Visualizing Yourself as a more senior person

You may recall this message I posted last summer. Serendipitously I happened to come across it recently. The message is an important one and seems to fit well following the last three New Years related blogs I wrote.  You may wish to read them again: Merry Christmas and Happy HolidayLooking Ahead, and Moving into 2019 with an Authentic Way of Being

Read on…….

Birthdays are only a number.  Although this sounds like a light and perhaps frivolous comment, it is actually deeper than you might think. We attach too many expectations to age numbers, sometimes in the form of shoulds, and sometimes in the form of diminishing abilities. Currently I am paying attention to releasing limiting beliefs around getting old.  Let me share a personal story.

Time passes quickly.  Sixteen years ago was 2002.  That seems fairly recent. It is in this millennium, post 9/11, and post retirement for me.  That thought is  relatively neutral until I move those 16 years into the future and realized how old I will be then.  Those numbers will have accumulated rather briskly. Yikes!

At first I was dragged down by this thought, coupled by continuing notices of the serious illnesses and/or deaths of friends, acquaintances, former classmates and relatives who are my age and even younger.  Dwelling on this thought was a downer.  I began thinking of myself losing ground, becoming weaker, less involved.  UGH! It was not a good feeling and I noticed that it was affecting my daily life in the present.  I noticed that I already was beginning to cut back on things I loved doing.

I find that Reiki self practice often guides me to higher ground. While some of the above helps me feel compassion toward those experiencing ill health, compassion is not meant to drag me down too.  Reflecting on this, I began to notice those things that gave me insights into what I needed to do.  Perhaps synchronistically I happened to see a Facebook ad from Mind Movies.  Perhaps you have seen those.  Very useful perspective and exercises.  I happened to pass through some of the previous workshops I have led on intentions, visualizations, and the effects of our thinking. I realized that I had a limiting belief about getting older that I did not need to hang on to.

As a Reiki practitioner and teacher I feel it is most important to do my own self reiki and self healing.  The more I can heal old stuff within my thought patterns and past life experiences, the better I can work with others and provide the right energy and capability to offer what they may need at that moment for their highest good. Through self care, I see old patterns that can be released. For my own personal and spiritual growth, I see a practitioner who uses Reiki and other methods to help me release them.  We work well together because I trust her ability.  I never expect a magic fix.  It always requires inner work on my part and her capabilities allow me to be more aware of the required work.  I hope I provide that for the people I see.  That is  my intention.

After I went to see my energy practitioner, I also listened to some of the audio and videos on Mind Movies and it became very clear to me what I needed to do.

Besides releasing the limiting beliefs, my inner work was to create a visualization of me as an older woman, still participating in the growth of others, still actively involved and healthy as I engage in life.  I am currently working on that image of my true self, not giving it an age number, but seeing me in the image as an older woman.  I look vibrant, caring, energetic, bright, and mentoring others, facilitating, engaging and enjoying life.  My family are also enjoying my vibrancy as an older woman and we are doing fun things together.  This is uplifting.  This image contributes significantly to the vibrancy I feel today. I am making different life choices. I welcome Birthdays. I am grateful for them.

I invite you to pay attention to how you see yourself today and in the future as you get older.  If you have learned Reiki, it can be very helpful in asking for guidance and releasing the limiting beliefs.  You may very well be able to do this without extra help but if you need me, just contact me.  We can set up an appointment.

By the way, I find this concept is also useful for people who have  been dealing with some serious “stuff” from their past and want to have a sense of “where from here”.  When a lot of time has been spent reviewing the past and connecting it to “why today”, it can sometimes lead you to a stuck place.  You may need a way to move forward from here.  This may be helpful for you.

I would love to hear your comments about this blog.  Have you had similar experiences you can share either privately or on the blog?

Till we meet again,  Marie

PS, if you are receiving this message on Face Book, linkedIn, Twitter or through a friend and would like to receive my infrequent blogs whenever I write one, please go to my web site at and sign up. You will see the spot in the right sidebar or if you are on a small tablet or phone you may have to scroll way down to the bottom.  Input your email and you will receive an email to confirm.  You can always unsubscribe another time if you wish.

