Message From The President
On behalf of your board members, Barb, Nicole, Joselin, Rita and myself may we wish you all a Happy New Year. We look forward to the coming year with anticipation as we are working on new ideas and projects to keep our association moving in the right direction.
Many changes were made to the CRA last -year and we thank all of you for your patience and co-operation.
New forms and documents that were developed have caused some confusion for some of our members. I will keep the letter of explanation on the front page of our website to guide you along. The most important documents are the Code of Ethics and Disciplinary Policy forms. If you have not done so, please sign and submit these to head office.
We have good news for Toronto's Reiki community. The C.R.A. was accepted to be on the list of Accredited Associations. Licensing fees will remain the same and Toronto City Council members voted on December 5th, to accept the Qualified Professional Holistic Association Report.Effective immediately you must be a member in good standing with your association to obtain a practitioner's/business license.
Finally, set aside May 27th, 2006 for the next A.G.M. You will find more detailed information in this newsletter and in the coming months.
Love & Light
The Canadian Reiki Association: We provide our members with a national voice; encouraging high educational standards through our Code of Ethics, promoting ethical practices and teaching; assisting the public with referrals to Practitioners and Teachers; and is committed to enlightening and educating our communities about Reiki.
We welcome your comments, criticisms, and feedback. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.
Carell Mehl, RT-CRA, Calgary, AB
Tell us how you were introduced to Reiki
What is your major focus for 2005?
Tell us about the contribution you see yourself making to the CRA
by Shelly Mayer, RT-CRA
Have you ever questioned the effects of Reiki on your loved ones or those you have touched with your hands and your heart while providing them with Reiki?
Do others not believe the effects Reiki can have on their life? Well if that is the case share this story with them.
This is a true story about how the healing power of Reiki worked a miracle in the life of my mother who lay critically ill in a hospital bed for 46 days.
I am a Reiki Master living in Manitoba, Canada and I would like to share with others this story of awe and wonder that is very dear to my heart.
Friday, March 26 of 2004 my mother, who was a very healthy and active 68 year old, was scheduled to have a Hiatus Hernia removed with laparoscopic surgery, a relatively safe procedure.
Living a few hours away from my mother I was going into visit her on Sunday the 28 just for the day. When I got there my mom was struggling for breath and they had found four blood clots in her lungs and started to treat it. I decided to stay in town over night to make sure everything was ok before I left to go home.
Before leaving my mother's room that evening I told her to have a good sleep and my last words I said were I love you, see you in the morning. I love you too she replied.
March 29, 2004
We got ready, my oldest daughter and myself, and arrived at the hospital within an hour from the time of my call. My mom was sedated and a machine was breathing for her when we arrived. With tears in my eyes after seeing her I asked the nurses what happened. They didn't know why her natural body process of absorbing blood clots was not kicking in. I stayed with her all day and spent the night in a hotel across the street.
March 30, 2004
March 31, 2004
I spoke to the nurse asking if it was safe to drive home to get a change of clothes because I just had what I was wearing for my day visit. She looked me in the eyes and said "I don't think that would be a good idea. If there is anyone who needs to see your mom today would be the day". I called my brother so he could contact all of the family and I called my friend in Brandon to ask if she would come and support me during this time. She raced to be with me.
My mom is the eldest of ten and all her family came to be with her. This was very emotional as they were coming to say good-bye to their sister. The hospital was very accommodating to us during this emotional and stressful time.
My friend, who came to support me, was with me as everyone else started to leave for the hotel room for the night. We stayed with my mom, one on each side holding her hands and doing Reiki for about an hour. I have been doing Reiki for some years now and didn't know if the emotions while giving my mom Reiki were my own or my moms, it was much different then I had ever experienced. My friend also had said she felt a lot of energy being exchanged.
She then stepped out so I could be alone with my mom before we left the hospital for the night.
Believing that this may be the last time with my mom in this life I talked to her speaking all the words I ever needed to say. I bent down to kiss her good bye and my labadorite crystal fell out of its pendent casing, onto her bed. I didn't know what to make of this as I left the hospital that night.
My mom has had two more surgeries, a tracheotomy and a chest tube during the forty-six days in the hospital. The doctors have no idea how she pulled through this. When they see her at their office now they call her a miracle, because they had given up. There was nothing left to give her or do for her that day.
Today my mom is home and doing very well physically but still is dealing with the emotions of what has happened. She has shared with me that she heard me talk to her that night even though she was sedated, and wonders what we did for her. She tells me she has a little boy angel that now stays with her, she recognized him as my youngest son.
