The grace of transformation


I see it in the sparkle returning to their eyes. 

I see it in the ease in their voices. 

I see it in the softness in how they hold their shoulders. 

Tiny and grand, I see people returning to the essence of themselves. 

Such is the power of Reiki. 

A drop of gratitude nets the ocean


Affirmations are powerful. They are palpable vibrations that immediately begin shifting matter.

Speak them aloud and you actually create form. Sound waves compressing and decompressing the air in front of your lips. The vibrations of vocal cords, nasal cavities, and even bone and brain. This is profound sound healing.

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Crowd surfing the universe 


There are moments in receiving a Reiki session where you stop trying to record all the information and just fall silent. The conscious mind stills. A slack tide in the midst of it all.

In that space that opens up, pure energy falls in and fills your intention to fullness. In these moments of letting go and surrendering, you are able to manifest anything. And it only takes a moment.

Your wishes become real All manner of forces begin to work on your behalf in ways that you can not possibly imagine.

Don’t try to figure it all out all of the time.

Trust.

Being Brave Anyway! How to become comfortable with vulnerability. 


Yeah. So. Vulnerability sucks. (Can I get an amen!?)

It is the rough and tattered edge of what we previously thought was possible for ourselves. It would be easier to be comfortable with the status quo.

“Don’t ever change anything!”, shouts our ego.

But if we enjoy breathing, change we must. Either way, life will continue to push all our buttons and shake everything loose and upside down.

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Letting go of Anger Affirmation Ladder


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Letting go of anger is a process. It is difficult when we are overwhelmed with emotion to jump right to a positive, happy thought. Peace may feel light years away.

With the Affirmation Ladder process I created, you do not need to get to peace all in one step. Each affirmation is designed to acknowledge the truth of where you are and yet nudge you upward to a better and better place. Over time, you develop the instinct to reach for the affirmation to pull you out of anger than stay mired in an potentially destructive emotion.

The process is simple. Rate the level of anger you have in your body right now. On a scale from zero to ten. Ten being blind rage and zero being peace and contentment. Then you look up the affirmation for your level.

If you are at an anger level of 7, then the affirmation is: “All my emotions are wise teachers. I accept them as the lessons they are. Clarity is all around me.”

Gradually, anger is eased and its natural replacement, peace, becomes the norm for you.

To the right is the whole affirmation ladder for anger. Let me know how it works for you!

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Being: A lesson in presence 


We were talking in class the other day about how much time we spend focused in the present moment. It was actually one of my favourite classes in Master Level where my students teach me the class.

The discussion was brilliant and I was left pondering this odd sensation of our attention swinging like a pendulum back and forth across past, present, and future.

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Secret Art of Happiness


Hey! Hi There!

Did you know that you are awesome?

You are.

No really. I do this for a living. 

I get the great gift of hanging out with amazing people and teaching Reiki and meditation. So, you know I have some background in noticing the amazing in people, and trust me when I say – you rule!

One of the tremendous gifts I receive in my classes is getting to witness people recognize their own inner spark of light. The twinkle returns to their eyes, the smiles return to their faces, and their bodies (and their lives) open up and become healthier and more relaxed. It is amazing to witness that change in people. It is truly one of the best things in life to help people access that kind of consistent joy and happiness.

Along that journey I have been asked some great questions that have prompted me to think deeply about the stuff I teach. I get inspired to create more ways of sharing the magic that happens in a Reiki class with more people. One of the biggest questions I get is about the Reiki Ideals and it prompted me to write a whole book!

The Reiki Ideals are five simple principles for leading a happy and fulfilled life.

Just for today:

  • do not anger;
  • do not worry;
  • be grateful for your many blessings;
  • do your meditative and self-care work honestly; and
  • be kind to every living thing (including yourself!).

Oh sure! That is easy, right!?

Well, no. It is not so easy. That is why I wrote a book about it!

Living by these five principles has formed the core foundation of the work I have been doing over these last few years of teaching. Keeping the Reiki Ideals in my mind throughout the day has allowed me to reach a stable and lasting sense of contentment in life. They allow me to better deal with the ups and downs of life and to release old thoughts and unhelpful behaviours for good.

I have also witnessed other people shift so much, just by including the Reiki Ideals into their daily lives.

The sweet thing is that these are universal principles!

Everyone can use these five ideals to radically change their lives for the better.

