SEPTEMBER   2017    #86
COMMUNICATIONS 

NEXT HEALING CIRCLE
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13,  2017
  


You are welcome to attend 
the next Healing  Circle on Wednesday, September 13 , 2017
FROM 6 - 9 PM 
at  Asbury Tower, 
1701 Ocean Ave.   Apt. 23 H 
in Asbury Park, NJ.
 
PLEASE RSVP. Since the space is limited, I will need to know if you are coming. You can do this by e-mail [WASTEVENS@AOL.COM] , phone 732-284-9990, or text.

If I cannot accommodate everyone who wants to come on the date announced, I will offer a second date to those who call.
 
This is an opportunity to gather with other practitioners and share what is going on, ask questions, and receive support. It is also a time for both meditation and receiving Reiju and, of course, this is all followed by an exchange of Reiki. 
 
Hope to see you there.

Click on the link below for directions and give me a call if you are having any problems.

There is a parking lot used by surfers and fisherman as well as others, opposite the front entrance of Asbury Tower, to the left of the boardwalk, which you can use FREE. 

There are also parking spaces all around the building 
which have parking meters.  

Also a block down any side street, there is open parking. 
 
It is a couple of blocks north of 404  5th Ave.  where we use to have it and you can easily see the tall building from there. 
 
 Feel free to call me if you are having any trouble.  (732-284-9990)
 
Just touch the #1 when you come into the main entrance and the security guard will let you in. Take elevator to 23rd floor.
 

HEALING CIRCLE DATES: 
 
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
(No healing circle in February)
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018






UPCOMING REIKI CLASSES IN ASBURY PARK 

Taught by Bill Stevens

Usui Reiki Ryoho - Level I (Shoden)

SATURDAY -  September 23 ,  2017  9 - 5 PM

Please make your  intention to take class known to Bill, two weeks prior to class.  Call 732-284-9990



Usui Reiki Ryoho - Level II [Okuden]

SATURDAY -   November 18, 2017     9 - 5 PM

Please make intention to take class known to Bill, two weeks prior to class.   Call 732-284-9990




Usui Reiki-Ryoho - Level III [Shinpiden]
Saturday/Sunday  December 2/3, 2017  -  9 - 5 PM
[Need to attend both days]

Please make intention to take class known to Bill two weeks prior to class.   Call 732-284-9990

 

UPCOMING CLASSES AT BROOKDALE
COMMUNITY COLLEGE

YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THESE CLASSES 
WITH BROOKDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
CALL 732-224-2315 

REIKI LEVEL I TRAINING

Saturday - October 14, 2017
10 - 5:30 pm  $149
LINCROFT CAMPUS
Call Brookdale College to register 732-224-2315


  REIKI LEVEL II TRAINING

Saturday, October 28 , 2017
10 - 5:30 pm  $149
LINCROFT CAMPUS
Call Brookdale College to register  732-224-2315


TAI CHI EASY/QIGONG CLASSES

MONMOUTH MALL - EATONTOWN - CALL 732-542-1326

TUESDAYS -  September 19 - November 7, 2017
2 - 3 PM   

TAI CHI EASY AND THE TEN PHASES OF QI CULTIVATION  

The human system produces the most profound medicine naturally within.  Qigong and Tai Chi are time tests tools for activating this incredible human capacity.  In the park every morning in China, millions of people practice forms of Tai Chi and Qigong that are very simple, and targeted toward basic energy enhancement and healing.

In this 8  week class we will continue to introduce and review the five movements of Tai Chi Easy and incorporate the ten phases of Qi cultivation into these classes.

 
 FITNESS CENTER        LINCROFT, NJ  

Lifelong Learning Program

FRIDAY - September 22 - November 10, 2017
2 pm

To register call 732-224-2315

THE NINE MOVEMENTS OF TAI CHI EASY
AND TEN PHASES OF QI CULTIVATION
AND INTRODUCTION INTO PRIMORDIAL QIGONG
 
These classes  will focus on simple practices to restore and nurture a healthy balance throughout the body, enhance vitality, strengthen and calm the nervous system, still the mind and rejuvenate the mind and body. 
 
