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John Harvey Gray’s Secret To Healthy Aging

Over our many years together, I watched John Harvey Gray tell our Reiki students about the benefits Reiki

John Harvey Gray and Lourdes Gray

John Harvey Gray and Lourdes Gray

self-treatment would provide for a long and healthy life. John would explain, “ Reiki helps to bring balance and healing to all aspects of the self … physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.” He would continue, “Practice Reiki self-treatment every day. If at the end of six months, you do not feel significantly better, then quit if you want to. I’ve outlived all members of my family by many years, but it is not how long one lives that really matters. What really counts is the quality of one’s life.”

I often heard John say those words and knew they were true. However, John’s many years of practicing Reiki had also brought out another ability in him that significantly contributed to John Harvey Gray’s  secret to healthy aging. It was his practice of being truly in the present. John had learned how to live in the moment, finding delight in all the little things that take place in daily life … working in his vegetable garden, going for a car ride, cooking breakfast, spending time together with me, relaxing around the house, going to the bank and saying hello to the bank teller. Everyone loved him. The bank tellers would later tell me that whenever John walked into the bank, that was the highlight of their day. John truly enjoyed being in the present, finding joy in simple moments. He would bring a smile to anyone he met. John touched many lives … he was not just living, he was truly alive.

Of course, life brought challenges, but I never saw John dwell on the past nor worry about the future. Whenever facing a future challenge he would say “Why not think of the future in the way you would like it to be and send that energy forward?”

There’s an old Taoist tale about a man who is being chased by a tiger. He comes to the edge of a cliff and jumps. This leaves him dangling in the air, half way down the cliff, hanging for dear life from a small branch. The man can’t climb back up because the tiger is waiting for him at the top. He can’t climb down because now there’s another tiger at the bottom of the cliff, also waiting for him. To make matters worse, two rats appear, one black and one white, and start gnawing on the branch. The man realizes that if the rats keep gnawing, the branch won’t be able to support his weight and he will fall. Suddenly, the man sees a red plump juicy strawberry growing on the cliff, not far from him. He loosens his grip on the branch, hangs onto the branch with one hand and with the other seizes the strawberry… eats it, and finds it delicious.

The tiger at the top represents the past, to which we can never return. The tiger at the bottom represents the future, which will eventually lead to death. The branch represents the present moment that lies between the past and the future. The two rats, one back and one white, represent the passage of time … night and day. The rats gnaw at the branch, making it weaker, bringing the man closer to death. The strawberry represents all of the amazing beauty and gifts that life makes available to all of us every day. To pick the juicy strawberry is to seize the present moment, to be awake, to be alive and enjoy all of the amazing gifts, big and small, that life brings to each of us every single day … no matter what else is going on in our lives at that time. Knowing how to live in the present moment, was truly John Harvey Gray’s secret to healthy aging … his gift to me and to all of his students.

Hawayo Takata Speaks On Healing Reactions

Dear Reiki Friends,

Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year to You! We, at the John Harvey Gray Center for Reiki Healing send you our warmest wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2015.

On this New Year’s Day, we thought you would enjoy listening to a very special audio recording of Hawayo Takata directly from our private collection.
Takatayellow.jpegFor this post, we have selected one of the questions from Takata’s question and answer audio recording series to present to you.  The subject is healing reactions. Takata, as she liked to be called, often illustrated her teachings with colorful stories. This particular question and answer session was recorded by John Harvey Gray at the Trinity Center in 1975.  John Harvey Gray was the first Reiki Master trained by Hawayo Takata in California, and the third Reiki Master trained by her in the West.  At the time these audio recordings were made at Trinity Center, John was a Reiki Master in training with Takata.  Reverend Beth Gray, was also master of ceremonies for the programs held there.  The audience was made up of Reiki students living in the San Francisco Bay Area, who were also members of Trinity Metaphysical Center.  They were also all students of Takata.  Takata was the only Reiki Master in the West teaching at that time.

Takata was the guest speaker for that Sunday evening program at the Trinity Metaphysical Center.  The program that evening consisted of a question and answer session, and the persons asking the questions were the members of the audience.  The Reverend Beth Gray presented the questions to Takata.

Because we believe it is vital to maintain the complete integrity of the original  Takata recordings, it has been presented here verbatim.  Any inaudible sounds (word or words) have been noted.  The response to the question, provided by Takata, is presented here in its entirety.

This recording, “Hawayo Takata Speaks on Healing Reactions” and its transcription are protected by U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL Copyright Laws and may not by copied or duplicated in any form. Copyright 2014 Usui-Gray Integrated Reiki System, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


Reverend Beth Gray:  “Will you speak about reactions?”

Hawayo Takata:  “Yes.  Reactions are active.  Now, very few people will have a reaction after one treatment, but if they are very, very ill, they may.  And when reactions come, don’t panic.  But most people will say, ‘Oh, they made me worse.’  But when you feel that you have become worse, that means the whole body has taken effect.  The pure, the (inaudible word), the Reiki is beginning to cleanse you.  And so, the internal organs, the twenty-eight feet of intestines, will be cleansed, and you will start to have diarrhea, and fever.  Now, especially in the chronic arthritis cases, when you have lots of calcium in your body, if your body does not burn, or raise fever, you cannot get the calcium to dissolve.  And so by treating it, and when your body temperature rises, you may have fever for four or five days.  But all during the time, the calcium begins to dissolve.  And it may come out through your urine, through your bowl.

