Workshop: Ripples To Waves

This 3 hour workshop is a moving, experiential opportunity to enrich what you love most in your life through work with intentions, Reiki energy, and email support.

When: Tuesday, March 21st 1 to 4pm

Where: at the clinic of Dr Kara Dionisio ND on 1st Ave W across and down a bit from Shoppers.

How will it unfold:

Before the workshop:

The process will begin by email the week before when I will help you make your own individual intentions. I will send you one reading material to help learn more out intentions. This means the Intentions part will be private and customized to your specific wishes.

I have worked a lot with intentions over the past ten years or more in retreats, workshops, individual sessions and writing. I look forward to helping you bring Reiki energy to your personal or professional intentions. To me this is how we turn ripples into waves. It can be transforming.

During the workshop:

Actually much of the workshop itself is individual meditation experiences and other Reiki healing. Reiki healing can be a moving experience. Some discussion will happen if it seems in order. In the workshop itself you will use your intentions in the second half but no need to share it unless you want to for some reason. The work you do at this stage can be very powerful.
I will know in advance the level of Reiki you have studied and /or your experience with it and will customize accordingly.

After the workshop:

I will continue contact with you by email to help you stay on track for three weeks. You will not have to respond. The emails will serve as reminders.

I am making this first workshop a beta test. I want to see if my timing is on, if I have to make more adjustments, and will ask for feedback. I expect to have ten participants but no more.

Cost:

$40 for the beta test workshop (but will be around $85 for the next more refined one).
But if you find another person to register with you, then cost is $60 between you. That means just $30 each.

What if you haven’t taken any Reiki classes:

It is best if you have had at least some Reiki experience. But if not experience then Therapeutic Touch or Healing Touch experience will work.

And just in case you still weren’t sure:

To encourage registration I am giving a $25 non transferable credit for any Reiki session or Reiki class (1, 2, or Master level) with me to use sometime before May 2018. Also I will be giving out a gift on the day of the workshop but I am not exactly sure what that is yet.

Registering means

sending me an email at livingreiki@rogers.com and either mailing me a cheque at 294 Park St, RR7, Owen Sound N4K 6V5 ($20 of which is non refundable but if you have to cancel, the rest will be a credit we can discuss if needed) or use email banking asap after Feb 24th.

By the way, ten participants is the absolute limit.😍 So register now.  Only 6 spots left.

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Warmly,
Marie
http://marie knapp.com

Enriching What You Do

Reminder:  Soon I will be using this blog minimally as a means of sharing reflections, news, classes etc.  Instead  I will send out a Newsletter 6 times a year via MailChimp.  If you haven’t already done so, please use this link to subscribe.  It is free.

Article: Enriching  What You Love To Do

Do you find some days seem to nudge you just a little further, a little deeper, a little more meaningfully?  Today, I once again picked up a book I brought with me on this trip to Ecuador.  It’s called The Book On Karuna Reiki: Advanced Healing Energy for Our Evolving World.  I first met the author, Laurelle Shanti Gaia, when I took the Karuna Reiki course that Laurel and her husband Michael taught in Sedona in 2014. As I read her words I see her image and hear her voice. She continues to be one of my teachers through her writing and CDs. Laurelle shares her gifts with warmth and total inclusiveness.

There is more to share about Laurelle. Within a year after the class I took, something totally unexpected append to Laurelle. She had a “stroke”.  Actually a bleed as an aneurysm burst. She was unconscious for three weeks. Friends, colleagues and family sent Reiki and prayers.  Her healing journey was one only Laurelle can tell and I hope she will someday share it in more depth.  However I invite you to read her words about her newer perspective about the meaning of healing. Insightful and thought provoking.  Here is the link to what she wrote.

Laurelle’s husband, Michael Baird, taught the Reiki Drumming course I took in Sedona in October 2016. He began the class with his story about how he learned to bring Reiki to Drumming. It was Laurelle who guided him to bring the two together for a stronger, more profound healing effect. Besides the healing experience of the two-day class, it also opened me to something new for me.  Inside of me a voice kept telling me to help people bring Reiki to what they already love doing–just as Michael did with Drumming.

It was a small nudge at first and I could see the value of it.  Little by little I have grown to accept the nudge and be open to how it could be possible.

