Message From The President
As the CRA heads into its tenth year as an association, we can look back on the early years of its development. Now it is time to focus on its future.
I am honoured to represent the CRA as president for the coming term of 2007-2009. In this position I have the special privilege of working hand in hand with very talented ladies who comprise our board of directors. Barb Weston is our vice-president, and our directors are Nicole Lafleche, Tania Bakas and our newest director Louise Vigneault.
I'd like to thank Nicole Lafleche, who is stepping down from being a director on July 31st, for two great years. Thanks for all your contributions, Nicole. You'll be sorely missed!
As we travel ahead into the future it is our mandate to move the Canadian Reiki Association to higher levels of growth and recognition across all the provinces in Canada.
In this edition of the newsletter we will be highlighting the AGM held in Vancouver on May 26th. It truly was a wonderful gathering of Reiki friends and guests, sharing what we have and will be doing for the CRA and our plans for the future.
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.
Member in Focus - is
Alice Creighton, RT-CRA
By Noortje Vanderelst, RT-CRA
In Vancouver we most certainly are. Please allow me to share with you the events we have participated in so far in 2007, and upcoming events that we will be participating in.
The CRA was invited to do a Reiki presentation for the Burnaby Mental Wealth Society by Clubhouse Support Staff member Carmina Tinaburri. The date was set for February 6th and 7th. CRA members including myself did a one-hour experiential Reiki presentation. With lights dimmed, candles lit and gentle music playing we gently placed our hands on the shoulders of the attendees as they sat motionless in a circle waiting to experience the magic of Reiki. The hour flew by as if only a few minutes and a calming hush had taken over the room. We were very well received by the folks attending the presentation and were advised that out of all the presentations held at the Club house our Reiki presentation by far drew the largest turnout. We look forward to going back again in the near future. It was an honor and a joy to share Reiki with these lovely people.
|Back - Lucy, Tania, Jennifer, Ann
Front - Barb Weston
On March 2nd, 3rd and 4th, twenty-six CRA members participated in the 15th Annual Wellness Show at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre. Over this three-day period we did one hundred and four mini Reiki sessions and handed out hundreds of information sheets describing what Reiki is. This annual event attracts over 33,0000 visitors each year and the CRA has had a strong, professional presence there for the last seven years.
On March 27th from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM, five of our members provided mini Reiki sessions for the caregivers of Sunrise of Lyn Valley in Lyn Valley, North Vancouver, BC. Sunrise of Lyn Valley is an assisted living residence for the elderly. Each year a Staff Appreciation Day is held for the caregivers. We set up two Reiki tables in a designated room and provided fifteen-minute Reiki sessions for the caregivers who had signed up for this event. Some had experienced Reiki before and were very glad to have us back again. Others who stepped into the room with skepticism floated out with bliss written all over their faces and a new understanding of Reiki.
|Stacy, Claudette & Jens|
On April 19th, four of our members staffed a booth and provided fifteen-minute chair sessions at the annual BC Hydro Wellness Fair. This annual event is held by BC Hydro as part of a health awareness campaign for staff. We participated in this event in 2006 and the response and feedback was so good that we were invited back again this year.
Tania Bakas was contacted by the wellness programs coordinator of Confederation Seniors Centre in North Burnaby, BC and asked to do a Reiki presentation, so on April 24th, five of our members did an experiential presentation for an hour. At the end of our hands-on presentation Lulu, the wellness programs coordinator, was quite amazed. She said normally at wellness presentations there is so much talking going on and noise being made by the seniors that the presenters end up being quite distracted. During our hands on presentation you could have heard a pin drop. There was a hush that moved around the circle as each attendee received Reiki and the hush was still there as we were leaving.
The CRA was contacted by Norman Sam of True Health Corporation and asked to participate in four one day Wellness Shows for the Provincial Health Services Authority. The event was called Taste of Wellness Fair. The PHSA ranks as one of BC's largest health care management authorities with an organization-wide staff base of 12,000 members, primarily comprised of front line nurses, doctors, social workers, occupational therapists and support workers. Additionally, the PHSA boasts a large corporate administration and health research sector as part of their organization.
Norman Sam was sourcing the holistic marketplace for established and respected health and wellness vendors to educate, demonstrate and market the latest and most effective complementary healthcare and wellness products and services available today. When I asked Norman what made him decide to invite the CRA, he said he was impressed with the look of our booth at the 15th Annual Wellness Show in March and how we presented Reiki to the public in an uncomplicated and professional way.
