Xie Xie, Pip! K-pip, and original browncoat, is a gifted distance energy healer in ABQ New Mexico. Check out her website at
Last year, my friend Ronda Snow surprised me with a gorgeous wooden mala she’d made, and a copy of Serene Beads: Meditation Made Easy. Meditation has never been easy for me (my mind just goes and goes!), but using the mala gives me focus for a while and has helped.

Recently I received a package in the mail, and there was another set of meditation beads! It’s beautiful, with small black beads, and she wrote in the accompanying card, “This mala is called Shaman, and it wants to be with an energy healer like you. Cooling, yin, and soothing, it wants to bring you calm and restfulness, especially in times of anxiety or tremor.” Isn’t that lovely?


¬†The wooden mala has the traditional Buddhist 108 beads, I’ve not counted the Shaman’s beads, and the smaller rosewood bracelet mala has 27 (go round 4 times and you have 108). Now I really have NO excuse not to meditate. ūüėČ

Check out Ronda’s Etsy shop: it has the very Potter-ish name, Quirk and Flotsam.¬†She also offers tarot readings on her website, Modern Oracle Tarot.

Have fun!

©Pip Miller РMay 2016
PS: Don’t forget, I’m having a buy one – get two free sale! Only for the Package Deal. The sale goes on til the end of May, don’t miss out!

5/13/2016 06:13:31

Thank you so much for this! It’s important your readers know what an inspiration you were for the mala…they weren’t just an idea out of the blue. You commented at one point how you liked the mala, and it hit me just than that making mala could be so much more than just stringing beads. Through a four word sentence you gifted me with an epiphany, and the idea of the “your mala’s story”. You were part of the puzzle that connected spirit to a string of beads in a whole new way from the maker’s point of view, not just the user’s point of view. I swear you are an energy healer leaving a trail of goodness behind you whether you intend it or not! I hope the meditation practice helps you as much as you have helped me and more. THANK YOU!


My Phone is Full of Sunshine


Holistic thinking applies to more than just physical health. It’s a total package. That’s why it is holistic. It has to do with more than just physical benefits. Thinking holistically applies to everything we do. By definition, everything we do relates to everything else we do and experience. Unrelated things filter back to physical well being in the long run, but with mind and spirit benefits too.

I just bought a solar charger for my cell phone. The amount of electricity my little phone uses is functionally zero when compared to the sum total of energy used in the world…or even in the rest of the house during AC season. But even that bit of nothing joins, eventually with all the little bits of nothing to add up to something. It joins with all the other solar cell chargers in the world. It joins with the degrees warmer we keep the AC and the lights we turn off when a room is empty.

It is disheartening to think that every little thing I do, every whisp of electricity I conserve is erased by other people’s greed, self-entitlement or simple carelessness. But at least that is one whisp saved, rather than two buckets full wasted. I can go to sleep knowing I did everything in my power to contribute to a healthier planet, and healthier future for my beloved child. Even little whispy things like filling my phone with sunshine instead of coal or oil.


Reiki, Faith, Higgs Bosons and Agnostic Computing


Faith and Reiki are a curious mix. So often they are thrown together. In my home state, they are lumped together legally, and professional paid sessions are governed by the same rules…even though they are totally different in my mind.

Do you have to have faith in Reiki for it to work? No. Not at all.

Look at it this way…do you have to believe in gravity to stay stuck to the Earth? Do you have to believe in photons for your flashlight to shine? Do you have to believe in the Earth’s rotation for the sun to rise over the horizon?


Reiki is very much the same. Actually, it is closer to sub-atomic particles and quantum mechanics than to religion or ‘faith’. For example, think of the Higgs Boson that was in the news last year:¬†

You can’t see a Higgs Boson. You can’t touch, smell, taste or hear it. ¬†We only know it exists from the evidence it leaves behind on sophisticated equipment. We can’t – yet – detect Reiki directly, but we can see the evidence it leaves behind.


In my dissertation, even though the sample size was agonizingly small, people who received a short 10 minute seated Reiki session felt more relaxed (on a subjective 1 to 10 Likert-type rating scale) Those same people had measurably warmer hands after the session – increased peripheral circulation is associated with relaxation. We can’t directly, scientifically measure Reiki, and it is wicked hard to control for it in a study, but we can see its effects.

Animals don’t have faith in Reiki – or anything else so far as we know. Yet Reiki, acupuncture and other energy-based treatments are effective for them as well. Your dog probably doesn’t give a fig about religion or belief…but an animal will walk differently when its joint pain is gone.

IS Reiki “a faith” in and of itself? No. Not at all.

Reiki is like “agnostic” cloud computing. You can access¬†the program, use it, and it doesn’t care one whit what operating system is on your computer. It just works. Reiki doesn’t care what your faith, religion or beliefs might be. It just works.

Reiki isn’t a system of life-morals. It says nothing about the existence or not of divine beings. There are guidelines¬†about¬†how Reiki is practiced, just as doctors, lawyers and many professions have ethical standards for their practices. But is being a physician a “faith”? Is the law profession a religion? I say no, and neither is Reiki.

I view Reiki as very naturalistic. It isn’t super-natural, mystical or divine. It is just part of the universe we live in, not unlike gravity, or electromagnetic radiation. We can work with Reiki to enhance¬†our natural healing, just like we work with electricity to make lightbulbs shine or work with gravity to go bungee jumping.

At most, Reiki¬†can become “Reiki-do”.* The “do” is in Japanese much like the “Tao” in China’s “Tao Te Ching”. It is a way of doing things, a way of living – a lifestyle. You can live a healthy lifestyle. You can live a night clubbing lifestyle. You can live a Reiki embued lifestyle.

Reiki and Faith? It depends on you. Reiki IS. Your faith IS what it is. The overlap of the two lies only within you. You make both your Reiki practice and your faith-beliefs your own, as it is for each other person. Reiki and Faith are within you, and something you must decide for yourself and can never dictate to another. We can only respect the unique blend of Reiki and Faith within each other.

*Please consult the printed works of Frank Arjeva Petter and Walter Lubeck for more information.