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Paradoxically, Autumn always seems a time of new beginnings. Just as the leaves turn golden, the children start a new school year and I plan Reiki shares and Reiki courses. We have our first Autumnal Reiki Share in Tavistock on Tues September 8th, at 7.30. If you would like to come, and haven’t been before, just give me a ring on 07802 863008. I will be teaching a Reiki 11 course in Tavistock on Oct 10 /11th, and a Reiki 1 course on Oct 24th/25th. If you would like to join in, please ring me.

Meanwhile, I seem to have lost a blog or two somewhere. I wrote about my Canadian trip, about meeting up with Wanja Twan in Vancouver and swimming in English Bay, and then moving inland to Mission to stay with Native American Reiki Masters Annelli Twan and Don, who took me to a cold mountain lake for more swimming. It’s a good thing I have been hardening off in the rivers and seas around Devon! There is something about swimming in real water that helps me find myself and make connections with earth and spirit. Annelli, Don and Wanja also took me to the Transformer Rock, where, way back when, three leaders were transformed to stone because they had failed to pass on the knowledge invested in them. Reiki is about passing on knowledge- not knowledge of the mind, but knowledge in the hands and spirit. It happens during initiation, from Master to student, and it is the role of the Master to ensure that the knowledge is passed on perfectly, without loss during the transmission. So, I try to teach exactly as Wanja taught me, and she teaches as Mrs Takata taught her, and it is the same, but inevitably different, because everything else we have ever learned comes in too.

Hello! I plan to use this site to chat about my Reiki life in Tavistock, and about the stories that come up as I teach Reiki, give Reiki treatments, hold Reiki shares and chat to Reiki practitioners everywhere. At the moment I am in the middle of a very exciting venture with Wanja Twan. Wanja was one of the 22 Reiki Masters taught by Hawayo Takata, and in April she came to Tavistock to hold a Storytelling workshop. I wrote about that for The Reiki Association’s Touch Magazine, and that story is below. Meanwhile, this week I am off to Canada to spend some more time with Wanja and Michelle, to have a think about the book we hope will come out of it.

Story Telling with Wanja Twan,
Tavistock, April 25th 2009

Wanja Twan is one of the 22 Reiki Masters created by Mrs Takata. She has lived a life full of Reiki for over thirty years. Two weeks ago, she came to Devon to hold a Reiki Story Telling Workshop. Louisa Booth tells us how it happened.

Two days before I went away for a month, Wanja and I concocted a plan to hold a story telling workshop in Tavistock. Wanja herself is a wonderful storyteller, and I love stories too, so this was clearly a fine plan. I recall now those stories Wanja tells about the early days, when Mrs Takata would declare that she was arriving to teach a Reiki class, and Wanja would say ‘yes’, and then work out how to rustle up some participants.
I sent emails and texts, and made as many phone-calls as I had time for, and then let it all simmer while I was on the other side of the world. When I returned, with 10 days to spare, we had 4 participants. Here’s the thing. Tavistock isn’t exactly near anywhere, except Dartmoor. People think they’ve reached the West Country when they hit Bristol, but they have another two counties to go before they reach Tavistock. For Canadians like Wanja and Michelle, that distance is nothing. Canadians cheerfully travel 10 hours just to pop in for tea with a neighbour. But in the British Isles, distance is different. People find it harder to traverse. Nevertheless, we soon had people coming from far (Scotland, Ireland, Shropshire, London) and near (Cornwall, Tavistock and all the way over the moor). By the end of the week I was asking the locals to bring chairs and mugs and hoping we would all fit in. We did, of course. We had the perfect number for a perfect day. (Note to self – do not worry).
Wanja told stories first. We started with perhaps the most important story for us as Reiki practitioners – how Mrs Takata taught Wanja to lay her hands there, and there, and there. We watched, we listened, we tried to absorb. Into this Wanja began to weave stories from her journey as a Reiki Master. Canadian stories feature coyotes and bears and interactions with the wild outside. Tentatively, we began telling stories too. Our stories were different, featuring transformations and healings. The stories are being gathered together and will create a book we can all share, and then we will see, perhaps, whether the flavour changes as Wanja travels from country to country, gathering stories as she goes.
As the day closed, Wanja gave each of us a Reiki blessing, and people came out shining. A Reiki blessing from Wanja is amazing and powerful, and creates its own transformations. As Jean Jones said of the day, “what incredible energy… I guess that is what it feels like when you have truly lived Reiki. I really had the opportunity to experience her amazing energy and presence in a completely real way’. Wanja is a wonderful person, and opportunities to spend time with her are valuable. If you get the chance, any place, any time, I urge you to say yes!
Louisa Booth, May 7th 2009