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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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

Reiju, practice, growth and inspiration

Last night at a meetup, someone mentioned someone else was really into Reiju. My quick reply was so am I. What this meant was that I really like Reiju. I find it to be a wonderful experience allowing me to go deeper into my practice and my self. What I did not mean by this statement was that I think Reiju is more powerful or superior over the other elements of the system or that it should be the emphasis of the practice. Some thoughts around Reiju are things like without Reiju you can not practice hands on healing. When you look at the history of hands on healing you can see it has been practiced from the dawn of time and it is not something new or unique to the system of Reiki. Another thing I did not mean by that statement was that Reiju should be the only element of practice. Each element that makes up the system of Reiki is a way for us to connect with ourselves on a deeper level. I don’t think I could choose which element was better to work with/practice or utilise than the others.(Though I lean towards the Precepts being the ultimate.) Each is great for meeting certain needs of each individual practitioner based on their own life history and experiences. Some will be drawn to certain practices and elements than others. I am drawn to the Precepts, and jumon techniques and Reiju, that doesn’t mean I don’t use the other elements. It just means those are the ones I am like using the most right now and getting a lot from at the moment. I am sure it will change, and I am open to that. I think by being open and listening to yourself and the guidance of your teacher you can go deeper within.

One reason I have been into Reiju a lot lately is because I am doing the Reiju/Attunement class with Frans Stiene my amazingly fantastic teacher. The level he is at spiritually is inspiring. It helps show me with commitment to my practice I can get there too one day.  We have had 2 weeks of class and homework to do. This has brought me a deeper understanding fo Reiju and its practice. I know there is so much more to internalize and see on my own, but the class really helps point you in the right direction for contemplation and real practice. In week one of the class I learned some things that I hadn’t previously known about the history of Reiju. It helps make my personal thoughts and feelings on the subject click with what is known. This was great!

I know I can always go deeper and there is still so much to experience and that my practice still has a ton to teach me. I know with dedication/devotion to my practice I may one day get to the spiritual level of Usui Sensei or Frans. It’s a goal of mine and not for my ego-though it would love to be able to say I am an accomplished spiritual practitioner-the ego won’t have much hold then, though (a whole other post). It is a goal because of the benefits of the practice and being at that level spiritually is beautiful and amazing and the way we handle and experience life there looks wonderful. It’s a place I want to be all the time! So it’s up to me to practice, practice, practice all the elements of the system, no one else can get me there! (Though guidance and support from amazing people certainly helps!) I already see and live the benefits from my practice now, and can only imagine what it could be like with continued practice by looking at those who have been there before and continue to grow and go deeper themselves.

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

Moving From Within

           I decided to write on here instead of into my handwritten journal I keep. I just finished a meditation session.  I feel like I want to talk about something that I feel happening to me more often than not lately. It seems to be increasing each time.  I really feel a connection to my practice and with that connection there seems to be a free-flowing movement from within. I often feel like I am in the ocean and waves are gently carrying me as I float freely. I cannot recall the first time this happened, but it has been going on for quite some time now. Some days it feels really strong like the ocean waters are rough and choppy. Other days it feels very calm and still, and still some fall somewhere in between the two.  Any way it happens I feel guided from within to just be and let my body move as it needs. It often feels like it is being guided by the energy. This reminds me of a technique we teach in Shoden called Reiki Undo. I love this technique and find the more you do it and allow yourself to let go the more freely your body moves. Of course you must take safety precautions when doing moving meditations as to make sure that if you fall you won’t hurt yourself and that you won’t knock anything over with your movement.

          This past weekend I got together with a friend and we did some meditation then Reiju for each of us then treatments too. It seems that when I was in the chair for Reiju I was swaying around. As I sat with my eyes closed fully open to receive whatever it is that I needed at that time I felt the same movement from within. During Reiju I don’t open my eyes so I didn’t know that I was actually moving. Afterwards though when I was told this, I got to thinking how many times I have sat with my eyes closed in meditation in the movement thinking I was probably really moving all those times too. I usually have my eyes half-open with a soft focus. I find it keeps me more aware of what I am doing and is another focusing tool. We have a new carpet and it has a bold print on it and I find this distracting lately though so I have been choosing the eyes closed method of meditation.

