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,



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.

Benefits of Using Symbols in Reiki

imageIt is not uncommon for Reiki novices to resist learning and/or using symbols in Reiki.  I remember feeling that way at first. Perhaps they feel awkward using symbols that come from a different colour.  Or perhaps they feel it should not be necessary when it is the intention and the Reiki energy itself that is most important.  It is in working with the symbols that I realize how they focus and intensify specific energy.  Notice the symbol of the heart in the photo taken by a retreat participant last year.  The symbol has a lot of significance for her.

Having had an upbringing in a Church and school, symbols were part of religious ceremonies.  Perhaps that affected my view.  I spent some time contemplating how we use symbols in several other ways in our western culture.   Weddings, for example, bring a variety of symbols into ceremonies and celebrations purposefully to focus and intensify the energy of the experience.  In Western culture, we have wedding dress, rings, bouquets, table centres, toasts, dance, and more.  The love of the couple is what is most important but there is something more powerful when meaningful symbols are added even in a simple way.

There are three symbols learned in the second level of Reiki.  When I use the power symbol, I feel the energy is stronger.  It feels like I am channeling such qualities as empowerment, inner strength, self confidence, and such through to the client.  Besides the energetic connection to CKR energy of the power symbol, there is also something happens in my mind/body connection that triggers a response as I picture and draw and say (even to myself) the name of the symbol.  When I use the symbol on my chakras or to clear the energy in a room I also sense it’s effects and the power of intention is strengthened.

Similarly, when I use the mental emotional symbol, I image and sense a cleansing of my mental emotional field.  My intension is far more focused whether I am using the symbol for me or for a client.

I will write more about the importance of using the symbols in Reiki in the next post.  As many of you know, the symbols are the focus in Reiki 2 classes.  I will be teaching Reiki 2 next Friday April 22nd in my home near Owen Sound.  I still have space for two more participants if you have already taken Reiki 1 and are interested.

Share with friends as you wish.

Namaste,  Marie


Why Learn Reiki?

marieWhy learn Reiki if you are not interested in a Reiki practice?  Actually I find that several of my students never intended to actually set up a Reiki practice.  They may offer it to their families and friends but a Reiki Practice is entirely a different focus.

Besides being able to offer it to those you care about in your personal circles, there is also your own self care to consider.  Think about Reiki as an opportunity to find inner peace, to feel more balanced and grounded, to be better able to handle conflicts and puzzling challenges.

Since Reiki energy has no limits, the many uses of Reiki also have no limits.  Below are a few examples of ways you may find Reiki useful for yourself. In the classes for Reiki we teach the hand positions for a self treatment.  While this is useful, it is important to realize that this is only a small part of using Reiki for your own general well being of body, mind, emotions and spirit.

  1. Think of Reiki as a means to connect with the highest creative powers of the universe.  Perhaps you already do that through prayer.  Wonderful.  Reiki will simply enhance that practice.
  2. You may wish to refer to this greatest creative or higher power as God or Universal Energy or whatever is aligned with your personal spiritual philosophy.  It doesn’t matter.  What matters is that it is a source of pure love and strength that is available to you at all times.
  3. Knowing this, it means that when you want to “let go” of an issue, you have a place to send it to for action from a higher source.  I continue to see how this has been very helpful for people receiving Reiki.  Realizing that thinking through a problem does not bring a solution, we can easily feel stuck.  If we don’t think, what do we do?  By handing it off, we are better able to release it from our ineffective patterns of problem solving.  The answer is more apt to pop into our head or show itself in front of us. Try it.
  4. Similarly, we can remind ourselves to ask for guidance.  I have been in situations personally where I was at a loss as to what to say or do.  Asking for guidance is like letting it go because you quit trying to figure it out on your own.  The response is always what is best for all concerned.
  5. When you first awaken, you could begin the day with a simple acknowledgement of that connection, asking for guidance in whatever your day brings.  It helps you to accept life as it is. It helps you quit trying to control everything.
  6. Research is showing more and more positive effects from meditation.  Using Reiki on ourselves or on situations is a meditation.  Whatever kind of Reiki you have studied, use the symbols and process to be still.  Reiki can help you release the mind chatter.  It can be relaxing and help you find the wisdom that is who you are.  It can help you be you.

While this is a mere start of the possibilities of Reiki as a daily life practice or philosophy, I am very interested in reading some of your experiences.  What is your experience with any of the above?  What else do you find useful?  Let’s share our Reiki wisdom.

I have scheduled Holy Fire Usui Reiki 1 and 2 and Master classes (priced in Canadian dollars) in April and May. For more information please check my web site at http://marieknapp.com


Marie Knapp EdD

Holy Fire Usui and Karuna Reiki Master

Reiki Dance: — finding all parts of yourself through guided dance and Reiki: May 10th

Reiki Dance

Reiki Dance Photo


Imagine a spring day at Rhythmwood. 

