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I have had the most amazing night with my friends, new and old, at the Queer Art Walk in Downtown LA.

If the Sister’s of Perpetual Indulgence are hosting an event near you, then you need to get your butt over there and enjoy yourself for the good cause that they are representing.

Thank you to all my friends and fans who were able to make it out to the show.

It’s deeply appreciated.

view all of the photos at my page on facebook: Facebook | Queer Art Walk / Art Walk / Downtown LA.

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Queer Art Walk.

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Be well,

Scott K Smith
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I’ve finally finished the pieces for QueerArtWalk.org / the Downtown Art walk next Thursday.

Gentle, and not so gentleman, ladies and folks.

This is the story I created. Paralleling the death and resurrection process (Osris); the piecing together of life lost; the body awareness that remains from dismemberment. The awareness (peacock) of what was, what is, and what could be different than the life before.

Gathering.

The oldest mystery is the story of Osiris, son of Saturn, brother and husband of Isis, father of Horus, and brother to Typhon. Typhon kills Osiris and Isis retrieves the body in dissevered parts and Osiris is proclaimed arisen from the dead. Zoroaster brought this mystery to Persia, Cadmus brought it to Greece, Orpheus brought it to Thrace, and Melampus brought it to Athens.

— Henry Binkley Stein; Thirty Thousand Gods Before Jehovah

Once again I’ll post the info for this upcoming collaborative show.

DETAILS

WHERE WILL THIS EVENT BE HELD?

The Gallery will be held in downtown Los Angele’s Gallery Row

WHAT ARE THE DATES AND TIMES OF THIS EVENT?

The event will occur on 8/12 & 8/13 from Noon-10pm.

WHAT TYPE OF ART WILL BE AUCTIONED?

  • Paintings
  • Sculptures
  • Photos
  • Fashion

HOW WILL THE ART BE USED?

Physical art (paintings, sculptures, fashion, photos, etc) will be auctioned off in a silent auction. Non-physical art (Performances, music, etc) will be displayed through out the event

WHO IS PRODUCING THE ART?

All art is produced by queer arts and our allies.

WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THE ART SALES?

All proceeds will benefit Highways: A Queer Performance Space and APLA’s Crystal Methamphetamine Program

APLA

APLA’s crystal methamphetamine program aims to reduce the risk of HIV infection and the social isolation caused by the use of the drug. The program consists of risk-reduction trainings, support groups and community events with gay men who use methamphetamine. We provide a four-session training in both English and Spanish to promote harm-reduction strategies. We also offer informational sessions with gay men who do meth and who are concerned about the negative impact of methamphetamine use in their lives. These sessions are especially for men who are not currently in substance abuse treatment. We also provide weekly support groups, as well as a monthly art group.

http://www.apla.org/prevention/crystal_meth.html

Highways

Highways promotes the development of contemporary socially involved artists and art forms.  Annually, Highways co-presents approximately 250 performances by solo dramatic artists, small theater groups, dance companies and spoken word artists that explore the boundaries between performing and visual art forms.

http://www.highwaysperformance.org/

The Gallery will be held on 8/12 & 8/13 from Noon-10pm.

The Exchange
114 West 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Google Map

What is the Downtown Art Walk?

The Downtown Art Walk is from 12-9pm, however each art gallery has its own operating hours, with some not opening until mid-afternoon, and others closing in the early evening. Please check individual gallery websites to ensure the spaces you want to visit will be open when you come. Most Art Walk visitors arrive after 6PM, and the streets are crowded until about 10PM, then the activity moves into restaurants, bars, and private spaces.

Want to miss the large crowds, best time is between 3PM and 6PM. Come, and enjoy the Art Walk!

www.downtownartwalk.org

WHO ARE THE SISTERS OF PERPETUAL INDULGENCE?

We are an Order of 21st Century Nuns dedicated to the promulgation of universal joy and the expiation of stigmatic guilt. Our ministry is one of public manifestation and habitual perpetration.

More simply put: we make people happy, stamp out guilt brought on by a judgmental society and help various organizations and charities, etc ….

