Newsletter February – March 2015


We are enchanted to report that Asia Pacific Reiki Institute has hit the ground running in 2015, with lots of activities already undertaken and plenty more in the pipeline. You are invited to participate in classes and activities that will help you heal, build your skill sets, find new friends, allow you to toss out your old “stuff” and tackle new challenges with verve and vitality!


The annual beach retreat at Camp Manyung, Mt. Eliza was held 6 – 8 February 2015, with 16 full time retreaters and 22 including day visitors, plus a couple of gorgeous kids tossed in for good measure. It was a great weekend, with lots of talk and much laughter in amongst the meditations and collective conversations about creating the future. It’s becoming clear that the planet needs all the energetic inputs we can give her, and we heard about interesting developments in communal living that help reduce the imprint of our “civilised” lifestyle. It’s also clear that the Reiki retreat is a place where much healing occurs. One participant has already booked his place for next year . . .


The usual time for Reiki outreach is the afternoon of the first Saturday of each month, from 1.00 – 5.00 pm. Reiki outreach provides an opportunity to develop skills in giving intensive Reiki to a deserving person (or persons). We’re now looking at using this time to bring in some more meditation practice and to include Traditional Japanese Reiki techniques. It also offers an opportunity for Reiki Twos and Masters to practise their higher level skills. All Reiki channels are welcome, no charge. Please bring nibbles to share for afternoon tea.


The next Reiki share evenings at The Firebird Centre will be on Monday 2 and Monday 16 March 2015, commencing at 7.00 pm. The first and third Mondays of each month are the regular time for Reiki share at the Firebird Centre, so come along at 7.00 pm to give and receive Reiki, meet old friends and make new friends. There’s a great deal to be said for receiving a lot of Reiki on a regular basis.


You are invited to request distant healing, for yourself or for others. We offer a service where the names of persons in need are recorded in a Distant Healing Book – held at the Firebird Centre – and those with Reiki abilities generously send healing to all those listed. Thank you to those who send love and light and bless you for your compassion. In doing this work of service, let us not forget to be grateful to the Earth our Mother and to send healing to her and to all living beings.


We will be holding an Usui Holy Fire Reiki Master class on 7 -9 March 2015. Mastership training is available to all who completed Reiki II 12 months or more ago. Holy Fire Reiki Master training is available to existing Reiki Masters from all lineages. Call us soon to book your place or to have your questions answered. We encourage all Reiki channels to take the step to Mastership – the world needs your compassionate healing powers more than ever before!


We will teach Holy Fire Reiki First Degree on 28-29 March 2015 and Second Degree on 18-19 April 2015. These classes now incorporate more emphasis on Japanese Reiki techniques. Practising Masters may wish to review and brush up your skills. We encourage everyone to learn Reiki and to progress to higher levels once you have learned the basics. Call us to reserve your place.


There has been interest in recent years at State and Federal Government levels in developing a National Code to include all Health Care Workers – this includes all levels of Reiki used in public.

In addition to basic instruction in the core techniques and practices taught in the existing classes, we are looking to develop additional groups committed to practising Reiki at the highest level of quality. We welcome your inputs and look forward to building upon previous work in developing Codes of Practice and Reiki Benchmarks, and the inclusion of high quality reference material in classes.

Your attention is drawn to the launch of the Australian Reiki Practitioners’ Guild™ which is an initiative of AURA Inc. (Australasian Usui Reiki Association). The Guild is engaged in developing quality standards for Reiki practice and teaching and will in due course accredit practitioners and teachers who meet specified requirements.

Robert and Betty have also become full Professional Members of the prestigious Reiki Membership Association (ICRT USA) and are amongst very few in Australia who have achieved this international level of recognition.


“Meditating is far from a passive activity. Studies show that people who meditate are at much less risk of developing brain disease, among other maladies. Learning to meditate takes time and practice, but it has multiple proven benefits, all of which play into our longevity.”
                                                                                    Dr. David Perlmutter: Grain Brain, 2014

Love and light, blessings upon you

Betty & Robert Thuan
Reiki Masters


Please send Reiki distant healing, energy healing, prayers, healing intentions and compassion –

Generally:       To the causes and consequences of the failure by Australian Parliamentarians and Senators and Members of the US Congress and US Senators to accept the scientific evidence of climate change and to take definitive action.


