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  1. Amulet

    Therapeutic Touch

    Hi Joy, Like all who provide a service, even with wedding planning or wedding officiating for example, it depends on what is offered. That and "a lot of money" is relative. We know how that goes! I will explain some of what is entailed in the costs. This is probably one of the areas that is very largely misunderstood because there are a lot of different ways that attunements can be approached. Some teachers have classes that last all day, or even over two days, and they provide lunch, snacks, your materials and have to pay for a venue. That isn't cheap. Others will hold a class all day for one day, and still provide a meal and snacks that are catered or whatnot in their home plus your learning materials, which still isn't cheap. Usually those teachers who spend the most time up front can become your mentors. They stay in touch with you throughout your journey to mastership. It is often the goal to lead a student to do their work and intimately understand the value and benefits of how energy reciprocates among us to heal one another among other things. In the older tradition, it is a relationship that would ideally remain connected for life. This is why lineage is important to some. In the circle of mentorship and connection, one will have a sense of living a way of life that is on purpose with reciprocating at a high vibration. The healers within a lineage become your circle. Your family. Everyone is on the same page with creating peace as their lifestyle and continue to work towards it always. Within a lineage, our forces gather to send energy outward in a way that is stronger than if we healed as individuals. The nature of peace for those connected within a lineage is always flowing, so it becomes important to train those within the lineage to begin to make peace and healing a way of life and not just a "thing" to visit with. Everyone living this lifestyle "under the same roof" so-to-speak is then healing together with an extraordinarily powerful flow. We believe this gathering will bring greater peace to the body and can bring miracles to heal the gravely sick and offer a whole other level of compassionate transition to the dying. For the types of teachers above, the time spent mentoring students isn't often charged by the hour as if it is an appointment with a psychiatrist. That can happen, but generally it isn't like that. Mentorship goes on for months, sometimes years, and that cost is included in the initial fees. It could be the case that what appears to be a large expense up front doesn't earn a teacher much more than $2.00 an hour in the end, if that. That and in general, Attunements are not something that goes on for a teacher every day of the week. More like once per month. The teachers often also pay for materials to include in their study books for you as I mentioned, or cover the cost of your notebook and all of the paperwork and certificates. Really it just depends on so much. Some teachers will have a two hour session where someone comes in for a while, gets their attunement and goes out to celebrate, or whatever it is that one feels inclined to do afterward, and it costs $150 and includes the workbook materials and they go their own way. It is a solitary path where it requires work to continue to educate oneself without a mentor or a healing circle. Unlike the above which I described, some want the knowledge and only plan to engage in it for personal use and don't want to make it a lifestyle. A person has to check in with what they want to ultimately get out of each level of their training. There are a lot of times where the value may translate if you ask what is included in the service and it is in line with what you plan to do with the training. I think we all know quality education and training takes time. So much really boils down to how much time we want to invest and what the ultimate result to get out of it is.
  2. Hello Yotetsu, I just saw this is your first post here. Welcome aboard! Thank you for sharing wisdom about your practice with Zen. There is a perfect full circle in your observation.
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    Therapeutic Touch

    OK thanks. It seemed similar from your description. Out of curiosity, I will have to look up if it has any precepts that the work is carried out under, if any. This is true! An interesting point about that is where some practitioners seek training to add certifications of different types of Reiki to add more symbols, such as going the route of learning the Karuna version. But if one type is practiced for long enough, the realization comes that Ki is Ki and symbols are part of a ceremony of sorts for guiding intention. Regarding your initial post: Energy work can really open up some avenues, no doubt about it. That has to be one of the most amazing things about the work is the experience is indescribable. One of the most amazing and rewarding things for me is after teaching Reiki I - having several people say their hands won't stop buzzing the next day or two. Nothing is ever said about it expecting any of that to happen, but it is reported over and over again. I remember being totally amazed by that after my own experience with my Reiki I attunement. It certainly set me on a course to continue on with!
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    Therapeutic Touch

    If it helps, I am an Usui Reiki RMT. My lineage is 7th downline from Dr. Usui. My teacher/mastership was earned in 2003. I am still currently an active practitioner. The major part of my career for over a decade is energy healing therapy. I have heard of Therapeutic Touch as well as Quantum Touch. I never looked into them in depth. I had given one of them a glance. I don't remember which one it was, but they wanted a year or two of ongoing schooling and a mentorship to get a certification. The number of hours required looked really hardcore. Your description of Therapeutic Touch sounds like Reiki 2/3 work without attunement or use of the symbols. I wondered if that is the case? Is a Therapeutic Touch session different than a Reiki Session for you? Was this what opened the door for you to begin learning Reiki or was it Reiki that led you to discover Therapeutic Touch?
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    Hello My Friends!

