The Essence of Reiki Part 1 of 10: Reiki Fundamentals

I’m pleased to announce the launch of the new Reiki portal on my coaching website. I’ve been a Reiki practitioner since 2011 and a Karuna Reiki Master Teacher since 2012. In May 2015, I recertified at all Reiki levels from First Degree through Usui Master Teacher in the new Holy Fire® energy signature introduced by the International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT). This September, I will recertify at the Karuna level of Holy Fire.

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In upcoming blog posts, I’ll feature 10 different aspects of the practice of Reiki:

  • Part 1: Reiki Fundamentals
  • Part 2: Master Teacher Accreditation
  • Part 3: The Role of Energy
  • Part 4: The Stress Response
  • Part 5: How Reiki Heals
  • Part 6: The Magic of Reiki
  • Part 7: Walking the Reiki Path
  • Part 8: Reiki and Religion
  • Part 9: Reiki Treatments
  • Part 10: Reiki Training Programs

Reiki Fundamentals

Reiki is a form of energy work focused on enhancing life experience in all areas. It reduces stress, increases relaxation, fuels creativity and fosters healing. I liken Reiki to a form of energetic meditation or prayer with the Reiki Master Teacher serving as a consecrated channel for the flow of infinite Universal Source energy to support insight, healing and empowerment.

Reiki reduces stress, increases creativity and fosters healing for everyone

For a deeper dive into the essence of Reiki, click the respective blue titles below:

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Even Empowerment Coaches Get the Blues

Sometimes despite all the empowerment principles, tools and techniques I teach and know so well, I can become anxious, frustrated, discouraged or overwhelmed. While I may choose to feel like a victim of circumstances for a time, eventually when I’ve had enough of flopping about in the mud of misery, I remember that I always choose my response to whatever life sends me. When I choose fear, I imprison myself. When I choose love, I set myself free.

I’ve found one of the best ways to prime the pump of self-empowerment is to be the change I wish to see in my world by behaving as if. Want to feel loved? Reach out to every being, encounter and experience with love. Want to feel happy? Smile. Longing for kindness? Try doing a simple kindness for someone in need. You just may find the hope and gratitude you awaken in another will rekindle the flame of hope and gratitude in your own troubled heart.

When You're Down and Troubled

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating denial. Because that which is denied will wreak havoc eventually—especially when it’s fueled by fear. I am advocating self-awareness and, as always, love, respect, curiosity, compassion and gratitude. Because when you plant those seeds, everyone enjoys the fruits and grains of your kindness and generosity for years to come—including YOU.

When you raise the energetic frequency of your interactions with others, you end up doing the same for yourself. 

In every situation, love yourself enough to pay attention to every aspect of your life. Respect everything you are experiencing—what you are thinking, feeling, deciding, saying, and doing. Determine whether the energy underneath is love or fear. If it’s love, you are probably on your authentic path. If it’s fear, demonstrate compassion for yourself. Foster gratitude by reminding yourself that everything is an opportunity. Then further neutralize the fear by bringing curiosity to bear. Explore every aspect of the situation, especially your internal landscape, and identify all of the opportunities available to you through this unique experience. In summary, figure out what you want, understand whether it’s fueled by fear, transform any fear into love, set your intention, and then get ready to receive it, because it will happen. Before you know it, this healthy new habit for managing stress will become your automatic response to every situation.

Well, nearly every situation because, as I shared at the outset, any of us is capable of drifting (or veering) off the path of equanimity into the weeds of rage and despair. Over time, I’ve become really curious about whether there is a common denominator to what circumstances could create a perfect storm for me. While it’s true that getting lax about healthy nutrition, adequate sleep, regular meditation and copious play are often contributors, for me discouragement and despair take control when I forget my core truths.

