Welcome to, Be the Light podcast. This podcast is about building a positive momentum of change and healing by shining the light on teachers and wisdom so that we can be inspired to be the Light in our own life.

Many people are looking for ways to be happier and have more peace. We are all meant to find our purpose and shine our light into the world. We are being called to bring healing, light, and the goodness that is in all of us deeper into our lives. Our world needs us, and it is time to listen. 

Created, hosted and by Maria Kammerer, Professional Reiki Teacher/ Practitioner with over 16 years of experience in supporting people in healing. We will be sharing wisdom, teachings, meditations, happiness life hacks and wonderful moments with you. This is an invitation to find different teachers or practices that may resonate with you to help you to grow and expand your inner light.


Gratitude

Huge appreciation goes out to Max Raphael at True Resonance for being all around musical genius for this project and sound engineer. His musical intellect and healing sounds create that sacred space within the podcasts that help resonate these powerful messages. Please check out his work at www.trueresonance.net.


So grateful for my community for the continued encouragement, love and support without them this project would not have happened. So blessed and thankful to all the bright lights that have been a part of this offering of love and wisdom. A special thank you to the incredible teachers for sharing their time, wisdom and inspiration. We are so blessed to be alive during this time and to be able to offer and share these gifts with you.


Photo credits go to Lucia Harmon, Max Raphael,Sarah Dailey and Kent Pilcher.

Podcasts

We need positive things to focus on. It helps remind us of the good that is in the world and keeps us on a momentum of happiness.

This introduction into the podcast series: Be the light by your host Maria Kammerer. She extends an invitation to listen deeply. To focus on your peace that is always present in you, ending with a guided meditation.

Reiki has been that way of healing for me. Reiki, translated means spiritual energy, it is a system that helps us to let go of anger and worry and uncovers our peace and wholeness. In my direct experience the system of Reiki is a path of transformation – it opens us up to the knowing that in each of us is: true-self, wisdom, light, compassion, and healing. Reiki allows us to heal ourselves, and through each of us, we can be part of healing the world. 

There has been a lot of expansion on this journey. Let us continue to Be the Light for others; and listen to the teachings of current  spiritual leaders and practitioners; expanding and cultivating the power of Healing, Light, and Peace that is our true nature. 


A conversation with Sister Insight, a monastic, Dharma teacher and student of Thich Nhat Hanh at Plum Village Mindfulness Center in the South of France. She shines the light on the many benefits of being conscious of our breath and shares a simple Mindful breathing practice.

This conversation was recorded on location at Plum Village Mindfulness Center. We are so grateful to Sr. Insight for her beautiful sharing of the importance of mindful breathing.  If you want to find out more about Plum Village and Mindfulness practice visit their website www.Plumvillage.org.

Beginning Anew: a conversation with Sister Rising Sun

Sister Rising Sun is a monastic, a Dharma Teacher and student of Thich Nhat Hahn at Plum Village Mindfulness Center. Sister Rising Sun shares the practice of repairing our relationship with ourselves and others called beginning anew. She reminds us we have an opportunity to look deeply at ourselves, our habits and relationships with a fresh perspective.

This conversation was recorded on location at Plum Village Mindfulness Center in the south of France. Gratitude to Plum Village, to the Sangha, to Thich Nhat Hahn and for Sr. Rising Sun sharing her beautiful wisdom and peace with us. If you want to find out more about Plum Village and Mindfulness practice, visit their website https://plumvillage.org

A conversation with Joyce Singh, a member of the Order of Interbeing and sangha builder.  The Order of Interbeing is a community around the world of monastics and lay people who have committed to living their lives in accordance with the Fourteen Mindfulness Training, a distillation of the Bodhisattva (Enlightened Being) teachings of Mahayana Buddhism.

We invite you to enjoy the sound of the wind blowing through the aspen trees as Joyce shines the light on the gifts of practicing mindfulness in community or sangha.