    Happy return, Rev Kuespert. I am looking forward to your shares!
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    Therapeutic Touch

    Hi Jonathan, how awesome! What is the method of this vs. Reiki? The name sounds like it is something hands on like acupressure + Reiki ? For you was this something that was opening flow in meridians or something different? I'd love to know more. Thanks!
  7. Thanks for posting about this. It is a cache and cookie thing for security. Unfortunately it kicks us off instead of just sending a notification to let us know that the account was logged on from somewhere else and asking to confirm if it is ok! I have gone in circles with the needing to login thing myself! This will also happen if you have recently changed your password. The two cookies that hold your information begin conflicting. Clearing the cache will normally fix the situation. Hopefully it does between your two devices! Sometimes the software will make things more complicated than they need to be!
  8. Intentionally or unintentionally, what items do you own that broadcast your belief system publicly? For example, a pendant or bracelet with a charm on it such as a cross, a pentacle or a reiki symbol, a Darwin fish on your car, shirts or other clothing or jewelry? I have japa/ mala bead bracelets that I wear but they are kept under long sleeves. I would not wear the bracelets if I was wearing short sleeves. I wear a pendant with a symbol that few people would know how it is interpreted. Nothing on my car. My home is also fairly discreet. You?
  9. In a location where deviating from the 'required' norm puts us under the threat of danger, that is beyond Fundamentalism, that is Extremist. There's no way I would even speak the words. There are people who profess Fundamentalism. If they engage to argue, I reject their label. Fundamentalists don't mingle with Heathen to argue. The longer they hang around, the more they are exposing themselves to "evil" which they should be staying away from. I don't find there to be an issue there. So it leaves the people pretending to be Fundamentalists to have an argument about right and wrong and to make me wrong - there's no point to that as you said. That goes for any closed-minded convo. It's just...dumb. For anyone who isn't a fundamentalist or even riding that line which is the experience I have most often, using the label as a reference point brings up productive conversation. I don't find that it is used against me, but again, I am only speaking from my own experience. This has been the larger part of my experience, and the former much less. But also I am not in a Bible Belt area or one that is so conservative that people would be vandalizing my home or anything if I didn't profess to be something they didn't approve of. Times are gettin' scary though!
  10. In the end, it doesn't. For someone wanting to try to relate or gain some understanding, it does. In a lot of cases, I would like to know. Without intentionally pigeon-holing someone, or going by a label, it is a starting point to work from and build on. As for me, I don't like labels on myself either, but I find that I can use them in an effort to be more helpful for relating that my "kind" may not mean what they think. They need the referencing point first and if open to discussion not stay so locked in to their stereotype. Interpretations vary so widely these days.
  11. Thanks there are some really interesting points here. I think one of the biggest misconceptions is that Atheist means Anti-theist. And unfortunately a lot of the arguments that come in come from ignorance. And also, there is a misconception that Atheism conflicts with ritual practice. For someone to learn that Buddhism is an atheist religion can confuse people. Satanists mentioning Atheism must make people's heads explode.
  12. My condolences for your loss cuchulain. If I may ask, how was it determined that she was a Druid? I think family has a large role with religion. Mine certainly added their share of influences on me. There is an indigenous/family/tribe/familiarity thing that rings pretty loudly for me on this topic. It's a great question. I am not one for statistics really but an interesting point came up regarding being creatures of habit that may be something to ponder: They say over 50% of the population in the US lives within 50 miles of where they grew up. (Something like that.) If true, it is a strong case for living within the confines of familiarity, and perhaps a fear of venturing outside of it more permanently. There are other factors involved of course. There always are. That said, religion is also known to be similar in that respect from what I understand. Many are the religion they are because they grew up in it. And they will stay in it because it is familiar, and may perceive religious association as requirement to stay friendly with the "tribe." My mother was set to be a Catholic nun. She was raised in a convent. Catholicism is huge where she grew up. Things changed of course, and she isn't a nun. She met my father (who is not Catholic) and made a life. I have one younger brother. Growing up, my father was pretty much hands-off when it came to any religious stuff. With my mother, we learned the Catholic prayers and devotions. Read the Bible if we chose to. The local church still held mass in Latin for certain holidays which we would attend in proper dress and we would also attend midnight mass. We learned the rosary and about absolution. We said Grace at the table. And, went to Vacation Bible School wherever it was being hosted nearby during the summer if logistics allowed for it. Perhaps having parents of two different ideologies made a difference. My father didn't practice anything. My mother was teaching us about Catholicism but it did not seem like being Catholic was a "have-to" as much I perceive that it was an introduction to tradition she knew. I don't recall her teaching us from the Bible offering verses. If I had questions, she didn't go deep into interpretation. I never went to catechism. Actually, one day in church when communion was being given, she asked me if I wanted to take communion and I said I don't know what it is. She explained it and pushed me out to go get in line. I got in line to go through the process. That was my First Communion experience. So I'm not really sure where she was at with Catholicism. But she has always claimed it to be her belief system and still does. To this day she still prays to Saints etc. But just because she claims to be Catholic and is rather...unorthodox about it, does it make her a Catholic to other Catholics or does it just make her a practicing Christian? What if 10 years from now she abandoned the Catholic ideology for something more Messianic without me knowing and she gets a Catholic burial? Had she been proactively engaging and reinforcing practice and ritual, it might have been a different story early on. There was an acceptance within our environment for this one thing at least, that if we did not choose her religion we would still be considered family and not be suffering any repercussions for choosing differently. I think that made a huge difference. I don't identify with the religion, and don't recall that it was a requirement to "or else." Even when it was the only thing I knew and was being taught and had no real resources to go to and even explore with at a young age, I decided for myself. But also, my relationship with my mother was often strained. That could have had an effect with some of my decision making. I doubt it, but that is something that might be factored in as a possible influence.
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    Identity Crisis in New Age Groups

