About Reiki

I find peace and awe when paddling on the waters around us. That is spiritual too.

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 most 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 an energetic force in the universe that is greater than us and is a creative energy. No dogma. Beautiful.

Reiki is everywhere. We all have it within us. It is in everything all around us. The space around us and throughout the universe is also Reiki energy. And to be honest, you can name it whatever you like. If your philosophy or religion wishes to call that God or universe or holy spirit, it does not matter at all. But for simplicity’s sake, let’s always refer to it as Reiki here.

The system of reiki is actually what we do as we incorporate Reiki into our lives and ways of being. We tend to call that Reiki but in fact, that is the system of Reiki.

When I am offering a Reiki session, I feel the Reiki energy that is within me, in fact within all of us.  It is like I am sitting or standing within it and it is everywhere around me and in me.  To me, this is “Being Reiki”

That Reiki presence is always there but it may be clouded over by distractions in life. As I prepare for the system of Reiki, I consciously remove those distractions.

That is what the Precepts do too. The Reiki Precepts are like signposts guiding us along the path to finding the Reiki within. Frans and others like to call it our True Self. I like that. It feels right for me.

There are many different approaches to reiki and the system of reiki. Not all Reiki Practitioners would explain it as I do.  It depends not only on how they were taught but also on their own background and life experience.  

I have found Reiki to be incredibly useful for me in raising limiting beliefs to my awareness.  It gives me the opportunity to work with these beliefs and release them one by one.  The growth I experience is positive even though the process may at first be a little troubling. It is essential that a Reiki Practitioner continue to use Reiki for self care.  And it is likewise useful for any person on  a personal growth path as it assists their process. 

Traditional Reiki is the term to describe the teachings underpinning Reiki as taught and experienced by Macao Usui Sensei. It is an attempt to return to the deeper meaning of the System of Reiki as it was originally intended. There is a tendency for that to be happening in other modalities too. I have recently heard someone say that there are Yoga teachers also moving away from the Westernized version of Yoga to the tradition from which it came. Traditional Reiki is doing that too. I acknowledge and value any lineage of Reiki Practice, and in fact I have taught it for a few years prior to shifting to the more traditional version. However, I currently am practicing the Traditional Reiki and I like how that feels for me.

I hope this gives you a sense of Reiki and the System of Reiki. If experiencing Reiki, or taking a class interests you, please read about what a Reiki session is like below.

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What is a Reiki treatment like?

Reiki is a journey, a path of learning and being.

Perhaps energy work is new to you. Or perhaps not. It is important that you feel safe and comfortable with anyone who is working in your energy field. This is why I am explaining how I would work with you if you were to choose reiki with me.

Remember that there are a variety of techniques for working with energy. What is most important is trusting the practitioner and that the technique used suits the situation to be addressed. Given this, it is best when we are in rapport, and have established a common “intention” for the energy work.

Your first visit with me usually takes about an hour and a fifteen minutes roughly.  Cost is $70.

This is where we sit to talk about you and Reiki.

When I am offering a Reiki treatment to someone, I begin first with some talk time in order to know better what you are facing along life’s path.  At this time there is an opportunity for building a trusting and caring relationship, and general assessment of the situation. It also gives you, the client, the opportunity to see if it is the right fit for you.

When we connect for that visit, I will have some questions for you to answer in the best way you can at that time. Together we will establish a foundation for what we would do next. We come up with an intention to incorporate into the Reiki experience. The intention is usually something that is related to a healthy perspective or being centred or calm or focused or peaceful or something of that nature.  Ultimately the intention is to receive what is most needed at that moment for the highest good of all concerned.

By this time the system of Reiki has actually already begun.  We may begin with relaxation and breathing into the hara.

For a Reiki treatment, you lie, fully clothed, on the table, head on a pillow at the window end with another pillow under your knees.

For the actual Reiki treatment I usually first work in the energy field or the area within about 6 to 12 inches around the client.  I will scan your energy field and be guided to place my hands where most needed. Depending on the situation, I usually use some background music that we both appreciate and check that the volume is right for you.  

Following this I often place my hands in different positions on your head, shoulders, trunk, legs and feet.  By the way, you remain fully clothed and usually lie on a massage table. I first ask for permission to touch.  It is perfectly acceptable for a person to request no touching or only touching in the head region and it is not a problem to comply.  On the other hand, there are many people who do not experience much touch in their lives for a variety of reasons.  They find the touch an added therapeutic feature. 

