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Reading The Human Aura

human aura and chakra systemHave you ever wished that you could learn to see and read the human aura?  You can! Auras are real and anyone can easily learn to read them. Knowledge about the human aura is ancient. For thousands of years, clairvoyants and psychics have described the presence of auras. Learning to see and read auras is a natural ability, not one that requires years of intensive spiritual study to develop.  Even though some believe that the ability to perceive auras is a spiritual gift granted only to a few lucky individuals, thousands of ordinary people have learned to read auras after having only one short lesson.

Australia’s leading authority on the human aura, author Judith Collins, explains that everyone is born with the ability to see auras. Infants and toddlers can see them easily.  Collins claims that although seeing auras is a form of psychic ability everyone is born with, most people repress this ability as they grow older.  She believes that the growth and development of children’s psychic abilities becomes stunted when adults fail to give children the needed encouragement and support in their intuitive pursuits.

Even when the mind represses the ability to perceive auras, most people are able to regain this ability easily. Many aura readers do not engage in advanced spiritual practices, nor are they involved in metaphysics or the occult. The physiology of the human eye plays an important role in the viewing of auras as well as learning how to observe with a relaxed gaze, and understanding what to look for while you view the aura.  Some of today’s most effective aura teachers have used this knowledge to teach thousands of students to read auras.

What is the human aura?

The human aura is a container for bio-energy. The body’s energy or Qi, prana, acoustic fields, kirlian aura imageelectromagnetic fields, and other fields, which we do not yet understand are all present in the human aura. These fields form a seven layer energetic mold, or mirror image of the person. The first layer corresponds to the physical body. The second layer corresponds to emotions and contains the colors. The third layer corresponds to the mind and contains thought. The first 3 layers of the aura are visible to the human eye and are palpable to the touch. Layers 4 through 7 are the spiritual layers that we share will all of humanity. These higher layers need to be observed in an eyes-closed meditative state. Each layer of the aura vibrates at a higher octave than the one below it. Chakras are created by the spin of auric layers. Each chakra has its own corresponding auric layer.

All things present in the physical body are also present in the aura in an energetic form. All changes that take place in the physical body happen first energetically in the aura. This is the Law of Manifestation. By understanding this law, and learning to read auras, we can be more effective Reiki healers.

Here’s a quick and easy exercise to get you started on your path to reading the human aura:

  1. Lie down in bed and close your eyes. Then give your eyes Reiki for a few minutes in order to relax them. (Before you start this exercise, turn on a soft white light that is not too bright. Make sure the room is softly lit … preferably, a little on the dim side. It also helps if the color of the ceiling in the room is white because the color white reflects back all colors. This is important in reading auras.)
  2. Gently open your eyes. Raise your hands as far as you can above your face with the palm side of the hands facing you.
  3. Now, gently gaze at the ceiling using your peripheral vision–your side vision.  Look a few inches away from your fingers. (Never look directly at the fingers.) Do not blink your eyes. The ceiling will act as the background against which the aura around your fingers will reflect. Note: The aura must always reflect against a surface in order for it to be visible.
  4. After a few minutes you will start noticing a ‘double image’ around your fingers. This ‘double image’ is really the first layer of the aura. It is called the ‘etheric double.’ Its color is either clear or milky white. If you continue with the exercise for another few minutes, you will start seeing the second layer of the aura. The second layer is called the ‘astral or emotional layer’ and is where the colors reside. The second layer will likely appear as a very delicate blue or green transparent haze around your fingers. The reason I say ‘blue or green’ is because blue and green are some of the most common colors present in the aura; however, other colors could also be observed. Congratulations! You just read the aura around your hands and fingers!

Practice this exercise every day and soon you will begin to see airs humans, animals and plants. If you are interested in learning to read auras come to to one of our Learn To See Auras workshops where you’ll learn much more about how to read auras and chakras, visually and kinesthetically, including how to read each of the layers of the aura, and how to keep your aura and chakras healthy, balanced and safe.