Our goal is to embrace our gay and diverse selves and each other as we are today, as we were born and as we are meant to be. Our goal is to share kindness, love and laughter with those we have met, those we meet today and those we will meet tomorrow as a source of personal empowerment and pride.

We believe in freedom of expression, teamwork, effort, and diversity. We are a family, committed to social activism, social service and spiritual development.

The Order strives to strengthen its community through drag activism, by raising much-needed funds for community charities, and by bringing about a better understanding of gay spirituality.

The Sisters also work to unite the various factions of the Southern California lesbian and gay community and raise drag awareness among individuals, businesses, and organizations that are often ignorant or even hostile to members of the drag population.

Queer Art Walk.

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Scott K Smith
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Greetings!

I wanted to post some details about the August Art Walk that I, among others, are creating works of art and entertainment for. The Sister’s of Perpetual Indulgence have brought together a list of painters, sculptors, photographers, and entertainers in a benefit show for the Aids Project Los Angeles’s Crystal Methamphetamine Program and the Highways Art space. Two great benefactors for art and recovery.

I love benefit shows and that the benefit itself will take place at Art Walk central, right next to Bert Green Fine Art at The Exchange.

Among the flowering art you will find a series of casts that I am creating and painting that represent one’s piecing together of a life lost to drug abuse. The canvasses represent dismemberment and dissociation in their singularity, and rebirth through their coming together again to form the remnants of man. Piecing together his life. A series that come together signifying the gathering together of the aspects of ones life in recovery. This story parallels the myth of Asar (Osiris) after his dismemberment, before his resurrection. Aset (Isis) has pieced him together, in a sense she is the spirit that binds the pieces as they attempt new life.

I don’t know what all the art will be at the event but I do hope you will stop by to take a gander, talk to the sisters and view some, or all, of the art and performances, and music… maybe even make a donation or bid on one of the pieces for the benefit.

Details are below (thanks to the Queer Art Walk website): Time, date, place, silent auction, benefactors and a bit about the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and their great cause.

I will release a complete set of images that I am giving to the show in the next week or so. I still have a few casts to create and then a mediation on the spirit of their assembly.

I hope to see you there.

Details

Where will this event be held?

The Gallery will be held in downtown Los Angele’s Gallery Row

What are the dates and times of this event?

The event will occur on 8/12 & 8/13 from Noon-10pm.

What type of art will be auctioned?

  • Paintings
  • Sculptures
  • Photos
  • Fashion

How will the art be used?

Physical art (paintings, sculptures, fashion, photos, etc) will be auctioned off in a silent auction. Non-physical art (Performances, music, etc) will be displayed through out the event

Who is producing the Art?

All art is produced by queer arts and our allies.

Who will benefit from the art sales?

All proceeds will benefit Highways: A Queer Performance Space and APLA’s Crystal Methamphetamine Program

APLA

APLA’s crystal methamphetamine program aims to reduce the risk of HIV infection and the social isolation caused by the use of the drug. The program consists of risk-reduction trainings, support groups and community events with gay men who use methamphetamine. We provide a four-session training in both English and Spanish to promote harm-reduction strategies. We also offer informational sessions with gay men who do meth and who are concerned about the negative impact of methamphetamine use in their lives. These sessions are especially for men who are not currently in substance abuse treatment. We also provide weekly support groups, as well as a monthly art group.

http://www.apla.org/prevention/crystal_meth.html

Highways

Highways promotes the development of contemporary socially involved artists and art forms.  Annually, Highways co-presents approximately 250 performances by solo dramatic artists, small theater groups, dance companies and spoken word artists that explore the boundaries between performing and visual art forms.

http://www.highwaysperformance.org/

The Gallery will be held on 8/12 & 8/13 from Noon-10pm.

The Exchange
114 West 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Google Map

What is the Downtown Art Walk?

The Downtown Art Walk is from 12-9pm, however each art gallery has its own operating hours, with some not opening until mid-afternoon, and others closing in the early evening. Please check individual gallery websites to ensure the spaces you want to visit will be open when you come. Most Art Walk visitors arrive after 6PM, and the streets are crowded until about 10PM, then the activity moves into restaurants, bars, and private spaces.

