Reiki I Training Saturday, January 4, 2014

I was first introduced to Reiki in 1999 by a friend who volunteered for Hospice, and was trained to use it with her patients. She gave me a session for my birthday. I experienced Reiki as immediately life-changing, and continue (14 years later) to ride the waves of change it initiated for me. I offer this day-long Usui Reiki Training to others who would like to incorporate the healing effects of the practice in their lives.

Some say that Reiki is an ancient healing art.  Dr. Mikao Usui discovered, or rediscovered Reiki, in 1914.  While enrolled in training at a Tendai Buddhist Temple on Mount Kurama in Japan, he experienced an epiphany, and experienced Reiki.  He built a clinic in 1925, following a devastating earthquake in Tokyo.  He trained and attuned others to practice Reiki, and the practice has been passed down, person-to-person.  Anyone can be attuned and learn to practice Reiki to help heal themselves and others.

“Rei” means “Universal/Spiritual Consciousness”; “Ki” means “Life Force” (“Chi” in Chinese, “Prana” in Sanskrit.)  William Lee Rand describes it as “spiritually guided life energy… both powerful and gentle.”  This energy flows through the practitioner.  The practitioner’s intention is for the highest good for the client: for the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing they need at this time.  Reiki is not a religion; people of many faiths practice Reiki. 

Reiki provides all the benefits of safe, loving touch (as a mother’s touch for her child).  It promotes relaxation, which facilitates self-healing.   It may facilitate better life choices for ourselves (eating, exercising, etc.).  It is an effective tool to help deal with addiction, depression, grief, pain, and other chronic problems.

We will spend the morning discussing the history, philosophy, and practical application of Reiki; and will spend the afternoon practicing the hand positions for self-Reiki and Reiki with others. Participants will receive a workbook and a certificate indicating that they have completed Reiki I training. Lunch is provided. Please wear comfortable clothing.

The fee is $150. The fee for students and retired people is $75. I am happy to consider a barter of services, for those without financial resources; and will consider a sliding scale. Participants are required to have experienced at least one Reiki session prior to the training.

Please let me know that you intend to participate by December 30. Payment may be made the day of the training. cindyoconnor.net@gmail.com

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