Why Learn Reiki

Many people think you learn Reiki to be able to set up a Reiki practice.  While this may be so for some, it is my experience that the first step and perhaps the main reason for learning Reiki is for your own self  care.  Consider it a means for personal and spiritual development.

This message is intended to give you some of the basic information about the classes.  In the next few months.

Below you will see information related to:

Reiki Level 1 (Shoden)
Reiki Level 11 (Okuden)
Reiki Master (Shinpiden)
Reiki Learning and Practice Day

I prefer at least four people registered for a class. Please let me know of your interest.

Reiki 1 (Shoden) is a 12 hour course.  Sheila Murphy will be sharing the teaching of this course.   We will teach it  in three  four-hour segments.from 9 am till 1 pm on June 7, 14 and 21.
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 for yourself in  your own self-healing and spiritual growth.  Continual practice is important in developing your sensitivity.

Full Cost is $200.  However if you pay in full by March 17 the cost is only $150.   It includes a non refundable deposit of $75 as well as reading materials and a journal.

The class is offered from 9am till 1:00 each day. It will be in  Owen Sound at Her Wellness on Second Ave east downtown. It is a scent free and animal free setting to allow for those with allergies (including myself).

I have been inspired by what I have been learning through the International House of Reiki and Frans Stiene.  They have approved the courses I offer.  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 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 is required reading and practice to prepare. I will send this as an email.

The Okuden course will be offered the mornings of Friday May 10 and 17 from 9 am till 1pm.   Students who have not taken Shoden as their level 1 will be asked to follow a pre-course instruction with instructions via email.  Registering at least two weeks prior to the course is preferable to complete the reading and meditations.

The class is offered from 9am till 1:00.   It will be in  Owen Sound at Her Wellness on Second Ave east downtown. It is a scent free and animal free setting to allow for those with allergies (including myself).

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 using three symbols and mantras.  In Reiki 11 you will also learn Distant 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 different teachers is beneficial. If you are considering this, I would be happy to discuss it with you over email.

Cost $200  There is a $75 non refundable deposit to register. Pay in full by March 3rd and cost is only $160.  Those who have completed Shoden with me or Sheila Murphy receive a special rate.  Please contact me if you need more information.

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.

The Reiki  Master Course is a three-day course  that requires a further commitment to using Reiki regularly for yourself and your own self growth.  You may or may not choose to practice it on others .  Likewise teaching is an option you may or may not choose to follow.  In order to take this course, you must have the first and second levels taken from someone in person (in other words not online).  I also ask that you follow a daily self Reiki practice several months in advance.

If this course interests you, please let me know.  I would like to discuss it with you.

Second Annual Reiki Learning and Practice Day.
This full day workshop runs from 9:30 to 3:00 on Friday May 24.  We will break for lunch and there are several restaurants close by. Bleeding Carrot serves excellent vegan lunches and you can request gluten free.

In April I will have attended a four-day retreat in Cincinatti led by Frans Steine.  I am sure we will once again have learned more Reiki techniques and meditations which I will be able to share with you. As well we will have the opportunity to review some of the meditations you may have already learned.

Requirements: I would prefer to have everyone having taken the second level of Reiki.  I expect there will be several Masters people in attendance. If you have taken only the first level but have practiced Reiki on yourself and family and friends, you may attend.

The full cost for the day would be $100.00 however, as I promised last year, I am aiming to encourage people to continue to practice Reiki for themselves and to spread the word to others.  So ….

If you have attended any of my classes (Reiki 1, 2 or Master) deduct $15
If your bring a new person who did not attend the first one, deduct $10 each. (Remember new people should have Reiki 2 or higher or Reiki 1 if they have continued to practice on themselves.)
If you attended last year, deduct $5.
This means that if you have taken one of my Reiki classes, and bring a new person and took the class last year, you pay only $70.

I look forward to hearing about your interests and any questions.

Till next time,

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

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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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

 

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

 

A Reiki Healing Experience

If Reiki has been in your life, recently or in the past, you have an opportunity to have some input into a half day workshop I am developing.

It will be offered in Owen Sound on a Tuesday afternoon in March from 1:00 to 4:00pm.  Are you interested?

Let me tell you what I am thinking.  I would like to offer you a Usui/Holy Fire 11 group healing experience for sure. I would like to prepare for this with a Guided meditation that includes chakra clearing.   But before these occurs, I would like some discussion about Reiki and it evolution.  Perhaps you have some questions you would like answered.  Give me some input please.

After the healing of experience, we could work on identifying intentions that really matter to you and bringing Reiki to them.  Would you like some discussion about how to make Reiki a living experience for you.

Now of course time is limited but I will prepare a handout that will help you to remember and practice what you have learned.

