The "Reiki Wings - Usui Reiki Teacher’s Handbook" is the product of eleven years of
teaching experience by Denise Carpenter- Ducharme, Reiki Master/Teacher of Reiki Associates and member of the Canadian Reiki Association since 1999. This book is intended to be a guide for beginning Usui Reiki Master/Teachers and a source of supplementary ideas for more
experienced teachers. It offers a structure and framework for teaching Usui Reiki, but does not change or challenge the teacher’s experience of Reiki or their unique teaching expressions. "Reiki Wings - Usui Reiki Teacher’s Handbook" is divided into two sections. The first section contains general suggestions for a class, the class structure, class schedule, and class format. The second section presents the fundamental Reiki teachings in the form of comprehensive student notes for each level of Usui Reiki.
The teaching manual "Reiki Wings - Usui Reiki Teacher's Handbook" and the Student Notes booklets for each of the Levels are available directly from Denise.
Email her at email@example.com or phone 613-264-8165.
For more information, visit www.reikiassociates.com.
Many people ask "What is Reiki?" Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is an energy practise. It's name consists of the two words "Rei" and "Ki". It means "Spiritually Guided Life Force Energy" or "Universally Guided Life Force Energy". It refers to the energy that animates us and the world around us. The practise of Reiki is a gentle technique for restoring and balancing your body's natural energy to encourage better health; physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It works by flowing through the weakened parts of the energy field, raising the vibratory level of this field, in and around the physical body. This clears, strengthens and balances the energy pathways, allowing the absorption of the natural life force energy. The technique can be delivered by a practitioner trained in Reiki or can be self-administered. This article will discuss three ways to experience Reiki; as a client, as a student, and as a teacher.
As a client, Reiki is usually experienced through a treatment by a trained practitioner. The treatment can be beneficial to help balance your energy system if you have experienced emotional or physical trauma; if you are moving through chemotherapy treatments; if you are looking to change the compass of your life. Treatments are usually one hour in length, but the time can vary according to your needs. Often the practitioner will ask you to lie on a massage table in treatment room decorated with a gentle atmosphere to deliver your session. Every session brings about a different experience. It may vary from sleeping to dreaming to chatting with the practitioner. Essentially, the outcome is the same: a sense of calm or relief.
As a student, Reiki is a tool for self discovery. The experience begins by incorporating the Reiki precepts or principles into your daily life. The classes provide a methodology for looking at yourself through the eyes of "How does this serve me", and "Can I find the path to compassion"? You are also taught how to self administer Reiki. There is a progressive teaching to Reiki with the student working through and integrating the levels or degrees.
As a teacher, Reiki becomes a spiritual journey. There is not a religious affiliation to Reiki, so your experience on this journey works with your personal belief system. As you move through the levels or degrees of Reiki, the energy helps you to focus on your inner self in preparation for teaching. You must reach the Master/Teacher Level in your personal practise to teach Reiki to others. The experience of teaching brings about a profound relationship with the Reiki energy. As you help the students move through the different levels or degrees, your connection to the energy flow anchors more deeply into your personal energy system, bringing your awareness of this incredible modality consistently into focus.
In conclusion, Reiki is an experiential modality......the most succinct introduction to this energy practise, is to have a treatment.
Denise Carpenter-Ducharme is a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher practising in Ottawa and Perth. She is the author of "Reiki Wings, Usui Reiki Teacher's Handbook. For more information visit her web site www.reikiassociates.com.
“Reiki is one of the leading, safe, Energy Medicine approaches. The study summaries provided by the Center for Reiki Research are the best source for information on Reiki Research.”
- C. Norman Shealy, M.D. Ph.D. Founder, American Holistic Medical Association.
When I started my Reiki journey, about a year ago, I was curious to know where Reiki fit into the panoply, of what I saw then, as alternative health therapies. A year later, I can say that I agree with Dr. Shealy. I have found in Reiki a wellness modality which is safe and therefore respects that primary tenet of health care practice “first, do no harm”. I have also found, through ongoing research on the subject, that it is certainly among the leading fields of energy work dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of all who receive it as a treatment and all who practice it as a way of life. This gentle process which allows the generative, balancing force of the universal energy to flow through the practitioner to the client via the gentle laying on of hands has been shown to relieve stress, produce lasting calm and promote overall wellness. Practitioners have used it for more than 90 years in the West, and its popularity is growing day by day.
There are more and more examples of research studies which support the clinical experience of Reiki practitioners. One study by Annie Goldman Shore, PhD, entitled "Long term effects of energetic healing (Reiki) on psychological depression and self-perceived stress," published in Alternative Therapies magazine, concluded that six sessions of Reiki were very effective in relieving symptoms of both stress and depression. One year later, re-testing showed that the positive results of the six Reiki sessions remained intact.
Another study, done in 2007 by the National Health Interview Survey, indicated that 1.2 million adults and 161,000 children received one or more sessions of energy healing therapy such as Reiki in the previous year. And, according to the American Hospital Association, in 2007, 15% or over 800 American hospitals offered Reiki as part of their hospital services.