This conversation was recorded on location at Plum Village Mindfulness Center, Upper Hamlet.  We are so grateful to Thich Nhat Hahn for his compassionate teachings, to the Plum Village Sangha, and to Joyce Singh for her warmth and for opening up her heart to those around her.  If you want to find out more about Plum Village, or the Order of Interbeing please visit their website www.Plumvillage.org.

A conversation with Christine Cheung, a member of the Order of Interbeing, Teacher, Author, and Business owner of Mindful Joyful Parenting. Christine shares a happy moment with me, her story of transforming suffering, and spontaneous singing. Hope you enjoy and remember that no matter how hard things can be there are many conditions for happiness present in this moment.

This conversation was recorded on location at Plum Village Mindfulness Center, New Hamlet. We are so grateful to Christine Cheung for her mindfulness practice, for sharing her wisdom and compassion with us. Grateful to Thich Nhat Hahn for his compassionate teachings, for the Plum Village Sangha, and to all the dear teachers that have come before us. If you want to find out more about Plum Village, or the Order of Interbeing please visit their website www.Plumvillage.org.

A conversation with Maryke Steenbergen, a mindfulness practitioner and massage therapist from Holland.  Maryke shines the light on her favorite mindfulness practice with us, the practice of silence. Silence is a place for us to rest and nourish ourselves. We are so grateful to Maryke for her deep mindfulness practice and for sharing her peace and understanding.

This conversation was recorded on the train from Plum Village to Bordeaux at the end of the 21 day retreat the Soulmate of a Buddha. Grateful to Thich Nhat Hahn for his compassionate teachings, for the Plum Village Sangha, and to all the dear teachers that have come before us.  If you want to find out more about Plum Village, visit their website www.Plumvillage.org.

A conversation with Frans Stiene, co-founder of the International House of Reiki and world authority on Reiki as practitioner, teacher, researcher, and author. His books include Reiki Insights, The Inner Heart of Reiki and many other impact-full titles.

In this episode, Frans shares with us the system of Reiki. We also talk about the importance of playfulness, and the meaning of emptiness. We touch on many aspects of healing as we laugh together. He leaves us with a simple practice to help us to be in our own body and to “BE Reiki.”

This conversation was recorded on location at Pendle Hill Quaker Retreat Center in Philadelphia during a four day Reiki retreat. Grateful to Frans Stiene for his many teachings and for his living example of Being Reiki in the world. If you want to find out more about Frans and the International House of Reiki please visit his website at www.IHReiki.com.

Grateful to Max Raphael of True Resonance, www.trueresonance.net, for co-producing this Podcast and for donating his beautiful music for the intro & outro.

A conversation with Bill Stevens, Tai Chi/ Qigong Teacher, Reiki Teacher,  and Christian Brother, he established a non-profit called Chrysalis Ministry and founded Evolutionary Reiki. Bill is an inspiration and has served many people and animals in his lifetime. He is currently working in hospice, private practice and with Shelter Animal Reiki Association.

In this episode, Bill shares with us the benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong practice. He shares the joy of his practice and how easy it is to learn this moving meditation. Being able to move the body with the mind, body and breath together helps us to quiet the mind and experience directly deep peace and healing.

This conversation was recorded on location at Pendle Hill Quaker Retreat Center in Philadelphia. Grateful to Bill Stevens for sharing Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Reiki with all of us.  If you want to find out more about Bill Stevens please visit his website www.evolutionaryreiki.com and the  Institute for Integral Qigong and Tai Chi  www.instituteofintegralqigongandtaichi.org.

Grateful to Max Raphael of True Resonance, www.trueresonance.net, for co-producing this Podcast and for donating his beautiful music for the intro & outro.

Gangaji is a spiritual teacher and author who points to the truth of who you are. She is a teacher on natural intelligence and emotional healing. Gangaji travels the world speaking to seekers of all walks of life. She shares her direct experiences of the essential message she received from her teacher Papaji and offers it all who want to discover true and lasting fulfillment.


