Visualizing Yourself as a more senior person

You may recall this message I posted last summer. Serendipitously I happened to come across it recently. The message is an important one and seems to fit well following the last three New Years related blogs I wrote.  You may wish to read them again: Merry Christmas and Happy HolidayLooking Ahead, and Moving into 2019 with an Authentic Way of Being

Read on…….

Birthdays are only a number.  Although this sounds like a light and perhaps frivolous comment, it is actually deeper than you might think. We attach too many expectations to age numbers, sometimes in the form of shoulds, and sometimes in the form of diminishing abilities. Currently I am paying attention to releasing limiting beliefs around getting old.  Let me share a personal story.

Time passes quickly.  Sixteen years ago was 2002.  That seems fairly recent. It is in this millennium, post 9/11, and post retirement for me.  That thought is  relatively neutral until I move those 16 years into the future and realized how old I will be then.  Those numbers will have accumulated rather briskly. Yikes!

At first I was dragged down by this thought, coupled by continuing notices of the serious illnesses and/or deaths of friends, acquaintances, former classmates and relatives who are my age and even younger.  Dwelling on this thought was a downer.  I began thinking of myself losing ground, becoming weaker, less involved.  UGH! It was not a good feeling and I noticed that it was affecting my daily life in the present.  I noticed that I already was beginning to cut back on things I loved doing.

I find that Reiki self practice often guides me to higher ground. While some of the above helps me feel compassion toward those experiencing ill health, compassion is not meant to drag me down too.  Reflecting on this, I began to notice those things that gave me insights into what I needed to do.  Perhaps synchronistically I happened to see a Facebook ad from Mind Movies.  Perhaps you have seen those.  Very useful perspective and exercises.  I happened to pass through some of the previous workshops I have led on intentions, visualizations, and the effects of our thinking. I realized that I had a limiting belief about getting older that I did not need to hang on to.

As a Reiki practitioner and teacher I feel it is most important to do my own self reiki and self healing.  The more I can heal old stuff within my thought patterns and past life experiences, the better I can work with others and provide the right energy and capability to offer what they may need at that moment for their highest good. Through self care, I see old patterns that can be released. For my own personal and spiritual growth, I see a practitioner who uses Reiki and other methods to help me release them.  We work well together because I trust her ability.  I never expect a magic fix.  It always requires inner work on my part and her capabilities allow me to be more aware of the required work.  I hope I provide that for the people I see.  That is  my intention.

After I went to see my energy practitioner, I also listened to some of the audio and videos on Mind Movies and it became very clear to me what I needed to do.

Besides releasing the limiting beliefs, my inner work was to create a visualization of me as an older woman, still participating in the growth of others, still actively involved and healthy as I engage in life.  I am currently working on that image of my true self, not giving it an age number, but seeing me in the image as an older woman.  I look vibrant, caring, energetic, bright, and mentoring others, facilitating, engaging and enjoying life.  My family are also enjoying my vibrancy as an older woman and we are doing fun things together.  This is uplifting.  This image contributes significantly to the vibrancy I feel today. I am making different life choices. I welcome Birthdays. I am grateful for them.

I invite you to pay attention to how you see yourself today and in the future as you get older.  If you have learned Reiki, it can be very helpful in asking for guidance and releasing the limiting beliefs.  You may very well be able to do this without extra help but if you need me, just contact me.  We can set up an appointment.

By the way, I find this concept is also useful for people who have  been dealing with some serious “stuff” from their past and want to have a sense of “where from here”.  When a lot of time has been spent reviewing the past and connecting it to “why today”, it can sometimes lead you to a stuck place.  You may need a way to move forward from here.  This may be helpful for you.

I would love to hear your comments about this blog.  Have you had similar experiences you can share either privately or on the blog?

Till we meet again,  Marie

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Warmly,  Marie

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Reiki 1 Class (Shoden) 3 Friday mornings in late October

Reiki 1 (Shoden) Class

When: 3 Friday mornings from 9am till 1:00.   Oct 12, 19 and 26.

Where:  Her Wellness  925 2nd Ave East, Owen Sound

Cost:   Special price of $75. ($50 non refundable)  This will not be offered at this rate again. The cost  is usually $200, And it includes reading materials and a journal. 

(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.)

To register please contact me at livingreiki@marieknapp.com

You may send me the $75 by email banking.  The name for the first level is Shoden.

OR we can make other arrangements when you contact me.

I have already two registered and one more interested.  Maximum number is six unless I give special consideration to past students.  

This class is for you  if you have not taken a Reiki class before.  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.

It may also be for you if you have taken Reiki classes and would like to experience this traditional reiki just to have a new and maybe even deeper perspective. 

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 recognized 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.   A reiki session usually costs $70 and I will charge you only $50 for any three sessions you choose to have prior to June 1st, 2019.

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 am now connected with the International House of Reiki and am designing my courses with guidance from Frans Stiene.  

Reiki 11 (Okuden) is an eight-hour course.  I will offer it in the spring at my usual rate. 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.

