Saturday 28 January 2012

Fear is an Energy

Fear is an energy. It can save your life, it can also be debilitating. If we didn’t have fear, we would do silly things like jump off the roofs of buildings thinking we can fly, or run in front of a train because we feel invincible. The truth of the matter is, we are not super-heros and so fear keeps us safe. Reasonable fear, healthy fear.

Fear can also be unhealthy, and unreasonable, based on our experiences from life. We could be afraid of ice skating because we fell once and broke an ankle. We could be afraid of going out for a walk late at night because we have decided that it is too dangerous and something bad will happen.

The line that we draw deep inside between healthy fear and unhealthy fear depends very much on how we experienced life. We can take some time to recognise the existence of this line, and then we can actually redefine it. But it can take a lot of hard work.

If you feel called to do this work you can try this idea: Write down a specific fear that you have that you feel is unreasonable. Look at it and remember a time when you felt it before, earlier in life. If possible, go right back to the first time you felt this way. Once you have done this, you can expand on the memory, and trace the feelings to their source.
Take a cold, hard look at the fear, and at the memory you hold. Do they match? Are they reasonable? Can your adult mind rationalise today that what you have been holding onto for so long is actually something that was given to you from another source that was possibly resentful of your talents? Or worried about your safety?

Now you have established where you stand with this fear, write down the benefits of moving through it. For example, think about how much fun you will have being able to go ice skating with friends, or how great you’ll feel after going for a walk, even if it is dark outside.

Breathe out the old fear and let it move through you and into the earth.
Take your power back and let it go.
You can do anything you want to.

Wednesday 18 January 2012

Which Level of Reiki do I need?

I had a phone call today about my Reiki workshops, and I thought it would be good to write a piece about the difference between the levels of Reiki.

Reiki Teaching and Reiki Practitioners in Ireland do not undergo any statutory regulation. Therefore there are many different types of Reiki courses (and Reiki practices) avaiable out there, some of which include things that are not Reiki (such as Angels, Crystals, Mediumship, etc).

I've been on the committee of Reiki Federation Ireland for more than a year. RFI are an organisation that promotes high standards of Reiki practice and teaching. As part of my role on the RFI committee, I have helped write Standards and Guidelines for Reiki classes in Ireland.

I ensure to provide my clients/students with the highest possible standard of Reiki practice, I am transparent in how I teach, and if other elements enter the Reiki training due to the nature of the group, we discuss them as appropriate but do not necessarily incorporate them into the classes.

Everyone can bring in their own beliefs, work in their own comfort level, and leave with a knowldege of how to work with energy to heal themselves.

The following is a summary of the Reiki classes that are available, based on Reiki Federation Guidelines. Whether you take your classes with me or with someone else, it is important for you to be clear about what is involved in each level and where you are going, before you embark on any Reiki training.

Reiki Level 1
The first level of Reiki teaches you how to use Reiki for self-care. It enables you to work with people you are comfortable around, such as family and friends. You can stretch your practice to your pets if you so wish, you can use it on plants, and on food. We discuss all of the ways you can bring Reiki practice into your life as a Level 1 practitioner. My level 1 class is a Friday evening, and all day Saturday. During this class you will be initated into the Reiki light (connected), you will learn how to work with Reiki, and after the class you will get a manual and a Level 1 Certificate.

If you wish to continue using Reiki on yourself and your family and friends, it is not necessary to continue with any further Reiki courses.

Reiki Level 2
After you are confident working with Reiki, you may wish to deepen your relationship and your knowledge. Level 2 is taught by me over two full days, and are usually over a weekend. I recommend at least 4-6 months between Level 1 and Level 2 for you to grow in confidence in your ability as a Reiki practitioner.  During Level 2 you will learn the Reiki Symbols, and you will be shown how to heal people from a distance.
After level 2 the Reiki light will become much stronger and more focussed in your body. During this class you will be initated into the Reiki light at level 2 and after the class you will get a manual and a Level 2 Certificate

Traditionally at this stage, people are able to treat the general public and deem themselves Reiki Practitioners, however it is recommended by Reiki Federation Ireland to take the Reiki Practitioner Module before formally opening your doors to the public.

Reiki Practitioner Module
Reiki Federation Ireland has introduced a new class which is of benefit to anyone who wishes to become a professional Reiki Practitioner. In this class you become familiar with the needs of clients, you grow in your confidence as a practitioner and learn about the standards and guidelines set by Reiki Federation Ireland in order to uphold a high standard of Reiki. You will also learn about what is involved in setting up your own business and the legal requirements of being in private practice.

If you are interested in taking this class please let me know.

Reiki Master Level
To deepen your Reiki practice and to obtain the Reiki Master Symbol, Reiki Master level is a beautiful gift which opens further doors of development and discovery in the healing arts.
I teach this class by appointment only, please contact me if you are interested in attending a level 3 class.

Reiki Master Teacher Level
Once you are established in your Reiki practice and feel the call to teach others Reiki, you can take the Reiki Master Teacher class. This can take up to 6 months to complete depending on who you are training with. During this class you should be invited to re-sit all the levels again, as well as undergoing special Reiki Master Teacher Training.
If you take this class with me we will cover teaching training, class planning, and how to give an attunement. An extensive list (compiled by Reiki Federation Ireland) will be given to you so that you fully understand what is necessary to cover in each class once you decide to teach it yourself. And you will get plenty of practice!

For more information on the teaching guidelines, you can visit www.reikifederationireland.com
Contact me if you have any questions, or would like to see my class schedule: abby@abby-wynne.com

Friday 6 January 2012

How did you come to practice Reiki? What has your practice given you?

Pamela Miles asked these questions on her blog, and it made me really think about what Reiki has brought to my life. I’d like to share my answer here, with you.

I never was inspired by anyone in particular, never had aspirations to be “like” anyone. Many people around me admired political figureheads, businessmen or Spiritual leaders. I never know what all the fuss was about! They were all just people to me, people who did extraordinary things, yes, but they all had to bathe, they all had to go to the bathroom, they all had to eat. I felt there was nothing magical about that.

The first person I ever met that evoked the thought in me: “I want to be just like her” was a Reiki practitioner called Ruth. I went to see her during a difficult time in my life and I was always upset, emotional and unbalanced when I arrived in to see her. She was the antithesis of me – calm, centred, peaceful, she seemed to glide around the room without her feet touching the ground. She had a beautiful smile and when she looked at me she was really there. I mean really – when you looked in her eyes, she was there. Me, I was always racing ahead into the future making plans, I’d loose my temper easily, I would go from being so happy I could cry, to being so sad that I would cry and I certainly was never able to stay in one place for too long.

After I experienced the magic of Reiki with Ruth I decided I needed to be able to do it for myself. My first Reiki class was an experience I’ll never forget (not necessarily for the right reasons but that’s another story – these things make us better teachers!).

I believe that it has been my practice of Reiki over the last 15 or so years that has brought me to the space of being able to be fully present, being patient and tolerant, being empathic and able to hold a safe space for my clients to become emotional and clear their own issues without becoming sucked into them myself. I am finally, now, the way that I perceived Ruth was during that time. It was a long journey to get here and I will always be grateful for the lessons I learned along the way.

I’ll be teaching Reiki level one in February 2012, over a Friday evening and a Saturday. It’s a remarkable experience and one that can really impact on your life for the better. If you are in Dublin, Ireland, and would like to come to class with me, you can email me: abby@abby-wynne.com or visit my website to find out more.