of All Love / SKHM
happens in a workshop?
with Patrick Zeigler
Zeigler Founder of the All Love / SKHM system
and Teresa have explored the world of SKHM to a depth that few have
been able to achieve, and, most importantly, they have been able
to share their experience with others through their words in the
most beautiful way. Those who read about their experience will be
initiated in a journey of the heart. I highly recommend allowing
yourself to experience that journey.
||Vicky Barnes, Teacher,
for anyone considering attending a class in Malaga, Spain from the
UK, I can highly recommend the experience - go for it! With many
fantastic deals on flights and a flight time from Bristol of 2 hours
25 minutes, Malaga is easily accessible. Graham and Teresa are wonderful
hosts, providing a very safe and supportive space for the class.
Graham speaks Spanish fluently and does an admirable job of translating,
helping everyone to feel more at home. For me personally it was
such a treat. The opportunity to bond with such a great bunch and
to share in their healing process, combined with the idyllic location
with breath-taking views of the Mediterranean Sea, really helped
to make this a memorable trip. Thank you!
||Marcus Vinnicombe, Hypnotherapist,
a hypnotherapist’s point of view, at the workshop, I was witnessing
around me people getting to places in a matter of a few hours, that
under normal circumstances could take months to arrive at.
Every tear you cry in an All Love session is like a million you’ve
cried in the past without ever getting to the real source of the
||Katja Kaiser, Office Manager.
workshop definitively changed my life. It gave me the opportunity
to come in contact with my deeper emotions, and to work out emotional
blocks for myself. I was able to forgive people who had hurt me,
and to heal an important part of my inner being. Finally I was crying
because of such happiness, being grateful to the Universe for giving
me the opportunity to experience a love that I had never felt before;
to love and accept myself, and to give and receive love from everyone
around me. I felt like a
Similarities between SKHM and Reiki
By Rachel McCormack
Reiki was developed by a Japanese man, Mikao
Usui in the early 20th century as a non-religious, non-dogmatic
path to enlightenment. It was born from Usui’sexperiences
as a Tendai Buddhist, and, when as close as is possible to get
tothe original techniques are studied, the influences of esoteric
Buddhism are clear.
SKHM was developed by Patrick Zeigler in the late 20th century
as a result of his own mystical experiences, particularly those
he experienced while staying the night inside the Great Pyramid
at Gaza in Egypt in 1979. He then further developed his knowledge
studying with Sufis in Egypt and the Sudan and then various
healing techniques in the US, including Western Reiki and Alchemical
Both SKHM and Reiki have, especially in the 1990s undergone
immense changes with many people adding on techniques from different
traditions, changing the names of things and adding on symbols.
Often elements of SKHM (or All Love, which are the two names
that Patrick uses to call his system) and Reiki are combined,
with the practitioner claiming that something new has been created.
When trying to de-construct Reiki to its original elements we
encounter the difficulties of lack of historical knowledge about
Japan, as well as the impenetrable brick wall that seems to
surround Westerners in their attempts to uncover this history.
There is also the problem of the amount of cultural knowledge
of Japan that is required by a Westerner to even begin to approach
the Japanese. Fortunately in the case of SKHM, or Seichim or
Sekhem, this is much easier as one can simply e-mail Patrick
directly and ask. Despite this, rumours and misconceptions about
the history and origins of SKHM abound and many people still
appear to cling to these half-truths in the face of clear evidence
from the founder to the contrary.
History apart, both Reiki and SKHM are ways to connect to the
Divine within and are non-dogmatic forms of achieving what Eastern
traditions would call enlightenment and Western mystics would
call God Consciousness. As with most real mystical paths, to
really follow and practice SKHM and Reiki isn’t easy.
The student is required to study for life and to continually
work on her or himself, stripping away those parts, attachments
as Buddhists would say, or what Patrick terms the mental filters
of the mind, that impede his or her spiritual progress.
These parts may also be causing emotional and physical problems
that need released for a person to fully live and be here.
In Reiki, one is taught in the first class to connect with the
energy, get a feel for it and learn to use it. In the second
level one encounters three symbols and some teachers also teach
their jumon or kotadama that they have learned from students
of Chris Marsh. The jumon was taught by Usui before he started
using symbols and was used to introduce the energy to students
who were having difficulty connecting by meditation alone. The
symbols in level two are designed to connect the student first
to earth energy to ensure that the spiritual practice is grounded
in the body and then to heavenly energy. Finally in level two
symbol and jumon is taught to connect to heart energy where
one feel the oneness of the universe and the merging of heaven
and earth. Finally one encounters the Master symbol where the
student begins to really understand with their whole being that
they are a great shining light.
In Usui’s teachings these steps were taken slowly, with
the student requiring to show complete understanding of every
part of each practice and jumon until they moved on –
the student being guided by a practised master to go at their
own pace and receive the amount of energy that they needed at
each given time. SKHM is a similar process but the student is
presented with all the information at the one time. That information
is simply the Shenu meditation, the Infinity Dance
and, as of January 2005, the Enlightenment Activation. This
allows the student to experience what he or she is able to each
time they do a workshop or work on themselves at home.
While SKHM uses visualisations as opposed to symbols, the actual
process is remarkably similar to Usui’s process with the
symbols and jumon. In SKHM one first connects to the heavens,
then connects to the earth and the student is guided to really
feel and know that connection to heaven and earth. This knowing
is not a result of intellectual effort, but as a felt sense
with the whole body – a felt
experience. In the process of feeling this connection people
can have quite strong emotional reactions as stagnant energy,
mental filters and attachments preventing this connection can
arise. These emotions have to be fully felt and then let go
of to be able to continue, and this can appear to be very hard
work. Some students don’t want to feel, some don’t
want to fully feel and may get addicted to a cycle where the
same emotion appears again and again, but guided by a teacher
they generally can get into a state where they let go, although
this may take more than one workshop! The freedom that this
gives a student to then go and fully live his or her life without
so much ‘emotional baggage’ and hidden agendas is
immeasurable. Being able to really feel that connection to the
earth and to the heavens enables
the student to bring both heaven and earth into the heart and
to feel that oneness that is the 3rd symbol in Reiki. In the
SKHM Shenu it is talked about as the horizontal energy, the
spark of the divine that is created in the heart space of a
heart free of filters and blocks. Then the full greatness of
being here on earth can be experienced as the Great White Shining
Light of the 4th Reiki symbol or as the full expression of All
Love and the All Love energy.
While Reiki and SKHM come from different traditions, both are
remarkably similar in their intent and followers of other mystical
traditions would recognise them and the steps required to be
fully alive and fully here on earth.
Rachel McCormack teaches both Reiki from a Japanese perspective
and Patrick Zeigler’s SKHM. Patrick will be visiting the
UK in April 2006 for a workshop in Edinburgh. Details can be
seen on www.thistletherapy.co.uk