Giving a Reiki Treatment To Someone Sitting In a Chair

Giving a Reiki treatment to someone sitting in a chair is important to learn because not everyone can lie down comfortably on a massage table.  Giving a Reiki treatment to someone sitting in a chair is really easy and convenient. By learning this simple method, You’ll be able to give a Reiki treatment to anyone anywhere without having to spend hundreds of dollars on purchasing a massage table.  Watch this short video to learn how. We teach this technique in our Reiki 1 Class.

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.

Reiki Hand Positions for The Heart and Lungs

Although Reiki works beautifully along with the natural healing wisdom of the body, whenever addressing serious problems on the chest, it is always helpful to add extra Reiki hand positions for the heart and lungs in order to strengthen the benefits of your Reiki session.

John Harvey Gray taught his students the following Reiki hand positions for the heart and lungs anytime a serious problem was present on the chest area. These problems could include coronary heart disease, lung or breast cancer, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, the flu, a chest cold or something else. We continue to teach the Reiki hand positions for the heart and lungs in our Reiki 1 Class.

Here’s how to do the Reiki hand positions for the heart and lungs:

Since the positions I’m about to share involve placing your hands on the client’s chest, it is important that you first describe the treatment to your client and ask permission to treat that area of the body. Some people are more modest than others and/or may feel uncomfortable. Explain to your client that you will place a barrier over the chest, and stress that your hands will rest only on the barrier … never on the chest. The barrier that you choose could be a comfortable narrow pillow, folded towel or folded blanket. You may want to ask your client to select the barrier from those you have available. If the client agrees, then place a barrier over their chest while you use the technique.

4 easy steps for the Reiki hand positions for the heart and lungs:

  1. Have the client lie down on his or her back. Place the chosen barrier on the chest. Check to see if the client is comfortable. Adjust if needed. Place your hands palms down on either side of the front of the chest. Your fingers should be together. Thumbs should touch. You are treating the heart, lungs, breast, and thymus gland. Stay in this position 5 to 7 minutes. We call this position 6a.
  2. Repeat this position on the opposite side of the front of the chest. You are treating the same glands and organs, which are located on the opposite side of the chest. Stay in this position 5 to 7 minutes. We call this position 6b.
  3. Next, still facing the chest, place one hand over one of the two axillae (under the arms) and with the other hand, cover the lateral ribs. You are now giving Reiki energy to the lymph nodes, and in addition, to the breast, heart, and lungs, from the side. Stay in this position 5 to 7 minutes. We call this position 6c.
  4. Repeat 6c on the other side of the chest. You are now giving Reiki energy to the opposite side of the chest. You are addressing the glans, organs and lymph nodes, which are located on the opposite side of the chest. Stay here 5 to 7 minutes. We call this position 6d.

For best results use this technique along with a complete Reiki treatment on a regular basis until the symptoms subside.  Note: Always treat both sides of the body even when the problem is located only one one side. Doing so will keep the energy flow even and protect the healthy side.



Reiki Hand Position for the heart and lungs 6-a

Reiki Hand Position for the heart and lungs 6-a

Reiki hand position for the heart and lungs 6-b

Reiki hand position for the heart and lungs 6-b

reiki hand position for the heart and lungs 6-c

reiki hand position for the heart and lungs 6-c

reiki hand position for the heart and lungs 6-d

reiki hand position for the heart and lungs 6-d

Chakra Meditation for Opening and Balancing The Chakras

Chakra-MeditationThis Chakra Meditation was created by John Harvey Gray. We often use this Chakra Meditation in our Reiki 1 Class to bring students into a quiet place and to help them open and balance their chakras. We suggest that you go through the Chakra Meditation five or more times on a regular basis in order to obtain best results. If you prefer to listen to the Chakra Meditation as you practice it, we have it available for purchase.