On May 9th, seven CRA members staffed a booth and did fifteen-minute chair sessions for patients and staff at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam, BC from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We initially started with four chairs but quickly realized we had people standing and waiting for their turn to experience Reiki, so we added a fifth chair to handle the line-up. This was a wonderful experience for us because we got to work with patients of the hospital as well as the staff. This show was a huge success, and we were very well received by patients and staff alike.
On May 14th, nine CRA members staffed a booth with five chairs and did fifteen-minute Reiki sessions from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM for staff at the BC Cancer Clinic in Vancouver. This event was open to staff from the BC Caner Clinic, Cancer Research and Center For Disease Control. It was also a huge success and we were very well received. Many chair sessions were done and a lot of printed information about Reiki was handed out to the attendees.
On May 18th, fourteen CRA members split into two shifts and staffed a booth with five chairs doing fifteen-minute Reiki sessions for the staff at BC Children's and Women's Hospitals in Vancouver, BC. This show ran from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and at times we had seven chairs occupied with staff members experiencing Reiki. Again, many hospital staff members experienced Reiki first hand and a lot of printed information about Reiki was handed out. This show was also a huge success and we were very well received.
There will be a 4th show scheduled in September for Riverview Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam, BC and we are very much looking forward to sharing Reiki with the patients and staff there. It truly will be an honor.
On July 1st, Canada Day, members of the CRA marched in the North Vancouver parade and handed out CRA brochures. This fun event was coordinated by CRA member Jinny Ridrigo and it is one of many platforms we can utilize to inform the general public about Reiki. Thanks for thinking outside the box Jinny!
The CRA has been approached by Janice Wardrop, Executive Director of Ese'm'kwu Aboriginal Healing & Wellness Centre in North Vancouver to participate in the 31st Annual First Nations Elders Gathering on August 8th to 10th. This is the first year they have considered adding a healing component to the events. Janice and I have been playing telephone tag and at the date this article was sent to the CRA Janice and I had not yet caught up with one another.
While participating in the Taste of Wellness Fair at the hospitals we were approached by Kate Mitchell, Sales and Marketing Manager for Earthsave Canada. Kate asked if the CRA would participate in the next upcoming Earthsave Canada event in September called Taste Of Health. This will be the first time a holistic modality has ever been invited to attend this event, so this is really an honor for the CRA. The event takes place at the Croatian Cultural Center in Vancouver, BC on September 29th and 30th from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on both days.
If you have read this article and are wondering how you can participate in these kinds of events please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must be a CRA member in good standing and have been practicing Reiki for a minimum of six months in order to qualify as a participant. These events are a wonderful experience and a great way to meet and interact with your fellow practitioners and establish some new friendships.
To those of you who faithfully give of your time, participating in CRA events, I sincerely thank you as the success of each event is dependent on the practitioners who participate in them.
Thank you everyone.
With much Love, Light Gratitude and Respect,
CRA Vice President
Faith is the secret to happiness for all people. When you truly forge your mind of faith, you will become an eternal victor throughout the three existences of past, present and furture. Strong faith enables you to display your wisdom appropriately, so that you can take advantage of change and move forward in the direction of victory and hope.
Lunch break at the
|Tracy Lydiatt &
of Reiki Vibes selling their wares.
I was honoured to be in the presence of all the Reiki folks that attended the AGM in May. First time attending a CRA AGM, I was in awe of the unity and warmth that permeated the room. It was a free flowing day, trusting in the energy to take us where we needed to go the mini market was a popular spot, with several unique products,all of special appeal to the Reiki practitioner and enthusiast.
A typical AGM usually begins with the usual financial details that can often have one's head spinning, and much to my amazement, first, I understood what Barb Weston was saying (thank you Barb for translating financial jargon into gentle Reiki language!) and second, I was utterly impressed by the fact that the CRA has shown tremendous financial improvement, clearly a sign of good direction and loyal support from its members.
Bonnie Smith, President
We had a wonderful lunch, time well spent socializing with our peers and followed by two marvelous presentations by Forest, the Didgeridoo Man, and Lyn Ayre demonstrating the healing sounds of singing bowls. Norman Ayre also demonstrated the powerful healing ability of our own bodies through the sound of our voice - we all participated in this demonstration and the feedback was amazing.
We ended a pleasant day with inspiring Reiki healing stories - a heartwarming way to mark the end of a productive event.
