Reiki & My Reiki Story

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What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese energy healing. It is an ancient healing technique used to enhance the body’s natural ability to heal itself through the balancing of energy on physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels.

The word Reiki comprises of two characters ” 霊 気 “. Phonetically it is a combination of two Japanese words – Rei which means “Spirit” and Ki which is “life force energy.”

Reiki can be thought of as Intelligently guided life force energy. This energy has been called Qi, Prana, and many other names in many cultures throughout history.

Reiki is typically received while laying down in a relaxed position such as on a massage table. The experience is similar to receiving a massage, with calming aesthetics such as music and diffused oils permeating the air.

The person giving Reiki places their hands slightly above or gently over the person, so that energy can be exchanged.

Every session is personalized and therefore your experience will be unique!  You can expect to experience sensations of heat, and relaxation; there are no negative or harmful effects of Reiki.

It works holistically to stimulate the bodies natural healing response, to cleanse, revitalize, and harmonize…

Potential Health Benefits from Reiki

・ Complete relaxation                                                                                                                   ・Increased circulation                                                                                                                      ・ Release of stress and anxiety
・ Positive emotional states
・ Release of old blocked emotions
・ Physical, emotional, and spiritual pain relief
・ Strengthened immune system
・ Opening of your intuitive centers
・ Enhance learning and creativity                                                                                                ・Increased sense of well-being and confidence
・ Eliminate emotional, physical, and mental stress
・ Supports overcoming past trauma

My Reiki

I was privileged to be attuned in the special city of Nakano, Tokyo, Japan in the Summer of 2018. I experienced with sensei Yoko Kubota levels 1 – 3 in the Usui Reiki.  My experience was unique in that my achievements accompanied six months spent exploring Japanese culture and continent.

Likewise, my teachings embodied of a respectful balance between Western and Japanese Reiki, and included a uniquely native quality from the Reiki heart of Tokyo. I also had the privilege to travel to the temples of Kyoto and begin my practice of channeling Reiki in the place of its roots. My lineage is shown below in Red.


My Reiki Story

In late 2016 I was living in Southern California working for a fortune 500 company. I was at the height of my career and had recently been offered a promotion with a corner office. Things were going really well for me, and although I was working close to 60 hours every week for the past several years, I earned a lot of vacation time and was able to enjoy traveling every quarter. Then somewhere in between the stress of the holidays I began to notice painful tension accruing in my hands, fingers and forearms.

By the new year my hands were in so much pain I began to augment my regular routines such as driving, doing my hair, and texting. By the end of January 2017 I was struggling to send a single email over the course of an entire week. I had begun to use more advanced ergonomic tools and expected my body would rebound, but instead my injuries began to compound from my physical body into my emotional and spiritual bodies.

By the end of February 2017, I struggled to feed myself, dropping down to below 90 pounds, I struggled with maintaining an independent lifestyle. By March 2017 I had been approved for medical leave from my employment, albeit too late. At this time I was not able to drive in fact I could barely brush my teeth. Over the following year I lost my job due to my physical disability and was told my condition was likely permanent. I also began to try every form of therapy including physical therapy, massage therapy, and nutritional supplementation; although these elements were helpful and I credit them with giving me the hope I needed to continue towards recovery, I felt as if my healing had plateaued.

Being who I am, I opened my mind to all possibilities and began looking for something anything that would help me heal; and that looking brought me to the Far East. In the Far East I met doctors trained in Eastern medicine who really cared about healing my condition. I received massage therapy in the mountains of northern Thailand, already my hands were improving but again they seem to plateau. That is until I found myself in Japan taking a calligraphy lesson in Tokyo, my hands wrapped in kinisthetic tape. I was searching for the right word; I was thinking of ether, but in translation the teacher thought I was talking about “air.” Breath?, He asked. That’s not a special word, he said. The exchange was quite comical. He explained to me that the word for “air” is made of two characters: the first character means something like, sky, and the second character meant life force energy, “Ki.” I fell in love with the character. Later I looked it up and made the connection between Ki and Reiki. Actually, I devoured everything I could find on Reiki which has its roots right here in Japan and two weeks later I found myself studying Reiki in Tokyo with a native reiki master.

I would describe my first Reiki healing session as life-changing. This was with Yuko sensei in her home studio, I could feel the electricity coming off of her hands, especially when she was working with my heart area; it felt like voltage buzzed from her fingertips. I went deep in my experience, I had visions full of colors and fractal geometries. This was something that came intuitively for me and as naturally as it came together in my life for me to receive these attunements, it has come naturally through me for me to become a Reiki healer. Immediately after my first session with Yuko san, I noticed more strength and vitality in my hands! I was immediately able to do more and with less pain which has allowed me to be more independent again!

My Reiki story is one that is full of gratitude for the knowledge that I have received. When I really think about it, it has been a powerful miracle in my life. In time I know my body will remember how to heal itself and to hold this higher vibration of healing, I just know this to be true and it gives me joy to share this vibrant healing experience with you.


Tracy  Rose

Why I take Photos

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I recently lost a few thousand photos. My camera was stolen along with all of my memory cards… Precious moments from my adventures hunting wildflowers in the California desert and of my recent chautauqua in Mexico I mean, this trip was especially meaningful to me. The photos that were lost had captured a visible evolution in my personal and professional journey. To me these weren’t just photographs, these were unforgettable milestone, priceless moments frozen in time. Imagine a piece of your portfolio omitted into the void. In my grief for their loss I began process why photos are so meaningful to me, why I take photographs.

