The author of this site has been practicing Reiki for several years. He went on to receive his Usui Holy Fire Reiki Master/Teacher certification in April of 2015 and the Holy Fire II upgrade in April 2016 from William Lee Rand, Founder and head instructor of the International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT). He is also a Professional member of the International Association of Reiki Practitioners(IARP) and insured with Massage Plus Ins. He has spent much of his life in and around dense forests and also in coastal communities along the North East Coast (USA). He has felt most comfortable in life when he has been in nature and is hoping to share his experiences with this community.
After hearing about, and looking into Shinrin-yuko several years ago it occurred to him that he has been learning this modality his whole life and it is really just common sense, or so he thought. One man’s common sense is a world of wonder (or nuisance) for another. He quickly learned that not all people who like to spend time in nature truly take advantage of what it has to offer. There seems to a lack of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual connection to our surroundings (especially in the North East USA). There are a lot of people however enjoying the outdoors for their own personal growth, health, fitness, and mental well-being, often just to reduce the stress of everyday wear and tear. That in and of itself is an important aspect, and with time, these people will come to realize what they have been missing all these years in what I hope is an Ah Haaaa moment in their lives. Those are the newcomers to this program and we will have a special section to finding your way in the woods (first steps!)
There are many out there that have been working as healers who are not familiar with Shinrin-yoku but are familiar with Reiki, Healing Touch, Qigong, Tai Chi, shamanism, etc and would like to be informed on how to utilize our wonderful surroundings and may need more of a road map to assist in their current healing structure. I hope there will be some Shinrin-yoku Guides who are willing to give their input on how best to experience all aspects of this wonderful, relaxation, connection technique with a more structured approach.
On the flipside, we are hoping that people that have an affinity and spiritual connection with our wonderful planet and all its offerings will offer to help guide visitors of this site to help them experience the land the same way they do.
While the Theory of Shinrin-yoku is very simple, the practice, like everything in life can often be difficult in the follow through. I hope everybody can find it in their power to make time for this wonderful exercise. If you are one of the people that find yourself outside in nature all the time and would like to take it to the next level, I would suggest heading over to Shinrin-yoku.org and look into a program they offer to be a Certified Forest Therapy Guide.
While Reiki is a relatively simple form of energy healing and available to any and all people, some people are more inclined to make a long term commitment to the art and continue on to Advanced/Master/Teacher level. For those that have attained a more spiritual understanding and achieved a higher consciousness, I ask you to give back to mother earth, and all her wonderful beings to help raise the collective consciousness of the planet. In doing so you will also be raising the amount of perspective clients looking for someone to show them their new path. There is no better way to introduce people then to use your love of nature and the forest as a perfect real life example of new paths to take in life then to show them new paths in the forest.