In this episode, Gangaji shares with us self-inquiry, "The mind itself discovers it's own source. It is radical to take a moment to not follow the activity of the mind but to turn towards the source of everything." In this way we can recognize who we are no matter what conditions are present.

Grateful to Gangaji for her many pointers to the truth and her commitment to helping others discover freedom. If you want to find out more about Gangaji and her work please visit her website at www.gangaji.org.

Continued gratitude to Max Raphael of True Resonance, www.trueresonance.net, for co-producing this Podcast and for donating his beautiful music for the intro & outro.

Andrew Anders is a Reiki Di-Shihan (Master Teacher / lineage bearer) and the founder of Michigan Reiki LLC. Andrew’s approach emphasizes historical Japanese-American Reiki methods and practical treatment processes for modern healthcare environments. Andrew is passionate about sharing the benefits of Reiki practice and serving as a Reiki resource for the health and wellness community of Michigan.

In this episode Andrew Anders shares insights into living a life of compassion or doing no harm. Andrew also shares that the system of Reiki can be understood in three ways, it is a healing technique, a health cultivation and preservation regimen, and an intense spiritual practice.

This conversation was recorded in Cincinnati before the 2018 Fall Cincinnati Reiki Day, where Andrew was the keynote speaker. Grateful to Andrew for his Reiki research, his dedication to helping others and to his practice. If you want to find out more about Andrew Anders and Michigan Reiki please visit his website at www.michiganreiki.org.

Grateful to Max Raphael of True Resonance, www.trueresonance.net, for co-producing this Podcast and for donating his beautiful music for the intro & outro.

A conversation with Zeynep Yilmaz, a teacher of happiness, Reiki, Mindfulness and Yoga. Zeynep is an incredible teacher and organizer who is full of compassion and wisdom that shines for all of us. In this episode, Zeynep shares with us her journey towards happiness and fulfillment. She shares that the ultimate happiness is self Realization and she reverse engineers it. It is a beautiful conversation full of laughter, tools for us to to grow happiness and it ends with a lovely moment of meditation.

Thank you Zeynep for the many gifts of your practice and your willingness to help others. Everyone who comes into contact with you receives a blessing. You can follow Zeynep Premdasi Yilmaz on Facebook or check out some of her teachings at Grace Tree Yoga in Cincinnati. She is teaching the Keys to Happiness, Simplicity and other wonderful offerings.

Grateful to Max Raphael of True Resonance, www.trueresonance.net, for his help with this Podcast and for donating his beautiful music for the intro & outro.

 A conversation with Sundar Kadayam about the inner journey, the nature of teacher/student relationship, non-duality and so much more. Sundar is an entrepreneur, healer, writer and spiritual teacher. He has trained in the traditional system of Reiki for over 10 years with Frans Stiene. The awakened living and no-dual teachings of the great sage Ramana Maharshi have been a major influence on his spiritual path. Sundar's sharing centers around Self Realization and abiding in one's True Nature.

One of the nuggets of wisdom Sundar shares in this episode, "When your inner journey begins to mature. You find that all the little things that occur in nature become lessons. They become pointers. What are they pointing at? That there is something greater than my little sense of self."

Thank you Sundar for the many gifts of your practice and your willingness to live authentically and shine the light. Grateful to walk with you on this journey.

You can follow Sundar Kadayam on Facebook or check out some of his teachings at Grace Tree Yoga in Cincinnati, where he will be giving talks on Advaita Vedanta.

Grateful to Max Raphael of True Resonance, www.trueresonance.net, for co- producing this Podcast and for donating his beautiful music for the intro & outro.

Max Raphael is owner and founder of True Resonance, a wellness company with the mission of helping people attune to an authentic sense of well-being that inspires greater harmony and purpose in everyday life.

