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Radio shows “Reiki – Balancing Form and Essence”

Between 2007 and 2015 Phyllis Furumoto produced about 340 radio shows. She interviewed people of interest in the Reiki world, or just shared what was happening in her life.

Phyllis Furumoto: In my travels through the world of Reiki, I meet many people. All of them have great stories, profound insights given through their practice with Reiki, and inspiring experiences. It is my joy to be able to share these with you through these interviews. I am grateful for the willingness of these students of Reiki to share with you a glimpse of their Reiki path.

These original archival interviews are recorded between 2007 and 2015.

Years 2014 and 2015

1 January 2014 – Phyllis Furumoto

The story of my year 2013 is folded into a narrative with the theme of « having a pure heart. » This concept of a pure heart is expressed in the song Calon Lân that is sung by Only Boys Aloud, a Welsh choir that I found on Utube when listening to various choirs instead of reading at night. This is the link for the lyrics of the song, the translation into English, and a version of the song:ân-pure-heart.html (you can also find out more about the group on other Utube links). I have found that my attachments to the physical world have kept me from relating with the energetic fields that are also a part of me, of our world, and of Reiki. You can take part in this process of our Reiki community finding « pure heart » by joining treatment groups, by attending community events, and by releasing your attachments to the physical and soar with others into the pure heart realm.

9 January 2014 – Joanna Scaparotti

The first interview of 2014 is an inspiring one…. Joanna has taken herself to Business School for an MBA in order to answer some of her questions about the future of her Reiki practice. Having been lead to Reiki, having taken her time to deepen her involvement in Reiki and teaching, and having had courage to start a Healing Center, she is stepping out, leaning in, and is having challenging dreams. Can she serve the public, her Reiki practice, and her spiritual path by offering a way for Reiki students wishing to follow her footsteps and be successful? A provocative conversation, we came back to the question that many of us ask. How can we as Reiki masters assure the public Reiki with quality and integrity without control?

16 January 2014 – Miguel Angel Sotes

A story that started with a question from Miguel: There must be something else, what is it? In 1989, he was studying a course in Medicine and became dissatisfied. After searching for a few years, he found his answer. Reiki. His search for internal congruency lead him to different masters and finally to a form of practice into which he could put his passion and dedication. Many years later, he and his community that formed Asociacion Reiki Integridad are thriving, providing service to their local community. A story of dedication, perseverance, and willingness, Miguel lives his bliss.

24 January 2014 – Gisela Bintana

Gisela came to Reiki to find healing on different levels. She found a welcoming community and has become a primary person in this community. As we spoke, the condition of her country, Argentina, came up. What is the impact of the practice of Reiki on the culture of Argentina? On the nature and place of women? The questions are not just applicable to Argentina….but to all of us. A thoughtful and compassionate woman, Gisela, shares her view points. Healing comes in many ways, on many levels.

30 January 2014 – Sara Martinez

Sara came to Reiki many years ago…but this was not a compatible form of Reiki for her. As she received a diagnosis of Thyroid Cancer, she was drawn to the house she walked by every day to and from work. This was the house of the Communidad Reiki Integridad. Since this reconnection with Reiki, her life has blossomed and the treatment of her cancer has been successful on many levels. A lovely story of community, reconnection, and healing. Interpretation by Gisela Bintana.

6 February 2014 – Barbara Matsuura

Encore Show! As we move into a series of interviews with masters, we start with Barbara who has blended her American upbringing and a Japanese nature. When Barbara moved to Japan in 1981, she moved into a form of Kabuki Theatre which took advantage of her ballet background. After an accident compromised the use of her thumb, she searched for something to assist in healing her thumb 100% and found Reiki. Barbara brings her no nonsense approach to the world of metaphysics in many ways. Her stories are simple and profound. Her integration of American and Japanese is a beautiful mix that will come through her speech, her stories, and her clarity of the essential nature of Reiki as an energy and as a practice.

