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Reiki and Essential Oils

Reiki and Essential Oils

Reiki is a spiritual practice and hands on healing method introduced by Mikao Usui early last century. There are many English interpretations of the word but the one I favour is sacred universal energy.

Reiki can be given in person or by distance healing. It can be used to heal on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. It can benefit diverse ailments such as stress, pain, anxiety, mental confusion and insomnia. It can also be used to boost the immune system and speed up healing.

Reiki has 5 precepts or ideals for practitioners to live by or at least aspire to.
Just for today I will let go of anger
Just for today I will let go of worry
Just for today I will give thanks
Just for today I will work diligently
Just for today I will be kind to others.

Essential oils also promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. They can be used before, during and after the reiki session to bring a deeper level of healing.
I prefer to use Japanese oils and have made 2 blends containing them, the Reiki Journey and Mt Kurama Healing Blend.

The following 3 Japanese oils should be easy to obtain.
Hakka ((Mentha arvensis) is Japanese peppermint. She is used to help during a spiritual crisis by reconnecting you to your purpose and clearing away the confusion. She also has the ability on an energetic level to help you digest and assimilate new thoughts and beliefs.

Hinoki (Chamaecyparis obtuse) has been used in Japan for building temples and shrines for centuries. She is a very relaxing oil helping to ground you and not be overwhelmed by stressful situations. Hinoki can also be used to purify your aura.

Yuzu (Citrus junos) is very uplifting and helpful for anxiety, depression and nervousness bringing peace of mind and serenity. She can also help those who are reluctant to ask for help when needed.

If you cannot get the above Japanese oils the following easily obtained essential oils would also work well.
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) cleanses the aura, ceases mental chatter and gives access to your inner guidance by stilling your mind.

Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) brings a sense of relaxation and nurturing. She also helps to forgive yourself and others.

Juniper (Juniperus communis) is good for cleansing the room before and after a session.

Sandalwood (Santalum album) helps you accept others with an open heart, warmth and understanding.

Rose (Rosa damascena) brings a sense of comfort when you have grown emotionally cold due to rejection, loss, hurt or abuse. She allows you to trust and love again. As well as helping with the pain of grief she can also help you to forgive others when they have hurt you. Rose helps you to both give and receive love unconditionally.

How to Use the Oils with Reiki During a Session
Diffuser –You can create a blend using 2 or 3 oils and placing 4 drops of the blend in the diffuser before the session to induce a feeling of relaxation, during the session to relax and bring a feeling of safety and nurturing or after to energetically cleanse the room.

Spray Mist – Place 10 drops of your blend in a 100ml spray bottle filled with distilled water. Shake and spray in the room before commencing the session or at the end of the session spray over the client’s body making sure their eyes are closed.

Tissue – Put a drop of your blend on a tissue and place it beside the pillow or your client’s head.

Hands – Place a drop or two of your blend in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, have your client inhale the aroma then commence giving reiki.
Apply a little to your palms and brush through your client’s aura to cleanse it.
Apply to any area of their body that you intuitively feel needs it.

Other Uses
In distant sessions place a drop or two of your blend in your palms with the intention that the blend will create a fragrant bridge between you and your client.

Breathe in the blend while meditating.

Breathe in while reciting and thinking about the 5 reiki precepts or ideals.

Once your blend is made instead of shaking the bottle to blend the oils together you can draw the symbols with the bottle while having the intention that the blend will absorb those symbols. You may also like to chant the reiki precepts at the same time again with the intention that these will enter the blend. You will then have a very powerful blend to use on yourself or your client during your reiki sessions.

Reiki and aromatherapy are both powerful therapies on their own but when combined produce a deeper healing within your client or yourself.

If you would prefer to purchase my Reiki Journey Blend or Mt Kurama Healing Blend rather than make your own please click on the link. Please note these oils are already blended in fractionated coconut oil and so are not suitable for diffusing.

Directions to Saihoji

Many reiki practitioners when they go to Tokyo like to visit Saihoji where Usui’s memorial is located. It is a small suburban temple that is not marked by name on the map. When I went there 2 years ago I had to ask a policeman who didn’t know where it was. He rang his station and asked me to go there. When I walked the couple of metres to the station a policeman was waiting for me. He took me to the main intersection and showed me the street leading to the temple it was then easy to find.

I have written the following directions illustrated with photos so that anyone who wishes will be able to find Saihoji easily.

Take the Marunouchi subway line (marked in red on subway maps) and get off at Shin-Kõenji station.

Tokyo subway map

Take the south exit stairs up to the street. Turn right and cross the small street. You will see Queen’s Isetan on your right. Be aware that there is also another exit on the opposite side of the street. If you come out on the wrong side you can continue along the street and cross the road at the main intersection mentioned below.

Queen's Isetan

Continue along the street until you come to a big intersection.  There will be a restaurant called Sukiya to your right. You should see a convenience store called Sunkus on the other side.

Intersection with Sukiya and Sunkus

Cross the road and turn right. You will see a bike station a little further down the street. Walk towards it and you will see another street leading off this one. Go down it. (You can see the street at the back of the above picture.)

Street for Saihoji

You will know you have taken the right street if you see a building near the entrance with the words Milly, Molly, Mandy written on it.

MMM building at street entrance

Continue down this street and you will soon see a wire fence enclosing the temple grounds.

Saihoji Fence

Continue on until you reach the entrance. Go inside.

Entrance to Saihoji

Once inside follow the path past the garden, bell and Kannon statue.

