Staying committed to your practice

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!

Love, Hugs and Blessings,

Candice

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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

Life

Two weeks ago I woke up with a head cold, and I still have some congestion from it. My practiced suffered as a result. I still did hands on healing every day, but I could not do the chanting or breathing techniques for a while. I was so stuffy and congested. Boy what a difference it is when the “regular” routine is not done. I can really feel it energetically. It makes me see how each technique has a different way of working towards the same goal. I believe that each person will be drawn to each technique for different reasons and will like each one at different times for different reason. I really like the adaptability that the 5 elements that make up the system of Reiki are. In any given situation we have a toolbox from which to pick what we feel/choose that we see fit for it. With this head cold I mostly had hands on healing and the Precepts. I did attempt to chant many times and sometimes it worked others not so much. By work I mean I was able to chant without getting a weird stuffy throat and nose. Even with the accessibility of hands on healing some days I just felt like I couldn’t or didn’t want to do it. I would tell myself to just try for 5 minutes and if I didn’t feel like it anymore than that was it. I didn’t want to force it. Some days when this happened I lasted only the 5 minutes and other times I ended up going for much longer . I am grateful I have this practice and can grow from here. I see my practice as a foundation from which I experience life.

Sometimes this foundation is shaken from things going on in life. I have a special needs child and this past week was a doozy for us! Friday we had somethings happens at school that were very upsetting to all of us a s a family because of the impact they had on my child.  We spent Saturday as a family taking time out of all the things we have planned for the weekends. We spent the day in nature. My son needed this and so did the rest of us. Having 3 children keeps us busy and often always on the go. I made a choice though many years ago that we would always have a grounded foundation as a family to support our children and in truth I am not sure that would be possible without my commitment to my practice or my husbands to his Bagua practice. We learn as we go as parents and it’s the same for Reiki practitioners we learn as we go within our practice. I know my children are still young and so is my Reiki practice. Together my practice helps me be the best mom I can be for my family. Yet through my practice I am so much better able to handle all the craziness life with 3 children can bring. I see this with the events that happened this past week. I think they hit a little harder for me because I wasn’t quite where I usually am within my practice. I was still  able to remain grounded and let go of the anger from the events, but I didn’t feel as connected to my practice as I usually am.  This is a new day and with every new moment I aim to hold awareness of my practice in everything I do. I know that through this the next big event my special needs child or my other 2 kids have I will be that much more able to see it for what it really is and do what I need to for not only myself but my family. I know the best things that I have are my family and my Reiki practice and my health. Thankfully I am not as congested and feel better each day. My family weathered the storm and so did my practice from not being able to do it the way I normally do. Life is good!

Blessings,

Candice

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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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/

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Creating a daily practice

Creating a daily practice

As a system of Reiki practitioner one of the most important things you can do is create a consistent practice. It is our daily practice with the system that is our true teacher. When we sit in a space fully open to receive whatever it is that we may need we open the door to immeasurable possibilities for growth and change. It is through this practice we can really explore and learn about who we are at our core, the essence of our being, our true nature. True nature? What’s that? It’s the essence of who we are perfect balanced shining diamonds.  At the core we are perfect beings, balanced, relaxed and full of love living moment to moment not in the past or future. When utilizing the system of Reiki getting to know each element like you are the element takes what my teachers refer to as the 3 P’s- Persistence, Patience, Perseverance. Without a consistent commitment to yourself and working with the system you will experience growth and be able to let go and be in the moment more and more. Sure you can practice periodically and still have the same benefits, it can take a lot longer though. Now I know that creating a lifelong practice seems very daunting and even a bit tiresome. It is well worth it! My first suggestion though is to not look at it like this huge commitment. Take it moment by moment. The following are some good tips to try in creating your routine.

          Pick a time to do your practice, whether it is day or evening set a time to sit and do your practice. Leave it open-ended and sit for as long as you can. Both morning and evening are great. I see many benefits in each time of day. If you can do both! Some days it may be 5 minutes others an hour or more. If you are busy with family life or other commitments set a timer for yourself. Start with 5 minutes and aim for at least 20 over a 3 week period.  Give yourself permission to take this time for yourself. Yes you deserve it and mores need it! Being a mom it has often been hard for me to carve out time for myself until I came to realize that for me to be there for the family I need to take care of myself. Usui is quoted as saying, “If you can’t heal yourself, how can you heal others.” This is so true; we must take time for ourselves to really be with or of service to others. Do not feel guilty if you sit for only 5 minutes at a time, or for not as long as you wish you could. I say in my classes 2 minutes of practice is better than zero! Take moments throughout the day to breathe into your Hara or focus on the Precepts. Do hands on healing while waiting in line at the bank. You always have your breath, hands and mind with you. Use them throughout the day to fit in little bits of practice and feel the difference. Create a space in your house that you can claim as your practice space. It doesn’t have to big or fancy or filled with sacred artifacts. Make sure it is some place you can go and do your practice quietly with minimal distraction. Make sure to let those you live with know your practice is special to you. Having the support of other family members is great. Talk with significant others about their interests and make room for theirs as they will be more willing to make room for yours if you do the same. If you have small children it may be best to wait until they are sleeping for you to begin your daily practice. This will minimize the interruptions. If you do get interrupted try staying in the space created by your practice and when you can come back to it. Work on not getting upset about the interruptions. In time you will find they do not bother you.

          Set short goals for yourself. Small ones are less daunting and easier to commit to. Some small goals would be sitting for 3 days or one week at a time. If looking at your practice and seeing it as a lifelong commitment seems huge and unmanageable these short goals will help so much. Another way to help support your practice is to reach out and find a group of like-minded practitioners to meet with on a regular basis. If no groups are available in your area consider starting one yourself. I did this. After years of going to many Reiki exchanges I decided to start one myself to ensure the goings on were in line with the branch and lineage I practice under. If that seems too much for you, do seek out a group even if they do not practice the same way you do, getting together for treatments or to meditate is amazing and wonderful. Group meet ups are fabulous for inspiring you to keep going. Others in the group may be going through the same things as you.

          All in all sticking to a daily practice will change your life. It may be more subtle than you think, but re-assessing your daily life from time to time will shed light on how you have changed. Keep in contact with your teachers. Quality teachers will make themselves available to their students and others for support and guidance. They can offer further insight into your practice too. You may want to consider finding a new teacher if your does not offer ongoing support. This can help so much in staying committed. Take classes or workshops offered by your teachers. I do this and it not only helps me stay committed and motivated, but I gain so much from each class and the people in each class. It helps me to go deeper into myself and the system of Reiki. I am sure there are more tips to creating a daily practice and staying committed. If you have any tips or ides and anything that helps you stay motivated to practice PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT! I want to hear from you! We learn from each other’s experiences! Share yours!

May you have a wonderful daily practice and reap the benefits of this beautiful system!

Blessings,

Candice

Classes taught by Candice can be found here:http://www.coloradoreiki.com/classes.htm

HI! I am seeing a lot of views and no comments! PLEASE share you tips and ideas, we all benefit from sharing with each other! Thanks!

With much gratitude Candice