Warmly,  Marie

PS: Please send me your comments

Moving into 2019 with an Authentic Way of Being

Once again we approach another year.  2019.  Some see New Years Resolutions as a list of things you hope to accomplish; however many goals on the list are the same ones you had last year. So now what? Should you bother?

Do do do.  What do we wish to do or accomplish?  What is really important?  Another “To Do List” is not what you need when you already have a list of tasks that you never seem to get around to.  Each day ends by simply writing several of the things that were to be accomplished today onto the new list for tomorrow. It is a busy world.

Is it possible to approach this traditionally significant date in a more effective manner? Over the years I have been using the term intentions instead of resolutions.  I think of an intention as something that resides deeper in my heart.  Sometimes I am not even fully aware of my intentions. But my intentions do govern my actions.  Look at that picture of the tree again. The intention of the tree overcame the challenges of the location for its growth.  It is a strong tree.

When it is the right time, sit quietly and let your meaningful intentions for being come to the surface.  What do I mean?  What is important right now in your life at this time? Really important.  For example do you want more peace of mind, or more authentic connections to the people you love most.  Perhaps you want to have a way to deal with  the news you really wish was not happening.  How do you really want to be as you move forward in this new year?  Let this come from your true authentic self.

This is entirely different from what you want to do.  First you want to know how you want to be in relation to the life ahead of you.  Just let it come to you.  Ask for guidance. It could relate to your relationship or your family or your work or your community or your spirituality or your health and aging or ……

I suggest you read the two previous blog articles I wrote: Looking Ahead, and Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday   Scroll down on the Blog articles page to see previous articles.

Notice how there tends to be a somewhat spiritual element to what is meaningful to you.  It feels like you are connecting to life purpose.  Be still. Let it become more and more conscious for you.  This will take some time.  Breathe deep. Let it unfold. Journal about it. There is not a dead line. January 1st can come and go and it doesn’t matter. Take time to have a real sense of what is your intention and how you want to be.  Being will be  the foundation for  what you will do  to live it out fully.

As you become aware of your deeper intentions, then start to develop the means. What do you need to do to be able to be  how you want to be?

What an inspiring feeling it is to be more and more in touch with who you are!  Let your inner bright light shine!

A side note: living life meaningfully has been important for me for many years.  My doctoral dissertation was a qualitative study on how people make changes in their lives related to what is meaningful to them.  I have continued that personal study through reading, writing articles, creating newsletters, working with Lance Secretan, and of course studying, sharing and teaching Reiki.  From when I began to teach nursing until forever, it has been part of what I bring to my work and my life.  I would be honoured to read anything you would like to share with me regarding your personal story of finding meaning. Send it to me privately at

Happy New Year


Looking Ahead

My good friend Jan Lapp reminded me of a quote from “Women Who Run With Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.   During this week before we begin the new year, I gather reflections that I can use as I decide how I wish to be through the coming year.  We each have our own unique roots from which we shine our light. This quote has meaning for me so I share it with you:

“Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good. What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale. 

“One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these — to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.

“There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate. […]

“In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for”.

–Clarissa Pinkola Estes

May you allow your ship to leave safe harbour and roll with the risks you take to shine your light that others may see their own inner light.

Happy New Year,


Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday

This time of year gives us the opportunity to reconnect with ourselves and reflect on our life path.  As the years add on to my precious life I ponder the deeper meaning of who I am, what is it that I am here to be and to do.  More and more I find the Reiki Precepts give me a framework to work within and live the best I can on a daily basis.

Do not bear anger.  I notice how just saying that to myself releases the feelings I may be holding on to about others and situations.  Often I say to myself “For now, just for today, it doesn’t really matter”.  Just for today I can do that.

Do not worry.  I realize that worry is so ineffective.  If I can do something about it, then I need to do it.  If not, why give it my energy?  Some issues are of real concern.  Climate Change is a big one.  Worrying about it is simply giving energy to fear and doing nothing.  It ends up being a huge distraction to living fully.

Be grateful.  As I release the anger and eliminate worry I more easily reflect on all that I can be grateful for.  It is uplifting. It raises my energy. I am no longer fixated on what is not going well but realize that there are may good things happening and I can contribute too.

Be true to your self and your way.   In this place of higher energy I am more able to look at who I am and my sense of purpose begins to emerge and grow.  I get it. I know what I am able to be and do.  As I think ahead to January and New Year goals, I can use this as a foundation.

