Creating the next chapter

Today begins the next chapter in the evolution of the Reiki Training Program.  Continued to be run by competent instructors and practitioners who have taken the master journey, I now manage the classes and offerings from afar.

At the same time, the unfoldment of my Reiki work awaits me in Southern California as I spend the winter there, taking a break from the season of rain and darkness that overtake the Puget Sound.

So, I’ll be in the light, doing the light.  I’ll have an opportunity to get back into a fitness routine that went by the wayside these last few months in preparing for this journey.

As I finish the last of the packing and preparations, my connection to Seattle and what will manifest through this exercise in distant Reiki is foremost on my mind.

I make room for the next generation of Reiki masters to embrace their leadership potential.  I lay the ground for new projects to unfold.

The Insight Reiki book that has stemmed from my work of the past decade now has room to be birthed.  As does a more personal writing project that keeps nudging me to explore.

So the unknown details of whats to become lay before me like the road that will take my family southward today.

My friends and colleagues who will be residing at the Sanctuary will continue to infuse it with love and light.

My vision for the next chapter is an exercise in effortless transition.  I yield to the flow of what will be and embrace the change willingly.  So mote it be x3!

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Insight Reiki: Clearing away anxiety

When there is multiple changes occurring in my life, my anxiety meter ‘goes to 11’.  The technique I developed, Insight Reiki, is a useful tool for giving that buzzing energy space and helping bring me back to center.  Here’s a sample of the method.

When I began working in counseling centers on the East Coast in the early nineties, I noticed that clients avoided addressing many parts of a session. I got the feeling that what clients didn’t say or show told you the most about them. I couldn’t ignore the fact that much more was going on in the session than the dialogue we were exchanging. I began to sense problems lurking behind polite smiles. Sometimes I even saw what I later learned were energy fields around them, which would fluctuate in color, depending on the client’s mood.

As I pursued Reiki studies, energy techniques began to ease their way into the environment of my sessions, and the basis for Insight Reiki was born.

The benefits of Insight Reiki include:

  1. Engages the healing power of touch. This therapy alone is reaffirming.
  2. Is a multi-dimensional approach and can be used with diverse populations.
  3. Aids in unblocking and releasing the bio-energetic field.
  4. Allows the client to experience his or her whole being instead of just the intellect/cognition.
  5. Reaffirms client’s presence, allowing him or her to feel/intuit what is and isn’t real.
  6. Presents the truth for the client to deal with. A person can argue with words and avoid facing reality. But the body doesn’t lie—it holds memories, fears, hopes, and dreams.
  7. Facilitates the client going into the “void,” often called a “trance state” and is similar to the collective unconscious Jung spoke of. Here the person will find answers to many important and pressing questions.

I recorded a guided meditation to help both me and my students go within to release the blocks and symptoms they were feeling through gentle prompts and guided meditation/imagery.  The technique is described more fully in my book, Touching the World Through Reiki, and also is available by download here.

Because practitioners come to the session with Reiki as their base, they already understand what it means to have faith in a Universal Energy. That is love and light, and it guides the session so much more than the practitioner.

If you approach each session with a full and open heart, surrendering over to Reiki as your guide, and follow the basic protocol for opening and closing a session, then what happens in between is divine. It is an honor for you to bear witness to it.

Humor as a survival tool

Poking fun at  the circumstances that happen beyond control is one of the only ways that helps me reduce stress.  But it’s taken daily practice to see the humor and cultivate it.  I also have some great friends and 2 cats who also help me to get back on the ‘laugh track’ when I forget.

I used to be so much more serious, calm and controlled, quintessential people pleaser.  But when things would go awry, as they often do because, well, life is life, I realized that ‘trying to keep it together’ was making me into a malfunctioning pressure cooker, that would fizz, spill, and require way too much time ‘keeping clean’.

Then, one day, instead of blaming the world, or myself for the mess that had happened, I just started laughing at it.  “Wow, this is messy!  Look at this cooker, it’s baked itself!”  I chose to empty out the cooker, take a good look at myself, and realized I was done trying to control things to whatever standard I thought was best.  I turned that cooker into a flower pot, with wild colors painted on the outside.

