“Rei” - universal life / “Ki” - life force
Reiki is the great energy of the bio magnetic field, of everything!
Reiki gives its name to the energetic practice commonly used as a form of healing. Mikao Usui is the credited founder, rediscovering the method in the late 1800’s. The method had been around for centuries but lost in practice, with Usui bringing it back into modern use.
Using symbols and hand forms, Reiki practice connects with and moves energy. Over the last century, Reiki practice has developed into different branches via intuitive adjustments (downloads) all still connecting with the same Reiki energy. In some cultures this greater energy is more familiarly called Prana, or Qi.
In traditional healing sessions, Reiki may decrease feelings of stress, fear, and anxiety, and support relaxation and calm.
Biodynamics is a form of holistic agriculture developed by Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian occultist, clairvoyant, philosopher and architect. Through a series of lectures in the 1920’s, Steiner presented a practice tied to lunar and astrological cycles, spiritual interaction, biodiversity, homeopathic composts and treatments, polycultural practice, and elemental inclusion.
An important aspect of Biodynamics is the connection and utilization of Cosmic energy. Many of the technical aspects of Biodynamics have prescriptions for specific timing or method of action, it is important on the part of the farmer to experience these actions physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It is through these varied understandings that the work (system, vineyard, soil) fully develops it’s vital force.
In modern era we have learned to live with these aspects separately. Through Reiki and other energetic practice we can reintroduce spiritual and emotional energies into our physical and mental pursuits.
A site or system carries and is influenced by unique energies. Through Reiki or other energetic work we can better receive and translate the information held within these different energies.
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VAVA is the business form of Virginia Samsel.
Virginia is a Reiki practitioner, artist, and wine professional.
Virginia’s connection to Biodynamics comes through wine and career experience in distribution, harvest work, restaurant and retail, and consumer education. Virginia was exposed to biodynamic wines early in her wine career and felt an immediate connection to the philosophy. Through continued study, Virginia found more resonance in the esoteric aspects and Steiner’s writings on Anthroposophy.
In 2020 she recieved Reiki attunement with the intention of practice within the Biodynamic lense and develop a methodology built around systemic care.
In Biodynamic practice and philosophy, one of the key energies is Cosmic energy. This can affected by soil matter, land connection, and individual attunement.
Much of North America is lacking in Cosmic connection - the soils are generally low in silica, we have colonized the land and removed indigenous people, we grow non native crops (in particular vineyards), in most cases generational farming is limited to only a few generations and regularly by mechanized and exploitative practice, and spiritual or emotional inclusion in agriculture is often dismissed or overlooked. These are some of the factors that Reiki and other energy work can address to help Biodynamic farmers develop ways to increase their Cosmic access.
Reiki and Biodynamics, though dispersed though different culture, are not separate, they are tools of each other.
VAVA works to develop a practice for each system to build better connections. We focus on energetic awareness and flow, communication, rest, and celebration. We work under the knowledge that stewards do not guide the system from outside but exist of the system itself.
Important to Steiner’s lectures was the spiritualist teaching of Anthrposophy. ”Wisdom of the human being” In learning about the world we learn about ourselves, and in exploring ourselves we better understand the world, all is one.