The night my friend and I did Reiki on my mother as a team, made all the difference in the world. With all the distant healing and prayers from around the world I believe from the depth of my soul that friends, family and the kindness of strangers increased my mother's strength during this time.
So in closing, the next time you doubt the power of Reiki, even just a little, think about my story and how it has truly changed my life forever. Just believe and Reiki will fill your life with Universal Love and many wondrous things.
"We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn."
-- Mary Catherine Bateson
In June of this year, I received an invitation to volunteer my time to giving a presentation in September, to girls and women in the city of Ottawa on the subject of Reiki. The city would be celebrating a 20-year milestone of shared sports facilities throughout the city, previously monopolized by men and boys.
As a part of their programming, they wanted to have a presentation on Reiki - another milestone, from my perspective. Of all the possible women in the city of Ottawa whom they might have selected to do a presentation, they chose me. They found me through the CRA website! From there, they checked out my personal website and then wrote to me with their request. I was honored to be asked to do this, and saw it as a real opportunity to portray Reiki in a very professional light, as both treatment and prevention.
I developed a power point presentation to help me explain Reiki to my novice audience, and I tailored my presentation to the subject of Reiki and Sports, something I had never considered before.
I invited two Reiki Master friends to accompany me to do two fifteen-minute demonstrations during my 35-minute presentation. One of my friends is a grandmother to two granddaughters who also took part in the demonstrations. Their involvement was quite deliberate, as I wanted the audience to see that all age groups can practice Reiki. One of the girls was 20, the other 11 - both with level one Reiki. I prepared a short explanation of Reiki within a release form, and left instructions at the registration desk that anyone interested in having a demonstration read and sign the release beforehand. This worked quite well.
Picture a small amphitheatre with two Reiki tables, one on either side of the screen at the front of the room, a Reiki Master standing at each doing a short treatment to a member of the audience, and a chair positioned somewhere in between, with two young woman - one working on the upper body of the third participant and the other working on her feet.
In the midst of this, I am standing over a computer, which is flashing my visual presentation on the screen as I am filling in the auditory details.
We took a moment at the halfway mark in the presentation for reaction from the first set of people having the demonstrations, before the second set took their turn. The comments were all quite positive, of course, and served to increase the interest of the audience. I took time to speak of research that has been done in Reiki and to ensure that it would be understood as a valid energy healing modality that can be used for both treatment and prevention.
At the conclusion of the presentation I then solicited remarks from the second set of audience participants receiving the demonstrations. One of the women had tears in her eyes as she shared with everyone that she felt that she needed to pray! These demonstrations served to remind me, yet again, how powerful and healing is this wonderful thing called Reiki, and how even a short treatment can yield amazing results.
The C.R.A. would like to invite you to our next Annual General Meeting on May 27th, 2006, in Oakville, Ontario. The event will take place at the Quality Inn Hotel on Bronte Road from 9:30 to 4pm.
We are in the midst of planning an eventful day that we hope will be of interest to all. We will keep you up to date as we move along with our program. At the moment we are arranging for door prizes and looking for a few more contributors. We are also looking for vendors to participate in our mini market bazzar. If you would like further information or you are able to work with us in these areas please contact Bonnie at: email@example.com or phone her at 905-639-5980. For our members out West who would like to help out with a door prize please contact Judy Cain at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year we are opening the meeting to non-members. We hope that we can interest you in joining so please keep that in mind.
The registration fee of $10.00 for C.R.A. members and $20.00 for non-members includes a buffet luncheon.
We hope that if you have never
been to a C.R.A. AGM before you will now consider it for 2006.
We look forward to your continuing support and making this a great event.
You there on
Look up into the sky
When you're so inclined
May see more than vapour.
The world is a community
Is like one big house
We are all related
Though life, most take for granted.
Some wash their faces
In the early morning
You're not held back by yesterday
Breeze to you is no mere breeze.
You look at things
Like you're part of the wind
Give back more than you take
You are a true savant.
See things in their true light
Not with foggy spectacles
Natural wonders exist
For those with eyelids not welded shut.
At an auspicious moment
Feel non-gravitational pull
You glance the horizon
See a window to the stars.
Purple hues adorn
In its circumference
With eyes of a feline
Distinct with watchful orbs.
What this represents
Creative - female intuition
Look for stone, cat's eye
Connect dream to touch.
Destiny within this life line
Begins to be fulfilled
What some see as fiction?
You define as fact.
White light streams from the window
Voice heard from other side
You are nearing the time
When comes full comprehension.