I suppose you could say that this is the birthing of both the Newsletter I will send out six times a year, as well as the workshop for which I am almost ready to launch the beta test.

On that note, keep March 21 1 to 4 open to  possibly attend.  The information will be released soon.  Only ten spots.  Details will go out in the first Newsletter.  So if you haven’t subscribed yet, here is another opportunity.  Click on this link.

If you want more information about Reiki, please browse through my site.  http://marieknapp.com

Till next time,

Marie

Reiki: Ripples to Waves

When we take a step to help make the world a better place, we make ripples. The ripples extend from you to those you touch personally and continue to extend outward from those people to others.  Suppose we were to take a bigger step, be a bit more vulnerable, send out more and bigger ripples, can’t you see that soon the ripples have built on each other and become a wave?

Join me in looking at this further. Reiki energy responds to your requests with what is for the highest good of all concerned. Reiki energy comes from the highest source, from the creator, from the highest good. It does no harm.  You know that a Reiki session takes you to a place of deep relaxation that allows your body mind and spirit to heal at just the right pace. It feeds our soul and touches our heart.

As the energy moves through you, Reiki helps you release blocks. Blocks are places where you hold energy for a variety of reasons. Many say that it is blocks in the emotional field that lead to physical symptoms. This makes sense knowing that stress can affect your life in many ways including physical illness.  Blocks can also hold you back in your growth path.

Yes, you can also bring Reiki into your life to help you move forward in your personal growth and in your life goals. If you do what you have always done, you will get what you always got. But taking that big leap is needed to move you forward, to transform your thoughts and behaviours. It requires courage, inner strength, patience and perseverance. It isn’t a smooth ride. It’s like taking the road less travelled and having to work your way through wild raspberries and some poison ivy. You reach a place of beauty and awe but the path has its challenges. Reiki can also give you what you need to handle the challenges.

If you have already taken Reiki level 1 or more, you can use reiki daily, ask for guidance and send Reiki energy to your intentions.  Although this is not difficult, sometimes it is easier with someone along side reminding you and encouraging you.

The workshop I am designing is almost ready to post so keep watching.  The input I have received from some of my clients and Reiki friends has been very useful in helping me create a package that will serve you well.

Save the date.  Tuesday March 21st 1:00 till 4:00pm.  You can be part of the beta test group, and be able take the course at a reduced cost.  More coming soon.

You have gifts that you know are valuable.  You have taken them so far but now you can consider taking that jump to a level that will help you build more confidence, be more successful and influence more people with love, compassion, encouragement, and beauty to help make this world a better, more beautiful, loving and caring place.

till next time,

Marie

 

A Reiki Healing Experience

If Reiki has been in your life, recently or in the past, you have an opportunity to have some input into a half day workshop I am developing.

It will be offered in Owen Sound on a Tuesday afternoon in March from 1:00 to 4:00pm.  Are you interested?

Let me tell you what I am thinking.  I would like to offer you a Usui/Holy Fire 11 group healing experience for sure. I would like to prepare for this with a Guided meditation that includes chakra clearing.   But before these occurs, I would like some discussion about Reiki and it evolution.  Perhaps you have some questions you would like answered.  Give me some input please.

After the healing of experience, we could work on identifying intentions that really matter to you and bringing Reiki to them.  Would you like some discussion about how to make Reiki a living experience for you.

Now of course time is limited but I will prepare a handout that will help you to remember and practice what you have learned.

I see this workshop experience especially helpful to people who have taken at least the first level of Reiki but actually all levels of Reiki.  However if you have received Reiki sessions and have read my web site info, and would like to take it, please email me and   we can discuss.

Your input is valuable to me now as I work on developing the content.  I look forward to hearing from you at livingreiki@rogers.com

Watch for more about the workshop next week.

Marie Knapp EdD

Usui/Holy Fire 11 Reiki Master

Karuna/Holy Fire 11 Reiki Master

Strengthen Your 2017 Intentions with Reiki

IMG_0869At this time of year we often feel prompted to review the past in an effort to consider a direction for the future.  Some call it “making resolutions”.  I prefer to use words like direction and intention because it moves me to a place within where I consider how I want to be over the next year.  I think a resolution is often filled with “shoulds” —  something that comes from without in an effort to please or impress others … or the mirror image of myself.  Over the last ten or more years I have given a lot of attention to intentions in workshops, retreats and personal coaching.