My earliest memories of my grandfather are of him always with his DSLR camera, ever since I was little girl I remember there being a pet Nikon that was never far from his hands. He loved taking photos and he had tens of thousands of them from his frequent trips across the United State and around the world. He also always had his camera for all the little moments too, day-to-day, our pictures were taken through his eyes. We take pictures of the things that are important to us. His were mostly of his travels, of his family, and of his friends whom were a part of his family as well. His photos were such a gift to me, they provide invaluable retrospective of myself my family and all of these moments otherwise forgotten in time.

My grandfather was also the one to put the camera in my hand and encouraged me to use it; he never once questioned my pictures neither did he give me advice on how to take a picture he just taught me how to use it and let me enjoy the experience of taking photos. I remember taking pictures alongside him on adventures we shared as well as taking many photos on my own time just being a kid at and after school. I remember the joy it brought me taking my own photos, the freedom of capturing moments of my life from my perspective, and catalyst that gave to me in developing a personal expression.

I remember taking photos as early as age six. Mostly of nature; birds, trees, and flowers. I remember trying to catch life in motion, it’s possible that those experiences taught me more about life than it did about photography. I remember my excitement and anticipation of picking up each newly developed role, never knowing which shots had worked. Anytime we had an aquatic adventure; snorkeling or infamously paddling out to some island that looked close enough.. my grandfather would always put an underwater disposable camera in my little hands and those are some of my favorite photos to look back on.

The art of Photography is woven into my soul and when life feels really complicated, picking up the camera, going slow but still moving well keeping my eye open to the beauty of life, that’s my Zen. Photography has shaped my life by inspiring me to take the extra time, to make the effort, and to have some great adventures. Photography then even more so than now, for me, it highlights how fleeting the beauty of life can be. I love the exhilaration of getting of capturing those fleeting moments. I am very much an in the moment photographer.

There are a few photos that have weathered the years that photos that I took when I was a little girl that are still so exhilarating for me to look at, moments in my mind reinforced by the photograph in my hands. Photographs can provide us with valuable historical perspective, they are important to families and societies alike. For better or worse they can show us our own reflections, capturing our culture and mood. Photography is an art, and art is a pillar of our collective legacy. I believe that collective legacy is a fractal expression of our individual legacy.

The art that we create with our lives is multifaceted, and whatever our individual expressions we influence our impact on our communities. Our interests determine how we live, how we make others feel; and ultimately, how we inspire others in leading their own creative expression, that is our personal legacy. I take photographs because it gives me great joy to capture life’s meaningful moments and to share the world as I see it with others. It brings me great joy to be a part of the moment, to see the world in frames.

We take pictures of the things that are important to us, as a photographer I have learned to connect with things that are important to other people as well and it stokes me to be able to connect with people through my photography. Every day I’m inspired to capture life, to be able to share those moments that I have been fortunate enough to be a part of. I am inspired by the power of a photograph that lifts our spirits and opens our minds. I take photographs because it inspires me to feel more connected to the present moment, to open my mind like an aperture, to receive more of what’s going on in the world around me.

To the human who stole my pet camera and is probably not reading this, maybe it makes sense now how the memory card can be worth more than the camera itself.

Tracy Rose


Published January 2018

2017 Booklist


There were times last year when I wasn’t able to physically pick up a book but whenever I could pick up a book, I certainly did. I had always wanted to make it a habit of spending more time reading,  while I was on medical leave last year reading was my whole world, my escape and my reality. I hope you enjoy this long list of books I gratefully read in 2017.

Books awaken us from the slumber of almost-living – Anaïs Nin


  1. The Seven Habits
  2. The Fifth Habit
  3. The Eighth Habit
  4. Anatomy of the Spirit
  5. Meditations from Mat
  6. Nourishing the Teacher
  7. Choosing Happiness
  8. The Kaizen Way
  9. Practice: The Way to Meaningful Life
  10. The Miracle of Mindfulness
  11. The Way of Zen
  12. The Art of War
  13. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  14. Out of your Mind
  15. The Art of Grace
  16. Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
  17. A  New Earth
  18. Hamlet
  19. Alice in Wonderland
  20. Memoirs of a Geisha
  21. Through the Looking Glass
  22. Pride and Prejudice
  23. Zhivago
  24. Strong Female Protagonist
  25. Wanted
  26. The Wit and Wisdom of Benjamin Franklin
  27. The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln
  28. Walden
  29. Fahrenheit 451
  30. Slaughterhouse Five
  31. Cats Cradle
  32. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
  33. Audubon Society Guide to the Stars
  34. Tim’s Astronomy Guidebook
  35. Audubon Society California Wildflowers
  36. Guidebook to North American  Butterflies
  37. Tesla: Man out of Time
  38. The Invention of Nature
  39. A New Green Earth
  40. The Blue Zones
  41. The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat
  42. Oliver Sacks: a Life on the Move
  43. An Anthropologist on Mars
  44. Momento Mori
  45. My Story: Marilyn Monroe
  46. Experiencing Mexico
  47. History of Mexico
  48. The Diary of Frida Kahlo

In 2017 I set the foundation for a healthy, lifelong habit and more conclusive list in 2018. I look forward to the accumulation of many years of my life being spent in random coffee shops, bookstores, and libraries around the world!

Tracy Rose

Published February 1, 2018