Area just inside temple entrance

As you walk along you will pass a small building containing wooden pails. Take the path to the left behind the statues.

Temple statues

Turn right at the 2nd path and continue along this path until you reach the gravesite and the memorial stone.

Path to memorial stone


Usui's gravesite and memorial stone

You will find two short videos on Saihoji here and here

More photos

Saihoji Temple

Saihoji in kanji

Shin Koenji station street entrance





Saihoji temple,                     Saihoji in kanji               Street entrance of Shin-koenji station

The address of Saihoji is 1-4-56 Umesato, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo

Self Care For Mums

Self care

A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
Dorothy Canfield Fisher

A child giving her mother flowersThis Sunday is Mother’s Day – a day when mothers new and old can hopefully get a little time to themselves.

In this day and age many mothers are busy looking after their family, working, shopping and driving their kids around to various events, etc. with very little time to themselves. In fact they may devote themselves entirely to their family with no timeout for themselves getting more and more stressed in the process.

We all need to nourish ourselves on both a physical, mental and emotional level consistently to keep stress at bay. Here are a few ideas for self-care and essential oils that can help you with that.

self care First take some time out for doing things you like such as reading, swimming, playing tennis, walking, massage whether on yourself or by a professional. At the very least you can steal a few moments to take some deep breaths and perhaps do some stretches. If you can do these outside in nature with your shoes off and your feet on the ground you will find your stress levels coming down and you’ll be able to deal with the stresses of family life more easily.

If deep breathing is all you can manage, try breathing in a favourite essential oil or one of the calming oils such as lavender, geranium, bergamot, marjoram or one of the citrus (lemon, sweet orange, mandarin, lime or grapefruit) to give you a lift. You can place about 6 drops in a diffuser to perfume the air or add a drop or two to a tissue to inhale or if you literally have no time try having a sniff or two from your essential oil bottle.

Self massage is another good way to release stress. Simply taking the time out to massage yourself whether it is a neck, shoulder and arm massage or a leg and foot massage can bring the stress levels down. One recipe you can try is lavender 3 drops, geranium 2 drops in 10 mls cold pressed vegetable oil or if you don’t like lavender try Australian sandalwood 2 drops and grapefruit 3 drops. Even better if you have the time have an aromatherapy massage, reflexology, Indian head massage or other bodywork done by a professional which will help you relax.  Just the act of taking time to nurture yourself this way can bring your stress levels down.

You can also consider adding essential oils to a non-perfumed shower gel to invigorate you in the morning or even easier adding a few drops to the shower floor and letting the hot water release the aroma as you’re showering.

Woman Lying in a Bathtub Holding a MugIf you can make the time in the evening having a bath with 4-6 drops of essential oil added to the warm water and swished about with some soothing music playing in the background can also do wonders.

Also consider using essential oils when you are cleaning. For example try using them when cleaning your floor. Add 4 drops of lemon essential oil and 2 drops of eucalyptus to 2 tablespoons of liquid soap. Add this to your warm bucket of water and mop the floor for a fresh clean smell which uplifts you at the same time.

Taking time to eat a healthy meal to which some fresh smelling herbs like rosemary, thyme, marjoram or basil have been added can also bring nourishment to both body and soul.

These are just a few ways you can nourish yourself and keep your stress levels down. If these ideas don’t appeal to you find some that do as it is important that you care for yourself so you have the energy to care for others.

Wesak on Mt Kurama

Wesak on Mt Kurama

Wesak a ceremony of light, water and sound is celebrated on Mt Kurama in Japan on May 3rd this year.

Wesak moonI remember being there two years ago and participating in the ceremony. The moon seemed huge and very close to the earth. The area in front of the main temple was packed with people with very little standing room. (The photo doesn’t do justice to the moon that night.)

Wesak candleThe ceremony was divided into 3 parts. The first part began with a prayer of purification (Kiyome) where people chanted praise for the deity Mao-san in order to cleanse themselves and the site. The area was bathed in moonlight and the sound of so many people chanting praise under the full moon was magical. Each person had their own little candle. One of the crowd lit their light from a monk’s candle and then lit another’s who then lit others and so on until all the candles were lit. This light represented the eternal strong power of the soul.

After the chanting was finished we lined up to enter the temple to receive a tiny cup of water and accept the blessing of pure love into our hearts. Many people left after the first part so they could catch the last cable car down the mountain.

Once everyone in the very long line had accepted and drank the water the second part Encouragement (Hagemi) began. This was a silent meditation led by the abbesses, a tiny woman.
The sacred fireThe final part was the Awakening (Mezane) when a huge bonfire was lit in front of the temple. The fire symbolised the awakening to an authentic life shining with the light of wisdom. The ashes were still very hot and radiating heat early the next morning. The evening finished with chanting to welcome the newly illuminated soul.

Once the ceremony finished I took a little time to add another layer to my Mt Kurama blend. I also added a final layer to the blend the following morning and collected the chrysanthemum stones I had left buried in the earth overnight.

I attempted to sleep that night in one of the large temple rooms on the floor. Indoors it was still very cold especially as there was only one heater in the room but I was lucky as many people had to sleep outdoors on the mountain that night. Many of the Japanese were up at first light next morning so they could catch the first cable car home.

This was an evening I will never forget. To spend the night on the mountain associated with reiki and during such a sacred time was a rare privilege indeed.

More Photos

Temple and fuel for the sacred fire      Mt Kurama abbess


Temple altar for Wesak      People gathering for Wesak

Wesak festival on Mr Kurama     Mt Kurama train station