The first step to escaping my self-imposed prison of misery is to care enough about myself to take action. I transcend my circumstances and begin reclaiming my power by demonstrating curiosity about which aspects of my chosen perspective are out of alignment with my core truths, which I call the Manifestation Mindset:

  • Come as you are—Show up and bring the best I have to offer in this moment. Not last year’s best, or next year’s best or someone else’s best. Just the best I’ve got to offer with the love and light I’m giving myself access to at this time. Quit judging myself as insufficient. I am always enough, just as I am right here and now.
  • Live the Truth—God is God, I am God’s and love is the greatest power in the Universe. My Source is excellent, limitless, and reliable. No external force can block my highest good. Universal abundance flows to and through me. Whatever my circumstances, I know who I am and Whose I am. I am a unique cocreative expression of the Divine. How could that ever not be enough?
  • Commit to the highest good—Universal love is always unfolding the highest good for all, in all, through all. Love, respect, curiosity, and compassion reveal and advance the highest good. My part is to align myself with the highest good by keeping myself free of fear and holding myself wide open as a clear channel for love and light. Way cool!
  • Express gratitude—While feeling grateful is a nice start, don’t stop there. Express it to and for every being, encounter, and experience. Appreciate my life. Know that everything’s an opportunity. Expect it. Go looking for it. Notice it. Say, “Thank you!” Gratitude for Universal abundance fosters generous, effortless, gracious flow filled with faith, hope, prosperity, peace, and joy. And it starts with being grateful for every aspect of myself—the attributes that thrill me and those that frustrate me and everyone who knows me. They are all essential elements of my unique cocreative role in expressing the Divine. I totally rock!
  • Trust God with the details—Resist the urge to over-manage the minutiae and end up trapped in the weeds. Even though I’m bright and creative, that level of specificity is way above my pay grade. Remain focused on my responsibilities (the first four parts of the mindset) and stay tuned to the Universal frequency for further instructions on where to go, what to do, when, and with whom. When I discern, focus, and follow through, the Universe works wonders through me. My job becomes so much easier when I allow God to be God!

If the results of my review indicate there is something significant to explore but I don’t yet feel able to go deeper, I demonstrate respect and compassion by not forcing myself. I relax into exactly where I am on my journey. Caring enough about myself to notice and explore my pessimism plants the seed for emerging insights. Whenever I invest my energy in “wondering why,” I’ve already taken an important step toward recognizing unresolved fear inside me and moving myself forward on my personal journey to wholeness.

Where are you choosing to live out of alignment with your personal truth? What baby step will you take TODAY to lead yourself back to the light? You’re worth the effort.

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Quit Yer Lollygaggin’

Opportunity knocks on your door every day. If you take too long to answer the door, Opportunity, like any visitor, will move on to a more hospitable host.

Everything in life has a natural rhythm—from the timing of good comedy to the sleep cycles of a healthy body. This rhythm is everywhere and in everything. When you’re relaxed, engaged and in step with it, you find yourself living in what I call “flow.” Your life becomes a fluid journey to wholeness grounded in who you are being, not what you are doing. Every breath, thought, word, and act—your very presence—fosters a generous, effortless, gracious life of flow filled with faith, hope, prosperity, peace, and joy.

When you are aligned with the natural rhythm of life, you know you have everything to manifest the life you dream of. Your prosperity is firmly grounded in trusting your energy, creativity and discernment regarding what to do, why, when, how, how much, with and for whom. Procrastination pulls you out of alignment with the natural rhythm of life and perfectionism is the single greatest cause. Perfectionism is all about fueling yourself with the toxic cocktail of FEAR. Fear throws you off-balance and out of rhythm. Fear keeps warning that you aren’t smart enough,  fast enough or rich enough—YOU JUST ARE NOT ENOUGH. Like a deer in the headlights, you freeze and wait to get run down.

Quit Yer Lollygagging

The next time you find yourself procrastinating, stop, take one deep breath, relax your body and say the word “YES” aloud. Breathe again, relax, say “YES.” Repeat this until you become fully present and calm.