Personally there are some very serious things to consider as I examine the direction for 2017.

  1. Unless you are uniquely blessed with a strange genetic aberration, you are likely getting older. Me too.  As we all get older, I find that health becomes a bigger factor in one’s life.  I hear people say things like “I want to be able to enjoy and play with my grandchildren” or “I want to have quality of life as I age.”  Health seems to be high on the list of directions for the coming year.
  2. At the same time, we realize our mortality and this is another factor that kicks in sometime after age 50.  It nudges one to notice the decreasing number of years left and the importance of leaving a legacy.  Depending on how close retirement is, a person begins to think about ‘what next?’. Some people talk about freedom after retirement.  “Freedom to do what?” I have been retired for several years but still look at what is next, how do I want to be in the year ahead?
  3. The last year has challenged us with some surprise and very concerning situations worldwide.  Syria, Brexit, US elections, climate change, the death of several musicians and performers, family conflicts, financial worries, poverty, the murder of so many aboriginal women, and more.  Our world is in need of positive influences from someone somewhere …  from people living ordinary lives just caring and giving attention to what is needed.  Sometimes we need courage to speak up for what we stand for.  One person cannot do everything but when each of us considers one or two things we can do and ways we can be in a loving, courageous and caring way in situations in our lives, we become part of the movement to make the world a better place.  So how can we be different in the year ahead in an effort to help move us all to a better world?

Setting your intentions is much like making affirmations.  While some like to think of them as goals, I like to give them more power by wording them more like affirmations.

Begin each intention with “I am…”.  Here are a few examples:

 Yes I want to be healthy so I might say “I am making healthy choices in eating and exercising”  Or  “I am healthy and vibrant”

What do I want to leave behind for others? “I am practicing Reiki on myself and others every week.” ” I am continuing to heal myself in order to be better able to help heal others.” ” I am seeking out more learning opportunities for Reiki.”

“I am inwardly strong and courageously speaking my truth honestly and lovingly.”

Your intentions may be very different from mine.  Some people are looking for peace of mind, a sense of fulfillment, love.  The list goes on.

Reiki can play a role throughout the process.  Ask for guidance in determining your intentions.  Write your intentions on a paper and send Reiki to the intention.   Read you intention every day and send Reiki energy to your intention asking for assistance in bringing it to fruition. Express gratitude knowing that what you ask for is for the highest good of all concerned.  Then trust, and let go of the outcomes.

Want to share some of your intentions with me?  I would be happy to read them and send you a response if you wish.   I am sure they will be heartfelt and honest.  I wish you well.

I can also see you for individual coaching with Reiki sessions to help you move forward with your intentions and help you get unstuck. email me at livingreiki@rogers.com

You may be interested in working more on these concepts in an Intentions with Reiki workshop I am creating.   Please email me if this interests you.  livingreiki@rogers.com

Happy New Year,

I wish everyone everywhere a year ahead filled with love, peace and much joy.

Till next time,

Marie

Holy Fire/Usui Reiki Master Class, Nov 7-8-9

RMAproMemberLogo-2Why become a Reiki Master? 

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Perhaps you have been working with Reiki for a while and are looking for a deeper connection with the energy.  Or perhaps you feel ready o learn more advanced techniques to help your clients and yourself move closer to your life purpose.  Maybe you love teaching and having practiced Reiki for a while you want to begin sharing it with others.

My Reiki journey:

The first Reiki Master course I took led me to teaching several Reiki 1 and 11 courses.  It  put me in touch with several people who were caring, spiritual, reflective people who were open to Reiki energy.  I found it fulfilling to be able to guide them in a process that connected them more deeply to their personal  connection to the higher power, to what they know to be the healing power of God.

After several classes, I was asked if I would teach a Reiki Master class.  I searched within and didn’t feel quite ready.  What did I need?  What learning still was necessary for me to trust myself with this process?  Then I came across the reiki.org website, with its many resources, as well as its founder, author of most of the books and articles available on the site, and leader of the Licensed Professional Reiki Masters, William Lee Rand.  While the cost of taking a Reiki Master course was high, I knew the personal and spiritual benefits would be worth it. I went to Michigan and took the course.

