Jan 26, 2019
Reiki Share at the Mastermind Brain Spa
Location: Mastermind Brain Spa, 10/5 Huaykaew Rd, Tambon Chang Phueak, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tel: 064 341 5500
Pictures: provided by Mastermind Brain Spa
What is Reiki?
From what has been told to me and what I've come up on the internet, Reiki is a Japanese form of energy-healing done by using the palm/hands to transmit life force from the universe, channeled through the healer and ultimately to the receiver. Today, Reiki is widely practised globally by those who seek an alternative to mainstream Western medicine.
Reiki on Wikipedia
It is interesting to note that the information in Wikipedia is biased against Reiki. This is not new. This site has been corrupted by elements of the establishment. I have already heard several warnings about this. I just didn't expect Reiki to be one of the topics they will manipulate into their pro-cancer-machinery agenda. You'd been warned.
As a Recipient
I have been a Reiki recipient twice before. On both ocassions, I really didn't feel anything - no energetic sensation and since I had no ailment during those times, it is hard to say if I received any benefit from it. But that doesn't mean it doesn't work. I may not have the sensitivity to perceive it and I wasn't cured from anything because I wasn't sick to begin with. Let's just say Reiki remained a curiosity for me after those 2 episodes.
But I believe in the life force from the universe - with my yogic background, we simply call it prana. I have toyed with Pranayama (yogic breathing exercise) to the extent I experienced an uncanny Superman-effect that lasted for 2 weeks. So if Reiki is saying there is another way to harness it, then it has my attention. I just need to put a finger on it.
Mastermind Brain Spa
On Facebook, I came upon a free Reiki-Share event hosted by Mastermind Brain Spa located close to where I was staying. I signed-up, showed-up and had a brief introductory talk with the affable Lynn who heads the clinic.
The Reiki Session
We were about 10 altogether. Most of them were already Reiki healers or were immersed into the practice. I was the newbie. We were split into 2 groups. Each member of the group took turns to be the receiver as the others simultaneously performed Reiki on different parts of the receiver's body.
I don't really know how to administer Reiki. But I know how to heal myself. I simply adapted my healing style into a palming method. No, I didn't feel any energetic transfer, but Lynn and another person said they felt something from my palm as I was administering Reiki.
The group session ended after an hour. We all sat in a circle and shared insights as we enjoyed the refreshment. I mostly listened to them.
As a yogi, I see myself as a healer. I heal myself to the extent I get sick (but honestly, I hardly ever get sick) by amalgamating everything I know about yoga, pranayama, meditation, kumbhaka, visualization, intention and gratitude. I weave elements of these disciplines into a seamless singularity that works for me. I've already seen this in action during my failed cliff dive. Sometimes, I offer this healing/fortification approach to dear friends.
Back to Reiki. What if I can tap into Reiki as an added ammunition to my plethora of healing arsenal? I have the gift of connecting the dots between disparate disciplines to come up with my own fusion. But Reiki at this point remains elusive. I don't know enough of it or felt enough of it to see how I can integrate it into my general practice.
But one thing I come away with from Mastermind Brain Spa is meeting Lynn and members of Chiang Mai's Reiki community who attended. They all had positive energy with them. I find them to be serious in their pursuit and strong in their resolve. I also felt the supportive bond holding their community together. To me, it was a gathering of like-minded people who were there to deepen their practice with non-judgemental support from everyone. I'm glad I met them and hope to bump into them as I spend more time in Chiang Mai.
Thank you Lynn for having me.
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai International Airport
Nong Buak Hard Park - free yoga classes daily
Arun Dara Villa - 7 exclusive rooms, 1 swimming pool for every room, grand opening
Nawa Sheeva Hotel - big room, high ceiling, salt-water pool
Nawa Saraan Hotel - upscale container-themed, garden setting, most expensive coffee maker in Chiang Mai
La Pizza Chiang Mai - Italian pizza, pasta, wine, dessert, coffee
Natural Bird Nest by Burapa - authentic bird's nest soup
ITM - International Training Massage School - Chiang Mai's most prestigious massage school
Float Chiang Mai - sensory deprivation float pod
Zira Spa - upscale authentic Thai massage and spa treatment
Tawan Bike - motorcycle rental | +66 91 635 2863 | Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200
Top Thailand Adventure Tour - bicycle rental
Chiang Mai FYI / Tips
- crop-burning season in Chiang Mai is between late Feb to early April. But laws change everytime. This year, 2019, there is a 61-day ban on burning so the farmers started burning early. When my plane was approaching Chiang Mai on Jan 24, 2019, there was already a thick blanket of smog covering the entire city (and beyond). But within the city itself, you won't feel it (but that doesn't mean the air is healthy). To monitor air conditions in real time, refer to site: Chiang Mai Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI)
- you have to try Khao Soi, this is north Thailand's culinary staple
- visit Chiang Mai between October and April - best time, without the monsoon rains
- you have to try Khao Soi, this is north Thailand's culinary staple
- the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is located in the Old City
- to exchange your dollars to Thai Baht, the Super Rich Money Exchange give the best rates. There are many branches scattered around Chiang Mai
- get a red cab (songthao) outside the train station for Baht 50 (instead of paying B100 if inside the train station) to Old City - if you haggle nicely enough...I did!
