I am offically a Graduate Teacher of International house of Reiki!

If you have read past blog posts from me you know I am a committed student of the International House of Reiki.(IHReiki) I have been continuing to further my personal practice as well as teaching knowledge and experience through classes and support from Frans and Bronwen since my March 2008 Shinpiden class. The support and experience I have further gained from them through the years has helped me to take my practice and teachings deeper. I am beyond excited to be listed as a Graduate Teacher with IHReiki. The benefits of this also go along to my students! To see a list of benefits: http://www.ihreiki.com/about/teachers/graduate_teachers/
So if you take a class from a Graduate teacher you receive so many benefits from IHReiki! You will receive guidance from not only me, but also Frans Stiene! What an amazing opportunity! I am beyond thrilled to offer this to my students! I know first hand the amazing guidance I have received from Frans and IHReiki.

Love, Hugs and Blessings,

Candice

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Blessings,

Candice

It seems like it has been so long.

I have many blog posts that I have started and have yet to finish. I start to write something, then I question where I am going with the post and stop.

So this will be a catch up post, a little bit of everything going on in my life right now.

My practice is evolving and I am watching it to see where it goes.  I have let go of some attachments I have had to it.  In January I did two Dragon events with Frans.  This has changed and spurred my practice on.  I do have to say those days after the Dragon evening, my life was a bit difficult. I learned to let go of expectations and to go with the flow. I learned that though I thought I had reached  a place in my practice and my self growth that there are indeed many more layers to grow. I didn’t think I had reached the end, just somewhere else than I currently am. I knew from past experience that after a heavy night or weekend of practice the best thing I could do was relax, drink lots of water and keep on practicing. Eventually things settled down and I find myself where I am at today. I can’t really say exactly how my practice has changed, but it has and so has my attitude about it. I don’t feel as restricted to how I used to think it should be. I find my approach more playful and loose and not so serious. Don’t get me wrong, I am serious about it, but more open minded about it, if that makes sense.

I have set up a clear schedule that works with my family for treatments and teaching.  Through my practice I have also made a choice to start a photography business. It is something that I have always wanted to do, but fear was holding me back. As I shed layers of fear, I am able to go for things I previously would not have thought possible. I owe this to my practice. I love photography, it means so much to me and I am thankful to start this venture.  I have thought of doing this for a while, but always held the intent that if it would interfere with my Reiki “business” (business meaning: treatments and classes-though it’s not a job- how could it be when I love it so much?)  I would not pursue it at all. My Reiki “business” has never been about how much money I could make, it’s about growing and helping facilitate growth in others. With my oldest having special needs and a lot of his “help” (therapies, etc.) are out of pocket expenses, what better way to earn money than doing something that I love?  Sometimes I ask myself, with all of my families needs am I crazy to think I can balance family, my Reiki “business” and a photography business? Through my practice I see that YES it is possible. Through my practice I have learned about balance. Through my practice I learned how to be true to myself. With all this I am confident I can balance all of it. I figure, I practice everyday anyway and will teach the system of Reiki for as long as people come to learn, adding in photography will help my family with expenses. It will also let me do something I have long dreamed about and never thought I could do based on fears, which layers of that fear have been shed.  So I am going to go for it!  I will always continue to be dedicated to my practice and the system of Reiki. I will be there for my family and I will offer a service to others offering the gift of capturing a moment in time. I know just like my practice this new venture will have twists and turns. What I also know is that my practice will be there too, supporting me in all that I do.  I am thankful for this opportunity.  I am thankful to grow. I am thankful for my family and their support. I am thankful for my teachers. I am thankful for my practice.