20 February 2014 – Patricia Warren

When I introduced Patricia on the show, I said I hadn’t met her! But after the interview, she reminded me that we met twenty years ago at a Masters’ Intensive in Germany! This was in 1993 and the period of time where we were both starting to travel to Russia and teach. It is a crossing of paths that is occurring now as well…..twenty years later. Patricia’s story comes from the early 1980’s when the world was very different….only a few Reiki masters had been initiated, there was no internet, and Russia was still the USSR. Her path led her to Russia, to her country of origin, Lithuania, and eventually to Australia where she continued her training in Reiki Jin Kei Do & Buddho-EnerSense, another form of Reiki practice than the the one she started with. A magical journey that begin with 5 minutes of a Reiki treatment inspired Patricia to follow the path of Reiki. Visit website

27 February 2014 – Audrey Devdasi Pearson

Meeting people over the internet has become the norm lately! It is great for the show because I am meeting people with whom connection any other way most likely would not happen! Audrey came into my Facebook page and into our show. I was drawn to her sharing about Gendai Reiki and her Lineage of Hiroshi Doi Sensei a member of Usui Sensei’s original Japanese Reiki Lineage. Though the show is not a place to really go into the practice details, it was wonderful to have the chance to hear her story which is an unfolding of a spiritual path. Audrey is deepening her connection to her inner Reiki Sensei following in the protocols and lineage teachings of Hiroshi Doi’s Gendai Reiki Ho. This is an honoring of her master and all of the teachings that she has acquired over the years through Reiki and Yoga as well as an honoring of her gifts that she wishes to share in this special manner. Visit website

6 March 2014 – Walter Luebeck

In 1987, Walter Luebeck found Reiki. His story is one of sweet miracles, not uncommon in Reiki. Reiki nourished his soul in ways that moved him to keep practicing. The more he practiced and experienced the connection of Reiki, the more he learned about life, about being human, and about the ever expanding universe in which he lives. He values giving the joy of discovery to the student as well as the movement in the Reiki community to come together in the « oneness of Reiki. »

28 March 2014 – Phyllis Furumoto

In the 1980’s, many new age slogans were going around the community such as « We are all One » « We are all connected » « Connect to the Earth as if it were your mother. » These fell into the category of slogans because she did not have experience of oneness and connection to give life to these phrases, making them more than slogans. Now, after 35 years of practice, Phyllis has a depth of experience to make the these phrases into statements. With the acceptance of the statements comes the question, « What can we do about manifesting the statement to become way of Being? Phyllis shares her passion and her knowing that these are her next steps as well as the next steps of the Reiki community. « Let us be United » is a recording of the Siddha Yoga Vedic Choir as a prayer for the world community. Lyrics: « Let us be United ≈ Let us speak in Harmony ≈ Let our minds apprehend alike ≈ Common be our prayer ≈ Common be our resolution ≈ Alike be our feelings ≈ Unified be our hearts ≈ And perfect be our unity. From a translation of Rig Veda by Ann Hampton Callaway in 2001.

3 April 2014 – Phyllis Furumoto

This is an encore show from November 2012 and was a step in my process of opening to the calling of Reiki. At the end of my tour of South America, I was privileged to speak to a group of about 100 students and masters in Santiago Chile. The topic question was « What is the future of Reiki? » Combining many of my main themes, I was able to communicate moving from being self referenced to including the world community, moving from being a helper and a fixer to being of service, and moving into the next stage of development for this practice we call Reiki.

17 April 2014 – Phyllis Furumoto

Cosmology comes from the Greek language meaning the study of the origin, the evolution and finally the fate of the universe. When applied to Reiki, I see that there is a line of thought and understanding that is arising from the millions of people that are practicing some form of Reiki today. I shared the part of my thought and understanding that I received from my teachings with Hawayo Takata and then were expanded by my experiences. I am asking for a conversation about this in this reikitalkshow community! Please do go to the Facebook page …..reiktalkshow with Phyllis Furumoto ….and write something about your understanding or questions or foundation stones. Let’s explore the obvious places of similarity and the seemingly places of difference. Are they really different? Let’s talk!