I see this workshop experience especially helpful to people who have taken at least the first level of Reiki but actually all levels of Reiki.  However if you have received Reiki sessions and have read my web site info, and would like to take it, please email me and   we can discuss.

Your input is valuable to me now as I work on developing the content.  I look forward to hearing from you at livingreiki@rogers.com

Watch for more about the workshop next week.

Marie Knapp EdD

Usui/Holy Fire 11 Reiki Master

Karuna/Holy Fire 11 Reiki Master

Reiki Perspective: Jesus was a Master Healer

winter-2016 Winter has arrived!  It is a season marked by several different holiday celebrations.  While the celebration of Christmas has its many different Religious traditions, I would also like to add that the celebration of the birth of Jesus is not necessarily only for the religious.

Whether or not you believe in the divinity of Christ, the Virgin birth, and do forth, there are other things to celebrate.  Jesus was one of the greatest Master Healers and those of us who do healing with Reiki energy or other forms of the highest spiritual energies, also can honour that aspect of Christmas.  We do not know the actual date of Jesus’ birth but we do know that there were astrological signs of the birth of such a person.  Jesus taught us many principles in the way he healed.  For example to my knowledge he did not heal anyone who did not ask to be healed. He told people he healed that they were not to tell others of the healing.  He told us that we could all do the same and more.  And so we learn healing modalities such as Reiki and we learn to help another’s body, mind and spirit to be in the right state of relaxation and allowing to heal itself in a way that is best for all concerned.

In closing, I wish you all a warm and peaceful celebration of the birth of the Master Healer, as well as a year ahead in which you continue to practice care of yourself and others in a way that is best for you and all concerned.  May you be guided by the Highest Power and live life with love in your heart.

Sending you love and light as the days grow longer and the spirit of healing renews your soul.

Reiki Heightens My Bruce Trail Experience

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img_0754Have you noticed that as soon as you start on a hiking trail, as soon as your feet begin to feel the soft earth beneath them and your eyes spot the colours around you and you smell the freshness of the air, that you feel really good  inside? Your vitality begins to pick up, as your heart beats a little faster, your lungs breathe more fully and all your cells feel the improved nourishment from your enhanced circulation?  Being in nature invites my Reiki connection to strengthen. My energy flows more vibrantly and Reiki energy  heals.

With Reiki activated, walking through the trees helps clear the heaviness I may feel in my emotional body.  Worry, anger, jealousy or other heaviness I may feel in my gut, or heart, or across the shoulders begins to move through me. As the sole of my foot touches the earth, the earth draws the feelings out and relieves me of these anxieties.  Energy from the highest power guides the flow.

My brain begins to clear as I breathe in the freshness of the seasons.  My mind gradually lets go of the troubling thoughts that were not solving anything and allows a clarity of “what is important anyways” to rise within. For me, hiking in the woods can be like a Reiki session.

I feel awe. Some places seem to have a richness in sensual experiences. I am grateful and connected to life.  I feel uplifted, inspired, and any emptiness begins to feel replenished. Reiki offers me this higher consciousness way of experiencing nature more fully.  This is why I love Reiki and why I love the Bruce Trail.

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Love, Inclusiveness and Helping Others

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“To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.”

mariePerhaps it is fitting that this week ends with November 11.  A week that may be looked back on as historical for whatever reason.  A week that reminds us of the divisiveness existing in the world, not just in the USA and other free nations like Britain.  But is it possible that what we have seen in these great nations is democracy’s version of what “Arab Spring” was about in Egypt and the middle East? Is this a time when we need reflect on our soulful values, our “purpose under heaven” and live those values more openly and fully.  Today is a day when we reflect on the lives lost in war.  May war and violence not be the answer to the diverse values that seem to exist.  May we find the commonality in those values and build on them for world peace.

“To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.”

On Wednesday I was grateful that it was the last day of the Usui/Holy Fire 11 Reiki Master course I had the privilege of facilitating.  The program experiences that connected us more fully with Divine energy guided us to a place of constructive thinking rather than negative resentful thinking. It was a blessing.

Today the music of Leonard Cohen shares his sadness with us and brings me to a place of realizing how we need to acknowledge our sadness and our disappointment.  For me it gives me, in gradually growing stages, the inner strength to use the feelings of loss of something I had hoped for.  I invite you to join me in resolving to identify our values for love, inclusiveness, and helping others.  I invite you in what ever way serves you best to courageously bring those values into your daily life at home and at work, in relationships and in parenting.

For me I find Reiki to be a valuable means of receiving guidance in difficult times. But Reiki is not the only way.  May you find peace and a constructive message to move forward with love and peaceful action.  May we all communicate our truth lovingly and honestly.  Peace be with us all.