Starr Beauvais has been practicing Reiki by teaching and giving sessions for sixteen years. She has given over 6,500 sessions of this Japanese energy healing technique. She says, “Reiki heals on all levels: physical, mental/emotional…” She shares with the Boston Pagan Examiner how she came to this path, what Jikiden Reiki has to do with paganism, and how it is different from Usui Reiki.
“I was wandering, in my life, in my spirituality.” Despite not being Catholic, she found herself at St. Patrick’s cathedral in New York City. “A chapel to Mary drew me like a magnet. I lit a candle and looked at Her and prayed, ‘If I have a Divine Mother, I want to know who You are.’ I meant it passionately. It was not to do with the religion, it was the sacred energy and space. The Mother doesn’t have a religion. The Mother is everything.
“I was immediately drawn to Reiki. I did a meditation one Saturday night, asking God, ‘Is this [Reiki] what You would have me do?’ On Monday, I was in a Reiki class. Reiki is Love, Mother’s love. A gift of answered prayer indeed…ask passionately from the heart and you receive!
“Reiki means ‘direct spirit energy,’ meaning that our spirit is directly connected to the source of Greatness and that we can receive extra of this energy when we need and want it. This is a Shinto concept. Shintoism is a Mother Earth / Father Sky philosophy. We are all directly connected to some form of Greatness, one Creator, Mother/Father God.”
Three years ago, Ms. Beauvais learned Jikiden Reiki. Jikiden Reiki differs from its cousin, Usui Reiki, because it is closer to the original teachings of Dr. Mikao Usui. Through divine inspiration, he founded Reiki in 1923. Ms. Beauvais explains, “Jikiden means ‘directly passed down.’ Its lineage is very short indeed. There can be twenty teachers in an Usui Reiki lineage. In my Jikiden Reiki seminars there are just three, ensuring authentic teaching.” Jikiden Reiki is not diluted and changed, as Usui Reiki has become in its travels around the world. It has remained “a pure and simple form of Reiki, the way it was originally intended to be. The truth is evident in the results you receive.”
Practicing and teaching Reiki is now Ms. Beauvais’s full-time profession. “There’s no room for other passions. I am a Reiki specialist; Reiki is what I do.”
For more information, or to contact Ms. Beauvais, go to usui-reiki.org or call her at 781-586-0855.