Looking forward to seeing all the beautiful Reiki souls at next year's AGM in Ontario!
I thank you for having me at your Annual General Meeting for the CRA; it was an honor to share with you the wonderful aspects of Didgeridoo Sound Healing with so many open people.
To have so many lined up the way you did was incredible, I had never played on a group of people in that manner where you were touching the person in front that way. I love experiencing new ways of doing what I do and my presentation was unique in that way.
I was not able to hear all the experiences people had, I was touched to see some have their pain relieved as well as emotional blocks lifted, I thank them for allowing themselves to be open to receiving the sound healing as well as thank them for being able to release their pain.
I look forward to allowing large groups to experience it that way again. I send you all my blessings and know that you all help by making people feel better with your healing touch, keep spreading the benefits of Reiki, even if you have to go into hospitals and do healing work in them.
If anyone wishes to share their experience with me email me at: email@example.com
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We arrived at ten to nine and set up our table for the mini mart. I sold several perfumes and CDs. I also got three orders for full-size perfumes and another order for a CD. I was asked to give the opening blessing, which I did as follows:
Spirit of the Universe,
I ask for a blessing on this group of individuals who love Reiki. We are all so grateful that Mikao Usui had a vision and set about living it and teaching it to others, all those years ago. We are thankful that other Masters have come along and broadened the scope of Reiki with their unique gifts, bringing into being multiple frequencies of this beautiful energy healing technique, and spiritual way of life.
We bless the founders of the Canadian Reiki Association for their vision, and are so grateful to those who carry forward their work and bare beginnings. So, Bless the Board of Directors, who have worked tirelessly, and usually out of their own pocket, to get the word out about Reiki.
We ask that we be guided as to how we can best serve the CRA and forward its movement through this time and space.
Thank you, that we may be together and enjoy each other's company, just for today, at this Annual General Meeting. All this we ask for our highest good and to honor the Spirit of Reiki.
All this we ask for our highest good and to honor the Spirit of Reiki.
The general meeting was over at ten to twelve and we broke for lunch until one o'clock. Lunch was awesome with a variety of sandwiches, salads, beverages, and baked treats.
After lunch, Forest played the didgeridoo for most of an hour and took us on a meditative journey. He is amazing. If you ever have the opportunity to see him, you will thoroughly enjoy the experience.
I began my presentation at two o'clock by offering everyone a Body Break. We stood and stretched for a few minutes. Then I taught everyone how to tone into an area of deficiency in the aura. I was amazed at what it sounded like when everyone was softly toning their clients. First, Norm demonstrated the process on Judy Cain. Note the Orbs on the left.
Then, I had the group pair up and choose who would receive first. Then I asked them to scan the energy field front and back, looking for any anomalies of heat, cold, drag, dip, or prickles. When they found an area to work with, they vocally toned into it until the energy balanced. Then they scanned again; smoothed the aura, and said a prayer for their clients. Then they switched. Everyone enjoyed this exercise and I couldn't have felt more gratified by the result.
Afterwards, using the Himalayan Healing Bowls, I took them on a journey to Tibet, into an ancient monastery and a time steeped in ritual and tradition.
Finally, there were many questions to answer about how I became interested in the bowls, sound healing, and how it all works on the bio-field and physical body. I'm happy to report that my presentation was well received and this makes me feel wonderful.
We arrived home ten hours after we left, had supper on the way home, and I fell asleep at 8:30, awakening at 7:30 the next morning.
|Lyn Ayre, RT, Setareh Riahi, RT
and Anne Whitmore, RP
|Anne Whitmore, RP & JudyCain
Secretary at the registration table
Finally, we have a comprehensive book dedicated solely to Mt. Kurama and Reiki healing! Jessica Miller's first book is an absolute treasure - adorned with countless photographs, Miller's vast knowledge of this special mountain spills out on every page. Reiki's Birthplace fits many moulds - it is a Reiki book, a travel book, a picture book and a history book all in one. The five chapters explore themes such as the history of Mt. Kurama, a guide to the energetic power spots on the mountain, information about the Buddhist and Shinto Deities featured in the temples and shrines, a practical guide for first-time visitors to Japan (including vital information on public toilets!), and most importantly, a step-by-step site guide for each point of interest on Mt. Kurama.
