Exactly one month ago today, I arrived back from Japan. It is hard to believe that so much time has passed since returning to "real life", and I find myself left with this nagging feeling that perhaps, it was all just a really long surreal dream.
I had intended to write a blog post every day of the two weeks that I spent travelling in Japan, but it was not to be. At night, as I sat down to write, I stared blankly at the screen of my iPad, wondering where to start. No words would come. The cursor blinked, the screen faded to sleep mode, and I was off: flying away with my memories, savouring the minutest of details, relishing every sight, every taste, every sound, every smell, every texture I had encountered in the course of my day. It didn't take long for me to realise that I was selfishly guarding these precious mementos for fear that if I were to put them to paper, they may lose their dreamlike quality, their luminescence, their magic. So in my head they shall stay...for now.
I went to Japan on two important missions: the first was to find out as much as I could about the traditions and true essence of Reiki; the second was to reconnect with my adoptive Japanese family. It was, in every possible way, the perfect trip. I had only ever known Japan through the eyes of a 15 year old adolescent. Returning as an adult, none of the magic had disappeared. In many ways, it had intensified. My search for the roots of Reiki lead me to many wonderful people, to places of indescribable natural beauty and amazing spiritual experiences. I was rewarded at every corner.
Japan had always felt like home to me. I never really understood why everything had seemed so easy and "natural" when I lived there all those years ago. But now I think I understand, and this realisation has been enhanced through working with Reiki. From the moment I stepped off the plane in Tokyo last month, there it was again. That feeling of being "home" again. Japan is simply a part of me, and I, a part of it. An ease which cannot be measured by words. It is Oneness.