December 07, 2011 - I reckon George Lucas had no idea that when he wrote a line for his fictional character Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi, that it would stick around so long and take on a universal-like quality.
"May the Force be with you," is the most quoted line from and in all the Star Wars movies. The "Force" in the movies is the living power that binds all together, to be used for good or for the "Dark side.
Last week I had my own experience with the "Force" right in downtown Clarkston, no less. Yep. One Leslie Cirinesi paid me a visit and laid her hands about my noggin, neck and shoulders. Clarkston resident Leslie is also a Reiki master — as far as I am concerned the next best thing to being a Jedi master. She — for the lack of understanding — worked on dispelling, moving or replacing the negative energy stopped up inside me, to allow positive juices to flow.
And, what was kind of cool about it was the only things I had to take off were my shoes. I guess energy flows from the Earth.
"You store your stress right here," she said touching a spot on my neck that sure seemed tight. I answered something like, "Yep." I think I may have mumbled.
Don't know if the vibes of my energy were straightened out, but I do know after about 10 minutes I was pretty relaxed, but focused. Mind over matter, or matter over mind, or Jedi mind-trick, whatever, I was less stressed. Yea!
Leslie's story is kinda' cool. She's part of the corporate world (in a computer geek kinda' way). One year, she and her husband Andy were on a trip to Arizona. For fun they decided to visit that whacky world of wonderfulness, Sedona. The couple were in some spiritualist store and somebody told her something (my words, not hers), "Strong the Force is within you. Reiki master you are?"
Bewildered, she said, no.
Leslie Cirinesi (click for larger version)
"I didn't even know what that was," she confided to me, as she continued her tale to healing.
"Three years to the date later, we went back to Sedona and somebody said the same thing. 'Are you a Reiki master?"
Well, her aura must have flared or something because she started to research what the heck Reiki was.
What is it?
Here's a definition I found on-line: Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
And, that is pretty much what Leslie does. She keeps her mind open and helps folks in her little shop at 20 W. Washington Street in downtown Clarkston (in the Clarkston Mills mall building, across from the Mill Pond.) She also has some cool retail things and sponsors interesting events.
One event coming up this month caught my attention. On Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. a Choctaw American Indian, Rainbow Eagle, will be at her shop. He is a Wisdom Keeper, honored with the responsibility of an Ancient Native American Peace Shield.
What is the Peace Shield? It be, "a reminder to Native people that in the Seventh Fire it would be their responsibility to assist and help bring the Human Family back together again. These original truths of the Peace Shield are to be given to the Human Race for the last time so that each person can have what they need to decide the future of our Mother Earth.
The Peace Shield teaches the value, beauty, wisdom and wonder of walking into the future with great faith and absolutely no fear. In the past the Peace Shield provided community and personal stability, it now charters for human kind a journey into the blessed future."
The wisdom is to be shared with pale faces like me, too, " . . . the light skinned race would be given a choice between two roads: destruction, or the lighting of the Eighth and final fire, an age of peace, love, joy and oneness."
I'm going, representing we honkey.
At any rate, if you want to hear Rainbow Eagle or know of someone who needs to be de-stressed — go to Leslie's website, www.AdvancedEnergyTherapy.com, or call (248) 909-3700.
Don is Assistant Publisher for Sherman Publications, Inc. He has worked for the company since 1985. He has won numerous awards for column, editorial and feature writing as well as for photography. He has two, sons Shamus and Sean and resides in the area. To read archived copies of his columns, click on his name, just under his picture up top . . . He can be e-mailed at: firstname.lastname@example.org