Over the years, my health was declining. Sometimes, my legs didn't work and I was overtaken by exhaustion. I would go through periods where I couldn't hold onto anything because my arm would jerk out of control. My speech became slurred and my mind dull and slow. Symptoms such as these came and went and came back again along with more symptoms, it was a slow progression beginning with Trigeminal Neuralgia 26 years earlier.
My doctor thought it could be Multiple Sclerosis. He made an appointment for me to see a neurologist who booked an MRI. There were no lesions and no positive diagnosis for MS.
My husband picked up the slack in our daily routine and covered for me. I had become unreliable, and it was impossible to predict how I would be on any given day.
A few years later, I was sitting at my desk when I suddenly felt an icy-fire running through my legs and arms. It felt like pins and needles and electric shocks and the bottoms of my feet were burning. My Doctor's partner was on shift and prescribed percocet demi, telling me to get my doctor to check me out for MS as it sounded like paraesthesia.
I went to see another neurologist. He suggested an MRI and evoked potentials. The MRI showed eight lesions on the white matter, apparently only enough to diagnose me with probable MS.
Whether or not I am ever definitively diagnosed is neither here nor there. The fact is, no matter what it is called, these were symptoms that I had to manage daily.
I had been so ill for a very long time. For about a month, I had been praying for God's healing grace to enter me and restore me to health and mental clarity. As each day passed, I became more and more willing to change my thinking and let go of old outworn ideas, and belief systems that no longer served me well and I felt a change begin to occur in me.
It was around that time that I was introduced to Usui Reiki - a Japanese, light-touch wellness modality. A major component of Reiki is self-healing. I began daily self-healing and improved enough that I did not require my walking sticks, or the use of a wheel chair in shopping malls and hospitals, and I sold my electric scooter.
Some days, I would forget to take my meds and still feel okay. With my Doctor's blessing, I gradually went off all of my medications. This is what happened to me and I'm not advocating that any of you, dear readers, do anything against your doctor's plan for you. I had become so completely willing to heal that I did the self-healing technique almost every day. Over the last three and a half years, I have probably missed a dozen days. Willingness is certainly one of the keys needed in healing; persistence is another.
I was recently asked a question. "So, are you saying you are cured of MS?" My response is simple. "No, I am not cured. The symptoms sometimes bother me from time to time. I do say I am healed, though, because the symptoms don't bother me often. When I was sick, I was getting worse and worse with no lessening in between. I was on some pretty heavy-duty medication with potentially devastating side-affects. I lost my job. I lost feeling in various parts of my body. My vision blurred. I was in a tremendous amount of pain. Now I feel well. I have energy from morning to night and I'm improving every day. I am back into life. I feel whole again." This, is my story.
The Expo was held in Toronto from November 25- 27th. It was the third consecutive year for the Canadian Reiki Association to have a booth and doing our mini Reiki sessions. All the volunteers were kept busy by introducing Reiki, selling our new Meditation CD, our T-shirts. and talking to the general public about our Association. It was very interesting to see how many more men were curious about Reiki and willing to try it for the first time. This was a definite change from previous years. Our members who gave their time to be at the Expo helped make this show a success. I would like to thank Joselin Ratto, Rita Bonnici, Joe McAleer, Suzanne Dobinson, Maralyn Wilson, Alice Creighton, Diane Peterson, Christine Baum, Carol Romanella, Denise Raike, Simone Bowman, Shalini Agarwal, Sladana Ilic, Mark Brewer, Inessa Manorik, Alain Passenaud, Louyse Vingneault, Alain Richard.
Support from our members helps to keep the C.R.A. moving forward.
I am an RP with the CRA and just read one of the articles in the September newsletter which has prompted me to write to you. The article was written by an RT in Mississauga.
She states that one of her interests is to get corporations to pay for Reiki treatments. Oh, this is an interesting topic! I have talked to several insurance companies that deal with corporations as well as offering self-employed people insurance coverage that includes "alternative therapies". To my dismay, when services such as Reiki, Nutrition, Reflexology, Crystal Healing, Therapeutic Touch, etc. are listed as covered services, there is a catch. Here is the BIG catch: they are only covered in Ontario if they are offered by a licensed professional! What is a licensed professional you may ask? An MD, and ND (Licensed Naturopath) or and RMT (Licensed Registered Massaged Therapist). This probably leaves out the vast majority of Reiki practitioners.