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

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

 

Strengthen Your 2017 Intentions with Reiki

IMG_0869At this time of year we often feel prompted to review the past in an effort to consider a direction for the future.  Some call it “making resolutions”.  I prefer to use words like direction and intention because it moves me to a place within where I consider how I want to be over the next year.  I think a resolution is often filled with “shoulds” —  something that comes from without in an effort to please or impress others … or the mirror image of myself.  Over the last ten or more years I have given a lot of attention to intentions in workshops, retreats and personal coaching.

Personally there are some very serious things to consider as I examine the direction for 2017.

  1. Unless you are uniquely blessed with a strange genetic aberration, you are likely getting older. Me too.  As we all get older, I find that health becomes a bigger factor in one’s life.  I hear people say things like “I want to be able to enjoy and play with my grandchildren” or “I want to have quality of life as I age.”  Health seems to be high on the list of directions for the coming year.
  2. At the same time, we realize our mortality and this is another factor that kicks in sometime after age 50.  It nudges one to notice the decreasing number of years left and the importance of leaving a legacy.  Depending on how close retirement is, a person begins to think about ‘what next?’. Some people talk about freedom after retirement.  “Freedom to do what?” I have been retired for several years but still look at what is next, how do I want to be in the year ahead?
  3. The last year has challenged us with some surprise and very concerning situations worldwide.  Syria, Brexit, US elections, climate change, the death of several musicians and performers, family conflicts, financial worries, poverty, the murder of so many aboriginal women, and more.  Our world is in need of positive influences from someone somewhere …  from people living ordinary lives just caring and giving attention to what is needed.  Sometimes we need courage to speak up for what we stand for.  One person cannot do everything but when each of us considers one or two things we can do and ways we can be in a loving, courageous and caring way in situations in our lives, we become part of the movement to make the world a better place.  So how can we be different in the year ahead in an effort to help move us all to a better world?

Setting your intentions is much like making affirmations.  While some like to think of them as goals, I like to give them more power by wording them more like affirmations.

Begin each intention with “I am…”.  Here are a few examples:

 Yes I want to be healthy so I might say “I am making healthy choices in eating and exercising”  Or  “I am healthy and vibrant”

What do I want to leave behind for others? “I am practicing Reiki on myself and others every week.” ” I am continuing to heal myself in order to be better able to help heal others.” ” I am seeking out more learning opportunities for Reiki.”

“I am inwardly strong and courageously speaking my truth honestly and lovingly.”

Your intentions may be very different from mine.  Some people are looking for peace of mind, a sense of fulfillment, love.  The list goes on.

Reiki can play a role throughout the process.  Ask for guidance in determining your intentions.  Write your intentions on a paper and send Reiki to the intention.   Read you intention every day and send Reiki energy to your intention asking for assistance in bringing it to fruition. Express gratitude knowing that what you ask for is for the highest good of all concerned.  Then trust, and let go of the outcomes.

Want to share some of your intentions with me?  I would be happy to read them and send you a response if you wish.   I am sure they will be heartfelt and honest.  I wish you well.

I can also see you for individual coaching with Reiki sessions to help you move forward with your intentions and help you get unstuck. email me at livingreiki@rogers.com

You may be interested in working more on these concepts in an Intentions with Reiki workshop I am creating.   Please email me if this interests you.  livingreiki@rogers.com

Happy New Year,

I wish everyone everywhere a year ahead filled with love, peace and much joy.

Till next time,

Marie

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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Give Attention to What You Want To See More Of

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necklaceLet’s make a change.  Let’s be the change we want to create. Whenever we are tempted to share a Facebook message that gives attention to negative aspects of a person, a presidential candidate, a leader, a political party, a neighbour or family member,  let’s stop and give attention to what we would prefer to see.  Notice places, people, or situations, that demonstrate what we would love to see more of  and give it attention. Continue reading

Loving Today

img_0652It may only take a moment to shift your inner being from a place of tension and fear to one of calmness and love. In this state, you function much more effectively and with far less effort.  For best results do it first thing as you awaken.  Later in the day, simply take yourself to a private place away from the energy that has clouded your day.

Breathe deeply, bringing in the love energy that surrounds you even when you are not aware of its presence. Love energy is divine energy connected with the Source or Highest Power.  Let Reiki guide you.   Feel it circulate through your entire being.   Be with it. Experience the love that surrounds you and is within you. Share it with the world around you quietly and with intention.  You have made a difference.

The shift takes longer to read about than it does to actually allow to happen.  Yes it is about allowing.  There are many ways to guide this process for you.  Learning Reiki has been most helpful for me.  Have a loving day today.

Marie
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livingreiki@rogers.com

What does daily Reiki look like?

meDid you know that you can create your own way to use Reiki daily? It is entirely up to you to decide how much time you can give it and what it actually looks like for you. Remember that you can activate Reiki simply by thinking it or saying it to yourself.

Some days you may have a fairly complicated practice that you find very helpful but there are also many days when you have a busy schedule and just can’t fit it in.  Then adjust it. Just ask Reiki energy to guide you through the day.  Or perhaps you would prefer to call it by a different name which means the same for you.  God, Universal Energy, Creator.  Make it work for you.  Add or subtract pieces of your Reiki self care practice so you are able to do something every day.  Make it longer or shorter in whatever way it best suits you. What is most important is that you connect with the Highest Power regularly.  It will make a big difference in your day.

Till next time,

Marie