I find it very important for my students to take part in at least one Reiki Share after they have completed a level. Students and Practitioners come together, and through the exchange the students can then decide if they are actually ready to move on to the next level or not. A Reiki Share can be attended by any level of Reiki accreditation, starting at level one.
The amount of people at a share is not important, however; the intent and sincerity of those taking part is definitely. This is a spiritual ritual, and by taking part, one is opening up oneself to the energy of all at the share. The energy of the room where the share is to be held would be cleansed before the start, as well as asking for protection for all participants. Afterwards, gratitude is spoken on behalf of all present.
A Reiki Master is someone who has completed all levels of training, combined with at least one year of practical experience between Levels 2 and 3, and perhaps incorporating other modalities to deepen their experience and to add to the healing of their client.
They have the power or permission to pass on that knowledge to others, in that they can teach and show how to do the attunement, what to teach, and how to give Reiki to others. Typically, a Reiki Master “walks the walk and talks the talk” in that they live their lives in a peaceful, calm way, “doing unto others as they would have done to them.” They might have different practices, eg; Yoga, Meditation or other forms of Spirituality. Always remembering, that we are human, with lessons to learn as any other does.
Some people say there are three levels to Reiki. I like to split it into four. When I teach Level 1 it is obviously the first introduction to Reiki. I do prefer that people who want to learn Reiki have had at least one healing session either with me or someone else, so that they know what to expect and know what's expected of them. I appreciate it if the student is spiritual in some way. With Level 1, obviously there are no prerequisites. You might know a little bit about it, but you're keen to learn and you are definitely interested in this form of healing.
Level 2 follows Level 1, and goes deeper into the healing aspects of this modality, increasing knowledge and spiritual awareness. Level 2 is also the most important Level as far as receiving the attunement and symbols is concerned. Once you have completed this Level, your life is changed forever.
The reason I like to split Level 3 and 4 when teaching the Master Level is that there is a lot of revision to be done before progressing. Practitioners have learned a lot both in and out of the classroom and I'm interested to hear what their experiences have been. It's important to have a good exchange during the class, sharing information, ideas and a general discussion of what people have done up to that point. Many people complete a level and then don't want to continue with it, however it could be that suddenly something comes up and now they are excited to continue. Timing is crucial.
The notes I use in my teachings are quite detailed, as I’ve combined information from various Reiki Masters, and also added on what I feel is important to being part of this Reiki family. When somebody comes to me and they want to go to the next level, I ask to see their Reiki accreditations. Usually a Reiki Master will hand out a certificate for each level completed.
I teach the Master level on two Saturdays, back to back; Level 3 on one and Level 4 the next. After that, one is a Reiki Master and is then able to teach, as well as pass on the attunement. They might however, put their knowledge to use in another way. That is what is so wonderful about the practice. One can make of it what one will, within reason. When I teach the Master levels, I insist that a person has at least one year of experience in-between the levels. There is so much to learn and assimilate and this is really the most important reason why I want that for them.
A Reiki Master is someone who has been through all four levels of Reiki and used it to gain practical experience and deepen their mental, spiritual and emotional sense of self and being.
Reiki is a form of energy healing. It is based on the premise that everything is made up of energy that is constant. When that energy flow is restricted or blocked it causes pain and illness. Reiki is the transfer of healing energy and basically raising somebody's energy from that of no energy or blocked energy into a higher free flowing energy. This is the healed energy and it gives you strength.
Reiki can be relaxing. Many of my clients have had profound changes in their healing after their first session, even more so after doing it for a couple of weeks.
One of my clients who later became a student came to me because she had problems with her right hip, and we managed after a succession of appointments to release the pain she was experiencing and really give her the healing that she was seeking. One of those sessions was done as a distance healing where she was away on business and she knew that she would have to be doing a lot of walking over that weekend.
We sat together over a quick phone call to make the connection. I sat very quietly afterwards and just thought of her, sent her the energy and she reported a great improvement on that particular day. After about six sessions with me, she has no more pain in that area.
Reiki works through a transference of energy. The energy is given to the client in a very simple but very sacred, procedure. During the sessions, the client may have a vision, or sometimes they'll see colours or shapes. They may sense a family member who passed on. It is different for every person. Every practitioner’s energy is different, and every session is different. Sometimes a client will want to be very quiet, and not talk. They just want to enjoy the relaxation, which is part of Reiki as well. Again, every session is different.