Then try repeating these affirmations until you feel yourself starting to believe them with every fiber of your being—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

  • I do not rush. I am enough. I discern, focus and follow through. The Universe works wonders through me.
  • My Source is excellent, limitless and reliable. No external force can block my highest good. Universal abundance flows to and through me.

From this centered, empowered mindset, discern your next step—just one baby step—focus and follow through. Express gratitude, celebrate and repeat. By repeating this simple three-step process every moment of every day, you will baby step your way to greatness with perfect timing, rhythm and grace.

What fear might you release TODAY to help you take the next baby step toward the life you dream of living?

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Unlimited Mulligans

According to Wikipedia, “A Mulligan is a second chance to perform an action, usually after the first chance went wrong through bad luck or a blunder. Its best-known meaning is in golf whereby a player is informally allowed to replay a stroke (though this is against the formal rules of golf).” Contrarian that I am, my favorite form of golf—the one through which I’ve learned the most and had the most fun—is what I call “Unlimited Mulligans.”

We schedule ourselves for the last tee time, late in the day with no golfers behind us (so we won’t delay play for others). Then we play nine holes with permission to try any shot over and over from any spot we wish. Removing the need to rush and the fear of “failure” relieves all of the pressure, allowing my game to blossom and thrive. With every stroke, I laugh, I learn, I move forward—whether I end up in the fairway, the rough, the sand trap or the green.

Unlimited Mulligans

Babies appreciate the joy and power of endless do-overs instinctively. Ever watched one learn to walk? They struggle slowly to their feet, take a step or two, start wobbling and, BOOM, before you know it they’re down on all fours again. If babies were wired like many adults, after that first fall, they would just accept that they are no good at walking (or anything else) and resign themselves to a life limited to whatever they can access on all fours.

Fortunately, babies don’t recognize that first (or fiftieth) fall as failure. They assess what they learned about balance and speed and try again. With each new attempt, they get a little wiser until one day, they don’t fall at all. They make a plan, try it out, determine what worked, identify what didn’t, refine the plan and try again. We were born knowing how to do that instinctively. But somewhere along the way, as adults, a wire got crossed and we started erroneously concluding that if we fail at something, WE ARE FAILURES doomed to mess up everything we attempt.

No matter how bright and experienced you are, sometimes things just won’t go your way. The next time you respond by calling yourself a screw-up and a failure, follow these simple steps to realign your energy and get back in the game.

Watch your language.

Instead of using words like “failure” or mistake,” adjust your perspective. You didn’t make a mistake or fail. You tried something that didn’t turn out as you expected or hoped. Give yourself the grace of unlimited mulligans.

Celebrate what worked.

When things don’t go as you planned, don’t focus on the perceived failure and beat yourself up. Instead, start by celebrating what went well and look for the silver lining.

Celebrate what didn’t.

You didn’t fail. You succeeded in ruling out yet another path that doesn’t get you where you want to go. Good news: there’s fresh insight buried within that path that didn’t lead where you had planned.

Get curious about what happened.

Review your steps one at a time and figure out where you veered off track. Maybe the environment changed between the time you made your plan and the time you began execution. No detail is too small to consider. Be a relentless scavenger on a treasure hunt—what you seek is still out there, just not where you expected.

Adjust your plan and START AGAIN.

Now that you know more about what works for you and what doesn’t, refine your approach and go for it with GUSTO!

In life, setbacks and unexpected outcomes are inevitable. But when you embrace them as golden opportunities for personal growth, greater insight and deeper wisdom, those setbacks light the way to stepping into your greatness.

How will YOU adjust your course and persevere TODAY?

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Taking it One Step at a Time

Have you ever known exactly where you wanted to go, but hesitated because you didn’t know exactly how to get there?

That hesitation is both common and human. Before fully committing, we like to know what’s in store and whether the risks will outweigh the rewards. Nature built that self-preservation instinct into us for survival of the species. When it takes over—running rampant in your life—fear of the UNKNOWN can hold you hostage and rob you of ever making your dreams a reality.


