• 26/01/2012 /  Retreats

    Karuna Sanctuary, Katoomba

    December 2, 3 and 4 2011

    Wild kangaroos, The Karuna Santuary, Katoomba

    Wild kangaroos, The Karuna Santuary, Katoomba (Photo: Remko)

    Celebration of Reiki
    by Susi
     ‘Just for today, I won’t get angry, I won’t worry, I’ll be grateful, I’ll work hard, I’ll be kind’.

    We learned of the power of imagination which can help the real power of Reiki to grow. Of giving and receiving and the two fused into one.  Of respect for the receiver of Reiki.

    We imagined / discovered the life force in everything  around us, and the movement of waves out from ourselves, and back into ourselves.

    We realised the universality of healing across religions, all with one hand on the head, one on the heart, all caring, all healing.  Children and animals give and/or  receive Reiki intuitively . . . even trees, we found out as we leaned on them for support and life energy in the cool sunshine of Karuna’s beautiful bush garden.

    Experiencing Reiki in a beautiful bush garden

    Experiencing Reiki in a beautiful bush garden (Photo: Matt)


    In Malcolm’s meticulously prepared booklet, we found the power symbol, Choku Rei, the First symbol, the power of ‘here and now’.  And the love symbol, Sei He Ki, the Second symbol, the healing power of love and compassion. We drew both  symbols as they appeared to us personally, each representation different, each one perfect in its individuality.

    As we practised Reiki, the two symbols came together to open us to its flow. We rubbed our hands vigorously to energise them, visualised connection with the symbols, plugging into the life energy and compassion all around us.  In the ‘tunnel’  ( lantern avenue, lighted way, fluorescent boulevard) of Reiki, our hands, like radiators, channelled our force through our companions.

    Practising Reiki

    Practising Reiki (Photo: Remko)


    We learned how Mikao Usui ‘discovered’ the healing powers of Reiki after 21 days of spiritual training. Almost as  a by-product. He asserted that the ability to practice Reiki is innate in every person.

    We remembered our friend Mark , and his untimely death from cancer, and the supporting role Reiki played in his gentle passing.  He had everything to live for, but he let it all go, saying he felt ‘complete’, thereby giving great comfort to those grieving family members and friends who loved him.

    I personally discovered the benefit of Reiki in accepting the transformation over time of some personal relationships. Giving Reiki to my retreat companions, I extended it further out to certain other persons in my life, and found  I could bid a peaceful and loving farewell;   freeing  them, and myself, from old patterns which no longer applied, and letting them go to take a new form, or come to an end.

    Experiencing the life energy and support of nature

    Experiencing the life energy and support of nature (Photo: Matt)


    I humbly thank  Malcolm for his dedication and hard work, his brilliant insights and guidance.  And  Nara for creating her usual magic in the kitchen, and everywhere else! And Karina, for her eternally gorgeous smile which is such a window into her soul.  And all my other companions at the retreat for their friendship and support.

    Hasta luego!!

    Susi xxx


  • 26/01/2012 /  Meditation Courses

    by Malcolm

    Intervals of Freedom

    An invitation to all Karuna friends.

    A new meditation course commencing fortnightly at 150 Walker Street.

    Meditation gives you intervals of being free from fuss and bother,

    free from stress and worry, and free from problems.

    So how do you get like that?

    Well, it’s not about being like this:

    Three Wise Monkeys

    It’s not about shutting out or switching off. Why? Because if you do that,  you have to eventually stop being switched off.

    and all the problems just come swarming back in again.

    Being free of worry and fuss begins  when you learn to scale your problems and bothers down in size

    and this is done in meditation.

    by learning to extend your consciousness and expand your mind.

    It’s about becoming like this:

    ‘With tranquil minds and constantly in contemplation
    they are peaceful, unprejudiced, at rest and free from longing,
    immune from all distraction and delusion.
    Their minds are calm and clear, profound and infinite.’
    (The Threefold Lotus Sutra)

    Choose either:

    Tuesday 31st January  7 pm


    Thursday 2nd February  7 pm

    For information call 9929 8463 or email Nara