Resitting classes

This past weekend Frans Stiene of the International House of Reiki was in Washington DC to give a talk and teach a Shinpiden class.  From time to time over the weekend my thoughts would shift towards the class and all the people in the class. I would wonder what they were talking about at that given moment. I know from the Shinpiden class I did in 2008 that they were experiencing something amazing and life changing. I wondered how many were re-sitting the class and getting even more out of it this time around from their continued practice since they last did the class. Though I know that I couldn’t have made the DC class, I was trying to get to the class being held next week in San Rafael California. A friend is going and we had hopes of fling there together and rooming together, sharing the rental car. Sadly I will not be able to attend next week, but with be thinking of them and knowing how much all those participants will come out of the class feeling blissful and excited for what’s ahead.  I had been planning on going to this class for months now. I had finally saved up the money with the help of our tax return to cover the cost of travel, lodging, food and the class.  The International House of Reiki offers a deep discount to past students making the choice to resit the class all the more enticing.

I have done pretty much all the web classes offered by my teachers and received additional support through emails and a couple of one on one Skype chats. I know the level and quality of teaching taking place in the Shinpiden classes. This is why I want to resit a class. I know that the more I practice and the more my teacher practices the next time in class I am able to gain so much more. I know I will have during the teachings or practices given ah-ha moments. I know this based on my experiences from the past teachings and support. If you have the chance to resit classes with a quality teacher I say do it! I offer each student the ability to resit the current level they are at. I want every student to go home, practice what tools and techniques they have learned and come back for a chance to go deeper within by resitting the class. Just like I tell students, friends, my kids and colleagues to re-read books and their manuals after they have been learning and practicing because they will gain a deep insight from doing this. I frequently re-read my manuals and books. Each and every time something has come up for me that gives me an ah-ha moment.  I see things in a different way as my practice grows and integrates new discoveries.  The same goes for resitting classes.

I will admit I am bummed I will miss out on the class next week. I think it stinks because I know the potential of the outcome of it all. I am trying to look on the bright side of things and know if I was truly meant to be in that class everything would have come together so I could be there. It didn’t so I move forward and think about the upcoming retreat I hope to go to. I put the money aside that I saved for the Shinpiden class. It is sitting waiting to be used for the retreat.  Once I had the money and details of everything figured out we announced to the kids I would be going away for a few days and that is when the issues came up. My youngest freaked out, became extremely attached and started waking up in the night and crawling into our bed.  It got to the point where he had to be touching me. We are taking steps to help him with the separation anxiety this brought up.  I did some major looking within and deep contemplating about whether I should go to the class or not. I talked with others seeking advice and opinions about the whole situation. You can imagine my dilemma. I wanted so much to go to this class, yet I knew on a deeper level my son could not bear to be away from me that long. Also my middle son was not happy about it either. I wasn’t sure how my oldest felt; he wasn’t sure how he felt about it. I contemplated how beneficial Reiki classes are, how it benefits not just me but those around me. Then I contemplated how young my son is emotionally and how attached he is to me. Both choices weighed heavy on my heart. The first choice being to leave my family for the first time ever for more than a day, the other of missing an amazing class and chance to grow and go deeper into my practice of the system of Reiki. In the end I decided to miss the class and hope he is in a better place and more able to handle me being gone for a few days in the months ahead for the retreat.  I decided that I need to help my kids get used to me going away for classes and retreats. My practice is my life and my life is my practice, it’s who I am, who I have become. My plan is to have my mom spend more time with my kids especially the youngest one. She takes him when I do treatments, and my husband takes them places when I am teaching so far it is working out, but I am looking into renting a space. That is a whole other blog post in itself.

I suggest if you are able to resit a class, go for it! If life circumstances get in the way of that contemplate your options. Seek advice and support from others. In the end look within and make your choice. See if you can make a future class or retreat and work towards that if you can’t make the immediate one. Through experiencing this I learned how much my practice means to me, how much my kids are a priority and how I can/will/need to balance both. So hopefully in a future post I will talk about the great time I had at the retreat. In the mean time I look forward to hearing about the class from a friend and seeing how it is for her. I hope she as well as everyone else in the class has an amazing, deep profound experience and fabulous time!

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.

WEBSITE: http://www.coloradoreiki.com/

TWITTER: http://twitter.com/coloradoreiki 

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/ColoradoReiki

Helping Japan in a time of need!

So I have been thinking of ways to help Japan. With the system of Reiki originating from Japan this devastation hits close to home for me. (beside knowing people from Japan) So I came up with a way to work with the system that has changed my life so much and also help it’s birth place and all beings there. ALL treatments and classes booked booked through my website: http://www.coloradoreiki.com/ and paid for in full from now (3-15-2011) to March 31, 2011 midnight I will donate 50% of the cost to Japan relief funds. I will make sure half the money goes to helping animals there and the other half to people. NO REFUNDS will be given. This way people can experience the system that has touched my heart and changed me in so many ways and also help a cause that greatly needs our help! I am looking for the right place to donate the money so it gets to the right people and and animals in need. If you have a place you trust for either humans or animals in Japan please share it with me!