Here’s How To Practice The Chakra Meditation:

  • Close your eyes – Breathe slowly and evenly through your nose. In and out, breathing into your center of consciousness and out through your nose ……

  • Breathing evenly, perhaps no break between the in-breath and the out-breath ……

  • As you breathe, visualize that you are picking up petals of love from your center of consciousness and breathing them out your nose as love energy ……

  • Breathe in, now, and breathe out through your crown chakra. Into your center of consciousness and love energy out the crown chakra ……

  • Breathe in, now, and breathe love energy out through your brow chakra – your third eye – Look up at your third eye through your closed eyes if you wish ……

  • Send love energy out your throat chakra, now. Release and relax muscle memories of past sadnesses centered around the throat ……

  • Now breathe petals of love out the heart chakra. Fill the room with petals of energy from your heart center ……

  • Breathe out through the solar plexus chakra. Release and relax muscle memories of past fears, past anxieties centered around this chakra ……

  • Breathe out through the lower abdominal chakra, just below the navel. Open this center with your petals of love so it can funnel in more life energy from the outside ……

  • Now breathe through the root chakra, located between the genitals and the anus. See the root chakra opening fully, so it too can funnel in more life energy from the outside ……

  • Breathe out through the feet. Visualize yourself standing tall, feet firmly planted on the ground, knowing who you are and what you represent. Allow energy from Mother Earth to flood up through your feet into your solar plexus, where it joins with the energy from Father Sun flooding down through your crown to create a tremendous furnace of personal power ……

  • Now breathe the petals of love out through all chakras at the same time ……

  • As you prepare to conclude the meditation, count down slowly and steadily from 10 to 1. As you progress in the count you will become progressively more awake, alert, and happy – feelings that will continue through the day. When you reach the number 1 all of your five physical senses will be operating cleanly, clearly, sharply and beautifully. Wiggle your fingers and toes to stimulate circulation, and have a good stretch ……

The Chakra Meditation is over.

Using Reiki Techniques with Children

Although using Reiki techniques with children is very similar to the Reiki techniques you would use with adults, there are a few things to keep in mind that will simplify the process and make the experience for that ‘wiggly’  little person seem like playtime.

Using Reiki Techniques with Children in 5 Easy Steps

  1. Using Reiki techniques with children needs to be playful and fun. Don’t expect young children to behave like adults and lie down quietly unless already asleep. Most children are wiggly. They won’t stay still for long. Their attention span is short. Whenever using Reiki techniques with children, be creative and keep the child entertained.
  2. Remember, you can deliver a Reiki treatment to anyone anywhere, even at the beach.Using Reiki techniques with children
  3. Turn the Reiki treatment into a fun game or a story time. For instance, tell your child a story as you move from Reiki hand position to hand position. I remember John Harvey Gray, whenever giving a Reiki treatment to a young child, telling him or her about the elephants who lived in the ‘deep dark leafy jungle.’ John would then imitate the elephant walk with his hands as he moved from Reiki hand position to hand position. Children were always mesmerized by these tales and just loved their Reiki time with John.
  4. First, deliver Reiki energy hands-off working from the child’s energy field before you place your hands directly in contact with the child’s body. Delivery Reiki energy to the child’s energy field or aura is an effective and gentle Reiki technique that will help get the child used to receiving Reiki. Once the child becomes comfortable with this “hands-off” technique, try Reiki hands-on directly on the child’s body.
  5. Keep the Reiki treatment short. The child’s cells are new and require only a fraction of the energy necessary for the adult.

I hope these Reiki tips are helpful to you. Please feel free to email us anytime you have questions or visit our Reiki courses page to learn more about our Reiki classes.

Reiki Wellness Center

Free Intro To Reiki on May 27th At Our Reiki Wellness Center/ Reiki Share

Interested in Reiki? Come learn what Reiki is all about. We are offering a free intro to Reiki on May 27, 2015. reiki-shareReiki is one of the most popular healing modalities today mainly because of two important reasons: It works to enhance the body’s natural healing ability … and Reiki is very easy to learn. Anyone can learn Reiki today, quickly and easily!

Would you like to experience a Reiki session? Or, learn more about how it works? All of our Reiki sessions and demonstrations at the Reiki Wellness Center/Reiki Share are provided free of charge. We will open our doors at 6:00 p.m. for those interested in receiving a Reiki session. RSVP to reserve your appointment. Our hours are 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

All sessions are open to the public. Bring your friends and relatives to experience Reiki. This is also a great opportunity for you, our students and graduates, to come and get lots of supervised practice giving Reiki, and if you wish, receive a Reiki session for yourself!

There is much more to be learned! Please come join us … and bring your friends and family!

