Reiki master Linda Keiser Mardis made a peaceful transition on the 24th February 2011.
Linda was initiated into Reiki in 1979 by Takata master, Ethel Lombardi, and was initiated as a master by Phyllis Furumoto, granddaughter of Hawayo Takata, in 1982. She had a long and active commitment to Reiki and has profoundly touched a great many people through her Reiki practice and teaching.
Linda and husband Arthur, who predeceased her two years ago, lived in Olney, Maryland and established the educational corporation ‘Archedigm’. Linda was a highly accomplished and respected teacher in both the Usui System of Reiki Healing and the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music.
In Reiki circles, Linda was known for her commitment to upholding and passing on the traditional forms and ways of The Usui System of Reiki Healing. “This requires striving to understand them, living by them, maintaining them, resisting changing them because of personal opinion or societal pressures, and continuing to pursue source materials about them as they become available.” Reference: Archedigm website
Archedigm published the popular book, “Hawayo Takata’s Story” by Helen J. Haberly. This wonderful book, often known as "the blue book", was first published by Archedigm in 1990 and then later as a memorial edition to commemorate the author’s contribution to the Usui System of Reiki Healing.
Linda herself was a prolific writer, and Reiki Australia was fortunate to publish two delightful articles written by Linda specifically for our member journal. This formal connection was at the introduction of member Jim Frew who had developed a strong friendship with Linda.
We asked Jim to pay tribute to Linda and their special relationship:
“Since 1998, I have corresponded with Linda via e-mail very frequently, often weekly and sometime several times in a day, on all manner of subjects – Reiki, politics, food, climate, family, etc. She was an ‘elder’ in the Master community and her passion for Reiki and the importance she attached to its practice and teaching was without doubt. She set very high standards, and was a very independent thinker. In my mailings, I asked her all manner of questions, and she always had a wise and often very detailed response. I still maintain a copious file of our correspondence. Although I never met her in the flesh or spoke to her by phone, our friendship by internet was profound, and to me, she was friend, teacher, and mentor. I will miss her greatly.” Jim Frew March 2011