It is a good thing to increase our food awareness that affects the environment, ecosystems and biodiversity as well as our well-being.
People in Japan customarily say “itadaki masu” before a meal and “gochiso sama” after it.
“Itadaki masu” means I reverently receive and appreciate this meal.
“Gochiso sama” means I am thankful for all the trouble people took in order to make this meal.
Giving thanks for food is a universal and primary spiritual daily practice. It is wonderful to dedicate a blessing, prayer or invocation before and after a meal.
We, humans, don’t devour food just to fill an empty stomach. We are to appreciate our meals with high respect and gratitude for the sacrifice of the lives of other beings, for we are aware of the truth that any being has to kill and eat other life in order to sustain its own life and survive.
Simply put: “Life lives on life”.
However, how we eat is as important as what what we eat.
A Japanese proverb says ‘Illness enters through a mouth’.
This means what we eat causes illness. Food is a door to health and/or illness. Whatever we put in our mouth either builds up our health or tears it down.
We are what we eat…
What are we human beings, designed to eat?
Basically, humans are omnivorous and we can find the answer in our mouths, our dental layout. In the human mouth, there are 32 teeth in all, 20 molars (62.5%), 8 incisors (25%) and 4 canine (12.5%) teeth. It signifies that we are designed to regularly eat a wholegrain, vegetables and fruits as a day-to-day meal and occasionally eat meat.
What about cats, dogs, lions and sharks? They have prominent canine teeth, for they are designed to be carnivorous. Human beings are omnivores but not carnivores.
“We must eat to live, not live to eat”
“Let food be your medicine, and medicine be the food”
It is advisable to be tempered and eat small amounts of food frequently rather than 2 or 3 big meals and to leave stomach 20% empty. A feeling of slight hunger goes a long way toward many health benefits, strengthens immune system.
“If you get up from the table with a feeling of slight hunger – you eat enough.
If you get up with the feeling that you are full – you overeat. But if you finished your meal with the feeling that you overeat — you got poisoned”.
It is recommended to eat more vegetables and fruits, nuts, beans, grains… together with commonly known “superfood” which contains as much nutrition and vitamins as possible.
Food should be:
~ always fresh, healthy, alive, better raw or cooked at a lowest temperature with slow mode (the higher temperature is, the more nutrients are gone).
~ easy to digest and to energize you, not to make you feel sleepy, tired or cause bloating
~ light (small portion) for dinner and eaten at least 3-4 hours before bedtime; during the nighttime body needs energy for rejuvenation processes, for recovery and rest rather than for working on digestion.
Gradually changing your diet, after some time it becomes your habitual skill — a new way of life, you will be more and more aware of your body needs, you will be able to hear what it really wants, fill it with love with the food which is good for your health and brings more benefits, so that your body could be constantly nurtured, energized, active and healthy to serve you gratefully for many decades of years.
Remember that every time you prepare, cook and/or eat food — it is also your spiritual practice.
Be thankful for the fact that Nature grants us so many gifts.
Appreciate Earth for fertility and abundance of its gifts, give thanks to all the people who were involved in all preparation stages until the moment when the food was on the table in front of you.
Eat consciously, with love, appreciation and respect to your body and soul!
Practice Reiki Ryoho with food,
ask Reiki energy (the energy of the Universe) to neutralize your food from toxins, pesticides, nitrates… to fill it up with longevity, vitality, grace, compassion, kindness, peace, love — qualities which you need and want for yourself and others.
“Traditionally Reiju 靈授 (initiation) is given in person; face to face.
“Touch” (the laying-on of hands) plays a pivotal role in Reiju process; a series of things we do in order to achieve a particular result. Touch in the form of the laying-on of hands is to impart the healing energy and information to Reiki Ryoho students. There is an unbroken succession of Teachers and Shihans, linked by the sacred touch of Reiju ritual, right back to the founder, Usui Sensei.
Reiju with “touch” — a visual symbol of an unseen transmission of not just of the healing energy but also of the information. Touch is a means of communication, an expression of unity, a bonding of people. It is a key to giving and receiving information and to help us bond.
Is “distant (online) Reiju “possible?
