Paul Mitchell is a Reiki master trained at all levels by Hawayo Takata. Paul and his wife Susan learned First degree Reiki from Mrs. Takata in 1978; they are each outstanding Reiki masters who have served as leaders of the global Reiki community for many years. Paul is also a practicing Catholic.
Paul agreed to speak with me about Mrs. Takata, practicing Reiki as a practicing Catholic (including his perspective on the American Catholic bishop’s anti-Reiki statement), and the future of Reiki practice.
For your listening ease, I’ve included the text from two quotes Paul discussed in our conversation. The first is from the book Care of the Soul by Thomas Moore and the second is from Hawayo Takata’s early diary. —
“The soul needs an articulated world view, a carefully worked out scheme of values and a sense of relatedness to the whole. It needs a myth of immortality and an attitude towards death.”
— Care of the Soul, Thomas Moore
“I believe there exists one Supreme Being—the Absolute Infinite—a Dynamic Force that governs the world and universe. It is an unseen spiritual power that vibrates and all other powers fade into insignificance beside it. So, therefore, it is Absolute!
This power is unfathomable, immeasurable, and being a universal life force, it is incomprehensible to man. Yet, every single living being is receiving its blessings daily, awake or asleep.”
— from Hawayo Takata’s early diary
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Paul Mitchell Bio:
Reiki master Paul David Mitchell was raised in California and entered the Catholic seminary at fourteen with the desire to become a priest. He left the seminary at 24, feeling that life called him to some other, as yet unknown form of service. He taught religion at a Catholic boys’ high school and studied philosophy at the University of San Francisco.
In 1978, Paul learned to practice First Degree Reiki from Hawayo Takata. He is one of the 22 masters trained by Mrs. Takata to carry on her work of practicing and teaching Reiki. He works with Reiki students of all levels, focusing on a clearer understanding and commitment to the Usui System form of practice.
Paul has facilitated classes, workshops and retreats for Reiki students in more than 20 countries. Paul lives with his family in northern Idaho, USA.
You might be interested in these discussions of Reiki and the American Catholic bishops from my ReikiCentral blog:
Want Reiki — have nun?
Reiki & the Bishops in the Boston Globe
Reiki and the Catholic Bishops, Again
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