Every day I find one, if not several things that I choose to see through my ‘funny glasses’.  This isn’t to say I don’t take my work in the world seriously, I see a lot of students and clients in both physical and emotional pain. I hold big compassionate space for that.

But I’m also known for ‘gently prodding’ when a person seems a little too stuck in their circumstance.  I’ll often encourage a client to exaggerate the issue, make it ludicrous.   I had a client who was fed up with not being honored in their work.  I asked her, “What if this situation dominated your whole world? What if absolutely everyone you met on the street just dissed you.  What if your whole family just said, ‘you are nothing’.

This might sound radical, but it’s actually a technique in Insight Reiki called ‘exaggeration’.  It might feel unpleasant for a few moments, but eventually, the discomfort expands to a place where it disperses.  It gets acknowledged and you just can’t hold on to it any longer.

Just like that giant pressure cooker with a Bam!  Pop!  explosion of sauce all over the place.  Now, ‘How does that feel?’  A few breaths, and then a sense of relief afterwards.  Maybe a little laugh at the whole circumstance.  “Wow, not as bad,” my client said, “there are people who aren’t respecting me, but it’s not everyone, just a couple people, and you know, they are idiots!  I don’t think they respect themselves”.

Ahhh, Insight Reiki, and a bit of humor, perfect together.

 

The Heart of Art

Yesterday, teaching and diving into Insight Reiki all day helped to release the statement “The Heart of Art”. My heart feels filled with light today.

For those unfamiliar with Insight Reiki, it is a technique I developed which combines mindful conversation and observations into the Reiki session to release blocks and facilitate insight.

It is a process a practitioner can do on themselves or also on their clients.  During the self-Insight Reiki sessions, I brought the question of what I will be doing on my upcoming trip to Southern California.

Yes, Reiki, of course, but it felt like something more.  So I just gave my whole being space.  I’ll be in Santa Monica for an extended stay, what more was there?

And then clear as if someone had spoken it to me, I heard the phrase ‘The Heart of Art”.  Almost immediately I felt lighter.  I saw myself doing all kinds of art that I do, painting, drawing and even sculpting (something I haven’t pursued but always wanted to).

The important thing I always tell my students in performing Insight Reiki, just like ‘regular’ Reiki, is not to be attached to the outcome of the session.

So when I do self-sessions, I think of them more as a journey.  Let’s see where this will take me.  And as I say, always ‘be prepared to be surprised’.

For more information on Insight Reiki, there is a chapter in my book, Touching the World Through Reiki, devoted to the process as well as a guided meditation CD that I recorded.  You can click the link on the CD to hear a sample.  If you are in Seattle or Spokane, or, if you would like the class to come to you,  you can take the workshop and learn the simple yet profound process too.

 

 

 

 

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Insight Reiki: Taking Reiki to the Next Level Pt. 1

I’ll be teaching the next round of Insight Reiki on Sunday, July 31, 2011.

When I began working in counseling centers on the East Coast in the early nineties, I noticed that clients avoided addressing many parts of a session. I got the feeling that what clients didn’t say or show told you the most about them. I couldn’t ignore the fact that much more was going on in the session than the dialogue we were exchanging. I began to sense problems lurking behind polite smiles. Sometimes I even saw what I later learned were energy fields around them, which would fluctuate in color, depending on the client’s mood.

As I pursued Reiki studies, energy techniques began to ease their way into the environment of my sessions, and the basis for Insight Reiki was born.

As a client would talk about his or her emotional reactions after getting fired or left by a spouse or some other troubling event, I would begin to send Reiki to them. I would intuitively begin to sense what parts of their energetic body were holding on out of scarcity and fear. I “asked” Reiki to continue to flow during each session, and on several occasions, I was called to place my hands gently over a client’s shoulders or forehead. I would ask them if they were OK to have me practice this stress reducing method I had learned.

I found presenting the Reiki and counseling techniques this way so simple and invigorating that I began to teach some of the methods to my clients. I witnessed incredible changes in their personal lives. Clients who were previously unable to achieve any true insight or direction were now able to connect with their own passions for career and life changes they needed to make for living more fully.

Pt. 2 tomorrow.

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