Among other modalities, Max offers private and group sessions of singing bowl sound healing, which he discovered and studied with master teachers while living abroad in Asia. Through this practice of relaxation, he merges his professional experience as a sound engineer with his passion for the healing arts.

In this episode, Max shares his journey with sound, Reiki, tea ceremony and deep listening. Then we honor the sound that needs to come forth with a gentle guide back to the core of ourselves.

Max edits and co-produces this podcast and has donated one of his recordings for our theme music.

To find out more about Max’s work, recordings and videos at www.trueresonance.net

A conversation with Helene Williams exploring why many health care organizations are embracing Reiki to facilitate relaxation and promote healing in the body, mind and spirit. She shares from her experience of 11 years providing Reiki sessions in a hospital setting. 

Helene is a registered nurse and Reiki Teacher/Practitioner.  She received her B.S.N. from Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences and is a graduate teacher of the International House of Reiki.  She has presented information on Reiki and holistic health care at two national nursing conferences, participated in a large-scale hospital-based Reiki research study, implemented and facilitated a hospital Reiki Volunteer Program and in 2013 established the Lancaster Community Reiki Clinic.  She recently co-authored an article for Wiley Publishing entitled Developing and Implementing Mindfulness Programs in Hospital and Healthcare Settings.  

Thank you Helene for sharing your passion for providing educational opportunities for health care organizations about the many benefits of Reiki for patients. families and staff. 

To find out more about Helene Williams and her classes and offerings go to www.helenewilliamsreiki.com 

Grateful to Max Raphael of True Resonance, www.trueresonance.net, for co-producing this Podcast and for donating his beautiful music for the intro & outro. 

Jeff is the founder of True Freedom Recovery Yoga, one of the world's first teaching programs designed for people in 12-Step Recovery Program. He is a co-founder of a Policy of Caring Inc. and the author of, Unfolding the Lotus: Working the Fourth Step through the Chakra System. He has been practicing meditation, yoga and sharing his gift of teaching freedom in yoga studios, halfway houses, prisons, homeless shelters,12 step conventions, and juvenile detention centers for the past twenty five years.


In this episode, Jeff shares with us his journey of healing through the 12- step process and the system of Yoga. Jeff emphasizes the importance of taking inventory of our lives so that we can be aware of the patterns that are holding us captive. When we shine the light of our awareness into different aspects of ourselves we can be freed.

So grateful to Jeff for sharing his journey of recovery with us, for his love of yoga and his selfless dedication to helping others. To find out more about True Freedom Recovery Yoga, Jeff Emerson and the offerings at his studio check out www.TrueFreedomYoga.com.


Max Raphael edits and co-produces this podcast with Maria Kammerer and has donated one of his
recordings for our theme music. To find out more about Max’s work, recordings and videos go to www.trueresonance.net

Brandon Dawson is passionate about the identification and cultivation of teams and talent, and how to find and create meaningful work. He studied Religion, Spirituality and Holistic Studies at the Union Institute & University. Utilizing his twenty plus years in digital marketing, branding, broadcasting, media and organizational leadership he created a bi-weekly podcast, “The Distiller”. Brandon’s podcast focuses on "How we find meaningful work, and how we find meaning in the work we do."

In this episode, Brandon shares with us the meaning that he finds in his own life. How to honor and respect people that you come into contact with and how continue to ask the important questions, "What is the purpose in my life?", "How can I love people in the best way possible?"

So grateful to Brandon for sharing his journey of living a life of kindness and for sharing his light through this conversation and his podcasts. To find out more about Brandon Dawson and the podcast, The Distiller go to www.thedistillerpodcast.com or listen on iTunes, Spotify or your local audio player.

Max Raphael edits and co-produces this podcast and has donated one of his recordings for our theme music. To find out more about Max’s work, recordings and videos at www.trueresonance.net
To find out more about the Be the Light Podcast or your host Maria Kammerer please go to www.attunecincinnati.com

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