- for only B50/day, best to rent a bike to go around the Old City - it's a 2.5km2 with lots to discover
- FREE daily yoga classes from 9:00am to 10:15am at Nong Buak Hard Park (southwest corner of Old City). Resident and passing-through teachers take turns conducting yoga classes.
How to Get around Chiang Mai
- red taxi (shared) - B50 standard fare
- bicycle - B50 daily rental
Blues/Jazz Bars in Chiang Mai
- North Gate Pub - at Chang Phueg Gate, great Tuesday jam session
- Road House - in front of Porn Ping Hotel
- Boy Blues Bar - at the Night Bazaar
Chiang Mai Cost Index
- B60 Chiang beer
- B250 1 hour drop-in yoga session
- B200 one hour Thai body massage at WAYA Massage (highly recommended)
- B50 noodle soup with meat
- B50 coffee
- B40 pad thai
- B30/kilo wash-only laundry
- B50/kilo wash+iron laundry
- B100-150 dorm bed/night
- B250 fan room/night
- B30 internet cafe/hour
- B170-190 Movies Sat-Sun and public holidays
- B130-150 Movies weekdays
- B100 Movies Wednesdays (movie discount day)
- B750 1/2 day Thai cooking lessons
- B900-1000 1 full day Thai cooking lessons
- B400 Muay Thai boxing ticket
- B2500 starting room rate at the luxury hotel, Nawa Sheeva (highly recommended)
- B450 bus, Chiang Mai to Bangkok
- B160-180 bus, Chiang Mai to Pai
- B1250 bus, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
- B1650 slow boat, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
- B210 bus, Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, 3-4 hours
- B360 Green VIP bus, Chiang Mai to Mae Sai (Thai border town for visa run to Tachileik, Myanmar)
- B50 bicycle rental, 24 hours
- B200 motorbike rental, 24 hours
- B273 #51 sleeping train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
- B638 #7 a/c train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
- B50 red taxi fare from point to point
- B100 red taxi fare from train terminal to city
- B2000 full day elephant sanctuary
- B750 Chiang Rai one-day tour
- B1500 mountain biking scenic ride
How to Get to Chiang Mai from Bangkok by Train from Bang Sue Train Station
For more train info: Bangkok to Chiang Mai trains - departing from Hua Lamphong - MRT (Bangkok)
(I'm using Bang Sue as a starting point because I was closer to it, but you may be closer to the Hua Lamphong station)
- take the MRT train to Bang Sue Station. Take the #1 Exit to the north provincial trains
- Proceed to Counter 2. You will see an information booth, a train schedule chart and the ticket counter. Choose the train and pay at the ticket counter.
- daily train schedule:
- 8:48am - #7 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:30pm, not sleeper, B638
- 2:06pm - #109 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 4:05am, sleeper
- 6:31pm - #9 Premium Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:15am, sleeper, B938 upper deck, B1038 lower deck
- 7:56pm - #13 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 8:40am, sleeper, B768 upper deck, B838 lower deck
- 10:22pm - #51 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 12:10pm, sleeper, 3rd class B270 (non sleeper), 2nd class B438, B728 upper deck, B798 lower deck
Chiangmai Blogs by TheLoneRider
- Movie Review: Alita Battle Angel Feb 19, 2019
- International Training Massage School (ITM): Level 1 Feb 11-15, 2019
- Movie Review: Spider-Man - Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Feb 3, 2018
- Movie Review: Green Book Jan 30, 2019
- Meditation in a Sensory Deprivation Tank at Float Chiang Mai Jan 29, 2019
- Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Jan 27, 2019
- Movie Review: Aquaman Jan 26, 2019
- Reiki Share at the Mastermind Brain Spa Jan 26, 2019
- Resuming Life in Chiang Mai Jan 24, 2019
- 4 Days in Chiang Mai at Nawa Saraan Hotel Jan 2-6, 2019
- Mike Chong Aug 8, 2018
- An Intimate Conversation with my Universe in Chiang Mai Aug 8, 2018
- Kneaded and Pampered at Zira Spa Aug 4, 2018
- Savoring a Baht 3,500 Birds Nest Soup at Natural Bird Nest by Burapa Aug 3, 2018
- Yoga Exploration at The Yoga Tree with Gernot Aug 1, 2018
- Yoga In The Park - Chiang Mai July 31, 2018
- Yoga with Adam at Hidden House Yoga, Chiang Mai July 29, 2018
- 2 Weeks in Chiang Mai July 25 - Aug 7, 2018
- A First Timer in Chiang Mai Apr 9-23, 2016
- Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree Apr 19, 2016
- Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai Apr 13-15, 2016
- Border Crossing from Siem Reap (Cambodia) to Bangkok (Thailand) to Chiang Mai April 9-10, 2016
General Travel Tips
- avoiding scams - as a general rule, I ignore the touts or anyone I don't know who call out to me. The calling comes in many forms - "Hi! Where are you from?", "Excuse me! Excuse me!", "Where are you going?". I don't look them in the eye and I remain non-verbal with them. If you reply to them, you just gave them an 'in' to hound you. In order not to look rude, I smile and wave the 'not interested' hand to them, without looking at them.
- power bank - hand-carry your power bank. Do not check it in. You can be called in when you are already inside the plane to go all the way to the loading dock so you can personally remove the power bank...and chances are, you'll have to surrender it to them. And you might delay the plane departure!
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