color, then I planted them, same depth, same pot, same place, same amount of water and sun. I took care of giving them the exact same conditions to grow up. I started to give Reiki regularly to one bulb, saying all the time I loved it, that it will be a beautiful, big and healthy flower.

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At the end of the apprenticeship period (21 days), I wondered why my plants weren’t growing at all, and it’s when I realized after checking on Internet that I planted them upside down. So to give them a chance to grow, I decided to turn the bulbs over. Doing, that I noticed that the one I wasn’t giving Reiki didn’t grow at all, and the one I gave Reiki was starting to grow backwards, with many roots and the beginning of the flower coming out toward the ground!

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Finally in the right position, the flower that already started to grow came out in the sun and now it is starting to be a beautiful healthy red flower.
My conclusion: despite the fact that I initially planted the seeds upside down, the Reiki helped to grow in difficult/abnormal conditions showing the strength of divine light and love. We do carry our own light, as powerful as the sun’s, so why not share it and make everything benefit from it :)

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The second part of the project was about giving Reiki to my aromatic plants and tomato cherry. The thing is that even if I gave them the same amount of Reiki, there was one plant I didn’t really want from the beginning, the Hierba Buena (I was kind of pushed to buy it), and when I think about it, I hadn’t the same love while practicing with her than with the others. It happened that this one was the sole in pretty bad shape… So I decided to give her more Reiki to compensate my initial indifferent behavior and above all, I tried to change my intention to something purer and loving. And the work has borne fruits! She’s finally beautiful and healthy. This helped me a lot to realize how powerful our intention is when we practice and do any kind of work.

On the other hand, I ended up almost killing the Basil, my most loved one, trying to repulse aphids by using directly essential oil on it… Stupid indeed, this act was a bit hard to understand for me but I realized it allowed me to change my way of seeing things, put all those great living being on the same level, equally, without any preferences or favoritism. And of course that applies for absolutely everything.

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In total, I gave Reiki at least 7h to all the plants in 12 different sessions and given that Reiki showed me what I was expecting and so much more, I started to give Reiki to the other bulb :)

Thank you for reading, may you be happy and blessed in the divine love and light,
Victor

Harvest Moon, Green Giant, and Fall Equinox all this Week!

i Sep 18th No Comments by

4 Sky Events This Week: Harvest Moon, Green Giant, and Fall Equinox

September’s full moon rises this week and is called the Harvest Moon, offering a great starter destination to learning the night sky.

This week two of the brightest planets join forces, and sky-watchers celebrate the change of seasons with a bright full moon.

Saturn and Venus. Starting on Monday, September 16 after sunset, Venus and Saturn will be having a close encounter that will last most of the week. Low in the southwest sky, the second planet from the Sun will be the first visible—as the brightest star-like object in the entire heavens.

Look carefully next to Venus—binoculars may help—and fainter Saturn will pop out of the glare of dusk. Remember that since the two worlds are hot on the heels of the setting sun, they sink below the horizon less than an hour later.

The lord of the rings will pass only 4 degrees above the goddess of love—less than the width of your three middle fingers at arm’s length. As the week progresses both planets will appear lower in the sky each night with Venus sliding a bit towards the left of Saturn.

Even the smallest backyard telescope will show off Saturn’s iconic rings and even some of its brightest moons—like Titan and Enceladus.

Full Harvest Moon.

Watch the near full moon rise soon after sunset, Wednesday, September 18, and reach official full moon status at 7:13 am EDT the next morning around when sun rises.

The full moon nearest the fall equinox is known as Harvest Moon and was probably coined by farmers in the Northern Hemisphere since its added light is said to have helped them gather in their crops.

Binoculars will easily show off the moon’s dark patches visible with the naked eyes. Called plains or maria in Latin, meaning seas, these are vast, ancient lava plains formed over billions of years ago when magma from the moon’s interior spilled out onto the surface, triggered by giant asteroid impacts.

With telescopes, the views get even more exciting—you can get sharp views of hundreds of ridges, mountains, cliffs, and craters up close.

Moon and Uranus.

All night long on Thursday, September 19 the seventh planet from the Sun, Uranus, will park itself near the moon.

The green giant is only 4 degrees away from the moon. The cosmic odd-couple will appear about four degrees apart in the sky—equal to 8 full moons side-by-side.

This week the near full moon acts as a convenient guidepost for finding Uranus. Credit: Starry Night Software/ A.Fazekas
This week after darkness falls the near full moon acts as a convenient guidepost for finding Uranus. Credit: Starry Night Software/ A.Fazekas

The green-colored ice giant has four times the width of Earth, but since it lies nearly 1.9 billion miles (3.1 billion kilometers) away from Earth, it’s barely visible to the naked eye—and only in very dark, pristine skies.

With the glare from the nearby moon, binoculars will be your best bet in spotting Uranus. Just look for a tiny greenish-blue disk in the field of view. By the way, the absorption of red light by methane in the atmosphere is what gives Uranus it’s cool cyan coloring.

Equal Day and Night.

Autumn equinox is at 4:44 pm ET on Sunday, September 22, and officially marks the time of year we kick off the fall season in the northern hemisphere and the start of spring in the southern hemisphere. The word equinox comes from Latin meaning “equal night” and refers to the 12 hour long day and night that occurs only on this particular day of the year.

Looking at the mid-day position of the sun over the summer season, Northern Hemisphere sky-watchers will notice that it has been slowly sinking closer to the southern horizon, and creating ever longer shadows.

It’s only on the spring and autumnal equinox that the Sun rises due east and sets due west.

Astronomically speaking, the September equinox marks one of the four major turning points in the cycle of seasons. The Earth spins on its axis, which is tilted at 23.5 degrees with respect to its orbital plane. On these days, however, the Earth’s axis is neither tilted away nor towards the Sun, but has both northern and southern hemispheres experiencing equal amounts of sunshine.

A Natural Way to Clean Your Yoga Mat!

i Apr 4th No Comments by
  • If your mat is super cruddy, gently scrub it with a paste of baking soda and water (just mix until the paste is like toothpaste), and then rinse clean with water.
  • If you need deep disinfectant, wash with half white vinegar and half water, then rinse well with water.
  • For daily cleansing, use one quart of distilled (or boiled) water in a spray bottle with 20 drops of lemon essential oil or sweet orange essential oil (or both). Spray and wipe.

Tip: Never roll up your mat wet!