Want to miss the large crowds, best time is between 3PM and 6PM. Come, and enjoy the Art Walk!

www.downtownartwalk.org

Who are the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence?

We are an Order of 21st Century Nuns dedicated to the promulgation of universal joy and the expiation of stigmatic guilt. Our ministry is one of public manifestation and habitual perpetration.

More simply put: we make people happy, stamp out guilt brought on by a judgmental society and help various organizations and charities, etc ….

Our goal is to embrace our gay and diverse selves and each other as we are today, as we were born and as we are meant to be. Our goal is to share kindness, love and laughter with those we have met, those we meet today and those we will meet tomorrow as a source of personal empowerment and pride.

We believe in freedom of expression, teamwork, effort, and diversity. We are a family, committed to social activism, social service and spiritual development.

The Order strives to strengthen its community through drag activism, by raising much-needed funds for community charities, and by bringing about a better understanding of gay spirituality.

The Sisters also work to unite the various factions of the Southern California lesbian and gay community and raise drag awareness among individuals, businesses, and organizations that are often ignorant or even hostile to members of the drag population.

Queer Art Walk.

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Scott K Smith
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Hello!

Started to put together an online site on Etsy for some of my work. The site is still relatively small and I’ve not really busted my butt to really pull it into a tighter page.

I’m getting there!

Destination by lifencompass on Etsy.

As things progress I will be adding past illustration work, the new series “The Happy Ones” will appear here as well.

Be well.

Scott K Smith

It’s funny to realize how working on, and trying to  produce my little show at the Rowan really robbed me of my time. I’m at a bit of a loss without canvass at this point but ready to paint! Hitting a few stores this afternoon around downtown to see if I can fins something to paint over.

I’m kind of fuzzy this morning so please excuse any typo’s or brain farts.

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Frosti was one of the last pieces I spilled out for “A Hidden Place” but ended up being one of the most popular. From comments like “The texture is really intense” on most pieces to “That one” (Frosti) “is easy to approach and so soft.” gave me a few ideas about how to spin these little messages out.

I keep getting asked how “the Show” went and I find it hard to communicate in a few words. First tho I was displaying my work, I was also among many artists at the Gallery Space so there were venues within the venues and a few surprising additions. I met some incredible people. I…

I listened quietly without introducing myself to hear what people said about the work, mine and others.

I met another artist who was from my home town -it is a small world after all. Warm hands, loving smiles, deep ideas. I can’t wait to do some collaboration with him.

I got my ass grabbed a few times by friends. : )

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I loved watching everyone take photo’s of “Fertile”. It was as if no one had seen a penis before but aside from that I also got a little education about the symbol from Ancient pompeii. Corrina forgive me for misspelling your name if you have stopped by to read the blog but I never got your card. Anyway this great lady Corrina and I talked for a spell about her work and Young Living and she told me that in Pompeii they would hang little penis plaques outside of the doors for fertility.

I’m glad “Fertile” was by the door. I sold three pieces.

I felt surrounded and supported by friends.

The Rowan, no the streets of Downtown LA were a mess! I couldn’t believe how  many people were out to art walk but it almost seemed more of a circus than an Art Event. Me thinks I gotta tune in for the January show and make it a bit more private or exclusive. I don’t want friends to have to fight through crowds of party-goers and I’d love to create a different sort of dimension. Hey. I’m not complaining it was awesome.

When I said I was truly grateful, I meant it.

Oh man! I almost forgot. BOLT BARBERS was HOT! They had people lined up for cuts and Matt blew me away with how upbeat, positive and enthusiastic he was about the event. I mean it really was more than just creating a “buzz”. Yeah. Good job Matt. I can’t wait for BOLT to open at the Rowan.

Full event page at Lifencompass.org
http://www.lifencompass.org/live/art/Pages/A_Hidden_Place.html

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I have a few things on my mind that I will try to spell out for you later like Elemental Attunements, and “what’s this story about soy causing cancer???” but I’m not guaranteeing anything until the coffee kicks in.

