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.
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Hope to see you through the next Newsletter

Till then, Marie

7 Benefits of Learning Reiki

Whether or not you have received a Reiki session, you probably have some preconceived ideas about why a person would want to learn Reiki.  Of course.  But I would like to take this opportunity to expand your awareness.  You may be surprised.

  1. Reiki is a wonderful means of providing self care.  This possibility goes beyond using the hand positions you would learn in a Reiki class.  You see Reiki really responds to your intention.  “Seek and ye shall find” is a perfect invitation.  Reiki energy is always there for everyone but it respects our free will.  Ask and allow it to flow.  A Reiki class speeds up the process for you so that you will more readily open to the flow and feel the effects. Imagine starting your day by centering and inviting the flow of Reiki energy, asking for guidance as you move through the day’s work, challenges and frustrations.
  2. You can use Reiki energy to calm the energy in your home.  Some days are tense.  Perhaps the kids seem out of sorts.  maybe you are having a conflict with your partner.  The area just feels like it is ripe for more.  Allowing Reiki energy to clear your chakras, and calm your field will be a good start.  You can then do the same with your home.  The Reiki energy will spread around and be “catchy” so to speak.
  3. The first two levels of Reiki can be used also with animals.   Do you have animals in your care?  Sheila Murphy, my Reiki Master colleague has been pursuing Animal Reiki.  Sheila will be offering a class (to those with Reiki 11) on how to use Reiki with animals.  In fact if I have two more students in the course, Sheila will be helping me teach it and can give you some starter tips.  It is different working with animals.
  4. Use Reiki to help prepare yourself for an upcoming challenge.  Perhaps you feel anxious about a difficult meeting, a challenging phone call you are expecting or have to make, or something of that nature.  Let yourself be Reiki.  Yes visualization is helpful but your visualization can be even more effective if you first allow Reiki to be flowing within you.
  5. Reiki helps you be ready for what the future may bring. It will help you be more resilient with the major changes occurring in the world today.  The more we practice being  with Reiki, the easier it is to invite its presence in times of confusion and crisis.  It isn’t an easy time we live in.
  6. You may wish to eventually start up a Reiki practice.  Yes some people study Reiki for the purpose of starting up a Reiki practice.  It will take some time to develop your skills enough to begin seeing clients but some people already have a practice where they see clients for similar kinds of concerns.  Talk to me about this possibility.
  7. Personally I would love to see a variety of health care practitioners using Reiki to strengthen  the care they offer.  An Occupational Therapist or Physio Therapist or Chiropractor could learn Reiki and use it to help bring a client to a better state of relaxation in order for their treatment to be more effective more quickly.  Or, I suppose they could work cooperatively with a Reiki practitioner to achieve the same end.  A Psychotherapist could also work collaboratively with a Reiki Practitioner to help the client be better able to gain new insights and perhaps release troubling issues.

I would be happy to explore these benefits with anyone who would like to work with Reiki in these ways.  Consider the Reiki  courses I am offering soon.  Reiki 1 on May 23 and Reiki 11 on May 30th.  The possibilities are endless.  Click here for more details about the classes.   Or email me with your questions at livingreiki@rogers.com.

Till next time,

Marie

 

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

A New Development

Apologies if you have already received an email about this.  Otherwise, please read on.

Time is moving along and it is already mid February. Spring will be here in another 8 or 10 weeks. I mean spring as we like to see it with green grass and signs of flowers poking up. Spring is about growth. I know you are interested in growth too– personal growth, spiritual growth, in fact mind, body, spirit growth. That is why I sense you will be interested in this information.

I am developing a contact list I can use with MailChimp. This way I will send out a Newsletter and use this blog minimally if at all.  Not sure if I may even delete my FaceBook page at some point. You will notice a link below at the bottom.

Subscribers will receive my Newsletter by email about 6 times a year. It will be more structured than my blog and more like a Newsletter. In it you will see one or two relevant articles, (mostly by me but not always), Information about workshops and Reiki classes I will offer, and information about some important events others are leading which I think might interest you. My intention is to keep it simple, infrequent and relevant to what you want.

I am sure the evolution of this Newsletter will unfold as it is meant to. I don’t want to define it too specifically yet. Feedback from readers will be helpful in guiding its evolution.

To begin, I am asking you to subscribe. Now I apologize if you receive this more than once. Just sign up once 😀 of course.

I hope to have the first Newsletter out within a couple of weeks.

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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