24 April 2014 – Phyllis Furumoto

On my Facebook page a student wrote: Dear Phyllis… a reiki practitioner …..could you please answer a question for me. Is Reiki a sect of Buddhist practice….or a healing art? Many Japanese friends…because of being from Japan….tell me that their understanding has been that Reiki is a religion. Is it separate from Buddhism… Or is it a form of Buddhism? This question was so intriguing that I wanted to respond to it by talking not writing! So I have responded to this question. The conversation is not over which is good. This means that the practice is alive and is developing because there are so many different opinions!

15 May 2014 – Don Alexander

Don Alexander has been in the Reiki World for many decades. He brings to the show his many years of experience, his wisdom gathered from his long life, and his lovely sense of humor. In his late 20’s, Don sought the wisdom in the mountains in the Far East. He spent many years at the « feet » of Buddhist teachers who supported him in entering meditation and contemplation in the mountains. He was drawn to the story of Mikao Usui and his mountain experience. We speak of many things … and the key is Love.

29 May 2014 – Juergen Kindler and Peter Mascher

During the ProReiki Conference I asked these two Reiki Masters if they would be willing to explore « a cosmology of Reiki ». They decided they would and we made an appointment! Both long time Masters and both very active in the German Reiki Community, they spark each other in the interview and the result is a conversation that lasted two hours. We were all very touched and excited by our conversation. Honoring each other, recognizing similarities, and accepting differences, they bow to each other in Reiki. Part 2 of this conversation will air on June 5.

5 June 2014 – Juergen Kindler and Peter Mascher

The second part of the conversation from last week, the topics seem to touch all of us deeply. There are moments of filled silence that speak as loudly as our voices. This topic of exploring the Reiki cosmology is one that is becoming richer and more interesting with each show. Peter and Juergen bring their years in Reiki and their thoughtfulness to this topic.

23 June 2014 – Margarita Kasyanova

Margarita came to Reiki as many people do…through an issue with her own health. Through her practice of Reiki and support from her Reiki colleagues, her health came to a place where she could fulfill her calling to mastery in 1998. During the last years, she has been interested in many aspects of the practice and shares the ones that are very recent….from the last few days! Her previous research collected 1000 Reiki miracle stories. These stories and her own experiences of Reiki have given her a base from which the recent insights sprang. Intriguing and inspiring, Margarita shares herself with great articulation. Recorded in Russian with interpretation from Sadhu.

26 June 2014 – Anand (Ilya Chentzov)

In exploring the idea of cosmology or world view of Reiki as a spiritual practice, Anand was willing to share his personal world view. He has practiced Reiki for almost thirty years. In this time many waves of development have occurred. Perhaps we are coming closer to understanding some of the unanswered questions of our relationship with Reiki. Within Anand’s world view are seven planes: Physical, Energetic/Etheric, Emotional, Mental, Fire, Bodhi, and Nirvana. Join us in our exploration of these planes as they may apply to a student’s practice of Reiki.

3 July 2014 – Aziza Shadieva Mirzakarim

In 2006 Aziza came to Reiki. At the time she was living in Uzbekistan, a country in which everything that is not Muslim is against the law and was in an unhappy marriage. She had the courage to take Reiki, to eventually divorce her husband, and to move to Almaty Kazakhstan. After a year of trying out different occupations, she decided to bring Organic to Kazakhstan. She and her partner have started with different types of soap products, clothing, and cosmetics. Her desire to be a part of the change in bringing care to the earth, to people, and to « every living thing » is being slowly supported by customers. Stay tuned for more of her story as she takes her freedom and changes the world in which she lives.

