To Infinity and…Beyond: Seamless Reiki
by Beth Blair
November 8, 2017
“The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.” Laozi
I have actively been studying energy, of some sort, for the better part of 15 years. It may even be longer if I truly connect to my heart and look. That may be another story. When I think of how I came on this journey to healing myself with Energywork and helping others on their path, I remember a “meaningless” encounter, just a spark of a conversation. I was standing in the shallow end of the community swimming pool on a hot day. An acquaintance asked me if I did Reiki??? I said, “What is that?” And, so it began. The Energy was waking me up…from the inside out and I had no idea of where It was taking me!
When I first started my “formal” study of Energywork, it was to healing myself. What has transpired over the years is so much more. It is deeper, richer and ever present in everything I do and everything I AM. Many seek to study Reiki or other healing practices to help others, to offer healing and to be of service. These are all very noble and loving ideals. I would like to suggest the path of Energy study is an empowering quest of the Self, to the Self and is Infinite. It is like the poem by Mary Oliver, The Journey…“One day you finally knew what you had to do, and you began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice…” (Google the poem and read it, if you don’t know it!) And so I began! I was looking to deal with some serious pain from disc degeneration. I was seeking to be an offering of some sort, of which I did not know. I was hungry to learn. I was curious of the things that could not be explained. I was also looking to fit somewhere, anywhere, no where and now here. The world around me was shouting at me to be like everyone else. I was seeking to just be myself and I thought I had to DO something to become ME. It felt like I was swimming upstream, against the current of the world around me.
I was structured and rigid in the beginning. I studied a practice that had rules, steps, protocols and methods that you “had” to do. I was coloring within the lines and it was cool. There were tangible outcomes, there were similar results for the other students, so I knew “I was doing it right!” This was enough for that time in my life…the structure, the rules, the guidelines. At some point, I am not sure the exact moment, it wasn’t enough. I wanted to free form…I wanted to color outside the lines…I wanted to expand…so I did! I did something ever so simple and yet profound…I followed the Energy! I have been doing that ever since.
Over the past 15 years I have studied many expressions of Energywork…QiGong, Healing Touch, several styles of Reiki, prayer, meditation and Somatic practices. I have studied forms, techniques and methods and I still come back to the simplest practice of following the Energy. Now, many of my friends have heard me say, “I am a rule follower, so I know which rules I can break.” One rule I never break is “Follow the Energy.” The Energy is what has taken me, heart and soul, into this thing called Life. It has supported me when I feared, questioned and almost gave up on my “work”. The Energy has always been that Trusted Friend, the Messenger and the Stirring in my heart.
The Quote that I began this with would seem to say there is nothing you need to do but be yourself. “The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.” (Laozi) The Mary Oliver poem speaks of following your quest even with “the voices shouting their bad advice.” We live in a world where others tell us what to buy, what we will like or not like, what we should be or not be, how to spend our time and so on. The world will “should” all over you, if you let it! Now, I have studied with many teachers that have corrected my technique and gave me their list of “shoulds”. I have had many treatments, energy sessions, intuitive readings, and coaching sessions all with the pure intention of assisting me on my journey. All have been supportive whether I have agreed with the information, projection, assumption or guidance I received. I had to take it into my Self and learn the lesson from the inside out, from my perspective. I have become more conservative with information I offer for/about another person’s journey. In some cases, I will “tell” a person a message or guidance for them…most times, I simply pose a question. My style of teaching Reiki and Energywork is changing to a more organic flow, offering support to the student’s journey of Self-discovery. I do use techniques to guide and build confidence. I share the traditions and theories of the practices. The most important lessons in my teaching is stay committed to Your own journey. You are the Dorothy in your story of the Wizard of Oz, you have the power all along to get you where you need/want to go.
Reiki is a beautifully, powerful method of Energywork. I have studied Usui Reiki, Karuna Reiki, Usui/Holy Fire Reiki and Celtic Reiki. I would say that I have studied many dialects of the language of Energy. I am able to share from my personal experiences, traditional teachings and intuitive guidance; trusting the Energy to help the student, the client, the being that is entrusted to me through our encounter. I take Reiki everywhere I go and into every encounter, interaction, and breath. Reiki is defined or translated as Universal (Rei) Life Force (Ki). From a spiritual perspective it is Universal, Divine, Source or God (Rei) and Spirit, Soul, Life, Chi or Prana (Ki). It is more than a healing technique…It is an awareness that when you turn your gaze, shift your perspective, orient yourself to be open to All that is around you…IT WILL change your life, your experiences, your awareness and your perspective. This is the place from which I teach Reiki. This is my offering to help and bring value to our world. I believe in my heart that Reiki is something everyone can benefit from learning. We can each bring it into our homes, workplaces, friend circles, communities and all the places we go to be the change our world is calling for. It is simple, if I change how I see and experience my world, the world around me will change, my interactions with change and ripples will go forth.
Here is my offer- Seamless Reiki: A year, 12 months of Reiki Study, Circles and Community. We will be learning, growing and sharing together. Over the course of the year, you will take Reiki One, Reiki Two, Advanced Reiki Techniques and Reiki Master. By the end of the 12 months, not only will you be a Reiki Master in Usui/Holy Fire, we will all be different because of our time together. You will have the opportunity to offer Reiki to your friends and family, receive Reiki sessions and exchanges with other practitioners of various levels, share Reiki in a circle/community setting; and in the end, can choose to develop a Reiki Business, teaching Reiki and offering sessions for money or continue on your path with Reiki. The possibilities are endless. We will be learning a variety of Energywork theories, techniques and self-care practices (including 2 bodywork sessions with me) to support us as we learn together. Class size will be limited to 10 people (minimum of 3 students to start the series).
The cost of Reiki is certainly less than what Mrs. Takata charged many years ago. Some still think Reiki is expense. One of the teaching of Mrs. Takata that has stuck with me, is “there always has to be an energy exchange.” Money is simply Energy and a system that we have made up to make getting stuff easier. So, I am making it easier and affordable by offering this year-long, Seamless Reiki, at a monthly cost of $115/month for the 12 months. It will be an automatic charge to a credit/debit card. All the details will be available once you inquire about this fabulous journey. Are you ready to make a commitment to your SELF and discover your path? Are you seeking something more? Are you curious about who YOU are? Register for Seamless Reiki and start the journey of infinite possibilities. First Reiki class (Reiki I) will meet in January 20, 2018.
Following the Energy is an invitation to the infinite possibilities and beyond. It is so much more than words can express…once you say yes and sign up, it will begin even before our first class…are you ready?
To register or get more information, email Beth@seamlesslivingNC.com