My teachers Journey, Frans goes to Japan

 http://www.elephantjournal.com/2012/08/the-spiritual-journey-of-the-reiki-teachers-teacher-frans-stiene/   So grateful he is my teacher, I continue to delve deeper with his guidance and support. I feel truly blessed to be his student. Frans has a commitment to taking the system to it’s roots that is palpable. He inspires me to keep going, keep practicing and keep teaching in my own truth. I gladly share this article of his experiences from a recent trip to Japan to take his practice and knowledge deeper. I feel he did this trip not only for himself, but the greater Reiki community and the world.

Love, Hugs and 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

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

Classes: http://www.coloradoreiki.com/classes.htm

Treatments: http://www.coloradoreiki.com/Sessions.htm

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

Some good links for you!

Thought I would share some links, take a look at them and see if they help you on your path! I plan to add more to this post as I get more links I want to share!

http://www.shibumireiki.org/

http://reiki.net.au/

http://www.shelteranimalreikiassociation.org/blog/

http://reikiinmedicine.org/reiki-blog/

http://www.reikiwellspring.com/ 

http://oceanenergywellness.com/

http://www.kestonnaturalhealth.co.uk/

http://www.mobilereikitherapy.net.au/

and of course my sites:

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

Blessings,

Candice

So many ideas of what Reiki and the system of Reiki mean, A look at my journey for facts. (and my ideas for the future)

Browsing the internet I come across many, many variations of not only the word Reiki, but the definition of the system as a whole. For someone looking into this Spiritual practice for the first time it can be really confusing. I can remember when I first heard the word Reiki. It was on an online forum for pregnant moms who had “due dates” all in the same month. Someone mentioned how they wanted to learn Reiki and couldn’t find a teacher they liked. I thought to myself. “Hmm wonder what it is sounds neat.” This was in 2001, the info on the internet was not very clear as to what the system was and what the word meant. At the time the founder of the system Usui Mikao (written traditionally) was widely called Dr. Usui and said to be Christian. I was excited though even reading about the little bit of what I could find.  Jump ahead to 2004 when I took my first level 1 class. I was amazed and enthralled by this practice and knew immediately I would want to share this with EVERYONE and ANYONE! I knew I would someday become a teacher. I can remember clearly the day a friend came to our house and I told  him the story I was taught, and in that moment I felt funny repeating it, it didn’t  make sense. Even for what little knowledge I had about Japan and Japanese history, it didn’t fit. I knew I had to continue my practice and also keep seeking out more FACTS. I say FACTS and not TRUTH because I believe truth is relevent to each individual based on their life experiences. FACT is FACT. I needed concrete knowledge. Still the internet at this time was full of misinformation. I don’t think that anyone was misrepresenting the system on purpose, but passing down what they learned and practiced.  I still believe that this is true today. I kept furthering my knowledge and taking classes. I took my level 1 again with level 2 in a weekend in Sedona, Az. in 2005. Sedona is amazing, the trip and class was life changing. In 2006 I ventured up to Fort Collins and took the Advanced Reiki training and Master training. I could never wrap my head around the term master though and still do not use the term. But was really excited to be at the teacher level so I could begin working towards teaching others this life changing system.  The deeper I got into the system the more I craved fact. Though new information was out there by this time, I still felt like something was missing though I didn’t know what. I knew that this practice was so much more than the hands on healing that was really the only thing I saw people promoting. I really didn’t see anyone stating what an amazing SELF practice it is. Then dant, dant da, na!!! I found The Reiki Sourcebook by my teachers Bronwen and Frans Stiene! Okay so I already knew the system of Reiki was a life changer, let me tell you, this book was just as much of a life changer as the system! I read it in a matter of days and immediately knew I had to take a class with Bronwen and Frans. I emailed them about coming to Colorado, and how to make a class happen. They replied with someone was putting together a class in Colorado Springs, details to come. I tried really, really hard not to email them constantly to know more. I don’t know if they saw it the same way, but in retrospect I think I may have emailed them more than I needed to. Some may call it hounding, I call it consistent inquiry. He, he, he. I tried hard not to bug the hosts of the class either, again I say with consistent inquiries, not hounding.