Have compassion for yourself and others.  I am not perfect.  I am learning to love my imperfections, my weaknesses and inadequacies.    I am learning to laugh at myself.  As I learn to love all aspects of who I am, I begin to see that others also are not perfect and it is OK.  We are all on a learning journey.  Some things we learn faster than others.  And so I have compassion for myself and for others.  No need to judge or label.  Hmm.

This helps me release the anger I had to work on related to the first precept.  It also helps me accept what is truly me.  In fact more and more I see how all five precepts are interrelated.

With all this in mind, I wish all of you a very thoughtful and compassionate experience over this holiday season.  May you love yourself and in so doing find inner strength to love others more.

May 2019 be a year of growing hope for humanity, for the leadership of many countries,  for life on planet earth.  May we all learn to love people of all races, religions, classes and philosophies as we eliminate all labels. We are one.


Reiki 1 Class (Shoden) 3 Friday mornings in late October

Reiki 1 (Shoden) Class

When: 3 Friday mornings from 9am till 1:00.   Oct 12, 19 and 26.

Where:  Her Wellness  925 2nd Ave East, Owen Sound

Cost:   Special price of $75. ($50 non refundable)  This will not be offered at this rate again. The cost  is usually $200, And it includes reading materials and a journal. 

(This will be the first time I will be teaching the Traditional format.  I know it will be at least as good as the past classes I have taught. However I want to ensure I have enough people to help me design the class well, use your feedback if you attend and create a very positive learning experience for students.)

To register please contact me at

You may send me the $75 by email banking.  The name for the first level is Shoden.

OR we can make other arrangements when you contact me.

I have already two registered and one more interested.  Maximum number is six unless I give special consideration to past students.  

This class is for you  if you have not taken a Reiki class before.  Perhaps you have experienced Reiki from a practitioner and would like to learn how to use it yourself.  Reiki can be very helpful in many ways and in this class, besides learning how to practice it, you will also learn about many ways it is possible to use it.  Continual practice is important in developing your sensitivity.

It may also be for you if you have taken Reiki classes and would like to experience this traditional reiki just to have a new and maybe even deeper perspective. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed what I have been learning through the International House of Reiki and Frans Stiene. Those who complete the three sessions will receive a recognized certificate acknowledging their completion.  The class will focus on developing spiritual and mental focus by working with the Reiki precepts, as well as learning a daily routine for meditation and self-care, hands on healing you can use for family and friends, and you will receive Reiki blessings through attunements and reijus.

You will have some suggested reading before the course starts as well as meditation and practice homework between segments.  Following completion of the course, I will offer you a special discount on receiving sessions from me if you so wish over the next few months.   A reiki session usually costs $70 and I will charge you only $50 for any three sessions you choose to have prior to June 1st, 2019.

Reiki is a spiritually guided energy that is always within us and surrounding us but often hidden by the blankets of our life involvements and confusing thought processes.  When we allow the Reiki energy to be more prominent, our wholeness is more evident. A calmness begins to reveal itself.  Our true self begins to emerge and the relaxation allows our body, mind and emotions to heal itself in the way that is best at that moment in time.  We become increasingly more aware of our bright light within.

Reiki can be a means to self-care and spiritual growth. It is the spiritual nature of Reiki that inspires me most. It is a spirituality that is not connected to any religion but could be connected to all of them. It is also a spirituality that is not dependent on any preconceived concept of what God is or isn’t. One simply has to know that there is a force in the universe that is greater than us and is a creative energy.

I am now connected with the International House of Reiki and am designing my courses with guidance from Frans Stiene.  

Reiki 11 (Okuden) is an eight-hour course.  I will offer it in the spring at my usual rate. It is best to have had at least three months of practice with Reiki 1 and especially practice with the meditations, before taking Reiki 11.  Reiki 11 teaches you ways to strengthen the flow of Reiki energy.  In Reiki 11 you will also learn Distance Healing and some particular Reiki techniques and meditations to focus the energy in different ways.

I invite you to read other pages on my web site for more information.  The home page will give you more information about Reiki.  And browse through the other blog articles .