Much love,

Scott K Smith
Lifencompass.org

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Hi there. Had to post again and update you on some more of the artists I’ll be sharing the Rowan Gallery Space with. This is going to be interesting. I peeked on some of the work that is going up inside. Add in BOLT Barbers  and their demonstrations and my work… I’m smiling.

I wasn’t able to get links to all of the Artists but here is who I have.

Tony Tee / Known Gallery

Steve Anderson / Nudes
http://www.myfineartnudes.com/#a=0&at=0&mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=0&p=2

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I also received a list of names, of photographers, who  I do not have addresses for. Victor Lopez, Clark, and Nima.

Of course we still have BOLT Barbers who will be setting up five chairs for men’s hair cuts, at the Rowan Gallery space while their retail space is being built out. Cuts are part of the BOLT experience and during the Art Walk Matt has joined with Jodi Bonassi, paintings of Barber Shops.

And of course there is my work, titled A Hidden Place.

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Art Walk @ The Rowan
460 S. Spring Street
(at 5th and Spring)
Los Angeles, CA 90014

http://www.downtownartwalk.com/

*Art walk is always free*

*Note about Parking Downtown:
Most streets have free parking (at meters) after 6:00 PM on Thursday Night. You will find that there are quite a lot of people on the street so you may have to pay for parking if you didn’t decided to take the public transportation in or stage your exploration of new art at a local’s loft / parking.

Invitation
Invite on  facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=110289124171&ref=ts

I hope you can make it.

Scott K Smith
Lifencompass.org


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Scott K Smith / Bolt Barbers™ Barbering Exhibition / Jodi Bonassi @ Rowan Gallery.

IMG_4388I’ve been sent an update two of the other attractions at the Rowan Gallery Space. If you didn’t know it, there is an awesome little barber shop opening up at the Rowan, BOLT Barbers. Information on the new retail tenant and a collaborating artist are below.

This is said to be The Rowan’s LAST night of participating in the art walk as new tenants begin to fill our their retails space. We will miss the Rowan Gallery. It has always been a great attraction of artists and art appreciators. I know personally that in many ways the success of these shows belongs to Joji Dreyfus, the guy who took the reins of an empty space and opened the door for the temporary venue. Hat’s off to you Joji!
(Official Press Release)

Bolt Barbers™ Announces First Barbering Exhibition At The Rowan Gallery, Artwalk Downtown Los Angeles, September 10th, 2009

Founder & Chief Barber of Bolt Barbers™ announces Bolt’s first artwalk exhibition at The Rowan Gallery.  Bolt Barbers has teamed up with artist Jodi Bonassi, to display her award winning barbershop oil paintings at the gallery, located adjacent to the future location of Bolt Barbers at 460 South Spring Street in Los Angeles

Mohawk Matt and his team of Bolt Barbers will be offering guys free haircuts all night within the exhibition space.  Guys will be shorn in one of Bolt’s five vintage Koken President Barber Chairs, dating from the 1950’s. The exhibit including the live barbering will convey not just the look but also the feel of an old school barbershop, something that has gone missing from Downtown Los Angeles until now.

The artwork of Jodi Bonassi conveys the important role barbershops played for men as a social garage.  Jodi was inspired to paint barbershops by her own grandfather, Jacob Feldman, who was a Barber. She recently completed her ninth painting in her Grandpa Jake series,  which will be unveiled at the exhibition. Jodi’s goal is to complete 100 paintings in the series as a tribute to her love for barbers, barbershops, and her own grandfather. The first Grandpa Jake Painting, which was reviewed in The Boston Globe and published in Harpers, was stolen at LAX.  Since then, her Grandpa Jake series has continued to get reviewed and published in articles such as Flavorpill and other noteworthy publications.

The Barbering Exhibition promises to be a memorable evening, enabling visitors not just to see, but also to feel, smell, and experience an authentic real barbershop.  Mark your calendars.  Thursday, September 10th.  The Rowan Gallery.  460 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.  Exhibit hours are from 4pm-10pm.

