FAQ

Who is Daniel?

Daniel is a Certified Teaching Master of Kali-Ki and Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki, Certified Crystal Practitioner, channeler, near-death-experiencer, recovery mentor and intuitive healer practicing in San Francisco.  He also writes children’s books and raises a young daughter.  In the past, Daniel has worked as a tech executive, a software engineer, a pizza delivery driver and an ice cream scooper.  Of all those ways he’s chosen to experience himself, being daddy has been the most fun and rewarding.

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This is Daniel in China.

Daniel takes great joy in supporting others as they learn to give themselves permission to heal at every level.  He considers it an honor/duty to serve both Spirit and clients in whatever capacity he might.

What are your guiding principles?

  1. Be kind.
  2. Tell the truth.
  3. Be yourself.
  4. Have fun.

Are you accepting new clients?

Yes. I am always open to working with new clients for Reiki and Intuitive Healing sessions.  I have recently started taking on a small number of channeled sessions as well. If you are interested in either, please visit the contact page to get in touch!

Do you hold any credentials to practice/teach Reiki?

Yes.  I am a certified by Kali-Ki Wisdom School as a Teaching Master of both Kali-Ki and Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki.  I am also an active member of IARP (International Association of Reiki Practitioners) and am insured as a practitioner by Philadelphia Insurance Companies.

Do you teach Reiki in San Francisco?

Absolutely, yes.  Please sign up for the newsletter to keep abreast of upcoming classes, or contact Daniel directly to express your interest.  I am currently offering Kali-Ki and Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki 1 & 2 courses and plan to extend that to Kali-Ki Reiki 3 soon.

How do I book a session and how much do they cost?

You can book a session by visiting the contact page and sending a message.  I don’t charge direct fees, instead asking that donations be made to worthy causes.  Prior to confirming our session, we will discuss which cause to give to and an appropriate donation amount.  Donation sizes vary according to need, the type of service being requested, timing and availability.

Addendum 10/01/19: While I’m extremely proud of being able to provide my services free of charge for almost four years now, I am sadly unable to continue to do so as my default operating procedure.

The increasing demand for my time, as well as the growing needs of a certain little girl in my home (hi, Sophie!), have me now incurring the expense of a workspace in San Francisco.  As such, I must now begin charging clients in order to continue my work. Kali-Ki Reiki sessions will be charged on a sliding scale beginning at $75.  As always, no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. Those unable to compensate financially may perform commensurate acts of kindness for others in their community.

What can I expect from a Reiki session with Daniel?

Set the Intention

During a typical (if there is such a thing) hourlong Reiki session, we will open 15 minutes of conversation about your expectations and intentions.  From there, we’ll make sure you’re in a comfortable, resting position. Daniel will then work with your energetic system to balance flow throughout, bringing focus to any areas in need of attention.

Activate the Reiki

This is done fully clothed, and can be accomplished with hands on or off, depending on your comfort level.  Every effort is made to respect each client’s privacy and integrity throughout the session.  The hands on practice is light touch, over the clothes and never in any “personal” areas of the body.  The active portion of the session can last anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes, with an average length of 30.  Once complete, you’ll be given as much time as you need to come back to your body and open your eyes.

Debrief and follow up

Following the Reiki itself, we will sit down for a short debrief about the experience.  Daniel will then provide direct information about the condition of your energetic systems and chakras. Frequently, Spirit will have offered messages for you during the Reiki session.  Receiving these messages is always optional, but freely given without judgment when requested.  In closing, Daniel offers an (optional) brief card reading to bring the session to a close.

It is common for clients to report vivid, intense dreams for a night or two following a session.  These dreams often bringing illumination to issues that have been weighing on them.  It is always recommended that clients take it easy for the remainder of the day following a treatment.  Remember that the Reiki doesn’t stop working once you walk out the door!

Do you offer distance Reiki treatments?

Absolutely.  In our experience, distance Reiki can be just as or more potent than hands on treatments.  For distance sessions, we ask that you schedule a time and place where you’ll be comfortable and uninterrupted as Daniel works.  Skype, Zoom, Hangouts or a plain old telephone can be used for pre and post session debriefs.

What can I expect from a channeled session from Daniel/The Chorus?

