It is often voiced that one of the principal benefits of Reiki practice is balance and stability in our lives and in our beings.
Photo Right: Gathered in the Ballroom of the warm and historic Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, MA
As one attendee noted:
The Symposium provided a balance.
The 8 Insights honored specific practical,
approachable experiences and skills
AND honored the intuitive/inner knowing and Reiki heart.
The Fall Symposium is the newest “child” of the Celebration of Reiki, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the professional development of Reiki practitioners and teachers. From 2013-2015, the Celebration of Reiki, Inc. (CoR) has provided an annual Conference that attracts 150 – 175 conference-goers from New England and beyond. As a result of the encouraging feedback from conference-goers, the CoR committed itself to offering additional programs, such as the Fall Symposium, and trainings, such as QPR Suicide Prevention Training.
If we want to make Reiki practice available to all members
of the community, we have to be of service in a credible,
professional manner. Whether we choose to develop our own
Reiki businesses and/or be of service in a volunteer capacity,
we all need the skills required to be advocates
for the benefits and efficacy of Reiki.
Attending a symposium is always exciting, and participants arrive happy and eager. What happens, though when the day is over, and everyone has left the beautiful, bustling surroundings of the event, and has had a chance to reflect on the quality and value of the experience? The following post-Symposium tidbits indicate real quality and value:
- What a lovely conference; couldn’t have been better.
- Very impressive; a comprehensive offering tightly packed with lots of pertinent, practical information.
- Perfect selection of topics for people in business; gave lots of details to think about.
- I feel better informed. These subjects are necessary components to everyone who wants to have a Reiki practice beyond the household.
- I am just starting to develop a professional Reiki practice so this was perfect timing. All of the insights were right on for me.
- It made opening my own business not as scary as I thought.
- Helped me clarify areas I need to grow to move forward in my business.
- It was so valuable to receive real-life Reiki business advice and examples from great speakers on each topic.
- Topics were covered concisely, engaging those in attendance. It was informative and fun; beautifully orchestrated, the presenters hit all the right notes.
- It was also great networking with other Reiki folks.
Concrete take-aways from conferences are the most sought after prizes. Were there any significant, concrete take-aways from the CoR Symposium? Stephanie Porter, acknowledging that communicating to the public in a credible way about Reiki can be tricky at times, noted that the Insight on ‘Choosing the Language to Use’ was a wonderful way to develop her "elevator pitch". In fact, Stephanie reported using her “elevator pitch” yesterday!
Sarah Fuller, acupuncturist and Reiki practitioner, reported one of her biggest takeaway as the emphasis on the importance of self-care and "being Reiki" (Insight #2: Be Your Message with All Your Being). In Sarah’s work and life, self-care is often pushed to the side by her right-brained need to "get things done" and be "productive". When she gets caught up in a busy schedule, it is easy for Sarah to forget how important it is to stay grounded, and to take care of herself. Taking a few minutes for hara breathing during the Symposium was extremely grounding for her, and reminded her how easy and important self-care is.
Photo Left: Be Your Message With All Your Being
What it means to establish a professional Reiki practice requires a special kind of awareness. Awareness that success or failure of a Reiki business depends more on what we are bringing to it, and less on external factors such as economy, market, competition. Thoughts and attitudes do get communicated, so being aware of your message and of your being was a consistent and critically important component expressed by all Symposium presenters.
The Symposium opened with a keynote presentation by Lynn Robinson, a popular and internationally recognized author and motivational speaker who works with businesses and individuals, offering valuable insights into goal setting and decision-making. Lynn’s keynote, entitled ‘Trust Your Gut and Grow Your Business,’ offered very specific and helpful tools for trusting and having the courage to move forward with our own inner vision, according to Deborah Strafuss, Reiki Master Teacher, citing the practical help Lynn’s session provided for gaining confirmation and intuitive direction.
For those in the audience who already had established Reiki businesses, the Symposium continued to afford valuable insights. Deborah Strafuss recognized that when the basics for building your business were laid out so clearly by presenters Elise Brenner and Joanna Scaparotti, it helps one realize what one has already accomplished. Taking the time to step back and look at one’s practice from an overall perspective was a valuable take away from this symposium. The entire process has provided focus and tools for visioning and growth for my Reiki business over the next several months, Deborah Strafuss continued.
Exercises added some spice to the day. An active listening exercise was designed to allow participants to experience what it means to truly listen to our clients without allowing our own agendas and distractions to stand between practitioner and client. Sarah Fuller felt the impact of the active listening exercise, “It is so true, that when we talk with other people we are often thinking of other things. To be fully engaged in what the other person was saying during the exercise really made me feel connected to that person--my heart opened up and I could truly tune in to and feel what she was feeling as she was talking. I always thought that I was fully engaged when listening to my clients, but after this exercise it made me think twice about my listening skills, and how different my sessions with clients will be when I can be fully and actively listening to them, and connecting with them on that level.”
A gathering of Reiki practitioners and teachers provides more than information, education, and professional development. Symposium attendees traveled from as far as Connecticut and Maine in order to learn as well as to nurture connections and inter-connections with one another. “I connected/reconnected with many friends. Some longtime, some recent, some brand new as of that day. Every conversation, chat, or hug was a gift: it was wonderful to see so many people turn out for an event with so much useful info and even more heart,” commented Carol Ryan, an attendee from Norwood, MA.
To participate in Celebration of Reiki, Inc events connects us to the larger Reiki community, promotes ongoing learning and collaboration and expands our horizons far beyond what one individual alone can sustain. As Reiki practitioners, the information presented in CoR events supports us in being true to our Way and our Being as we continue to expand and grow in offering Reiki to our world and its communities of need. Community and collaboration are the seedbeds of creativity and flow. As such, these conferences and symposia are a tremendous resource for all Reiki teachers, practitioners, and students. We will continue to reflect on how we can practice Reiki and be fully present in all of our interactions with colleagues, clients, and the public.