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About Jodi Bonassi

Jodi Bonassi’s work has been reviewed in the Boston Globe, Flavorpill, LA Times, Daily News, and The Chronicle Review.  Other publications include Art and Living, Art Calendar Magazine (cover),Harpers Magazine, Studio Visit Magazine (Ocean Press), 2007 Emerging Artist Calendar and others.  In 2008 and 2009 she received the University Scholars Award for her “CREATE” Program.  This unique community service based art program is targeted for High School students in need of art programs.  She is a dedicated artist whose recent work has merited inclusion in the Alchemy of Art Exhibition juried by esteemed Los Angeles critic, Peter Frank.  Other noted curators who have selected her work in juried gallery exhibits in Los Angeles are Ann Philbin (from the Hammer Museum, gallery 825 Open Show, 2006), Cliff Benjamin ( “Out There”, LAAA, 2008), Bert Green of Bert Green Fine Art (“Out There”, Gallery 825, 2009), and Marc Pachter from the Smithsonian Institute(Best Painting Award, Cambridge Prize Show, 2003.

Her work has been selected for unique depictions of centers for communal exchange, specifically barbershops, malls and cafes.  She has also used recycled materials such as soccer balls, and broken plates or furniture to paint on.  Jodi Bonassi has an extensive exhibition record in regional institutions and galleries and is fiercely committed to her painting career and to teaching. More information is available at www.jodibonassiart.com

(BOLT BARBERS™ , a Delaware LLC was founded in 2008 by Global Marketing Entrepreneur Matt Berman.   BOLT BARBERS will open its first barbershop in November 2009 at The Rowan Lofts, 460 South Spring Street in Downtown Los Angeles. More information is available at www.boltbarbers.com).

A HIDDEN PLACE

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Inspiration

As the name may suggests the work I am presenting at the Downtown Art Walk might be found in a secret location but it is not, directly. A Hidden Place is an exploration of a reflection that I found in the music and meaning of the Album, Vespertine, by Björk.


Vespertine draws its name from evening prayers, or Vespers. (Björk, Vespertine) Listening to the album and reflecting on my own home life, my inner world, and the tiny beats with parlor-like dances in Björk’s music I found a muse.

I present to you “A HIDDEN PLACE”. The interpretation of the work is your own. I found image and movement in the music. These suggested, resonated with aspects of my self and life inspiring creativity and deepening my sense of home, Vespertine parted a veil between what is and what is not seen. Less about objects, more about feeling and flow I introduce to you my little paintings here. My evening prayers.

Art Walk @ The Rowan
460 S. Spring Street
(at 5th and Spring)
Los Angeles, CA 90014

http://www.downtownartwalk.com/

*Art walk is always free*

*Note about Parking Downtown:
Most streets have free parking (at meters) after 6:00 PM on Thursday Night. You will find that there are quite a lot of people on the street so you may have to pay for parking if you didn’t decided to take the public transportation in or stage your exploration of new art at a local’s loft / parking.


Invitation
Invite on  facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=110289124171&ref=ts

I hope you can make it.

Scott K Smith
Lifencompass.org


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I hope to see you there…

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As the name may suggests the work I am presenting at the Downtown Art Walk might be found in a secret location but it is not, directly. A Hidden Place is an exploration of a reflection that I found in the music and meaning of the Album,Vespertine, by Björk.


Vespertine draws it’s name from evening prayers, or Vespers. (Björk, Vespertine) Listening to the album and reflecting on my own home life, my inner world, and the tiny beats with parlor-like dances in Björk’s music I found a muse.

I present to you “A HIDDEN PLACE”. The interpretation of the work is your own. I found image and movement in the music. These suggested, resonated with aspects of my self and life inspiring creativity and deepening my sense of home, Vespertineparted a veil between what is and what is not seen. Less about objects, more about feeling and flow I introduce to you my little paintings here. My evening prayers.

Art Walk

http://www.downtownartwalk.com/

*Art walk is always free*

Hi there. Just a short note to remind you that I am participating in the September 10th Art Walk, in Downtown LA on Thursday September 10th.

