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 marieknapp@rogers.com

Happy New Year

Marie

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,

Marie

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.

Marie

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

Que sera, sera Whatever Will Be, Will Be

Que sera, sera.  I remember that song from my teenage years.

“When I was just a little girl, I asked my mother, what will I be?  Will I be pretty, will I be rich?” Here’s what she said to me. “Que sera, sera. Whatever will be will be”

The song goes on through many key life stages.  How wise are all the people in the song!  Do we even know what it means? As with Reiki and other spiritual paths, we use the term “Let go of the outcomes”, and “holding the space for someone.”

In his book Reiki Insights, page 99, Frans Stiene writes:
“If we hold space for someone during a hands-on healing session, then we need to let go of any outcome. As soon as we have an idea that the pain needs to be gone or that an emotional issue needs to be resolved, then we are holding on to this certain outcome, we are not holding space. Holding space means letting go of trying to fix our client. As soon as we try to fix our client, our ego is in the way and therefore we are not holding space.”

There are many instances in our relationships with others where we are attempting to “hold the space” to allow the other to grow for example.  Can we consider this concept of letting go of the outcomes in some aspects of parenting, mentoring, coaching?  What if we were to substitute those kinds of relationships when Frans writes about healing sessions and clients?

Frans Stiene writes:

“Holding space during a session therefore also means that we need to let go of judging, labelling, and distinguishing because as soon as we are doing that, we are coming from the ego.”

I am personally exploring what that feels like for me.  What it means intellectually is one thing but actually experiencing it is totally different.

When I practice reiki on myself, intending  to release stress, I may not notice the effect I hope for.  At least not immediately.  Reiki is for the highest good of all concerned.  I do not really know what that might be.  Is the stress serving some purpose in leading me  in a new direction?  Or is the stress giving me a message I am not listening to.  So I let go of the outcomes and notice what will be.  Instead I intend to allow the energy I need to give me what ever I most need at that moment and “que sera sera”.

I invite you to reread this as it pertains to you.  I remind myself of this regularly because it is not how I have learned to operate in the world.  I have to learn new habits.

Perhaps you have an example you would like to share with me privately at livingreiki@rogers.com.  I would love to hear from you.

PS.  Thank you for reading this blog.  Because I have been reworking my web site you may not have received the last blog or two so I invite you to check out blog articles on my website and scroll down.  Thank you for joining me.

Till next time,
Marie

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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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

 

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

Just Noticing

It’s still spring for another two weeks.  As Spring becomes Summer, nature changes.  We notice those changes.  Have you also noticed …

  • How many of us wonder how climate change will affect the seasons?
  • How social media has dramatically affected how we see and learn things?
  • How a President who thinks he has so much power actually doesn’t?
  • How people of all income levels recognize that they can have a lot of positive influence through social media?
  • How we can make personal decisions anyways?
  • How here are a lot of intelligent caring courageous people in our world?
  • How we can all make a difference in our world to help others?
  • How we can all make a difference for planet Earth?

Remember how I wrote that I would soon be stopping the blog posts and just using MailChimp to send out a Newsletter called Ripples to Waves to people who sign up?  Well this is the last blog post. I will send out about six or seven Newsletters a year.

If you haven’t already done so, I would love to have you sign up to receive my free Newsletters. The next one will go out end of June.  This link will take you to the signup form and more info.
http://eepurl.com/cBRG2r

Hope to see you through the next Newsletter

Till then, Marie