Sometimes it forms a great big sore anywhere.  It could be on the knees, it could be on the elbow, a great big ripe tomato-like, and that’s filled with dissolved calcium.  And this patient asked me, ‘Mrs. Takata, what do you do (inaudible word), fork, knife, or a needle?’  I said, ‘No.  We Reiki.  We just treat.  We are not surgeons.  We are not doctors.  So all we have to do is to treat, and we’ll leave it up to nature, and see what happens.  But be sure to have a double bed sheet by your feet.  Someday this is going to burst.’  And while treating, this became very, very raw, and then it burst.  And, you know, the force of this ripe tomato was so hard that it splashed, not only the walls, but to the ceiling.  He grabbed the sheet, put it on, and then I squeezed it, and then it drained for five to seven days.  And before, the hole was that big, but before it completely healed, I told him,  ‘Now that your swelling from your feet and your thighs and legs and all your arms have gone, and you can walk now without pain, please go to your doctor, and check with him and tell him about this.’  So, he did.  And the doctor was very, very happy.  And of course, while the doctor was examining and looking at the hole, he squeezed it.  And when he squeezed it, something like cottage cheese jumped out.  And that was all the calcium that had gathered from the body. 

Now, this man had 13 years of arthritis, and he was not an old man.  He was only about 45 years old.  But he was unable to work.  He was bedridden …  bedridden.  And pain, pain, pain.  So, when you entered his home, on the door it says, ‘Please, do not slam the doors.  The screen door has rattles, so please do not slam.  Please, do not turn on the TV.’  Everything that (has) vibrations (she claps), even that hurt him more.  And so when he got well, he did get well to a perfection.  And he lost … he was about 175 pounds, and he came down, and he minused, he minused about 35 pounds.  And so he could wear his wedding suit at that time, and he went to the doctor, and showed him, and said, ‘This is where it came out.’  And the doctor said, ‘If this had covered the whole surface,’ he said, ‘I would not have believed it. 

But seeing is believing, and I’m very happy you had the sense to come when this was still (inaudible word).’  And the first thing I told him, I said, ‘Every Sunday, you used to argue with your wife.  Your wife said, ‘Let’s go to church.’  And he said, ‘Oh, I have to go fishing.’  And he would say, ‘Today, I have to clean my yard.’  And then he always had some kind of alibi, but never went to church.  And so, I say to him,  ‘Now that you have gone to the doctor, and find yourself okay, the first thing you are going to do is to go to the house of God, and thank God.  Take your wife down.’  It was only two blocks … that was the Episcopalian church.  And so I said, ‘Wear your shoes and your Sunday clothes, take your wife’s arm, and walk to the church, now that you can walk.  And, you walk right to the altar, and then, bow your head, and then thank God for having mercy, and grace, and for the, healing.’  I said, ‘It was through God power, that you were healed, and, it was not (inaudible word), I only gave you the time.’  And then, the wife followed the diet.  And so, in 30 days, 13 years of arthritis was absolutely gone.  And so, that is another happy, happy story.  But it ended it.  You have to remove the cause, and then the effect.  No effect … if you remove the cause there shall be no effect.”

Reiki Brings Healing Calm To Formerly Abused Dog

Dear Lourdes

Hello, how are you?
FullSizeRender-150x150Today I went to do reiki for my friend and after her session her dog came near me and wanted me to do reiki so I did for the first time on a dog!!

Later I found out this dog was abused by original owner and ran away and animal shelter rescued her from street. Before my friend went to shelter she was about to put to sleep but luckily my friend got her so I had nooooo idea about this story but immediately I touched her stomach it felt like thunder storm in her tummy….

I did 20 min of reiki and she got much calmer…

Thank you for teaching me this amazing gift!!

Thank you.

Reiki Helps “Riley” The Dog Recover from Surgery

Hi Lourdes,

I thought I’d share a Reiki story with you.  It’s not my most dramatic experience but my first canine one so I ril3-150x150thought I’d share.  I took my 11 month old dog, Riley, to be neutered.  I gave him Reiki treatments before, during and after.  When I brought him home after the procedure I expected him to be very protective of his incision.  I approached him gently to begin Reiki and he rolled right over on his back and exposed his incision.  He laid quietly while I did the treatment.

The next morning same thing.  As soon as I approached him he rolled over.  He looked back and forth from his incision to me like he was urging me to get on with the Reiki!  Twenty four hours after leaving the vet he was running and playing. He did not need the pain medication he was given.  When I brought him back for his post-op check up, and to return the unused drugs, the vet said, “Wow!, He looks fantastic. You would never even know he had surgery.”  So I give thanks again to you and to Reiki 🙂

Karen Peters

John Harvey Gray & Lourdes Gray, Ph.D.
The most experienced Reiki Instructors in the United States