Visit our schedule page to view currently scheduled Reiki Wellness Center dates. To reserve your Reiki session, or to let us know you are coming, please send an email to the Reiki Wellness Center. Thank you.

Clear Quartz The Perfect Gemstone Partner for Reiki Healing

Clear Quartz — Crown Chakra (Sahasrata) All Chakras (Formation — Primary)

Key Words: Amplification, Clearing, Cleansing, Healing, Programming.

We teach our students in the Reiki Crystal Healing class that clear quartz is the perfect gemstone partner for Reiki healing. Because of its clarity and crystalline structure, it is clear-quartzable to transmit and amplify the Reiki energy beautifully. Clear quartz absorbs, stores, releases and regulates energy. It draws off negative energies of all kinds. It cleanses and enhances the organs and subtle bodies. It stimulates the immune system and brings the chakras into balance by aligning them with the subtle bodies and the aura. When faceted, it can be programmed for a variety of purposes because of the way it grows inside the earth.

Clear quartz forms directly from minerals in the magma, a very hot stew of rocks and minerals, deep inside the earth. Pressure and heat from the center of the earth cause cracks to occur in the earth’s crust, forming a mold into which the magma seeps in. Over the next several million years the magma, which had already seeped into the crack, cools down and crystallizes into a beautiful quartz crystal.

It takes a very long time for minerals to form into beautiful crystals. When clear quartz is a molten state, its minerals are just the potential for becoming beautiful crystals. It takes a lot of energy (heat and pressure) from the earth, the passage of time, and the room to grow in order for the clear quartz to grow. This type of rock formation is called igneous or primary formation. Igneous stones form directly from the magma deep inside the earth.

 How Does Clear Quartz Help Us?

We grow and develop in very much the same manner as clear quartz does. Genetic traits we inherit from our parents influence our personalities, abilities and talents and can be compared to the clear quartz when it is in a molten state deep inside the earth. These traits exist within us as potentials. It takes years of growing and learning for the potentials to be expressed to one extent or another. First, we need to spend the time and energy to learn, and have the room to grow before the potentials can become established as personality traits, abilities and talents. For instance, it makes no difference if we are born as talented a painter as Rembrandt was, were we never to pick up a brush and paint. Or if we have the musical talent of a Mozart and we never pick up an instrument and play.

Igneous rocks and crystals, such as clear quartz are the best choice when you are learning new things, growing and developing your abilities and talents. Igneous rocks and crystals provide you with the right energy to support your growing and learning processes.

Hawayo Takata Explains How to Give a Reiki Treatment

Hawayo Takata explains how to give a Reiki treatment

Hawayo Takata teaching Reiki class. Copyright 2015. Usui-Gray Integrated Reiki System, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Hawayo Takata explains how to give a Reiki treatment. The practice of Reiki has grown exponentially since Hawayo Takata, a Japanese-American woman, first introduced Reiki to the United States in the 1930s. Because Reiki has been largely passed on as an oral tradition, vulnerable to changes and omissions, it is helpful to learn what Takata (as she liked to be called), taught about Reiki in order to gain more clarity and a deeper understanding of its practice.

One of the most common questions in need of clarification is “Where should I start the Reiki treatment … from the torso or from the head?” There has been much confusion regarding where Takata began her Reiki treatments on her clients. Some Reiki practitioners believe that Takata always began on the client’s head. Others believe that she started on the front of the torso. She actually began with both of her hands placed on the front of the client’s torso.

In order to shed some light and help clarify this question, we are presenting an excerpt from our library of private recordings of Hawayo Takata. These recordings were made by John Harvey Gray, with Takata’s permission, while he was training under her to become a Reiki Master.  The audio recording was taped in 1975, and in some parts is a little difficult to hear. We have done our best to keep the transcription as authentic as possible in order to preserve its integrity.

Audio Recording by Hawayo Takata explaining how to give a Reiki treatment

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Transcription of audio recording by Hawayo Takata explaining how to give a Reiki treatment

Takata: “Now, in the treatment, Reiki treatment is very simple, and we will be repeating and repeating the same thing over and over again, but this is for (unintelligable). One, two, three, four, the Foundation Treatment, there’s no difference than any other time, you start with the Foundation Treatment: one, two, three, four. (Note: Takata called the first four positions on the front of the torso “The Foundation Treatment.”)

