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Ecomo Homes

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This is an article that appeared in issue 3 of Vibrant Life; the previous incarnation of this magazine. I must admit, I’m still in love with the beauty and simplicity of this design. All the best to Pietro and his team.

The ecomo home is a compact home designed for modern, simple living in collaboration with nature. The design is based on basic sustainable, green design principles. The ecomo home offers a low-maintenance, modern, well-designed green housing alternative.

The ecomo home is a predesigned, prefabricated, customised home, offering numerous options in layout, size and finish. These custom designs allow unique solutions for unique sites and are sustainable, thoughtfully designed, modular systems built.
The ecomo home concept consists of three units:
1- Sleep
2- Play
3- Live
These three elements can be arranged to the client’s need or some of these elements can simply be added at a later stage. This offers a big freedom to simply increase the size of the house when needed.

This guarantees high levels of quality as construction takes place at an off site factory and offers a truly streamlined process, as well as predictable timeframes and costs for our clients. Further, through factory-based construction, impact on the new home site is minimized.

The ecomo home’s modular design means that it can be situated anywhere with little damage to the environment. A modular home also affords construction efficiencies, virtually eliminating waste materials that are normally associated with home building.
Through the use of renewable solar energy, the ecomo house does not depend on electricity lines, thereby reducing the long-term cost of ownership and widening the range of potential building sites.

For more information please contact Pietro Russo 072 445 9373
www.ecomohome.com

Golden Buddha, painted by Heine De Waal

What is Reiki?

Heiné de Waal received has Masters Initiation (Shiki Ryoho) in 1998. Additional initiations were later received into Karuna Reiki and traditional Japanese Reiki (Ryoho). Heiné can be contacted for treatments and tuition at 072 293 9478 or solaris@mweb.co.za

What is Reiki?

Reiki is an ancient method of natural healing dating back to the Far East. This technique was named after the founder, Mikao Usui – a Japanese theologist. He rediscovered this art of healing in the mid 1800’s through years of studying history and medical books; both Buddhist and Christian scriptures; psychology; Taoism and even the art of divination. Following a prolonged period of meditation, Mikao Usui acquired this ability of transferring Universal Life Energy, which he called Reiki (Usui Ryoho Reiki = Usui’s natural method of healing with Universal energy). He then committed to teach others how to act as channels for this energy.

Reiki is not a religion or doctrine, but more of a philosophy, a way of living. When a person undergoes a session of Reiki, they allow the energy to be taken with beneficial effects. This puts the recipient in an empowering position and not the practitioner. Those whom use Reiki regularly often find that they are more joyful, lively and their inbuilt energy is enhanced. It is almost as if their batteries have been fully charged!

There are many energy healing modalities and can be confusing to the lay person. Reiki is a simple and uncomplicated technique, requiring only your intuition and obviates the need for props. In order for technique to “qualify” as Reiki, it needs to consist of 5 elements:
• Five daily principles
• Breathing techniques
• Symbols with mantras
• Initiation/attunement
• Palm healing

The Reiki Treatment

Deep relaxation is central to a Reiki session. The extent to which Reiki can work is defined by the receiver of the energy, because only the necessary amount of energy is absorbed. If the receiver is not accepting of the energy or feels negative about it, then its effectiveness will be reduced.

How do I learn Reiki?

One does not need any previous experience to become a Reiki practitioner; however, you would require an attunement or initiation. This attunement (Reiju = blessing) can be done only by a Reiki Master (Teacher). The student should also have an open heart, the desire to receive the Reiki transmission and carry the intention to use it. Through the process of attunements, energy will automatically start flowing. The more you work with the energy, the stronger the flow of Reiki will become.

There are four degrees of Reiki. Reiki I is primarily for self-healing and hands-on healing to others.

The next level of Reiki focuses on emotional-, mental- and karmic healing. In this second degree the student is introduced to symbols and how to work with them. Healing with Reiki II adds considerable power to direct sessions. It also adds methods and tools for performing healing on a person or animal not physically present. This is referred to as distance healing.

The third degree of Reiki is an advanced level of this technique. It involves higher spiritual energy and achieves more spiritual healing. Reiki III is recommended especially to those who wish to make Reiki a major part of their lives.

The last level is the Master level. A Reiki Master is simply a teacher of Reiki and one who has mastered the discipline. No ego or ownership should be involved in this title.

You don’t need to be a therapist to use Reiki. Most people use it on themselves, family and friends, even plants and animals. It can promote a better quality to life and greater harmony with the environment. Some practitioners of Reiki see it as a form of art.