Theoretically it seems possible, for there exists a distant healing in Reiki Ryoho systems. And yet we need to understand that sending Reiki energy from a distance to someone and passing (imparting) Reiki energy and the information on to another is a different story, and that the distant Reiju does lack an important and pivotal factor, that is, “TOUCH.” The pivotal factor of a good old tradition: “in person Reiju” and “touch” must be maintained.”
Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei’s statement from July, 2020.
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Komyo ReikiDo dis-allows on-line Reiki classes with distant Reiju & will not recognise certificates issued by these classes.
Komyo ReikiDo follows, preserves and keeps IN PERSON Reiju tradition alive with the highest respect to the Founder of the Japanese Healing Art, Usui Mikao Sensei.
Online Reiju is not allowed by Inamoto Sensei and is not recognized in the Komyo ReikiDo standards of teaching and practice.
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During Reiki Ryoho (Japanese Healing Art) sessions, some practitioners can be more sensitive than others, some may even feel byosen before a treatment starts. Some have psychic abilities and are able to hear, see or sense things that most people do not. If we experience all that, naturally we are tempted to think that we are doing the healing. We start to analyse what we feel, hear and see. We try to work out where the energy should go and what would be the best way to cure a disease or malfunction of the recipient – all because we sincerely want to help.
Often the question arises: What should we do when we became so sensitive, when we see and hear things, or feel pain in our body or strong hibiki in our hands?
Inamoto Sensei says: “It is all very personal, some people are more gifted than others, more sensitive or skilful. Not everyone has to have such gifts or abilities. It can be very helpful to sense imbalances or health disorders in recipients, but basically, we don’t need anything like that. We are here just to place our hands.”
Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei reminds us that: “Japanese Healing Art of Reiki Ryoho is not about doing or thinking. It is about SURRENDER 100% to the Universe. As Reiki Ryoho practitioners, we DO NOTHING and THINK NOTHING in the way of healing. Reiki knows where to go and how to heal for the highest good of the person. We need to be the purer (cleaner) Reiki channel (conduit) possible. Less ego, more room for love — the healing energy of the Universe.”
Inamoto Sensei’s advice to us is: “Do not get attached to your sensations. Your ego and self-clinging are an obstruction in the channel for Reiki healing energy to travel through. Keep your practice simple: Place your hands, surrender and smile. Reiki Ryoho is the art of surrendering.”
Author: Victoria Romanova
Certified Komyo ReikiDo Teacher / Shihan
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Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, people all over the world have been struggling with all kinds of health issues and mental, emotional and spiritual disorders. Naturally, as Reiki Ryoho (Japanese Healing Art) practitioners, we want to do all we can to serve and support others. We may now be offering distant Reiki healing more often, individually or as part of a group.
Questions often arise around permission and distant healing. Are we allowed to do distant healing without permission? Should we inform recipients? Is it appropriate to send Reiki to someone without asking them? Could it cause bad karma?
Actually, the answer might be quite simple. Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei always says: “Reiki is the energy of the Universe. It is Reiki that does the fine job of healing. Reiki always works for the highest good of recipient”.
Inamoto Sensei reminds us that we do nothing in the way of healing. As Reiki Ryoho practitioners, we put our ego aside and just surrender to Reiki.
When asked about his own practice, approach, Inamoto Sensei usually answers: “I do distant Reiki healing with permission and without permission. Sometimes we cannot get it, especially when the person is in a coma or emergency room or just simply uncontactable”.
His advice to us is: “Follow your heart — your kokoro. If you feel more comfortable with permission, please ask for permission. But if it’s not possible to get a permission, remember that Reiki always works for the highest good with permission or without permission. Trust Reiki”.
Author: Victoria Romanova
光明靈氣道 Komyo ReikiDo© Ukraine
To learn more about the Japanese Healing Art of Reiki Ryoho or sign up for seminars with Inamoto Sensei, please contact us directly by email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
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Sincerely and Gassho,
Certified Komyo ReikiDo Teacher / Shihan — Victoria Romanova
The Founder of Komyo ReikiDo® Ukraine, official representative of Inamoto Sensei.
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