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,



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.


Today’s Reiki Intentions

Today, I am protected from the influence of negative energies I may encounter.

I am surrounded by white light, filled with a love that is pure, unconditional, non-judgmental and compassionate.

The love energy that surrounds me moves easily within me and is shared freely with those I encounter, simply healing and spreading love without expectations of results or anything in return.

So it is and I am grateful.

Till next time,     Marie Knapp

Reiki: a means for self development

Reiki for wholeness and growth

Having taught several Reiki classes, I have noticed that people begin by promoting their own wholeness and growth. Their personal care and growth in wisdom and becoming more conscious is important.  Starting a Reiki practice may or may not be a later step.

Once a person learns Reiki, its uses are unlimited. That is why I chose to call my web site ‘Living Reiki’. You see it can become a part of your living day-to-day, helping you feel calm, grounded, more connected to your sense of higher power, more safe and ready to face life’s challenges.  It helps raise your own vibrational level which then helps raise the vibrational level of the planet.

I love teaching Reiki. I thoroughly enjoy seeing people feel the energy come through them. The more they practice, the more open they become to the energy and its benefits.  Given the benefits, why not click on this link to read a more detailed description of Reiki classes and a Reiki session. Read it through and email me at livingreiki@rogers.com with your questions or comments.  And if you would like to schedule a session with me or to register for a course, just let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.

More about the Reiki I offer:

Initially I learned Reiki 1, 11 and Reiki Master Teacher here in Owen Sound.  I found the more I used it, the more I grew to love what it offered me, my clients and the students I taught.  At that point I taught only Reiki 1 and 11.  I wanted to take my learning to a deeper level and wanted to be sure I knew what I was teaching. An internet search led me to William Lee Rand and reiki.org.  What a great resource this was.

William is the founder of reiki.org, an international organization that includes a group of Reiki teachers who have studied Reiki more intensively for at least 3 years. This is the International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT).

I decided to redo the Reiki Master course with William in Michigan.  There were ten of us who met with him for the three day course.  The course served me in many ways and in particular it offered me what I aimed for in bringing integrity and credibility to clients and students.

The following year I attended the Holy Fire Karuna Reiki Master course in Sedona with Laurelle Shanti Gaia and Michael Baird who are both ICRT licenced teachers.  These people and the Holy Fire energy were even more inspiring.  I realized that I wanted to be a member of the ICRT group and this past spring I retook Holy Fire Usui Reiki 1 and 11 in Buffalo with Carolyn Musial, who is another ICRT licenced Reiki teacher.  Having taken all levels with ICRT teachers, I am now a Professional Holy Fire Usui and Karuna Reiki Master with ICRT and I am happy to offer what I have learned and experienced to students and clients here in Owen Sound.  In October I will be attending a  Reiki Drumming course in Sedona with Michael Baird again.  Who knows where that will take me.

Besides teaching Holy Fire Usui Reiki 1 and 11 in Sept/Oct, I am also teaching a Holy Fire Usui Reiki Master course Nov 7-8-9.  If you have taken Reiki 1 and 11 from a qualified teacher in person (not online), even if it was not a Holy Fire Reiki, and if you have been using Reiki 11 for at least 6 months on self and others, you are qualified to take the Holy Fire Usui Reiki master course.  If this interest you, please let me know.

Enjoy September.  It is a beautiful month.


Advanced and Master Reiki: What an inspiring weekend!

I have been asked if I would teach a Masters Level Reiki more than once.  But there was something that kept holding me back even though I was qualified and had taught the first two levels more than once.  I felt the yearning for more learning.  When I teach a Reiki class, I want it to be from a place of knowledge, skill and love.  My intention was strong.  I suppose that is what led me to check out the Reiki.org web site and see what possibilities might be reasonably priced.

Reiki is a Japanese technique for relaxation and stress reduction that also promotes healing. It is administered by laying on hands and can be learned by anyone.

Reiki has been a very positive experience for me. When you give a Reiki treatment, in fact you also receive one. I feel the energy coming through me to the recipient and the person receiving Reiki always felt relaxed, calm and with a more centered perspective.

I was delighted to learn that William Lee Rand teaches the Advanced and Reiki Master classes in Southfield Michigan, only about 5 hour drive from my home.  William is the creator of Reiki.org and from my perspective the most knowledgable person on Reiki at least in North America. Perfect.

The class was a small group of 10 people and we connected well. It may have been the combination of the group and the teacher, but I was able to trust that the process would be safe and fulfill my learning wants.  The meditations were profound.  My questions regarding the process, nature  and meaning of different aspects of Reiki were sufficiently satisfied.  I feel ready to teach all levels of Usui Reiki now.

I was particularly pleased with the way William was able to explain the meaning and use of different techniques so as to explain in understandable terms.  This gave me a way of teaching that would be grounded and from the heart. The sacredness of the Reiki experience was thus reinforced for me.