I am self employed. I am an RNCP (Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner) and Reiki Master (practicing as an RP, I'm not teaching at this time) and I sell some wellness products. I have a BSc from a recognized Canadian university. I have a clean police check from the Durham Police (I practice and live in Durham Region). I have errors and omissions insurance and 3rd party liability (slip and fall). I am insured for a Reiki or Nutritional claim against me. And still, people cannot claim my service invoices for reimbursement. Insurance companies say they are following Revenue Canada (Canada Customs and Revenue Agency) guidelines for tax deductible services.
So, beware of doing general promotion of Reiki at corporations. This may leave most of us practitioners out in the cold financially (so to speak) unless there is a demand by the company that their insurer cover ALL CRA Registered Practitioners. (for Reiki that means they have a CRA number). This doesn't mean we seek to exclude licensed practitioners, but rather ensure that CRA members are included, no matter what their other degrees or certifications.
This is a terrific little book absolutely filled with diagrams and simple instructions. This comprehensive guide is effective whether you have a practice, or simply want to take more responsibility for your own health. In addition to the reflexology techniques and sequences, you are provided with information about essential oils, the various methods of diagnosing, the structure of the hands and steps to prepare for a treatment. Information is laid out so well that the book contains a contents section, a common ailments chapter and closes with a widely diverse index. In the "real" world there are few of us who are able to attend courses on every healing modality that interests us. Reading good "how to" books increases our knowledge base however, making us more effective healers. To date I have found the techniques in this book to be successful for both my clients and myself.
"My grandfather once told me that we're two kinds of people: those who do the work & those who take credit. He told me to try to be in the first group."
-- Indira Gandhi
Canadian Reiki Association
Tri-Cities Reiki Exchange
Richmond3rd Friday of the month
Wings of Dove Holistic Centre
140-12031 First Avenue
Steveston Village, Richmond
7 pm to 9:30 pm
Comments: This is an opportunity to share our experiences & discoveries, and to receive further coaching if necessary. Meditation and Healing open to all Reiki Levels. Please call or email that you are attending.
Contact: Claudette, RT-CRA
4th Monday of the month
2nd Thursday of the month
Reiki Sharing Circle
of the month
Healing Co-op Reiki
Reiki Shares / Healing
In the Spirit of Truth
night of the month
Aura Care Reiki Balance
Guelph Reiki Share
2nd Wednesday of each
Guelph Pathways Healing Share
Last Thursday of each
month except for July, August & December
Hamilton Reiki Share
4th Wednesday of each
Monthly Reiki Practice
Group starting in 2006!
1st Tuesday of each
London Reiki Share
of each month
Thursday of each month
Intro. Talk & Share
Toronto Central Reiki Clinic
Every 2nd Monday of
The last Wednesday of
Whitehorse Reiki Exchange
Reiki Share/Exchange Format
Please send your notice of Reiki gatherings in your own area to email@example.com.
Name of the Share/Exchange
This 17 minute guided Chakra Meditation CD is perfect to use at Reiki Shares or Exchanges. It is a lovely way to bring the group together while relaxing and centering them at the same time. It is also perfect for personal use to relax and refresh you in just 17 short minutes and makes a perfect gift for anyone.
CRA merchandise featuring our logo is available! T-shirts in navy and red available in sizes S (red only - limited), M, L plus we have Navy ball caps.
Please include size and colour preferences where applicable!. Allow 4 weeks for delivery.
All Items available for $15.00 each plus $5.00 shipping and handling. Send cheque or money order to:
c/o Canadian Reiki Association
PO Box 74072 Hillcrest RPO
Vancouver, BC V5V 5C8
The CRA is interested in ways to bring the membership together so they can get to know each other by sharing their ideas and experiences. For those who frequent the Internet via e-mail and website browsers, the CRA has set up a members only e-mail list discussion group; subscribe at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extra copies of the newsletter are available for special events or to use for promotional purposes. They are great to have for Reiki Shares & Wellness Shows. For additional copies contact: Judy Cain at: email@example.com.
We are always looking for items of interest for our members & the public. Send in your articles, special sayings, up and coming workshops, and notices that you would like included in the newsletter.
We would also appreciate receiving your book reviews.
"Just don't give up
on trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love
-- Ella Fitzgerald
Path to Life
Wings of Dove Holistic Centre
Sacred space for Personal Empowerment
Usui Reiki Sessions
Circle of One
In Toronto, Ontario,
Carleton University Research on Reiki and Social Work
a MSW student seeking individuals in Ottawa with both
reiki and social work credentials to obtain perspectives on the
possible barriers, benefits and limitations of incorporating
Indian Head Massage Course
Through the Canadian Centre for Indian Champissage. 10.5 CEUs.
Aura Wellness Centre
Sessions Only In:
For more information,
Bridges To Health
Community Health Fair
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