I look forward to hearing from you,
Marie Knapp

Reflections on quotes from Frans Stiene

Summer busyness accompanied by dismantled routines distracts me. It is not easy to consistently follow the meditations I had intended to do. Today I begin again.  I remember not to judge myself but the tendency is there and it takes time to let that go and just accept and love who I am.

Frans Stiene’s latest book “Reiki Insights” (available on amazon .com) gives me some thoughts to remember. The Chapter on page 75 is titled “How  to Stop Being Uncomfortable with Ourselves” .  How true that the Reiki practices are not easy and can “stir up stuff”.  Generally we do not like looking deep within ourselves.  The process tends to be an up and down process for me. When I am uncomfortable with “the stuff” I dig up, I f ind myself slowing down my practice and even ‘accidentally’ forgetting about it.

Frans says “It is like trying to train a wild horse; the wild horse represents our confused mind. It takes a lot of effort and patience to train a wild horse and sometimes we fall off the horse and hurt ourselves. We stir up emotions , things we do not want to look at: fear, worry, anger, you name it. But if we want to help others, then it is of utmost importance that we start to tame our own confused mind first.”

It is when I do not want to look at myself that I tend to blame others, or circumstances, or life for what I see as my failings.  We do that, don’t we?  We blame others and/or ourselves, labelling ourselves and others in the process.  How can we get out of that pattern?  First we have to recognize what we are doing.  Oooooh that is a tough one!  How do we get out of this habit when we really don’t want to admit our shortcomings.

Frans tells us “It means that we start to accept ourselves for who we are with all our pain, discomfort, joy, issues and attachments. We start to become friends with ourselves again…  I call this ‘being naked’ with yourself.  Being naked is about accepting yourself completely, without judging or labeling.  It is letting go of criticizing ourselves.  The precept ‘show compassion to yourself’ is pointing this out.” 

This brings to mind the concept of the shadow self. I found reading Debbie Ford’s book “Dark Side of the Light Chasers” meaningful in helping me understand this concept.  Yet “getting it” intellectually does not mean that we are able to make it real for us.  I know in my head that when I see something I react to in another, there is a good chance I need to look at that within myself.  But oh how difficult that can be.  I resist.  And sometimes out of the blue one day, I realize at a deeper level that it is true within me and I need to accept it.  When I finally do that, does it ever change how I view the other.  Little by little, step by step,  I learn more about me and become just a bit more comfortable with myself.

This brings me to a question for you.  In one or two words, can you share with me/us what is the most challenging thing for you to accept about yourself?  Just acknowledging that can be a big step in your process

For me it is the “nastiness”.  You only need to give one word.

I can sometimes speak in a nasty tone with those I love the most.  I do not think of myself as a nasty person. But I am learning to accept that there are circumstances when that nasty side shows its face.  I don’t like it and I deny it but today I realize it is there, showing its face occasionally, but staying hidden from my self awareness.  In accepting it, perhaps it will be less hidden from me.

To end this reflection I quote Frans again: “When we stop labelling and judging ourselves, we reach a state of mind of stillness.”

The Reiki Precepts: Just for Today

Do not be angry
Do not worry
Be grateful
Be true to your way and your being
Show compassion to yourself and other.

Till next time,

To receive this blog directly in your inbox, please go to me website and sign in the appropriate box with your email.  Thank you

Classes and Workshops for 2018

Dear Reiki friends,

I am back from travelling. What an invigorating trip we had to Portugal, Spain and Morocco.  We chose to hike the many trails available there and the off-season meant we were not over crowded. And now I am  ready to move forward.  This picture was taken in a beautiful garden near old Seville in Spain.  I love this tree and its enormous roots.  I love nature. 

Below is a brief overview of the classes and workshops I will be offering in 2018.  I hope you will at least give them all a quick look, at most look into the details.  They all have a slightly different focus.  At the end I have also included links to the websites of some people I connect with regularly. I love what they do and enjoy sharing that with you. 