  •       Picture yourself in a small group of people who have also been attuned to Reiki energy.  They too love to move with music, and feel the energy flow from earth and spirit through them.
  •        See yourself being guided through movement and music to replenish your spirit and to share it with those around you — finding all parts of yourself through guided dance so you can be whole and connected to the flow of energy that unites us all
  •        No dance experience is needed, just a willingness to move and be moved.
  •       As long as you have been attuned to Reiki 1, no matter how long ago, you qualify.

Facilitators:             Wendy Roman and Marie Knapp

When:                       Saturday May 10th,  10:00 to 4:30

Where:                     Rhythmwood (near Lion’s head) 


Cost:                          $125  includes a delicious vegetarian lunch

Group:       Space is limited so we will only take 12 participants. 

                                    Register soon and avoid disappointment.

To Register: contact Marie Knapp                 marieknapp@rogers.com  

                        or Wendy Roman                          wendy@rhythmwood.ca

Please share this message with other Reiki people who may be interested in attending.  You may also wish to share the poster.  Link to poster:  click here

The Upper Four Chakras

Sometimes we tend to work with the chakras as though the upper ones are more important than the lower ones.  Last week I gave an overview of the three lower chakras.   We do ourselves a disfavour when we pay more attention to one area that the other. But we have a tendency to do just that. Just noticing what we are inclined to do is the first step to paying attention to all seven.

The heart is the middle or the fourth chakra. It plays a vital role in connecting the upper and lower chakras because it holds emotions. Living only in the upper chakras distances us for the real life we are meant to live and the heart helps us take our learning, both cognitive and spiritual from the upper chakras to the doing part of our lives in the lower ones. We can think about things constantly and nothing happens because it is just all in our heads. Likewise we can be spiritual, meditating and prayerful, without connecting it to the life we are intended to live through our lower chakras.

The 5th chakra is the throat chakra and it is very much a place for self-expression. Speaking our truth is important. We express ourselves through our voice, our smile and frown and through our hands in music, art, writing and more.  Of course this chakra cannot function independently. Who we are is lived through all the chakras so the throat chakra gives us the opportunity to share that outwardly. The second chakra is connected to our creativity. These two areas of our lives, related to the second and the fifth chakras, connect in our creative expression.

The sixth chakra is the Brow Chakra or the Third Eye. It is related to our thinking and visioning. We spend a lot of time here in our culture. On its own, it would be simply continual thinking and visioning and little action. It is when we bring our vision to the heart level, linking it to our emotions, that we are capable of taking it to the action level.

The seventh chakra is our crown chakra which is our connection to the divine and to our higher self … to our wisdom. One of the resources I use when talking about the chakras is “The Book of Chakras” by Ambika Wauters. Some of you will be familiar with this book because I have used it as a resource for some retreats and workshops you may have attended. Wauters writes,

“The Crown Chakra is the most elevated chakra in the system. It provides the means to deepen our indelible connection with the source of our being. Whether we wish to make this connection conscious is up to us. The link is there; we must only acknowledge it to experience it. There is nothing to be done to make this connection other than recognize it.”

Metaphorically, the different chakras represent different parts of ourselves which, when integrated represent a holistic model of who we are. Because there seems to be different life stages in which these chakras mature, it could be viewed as a developmental model or even another hierarchy of needs much like that described by Maslow.

Energetically, it seems that the wholeness of who you are functions at its best when the energy is flowing in a balanced way and the chakras are all working equally well. They all need our attention. When the body is in that balanced state, it is at its best for healing.
I would love to hear comments or questions from you.

The next two or three blogs will focus specifically on the Root Chakra but also include applications, what happens when it is not functioning well or is blocked and connections with other chakras.  Please feel free to invite others to sign up to receive the blogs in their email.

Reminder:   I still have room for 3 more participants in the Reiki 1 class that starts Sept 12th at 6:30 for 2 Thursday evenings.

I will also be offering the second level when that one is completed.  If you are interested in Level 2, please check my web site and contact me.

Till next time,


What a great response! Chakras are in!

Thanks to so many of you who took the time to send me a response.  I am delighted with your enthusiasm about the topic.  I also love the diversity of responses.

To those of you who are well versed in the chakras and yet still expressed an interest in a review, a different perspective and continuing interest in the topic, I am honoured.  I hope you will consider responding to what I write, adding your own experiences and perspectives to share what you know too.