 March 2008 LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE!!! Within the first 20 minutes of the Shinpiden class, I knew I had found the missing piece to my puzzle! I can remember breaking for lunch and telling my husband this was it, this is what I have been missing!!! I am so grateful for the research and work that Bronwen and Frans have put into their books, teachings, and life to bring the roots of the system to the forefront of the teachings, where the focus of the system should be.  I know that there are more and more practitioners and teachers seeking out the facts and roots of the system as they were taught and practiced to the best of our knowledge by Usui Mikao. I do know as time goes on more facts about the system will come out. I can say that I think it helps immensely to educate ourself about the era and country where the system was founded. It helps to give us an idea of what Usui Mikao was surrounded by and how the elements relate to other aspects of the culture during that time period in that specific location of the world. This alone will help someone to see what a completely Japanese practice this is, though any one in any place in the world can benefit from its practice.

Okay so this brings me back to the internet and browsing and finding so much misinformation about FACT.  An example of this, I was looking at Traditional Reiki stuff on a social networking site. Someone said that Hatsurei ho and Joshin Kokyu ho were the exact same technique. This is misinformation. FACT- they are not the same technique, though Joshin Kokyu ho is a PART of Hatsurei ho they are not the same technique. In my quest to know as much as I can about the system of Reiki I have searched and read many, many sites. Many of these have a very different views of what the system is. Sadly most sites focus on hands on healing and not the spiritual side which for me is the main focus of my practice. Why does any of this even matter? Well it matters to me because I know there are many people coming to the internet to find out more information about the system. What a confusing situation for these people. I know, I was one of them. I deeply believe everyone will find the right branch of the system for them. My only wish is that each branch clearly state what is from the roots of the system and what has been added on over the years. Like I said before, I do not think anyone is intentionally passing on misinformation on purpose. I feel though that we in the Reiki community need to come together as a whole and put some factual information together for anyone new coming to the system. What is and isn’t the foundational practices and why we incorporate non foundational practices in under the name Reiki. We as a whole need to recognize that the word Reiki literally translated means SPIRITUAL ENERGY, and see how that relates to the system as a Spiritual practice. Also as a whole we need to educate ourself about the life and time of the founder of the system. Like I said before when we do this we can see how the system is truly a Japanese practice. This will help people see where many add ons like Chakras while they are very good systems and practices they are not a part of the roots of the system and do not belong under the system of Reiki.  Of course this is MY personal desires for the directions of the system. Everyone has their own truth and this is mine. I have searched out facts and continue to do so. I read as much as I can about Japanese culture, I keep in contact with my teachers and keep taking classes to learn more. I know more facts will come to the surface and they main change the global view of the system. Maybe all the practices under the name of the system of Reiki that are not truly the foundation of the practice will fall away from the name or gain a new name, and the foundational practices backed by facts will be what the system is known for globally! A unified community of teachers and practitioners! This thought makes me so happy, you have no idea!Afterall isn’t that what the system is about? Oneness and non-duality. If you want to know more about what is a foundational practice and what has been added on and from what branch I  can not recommend enough The Reiki Sourcebook by Bronwen and Frans Stiene. I know of no other book or resource besides their website to go for FACTUAL, RESEARCHED information about the system of Reiki .
I know you may not agree with me about any of this that is fine. I am hoping to open up conversation and thoughts about the system that may have not been brought up for you before, or maybe they have and now is the time for you to begin your search for the FACTS! I will say once again, every being finds what is right for them in that exact moment. In this moment this is what is my truth and right for me. I can not say it will or will not change later. Right after my first level one class I was on a completely different path than I am now. I wish you well on your search for facts! I say don’t give up, remain open and what you need will come when you work from the right intentions. Feel free to email me, comment here if you want to know more or want to say you think I am wrong or right or whatever you feel like saying to me or asking me!
Blessings,
Candice