With Love From Grace

Dear Reiki Australia, Thank You 💙

I have spoken to many of you, and been a recipient during healing hour, so I guess its time to lift the veil and introduce myself. My name is Grace, Reiki Australia social media manager, and I want to take a moment to express my gratitude because this community has helped me more than you know.

It was shortly after I returned from my South American journey that borders shut down. So I did what all life forms do best and adapted, learning more digital skills and pushing forward. My mum was the one who informed me about the opportunity (thank you mum 💙).  Reiki Australia was looking for a volunteer to help with Instagram, so I threw my hat in the ring, hoping for a chance to practice all I had learnt, and it was the best decision I ever made!

I was contacted by the lovely Amy. A woman with two language degrees, owns her own business, has a wonderful family and is also studying medicine. I did not know this about her on our first interview.  Amy was the friendly face who greeted me and guided me, was there for all my questions and was kind and comforting when I made mistakes, it was only later that I found out how inspirational she was! So first I want to thank Amy and express my gratitude, absolute diamond! I was given the chance to start anew, and was introduced to the Reiki Australia community who would change my life.

I was struck by the diversity, determination, and compassion of the team and members. This was no ordinary membership organisation, this was a group of people who wanted a happier and healthier world, who knew how beneficial Reiki could be, and who realised that to create a better place you needed to create a supportive network for those in the community who wanted the same. The more I interacted, the more impressed I became. I watched as many of you bared your hearts, openly divulged your struggles, and fiercely persevered with determination as the rest of the Reiki community cheered you on. You all inspired me to push on through self doubt, and I finally took the dive and started my own business, Social Grace, providing social media services for those who dedicate themselves to helping others.

My next step is finding a Reiki Master and I am looking forward to learning this practice to better my mind, body, and spirit.

I have chosen this photo to represent my journey, whilst not always easy, the views along the way are spectacular!

One last note. In social media management they often talk of an ideal client. I never expected my ideal client to be my first.

So today, throughout the entire day, I wish to express my gratitude for Reiki Australia.

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Nurture Yourself To Nurture Your Clients

Health practitioners are very aware that when we consistently neglect our emotional and spiritual needs, we deplete our ability to cope with the day-to-day demands of life. This leads to stress, which if allowed to continue, leads to lowered resistance to coughs and colds etc, and eventually to increased risk of more serious physical problems. If we don’t nurture ourselves well, we aren’t able to provide our clients with the nurturing they need for their healing.

Life force energy needs to be regularly replenished

Scientists have demonstrated that everything, including the human body, is made up of energy. The life force energy that powers your body is known by names such as Chi, Prana, and in Reiki we know it as Ki. A healthy level and flow of this energy is essential to the maintenance of health and wellbeing. Your quota of life force energy needs to be regularly replenished to maintain your physical health and vitality.

In the past it was considered that the only means of replenishing the body’s energy supplies was nutrition. However this ignores the emotional and spiritual contribution to health. Nurturing does include the provision of nutritious, enjoyable food, but it is much more than that.

Allow yourself to receive nurturing

Babies and children require adults as their nurturers, as without nurturing a child would die. We know that we were all nurtured to some degree as children, or we wouldn’t be here today. However, the type of nurturing you received, and the way you experienced it will have had a tremendous bearing on the way you now allow yourself to receive nurturing. Your early-formed beliefs about nurturing both direct and restrict your behaviour today, just as a computer program directs and restricts what you can do with the computer.

Out of some of your less-than-perfect nurturing experience you are likely to have formed some ideas that limit the ways you currently allow yourself to be nurtured. Perhaps you relate to some of the following statements or to others like them.

  • I don’t deserve nurturing

  • I’m very self-sufficient; I don’t need much nurturing

  • People only care for me if I take care of them and do things for them

  • If I can’t get real nurturing, I can get by with … (food/sex/chocolate etc)

  • The only time I can get nurturing is when I’m sick/upset

  •  My need for nurturing is a bother for other people

  • If I’m doing something for my own pleasure, I’m being lazy

  • I can’t ask for what I need


Getting Better Nurturing For Yourself

Ideas (beliefs) you have thought to be ‘the truth’ can now be seen to be simply the conclusions drawn by a very tiny child with a very limited experience of the world. Now that you have many years’ life experience behind you it’s time to release your limiting beliefs and allow yourself to get what you need for your emotional, spiritual and physical health.