This book should be considered by anyone planning or even just dreaming of a pilgrimage to the birthplace of Reiki. The information within its pages ensures the Reiki visitor will have a rich and rewarding experience during their time on the mountain. Miller tells her readers where find the 'secret' hideaway under the altar stairway in an easily overlooked temple so they too can peer up at the Amida Buddha statue. She gives tips on where to stand near ancient trees in order to best feel their powerful energy, and she provides numerous energy exercises that can be used on the mountain or in other energy rich locations. This book opens doors that would otherwise take the Reiki tourist countless visits to discover.
Indeed, that's exactly how Miller did her research for this book. In the course of preparing to write, she made an astounding 101 trips up Mt. Kurama! With the help of translators and friends, she pieced together bits of information to create a book that the Reiki world has been waiting for. Reiki's Birthplace deserves a place of honour on the coffee table of any Reiki room.
Every Monday night the Reiki community in the Kanasi area (Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe) of Japan is welcome to join a very special event. Hyakuten Inamoto, the founder of Komyo Reiki, hosts his weekly Reiki share at the Daizen-in, a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. This Reiki share is open to people from all Reiki lineages and has provided a positive first impression for many people new to Reiki.
Guests are welcome to arrive any time after 6:30pm, and there is an open door policy allowing people to come late or leave early if they cannot attend the entire share. For the next half hour, members drink green or oolong tea and snack while catching up with each other or introducing themselves to first-time visitors. There is a sign-in book near the front door and a suggested donation of 500 yen (about five dollars).
Around 7pm the Reiki share begins with a group meditation. Members place small cushions on the tatami mats (a traditional Japanese flooring made of woven straw) and wait for the meditation to begin. Hyakuten sensei clangs a set of meditation cymbals twice to signal the beginning. There is some relaxing music and the air is scented with incense. Ten minutes later the mediation is completed with two closing chimes of the meditation cymbals.
After the meditation, the floor is quickly cleared of the cushions to make way for the Reiki circle. Members prepare by reaching their hands up to connect with Reiki energy, then bringing them down to Gassho (holding hands in a prayer position). At this point Hyakuten sensei asks everyone (speaking in both Japanese and English) to tilt their hands to the left, then separate their hands bringing their left hand under the right hand of their neighbour, and their right hand over the left hand of their other neighbour. This way Reiki energy flows through the circle in a counter-clockwise direction. People sensitive to energy can feel the Reiki energy flowing into and out of their hands, and even throughout their body. After a few minutes Hyakuten sensei instructs members to flip their hands the other way, so the left hand is now facing down and the right hand is now facing up. This simple change reverses the flow of the energy to a clockwise direction. With practice it is possible to feel a change in energy when the direction of flow is reversed. After changing hand positions one final time to the original position, the Reiki circle is finished.
Following the Reiki circle it is time for the reiju (ray-jew) or attunement. This is an open attunement and is available to anyone, whether they have taken a Reiki class or not. Reiki symbols are not used during this attunement and the effects are considered to be temporary. Everyone who will receive the attunement sits down in a chair. They are asked to put their hands into the Gassho position and close their eyes. Then Hyakuten sensei and his teacher-level students perform the attunements, tapping the shoulder of each person to signal that their attunement is finished and they can rest their hands on their laps.
After this, members set up the tables and benches for the Reiki sessions. Massage or Reiki tables are not common in Japan, so the tables used are actually long, narrow desks, set side-by-side in groups of two, with a bench on each side and a chair at the head and the foot of the table. Together, this forms one Reiki table, and provides seating for up to six people. The cushions that were used for the seated meditation are now used to form a mattress on the tables, and one cushion is folded to form a pillow. The recipient climbs up on the table and is covered with a sheet. There are often two or three tables set up, as well as one area on the floor, allowing three or four people to receive Reiki healing from up to six people simultaneously.
Each session lasts about twenty minutes, after which the recipient rejoins the group and gives Reiki to the next recipient. People who are attending the Reiki share for the first time are always invited to receive a Reiki session first. After a few sessions, or about 60 minutes, there is a tea break. This is beneficial as it allows tired muscles to get a rest - it can be tiring for people to hold their arms in an outstretched position if they aren't used to it! After the break the remaining people receive their Reiki sessions before packing up the tables and heading home, usually around 9:30pm.
