Once a month, Reiki master William Lee Rand conducts a global, Crystal Grid Peace Meditation. Rand is the founder of the Center for Reiki Training in Southfield, Michigan. In 1997 he placed a World Peace Crystal Grid on the Earth’s magnetic North Pole. In 1999 he placed a grid on the South Pole and in old Jerusalem. Since then, according to the Center for Reiki Training, nearly 400,000 of the World Peace Grid cards have been downloaded. Once a month, organizers estimate that hundreds of thousands of people around the globe hold the cards bearing the image of Peace Grids and meditate in unison to send Reiki or universal life force energy to the grids to promote world peace. Wednesday in Reno roughly 50 people gathered in Wingfield Park at 11:00 a.m. holding signs with the images of grids on them for a guided peace meditation in concert with fellow peace-seekers around the planet.

From the Center for Reiki Training website:

Their (World Peace Crystal Grids at the poles) designs allow Reiki to be sent to them and stored like a battery which is then made available to promote peace on earth. Their placement at the magnetic poles of the earth takes advantage of this tremendous energy source that also functions like the crown and root chakras of the planet. The Reiki energy emanating from the Peace grids is carried by the magnetic field around the planet to heal and balance the earth’s aura. The reservoir of healing energy it holds is available to empower all those working toward world healing and peace.

This World Peace Crystal Grid was placed on the Earth’s magnetic South Pole on December 17, 1999 – image – International Center for Reiki Training

As people gathered on the grass near the band shell, Keia Eden Lavine and Timothy Gay smudged attendees. As a security guard wands people for metal, Lavine and Gay moved a punt of smoldering sage over people standing, arms outstretched.

Keia Eden Lavine smudges Rebecca Sage of Reno – image – Brian Bahouth
Timothy Gay smudges a person participating in the the Crystal Grid Peace Meditation – image – Brian Bahouth

Matthew Embrey-McClain lives in Reno and was one of the lead facilitators of the meditation. Embrey-McClain is the executive director of the nonprofit Compassionate Connections Matter (CCM). The Reno-based group is broadly dedicated to “promoting altruism within the community and partnering with others to help improve public events so that they are more pro social,” Embrey-McClain said. CCM works to help “provide healing and joy experiences that empower and inspire people everywhere to be more peaceful and to bring that peacefulness into the world.”

Listen to an extended interview with Mathew Embrey-McClain.

On Wednesday in Wingfield Park, Embrey-McClain offered the following words to those assembled and referred to the images of World Peace Crystal Grids printed on pieces of paper many held in their hands.

“Crystal meditation … you’ll see these little crystal grids, the pictures of them,” Embrey-McClain said aloud to the gathering. “As you guys are having your experience today, whatever it is, good, bad, joyous, sorrow, no matter what, send it through these little crystal grids … whatever it is put it through these grids. Right now, we’re actually going to be forming all your energies together, but I also have people around the perimeters that are holding energy and channeling Reiki. Reiki is universal life force energy. Kind of think of it as the electricity that runs your computer, the electricity that runs your soul. That’s life force energy. That’s what we’re channeling into this area, so as the energy is coming in. It’s going to help facilitate growth, release, whatever you guys feel. If you want to laugh, you want to cry, you want to shout out. That’s totally okay. Please release. You don’t want to hold any energy in, OK.”

Rebecca Sage of Reno holds a sign with Crystal Meditation Grids on the opposite side of the sign – image – Brian Bahouth

Then Embrey-McClain asked Keia Eden Lavine to begin shaking a rattle and lightly striking eight crystal bowls arrayed around her on a blanket on the grass.

Hear a recording of the seven crystal bowls during the meditation event.

Embrey-McClain said the most important aspect of working toward peace is to act, to actually do something. Years ago he began by offering strangers on the street hugs in an effort to share positive energy, a transformative experience.

“When we think about what we choose to bring into this world, if we all choose to bring in the frequency of love, peace, harmony, connection, all that stuff, we’re emanating that constantly, that’s all we’re going to have, but if we choose in our daily life to perpetuate road rage, or if we are envious or jealous or if we’re hateful in any way, that’s what we’re bringing into the reality. We’re emanating that right. So when we do these mass meditations, we start to push against that.”

For much more from Mathew Embrey-McClain listen to the extended interview above.