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Forgiving And Asking For Forgiveness

Forgiveness is an important requisite to enjoy true peace in life. But the emotions that rule our life like hatred, anger, resentment are some of the greatest impediments to our forgiving and our ego does the honours when it comes to our reluctance to ask for forgiveness. Equipping ourselves with tools to cross these hurdles to happiness is a crucial need of the day.

On 7th June 2018, Lotus Healing Seva Group’s Founder Member Monica Gokaldas, assisted by Cooky Vora LHSG member, held a workshop on forgiveness called Ho’oponopono, a Hawaiian method of Forgiveness introduced to the west by Morrneh Simeona, for cancer patients, their care givers, and therapists and volunteers of Faraja Cancer Support Trust in Nairobi, Kenya. We have been carrying out this work annually at the Centre, with the kind support of the directors of Faraja.

Please read on for her account and do watch the slide show.

Thank you!

Kamal Tolia

LHSG Founder Member


On the cold morning of Thursday, June 14, 2018 Cooky and I reached at Faraja Cancer Care, Kenya on Shivachi Road and excitedly set up the room where we were to conduct the workshop. This was the fifth year consecutive that we were doing this workshop at this venue for Cancer patients, their care givers, therapists and volunteers at Faraja.

Despite a slight technical hitch with the projector we began the session by around 9.15am as people were still pouring in. I started off with introduction of the topic, explaining the WHYs, WHATs and HOWs about the significance of Ho’oponopono – the Hawaiian technique of forgiveness. We had 22 people who attended this workshop including a few members from the LHSG as well. It was encouraging to see the  attendees interacting and expressing their views and experiences as that gave me a better confidence at conducting it. Although I had co conducted this workshop earlier with Kamal Tolia in the past – this was my third solo one to date.

The forgiveness exercises were quite exciting as they all looked forward to going through the session after a refreshments break. Some of them even cried out and felt much lighter having practiced the forgiveness.  My challenge was to explain to someone who had recently lost someone very close due to a third person’s fault in an accident and she wasn’t willing to forgive the third person. However, she gradually understood the need to forgive the person to release herself from the grief and guilt of witnessing the accident as she forgave herself first.

Teaching at Faraja has always been a pleasant experience as I feel a connection with the place and patients whom we often meet during the Wednesday Healing Sessions. Arwa Kapacee has been very helpful in organizing the event and in her absence the preparation was well handled by Neha Choudhary as well. I express my gratitude to the Faraja team for their efforts at the same.

Monica Gokaldas

LHSG Founder Member


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LHSG In The News

The Asian Weekly

June 15 – 21 2018

Edition 408



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Giving the Gift of Reiki

The Lotus Healing Seva Group gave a very precious gift of Reiki training to the children and teachers of Mukuru Outreach Academy in the Mukuru slums of Kenya. Since they were over a hundred in number, the training could not be done in their school grounds.

Our Ram Mandir Hindu Temple came to our rescue. They graciously agreed to give us the use of their hall for the training. Accordingly, 117 children, their Head Master Enock  and 6 teachers arrived all bright and early by 9.30 am on 7th June 2018 to the temple hall ready to learn this new healing art.

They were given a banana and juice on arrival and very soon settled down to the training. They were keen learners, absorbing everything like a sponge! The introduction of Reiki was followed by knowledge of chakra positions. The attunement came next and then self-healing. The wonderful experiences they had to share or were going through in this short time were a testimony to the healing power of Reiki. 

After a lunch of vegetable pulau, beans stew, puris (fried chapatti) and boondi (a sweet), they settled down to partner healing. Many a young child was noticed yawning and some even went into slumber land as Reiki worked its inevitable magic on them. Some went through an emotional release too.

The training ended with giving them certificates and a packet of milk together with a bag containing exercise books and a pen and pencil.