So, when this is finished, then the fever, you go up to the chest. To the lungs. One, and two, and three, and four. And by this time, when you have given enough time and a good treatment, they begin to perspire. And then turn the patient over; treat the back of the lungs again. You have finished the front and you treat the back of the lungs. One, two, and then the kidneys—(mumbling to someone)—and then, right into the back. It’s a complete treatment. There’s no such thing as partial treatment.

In Reiki, you do the front and the back—complete treatment, and then do the rubbing—the circulation, you have to raise the circulation in order to give the blood a good chance for circulation and also the legs. The legs; rub up, rub up. Now, how long do you take this? One hour in the front, or, forty-five minutes in the front, if you can do this half an hour for the Foundation Treatment in the front, and then the chest, another twenty minutes, turn over, and the back of the chest: one, two, three, and four. When this is done, then you start running the circulation, the nerves in the ’s back, and that is a complete treatment. So take about hour an a half.

When you do hour an a half Reiki, no matter where you treat, he has had plenty of energy, plenty of Reiki, so he has to get well. And in case of cough or pneumonia, which is also fever, then you turn the patient halfway to the side. Then you treat in the pleura, all the front and the back of your lungs and to the side of your lungs. This side and then turn the other side and do the same thing and that will take care of the cough. But if you do have lots of mucous, you have to have an outlet for the mucous. An outlet for the mucous, number one. Be sure that you prevent yourself from creating mucous. And the worst thing to eat and drink is to drink milk.

When you have cows’ milk that is an animal drink. And even ice cream, has nothing but milk and sugar. With all this mucous forming things are prevented from entering your body, you will have less mucous. And so, be careful about your diet. Now, many people will argue and say that, “Milk is calcium. What are you going to substitute milk for?” And when you want to know what is the best drink, besides milk—there is a vegetable milk, called the soy milk. Drink soy milk and there’s no mucous. Soy milk gives you protein and calcium, and lots of lecithin, which help your brain. It’s good for your children. And milk, I do not condemn. But milk should be drunk with people with very very good stomachs. And should be in between.”

Reiki Hand Positions

Hawayo Takata, the Japanese-American woman who brought Reiki to the West, always recommended giving a full-body Reiki session for long-standing chronic health conditions. She said, “There is no such thing as a partial Reiki treatment. Reiki is a system.” (Meaning to administer Reiki as it is a system of Reiki hand positions.)

Since there seems to be a gap of knowledge in this area for many Reiki practitioners, we thought is would be helpful to present a series of posts on Reiki hand positions in order to help bridge the gap. The Reiki hand positions included in this series are the Reiki hand positions taught by Hawayo Takata in her classes and subsequently adopted by John Harvey Gray.

When appropriate, we will include in the description of the Reiki hand positions photos of the positions and excerpts of audio recordings of Hawayo Takata talking about Reiki. These recordings are from our private collection and are not available anywhere else.  Please subscribe to our blog in order to be notified each time a post is published. Thank you!



Trinity Center First Reiki Center in the USA

For this week’s “Throw Back Thursday,” we have a card from The John Harvey Gray Center’s Historical Collection. It is a Trinity Center business card circa 1976. Trinity Center was the First Reiki Center in the main land USA. It was located in Redwood City, CA.

You can see on the back of the card Hawayo Takata’s name along with John Harvey Gray’s. John Harvey Gray was one of the original 22 Reiki Masters created by Hawayo Takata.  Trinity Center’s pastor was the Rev. Beth Gray, also one of the original 22 Reiki Masters. At that time,Trinity Center was considered a major center for metaphysical studies and hosted many important figures such as author James Redfield, who wrote the “The Celestine Prophecy,” author and teacher Jeffrey Mishlove, host of the very popular TV series “Coast To Coast,” and of course, Hawayo Takata.

Hawayo Takata together with John Harvey Gray taught numerous Reiki classes at Trinity Center and established the first Reiki share there.

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Trinity Center First Reiki Center in USA

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