I offer Reiki to clients either in conjunction with some counselling, or on its own.  I am also enthusiastic about teaching more classes.  I will be setting up classes for all levels for the Fall.

Even the first level of Reiki gives you what you need to offer Reiki to others.  While you would be best to begin with family and friends, you may also wish to offer it to clients.  Before learning Reiki it is best to experience it one or two times yourself to know that it suits who you are.

Further levels of Reiki offer you more techniques and the ability to offer a more intense Reiki energy.  Some may wish to take the second level soon after the first. Others may prefer to practice with the first level and see if they want to learn more.  They may be happy with only the first level.

You will be hearing more about the classes over the next few weeks as I firm up times and locations.  I would be delighted to hear of your interest in learning Reiki and at what level.  Email me at marieknapp@rogers.com or call me at 519 371 1255.   I will then be in touch with you to help find a time and date that may best serve all interested.

I hope you have a wonderful summer.  We have certainly had extreme weather in many locations.  Be safe, enjoy and I suppose we also need to be adaptable.

Till next time,


Getting out of a slump.

Some days it seems that being in a slump doesn’t make sense but it happens anyways. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, flowers starting to show off their blossoms and trees are budding. Basically life is good. So why the slump?

Finding a reason for feeling low is often not the best approach. It may only lead to rehashing conversations or situations which only tend to ice the slope rather than give you some grip to hang on to.  This morning was one of those days. The slump didn’t feel good. But that didn’t help me squelch the negative mind chatter. So what did help?

I spent time outside. It was a beautiful day. I worked in the garden uncovering the plants that were protected by leaves.

In my head I shouted STOP to the non-constructive chatter that kept returning even though it was neither helpful nor pleasant.

To replace the unwanted chatter, I identified those things for which I was truly grateful. I love that I was able to go for lunch with my 92 year old mother who was able to walk, to talk intelligently and coherently, and who had interesting things to tell me. I love that we live in such a beautiful part of the province. The Niagara Escarpment is in our back yard and our pond is hatching life minute by minute. I love that I have a healthy body and have been able to stay quite mobile, enjoying hiking and other outdoor activities. I love that we are fortunate enough to have good food and water, that neither are scarce here and that we can afford to be nourished well. I love that we live in a peaceful place with little violence and lots of friendly people.

The more I focused on these wonderful things, the more I began to shed the slump, to enjoy nature outside and to feel more comfortable with who I am and what I believe to be true at the moment.  The process was slow, but it helped.

I wish you many blessings and may you find this helpful when you feel you are in a slump.

Till next time,


Therapeutic Touch: Why I like it

Therapeutic Touch TM is another energy modality offered for the purpose of enhancing the ability of the body to heal itself.  The process is meant to “re-pattern their energy field toward wholeness and health”.   Basically through a series of hand movements around the person and sometimes touching the person, the practitioner assists the flow of energy and helps to rebalance it.

Does the person have to be lying down?

No.  In fact it can be done anywhere.  The person can be sitting, or standing or lying.  As with other energy modalities, the person does not have to remove clothing either.    It may take anywhere for a few minutes to a half hour to complete although we ask the person to sit or lie quietly for at least 15 minutes following the session as the energy continues to move and rebalance after the practitioner has finished.

What would a Therapeutic Touch TM session look like?

First of all let me explain that I follow the initial assessment recommended by the Canadian Holistic Nurses Association prior to Therapeutic Touch TM .

I have usually started the session with some talk time in order to know better what the person is facing along life’s path.  I also ask if there is any particular area of concern, any pain or discomfort they may be feeling.  Together we come up with an intention to incorporate into the Therapeutic Touch TM experience.

Before we begin Therapeutic Touch TM  session itself, I explain what I will be doing to the person.  I let them know the cues I will give for starting and finishing, where I might touch if I have their permission, and invite them to let me know if they experience anything uncomfortable or for any reason want me to stop.

I move away from the person, centre myself so that my attention is given solely to the person, and then signal that I am starting and begin with a hand scan to feel where the energy is over abundant or deficient, or unbalanced.

I don’t see energy fields but as my experience with energy increases, I am learning to trust my intuitive senses more.  That frees me up to allow me to follow what comes to me. The time it takes to balance the field depends on the person and the situation.

Once I feel that the field is balanced and the energy grounded, I signal that I am finished and ask the person to sit quietly for 15 minutes.

What kind of results do you see?

Initially I see relaxation.  It is not uncommon for the person to fall asleep following a session.  This state is one where healing is happening.  There has been a lot of research done related to Therapeutic Touch TM .   I invite you to go to the website for the Therapeutic Touch Network of Ontario and click on Research to have access to a bibliography of research articles.

Where is Therapeutic Touch TM done?

Therapeutic TouchTM is an energy modality that is currently being accepted in several areas of health care in Ontario.  The College of Nurses of Ontario, while recognizing complementary therapies as falling within the scope of practice of nurses, does insist that the employer must agree to its use within that agency.  Of course, as with all complementary therapies, the client is also to give consent.