    This is a nice perspective. Grounding is always such an important part of any kind of channeling or doing higher chakra type of work. -- Jonathan, It may not have come across in text well enough, but I am not making the connection with your reference to weight problems and astral travel. Is that in reference to chemical imbalance mentioned in the previous reply?
  14. Was thinking the same. Even the concept of what Logos is or means has all sorts of different flavors depending on the area of study. I don't equate it to universal consciousness. Probably the opposite of anything universal for me. In my practice Logos is half of a perspective to study and needs its counterpart to be considered whole truth. Kind of bi-partisan-like. Difficult to explain. Obviously the quest for labels is always going to be something to iron out, lol Is Stoic considered more like on the hardcore logic/proof/evidence/absolutes side of things? Or is it more liberal than that?
  15. Aww. The same could be said for anyone arguing the nuances, though. I think it's a matter of someone taking something too seriously and needing to be right (or not be wrong) with wherever they happen to be on the meter. The Apathetic Agnostic Church actually exists as like a congregation?
  16. The term I know for that one is Apatheism. I wasn't sure if it was a slang term. Another one is Ignosticism. And I don't know if that one is slang either.
  17. Oh I believe you. I have seen those kind of conversations go off the rails. Unexpectedly I've seen Buddhist communities go through that with the 'varying degrees' of atheism and orthodoxy between eastern and western and seeing those arguments makes me scratch my head. And of course the side gallery is watching this thinking, "attached much?!"
  18. I know there is a list of different Atheisms but Stoic all by itself wouldn't be ringing any bells off the top for me. I would probably squint my eyes and say, "huh?" lol Probably the opposite of the intelligent conversations you would have hoped for. (To open with anyway.)
  19. Thank you for the heads-up. The sidebar is removed temporarily until I can find a fix.
  20. A new forum section has been introduced named Interpath Academia & Scholarship. The forums within this area are not open yet, with the exception of the previously existing area Interpath Dialogue... The new forums will be open to allow posting into within the next 24 hours. by Friday the 14th. The keywords associated with each area are references and not an be-all or end-all. If you feel an identifying keyword is missing or is misplaced, please let me know either by posting a reply here or sending a PM. My Innkeeper account has posted "introduction" information about posting in the new areas. A welcome post and quick-help/summarizing FAQ was added to the ULC Minister's Introduction Junction as well. A temporary area named Ritual & Ceremony is set up so that I can get a proper count of ceremonies posted on the forum. This will determine if the area should stay or if the topics should merge elsewhere. If you have original ceremonies to add to that forum, it expresses an interest to have it remain a part of the forum as its own area. Thank you for your patience and support, and have a beautiful day!
  21. It is lovely they took the time to write and share their thanks. And gratitude to you as well for forwarding their message. He is missed. I wish his family love and comfort.
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    New haiku thread

    ..."through sickness and health." someone else's paradigm is it true to self?
  23. Recent changes: Part of the forum cleanup process has included going through nearly every topic in every section to find its proper category for "filing". Once old topics were placed in areas more true to their content, the next step was to archive them to a proper place and as best as possible not simply mass dump them randomly or delete them. The side effect of sorting this way is the reason for the re-naming or consolidation of some of the forums. My apologies if it is causing some confusion. We are at the home stretch! Most of the topics that have been created are where they "should be." (Some areas more loosely than others while there is still movement going on.) Archiving continues. In each forum's description the '~ helpful keywords' to reference for posting have been updated for some areas. On the front-end, the areas available to begin conversation in may look a little bit light at the moment, but in the back, there are six new forums waiting to be opened up. Almost there! Thanks for your patience!
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    New haiku thread

    Forum arrangement: Is it nearly completed? Feels like forever...
  25. Shhh! Murph's birthday is this week on the 5th and we want to wish him an early Happy Murphday Birthday, Murph! (This is the year he regenerates.) Thanks for being great, Murph! Have a great week! Good day, sir!