Ask your practitioner for specifics regarding the hand positions being used.  If you prefer, the practitioner can place hands above the body rather than actually touching.  Unless otherwise requested, I use a combination of both as I work on the physical body as well as in the energy field.

It is important for you to know that  you are always the one who is in control.  I find that building trust with the client is a big part of the process as it helps them feel more comfortable allowing the energy to do its work. 

Quiet except for the irregular lapping or small waves along the pebbled beach; only a slight breeze to keep the air peasant and comfortable.

I know that often following reiki, you may feel much more relaxed with a higher sense of well-being for a time. Let your body do what it needs to do that is best for healing. Being in the best place energetically gives your body the best environment in which to balance and heal itself. Sometimes, the healing energy triggers a release and you feel a bit worse before you feel better.  If this happens and you are unsure of it, you can feel free to contact me.  Because energy work is very relaxing, it can help you be in the right frame of mind to sort out issues or problem solve.  It is not psychotherapy but can support the work you may be doing with a psychotherapist if that is your goal.

I usually suggest that people schedule at least 3 or 4 appointments.  We will discuss their spacing depending on the situation and your finances.   Initially I suggest you just come for one session to be sure that you feel it is the right fit for you. Then further sessions would be decided together so that it is in your best interest. 

What are the benefits of Reiki?

The relaxation that occurs is visible and palpable. That in itself is a benefit. This means that Reiki helps relieve stress in the physical body. That relaxed state promotes healing.

I see other positive effects from the relaxation. It seems to help people leave the circular thought patterns that go along with challenges. It clears out the garbage chatter and they are able to view a situation from a different perspective. This is helpful in coaching. I see opportunities to use Reiki as a means of helping a person remove blocks and change thought patterns thus helping their connection with life purpose and dealing with life transitions in a healthy way.

If you would like to learn more about Reiki, email me with your questions.  Perhaps you would like to book a session with me and experience it for yourself. 

You Can also learn Reiki for yourself

Although I have studied Reiki at the Reiki Master Teacher level actually three times, I find the term “Master” to be a misnomer.  For the person who studies the third level of  Reiki, also called Shinpiden, it is really only beginning.   That means I am always learning more by reading, practicing, and even more importantly using Reiki for my own personal and spiritual growth.  More and more I have learned that it is in my own self healing that I can best be of service to others.  The third level along with experience gives a person a start in being able to teach it to others. 

The heights are amazing but the path to get there is not always easy. It may be bumpy and twisted, sometimes difficult to find, often soggy or rocky.

The path is long with many ups and downs.  It is a soulful path and one that gives me a sense of purpose.  I have taught Reiki in different locations within or very close to Owen Sound.  If you are interested in taking Reiki classes from me, let’s talk.  I like to have at least three students to run a class. Just keep me posted.  Email me at marie@marieknapp.com

I have actually attended three different Reiki Master courses.  The first one was an introduction for me. It led me to teaching but it also led me to learn more and study with William Lee Rand in Michigan.  At that point I became a member of the International Centre for Reiki Training (ICRT).  Within the same group of teachers, I studied the Karuna Reiki Master Course and  a Reiki Drumming course.  What valuable experiences these were for me!  With each class, I found that I was deepening my knowledge and experience. 

Just this past spring, I studied a more traditional  Reiki based on the older teachings that were part of Usui Sense’s preparation for his transformative experience.  Frans Stiene from the International House of Reiki  (ihreiki.com), prefers to call the third level by its original name, Shinpiden.   The nature of his approach taught me more about Reiki with a focus on the several ways to reach my True Self including the Reiki Precepts, the symbols and mantras, meditation, hands-on-healing and Reijus or Reiki Blessings.

I have been moved spiritually from the course  Frans offers.   As I let the process evolve within me, I recognize that learning the Usui/Holy Fire11 Reiki used by the ICRT was exactly the right approach for me at that time.  However I now use the meditations I learned from Frans. 

For more information about the classes please check the menu.  And by the way, Frans Stiene, my current Reiki teacher, will be teaching a three day Shinpiden (Reiki 3) course for anyone who has taken Usui Reiki Level 2 in any lineage in person. This will be followed by a Reiki Play Day for anyone who has taken any level of Usui Reiki in person.

To learn about Frans Stiene’s visit to Owen Sound in May 2020, click here.

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