Something else I have been thinking about is how to get myself to a Shinpiden class with Frans when he comes to the states.  His schedule is pretty consistent as to when he comes and what time of the year he will be close enough to possibly make it. The kids keep getting older. As we work with our oldest, we want to get to a place that would make that possible with out taking the whole family with me.  A goal I have always carried since the 2008 Shinpiden class I took has been to help create a community of Usui Reiki Ryoho practitioners that is thriving. Through this we can support each other. Through having a growing URR community another goal I have had since that fateful weekend was to have Colorado become an annual stop on Frans’ teaching schedule in the states. (hint, hint Frans) 🙂 I look forward to the day that this happens!  To get there I will continue to offer classes and treatments, I know other URR teachers and they are doing amazing things to grow our community!  I love it so much! As I look at other communities, I know we will get there! I know that there are many, many practitioners and teachers here, just not many URR ones. This is my heart, this is what changed my life, has helped me through many trying times and supported my growth on this path called life. As I continue to offer classes and treatments my connection to the system grows, it allows me to see and feel the connection to all sentient beings. I strive to help facilitate this in each student or client that comes for a class or treatment.

Lastly I want to say that you should look into getting Bronwen’s latest CD from Sounds True: http://www.amazon.com/Reiki-Relaxation-Guided-Healing-Meditations/dp/1604076704/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1330476407&sr=8-5

It’s great! It gets you into such a relaxed state!

If you have any questions about the system of Reiki, are interested in a class or treatment, or want to know where to go for more information PLEASE feel free to contact me colorado reiki (at) live (dot) com! Also I love reading what you have to say! Add a comment!

Love, Hugs and Blessings,

Candice

Going with the flow

I have learned from past experiences that going with the flow is so much easier than trying to swim upstream. Having a focused and aware practice can bring a sense of peace and calm as you go with the flow. Of course the stream may not take you where you thought you were headed or where you really wanted to go. I find that the flow is always changing, sometimes quick and deep, slow and low, or any mixture in between. Having my practice eases the vastness of the flow of life. Things are yet again changing around here. I have a space to work from, as this rolls out I am learning what things I really like and want for my business side of my Reiki practice. I am learning a lot about myself. I am learning that sometimes the flow takes us to people or experiences we could not imagine. I can’t explain how much easier life gets when you live in each moment. I guess that is the big picture and what it means to go with the flow, it means to live in each moment. Within each moment we have no worry or fear as in that very instance everything is as it should be, flowing as it should. This is the mindset and way of being I am going to be in as much as possible as things change around here. Changes in class schedules, format, times prices and availability, pretty much everything is getting an overhaul as I go with the flow.
Blessings,
Candice

Things are looking different around here!

Lately I have been feeling like I am going through some major changes. I have been feeling like many things in my life are in need of an overhaul. New blog theme, I love it!

 With my practice I am making the steps to make changes all around, both personal and professional.  My personal practice has changed, it’s focused has changed somewhat. I am steadily walking the path in whatever direction it leads me. Sometimes here, sometimes there. I know I am where I should be.  I have found a space to do treatments and hold classes.  It’s an interesting story about how I came to this place. Last summer my husband was having some back issues again. We were at the local Vitamin Cottage, it was a busy and hot Saturday. Luckily we were there at the same time as the massage therapist was there offering chair massage. I told Aaron to get a massage while the boys and I shopped. Turns out Aaron who is always looking to help me out asked the massage therapist if she had a space. She said yes and she had a room she would be renting out. After his massage, which he loved, he came over to me and said I should meet the massage therapist. So I went to her we chatted and exchanged cards and information. I had a good feeling, but at the time things at home were in transition. As usual I was focusing a lot on my kids and school. It was the first year my oldest would be in school, he was always homeschooled. With also having a little one at home full-time with me, I was not ready to talk about getting a space full-time or even part-time. The way I have things set up works around my husbands schedule so when I teach he has the kids. When I do treatments, those are planned around my moms work schedule so she can watch my youngest. Can you see how this is going? Juggling around everyone elses schedules was not really what I had in mind. At least I am able to offer treatments and teach even if the timing and scheduling are not ideal for me. We have been making it work so far. It’s just not my idea of professional level service, they way I want it to be. I have been open to it as well as being open to the thought of the day I can move to a more fixed schedule. This fall those days are coming! My youngest starts school! All 3 kids will be in school, and I am really excited about that. That is huge for me, once I found homeschooling I thought the boys would never be in school. That is a whole other post  though. Come the fall I will have set days for treatments and my classes are already scheduled for the rest of the year. Things are starting to come together. I can feel and sense the changing coming from this and everything else. It will be so nice to not have to have the family leave the house when I am doing Reiki activities.  