    • Reiki 1 and 11 Classes
    • Reiki Learning and Practice Day
    • Reiki Affirmations and Intentions for Fall and Winter
    • Reiki in Nature
    • Advanced Reiki Techniques and Usui/Holy Fire11 Reiki Master
    • Karuna/Holy Fire11 Reiki Master
    • Rhythmwood Soul Journey …  Wendy Roman
    • Nikaanaganaa Counselling and Learning Centre …   Trish Meekins MSW
    • The Health Squad … Dr Kara Dionisio ND

Reiki 1 and 11 Classes:

When:  Friday April 6 for the first level or degree and
Saturday April 7 for the 2nd level or degree.
I will be leading the class on Friday and Sheila Murphy will  lead the Saturday class.  Classes will run from 8:45 till 5:00
Ruth may assist with some teaching each day and mostly will host in her home at 690 4th Ave West, Owen Sound.
About the class:
I think you will find this to be an inspiring experience. The classes will be experiential with meditations as well as hands on experience. You will leave with the ability to offer Reiki to others, and perhaps more importantly at this point, you will have the opportunity to use Reiki for your own self care.
We would like to have 3 committed participants to be sure it will run. We already have 2. Our maximum number is 6.  
Please click here for costs and more details . I will be happy to answer any questions either by email or telephone 519-371-1255.

 Reiki Learning and Practice Day

 When:  Monday May 7

Where:  Her Wellness on 2nd Ave East, Owen Sound

Workshop description:

Yes this is more than an Reiki Share day. You should have at least Reiki 1 and preferably Reiki 11 as a prerequisite. 

Having taken more Reiki courses over the past two years, I would like to share some new techniques and concepts with you. I will be attending a Reiki course in Vermont for four days in April.  I know there will be more from that experience that will add to the course.  As well I will share some techniques using drumming and sound. You will learn through doing as I explain while we share  Reiki energy together.


If you have taken Reiki 2 or the Reiki Master course with me sometime after January 2016, I will offer you a $20 gift off the regular price.

Regular cost for the day is $90.  Besides the experience itself, receive an e-book I am writing.  You will have juice and muffins on arrival too.  You can bring your lunch or go to one of the local restaurants close by.  For example The Bleeding Carrot.

Invite another person to join you and the cost will be 2 for $160.  And the $20 gift still applies for whomever attended a previous Reiki class within two years. 

A Nonrefundable deposit of $25 will hold your spot.  Maximum number is 10.

Contact me re how to best send your deposit.

Reiki Affirmations and Intentions for Fall and Winter

 When: Monday near end of September.  Likely on a Monday

Where: in Owen Sound.  Location to be announced


Some of you will remember  the workshop I ran last spring related to Intentions and Reiki.  Thank you so much for offering me that learning experience. I am redesigning that workshop and incorporating more discussion time while exploring possibilities together.

Although I will be using Reiki, Reiki is not a prerequisite for the course.  But I ask that participants be open to the concepts of the subtle energies and perhaps have experienced an energy treatment. 

On registration, you will receive an e-booklet  you can download in advance.  More to be announced later.


If you took the intentions workshop I led in 2017 spring, I will offer you a $20 gift off the regular price.

Regular cost for the day is $90.  Besides the experience itself, you will receive an e-book in advance as mentioned above.  And we will have juice and muffins on arrival.

Invite a new person to join you and the cost will be 2 for $150.The $20 gift still applies if you previously attended. 

A nonrefundable deposit of $25 will hold your spot.  Maximum number is 15.

Reiki in Nature

I love walking in nature and experiencing the connection I feel.  Nature offers me wisdom and often explanations metaphorically.  And so I am prompted to create a new workshop teaching some techniques for using my Reiki in the woods.  This workshop is still in its preliminary stages. As soon as I have a better idea of time and location, I will write more.

Advanced Reiki Techniques (ART) & Usui/Holy Fire11 Reiki Master:

Once again if there is sufficient interest I will offer this level of Reiki sometime in November.  The location will be somewhere in or near Owen Sound.


will be $900.  I am happy to arrange a payment schedule with you at no additional cost, (for example $100 per month). I will require a nonrefundable $200 deposit for this class. 

If you have already taken a Reiki Master class from me, you are welcome to retake it for $350.  Along with the experience, a retake gives you an intense meditative experience with the various experiences that are part of this class.

