My journey with Reiki began in 2003 when I received several Reiki treatments from a friend. These healing experiences through Reiki accompanied and helped facilitate some major life changes at the time. In September of 2009, I attended the International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT) annual Reiki Retreat, and there I met and was impressed by the Reiki community, their joy, and their commitment to living a Reiki lifestyle. When I returned home to West Virginia, I sought out my friend and asked her to teach me Reiki.
Our lessons were informal and very well structured. Over the course of the next few months, she guided my understanding and practice of Reiki. I attended the ICRT Reiki Retreat again in 2010 with a much clearer understanding of Reiki, and I reaped great benefits from that weekend experience. Again, returning home, I sought out more training and more practice. I soon attained Advanced Reiki Training (ART) level and my Masters’ certifications. (By way of explanation, the term “Master” in Reiki means only that a person has moved through these levels of training. It does not specifically mean that a person is an ‘expert’ or has any kind of superior insight into Reiki. Only through the practice of Reiki and incorporating it into one’s life journey does that happen.)
During the summer of 2014, I traveled to Glastonbury, England to complete the ‘highest’ level of ICRT training- Usui/Holy Fire Karuna Reiki®- with William Rand, the founder of ICRT and one of the people most responsible for bringing the practice of Reiki into our current Western understanding. While there is no ‘official’ group who holds special awareness of Reiki, I find the ICRT to offer a strong organizational structure that provides clear standards of training and ethical practice.
Coming from a professional background, being married to a Lutheran pastor, and being associated with various organizations over many years, this level of organization and professionalism concerning spiritual practices is important to me. A great deal of information about this organization is available on the ICRT website, www.reiki.org
When I relocated to Arizona with my family in 2014, it was with the intention to build a reliable and respected Reiki practice.
In the sacred landscape of this area, Shihana Reiki is poised to help others discover the beauty of this energy in their lives.
Journeying in Love and Light-