Gassho and Rei-ji-ho

Gassho means meditation with hands together, a foundational practice of Reiki. Holding your hands together, in prayer position or anjali mudra, in front of your heart, signals the beginning of any Reiki session. It centres us in the Reiki energy and activates the flow of energy through the body.

This activation of energy in Gassho is amazing as part of a meditation practice, whether or not you know Reiki. Your hands and your heart are two important ways that you interact with your world. By taking a moment and stilling both in meditation, you are able to deeply transform yourself and your world.

Give it a try now.

Notice the energy between your hands. Listen to your quiet heart beat. This is the stillness your soul is longing for. Just taking the time to be aware of the the YOU that is beyond the physical you.

I always open my Reiki classes with a short guided meditation with everyone’s hands in Gassho. I close the meditation with Rei-Ji-Ho, a practice used in Reiki to set your ego-self aside from the healing that occurs and a surrendering to the Divine wisdom that you can sense with your hands.

Both Gassho and Rei-Ji-Ho are important to help build a strong focus and intention in the practice of Reiki. But they can be used by anyone as part of a meditative practice.

Rei-Ji-Ho is simply a prayer to put your mind, your intellect in the service of the energy in your hands. You bring your hands, still palms together, to your forehead as a signal that you are putting the wisdom of Reiki above your own ego-centric thoughts. Ego here means the part of you that views yourself as separate; separate from other people, separate from the earth, and separate from the Divine.

The prayer itself is one I wrote, using the principles of healing as guided by Master Usui. In the final line of the prayer, I use the word surrender. Here I am using the word surrender in the sense that we are letting go of our own ideas about what is needed for a person and solely focusing on where the Reiki energy is guiding us. It is listening in the deepest sense of the word.

Rei-Ji-Ho Prayer

You are perfectly healthy whole and complete.

You easily align yourself with your highest good and you work in harmony with the healing principle of the Universe.

Everyone and everything in the Universe is moving easily and freely toward perfect health.

Every motion of this Universe is towards pure love and light.

The Universe is moving steadily toward this state of pure being and you are perfectly aligned with this motion.

You move with love and light because you are love and light.

Every motion of your hands and movement of your energy is guided by the infinite wisdom of the Universe.

I surrender to the wisdom in my hands.


Amethyst is one of the best crystals to start your crystal collection. It is a most often a beautiful violet colour, but it can range from very pale lavender to a deep purple. It is easily found in natural points, clusters, and polished and tumbled shapes.

I compiled the main properties of amethyst from several crystal books. These properties are the most common ones that most crystal experts agree on.

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What better way to start a new season than to create a new resource category: Crystals! I use crystals extensively within my meditation and Reiki practice. I find that crystals allow for an easier focal point in mediation and also set the energetic intention of a session. Crystals work on every level of your being: physical; mental; emotional; and spiritual. Crystals have been used for centuries and we are naturally drawn to these beautiful manifestations of the earth.

Crystals carry intention. Almost any crystal will work for you if your intention is strong enough. However, each crystal has its own energy signature that can magnify whatever is needed in your life. Knowing just a little bit about the basic nature of crystals will enhance your spiritual practice.

I have been working with and studying crystal healing for over 20 years. I have a large collection of books just on crystal uses. Through out my reading I found that each crystal book had different descriptions of what each crystal did. Pretty soon my head was swimming with information overload.

Amethyst Energy

I solved that problem pretty much the way I always do. With statistics!!

I combined my big nerd brain and my love of crystals to explore crystal meanings from as many different authors and books that I could find. I put all the information together in one giant spreadsheet to figure out what are the main actions of each crystal.

I recently found the perfect software that can display the information in a pretty and easy to understand way. I will be adding a page for each crystal as I build and update my giant table. Maybe it will even be a book one day!


The sources I used for building my spreadsheet were:
Doreen Virtue and Judith Lukomski, 2005. Crystal Therapy, How to Heal and Empower your Life with Crystal Energy. Hay House: Carlsbad, CA.
Judy Hall, 2004. The Crystal Bible, A definitive guide to crystals. Walking Stick Press, Cincinati, Ohio.
Judy Hall, 2009. The Crystal Bible 2. Walking Stick Press, Cincinati, Ohio.
Judy Hall, 2000. The Illustrated Guide to Crystals. Sterling Publishing Co., New York, NY.
Judy Hall. 2006. The Encyclopedia of Crystals. Fair Winds Press, Beverly, MA.
Cassandra Eason, 2010. The complete crystal handbook: Your guide to more than 500 crystals. Sterling Publishing Co. New York, NY.
Robert Simons and Naisha Ahsian, 2007. The book of stones: Who they are and what they teach. Heaven and Earth Publishing: Berkley, CA.
Philip Permutt, 2007. The crystal healer: Crystal prescriptions that will change your life forever. Cico Books, New York, NY.
Simon Lilly and Sue Lilly, 2006. The Essential Crystal Handbook: All the crystals you will everneed for health, healing and happiness. Duncan Baird Publishers, London.
Diane Stein, 2008. Gem stones A to Z: A handy reference to healing crystals. Crossing Press. Toronto.
Melody, 1995. Love is in the earth: A kaleidoscope of crystals: The updated reference book describing the metaphysical properties of the mineral kingdom. Earth-Love Publishing House. Wheat Ridge, CO.
Dr. Flora Peschek-Bohmer and Gisels Schreiber, 2002. Healing Crystals and Gemstones from Amethyst to Zircon: A comprehensive listing of the therapeutic uses and healing effects of the most important crystals and gemstones. Konecky & Konecky, Old Saybrook, CT.
Jennie Harding, 2007. Crystals. Walking Stick Press. Cincinnati, OH
Michael Gienger and Wolfgang Maier, 2007. Healing Stones for the Vital Organs: 83 Crystals with Traditional Chinese Medicine. Healing Arts Press, Rochester Vermont.

Illumination Meditation

This illumination meditation was inspired by a dialogue with my higher, wiser self as a way to integrate spiritual knowledge into physical reality. It will leave you feeling refreshed and filled with Divine Light.


Please let me know what your experience is. 🙂

Illumination Meditation


This is a home recorded meditation, so please accept its highly original, hand-made quality.

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