Your experience will also include:

      • Reiki manual
      • A booklet I will have written
      • Some refreshments and fruit at Breaks
      • A 20% gift certificate for any Reiki related workshops I offer till Jan 1 2020
      • Opportunity retake any levels of Reiki classes I have taught you for your practice, renewal and retreat purposes for half price.
      • $20 reduction on any Reiki session (currently $70 per session) or $50 reduction if you choose the package of 4 sessions for $230. for one year following the class.
      • Mentoring help related to teaching and setting up a Reiki practice over the next year if you wish to do so.
      • Possibly other learning opportunities.

Please contact me if you are interested in pursuing the Reiki Master level.  While this level can help you set up Reiki classes, it is also an opportunity to spend more time in Reiki meditations and to learn ways to become more self aware and practice self care.  Let’s talk.

Karuna/Holy Fire11  Reiki Master

Karuna Reiki is a Reiki level more advanced that the Reiki Master course.  In Karuna Reiki you learn 8 new symbols with specific healing connections that my clients have found to be very helpful in letting go of past traumas and moving forward.  

This will be my first Karuna Reiki CLass although I have used the Karuna symbols with several clients and for myself.

This level is also a three day course.  I would like to have four participants to run it.  The cost is also $900 but if you have taken the Usui Holy Fire11 Reiki class with me, You will have a gift of $75 toward the tuition fee.  I will require a nonrefundable $200 deposit for this class. 

The time and location will depend on when I have four participants.  It will likely be held on a Saturday, Sunday and Monday.   Please contact me if this is of interest to you and I will keep you informed.

There will be similar benefits as for the Usui/HolyFire11 Reiki Master class

Rhythmwood Soul Journey … Wendy Roman

I have known Wendy Roman for over ten years.  We have worked together in a variety of different ways over that time and I continue to have a growing admiration and respect for her.  She is a beautiful person, inside and out.  I love attending her Nia classes and we continue to support each other.  This year she is again offering her intensive soul journey experience.  It is more than a week-long intensive as she also has online process before and after.   Those who have taken it speak most highly of the personal gain from the experience.  If you let Wendy know of your interest in this program by Feb 28th, you could save yourself $200.

** I believe this link will take you to her Mailchimp message but if not please go to her website at

Nikaanaganaa Counselling and Learning Centre

Trish Meekins MSW

I met Trish Meekins a few years ago and have already learned from her style and capabilities. I plan to takemore of her workshops later this year.  I have copied the following off Trish Meekin’s website and hope you will explore her site to see the many things she offers.

“Trish Meekins is the sole owner of Nikaanaganaa Counselling & Learning Centre located at 897 3rd Ave. E. in Owen Sound.  Trish provides individual and family counselling for ALL people and cultures. Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity Training and various other trainings to suit the needs of your organization; for example lateral violence and workplace ethics.   She has been a counselor and teacher of First Nations culture and history for over 20 years. Her passion is her Indigenous roots and finds rewarding work in assisting all people become educated about themselves and how they fit as a part of community extending out to all of Creation. Trish offers training for agencies and organizations in cross-cultural training, lateral violence, workplace ethics, to name a few.”

Please note that Trish is starting her class on Indigegogy again tomorrow Feb 27th at 2:00pm till 4:00pm.  It is a four part series.

There is more.  Check her web site.  and also the workshops she offers 

The Health Squad … Dr Kara Dionisio ND

Dr Kara Dionisio ND has been my Naturopathic doctor for several years.  I have watched her expand how she offers her services and am delighted with how she has brought together a team of regulated health professionals to offer somewhat of an integrated health practice.  On her web site she writes: 

“We are a team of regulated health professionals with the clinical skills, knowledge and wisdom to support, educate and empower you to pursue health.  Welcome to healthcare that is actually about health. 


I hope you find this list of learning and growing opportunities helpful and inspiring.  Perhaps you will save it in some way on your computer or tablet, or print it off for yourself to keep in mind.  Please contact me with any questions you might have: or phone me at 519 371 1255.

I will be at the Health Fair on Saturday March 17th at the Bayshore Community Centre in Owen Sound.  Please drop by our Living Reiki table and meet us. 

Spring is on its way.  Meanwhile enjoy this transition time of ups and downs.

In love and light


2018 New Year: What do you hope for in 2018?

As the new year begins, I give serious thought to what I wish for in 2018.  This past year has had its rough times in many parts of the world, our communities, and our families.  So what do we hope for now.