And now:

I love teaching Reiki even more now and look forward to teaching a Reiki Master Course again in November.   If this is a path you feel called to take, I would be glad to talk with you on the phone, meet you for tea, and/or connect in another way to discuss your journey and how I may be of help.  If the November class seems a little too close, I will be teaching it again in 2017sometime.  May I help you prepare in whatever way suits you best?

The fee I ask for the course is $850 CAD for a three day intensive program.  It includes the manual.  I am willing to discuss divided payments spread over several months to make it more affordable for you. We can talk about it without your having to commit.  Just start reflecting on possibilities.

I can best be reached by email to start.  livingreiki@rogers.com is the best email for this.  Let’s just start talking about it a bit.  Maybe you would like to schedule a Reiki session with me to help you decide.

In  any case, just be with it.  Let the Reiki energy flow through you and ask for guidance.

Namasre,

Marie

 

Reiki: a means for self development

Reiki for wholeness and growth

Having taught several Reiki classes, I have noticed that people begin by promoting their own wholeness and growth. Their personal care and growth in wisdom and becoming more conscious is important.  Starting a Reiki practice may or may not be a later step.

Once a person learns Reiki, its uses are unlimited. That is why I chose to call my web site ‘Living Reiki’. You see it can become a part of your living day-to-day, helping you feel calm, grounded, more connected to your sense of higher power, more safe and ready to face life’s challenges.  It helps raise your own vibrational level which then helps raise the vibrational level of the planet.

I love teaching Reiki. I thoroughly enjoy seeing people feel the energy come through them. The more they practice, the more open they become to the energy and its benefits.  Given the benefits, why not click on this link to read a more detailed description of Reiki classes and a Reiki session. Read it through and email me at livingreiki@rogers.com with your questions or comments.  And if you would like to schedule a session with me or to register for a course, just let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.

More about the Reiki I offer:

Initially I learned Reiki 1, 11 and Reiki Master Teacher here in Owen Sound.  I found the more I used it, the more I grew to love what it offered me, my clients and the students I taught.  At that point I taught only Reiki 1 and 11.  I wanted to take my learning to a deeper level and wanted to be sure I knew what I was teaching. An internet search led me to William Lee Rand and reiki.org.  What a great resource this was.

William is the founder of reiki.org, an international organization that includes a group of Reiki teachers who have studied Reiki more intensively for at least 3 years. This is the International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT).

I decided to redo the Reiki Master course with William in Michigan.  There were ten of us who met with him for the three day course.  The course served me in many ways and in particular it offered me what I aimed for in bringing integrity and credibility to clients and students.

The following year I attended the Holy Fire Karuna Reiki Master course in Sedona with Laurelle Shanti Gaia and Michael Baird who are both ICRT licenced teachers.  These people and the Holy Fire energy were even more inspiring.  I realized that I wanted to be a member of the ICRT group and this past spring I retook Holy Fire Usui Reiki 1 and 11 in Buffalo with Carolyn Musial, who is another ICRT licenced Reiki teacher.  Having taken all levels with ICRT teachers, I am now a Professional Holy Fire Usui and Karuna Reiki Master with ICRT and I am happy to offer what I have learned and experienced to students and clients here in Owen Sound.  In October I will be attending a  Reiki Drumming course in Sedona with Michael Baird again.  Who knows where that will take me.

Besides teaching Holy Fire Usui Reiki 1 and 11 in Sept/Oct, I am also teaching a Holy Fire Usui Reiki Master course Nov 7-8-9.  If you have taken Reiki 1 and 11 from a qualified teacher in person (not online), even if it was not a Holy Fire Reiki, and if you have been using Reiki 11 for at least 6 months on self and others, you are qualified to take the Holy Fire Usui Reiki master course.  If this interest you, please let me know.

Enjoy September.  It is a beautiful month.

Marie

Benefits of Using Symbols in Reiki

imageIt is not uncommon for Reiki novices to resist learning and/or using symbols in Reiki.  I remember feeling that way at first. Perhaps they feel awkward using symbols that come from a different colour.  Or perhaps they feel it should not be necessary when it is the intention and the Reiki energy itself that is most important.  It is in working with the symbols that I realize how they focus and intensify specific energy.  Notice the symbol of the heart in the photo taken by a retreat participant last year.  The symbol has a lot of significance for her.

