Transitioning to the Traditional Reiki

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 have recently moved from offering courses based on the curriculum designed by William Lee Rand and the International Center for Reiki Training.  That was an excellent program designed by people with much knowledge and integrity. My change is related to my own spiritual direction.  That happens as we grow and develop. Our needs change to more fully expand all sides of who we are.

I am now connected with the International House of Reiki and am designing my courses with guidance from Frans Stiene.  If you have taken the courses I have taught in the past and would like to learn more about this  traditional direction, feel free to contact me as I will offer a discounted price for my past students.

Reiki 1 (Shoden) is a 12 hour course.  I will  teach it in three  four-hour segments. This class is for you  if you have not taken a Reiki class before but 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.

Cost is usually $200, however read on to hear about a special much lower rate for October 2018.   And it includes reading materials and a journal.  There is a $50 non refundable deposit to register.  However, I am working on a lower pricing for an October class.  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.

The class will be offered on three Friday mornings from 9am till 1:00.  IF I have at least four students, it will be Oct 12, 19 and 26.  The location in undecided. It will be in or near Owen Sound, in a scent free and animal free setting to allow for those with allergies (including myself). Location will also depend somewhat on numbers.

For this class I will charge only $75 which will help cover my expenses and perhaps give me enough to contribute to my fund for taking more classes.  There is a $50 non refundable deposit that will hold your spot.

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 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.

Reiki 11 (Okuden) is an eight-hour course.  You must have taken the first level from someone in-person in order to take the second level. If you have not taken the first level as traditional Reiki, there will be required reading and practice to prepare.

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.

Taking Reiki classes a second time is not necessary even if it has been years since previous classes occurred.  However, I have found that taking repeats with the same or different teachers is beneficial.

Cost $200  There is likewise a $50 non refundable deposit to register

Following the second level you may attend any of the Reiki workshops I offer unless it is specifically directed to Reiki Masters.  There is always a special price for people who have taken Reiki classes through me.

Thank you for reading this. If you are uncertain and want to have a phone discussion, email me and we will set up a time that suits both of us.

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,
Marie

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Birthdays are cool. Forget the numbers.

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

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Warmly,  Marie

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.

Relationships:

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:

Peace: 

  • 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.

Joy:

  • 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?

Health:

  • 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.

Enough:

  • 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,

Marie

 

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