  • To the enlightenment of US Republican presidential candidates who “don’t believe in climate change” and Republicans and others who are seeking to defeat plans to cut carbon pollution from power plants, and to their ability to embrace policy and attitude changes
  • To substantial and urgent reduction in total greenhouse gas emissions by energy producers, cement producers, aviation, agriculture and industry[Following China, the US is the second largest producer of CO2. Australia has a low overall total, but has a high per capita consumption.]
  • To the companies, administrations and infrastructures that produce pollution and waste a third of all energy generated through inefficiency and sub-standard plant and equipment, to cease all waste and minimise pollution and to move towards renewables.
  • To people in the developed world who use large amounts of polluting energy to sustain an uneconomic lifestyle and in pursuit of personal advantage and corporate profit, that they find and embrace non-polluting solutions and drive climate change action from the grass roots level.

Please include this healing request in your Reiki grid, crystals, altar, and/or daily meditation practice and forward a copy to your compassionate friends. You are warmly invited to send energy to the Reiki World Healing Book, and to provide detailed suggestions for inclusion in the book, in the interests of collectively creating a workable future for all the inhabitants of Earth. 

Elizabeth Thuan – Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Master


Reiki Brings Comfort

In a world that seems hypnotised by money, lots of us find ourselves with a sense of isolation, of being alone, of having no one there for us. One of Reiki’s greatest gifts is that it goes to the heart of our human needs. It is immensely reassuring and comforting to receive Reiki hands-on from a gentle, compassionate and understanding person, to feel the warmth of the Reiki energy flowing through one’s body and to relax as the Reiki brings us into alpha—a slower brain wave associated with a state of meditative calm, a state in which body and mind activate their innate ability to heal, to restore, to renew.

In the twenty years since first learning Reiki, one of the greatest blessings has been to meet others at the level of our shared humanity, to give and receive the staggering gift of universal life force energy, to laugh and cry together, and to discover the seeds of compassion that still live in hearts made sad or old or bitter and that awaken in the light and warmth of shared Reiki. Reiki has the power to bring out the fundamental goodness in people, and in turn it provides the comfort and support that encourage our neurons and cells to heal, allow us to recover from our wounds, and to find in ourselves renewed hope and enthusiasm for life.

Reiki is there for all of us, young and old, sceptic and believer, sick and well, pregnant or dying, captain of industry or homeless—all of us, with our own stories and our fears and dreams. Each one of us has the ability to illuminate our lives and to construct our future, to do so in the company of friends and with the reassurance and comfort of the healing Reiki energy. We just need to reach out.

Elizabeth & Robert Thuan
Reiki Masters / Teachers

Reiki touches the heart

Reiki is very simple, but it has no final boundary. Reiki brings to us the energy of the universe and challenges us to make use of its unlimited potential. When you receive hands on Reiki from a trained practitioner, the sensation is – usually – one of comforting warmth. The flow of energy is typically gentle and brings a deep sense of relaxation. It is in this state of warmth and relaxation that we can afford to let go the tensions and worries that burden us. We find a sense of renewed possibilities. Our perspectives on our lives, on our problems, on the world around us tend to soften and we can see the good bits as well as the problems. While Reiki does not fix everything, it brings a sense of peace and acceptance, it helps to release us from loneliness, cynicism and world weariness, and our hearts unfurl in the warmth and bloom like roses.
Elizabeth and Robert Thuan
Reiki Masters/Teachers
Asia Pacific Reiki Institute

Living with Reiki

When we learn to channel Reiki we acquire the ability to channel life force energy from the universe/highest source, so that when we place our empowered hands upon ourselves or other people—other living beings, whether plant or animal—the energy passes though us and into the recipient. There is no doubt that the energy exists, is real, and no doubt that the recipient perceives the energy and tends to benefit from receiving it.

The Reiki energy is put to use by the recipient in a number of ways. Reiki is able to induce alpha, the brain wave associated with meditation and with the action of the physical body to summon its resources and undertake healing—self-repair. With alpha comes deep relaxation and a lessening of feelings of tension and stress. Reiki thus has the ability to assist the recipient to achieve a state of well-being.

While Reiki is clearly a Good Thing and has all sorts of applications for workers and executives, for retirees and the elders of our tribe, for mothers and babies and kids and carers and pretty much everyone, even skeptics, it is not a magic wand. Reiki allows us to make the most of the resources that we have, but it does not replace missing elements.

We are confronted with the fact that we have a choice, we always have a choice, about how we live our lives—what we eat, what we drink, how we relate to others, whether we cogitate or mindlessly react, whether we blame others or circumstances or face and overcome our difficulties. Reiki makes lots of things go better, but it also encourages us to grow up, to take ourselves seriously, and to treat others with respect.

In a world that is addicted to stress, to hurry, to consumption, to self-absorption, Reiki gives us pause, gives us resources and encourages us to embrace our true humanity once more.

In the words of Max Ehrmann: ‘Go placidly amidst the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence.’ (Desiderata)

Love & light, Elizabeth & Robert.