Reiki therefore can be used for relaxation and stress relief, to help alleviate pain and discomfort and, depending on your goals, to maybe even heal your body.
Over the past 28 days I took part in a Focus on Alignment with Beth A. Grant (truthandconsciousness.com) It has made such a difference in my life, as well as my business. I now look at things in a totally different light, and have journaled during the time as well. ( I always meant to journal, however "life" just got in the way. Now I realise how important it is to clear the mind before starting the day.)
Being in Alignment makes it easier to say "no" - and being honest with one's self is so important for peace of mind and authenticity. I feel I have been on this pathway for a year or so, only didn't give it a "name," and probably wasn't aware, either. Focusing on noticing "things" brings the everyday into your life and makes it that much more real. Instead of just rushing from one incident to another, slow, steady progress - almost like savouring food - brings one closer to reality and personal satisfaction. I now give myself more time to get somewhere, realizing how impolite it is to always be late for a meeting. Last-minute things can wait, I have 24 hours each and every day to finish what is mine to do. And there's always tomorrow.
"Being in the now" was a message I pulled this morning, and Alignment has shown me how that works. Being content with my life and waiting for inspiration instead of going at everything "because I should" is now the way I want to continue. I am grateful for the past 28 days and look forward to living my life with more peace, gratitude and authenticity.
This is a book review I did for a class in 2009. I really enjoyed the book and thought I could include it in my blog. Tips on good food and where to find it are always welcome. To be honest, I do not agree with some of the suggestions, however on the whole they are good guidelines.
14 foods that will change your life.
By Steven G Pratt MD, and Kathy Matthews.
Review submitted by Cheron Long-Landes.
Beans – help reduce obesity
Blueberries – lower the risk for cardiovascular disease
Broccoli – lowers the incidence of cataracts and fights birth defects
Oats – reduces the risk of type 11 diabetes
Pumpkin – lowers the risk of various cancers
Soy – lowers cholesterol
Spinach – decreases the chance of cardiovascular disease and age - related macular degeneration
Tea – helps prevent osteoporosis
Tomatoes – raises the sun’s protection factor
Turkey – helps build a strong immune system
Walnuts – reduces the risk of developing coronary heart disease, diabetes and cancer
Wild Salmon – lessens the risk of heart disease
Yoghurt – promotes strong bones and a healthy heart
This book is amazing in it’s simplicity, and in the fact that all these foods are readily available to all of us.
What I also liked about the book are the many recipes, the list of suggested stores (admittedly US, but there are a few now in Canada, too) shopping lists and the easy, light-hearted way the writer goes about his story.
There are tips and hints for healthy remedies and a large reference section at the back of the book relating to everything mentioned; whether it be a restaurant, a disease or the scientific results of various studies.
The suggested daily quantities for a healthier life are not difficult to achieve. The author reminds us, for example, that peas as well as string beans or green beans are all members of the bean family.
Looking at the berry family, and this includes purple grapes, cranberries, boysenberries, raspberries, strawberries, currants, blackberries, cherries and all other varieties of fresh, frozen or dried berries. Certainly not limiting in any way, and 1-2 cups per day should be relatively easy to consume.
Broccoli….aah Broccoli! This is one of the most popular vegetables, yet still not eaten enough. Studies show that broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables have been known to lessen the symptoms of cancer, cataracts and are great bone builders.
Other vegetables in this category are Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, turnips, cauliflower, collards, bok choy, mustard greens and Swiss chard. A tip to make this foodstuff more palatable is to simply add salt while cooking which, funnily enough; makes them taste sweeter!
The super sidekicks of oats are wheat germ and ground flax seed, as well as brown rice, barley, wheat, buckwheat, rye, millet, bulgur wheat and many more. One is advised to eat 5-7 servings per day. They are rich in fibre, protein, magnesium, potassium, Zinc and Copper and other minerals, and helpful in preventing coronary heart disease.
Oranges, lemons, white and pink grapefruit as well as kumquats, tangerines and limes are fruits that support heart health, prevent cancer, strokes, diabetes and a host of other chronic aliments; and are almost the “forgotten” fruits of the decade.
If we are to save ourselves, and the planet, this is the way to start.