In recent years the number of medical publications mentioning Reiki along with other energy therapies has skyrocketed. According to “pubmed” search, [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed] this includes 1632 articles written in the last few decades alone. Out of these, 69 papers, published between 1994 and 2010, are dedicated specifically to the effects of Reiki.
My own Reiki training, which now includes Levels I and II, has been a road of discovery: self-discovery, discovery of Reiki as a vehicle for channelling energy for the greater good of all; and, discovery of the Reiki community, a network of caring individuals dedicated to supporting each other’s life journey, as well as generating energy for the wellbeing of humanity at large. At this time, I am working on fully understanding and integrating some of the basic Reiki elements, such as the Reiki Principles, the Reiki Symbols and the Chakra System as it relates to Reiki treatment. I also intend to pursue my own research on the state of the art of Reiki as it were and report any and all interesting findings on this site and other relevant media.
Finally, having recently received my accreditation from the Canadian Reiki Association as a Registered Reiki Practitioner, I am starting my full-time Reiki Treatment practice with clinic space in Ottawa and Perth. For details visit: www.reikiassociates.com.
“Own It!” We hear it everywhere these days; it’s the latest slogan on posters and billboards alongside the image of a triumphant, empowered individual. But what does it really mean, and what does it look like?
Owning it means we know and respect our boundaries and we live fully, vibrantly and consciously within them.
- We own our feelings
- We own our choices
- We own our actions and reactions
- We own our limitations and challenges
- We own our outcomes… our successes AND our mistakes and failures
- We own our responsibilities
- … and we DON’T own those of others!
Owning it means living with integrity.
So why do we have to be reminded to “own it”? What gets in the way? I’ve been thinking about this a lot these last weeks, and for me it all boils down to fear and anger.
We act from a place of fear when we are embarrassed, or ashamed; when we feel threatened; when we feel unworthy or incapable of proceeding. In other words, we feel fear when we have given away our power to choose/to act, or when we feel it has been taken from us. This is the birthplace of regret, and the playground of resignation, victimhood and martyrdom.
Anger arises when our expectations are not met. If we look closely, we will see that most often, those expectations are based on how we believe someone else should have acted or chosen; they arise from an anticipated outcome over which we actually had no control. Rather than abdicating our power, as we tend to do in fear, when we are angry we have assumed we have more power than we truly do. We have decided how another should feel, choose, act/react, perform. Here we find the breeding ground for guilt, coercion and bullying. In other words, anger, like fear, alerts us to an imbalance in our use of power.
Power can have such a negative, abusive connotation in our culture, but being truly empowered has nothing to do with domination. Power is about transformation.
So Choose it; Love it; Own it!
I am grateful that over the last 14 months I have become a part of this community of healing. Whether you come to see me for treatment oriented Massage Therapy or for a relaxing recharge, I try to represent the spirit of Lotus Wings.
Lotus Wings is an oasis of well being. People are drawn in by the powerful energy of peace that emanates from within and without the very building! There is no room for negativity, so the positive prevails. This energy becomes as much a part of the treatment, as the location where it is provided.
Registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario since 2001, I have gained experience from working in both the physical rehabilitation and relaxation realms of the profession. You can be confident in my understanding of your injury or diagnosis, and how Massage Therapy can help you through your recovery. I also believe in the therapeutic benefits of relaxation massage as a part of a spiritually harmonious life.
Please contact me with any questions, or to book your appointment. I look forward to hearing from you.
For healing and for harmony,
613 284 3621
The Road to Freedom Paradigm
George Addair, an Arizona businessman created a unique personal development program which he offered for over twenty years. One of the strongest components in his workshops is The Road to Freedom paradigm. Addair’s philosophy is: Everything you want is on the other side of fear. To overcome fear you must have faith in the outcome. In fact it usually takes a leap of faith to bridge the gap between fear and confidence. Here is a reading from Dr. Robert Schuller a pastor in California.
Faith is often called a “leap”
Faith is leaping across the gaps
Between the known and the unknown,
The proven and the unproven,
The actual and the possible,
The grasp and the reach.
There is always a chasm between where you
Are and where you are going- by faith make the leap forward!
What lies ahead? Tomorrow? Next week?
Next month? Next year? Beyond this life?
Believe in faith! Believe in God!
Believe in tomorrow. Take the leap of faith!
Overcoming Fear and Uncertainty and Develop the Habit of Confidence.
1. Resolve unfinished business: dump your old baggage
2. Identify your deeper fears and design a specific strategy to overcome them.
Eg Loneliness Surround yourself with people. Be a giver. To
attract friends, become a friend
Eg Failure Seek out your talent.
Surround yourself with
Winners. Failure is an opportunity to learn.
