On Christmas Day, I went for a long walk along our local trail way. The weather was unseasonably mild, the sun was shining, and my heart was full of gratitude and joy. I walked with awareness, paying attention to the sounds and smells, as well as the sights, in our peaceful country setting. And as I did so, I started seeing all the signs of hope that beckoned to me. There were empty nests and birdhouses, waiting for the return of spring residents, and milkweed pods bursting with fluffy seed heads, ready to fly away and germinate. With the mild weather, the recently planted tree saplings appeared to be in full bud, with the promise of fresh green growth.
It occurred to me that these signs could be just as easily be viewed as faded and past any semblance of “life”. The birds were long gone, the milkweeds’ flowers spent, and the trees were bare and dormant. With a different perspective, one could sadly pine for past beauty and life, rather than dream about future possibilities. It’s all about our viewpoint and state of mind. I choose to see hope.
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2015 was an incredible year for me. As for many of you, there were some milestones, some failures, some joy, some grief. I view the hardships as lessons, without which I would have no growth.
My year started out with me taking on the role of teacher again, and I was bursting with pride when I taught Reiki Levels I and II. To help my students set forth on their own Reiki path as practitioners gave me more joy than I ever thought possible. I am grateful for the opportunity to be their teacher, their mentor, their fellow lightworker.
Mid-summer marked another personal and professional highlight as I joined the ranks of Raven Keyes’ Master Medical Reiki ™ group. I couldn’t believe my fortune, to have the workshop taught right here in Orangeville! And having Raven herself here, at our home, for a meal with other members of our group, was truly surreal…. Our Canadian group numbers 27 practitioners, and we have already forged some amazing bonds. We all look forward to sharing Reiki in the operating room, to work alongside surgeons and other conventional professionals, as we help bring holistic, non-invasive healing energy to patients undergoing surgery. As Raven said, “It’s all happening!”
Essential oils are being used in our home as well as my healing practice now. I have been doing much studying and the more I learn about the powerful properties of these amazing plant-derived oils, the more I want to share them with others. I taught many “make and take” classes, and plan on doing many more in 2016. I look forward to helping others join my “oil team”, so that they can learn to use them, too.
More professional improvement came in the form of my Indian head massage training in October. I wanted to offer another modality to my clients, and I had heard so much about it. Like Reiki and the oils, this modality helps restore and support our energy, brings relaxation (and thus increases our immunity) and is easily accessible (all I need is a low-backed chair to do a treatment). The case studies I have completed so far have demonstrated the numerous health benefits and I encourage you to come in for a session!
Phew! So what is 2016 going to bring me? For starters, I plan on continuing teaching Reiki and about using essential oils. A “first” for me will be running a Reiki workshop at a retreat in February. My hope is to broaden my teachings outside of my own community, and to bring more and more Reiki practitioners into the world. I truly believe that we can make a difference. (Oh, and Jen? I WILL be offering a Master Reiki workshop this year – I promise! )
I will continue to work hard to bring Reiki to the hospital setting, offering my services to anyone undergoing medical procedures, or looking for supportive care, be it palliative or recuperative. Receiving Reiki should be an option available to anyone and everyone when they need medical attention. I have seen its powerful benefits and am always grateful for the opportunities to share it with others.