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.
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.
Continuing your practice when things are going smooth and time is abundant is easy. When times shrinks down and things get rough that is when it is so important to keep your practice going. I can say for sure without a shadow of a doubt that my practice has carried me through difficult times. It has even made the difficult times not so difficult. I can not say that this is how it is for every practitioner out there, but it is my truth and experience. Living in a world where there is so much turmoil and tragedy that takes place it is wonderful to have a spiritual practice. Practicing the system of Reiki is just that, a spiritual practice. Yes you can just focus on hands on healing, but so much more can be gained, learned, changed and experienced when utilizing the 5 elements that make up the system of Reiki. Using all 5 elements creates a spiritual practice that can bring you back to balance facilitate healing on all levels and generally make life easier to handle. I absolutely love my practice and the adventures it has taken me on. Sometimes not always rainbows and happiness, it can help you go to dark places within and release those things. With a consistent daily practice I always feel supported. Besides the joy I get from my practice the next best thing is teaching others how to practice and use the 5 elements of the system of Reiki. Watching other people and their journey unfold is great. I love supporting students in their adventure with the system. I always say though that the best teacher is your own experience and you only get that experience if you are consistently practicing.I can teach you how to use the system and it’s elements, it is you who has to put the time in and practice. At some point it becomes who you are. The line between your practice and life diminishes. Of course I have to say that it isn’t always easy to stay committed. Being in each moment helps. It’s far better to just think of committing to it for 1 day or week at a time than many years or months. Bring it down to a smaller reference of time and that will make it easier. Join Reiki groups, meet with your teacher often or at least stay in contact with them. Re-read your manuals and other books about the system to help keep your interest going. This also helps you to gain new insights too! Take re-fresher courses, get a Reiki treatment. Keep the system relevant to your life and you will want to practice for all the benefits you see happening. Keep a journal and from time to time read it too. You will see that changes are taking place no matter how big or small, they are happening and you can use this a motivation to keep up your practice. Most importantly keep going, keep practicing, keep at it especially when you don’t think you have the time or patience. (That is when you need it the most!) Here’s to having a daily practice! Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have! If you want guidance about how to keep up your practice further, want to book a class or treatment or have any other question about the system of Reiki contact me! https://coloradoreiki.wordpress.com/contactme/ I love hearing from you! I love talking about the system of Reiki. I love teaching and doing treatments. I love it all!
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Checking in, looking and observing where I’ve been and where I am headed. Lately I have been contemplating the questions: Why am I practicing the system of Reiki? What am I getting from it? How has it changed? As I have been thinking about these questions I have been taking a good long look at myself, my practice, and my reactions to life in general. Then last Monday I decided to listen to the Meditations tele class. I was able to listen to all of week one and some of week two. I even did the meditation from the class. What came up for me was a confirmation of those same answers that I got when asking the above questions. Then a funny thing happened, on the recording we go around talking about our experiences so I was able to hear myself talk about what came up for me in the meditation back when we first did the class. It was interesting and useful to me. I was able to see how things had slightly changed from that class to now. I was also able to see some of my own growth from this. It was nice to know I had gone deeper with my practice and had a different sense in why I practice in the first place. I think it is a good thing to look at ourselves and see where we are and were. In looking at myself I see that I am able to approach the new school year with much less worry than I did last year. Even with this being a huge year for the family all three kids are now in school. Of course I had the feelings of separation from my youngest that up until now had never spent more than a few hours here and there away from me. I did amazingly well that first day of school, I cried only after they let the kindergartners in the class. Much, much better than I or anyone else who knows me had thought I would do. As we are in week 2 of school, I am able to enjoy my time home alone. I am working on my classes, and future workshops, meditating a lot more throughout the day. Even with only a week and 2 days down I can see my practice going deeper already. I am seeing how I am changing and dealing with things that come up in a much calmer easier manner. I am becoming more humble as I see my practice unfold in unison with life. So I ask you to look at yourself and see where you are and how that has changed from where you were. Be grateful for the changes even the smallest change matters. It doesn’t have to be these huge grand things we think of when thinking about how our life is better or could be better, it’s all the small things that add up to big things that matter most. To answer a question you may have for me: Why do I practice? Well it’s really simple, I like myself a whole lot more when I practice. I feel a deeper connection to my true essence. I feel more aware, open and expanded from my practice. I anger and worry less, and when I do it’s not like it used to be. It makes me feel humble, and helps me be compassionate; in essence it helps me live the Precepts as close as I can.
I can not remember the year, wish I did. I am trying to remember, it could have been 2002 maybe. I had already heard about Reiki, but wasn’t focused yet on learning or finding a teacher. My mother in law would go for facials and decided to gift me a facial. I went, not knowing what to expect. It was amazing, and I thought I should get facials more often. The woman massaged my hands and feet, put warmed slippers and gloves on me and pampered me great! She also put her hands under my head, on my temples and held my feet for a bit. I didn’t receive a “full treatment” nor did I know what she wa doing to make me relax and feel so wonderful and at peace. After the facial was over, I felt completely refreshed, balanced, renewed and whole. I hadn’t felt that way in I don’t know how long. When I was leaving the office and she walked me to the elevator I almost didn’t ask her what it was she did, but I ended up doing so. I asked, what did you do to me, and she answered with a very simple: “Reiki, all you need to know is Reiki.” I hope those were the exact words, I think they were. I came away from that facial wanting to do what she did. It wasn’t until January of 2004 that I did take that first level one class. I will always remember more than anything about that fateful day the feeling of complete wholeness. It’s a feeling I can achieve through my daily self-practice. It was my first direct experience of the amazing effects of the system of Reiki.
Feel free to leave in the comments about your first experience with the system of Reiki.