Tai Chi Easy is carefully developed method and approach to Tai Chi that makes it easy, beneficial and fun from the very beginning.  The student does not have to devote years to learning the traditional 108 movement form or even the shortened (24,36,42) form to enjoy the calming emotional and health benefits of Tai Chi.

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Consensus Report

In November 2005, a panel of more than 30 nationally and internationally recognized experts in Qigong and Tai Chi, physical activity and aging and biomedical research gathered to explore and recommend key strategies on issues related to providing accessible and widespread Qi Gong and Tai Chi programs.  

You might find it interesting to glance through the report.

ASBURY PARK SENIOR CENTER 
1201 Springwood Ave    732-988-5252
10:30 AM    
 (to be scheduled)


TAI CHI EASY - 9 MOVEMENTS
AND 10 PHASES OF QI CULTIVATION


Bill Stevens is a graduate of the 200 hour Teacher Training Program of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi.  [IIQTC.org]







Hummingbird Pool Party

MY TEACHER, FRANS STIENE WAS KIND ENOUGH TO POST THIS ARTICLE ON HIS WEBSITE


WHAT IS REIKI 


The most consistent question put to me over the past 20 years has been "What is Reiki?" And I have always struggled to find a way to give an answer that would not turn off the questioner to being open to experience a Reiki session.

When I have 30 seconds to explain Reiki to an inquiring family of a hospice patient, I say, " Reiki is a spiritual healing energy practice that many people find comforting and relaxing." For some people the words "spiritual" "healing" or "energy" are turn ons and for others, turn offs. But it seems to help in determining an interest in Reiki in the time allotted during the phone conversation.

But I have found the use of the phrase "Spiritual Healing Energy practice" raises the antennas of different religious groups who feel an encroachment into their area.

When I first experienced this it was quite a shock, quite surprising to me. I help with a hospice volunteer training program and now and again we have a clergy person attend the training. It sometimes takes a while, but it seems to always surface. - the message being, that I have stepped into an area whose door is closed, without proper credentials. We have bishops in the Roman Catholic Church who react the same way. But I was totally blown away, when one of our chaplains in hospice took issue when I referred to Reiki as a spiritual practice. All quite interesting.

Frans Stiene was one of my more recent teachers and I have been deeply touched by his teachings - he transformed the way I both practice and teach Reiki. I highly recommend anyone, no matter how long you have been teaching or practicing Reiki, to take advantage of his yearly classes in different cities in the United States. (ihreiki.com)
Frans taught me that Usui taught Reiki as a spiritual practice which came from his own deep Buddhist spirituality and other esoteric practices in the culture of his day. I have come to believe that there is no doubt he was an enlightened being or we may use the word a mystic.

TAI CHI AND AILING JOINTS

Tai chi produces the same benefits as physical therapy for patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis, according to a new study by researchers at the Tufts School of Medicine.

The study, led by Chenchen Wang, a professor at the School of Medicine, focused on osteoarthritis patients who reported significant pain. The average participant was 60 years old, and many were obese. "This was a really representative sample of patients we see in our clinical practice at Tufts Medical Center every day," says Wang, director of the Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine at Tufts Medical Center.

Wang defines tai chi in her studies as a multi-component traditional Chinese mind-body practice that combines meditation with slow, gentle, graceful movements, deep diaphragmatic breathing, and relaxation.



As Reiki has evolved and changed over the course of the 20th Century, it is often easy to forget that Mikao Usui's teachings were part of a larger cultural context with deep traditions and meaning. Frans Stiene held space for us and shared his invaluable insight into Reiki, taking us into its heart by exploring its roots in Japanese esoteric Buddhism.

GHOSTS OF THE ARCTIC


Ghosts of the Arctic was the type of passion project that my boyhood dreams were made of. Our goal was to venture out into the beautiful frozen expanse of Svalbard, in winter, to search and document polar bears. 

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