Enriching What You Do

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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,


Holy Fire Usui Reiki … a bit about it

You may have noticed the new term now connected with what I offer in Reiki sessions and classes. Is Holy Fire a new term for you? It was new to me too. Let me tell you a bit about how I came to appreciate Holy Fire Usui Reiki.

curly petalsFirst is the term Usui Reiki. Usui Reiki is the type of Reiki that has come to us initially through Dr Usui from Japan. Those of you who have the Manual I use when I teach Reiki will be familiar with the early history of Reiki. Reiki energy has actually existed long before that but Dr Usui came upon it. I have always practiced Usui Reiki but there are other types as well. When I first learned Reiki, the kind of Reiki I learned was Tibetan Usui Reiki. This name came from William Lee Rand who has spent many years studying metaphysics. He became aware that specific Tibetan Symbols, when added to the attunement process, strengthened the effect of the attunements.

How Holy Fire came to be

It was in January 2014 that William channelled the new energy he calls Holy Fire Reiki. Through meditation and work with his spiritual advisor, he learned how to adapt this new evolution of Reiki energy.  It was to be called Holy Fire. Many Reiki Masters still use the Tibetan Usui Reiki in their classes. It is still valid, effective and a good form of Reiki.

I came upon Holy Fire Reiki almost by accident. In the January following the Reiki Master Course I took with William Lee Rand, I learned of this new development. I was intrigued but not enough to run out and retake the program. However I had decided to take the Karuna Reiki Master program in Sedona in the fall of 2014. Laurell and Michael were teaching it and they had incorporated Holy Fire into The Karuna Master Program. They are Licenced Reiki Master Teachers through William Lee Rand and his group of advanced teachers.  Once initiated with Holy Fire, it applies to all levels of Reiki so it seemed like exactly the right thing to do.

I am so glad that I went to Sedona for that program. I was greatly inspired by both Holy Fire and Karuna Reiki. I feel Holy Fire has made a difference in my life. There are some issues that I had had difficulty resolving. Looking back, I realize I was getting too involved from the personality part of me. Asking for guidance brought in Holy Fire Reiki and my ability to let it be.

The Benefits of Holy Fire

The following is quoted from William’s description of Holy Fire Reiki on the reiki.org website.

“Holy Fire energy is noticeably more refined and comes from a higher level of consciousness. Some of the qualities students have experienced include:

  • Works continuously even when not thinking about it and spontaneously heals issues as they come up.
  • Always respects free will.
  • Heals deeply and quickly without distress.
  • Heals relationships and interactions with others.
    releases worry and replaces it with a sense of safety in a most pronounced way.
  • Spontaneously provides guidance that is palatable for every level of life experience.
  • Tends to develop all the personality traits that are healthy for a person to have such as love of self and others, kindness, patience, confidence, vitality, enthusiasm, optimism, trust, joy, peace and so forth.
  • One of the more wonderful effects is a feeling of being loved. This is a deep and refined feeling that is very nurturing.
  • Once received, it continues to develop itself to be more evolved and effective.
    these qualities are present in 1 & 11 and become more pronounced in the ART/Master and Karuna classes.”

Reiki Classes

Since I have taken the Holy Fire Karuna Master program, I now teach all levels of Reiki using Holy Fire. I am teaching a Holy Fire Usui ART/Master May 2-3-4 of this year. You must have the first and second levels of Reiki to take the course.  You do not have to have taken the Holy Fire level 1 and 11 to qualify for the Holy Fire Usui Master. If this interests you, please contact me and I will be glad to discuss it further with you.  marieknapp@rogers.com  I ask that you have taken the second level at least 6 months prior and have been using it.

I will also be teaching Reiki 1 on April 1 and 2, and level 11 April 22 and 23.  I will be using Holy Fire. If I have taught you the Tibetan Usui Reiki 1 and 2 before and you would like to experience the Holy Fire effects, contact me. As a former student of mine,  I am happy to offer it to you for a reduced price.
You may wish to learn more about Holy Fire Reiki and the classes I teach. Browse my web site and also go to www.reiki.org. There are more articles on the subject there.

I am looking forward to hearing from any of you who are interested in learning more.