Having had an upbringing in a Church and school, symbols were part of religious ceremonies.  Perhaps that affected my view.  I spent some time contemplating how we use symbols in several other ways in our western culture.   Weddings, for example, bring a variety of symbols into ceremonies and celebrations purposefully to focus and intensify the energy of the experience.  In Western culture, we have wedding dress, rings, bouquets, table centres, toasts, dance, and more.  The love of the couple is what is most important but there is something more powerful when meaningful symbols are added even in a simple way.

There are three symbols learned in the second level of Reiki.  When I use the power symbol, I feel the energy is stronger.  It feels like I am channeling such qualities as empowerment, inner strength, self confidence, and such through to the client.  Besides the energetic connection to CKR energy of the power symbol, there is also something happens in my mind/body connection that triggers a response as I picture and draw and say (even to myself) the name of the symbol.  When I use the symbol on my chakras or to clear the energy in a room I also sense it’s effects and the power of intention is strengthened.

Similarly, when I use the mental emotional symbol, I image and sense a cleansing of my mental emotional field.  My intension is far more focused whether I am using the symbol for me or for a client.

I will write more about the importance of using the symbols in Reiki in the next post.  As many of you know, the symbols are the focus in Reiki 2 classes.  I will be teaching Reiki 2 next Friday April 22nd in my home near Owen Sound.  I still have space for two more participants if you have already taken Reiki 1 and are interested.

Share with friends as you wish.

Namaste,  Marie

 

Holy Fire Usui Reiki … a bit about it

You may have noticed the new term now connected with what I offer in Reiki sessions and classes. Is Holy Fire a new term for you? It was new to me too. Let me tell you a bit about how I came to appreciate Holy Fire Usui Reiki.

curly petalsFirst is the term Usui Reiki. Usui Reiki is the type of Reiki that has come to us initially through Dr Usui from Japan. Those of you who have the Manual I use when I teach Reiki will be familiar with the early history of Reiki. Reiki energy has actually existed long before that but Dr Usui came upon it. I have always practiced Usui Reiki but there are other types as well. When I first learned Reiki, the kind of Reiki I learned was Tibetan Usui Reiki. This name came from William Lee Rand who has spent many years studying metaphysics. He became aware that specific Tibetan Symbols, when added to the attunement process, strengthened the effect of the attunements.

How Holy Fire came to be

It was in January 2014 that William channelled the new energy he calls Holy Fire Reiki. Through meditation and work with his spiritual advisor, he learned how to adapt this new evolution of Reiki energy.  It was to be called Holy Fire. Many Reiki Masters still use the Tibetan Usui Reiki in their classes. It is still valid, effective and a good form of Reiki.

I came upon Holy Fire Reiki almost by accident. In the January following the Reiki Master Course I took with William Lee Rand, I learned of this new development. I was intrigued but not enough to run out and retake the program. However I had decided to take the Karuna Reiki Master program in Sedona in the fall of 2014. Laurell and Michael were teaching it and they had incorporated Holy Fire into The Karuna Master Program. They are Licenced Reiki Master Teachers through William Lee Rand and his group of advanced teachers.  Once initiated with Holy Fire, it applies to all levels of Reiki so it seemed like exactly the right thing to do.

I am so glad that I went to Sedona for that program. I was greatly inspired by both Holy Fire and Karuna Reiki. I feel Holy Fire has made a difference in my life. There are some issues that I had had difficulty resolving. Looking back, I realize I was getting too involved from the personality part of me. Asking for guidance brought in Holy Fire Reiki and my ability to let it be.

The Benefits of Holy Fire

The following is quoted from William’s description of Holy Fire Reiki on the reiki.org website.

“Holy Fire energy is noticeably more refined and comes from a higher level of consciousness. Some of the qualities students have experienced include:

  • Works continuously even when not thinking about it and spontaneously heals issues as they come up.
  • Always respects free will.
  • Heals deeply and quickly without distress.
  • Heals relationships and interactions with others.
    releases worry and replaces it with a sense of safety in a most pronounced way.
  • Spontaneously provides guidance that is palatable for every level of life experience.
  • Tends to develop all the personality traits that are healthy for a person to have such as love of self and others, kindness, patience, confidence, vitality, enthusiasm, optimism, trust, joy, peace and so forth.
  • One of the more wonderful effects is a feeling of being loved. This is a deep and refined feeling that is very nurturing.
  • Once received, it continues to develop itself to be more evolved and effective.
    these qualities are present in 1 & 11 and become more pronounced in the ART/Master and Karuna classes.”