If you could know one thing about me it’s that I LOVE the system of Reiki and what my practice has done for me, how it has changed me and my life. This seems like such a small way to help a BIG crisis, but every thing we can do to help we should. Japan and all of humanity is effected by this in ways yet to be seen.
Blessings,
Candice

2011 Class dates, more to come!

Thought I would share the 2011 class dates scheduled so far!  More to come!

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 time rather than getting it all in one weekend. 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. Part of this homework is to attend one practice night for both Shoden and Okuden and a minimum of 2 for Shinpiden. 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.

Class fees are as follows:

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 Saturdays 4 week series:  Noon –  4:00 PM

January 8, 15, 22 and 29 2011

February 12, 19, 26 and March 5 2011

April 23 and 30 with May 7 and 14 2011

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

Okuden level 2 Sundays 2 week series: Noon – 4:00 PM

January 16 and 23 2011

February 20 and 27 2011

March 6 and 13 2011

April 3 and 10 2011

May 8 and 15 2011

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 look out 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.

WEBSITE: http://www.coloradoreiki.com/
TWITTER: http://twitter.com/coloradoreiki
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/ColoradoReiki

The business side of offering treatments and training in the system of Reiki

This past weekend I watched live streaming video of a photography class with Creative LIVE and Tamara Lackey. Photography is a huge passion of mine. When I am behind the camera, I am completely in that moment, it is a form of meditation. Part of this wonderful class was a section on business. What does it take to run a business? Short answer: A LOT!

FACT: If you are offering treatments and classes for a fee or exchange of goods you are indeed running or conducting a business. That is sometimes hard to think of. A Spiritual Business.

The business side of offering Reiki treatments and classes, is often neglected in classes. It also seems to be a hot button issue when it comes to the amount we charge for what we do. There are many thoughts and beliefs about just exactly how much we “should” charge. There are the thoughts of Reiki is free for all to access, so we should give away treatments and teaching for free. Others opt to charge minimal fees, and some charge more than the majority of us can pay. There are many things to consider when setting up shop. There are all the legalities you have to think about.  Check with your state and maybe even a lawyer or small business office to help figure what you need to do to legally run your business. Things to think about: Taxes, business licenses, permits, insurance, certifications and I am sure there is more, much more.  I should state this is just me offering my thoughts, and not meant to take the place of real legal advice. Just think about what I have to say and see if anything pops up for you that you hadn’t thought of. Comment here if you want to add something you feel is important. The idea of this is to get us thinking about the business side of things. In determining prices in the photography class they talked about so many things, I could not keep up. I do remember a few key points and they are relevent to any business. Factor in your cost of goods, time, marketing, products, travel expenses, insurance costs, rent, taxes, etc. when determining your prices.  First and foremost you have to contemplate why you are doing this.  How much of an income do you really need from this? Are you doing this freely from your heart? Can you and your family get by if you offer your services for free or under what it costs you to run the business side of things? Are you okay with a loss of investment at the end of the year? Does any of that even matter to you? What matters more, high volume of people and treatments and classes at a low price or a low volume of clients and students with a high price or somewhere in between?  Are you planning on working at clients homes? Your home? Renting studio space? Will you charge travel fees? What will you do if someone wants to bring you into another town or state or country to teach?  Do you want to offer discounts? If so, then when and how much? Will you sell products like books or meditation supplies? That brings with it a whole bunch of tax questions and legalities to figure out. Remember each state and even each city has different policies and it is up to you to find out what is yours, and any other places you may do business in. 

This is a tricky topic not covered in most classes, but it is so very important to think about. Others things to consider are more personal, but affect your business. Like are you truly committed to your personal practice? My personal opinion on this is you HAVE to be, otherwise you are not giving clients and students the full benefit of the system.  By personal practice I mean utilizing the 5 foundational elements of the system of Reiki. Not just putting your hands on your body somewhere and drifting off to sleep. Don’t get me wrong that is a wonderful way to fall asleep, something I do nightly. To truly practice the system and get the most out of it for your self, those around you and your clients and students you should be working with the 5 elements daily. Things brings your connection to the system so much closer and deeper allowing you to assist clients and students that much more. And for yourself above anything to further progress in your development and growth!  Another thing you have to think about is how much time are you willing to put into your business, be realistic here. How much time do you really have to commit? Is there any personal situations that may interfere with you running your business. How will you work with that? What do you have in place if you are the sole care taker of your children and one gets sent home sick from school right before your next appointment or class? What if you homeschool, and there is suddenly a trip or activity your child wants to do more than anything and you have a class that day and time?  What if you don’t have kids, but another family member or friend becomes ill or in need of your assistance and time or? Also think about furry friends and babies that depend on us and what you will have in place if they have an emergency. What if you become ill? It does happen whether you practice daily or not. Another personal thing to think about is personal support and encouragement from your life partner and family, either chosen or by birth. Is everyone on board with you?  How will you deal with the fact that you may not teach as much as you had hoped for or give as many treatments as you want. Will you have patience and perseverance?

There are som many other things I know I have not covered, but I think this is a good starting off point to talk about the business side. I know I didn’t even touch on marketing or websites or brand building. Or even dealing with the fact that if you are offering treatments or classes that YES indeed you are running a business! PLEASE feel free to add your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, anything!  I am sure I will be back with more about the business side of things. There is so much to cover!