Either way eyes closed or slightly open feeling the movement and floating freely really allows me to be fully open to whatever it is that I may need.  I can say that I love the feeling. Letting the movement come naturally and freely is the key to really being in that open oneness space. We must not try to force movement or attach to it. I do not go looking for it within my practice; I simply allow it to happen if it needs to. This falls in line with what I have been learning in the symbols and mantras class with The International House of Reiki. I adore my teacher, he is completely dedicated and full of wisdom and guidance and support for his students. We talked about something that was brought up in the meditations webclass, but it wasn’t until this one where it became a direct experience for me. (That ah-ha moment from previous posts) Well I find that the movement really comes within the second aspect of what we learned. When we just sit after having used a tool from the system of Reiki, whether it is techniques or meditations, it’s in that just sitting place where I am discovering what lies within. Discovering within not only myself, but the practice as a whole takes place during this just sitting space. It is within this space that I can float freely in the ocean of Reiki. I feel like I am gaining so much wisdom from within myself through my practice lately it is unbelievable! I also feel like I am making so many connections! Next time you are sitting in meditation if you have an urge to move, go for it and see what happens, don’t resist it. *Of course be safe and take the necessary precautions so no one gets hurt. If you have a condition that does not allow for this then please do not try it. I wouldn’t want to hear about anyone getting hurt from falling or anything.  Go deep within yourself and see what you find!

Blessings,

Candice

As always classes taught by me can be found here: http://www.coloradoreiki.com/classes.htm

Info for treatments here: http://www.coloradoreiki.com/Sessions.htm

And my teacher’s site can be found here: http://www.reiki.net.au/

I urge you to please leave a comment, even if it says “read it” or “loved it” or “Boo, didn’t like it” Please share your thoughts! I love hearing from others!

The flu!

This past week my family, minus one had the flu. I am getting better slowly but surely. Boy can I tell you my practice came in handy. The first few days when I could only lay down with body aches and all the usual flu goodies I kept my hands in constant contact with my aching head. Sometimes I would move them to other areas as I felt the need. What a gift to give myself at a time I really needed care and love! I would also do some breathing techniques and on a day or two of feeling like I could be upright and out of bed I even did my Jumon techniques/meditations. Now my voice hurts too much to do them today. I am sure I will be back at it again tomorrow though! I tell the students I have taught, it’s in the times when things are crazy when we need to stick to our practice. Of course it helps to do it all the time, even making/learning life is our practice. This post though is about the flu and the comfort of having this wonderful spiritual practice to call on and rely on when you just plain ol’ feel like poo! I had forgotten how awful you could feel with this illness. I felt bad for my family and every chance I got I would offer Reiki treatments or tell them to do one for themself as we all laid around.

Over the years I have seen my Reiki practice mold and shift to fit me exclusively like a glove. It has a beautiful way of fitting exactly how you need it at any moment in time when you are open and aware of it. I know many people who use prayer or other spiritual practices to get them through hard times and for me my practice is just like that. In times when we are feeling so awful and hurting from illness, our practice is something that can lift the dark clouds away and show the light or who we truly are. It can guide us to where we need to go. It is a reminder of who I am and where I am headed. Using the elements of the system of Reiki as focus tools while feeling so bad with the flu helped me stay in the present moment and just be. And truth be told hit helped me know that there would be a light at the end of this. I guess you could say that my practices helped me see the positive in this whole family (minus 1) getting the flu.  I was able to be grateful that we were not as sick as a few years ago, when I think we all had H1N1. That time was just horrendous. It gave me something to do that was positive, and made me feel like I could help my family even just a bit. Imagine being a mom and feeling as awful as your children and wanting them to feel better. Knowing they felt pretty close to the way you felt and wanting to offer comfort to them. That is when I would lay with them and do some hands on or sometimes hands off if we were feverish.  It’s a great way as a parent to know that it helps bring comfort to your little ones not only in times like these, but whenever.

I think I will stop here for now. I need to lay down again,and drink some more water. To sum it all up: My practice has helped not only me but my family as a whole as we went through the flu together. I am grateful to have it not only in times of good, but also in bad. We really shouldn’t label things as good or bad though that is a whole other post I will write soon!

Blessings,

Candice

Chanting

I came across this on Twitter and thought it was interesting:http://www.shiftyourlife.com/2010/the-science-behind-mantra-chanting-by-jonathan-goldman/

 I practice chanting jumon with my daily practice. There is s group of us who meet monthly to chant together and boy is it FANTASTIC! I have had many great experiences with chanting. I absolutely love it and the effects it has had on my life. I wouldn’t know where to begin. Maybe in a later post I will write more about what I get from this practice after I contemplate and put the words to my feelings.

Blessings,

Candice