To those of you who are relatively new to the idea, I thank you for your inspiring enthusiasm.  I think you will find it rather fascinating.  In particular I hope it will give you the opportunity to explore the topic more.  Please feel free to ask questions.  There will be others besides me who will be able to answer.

To those who are particularly interested in the metaphor of the chakras, thank you.  There is so much we don’t know yet.  Metaphors help us explore our humanness and wholeness in more depth.  Besides, I can no more show you a chakra that I can show you what a feeling or an emotion looks like.  We only know feelings by expressions and words of another.  But they are not spots in the body.  You can not touch an emotion just as you cannot touch a chakra.  However, you can subjectively feel emotions and some can also feel energy and flow.  More metaphors.  There is so much to learn.

To those particularly interested in self-care, this is great.  Learning about the chakras, even metaphorically, gives us the opportunity to be more self-aware.  It can give us a personal self assessment, giving us information for self-care.  Oh and there is so much more….

I am going to work out a regular schedule for sending out information re the Chakras.  Possibly Tuesday or Wednesday mornings.  I will know soon.  I will also send out other information re events, like Reiki classes. But those will not be as frequent.

On that note, I have three people registered for the Reiki Level 1 Thursday evening class in September.  My maximum is 6.  Please let me know if you are interested.

Enjoy the rest of August that feels like September.

Till next time,


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,


Your energy field

Our energy field is certainly an area of study that intrigues me and inspires me to learn more.  If the term energy is confusing to you, think of it in terms of the presence you bring to a situation, or perhaps the mood that surrounds you or the difficult to describe awareness you have of sometimes feeling uplifted and sometimes feeling low in spirits.

Having studied about the subtle energies through the Canadian Holistic Nurses Association (CHNA), I have become aware of the work of Martha Rogers who was a PhD Nurse decades ahead of her time and now deceased.  Rogers had a view of our energy fields that the CHNA uses as the underpinnings of the courses taught and the Standards of Holistic Nursing Practice visible on the CHNA web site (www.chna.ca).

Martha Rogers was brilliant, well-educated and came from a family of educated people.  While her theory is not scientifically based (no theories are) her strong academic background lends credibility to her writing.  She was born in 1914 in Texas and graduated from the Knoxville General Hospital School of Nursing in 1936.  She went on to graduate in Public Health Nursing in 1937 and Teachers College at Columbia University in 1945.  She attained a Masters in Public health from Johns Hopkins University in 1952 and a Doctorate from the same place in 1954.  Rogers died in 1994.

Rogers describes energy fields as the fundamental unit of everything. To me this means that even though we are unique in our energy fields, we can’t really be separated from the energy in the environment around us.  It explains the power of the culture on our personal growth and learning.

Rogers sees our personal energy field is constantly exchanging energy with the environmental field.  Since this is happening with everyone in the area, then we can see how our personal energy can be affected by the energy of those in our presence.  We know that we can help a person who is feeling stressed and scattered but deliberately centering our own personal energy and offering a connection with the other to help them settle their own energy field.

At the same time, a scattered or overly exuberant person can disrupt the energy of people in the room if the others do not consciously “hold their ground” (Interesting expressions we use)

Energy fields are vibrations.  There are patterns in the energy fields.  Some people suggest that this is how music and the vibrations within it affect our moods.  Vibration is an energy too.  Could this be why some vibrations such as that coming from wind turbines, can negatively impact the energy field of some people making them feel sick?  I don’t know the answer to this.

Working with energy is timeless and spaceless.  Can we even begin to grasp what this means?  Those who work with guided imagery, visualization, hypnosis, prayer, meditation, may have some concept of how these things are difficult to describe in words but definitely exist as a sense of awareness in some way.

According to Rogers, we are really at one with our environment.  We evolve together in a process that is somehow mutually connected.  We are not as disconnected from what is around us as some people would like to think.  we are individuals but not totally separate.  Compassion could be an example of interconnectedness.

It is interesting how we seem to always want to move toward a state of wholeness and harmony.  Our energy patterns do get disrupted and disorganized but we are inclined to make that better.  We choose different ways to make that happen.  For some it is activity and physical movement.  For others it is through music and art, or writing or walking in nature.

It also seems that we are continually learning new things, having new experiences and integrating them into our energy fields, rebalancing and reharmonizing our fields till we find a place of comfort.  We sometimes need help with the rebalancing.  Sometimes the external factors would be perceived as negative events, illness, conflict and such.  Stuckness with the field can lead to physical illness but getting help with rebalancing can help the body reach a place of energy flow that brings more peace, and an openness to new perspectives and healing.

As I continue to learn more about this, I will write more about it.  I want mostly to share my enthusiasm for this field of study and encourage anyone who wishes to learn more to continue reading.

Till next time,