Reiki Classes

Since I have taken the Holy Fire Karuna Master program, I now teach all levels of Reiki using Holy Fire. I am teaching a Holy Fire Usui ART/Master May 2-3-4 of this year. You must have the first and second levels of Reiki to take the course.  You do not have to have taken the Holy Fire level 1 and 11 to qualify for the Holy Fire Usui Master. If this interests you, please contact me and I will be glad to discuss it further with you.  marieknapp@rogers.com  I ask that you have taken the second level at least 6 months prior and have been using it.

I will also be teaching Reiki 1 on April 1 and 2, and level 11 April 22 and 23.  I will be using Holy Fire. If I have taught you the Tibetan Usui Reiki 1 and 2 before and you would like to experience the Holy Fire effects, contact me. As a former student of mine,  I am happy to offer it to you for a reduced price.
You may wish to learn more about Holy Fire Reiki and the classes I teach. Browse my web site and also go to www.reiki.org. There are more articles on the subject there.

I am looking forward to hearing from any of you who are interested in learning more.

Why Learn Reiki?

marieWhy learn Reiki if you are not interested in a Reiki practice?  Actually I find that several of my students never intended to actually set up a Reiki practice.  They may offer it to their families and friends but a Reiki Practice is entirely a different focus.

Besides being able to offer it to those you care about in your personal circles, there is also your own self care to consider.  Think about Reiki as an opportunity to find inner peace, to feel more balanced and grounded, to be better able to handle conflicts and puzzling challenges.

Since Reiki energy has no limits, the many uses of Reiki also have no limits.  Below are a few examples of ways you may find Reiki useful for yourself. In the classes for Reiki we teach the hand positions for a self treatment.  While this is useful, it is important to realize that this is only a small part of using Reiki for your own general well being of body, mind, emotions and spirit.

  1. Think of Reiki as a means to connect with the highest creative powers of the universe.  Perhaps you already do that through prayer.  Wonderful.  Reiki will simply enhance that practice.
  2. You may wish to refer to this greatest creative or higher power as God or Universal Energy or whatever is aligned with your personal spiritual philosophy.  It doesn’t matter.  What matters is that it is a source of pure love and strength that is available to you at all times.
  3. Knowing this, it means that when you want to “let go” of an issue, you have a place to send it to for action from a higher source.  I continue to see how this has been very helpful for people receiving Reiki.  Realizing that thinking through a problem does not bring a solution, we can easily feel stuck.  If we don’t think, what do we do?  By handing it off, we are better able to release it from our ineffective patterns of problem solving.  The answer is more apt to pop into our head or show itself in front of us. Try it.
  4. Similarly, we can remind ourselves to ask for guidance.  I have been in situations personally where I was at a loss as to what to say or do.  Asking for guidance is like letting it go because you quit trying to figure it out on your own.  The response is always what is best for all concerned.
  5. When you first awaken, you could begin the day with a simple acknowledgement of that connection, asking for guidance in whatever your day brings.  It helps you to accept life as it is. It helps you quit trying to control everything.
  6. Research is showing more and more positive effects from meditation.  Using Reiki on ourselves or on situations is a meditation.  Whatever kind of Reiki you have studied, use the symbols and process to be still.  Reiki can help you release the mind chatter.  It can be relaxing and help you find the wisdom that is who you are.  It can help you be you.

While this is a mere start of the possibilities of Reiki as a daily life practice or philosophy, I am very interested in reading some of your experiences.  What is your experience with any of the above?  What else do you find useful?  Let’s share our Reiki wisdom.

I have scheduled Holy Fire Usui Reiki 1 and 2 and Master classes (priced in Canadian dollars) in April and May. For more information please check my web site at http://marieknapp.com

Namaste,

Marie Knapp EdD

Holy Fire Usui and Karuna Reiki Master