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Memorial Tribute To
Rev. Beth Gray - Reiki Grand Master
 
By Rev. Vickie Carey (Lady SpringWolf)
 
A Memorial Tribute
It is with great sadness and sympathy to learn about the death of one of the most important teachers in my life. On May 13, 2008, Rev. Beth Gray - Reiki Grand Master passed into spirit at home with her loved ones. She had just celebrated her 90th birthday on April 11, 2008.
 
Rev. Gray was born near Chicago on April 11, 1918, to an immigrant father from Austria-Hungary, and a Southern belle from Kentucky. She was the eldest of 7 children and gifted violinist playing with the Chicago Women's Symphony in her teens. She moved to California at 18 to study laboratory medicine at Stanford University. Two weeks after Pearl Harbor she married John Harvey Gray in Stanford Chapel, and settled in Woodside, California, where they raised their two children.
 
Beth had long expressed a desire to follow a path of spirituality and teach. She began studies and quickly acquired her ministerial status. In the early '70's, Beth founded the Trinity Metaphysical Center in Redwood City. She hosted the Hawaiian-born Reiki Master, Hawayo Takata at Trinity and they established a close and mutually rewarding friendship. Takata shared her knowledge of Reiki with Rev. Gray. And through Rev. Gray, Takata became an ordained Minister.
 
Trinity met every Sunday and presented many guest speakers to the church and community, such as Hawayo Takata. Additional people who were later to become leaders in the metaphysical community were also invited to speak. Writers such as James Redfield (The Celestine Prophecy), Helen Wambach (Life Before Life), and Jeffrey Mishlove (The Roots of Consciousness), first introduced themselves to the world community.
 
Beth closed Trinity in order to devote herself to traveling in the U.S. and the world to teach and share her knowledge. She introduced Reiki to the continent of Australia and shared her teachings of Reiki throughout many international and national locations. A stroke in 1993 ended her extensive travel and public teachings. She believed the stroke signified that her outer spiritual teaching time was over, and it was time to concentrate on meditation to refine her inner emotional and spiritual life, and perfect her already well-developed psychic gifts. It was her wish that her body be cremated and the ashes scattered on the ocean.
 
Beth Kathelin Gray is survived by her daughter, writer and producer, Kathelin Gray, her son, woodworker John Gray, her grandchildren Christina and Jason Gray, her sisters Joy Atwood and Emilie Anderson, and her brother, developer and former Ambassador to Portugal, Alfred Hoffman.
 
 
A Personal Experience
Many people written about Rev. Gray and how she had permanently affected their lives. She certainly affected mine and in tribute to her great life, I'd like to share my personal experience with Rev. Beth Gray.
 
In 1986 I was learning about the energy and power of holistic healing. Light therapy, stone therapy, energy therapy were all methods of my early education. But each class, or level of education only inspired me to look for more. Through a spiritual center I was involved with at the time, I discovered an offering for a class in something called Reiki. I had no idea what this was, except it was advertised as an oriental method of hands on healing. I tucked the idea away and went on with my current path of education.
 
In late 1987 I meet a woman at the Edgar Cayce Institute who had just completed a Reiki class. She was so filled with excitement and energy that keeping her from sharing would have been impossible. Her energy was actually inspiring and it's always nice to meet people who are excited and passionate about something they recently learned.
 
Reiki crossed my path at least once each month in 1988. Obviously this wasn't a coincidence and the Great Spirits were trying to beat me over the head with their message. In the spring of 1989 I signed up for a Reiki I course offered by Rev. Beth Gray in northern Virginia. I had no idea really who she was other than what was advertised about her. There were several teachers to choose from at the time, but my instincts pointed to becoming a student of Rev. Beth Gray.
 
She was a short woman, already in her 70s. But her appearance was only a ruse for this formidable woman. She had a commanding presence, yet she was gentle and compassionate. A no nonsense character, yet she had a delightful humor. An accountable woman, yet her wisdom was kind and expansive. When she spoke I felt drawn into her message. I felt an energy coming from her that seemingly enter the mind and opened inner knowledge and understanding that one wasn't aware they held within themselves.
 
There are many moments in a persons life that you can point to and say 'this had a significant and long lasting effect on me'. The weekends I spent with Rev. Gray for the Reiki I and Reiki II classes were just such moments for me. The outcome of these lessons, attunements and shared energy put me personally on a new and exciting path for my spiritual mission.
 
All the earlier healing classes seemed to be prerequisite to Reiki. I learned so much from Rev.Gray. Not just the techniques and methods of Reiki. But how to view life from a spiritual health perspective. How to follow your passion and reach for the goals in your lifes mission. Her conversations and personal attention to me in private were encouraging and supportive. She probably had no idea how she impacted my life at that time. In her mind she was Rev. Gray being Rev. Gray. But she did have a long lasting impact on my life that I could never properly thank her for.
 
Read more about Rev. Beth Gray @ bethgray.org
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Created: 06/01/2008       Updated: 01/07/2009
 
 
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