Making mistakes is
Essential for long term
Six Confidence Building Strategies
1. Everyday remind yourself of the things you did well.
2. Read inspiring biographies and autobiographies.
3. Be thankful.
4. Build excellent support around you.
5. Push yourself to accomplish short-term goals.
6. Do something for yourself every week.
Keeping the Temple CleanWhat does it mean to keep the TEMPLE CLEAN from my perspective it can mean many things. Keeping the Mind , Body Spirit clean whole balanced might be a better way to say it.One way of keeping it clean is just be being present and becoming aware. Awareness in our thoughts. The thoughts sometimes drift towards the negative, yet they can also drift to the positive just as easily.It takes practice and awareness and all are able to do this. Just by honouring the moment and cherishing ourselves in the moment. When we practice staying in the moment we become clear.Sometimes on a emotional level we have thoughts that's that have been passed on to us from outside stimuli some our own that we start to believe as truth when actually it is the belief we have made real...if we step from our mind into our hearts we will become aware of the truth. The inner Spark that lies within all of us that will remind of us of the truth that we are Love, Physically -- the body is a vessel that gets us where we need to go and do what we need to do.Keeping the body clean..there are many ways to do this foremost is to Love our body ourselves what a beautiful gift regardless what you think it looks like. Nourishing our bodies with the best food we can. Getting outside and enjoying nature. When we are stressed giving ourselves the relaxation that we need.Michele Laughlin works out Lotus Wings. You can connect with Michele through Inner Spark wellness 613 698 6974. Inner Spark Wellness provides. Hot Stone Reiki Therapy a great de-tox and relaxation therapy, Reiki, and Aesthetics.
In honour of another day of Thanksgiving that we again are given to EXPERIENCE. Many thanks and Blessings to our Amazing Creator, ourselves, our loved ones and all the beautiful beings we share this planet and universe with.
Give thanks and Blessings to our Mother Earth that nourishes and sustains us.
So as we move forward let us live in Joy and Gratitude for each moment we are given, for each breath that we take to nourish our souls and see the beauty of the leaves as they change colour the blue of the sky, the cool of morning, the song of the bird. To see the sparkle of the light in our children's eyes. The preciousmoments are the small non-descript things that we take or granted everyday. Sharing a moment with a loved one or greeting a stranger on the street with a smile. Living in Joy and Gratitude not only makes us feel good, it raises our vibration increasingly towards Love the highest of the vibrations. When we can do this with our family, friends and strangers we meet ..it's akin to dropping a pebble in pond and watching the ripples spread out. It is recognizing the light in someone elses' soul and accepting them as they and recognizing they are doing the best they can with the tools that they have available to them at this time. Yes sometimes are more difficult than others yet again we are human doing the best we can with what we have. So wonderful words to end this blog with is from Ghandi "Be the change you want to see" you can only change yourself no-one else...start with yourself take small steps towards it. Be the light Smile more, Love more.
In Compassion caring and Love . Happy Thanks-Giving!
Michele Laughlin Inner Spark Wellness providing Hot Stone Reiki Therapy with Meditative Breath, Reiki with Meditative Breath and Meditation Coaching, andAesthetics. You can contact Michele for a service through Lotus Wings or at 613 698 6974
Introduction to Sandplay Therapy, Part II by Beverley Rice-McLeod
Sandplay Therapy aids in the constellation of the true core Self for children and adults through spontaneous, imaginative play in sand trays with sand, water and many miniatures to create worlds which mediate between inner and outer processes. Sand pictures have been used for healing and divination for thousands of years by aboriginal cultures. Also, sand and the world of play is a natural medium for children and gives them a way to express in a safe, caring empathic environment what is too difficult or painful to verbalize, such as feelings of trauma or loss.
Research suggests that play therapy improves social functioning in abused children (Green, 2008). For adults, touching sand, water and figures may evoke memories of childhood and the world of play and help them retrieve lost parts of themselves. Research also suggests, subconscious healing of early wounding may occur, even altering connections between nerve cells in the brain (Weinberg, 2007). The colouring of mandalas, creating a dramatic story with symbols in a sand tray and using fairy tales with guided imagery have been found to reduce anxiety in children who have experienced traumatic experiences (Green, 2008). Children and adults often spontaneously draw mandalas in sand trays and fairy tales may be incorporated. Touching the sand and evoking soothing memories of the lake or seashore, playing in the mud, or creating worlds with figures, truly can be a most sacred and transcendent experience for children and adults in uncovering and healing the self.
Green, E. J. (2008). Reenvisioning Jungian analytical play therapy with child sexual assault survivors. International Journal of Play Therapy.
Weinberg, B. (2007). Sandplay, The psyche and the brain: What is happening here? In Weinberg, B. & Baum, N. (Eds). Sandplay and the psyche: Inner landscapes and outer realities (pp.125-152).
We have recently added Electro-Dermal Screening technology to help evaluate the client's current state of health and develop a comprehensive treatment plan based on the findings.
Electro-Dermal Screening is the process of gathering information from the client by looking through the body's "information windows". This is done by gently applying small non-invasive probes to predetermined points on the hands and feet, then collecting the data for the practitioner to evaluate.
A trained practitioner is able to detect energy patterns produced by this screening and can incorporate his or her findings into the client's overall healthcare plan.
Electro-Dermal Screening is an integrative tool for healthcare professionals.
To book your appointment or for more information
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