WHAT IS TERA MAI?
WHAT ARE BUDDHA'S TERA MAI STANDARDS?
Kathleen Milner, an American artist, author and natural healer, trademarked a healing system called Tera™, which incorporates Reiki and Seichem and other Universal Energies. In February 1991, in her first consciousness-raising experience, whereby her physical body went into the Otherworlds, she met a Higher Being, whom she later learned was Buddha. Buddha built on the ancient healing energies that Kathleen was born with by simply adding onto the original Alliance Reiki Initiations. (For example, Buddha eliminated the Hon Sha Za Sho Nen down the spine in Reiki III or Mastership, and replaced it with the Dai Koo Mio. He kept the double Cho Ku Rays in the Tera Mai Initiations. He also gave Kathleen Zonar, and shortly thereafter, Harth and Halu. It's interesting to note that both Zonar and Halu include the infinity symbol and Harth and Halu, the pyramid.)
In the realm of Spirit, Buddha told Kathleen that the Reiki initiations he gave her passed on the healing energies of elemental earth, which came directly from Source or God. Buddha emphasized that the initiations he gave her were to remain standardized, and that the initiations were not to be mixed into another system where other Reiki or manmade initiations were given or received. This ensured the quality and purity of energy transfer; thus, from the initiate's first Initiation into Tera Mai, he or she begins to connect to the same Universal Healing Energies that are in Kathleen's natal astrology chart. To this day, those properly initiated individuals, who follow Buddha's Tera Mai standards, are able to facilitate remarkable healings. Kathleen freely shares her trademark only with all properly attuned Tera Mai initiates, who are abiding by the aforementioned Buddha's Tera Mai standards.
In 1983, Kathleen had taken the first two levels of Reiki with her local Reiki Master in Wisconsin. In Helen Borth's Reiki I class, Kathleen learned how to use the energy that she was born with to do hands-on healing. In Reiki II she was shown how to use symbols in distant or absentee healing. Kathleen did NOT receive additional healing energy, so, she chose not to spent $10,000 for Reiki Mastership. Helen Borth's first Master was Ethel Lombardi, one of the 22 Takata masters. Barbara McCullough, another Master of the 22, gave Helen the Master training. Although, up until then, Takata was the only one who had trained Masters in the West. So, Helen Borth became the first Reiki Master not to be trained by Takata. Hawayo Takata died in the same month that Helen was initiated, December 1980!
In 1988, after two car accidents, Kathleen was left at a standstill in her life and her body. Kathleen was guided to attend a Reiki Mastership class in Michigan (which was offered for a more reasonable cost), as part of a cleansing cycle for her own healing. Margarette Shelton was her Reiki Master. Margarette had studied Takata's original Alliance Reiki system with the Ferguson's, who were initiated and taught by Arthur Robertson. Arthur Robertson had been taught by Iris Ishakuru, one of Takata's original 22 Reiki Masters.
Takata's original Reiki certificates included the phrase, Usui Shiki Ryoho. So, her Reiki Masters had referred to themselves as Usui Reiki Masters. However, Takata never trademarked any part of the phrase. Herein the waters get muddy. After teaching the Fergusons and others, Arthur Robertson made up Tibetan Reiki (which does not come from Tibet, but uses a Tibetan symbol for exorcism as the master symbol). He also created Usui Reiki, which has nothing left of what Iris had taught him. To further complicate matters, other people have made changes to Usui Reiki or made up other initiations, which they also called Usui Reiki. And then there are people who take any one of these classes, change the initiation procedure, and give their initiations a new name.
To go back to Margarette. Margarette had introduced a clockwise Cho Ku Ray that gets smaller to the initiation procedure. Kathleen and her partner in the class, who practised doing the initiations together, found that the double Cho Ku Ray combination (drawing the clockwise Cho Ku Ray with the left hand and counterclockwise Cho Ku Ray with the right hand) produced a stronger, more balanced and effective way to energize symbols. Again, Kathleen's healing level of natural healing energy did not go up after being initiated, but she found that the double Cho Ku Rays along with the contractions and breathing techniques were an effective way to send absentee healing to others. She found that this same technique could be used to energize healing symbols, which were then sent to God's Angels. Then Kathleen would ask them to further energize the symbols and return them to her for her own healing.
Takata had taught the breathing and contractions but did not emphasize them. This has been confirmed by the Zen monk (one of the 22 Reiki Masters whom Takata initiated) when he took Beth's Sander's Reiki Mastership class. (Beth was one of Kathleen's original students, who took Reiki from Kathleen before her consciousness-raising experience.) The Zen monk went on to state that what that Kathleen had taught Beth was identical to Takata had taught him. This has also been confirmed by other Alliance Reiki Masters.
As Takata did not emphasize the breathing and contractions, neither did Arthur Robertson, the Fergusons or Margarette. When people began asking Kathleen to teach them Reiki, she decided to stress breathing exercises (kidney breath, white-mist breath and the colour sequence) in her classes. She impressed upon her students the importance of practicing this procedure each day. It was suggested that they use the procedure to send healing to the Earth, situations, people they knew or themselves.