10 July 2014 – Frank Coppieters and Kathy Melcher

The conversation of cosmology continues with Kathy and Frank from Portland Oregon. Frank introduces briefly the work of Joseph Campbell and the Hero’s Journey and how this relates to our path in Reiki. He and Kathy both speak of myth and the inherent tendency of human beings to create myth and the influence of myth on the creation of the self. Reiki allows us to have numinous experiences, which means the experience being in the presence of divinity. A cosmology of Reiki would need to include this experience as well as others that leave the experience of each individual student as a part of the truth and a particle of the whole.

24 July 2014 – Justin Stein

Justin is back! And we are speaking about the cosmology of Reiki. What is it? Does it exist? And if it does, what are some of the vital elements. As usual, Justin has penetrating insights and provocative questions. His research into the history of Reiki for his doctoral thesis is progressing. His time in Japan studying the language and also becoming a part of the Japanese Reiki community, enhances his scope of vision and his development as a practitioner of Reiki. Visit website

31 July 2014 – Robert Fueston

The Radio show is into its 8th year now! And the interviews over the last few months have aroused some interesting comments. Keep them coming! Robert has been interviewed before on the show because of his interest in putting together a complete and accurate history of the 22 masters initiated by Hawayo Takata. His perspective of cosmology arises out of his natural gifts of bringing details together to form a story. A librarian by education and heart and a Reiki master through following his heart makes a good combination for his passions. Dedicated to bringing the world clearer information and a way to connect to the essence of Reiki practice, Robert shares his ideas of a Reiki Cosmology. Visit website

7 August 2014 – Paul D. Mitchell

Paul Mitchell was initiated by Hawayo Takata in 1979. Part of his calling as a master expresses in his support of the global Reiki Community through his co-facilitation of events with Phyllis Furumoto as well as those he offers himself. His perspective of the practice is often influenced by his contemplative and philosophical nature. This conversation weaves on and off the edge of « things that can be articulated. » What is the call of Reiki now? What are its steps of development that are occurring? Are we, as individual students, able to become more conscious of the developing aspect of the Reiki Movement?

13 November 2014 – Dr. Ranga Premaratna PhD

Ranga and I met almost 20 years ago in Australia, then again in 2008 at the Reiki Australia Conference. Throughout this time, Ranga’s practice has taken shape and substance as mine has also. This 90 minute show is a gift. His story is magical, his wisdom and understanding of the nature of Reiki is profound, and his acceptance of humanness is sweet. As the only known Master of Reiki Jin Kei Do he relies on the profundity of his experience to confirm the relationship that he had with his master. This is the essence of oral tradition. Visit website

1 January 2015 – Phyllis Furumoto

A New Year slips in … and another year has become memories. Hallelujah! Praise the Creator who set the cycles in motion. We were cast on the shores of this earth to experience the cycles of nature: the tidal rise and fall, the sun rising and setting, the days and nights, and our living and dying. How this has all come to be is the mystery that holds everything together in spirit. Reiki brings us closer and closer to our life cycle and to our authentic place in the natural order.May this year be rich and challenging. May we embrace everything that comes to us with our Reiki hands. May we grow closer together in our practice and our connection.

15 January 2015 – Phyllis Furumoto with Collene Delaney

History and Story part I

Listen to this show! This is the theme of the interview this week with Collene interviewing Phyllis! Recently Phyllis has been engaged in archiving her Grandmother and Master’s papers and photos with the assistance of Paul and Susan Mitchell, Justin Stein, and Robert Fueston. This has brought up many questions about the books and papers being written based on research of the story that Hawayo Takata told to her students. The first conversation of a series, Collene brings in some of the aspects that are connected to the value of oral tradition as well.

23 January 2015 – Phyllis Furumoto with Collene Delaney

History and Story part II

It seems that when we, as human beings, get stuck between two « truths » there seems to be no way out! This time Collene and Phyllis explore the ways that History and Story can enhance each other…..and the expression of oral tradition as history and story. This becomes an idea session for the Reiki Talk Show and a creative burst of energy happens! The practice of holding the creative force, stimulates excitement and a future for the Talk Show!