Fortunately, when your self-preservation instinct is blended with insatiable curiosity, boundless creativity and endless drive, you are amazingly adaptable and capable of handling whatever comes your way.

Every day—often without even realizing it—you avert disaster and arrive safely on the other side of thousands of challenges, large and small. Gaining confidence from your vast reservoir of experience and drawn by the overwhelming desire for that which you seek, you can rise to meet the road ahead, even if you can only see the next inch of your journey.

Good news! Most of the time, clearly seeing the inch right in front of you is enough. You’ll handle that inch, and then the next inch, and the inch after that and, as the old saying goes, “By the yard it’s hard, but it’s a cinch by the inch.”

No matter what dream you’re chasing or challenge you’re facing, if you just keep taking one baby step at a time, you will eventually arrive at your destination safe, sound and successful.

What ONE BABY STEP will you take TODAY to move in the direction of your desires?

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Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan

Your ideal life includes big dreams based on audacious goals that will yield huge rewards—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Here’s how to maximize the probability that you will enjoy success beyond even your wildest dreams as you baby step your way to greatness.


  1. Choose your destination.

Get clear on where you are and where you want to be. Then brainstorm—with no judgmental head talk—every conceivable way you can imagine to get there. Be sure to envision potential obstacles and how you might embrace them to help shape your optimal path to success.

  1. Dangle some carrots.

Without the lure of a payoff for all of your hard work, it’s really easy to become discouraged and quit when you actually encounter the obstacles. If you conspicuously post throughout your home and work space a list of the anticipated rewards for ultimately achieving your goal, you’re more likely to demonstrate the necessary creativity and persistence to stick with it when things get tricky.

  1. Get going.

Now that you know where you’re going, the many ways you could get there and why it’s worth the effort, get started. Trust your gut to pick the path that feels optimal at the moment and just start baby stepping your way to greatness. When it gets dark and the road is narrow and steep, remind yourself of the payoff and keep going. Keep gathering data, adjust your plan as you go based on experience and keep going.

You don’t have to know every step of the journey or every obstacle that you’re going to face. You don’t even need to have a fortune to fund you. All you need is

  • a clear destination,
  • a basic framework for getting there,
  • a worthwhile payoff,
  • the willingness to get started and
  • the flexibility to rework your plan on the fly.

Ready, aim, fire, STEER will be enough to get you going and see you through to the finish line.

What BABY STEP will you take to move you closer to your AUDACIOUS GOAL today?

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Dancing in the Moment

Throughout your life, you will encounter what you perceive as opposition and obstruction.

You wanted to leave for your vacation early in the morning before traffic gets heavy, but when you awoke you realized you forgot to pay the bills that come due while you’re away. Or you wanted to arrive early to the office so you’ll have time to finish your slides for an important presentation that morning, only to get stuck behind a 10-car pileup on the freeway with no exit in site.

While life doesn’t always align with your plans, your response will have everything to do with whether you experience an insurmountable obstacle or a golden opportunity. You get to decide whether unexpected opposition will be a curse or a blessing in disguise.

It’s a lot like dancing with a partner. With no resistance, you’ll find yourself flailing like a wet noodle. However, with even a little structure and tension, you’ll perform creative twists and turns that will leave everyone amazed.


Like the kite that can only rise against the resistance of the wind, once you partner with your perceived opposition, you may just find yourself soaring to new heights you could never have reached from comfortable complacency.

As anyone who works out regularly can attest, opposition can help you develop strength, stamina, flexibility, stability and dexterity. Strength results from pushing or pulling against strong resistance. You gain strength—physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually—when you encounter opposition and engage it.

Opposition is inevitable. Instead of collapsing into victimhood or raging against circumstances, transform your minefields into goldmines. Turn your face into the wind, embrace your challenges and discover the hidden riches that lie within you. Choose your energy and change your life!

How will YOU dance with opposition TODAY?

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