As they boarded the bus to go home, we the LHSG members Monica, Mamta, Punita, Yatinder, Laveena, Sheela, Cooky, Shariffa, Balvinder, Ola, Amy, Pratima and I, Kamal felt immense gratitude to the Universe, for once again affording us the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these innocent souls.

And so it is that Lotus Healing Seva Group Kenya completed its 95th Reiki training camp in Kenya. This number goes to 146 training camps worldwide.

Please read what the other sevaks have to say and watch the slide show and videos which tell it all!

Thank you for your support.

Kamal Tolia

LHSG Founder Member


The Reiki Level 1 Camp held at Ram Mandir was a great event in the Lotus Healing Seva Group Calendar. Thanks to the running around and hard work by our Guru- Kamal Tolia we got to do this in the comfort of Ram Mandir where we could easily accommodate all the children. The numbers were large and getting enough good space was crucial. I am thankful to the management of Ram mandir as well for letting us use their Function Hall.

We had children from Grade 2 to Grade 7. It was amazing to see how well behaved they all were despite some of them being as young as only 10 years. Some of them were naughty too but they knew to be within etiquette charts.

I took charge of the grade 2 and Grade 3 children and it initially appeared that they were distracted and not paying attention to the learning. I realized my mistake at judging them when they started to practice Reiki on themselves. The little playful lot, despite being mischievous and easily getting tired were doing the self-healing quite well. A few of them wanted water in between and some wanted to rush to the toilets, yet, they did the healing flawlessly. To my surprise, two of them had tears in their eyes as they gave healing to the temples on the sides of their heads. Their hidden emotions were getting released. Upon asking they didn’t share anything but my guess is, that they might be having a lot to deal with in their little life.

During the partner healing time I had to make two different groups of three boys and three girls and other three pairs of two boys each. Thankfully they all managed doing the healing very well but the little ones kept complaining that they were tired.

Overall it was a great Seva and Mukuru was enriched with Reiki Healers.

Monica Gokaldas

LHSG Kenya Founder Member


It was a beautiful experience, seeing how the children concentrated and were willing to learn, I felt some had done this for many lifetimes. For me I felt grateful and humbled at the same time. Thank you all for taking me in.

Ola Daira

LHSG Kenya Member


The Reiki Sewa for the Mukuru children was a very humbling experience.

I was very moved to see their joy and excitement about everything whether it was learning Reiki or the food or the outing to the temple!

Mamta Advani

LHSG Kenya Member


As always, the experience of our Reiki I camp last Thursday was a rewarding and satisfying experience. The cold morning didn’t deter the children from Mukuru form grasping the principles of Reiki and carrying out healing themselves and each other efficiently. They also enjoyed the snacks and lunch that was provided and were delighted with the certificate that was awarded, not forgetting the goody bag for each child that was the icing on the cake. It was wonderful to empower the children with the glorious energy of Reiki. With God’s grace, may they be powerful Reiki healers.

Love and Light

Sheela Shah

LHSG Kenya Member


On the 7 th of June 2018 what more would LHSG want? 124 specials souls coming to us for seva! May they spread their experiences ….. for Reiki to multiply ….  Grateful to Ram Mandir for providing each and every amenity to all ?

Cooky Vora

LHSG Kenya Member


On 7 th June seva at Ram Mandir was very gratifying. Though it was huge group, LHSG managed very well to make it a successful camp, thanks to Punita and Kamal aunty. Mukuru kids were very well behaved and understanding. They were following our instructions correctly. They were focused and willing to learn, as after explaining the Reiki theory, Kamal aunty asked them questions and most of them answered correctly. I am sure they will benefit from Reiki healing. I am blessed and grateful for this seva opportunity in this Purushotam mass (holy month) at a holy place.  Thank you. Love and Light

Laveena Keswani

LHSG Kenya Member


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LHSG In The News

Lotus Healing Seva Group featured in The Asian Weekly, Kenya

Edition No. 404, May 18-24 2018

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