Change is always happening and with the support of my practice it helps guide me and ease the transitions I would have normally(pre practice days) had a really, really hard time moving through.  I look forward to what the future may hold, knowing whatever it is I am ready to flow with it and do what I can to just be in each moment.

As always I would love to hear your thoughts or comments! Tell me do you like the new theme? What are changes you are going through right now? How are you addressing the changes and what is helping you ease into the transitions?

Blessings,

Candice

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2011 Class dates April to December

 

Class routines have changed! Shoden classes are now held over 2 weeks. Fridays 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM and Saturdays Noon – 4:00 PM (Two Friday/Saturdays in a row) Okuden classes continue to be held on Sundays. ***PRICES GO UP APRIL 1, 2011!***

Go to the classes page of my website to sign up!  http://www.coloradoreiki.com/classes.htm  

And read more about classes on my FAQ page: http://www.coloradoreiki.com/FAQ.htm

Colorado Reiki, LLC offers classes in all 3 levels within the Usui Reiki Ryoho branch/lineage: Shoden, Okuden and Shinpiden.

Classes are spread out over two weeks rather than one weekend for Shoden and Okuden, Shinpiden is a minimum of 6 weeks. I strive to help students create a daily self-practice routine, and delve deeper into the system of Reiki. The classes are spread out to allow time between each class for the student to really work with the system. Students are able to come to the next class with any questions that may have arisen since the last class. To receive a certificate homework or self-work is assigned and must be completed. It is asked that you read The Japanese Art of Reiki before your Shoden class. For Okuden it is asked that you read before your class The Japanese Art of Reiki (if you are not a returning Colorado Reiki, LLC student), Your Reiki Treatment, A-Z of Reiki Pocketbook all by Bronwen and Frans Stiene. For Shinpiden all of the above books listed plus The Reiki Sourcebook by Bronwen and Frans Stiene. Certificates will not be given unless the course and all course work are completed. You will receive a manual written by The International House of Reiki founders Bronwen and Frans Stiene. (My teachers)

*Class fees are as follows: PRICES GO UP APRIL 1, 2011!

 *Shoden 4 days over a 4 week time period: $135 -50% non-refundable deposit due at time of sign up

 *Okuden 2 days over a 2 week time period: $270 -50% non-refundable deposit due at time of sign up

 *Shinpiden 6 days over a 6 week period: $400 -50% non-refundable deposit due at time of sign up

To learn more about each course please see the FAQ page: http://www.coloradoreiki.com/FAQ.htm

Please inquire about group discounts available for each class.

The 50% non-refundable deposit due at time of sign up can be used towards a future class if unable to make registered class.

You will find Pay Pal Payment options on the classes page: http://www.coloradoreiki.com/classes.htm    If you would like to pay for the class in full you can. You may also use the Pay Pal Payment option for the 50% deposit payment and the remaining balance.