Kathleen knew that the energy level in the Reiki classroom had to be raised. So, she put up a series of oil paintings that she had done on the Holy Kabbalah around the room. (Kathleen had been represented by Wright Gallery in Chicago before her car accidents.) Previously, Reiki Masters drank water and called in the energies before entering the classroom. Kathleen began the practice of verbally calling in God and Higher Energies in the beginning of the class. Many of her students had spiritual experiences; that is, they were able to feel, see or hear the Spiritual Beings coming in.
In June 1991, Kathleen returned to California and was guided to do an exchange with August Starr. August received Tera Mai Reiki Mastership from Kathleen. Kathleen received Seichem initiations and a symbol, which one of Barbara Weber Ray's students had given August in exchange for Seichem Mastership. August only knew that ‘an unknown man' had spent the night in the King's Chamber of the Great Pyramid and had a consciousness-raising experience. Afterwards, he gave Shamanic-type classes and that somewhere along the line, Seichem initiations had come about. August had received these initiations from a woman who called herself Phoenix (a.k.a. Kathleen McMasters).
Kathleen Milner experienced prickling fire energy in the palms of her hands after the Seichem initiations. However, she could feel that the energy was unstable. August showed Kathleen the Seichem initiation procedure, which was both complex and lacking. Kathleen could see immediately that the man who spent the night in the Pyramid was not given these initiations in his consciousness-raising experience. Rather, somebody 'along the way' had received Alliance Reiki Mastership and then changed these initiations in an attempt to accommodate the energy. The only symbols were Seichem symbols that were identical to Takata's Reiki symbols. The only difference being that the Seichem symbols were slanted. Even the master symbol, the Dai Koo Mio, was the same as the Reiki Dai Koo Mio. However, the clockwise Cho Ku Ray that got bigger was substituted for the counterclockwise Cho Ku Ray that got smaller.
The problem being that Universal initiations; that is, those initiations that originate from Source or God, come about through Spirit in consciousness-raising experiences. Not through man's brain, be that knowledge gleaned in the library or in mediation. Thus, Spirit told Kathleen NEVER to attempt to give these initiations to anyone. Spirit also told Kathleen not to worry; that they would stabilize the fire energy. When the process was through, Buddha gave Kathleen the Sakara (fire), Sophi-El (water) and Angeliclight (air) initiations.
One morning, awakening from a deep sleep, Kathleen Milner found herself in a different type of consciousness. Her astral body was half in and half out of her physical body. When she opened her eyes, it was like looking through a cut-glass crystal bowl. This experience had happened to Kathleen once before; so, she wasn't frightened; she just knew that she had to go back to sleep. However, Spirit wanted her to remain in this state for a short while. It was in this in-between space and time that Buddha added 2 more colors (one of the colors being rainbow), and 2 more symbols to the Tera Mai Reiki initiations. Buddha told Kathleen that the 3 Tera Mai Seichem initiations would still pass on the 3 Tera Mai Reiki initiations. In addition, the 3 Tera Mai Seichem initiations would pass on the first levels of Sakara (fire), Sophi-El (water) and Angeliclight (air). Kathleen was told to use the Tera Mai Reiki Lineage because that is what the Tera Mai Seichem initiations were based upon. But to call the initiations Seichem in order to honor the man who had spent the night in the King's Chamber of the Great Pyramid.
On occasion through the years, different men would call Kathleen to inform her that he was the man that she had written about in her books. It was later that she found out that the man was Patrick Zeigler. Patrick offers Shamanic-type classes that he now calls Sekhem.
In Tera Mai Seichem each of the elemental healing rays exists in its own right, although they can and do work together in different combinations. This process is not controlled by the healer; rather, this and the entire healing process is in God's Hands, in the hands of God's Chosen Angels and other Higher Spiritual beings. They use the healing energy that the healer is channeling to bring about changes in the physical. In this process they release 'negative' energies and initiate positive change. It is the healer's job to focus on the healee, the Angels and the process, AND to ask the healee, the Angels and Higher Spirits questions when it is appropriate to do so.
It goes without saying that it is also any healer's responsibility to maintain a high standard of personal ethics and honesty.
In Tera Mai Cahokia the full expanse of all 4 elemental healing rays are woven in etheric tapestries of vibrant colors. Each Elemental Ray remains true to its own nature. Each Ray also becomes an integral part of a great whole.
Gisela Hammerstein and others feel that it's Kathleen's integrity and determination to live up to Buddha's assignment that makes Tera Mai a strong healing system. She has done this in spite of severe criticism. Kathleen feels that it is the many properly attuned Tera Mai initiates, who marvel at the healing miracles of Tera Mai and who have kept Buddha's Tera Mai standards, that are Tera Mai's pillars. The impossible has a likely probability of becoming possible through Tera Mai!