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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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

Mother’s Day special!

2 for 1 Reiki treatments Mother’s Day special. Offer good now through May 13, 2012. In the comment field write Mother’s day special. Purchase treatments here: http://coloradoreiki.com/Sessions.htm Give mom 2 or more treatments or split them- give her one and use the other for yourself!

What better Mother’s Day gift than the gift of a Reiki treatment! Give the gift of relaxation!

Blessings, Candice

New class dates are up!

Classes <——Click the link! Check out the new dates for upcoming classes!  Don’t forget there are WEEKDAY and WEEKEND classes available!

Blessings,

Candice

It seems like it has been so long.

I have many blog posts that I have started and have yet to finish. I start to write something, then I question where I am going with the post and stop.

So this will be a catch up post, a little bit of everything going on in my life right now.

My practice is evolving and I am watching it to see where it goes.  I have let go of some attachments I have had to it.  In January I did two Dragon events with Frans.  This has changed and spurred my practice on.  I do have to say those days after the Dragon evening, my life was a bit difficult. I learned to let go of expectations and to go with the flow. I learned that though I thought I had reached  a place in my practice and my self growth that there are indeed many more layers to grow. I didn’t think I had reached the end, just somewhere else than I currently am. I knew from past experience that after a heavy night or weekend of practice the best thing I could do was relax, drink lots of water and keep on practicing. Eventually things settled down and I find myself where I am at today. I can’t really say exactly how my practice has changed, but it has and so has my attitude about it. I don’t feel as restricted to how I used to think it should be. I find my approach more playful and loose and not so serious. Don’t get me wrong, I am serious about it, but more open minded about it, if that makes sense.

I have set up a clear schedule that works with my family for treatments and teaching.  Through my practice I have also made a choice to start a photography business. It is something that I have always wanted to do, but fear was holding me back. As I shed layers of fear, I am able to go for things I previously would not have thought possible. I owe this to my practice. I love photography, it means so much to me and I am thankful to start this venture.  I have thought of doing this for a while, but always held the intent that if it would interfere with my Reiki “business” (business meaning: treatments and classes-though it’s not a job- how could it be when I love it so much?)  I would not pursue it at all. My Reiki “business” has never been about how much money I could make, it’s about growing and helping facilitate growth in others. With my oldest having special needs and a lot of his “help” (therapies, etc.) are out of pocket expenses, what better way to earn money than doing something that I love?  Sometimes I ask myself, with all of my families needs am I crazy to think I can balance family, my Reiki “business” and a photography business? Through my practice I see that YES it is possible. Through my practice I have learned about balance. Through my practice I learned how to be true to myself. With all this I am confident I can balance all of it. I figure, I practice everyday anyway and will teach the system of Reiki for as long as people come to learn, adding in photography will help my family with expenses. It will also let me do something I have long dreamed about and never thought I could do based on fears, which layers of that fear have been shed.  So I am going to go for it!  I will always continue to be dedicated to my practice and the system of Reiki. I will be there for my family and I will offer a service to others offering the gift of capturing a moment in time. I know just like my practice this new venture will have twists and turns. What I also know is that my practice will be there too, supporting me in all that I do.  I am thankful for this opportunity.  I am thankful to grow. I am thankful for my family and their support. I am thankful for my teachers. I am thankful for my practice.

Something else I have been thinking about is how to get myself to a Shinpiden class with Frans when he comes to the states.  His schedule is pretty consistent as to when he comes and what time of the year he will be close enough to possibly make it. The kids keep getting older. As we work with our oldest, we want to get to a place that would make that possible with out taking the whole family with me.  A goal I have always carried since the 2008 Shinpiden class I took has been to help create a community of Usui Reiki Ryoho practitioners that is thriving. Through this we can support each other. Through having a growing URR community another goal I have had since that fateful weekend was to have Colorado become an annual stop on Frans’ teaching schedule in the states. (hint, hint Frans) 🙂 I look forward to the day that this happens!  To get there I will continue to offer classes and treatments, I know other URR teachers and they are doing amazing things to grow our community!  I love it so much! As I look at other communities, I know we will get there! I know that there are many, many practitioners and teachers here, just not many URR ones. This is my heart, this is what changed my life, has helped me through many trying times and supported my growth on this path called life. As I continue to offer classes and treatments my connection to the system grows, it allows me to see and feel the connection to all sentient beings. I strive to help facilitate this in each student or client that comes for a class or treatment.

Lastly I want to say that you should look into getting Bronwen’s latest CD from Sounds True: http://www.amazon.com/Reiki-Relaxation-Guided-Healing-Meditations/dp/1604076704/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1330476407&sr=8-5

It’s great! It gets you into such a relaxed state!

If you have any questions about the system of Reiki, are interested in a class or treatment, or want to know where to go for more information PLEASE feel free to contact me colorado reiki (at) live (dot) com! Also I love reading what you have to say! Add a comment!

Love, Hugs and Blessings,

Candice

Why I practice

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.

Parenting and and the system of Reiki

As a parent the system of Reiki has many benefits. I always have the option to offer hands on healing when one of the kids get hurt. I also can offer hands on healing when they are not feeling well. More importantly my practice and unification with the system and its elements has given me the ability to remain clam in any of the mentioned situations. As parents we often feel overwhelmed or worried when our children are hurt or sick. Working with the system gives you the ability to see each situation for what it is. There is less worry of the what if’s, less anger over the should have’s and a clear sense of calm that can be reached through unifying with the 5 elements. Hands on healing, symbols and mantras, meditations and techniques, Reiju and the Precepts.
An example of this that comes to mind is recently when my oldest was feeling sick he asked for a Reiki treatment. I gladly sat with him. I noticed a pattern with him. He feels bad, asks for Reiki treatment then gets one, then vomits and sleeps and feels better when he wakes up. This has happened a few times, enough for me to notice the pattern. Of course I don’t go looking for or expect this to happen each time, but lately this is what he has had happen. Through his feeling sick I am able to remain calm and in the moment to be there for him as a result of my practice of the system of Reiki. I can see where my practice has taken me. I can look back to when my practice wasn’t as solid or approached as a spiritual practice and how my reactions were to this same sort of sickness with my kids. I would have lots of stress, fear and a flood of other emotions and experiences. Sure I may get worried a bit, but it’s how I approach the worry that has changed massively. I am not saying that I don’t ever get angry or worried, but my practice certainly has lessened these experiences or given me the ability to handle them with much more ease and with a clear mind. I see the growth, the ability to be in the moment and the smaller amount of anger and worry I have. Kids are a good gage for our own growth; they can teach us so much in so many ways. As a parent having a practice or box of tools (5 elements) to be there with me is so important. It makes traveling the path of parenthood calmer, easier and more relaxing.
I have a parenting and the system of Reiki workshop in the works which will go into much more detail on how the system of Reiki can benefit you as a parent. Be on the look-out for it!
As always feel free to leave a comment, share your own story and experiences! I love hearing them!
Love and Blessings,
Candice