Currently I hear that Therapeutic Touch TM is being practiced in some hospitals in Toronto (such as Saint Michael’s and Sick Kids) as well as in Hospice Palliative Care Programs, Nursing and Retirement Homes, and Long Term Care facilities.

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Till next time,



Reiki: Why I like it

What is Reiki?

Reiki is an energy modality.  The following is a definition taken from the International Reiki site at http://reiki.org of which I am a member.

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.”

What I find most meaningful in Reiki

For me, 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.

So do you have to believe in God?

No.  It is optional.  I have crossed paths with more and more people who are confused about their beliefs.  Their perspective is agnostic, even though they don’t know for sure what that means.  Being agnostic is really a noncommittal belief to a concept of God. Maybe God is and maybe God isn’t.  Maybe universal energy is the same as God … or maybe not. Maybe Reiki energy is the same as Christ energy or Allah energy … or maybe not.

And so Reiki offers us the opportunity to unite in a way that can have meaning to all.  Now I know that William Lee Rand, of reiki.org may not see Reiki in this way at all.  I don’t know.  I am speaking from my personal life experience.  I hope to attend one of his classes sometime this year, though.  I know I will write another blog about that experience.

What is a Reiki treatment like?

From here, you might wonder what is so useful about Reiki energy.  When I am offering a Reiki treatment to someone, I have begun first with some talk time in order to know better what the person is facing along life’s path.  Together 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 focussed or something of that nature.

Before we begin Reiki itself, I like to help the person relax and I use a guided imagery that is customized to the situation we have been discussing and the intention we have formed.

Once I begin the Reiki itself, I generally can feel the energy come through me.  This is both inspiring and highly meaningful for me.  I don’t see energy fields but as my experience with Reiki increases, I am learning to trust my intuitive senses more.  That frees me up to allow Reiki to do what needs to be done.

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.  My counselling practice is small.  I am still looking for the opportunity to use Reiki as a means of helping the person remove blocks and change thought patterns as part of a cognitive behavioural therapy process.  I have to wait for the right situation to come my way.  I have a lot of confidence that it will be very helpful.  I have used it with other forms of counselling and it fits well.

I am also looking forward to being able to use it in some way to help with the Hospice Palliative Care Program that is starting up in my community.  Working with energy in any modality can be helpful for the person themselves but also for the family and friends who are stressed and grieving with the process.

I am looking forward to teaching more Reiki later this year.  I hope to hear from people who are interested so that I can begin a list of people to contact.  Meanwhile, please feel free to ask me any questions related to Reiki.  I will do my best.

I also am practicing Therapeutic Touch and will write mor about that soon.

Till next time,


Managing pre Holiday Season Stress

Truly this season is one that brings out in most of us the underlying irrational beliefs and the otherwise less obvious inner conflicts that cloud our general sense of wellbeing.  Stop for a moment and take a deep energizing breath.  As you sense your abdomen expand and your lungs fill, notice the stress you are holding in your body, your jaw, your shoulders, your back, and your chest.  Take another deep breath and let the tension you feel in all those places soften and melt away.

Now in a calmer place, find a paper and pen and start a list of the things you have yet to do in preparation for the big day or days that are important ones for you.

The list can go on and on.  Don’t be surprised if you continue to add to it even later today or tonight.  The list can feel daunting, overwhelming, and aggravating except that you are now going to take more control over that list.

Step 1.  Go over each item on that list and identify which ones are not at all necessary.  Likely it is you who is putting the pressure on yourself to do it and no one will notice much if it doesn’t happen.   Pay special attention if it is something you have to cross town to do or go out shopping in a busy Mall for it.  Each time you cross one thing off, take a deep breath and  notice the relief you feel.

Step 2.  Some of the items on your list really have to be done today.  Mark them with an A.  As you identify them, make a note if there are some things you can link together.  You know.  On my way to do this, I can do that.  Do you have time to do these?  How can you lessen the time it will take, perhaps by simplifying yout initial plan.

Step 3.  Is there something else on the list that won’t take much time and will neatly fit in with one of the tasks you have to do today.  It may be more efficient to do them together even though not necessary.

Step 4.  Now go over your list and mark things that can wait till either tonight or tomorrow with a B.  Cluster them together as you did with the A list.  Start a list specifically for tomorrow and put those items on tomorrow’s list.

Step 5 Notice how you are managing your time and workload better now.  Take a few more of those relaxing breaths and start another list for the day after tomorrow.  Anything left can wait till then and you will not feel as overwhelmed.

Well done.  This is a way of managing your time and problem solving when life seems unreasonably busy.  You can use this strategy at other times during the year.  But always begin by eliminating the things that you really don’t need to do first.  We often put far too much on ourselves and forget that we are supposed to be enjoying ourselves over the holiday season.  We want to be in good spirits to enjoy the company of those we love.

I wish all of you the best of this season of joy and peace.

Till next time.