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Knowing

My friend Peter was never one to let an “I know …” statement go unchallenged. His first question was always “How do you know”? The response was often “I just know”. Then came the big question “How do you know that you know”?

Good question!

Is the “knowing” from personal experience, a subjective opinion? Is it someone elses thought (or even your own thought) that has been accepted as being so? Is it an inherited belief system?

One way to “know” is to question everything, to be willing to hold apparently contradictory viewpoints as an opportunity for deeper understandings, to be in a place of not knowing.

Then there’s a place to “know” what you know.

Human Factors

A friend who had coordinated a volunteer group offering Reiki treatments in a drug and alcohol rehab unit shared her story of taking a survey of the clients receiving treatment. She asked for their feedback on what worked best for them and what didn’t.

The feedback was overwhelmingly clear on two items: hands in contact with the body and a set sequence of hand placements during treatments.

No surprise really, just simple human considerations. They wanted the safety of a known set of hand placements, and the reassurance and comfort of real human contact.

I would ask that very same thing for myself.

Love is …the experience of being, in the now moment.
- Mark Ruge

Responsibility

"You are the universe and you are creating it at every moment.

Because, you see, it starts now. It didn’t begin in the past. There was no past, see! If the universe began in the past, when that happened it was now. Well it’s still now, and the universe is still beginning now, and it’s trailing off like the wake of a ship from now.

When the wake of the ship fades out, so does the past. You can look back there to explain things but the explanation disappears. You never find it there. Things are not explained by the past. They’re explained by what happens now …that creates the past. It begins here.

That’s the birth of responsibility.”

- Alan Watts

If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself.

If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, 
then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself.

Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of 
your own self-transformation.
- Lao Tzu

Just a Name

My friend who was busy coordinating a weekend event, published a schedule with someone elses name incorrectly in the space for a segment on Reiki which I was to present.

He was profusely apologetic and was unexpectedly surprised when I told him it was OK, it wasn’t a big deal.

He was quiet a moment as he wrote in the correct name on his copy of the schedule, and then he remarked “So how come it’s no big deal for you and this other guy went ballistic because his name had been typed with two letters transposed”.

I smiled and said “The name on the piece of paper is not who I am”.

“So who are you then?” my friend said thinking he still didn’t have my name correctly.

“That’s a really great question!” was my answer.

Then he got it, and laughed.

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