Rowan Gallery Space
*I’m right in front*

460 S. Spring Street

Los Angeles, CA 90013
WWW.ROWAN-LOFTS.COM

6-10 pm

Additionally the paintings will be up for 5 days after in the gallery, after the event.

You can link to the event on Facebook at:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=110289124171

The bulk of the work can be seen here or at the facebook site however keep in mind that most of the images are works in progress. I want to save the wow *I hope* for the drop of the final veil.

Aurora”

There are just tons of galleries, artists, performers and specials in the Old Bank District on the Art Walk. To learn more about the Art Walk follow this link:

http://www.downtownartwalk.com/

*Art walk is always free*


Be well,

Scott K Smith

Lifencompass.org

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|| Reiki Introduction ||

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Welcome back.

Since my schedule is starting to clear up a teensy bit and I’ve received several inquiries for taking on some new students I decided it was time to dust off the manual and update the materials. Something old, something new, you know just a spring spruce up.

It’s been awhile since I have worked with any new students but for the most part my graduates have flown on into their own explorations.

I expect to open the doors for new students by Summer, after B and I return from Germany, around August.

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I would like to introduce to you my teaching style of Reiki, in case you you are curious about my methods and philosophy…

I do not teach Reiki and pass an attunement in a day unless I am certain that one already has cultivated some basic tools equivalent or related to the level of energy and experience that is necessary. Even then I still prefer a period of time while you get to know the system and allow for a bit of meditation in preparation for the attunement process.

I know that there is little harm that can come from the inexperienced to the client but there is a lot that can go wrong if someone does not have the proper understanding of their own inner experience or the basics of the Reiki system.

My original Reiki Master’s, Claudia McGregor and Cheryl Coleman, used to perform what they called “Reiki Rescue”. Taking in new students who had received attunements to the Life Force Energy with little or no instruction about utilizing the energy as a force for healing. I believe, and still do, in the integrity of their work. They held themselves to a higher standard and treated each student, each human being, with respect and tailored what they knew to those that they taught. I was/am inspired by their examples and I carry on that tradition.

Each and every person who comes to learn Reiki is unique, we are all at varying levels of learning and so I know that I cannot instruct everyone in one afternoon. Some folks may already have surpassed the basic understanding about the human energy system, chakras or even know all about Reiki but not have received and attunement yet. These people (in general) tend to have quicker learning experiences and we go through the learning in a day.

Others are just entering into the passage from the mundane into the world of healing with Ki, energy, and so it can take a longer time to pick up the energy. That is generally why I have given the 1-2 week learning program via my manual. It allows for students old and new to meditate, after instruction, and get a basic feel for the energy of Reiki. It allows for reading, study and experimentation to come to an understanding about the system so that when we meet it is more a review, Q&A and attunement period.

A gradual build up to the energy of Reiki, in my opinion, always softens what some call the healing cleanse that can occur after an attunement. In that time I transmit to the student the Life Force Energy and by the time we meet, one should know if they are ready to commit to the healing practice or not.

Then, in the end, I make myself available to students (within reason) via email for follow up questions, etc for 30 days. Additional assistance falls into consultations and that I can discuss further and create the details with the student at that time.

In general if one were to want to train in 3 Degrees of Reiki with me, I separate the attunements and experience up. After a 1st Degree attunement I generally do not pass a 2nd Degree for at least 3 – 6 months and following that, I do not pass the Master Attunement until one has had at least a years worth of experience at the 2nd Degree level. The importance of the symbol work and distance healing is essential.

This timeline is my “rule of thumb” but it’s not set in stone. As I said, each person is different.

The following is my introduction to Reiki 1, the full manual will be made available to old and new students of Otherhoodlight.com (closed) and Lifencompass.org. I may edit this just a bit more but otherwise this would basically be the introduction.

Introduction: Reiki 1, Lifencompass.org

Reiki_KanjiIt’s been many years since I first received my Reiki training and in that time a lot has changed about what we know, and how I practice Reiki. When I began my path as a healer it was with stones and herbs and prayers to the Gods. Most spiritual practices can give us an introduction to healing in some form or another. My path was in the pagan and Wiccan influences, among other various instructions.