This varies greatly depending on your specific needs.  While in person or Skype sessions are sometimes possible, the most common scenario is simply sending a question which I’ll take to The Chorus during my next “conversation” with them (usually within a week).  From there, the channeled message will be transcribed and emailed back to you.  On special request, video or audio can be made available as well.

Please note that I will not typically bring “psychic” or “fortune telling” requests to them.  If you’re looking for higher wisdom to inform your path or alert you to areas of energetic friction, their loving (and quite direct) guidance will be a beacon for you.  If the answer to your question would interfere with your own highest learning or be used to impede or manipulate another, it will be kindly returned.

Who is The Chorus/Sera?

The Chorus is the undifferentiated name given by the consciousness that speaks and writes through Daniel when in a trancelike state.  While most of the early channelings came from a consciousness which identified itself as “Sera,” with increasing frequency, other “personalities” began to appear (e.g. Michael, Ashar, David).  Each time, the entity or entities present would answer the question “Who is this?” with “The Chorus speaks as…”

This concept of “The Chorus” pervaded more than simple identification, with references to a chorus’ harmony as a necessary component of a good connection/channel as well as directly citing a chorus singing as a healing or creative process.  When asked for individual identification, the pattern that emerged seemed to be that certain members of The Chorus chose to address questions of a particular type — for example, Sera provided general council, while Ashar was a spinner of metaphor and Michael preferred to speak of connection with God/Source.  It was not uncommon for the spokesinger of the group to change one or more times within a single session, depending on the topics being addressed.

Rather than continue to delineate boundaries between the individual names and gender pronouns of those who would sing lead in a given session, I’ve opted instead to simply address them all as The Chorus.  They certainly don’t seem to mind and have never expressed any interest in claiming domain or credit over the information they present.

To follow are transcripts of conversations I’ve had (typically with a questioner present) with The Chorus.  If you have a question or topic you’d like to see them speak on, please send it via the contact page.

What are some examples of “good” questions to ask Daniel and/or The Chorus?

While there are no “good” or “bad” questions, there are some whose answers provide greater insight into where your energies are best focused. In channeling The Chorus, I’ve discovered that questions that give them “room to breathe” work best, as she has much to share from a higher perspective than most are accustomed to. When in doubt, the wonderful book Opening to Channel by Sanaya Roman and Duane Parker offers some excellent examples of the types of questions that will resonate with The Chorus. These, of course, can and should be tailored to your specific intention for any reading, but provide a good jumping off point.

  1. What is my life purpose?
  2. What are my lessons in this lifetime?
  3. How can I create more abundance in my life?
  4. What am I learning in my relationship with _______ ?
  5. What is my highest path right now?
  6. How can I best express my creativity?
  7. How can I achieve inner peace?  What will my inner peace feel like?

Do you identify yourself with any religion, sect or particular spiritual practice?

No. All belief systems are expressions of the same Infinite Source, and are therefore equally valid. Each distortion offers new opportunities for Love and learning.

Are you sure?  You say “God” a lot.

Yes, I’m sure, and yes, I do.  I used to hem and haw over the use of “God” in conversation, writing, even in my own thoughts.  The fact is that I was hemming and hawing over someone else’s idea of what God is or is not.  Large, organized religions — including atheism (perhaps the most dogmatic and zealous of the lot) —  have tainted the word and its use beyond measure.  So, in a way, I’m taking it back from them all.  My God is infinite, eternal and beyond definition.  By this, I mean an intelligence or organizational force that escapes any other description than being much larger than any of us or anything we can truly conceive of.  If you’re offended by my use of the word “God,” or the pronoun “Him” when reading what I write, then by all means replace it with something that works for you: Goddess, Tao, Universe, Source, Chaos, Order, Infinity, Shiva, Gaia, Sophia, Pleiadians, The Way, The Force, Doorknob or Frank — he/she/it/they/I/we.  It really doesn’t matter so long as you recognize it as being a higher power than your small self.

Are you ordained by any religious organization?

Yes, I am, actually.  I was ordained by the Universal Life Church over ten years ago.  This was not done out of any spiritual seeking at the time, however.  I had received the nickname “The Reverend” at my place of employment, and thought it clever to make it official.  That said, it does legally allow me to perform weddings and other such services.  So there’s that.

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.  Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. ~Rumi