Your Intentions:

Of course it is tempting to make all your intentions relate to achievements in terms of employment, or financial gain, or position, or career progress.  I do some of that too.  It is natural. We are humans.  I word those kinds of intentions in the present tense.  For example:

  • I have a Reiki practice that brings well being, peace of mind and wholeness to an average of 2 clients per week.
  • My teaching/workshop practice brings at least 5 of the right people to my classes and workshops.
  • I continue to learn and grow in personal and spiritual development.

It is important for me to feel these as if they are already happening.  I feel the excitement in my heart and it feels right.

Financial Stability:

For some, you may wish to write:

  • I can easily and honestly provide food, shelter and a loving environment for myself (and for my family)
  • I find my work is inspiring, healthy and sufficiently lucrative.

Or you can word your intentions in ways that best help you feel financially stable.


You may write:

  • I am in a healthy, loving and respectful romantic relationship.
  • I communicate authentically and lovingly with those I care about.

And there are other kinds of intentions we can make that relate more to a way of being.  This year, I have given more thought to the following:


  • I am growing in understanding of individual differences, refraining from analyzing and labeling.
  • I help others experience peace of mind

Where does peace begin?  Can we expect to have peace in the world if it is not existing in the smaller segments of life on earth?  So first I wish for peace in people’s lives.  I wish for people to grow in understanding of individual differences, accepting the idiosyncrasies of those around us, and eliminating the need to be right, and finding peace of mind.  Perhaps we can begin by forgetting our need to analyze and label and simply notice and love.


  • I am experiencing playfulness and joy in a healthy and loving way.

Let’s enhance our awareness of joy.  Being playful and having fun is healthy and healing.  Watch little children running around and enjoying what may be the simplest activities: making snow angels, sliding down hills, knocking over blocks.  Relax enough to be able to laugh hardily and heartfully.  What brings you joy?


  • I am making healthy choices in what I eat and drink, in my activity level, and what I say.
  • I am meditating daily.

I feel blessed to be retired.  Those who are still working seem to be racing around, always trying to catch up.  Quiet time, even when short, contributes to health.  When you are healthy, you are better able to be joyful and at peace.  Making healthy choices around eating and activity contributes significantly to good health.  Balancing life is important in maintaining wholeness and good health.


  • I have enough of what I need
  • I am donating some of my excesses to those who would like it.
  • I am helping those who would like to experience my classes and workshops so they can attend and not be overly burdened financially.

While some people ask for abundance, abundance is not necessary.  There is enough for everyone if we simply look for enough.  Enough food, enough water, enough clothes, enough travel, enough fun, enough of a house, enough toys.  We all have different perspectives on what is enough.  So be it.  Likely I have more than enough of some things but am willing to reduce other areas.  It helps to be self aware and notice what we do.  Perhaps we want to make some changes.  or not.

I wonder if we could make a difference in the world at large if we were to see the above as our intentions for 2018.

I wish you a wonderful year ahead and welcome any thoughts on the above message.

About Reiki Classes and Workshops

I am encouraging and supporting those whom I have taught at the Reiki Master Level, to teach the Reiki 1 and 2 level.  Spring courses are offered in early AprilSheila Murphy and Ruth Knapp will be teaching these classes

I will be teaching another Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Master class in early November.  Let me know if this interests you.

Three of us are planning to register for the Reiki Master level in Vermont with the International House of Reiki.  Experiencing this course with Frans Stiene will expand and deepen our experience with Reiki.   Following this course mid April, I will be offering one or two new Reiki workshops.  I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to being able to share some of it with you.

I look forward to hearing from you of your interest in any of the above.  Knowing there is interest inspires me to keep moving forward with it.

Are you interested in scheduling a reiki session with me?  Learn more about Reiki and a Reiki session on my web site

With love and Reiki blessings,



Wishing You a Sacred, and Spiritually Uplifting Season

May your body be functioning well, grounded and active.

May your mind be at peace, still, and gracious.

May your heart be filled with love and spirit. 

May your whole being, body, mind and heart feel whole and blessed. 

As we feel the fullness of who we are, connected to the earth and to the divine, our whole self is filled with Reiki and the energy spreads to whomever welcomes it.

Please check the web site for April Reiki 1 and 11 Classes