If you are in Kyoto and would like to attend Hyakuten Inamoto's Reiki share, please visit his website for more information and a detailed map. http://www.h4.dion.ne.jp/~reiki/english/share.htm
Canadian Reiki Association Exchange
The Tri-Cities Reiki Exchange
St. Andrew's United Church Reiki Share
3rd Friday of the month
Vancouver Reiki Share
Dates: Every 3rd Tuesday of the month
Vancouver Skills Exchange
Dates: The 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 10 am to 1 pm. The 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 6 to 9 pm.
4th Monday of the month
, except July & August
2nd Thursday of the month
Reiki Sharing Circle
4th Thursday of the month
Healing Co-op Reiki Share
Reiki Shares / Healing Circles
Amherstburg, ON3rd Friday of every month
68 Murray Street
7 pm to 10 pm
Comments: We welcome all people for sample sessions. All are welcome to come and experience Reiki. Open Reiju will be given to those who wish it.
Contact: Donna Hibbert, RT-CRA
In the Spirit of Truth
3rd Wednesday night of the month
2nd Tuesday of every month
Aura Care Reiki Balance Centre
Guelph Reiki Share
Guelph Pathways Healing Share
Last Wednesday of Sept, Oct & Nov 2006
Place: contact for location
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Donation: $5 - $10
All Reiki Practitioners welcome.
Comments: Hosted by 3 Reiki Masters
Contact: Anne Harauz, RT-CRA
Monthly Reiki Practice Group
1st Tuesday of each month
London Reiki Share
Waves Fitness and Lifestyle Centre
3rd Tuesday of each month
Please register by email if you plan to come.
Reiki Intro. Talk & Share
Toronto Central Reiki Clinic
Bathurst & Eglinton
Toronto Hypno Healing Reiki Share
Every 2nd Thursday of each month
Reiki for Kids
The last Wednesday of each month
Whitehorse Reiki Exchange
Reiki Share/Exchange Format
Please send your notice of Reiki gatherings in your own area to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For your convenience we now offer PayPal® through the internet Corporate Store to pay for all store products plus new and renewal of memberships.
Our newest item in the Coporate Store is our "What is Reiki" brochure. It covers: What is Reiki, The History of Reiki, How it Works, A Reiki Session. The brochure is in simple language for the non Reiki person. Our intention is to give you another resource for seeking out potential clients. When a potential client has a better understanding of Reiki, they may be more inclined to book a session with you. They are $3.95 for 12 plus S&H.
CRA Logo Lapel Pins. These beautiful pins are an ideal gift for yourself or as a gift for your Reiki students when they complete a class. $5.00 ea. Buy 5 pins for $25.00 and get 2 free with your order.
Don't forget we have generic Certificates for Level's I, II, III and Master for members and non-members. Email for pricing or go to our on-line Corporate store.
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. $15.00 plus $5.00 S&H.
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 ball caps in navy. $15.00 plus $5.00 S&H.
Please include size and colour preferences where applicable!. Allow 4 weeks for delivery.
Send cheque or money order to:
c/o Canadian Reiki Association
Box 54570, 7155 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC V5E 4J6
The CRA is interested in ways to bring the membership together so they can get to know each other by sharing ideas and experiences. For those who frequent the Internet via e-mail and website browsers, the CRA has set up a members only
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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.
Keep the newsletter going by sending in your articles and book reviews.
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For information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The corporate store now carried CRA Shirts, Track Pants, with matching Jackets and Polar Fleece blankets - just the right size for your Reiki Table. They are now available through the Corporate Store. The product is competitively priced and is of excellent quality.
The shirts, jackets and track pants are made out of high quality cotton and you will have a choice of styles and wide range sizes of shirts and jackets. There is also a variety of colours to choose from.
We will be starting with a few products at first but the opportunity to introduce more in the clothing line will depend on how well we do with the orders.
I would like to mention that the CRA logo is embrodered on not a transfer that has bee ironed on as it was with the old style of shirts.
We know how everyone felt about the old shirts so we are pleased that we have found a way to update the product line and bring other items in without the costly overhead. With our Affiliate Program from Embroidme in place it is without a doubt the best way for the CRA to provide a good quality product without the expense and storage that we experienced with the previous order of shirts.
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INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE COURSE
Through the Canadian Centre for Indian Champissage. 10.5 CEUs.
AURA WELLNESS CENTRE
Offering Chakra & Ch'i harmonizing, crystal healing, drumming/journeying, EFT, Life Coaching, Reiki, and sound sessions.
Through Academy of Energy Healing enjoy in-person, email or correspondence courses.
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