UPCOMING CLASSES:

Shoden Level 1:  2 Friday/Saturdays in a row- Fridays 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM Saturdays Noon – 4:00 PM

April 23 and 30 with May 7 and 14 2011 (Last 4 week Saturdays only session)

June 10, 11, 17 and 18 2011

 July 29, 30 and August 5 and 6 2011

 September 16, 17, 23 and 24 2011

 November 4, 5, 11 and 12 2011

 December 2, 3, 9 and 10 2011

 *Full payment $135.00 50% down payment $67.50 remaining balance $67.50

Okuden level 2: Sunday’s 2 week series: Noon – 4:00 PM

April 3 and 10 2011

May 8 and 15 2011

June 12 and 19

 July 31 and August 7

 September 18 and 25

 November 6 and 13

 December 4 and 11

 *Full payment $270.00 50% down payment $135.00 remaining balance $135.00

SHINPIDEN (Level 3)

Email Candice to set up a class schedule for Shinpiden, taught over a minimum of 6 weeks or minimum of 24 hours of training.

Full payment $400.00 50% down payment $200.00 remaining balance $200.00

*All Class Dates and routines and rates subject to change.

Be on the lookout for workshops and retreat days to be announced!

*Private teaching for groups and one on one training available for all levels.

For any questions you might have feel free to contact me, leave a comment or message me through Facebook or Twitter.

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The most important part of my practice is my practice!

          A big lesson I keep learning is that no matter what comes up my daily self-practice is what really matters.  Above and beyond creating a successful teaching and treatment business is making the commitment to myself. Sometimes I get side tracked with trying to expand and build the business side of my practice. I love teaching and offering treatments, though neither happens as much as I would like them to! I know that in time when the time is right it will all work out. It will as long as I am setting the intent and acting on that intent to implement all the ideas I have in my head. I notice I start to focus more outwardly rather than inward on myself. I keep practicing, but there seems to be an air of more importance on building the business side over my self-growth. This is where I get into trouble. When I lose sight of the fact that the most important aspect of the system is personal growth and development. Usui created this system as a way for people to work on themselves in a simple easy to follow method.

          At the core of the system it is a spiritual practice. That is what this blog is about, my journey on my spiritual path with the system of Reiki. Losing sight of this anyone can run into trouble, having the focus outwards we miss so many opportunities for growth. Last night as I was meditating this blog post came to me. I think partly because I have conversations about this often. And just this week I had an email exchange about this topic. I have also had email discussions about this with my teacher when I wonder and ask why it is not all coming together and what I can do. I get gentle reminders that it will come when the time is right if I keep on planning and scheduling things, and above all that, that I remain focused on my personal practice.

          I have been looking within myself a lot more lately in a willingness to open myself up to my true nature. (The whole point of my practice) I know that I cannot get to and be in a space of non-duality without dedication and practice. When I think about it, almost nothing comes immediately to a person. We have to work on it to either keep up the practice and space created or to go deeper. It doesn’t matter what it is. Bike riding, photography, crochet, computers, we have to keep learning or applying what we gained through experience to move along the path. Beginners mind AGAIN!  This comes up all the time more and more it seems. So I guess what I am trying to say is don’t forget that a personal practice is the center of this system. Something I need to remind myself from time to time. How far can we get without it? How can we work with others whether teaching or doing treatments without our own personal practice? I have no idea!

          The deeper we go within, the more doors open up for us in ways we cannot even imagine. More and more layers are revealed to us shedding more and more light on to our true selves, making our sparkling diamond shine even brighter. I gain so much from my practice even though at times I feel like it seems to be taking forever to get to be where I want to be. This is where taking stalk of all I gave gained and accomplished comes in handy. I take a really good look at my life. I ask questions like: How have I changed? What have I done to make this or that happen? Am I satisfied with where I am? How has my practice affected others around me? Usually after doing this I feel better about all of it.

          I know I will continue to strive to build the business and teaching side of the system. I know I will be able to handle what happens with that either way because I have a solid personal practice which matters more. It’s the only way I even feel comfortable about doing treatments or teaching. I wouldn’t be able to offer either without a strong commitment to myself and my practice and I think that is the way it should be. I also know there will still be times when my focus shifts from inner to outer, though I hope it will be less frequent. Ask yourself, what is your main focus within your practice?

As always please add comments and reply! I would love to hear from you!

Blessings,

Candice

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