I am helping to get the message out about the power of these simple ideas by publishing my book this year (For reals! This is happening!). I have also created an online webinar style meditation course called Secret Art of Happiness Meditation Course to begin teaching this self-development gold to others.

You don’t need to know Reiki to join, just have an open mind and a willingness to change.

The course is 5 weeks long and – you guessed it! – each class will focus on each Reiki Ideal. It runs five consecutive Thursdays from 8 to 9 pm, April 2 to April 30, 2015. The investment in this course is $250 and 5 hours of your time.

If you are interested, I am also hosting a free Meditation Class Sampler on March 19, 2015 from 8 to 9 pm. It is a little amuse bouche of a class to let you experience what the full course class would be like.

I would be so happy to see you there! 

Love, Geneva

ps. I am also offering Reiki classes again starting April 14th. Look below for more cool stuff that is happening in GenevaLand. 🙂

Faith or Worry?


The second Reiki Ideal is to let go of worry. Which sounds great, but can be a daunting task. When worry takes over, it is nearly impossible to see anything beyond it. 

What is on the other side of worry, its antidote, is faith. Faith in yourself, in kindness, in possibilities, in the Divine. By reaching beyond the borders of the constricted focus worry brings we can access the strength that faith can provide. 

Believing in the unseen, believing in a kind Universe, believing that somehow, some way, it is all going to work out. That is the way to end worry for good. 

Sometimes belief, faith, and trust get confused with only one religion or spiritual focus, but you need not be spiritual at all to have the quality of faith that can banish worry. You only need to believe in yourself. 

Of course, I am biased on the whole spirituality and conscious Universe thing! I have just witnessed so many wild and wonderful and utterly unexplainable things to think otherwise. We live in a wise and intelligent Universe. Love is inherently woven into the fabric of light and matter. This deep kindness responds to our thoughts and feelings and provides whatever experience is needed. 

The moment our focus shifts so does the Universe. Matter itself changes when our thoughts change. 

This is why worries do not serve you. 

You are in charge of your mind. You can begin to choose only thoughts that support and nurture you. Even a tiny shift will have rapid and positive results. Just even a small shift like breathing slower creates huge changes. The more that focus is given to what is wanted, the more what is wanted is delivered. 

Believe in the result before you get it. Hand it all over to the wisdom of the Universe. Trust that you are strong enough to make it through this too.

Share time: The beauty of taking turns


In my classes I use a black tourmaline crystal as a sharing stick. I adopted the practice as a way of allowing everyone a chance to speak and be heard. It is a way of creating community and connection in a very short time.

What started out as an inclusion of a practical nature, has shifted to one of the most important parts of the class. So much teaching and learning happens in that opening share time. It is a precious moment that I now do not skip or rush. Taking that space and time for each member of the group to speak creates warmth and cross-learning that I could not generate on my own as a teacher. It takes the material deeper into the fabric of our lives. We see the lessons that Reiki holds reflected in the stories we hear from others on the same path. It accelerates learning and creates bonds that last.

With something as ineffable as Reiki, it requires sharing to fully understand it. I have learned more about Reiki from hearing it described by others than I have from experiencing directly. It would seem to hold true for many experiences.

I suppose that is why we reach out to others on forums such as blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. We can deepen and understand our own experience better when we see it reflected by others.

A big part of writing in this blog is about connection. I want people to get to know me. I want to hear their stories and understand my own better. I want to widen and extend the sharing circle to include more and more folks who are also on an inner journey.

I want to hear you.

Your turn.

I am willing to change: The transformative power of a simple statement


I had the recent joy of being attuned by my Master level students in class. It is such a pleasure to be the receiver. This is especially sweet since I spend so much of my time teaching. Getting the chance to receive Reiki is bliss.

In an attunement to Reiki, a tremendous amount of ki (chi) is channeled into the receiver by the Reiki Master. It basically anchors in the energy into the body and allows the person to have instant access to Reiki. It feels amazing. It is a very profound meditative state that you enter and on the other side you are more centered, more powerful, and more peaceful.

It is funny, then, that I would start coughing in the middle of it all. Funny because the affirmation for coughing is “I am willing to change!” No cough before the attunement, no cough after. Just a bunch of change! As soon as I relaxed and was both willing to receive and to change, the cough disappeared.

Just like magic!

Or maybe more accurately, just like Reiki.

As soon as I was willing to change, I did. As soon as I was willing to receive more than I was giving, the coughing completely gone.

That is simple. That is powerful.

Even more importantly, I was able to fully receive the awesome attunements!

 

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