You may have been introduced to healing through prayer or meditation, or you could have been brought into it naturally, through family or an opportunity to learn with a teacher or healer. Doctors or a a nurse could have supplied us with a healing touch, awakening the compassion to heal others. Regardless, the calling is clear when one seeks to heal another.

Let us be clear in the beginning that Reiki is not “faith healing” or “prayer”. It is a system based on Tendai Buddhism, and is reminiscent of many Martial Arts Practices where one channels Ki, or Life Force Energy that is present in all things. Coming from an Asian, predominantly Japanese and Chinese influence, Reiki is the blossom of a rich history of Wu Shamanism, Taoism, Esoteric Buddhism and in the end, the enlightenment of Dr. Mikao Usui who was seeking a viable healing path.

Being and eclectic healer and witch myself, you will find that I integrate many healing practices into the work that I do. In order to help you distinguish between the Reiki tradition and the use of Reiki, the Life Force Energy, I will note the differences in the practice.

I think the most important thing to remember is that through this new introduction to healing you are embarking on a whole new level of experiencing health, wellness and the path to becoming a healer. The true path of healing is that of love, conscious living and giving unconditionally. It is not bound to traditions, though we respect these traditional means, but it springs from them as ladders, paths of elevation that lift us out of the way were are into a new realm of living. I call this path, as a healer, the development of the Healers Consciousness, and it is the blossom of the mind and spirit of the healer.

It is not just a method of healing but also the awareness of our own innate healing power and potential as well as the endless ways in which we can apply the Healers Consciousness to living in our day-to-day lives. So we can also look at this journey into a new world as an exploration of our inner world. If you haven’t already begun, you will learn some tools to help you learn and grow as a human being.

The fragrance of this blossom of consciousness is the integration of the Healers Consciousness into all aspects of your life. When cooking, breathing, writing, walking, become healing the potential of our healing capabilities is made apparent. Ultimately the fragrance is the compassionate and loving spirit that passes the healing energy without worry or ego, in any and all ways and one becomes Reiki.

Healing may happen when you place your hands on the body of another, but never forget that it is not limited to this method alone. Our thoughts, actions, words, feelings and deeds can create healing and in turn all things we create can heal. Healing can be found in our food, in our pictures and stories and in the most mundane “routine” actions of our life. It is just a matter of how our minds are directed, how open we are to seeing the way in which we can heal and not just how we are supposed to heal.

This is a manual to teach you the basics of Reiki. Within these pages you will find information on things like the nature of energy, history on the path and more, like hand positions to help you complete a full body healing session.

These are methods that are proven but not absolute. They are tools and guides for you to use as stepping-stones on your healing path. You will grow, learn new practices and integrate new means to heal. In short you will grow and change and your guide may be this manual, but remember that no book on Reiki  is absolute. Your guide should be your intuition in conjunction with your experience and the Tradition of healing. Your intuitive guide is your greatest source of information. The inner voice that connects our minds and our deepest self to our highest and most divine self.

Using our intuition we will learn to follow the soft guide of Reiki, the path that the energy flows. We will feel it pulse, flow and ebb and pulse again. These subtly felt tides of energy will be our indicators of where we heal and when the healing is complete.

You may have read it or heard it said, Reiki is like water it flows to where it is needed. You may hear that Reiki has an intelligence all of it’s own and in many senses this is true. Just as a tree grows towards light and water moves downhill, Reiki vibrates towards balance, it is the way of the Life Force Energy.

There are many different types of Reiki. What I teach is based on the Reiki tradition as I was taught, that system that ultimately stems from Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki tradition (not the energy itself) and is blended in areas with other teachings, paths and insights that I have found to be effective.

Reiki is healing path. The attunements you receive today are your initiation into this healing energy system. I hope that it will transform your life for the better in all ways.

If you are interested in scheduling a session or in learning Reiki, please contact me and let’s discuss.

Scott K Smith
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