Consider the following questions: 

  • What are the main ways you stop yourself from receiving the nurturing you need?
  • What limiting beliefs underlie how you stop yourself receiving the nurturing you need?
  • What could you do immediately to receive more and better nurturing?

If you need help to identify and ‘undo’ some of those restrictive beliefs and change your nurturing patterns, find a counsellor or another health practitioner with whom you feel comfortable to discuss these matters. Then discover how great you feel when you begin to treat yourself with the care and consideration that you truly deserve!!

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Getting Better Nurturing For Yourself

Ideas (beliefs) you have thought to be ‘the truth’ can now be seen to be simply the conclusions drawn by a very tiny child with a very limited experience of the world.

Now that you have many years’ life experience behind you it’s time to release your limiting beliefs and allow yourself to get what you need for your emotional, spiritual and physical health.

Consider the following questions:

What are the main ways you stop yourself from receiving the nurturing you need?         

What limiting beliefs underlie how you stop yourself receiving the nurturing you need?

What could you do immediately to receive more and better nurturing?

If you need help to identify and ‘undo’ some of those restrictive beliefs and change your nurturing patterns, find a counsellor or another health practitioner with whom you feel comfortable to discuss these matters. Then discover how great you feel when you begin to treat yourself with the care and consideration that you truly deserve!!  Read More

Where Community Meets Connection – Reiki Australia Membership

Thinking about becoming a Reiki Australia member?

We’d love to have you as part of our community! Reiki Australia is Australia’s leading Reiki network for professional and personal Reiki practitioners. Forward thinking, not-for-profit and Australia-wide Reiki Australia welcomes and honours Reiki practices of all kinds that originate from the teachings of Mikao Usui. Yes! We truly are all-inclusive.

Today, we’ll be sharing with you a few reasons why time and time again, Reiki Australia is the leading choice for practitioner support, education and community. With membership categories for all walks of life, we’d love to welcome you in 2021.

We’re your industry voice

We’re committed to representing each and every Reiki practitioner across Australia through our proud advocacy and awareness raising events. As an association, Reiki Australia will continue to advocate for Reiki to be available where it is needed most – in hospitals, hospices and other community and health care settings. We know the incredible healing Reiki can achieve and together, with our members, we will continue to raise the public awareness of Reiki.

We love to create community!

Even those that aren’t a member of Reiki Australia can vouch for the incredible community we have crafted for our practitioners. Whether you’re a Reiki Master of many years or getting started with Reiki for the very first time, our online community welcomes you.

Our monthly InTouch email newsletter is jam-packed with information about Reiki Australia events, news and latest offers. As members of Reiki Australia, you have the chance to be featured in our newsletter as our ’Member of the Month’ where we dedicate space to telling your story. Our Member of the Month is also featured across our social media platforms where you can share your achievement with your own community and clients.

Moving from offline to in-person, Reiki Australia hosts a multitude of in-person events such as conferences and seminars. These events ensure you can continually enhance your personal and professional development as a Reiki practitioner as well as meet fellow members of this vibrant community. Members of Reiki Australia can enjoy discounted rates to all Reiki Australia events and opportunities to participate in awareness-raising initiatives.

We connect you with your dream customers

As a Reiki Australia member, you can benefit from access to your own online profile, featured on the Reiki Australia website. Sharing your qualifications, treating locations, business information (such as your website and opening hours) as well as your own personal Reiki journey, customers have the ability to find their ideal practitioner and connect with them.

Our online profile is a membership-only benefit that puts your business in front of your dream customers. Ensuring the community is only matched with accredited Reiki practitioners, our online platform supports Reiki patients find a business within their local area and start benefiting from incredible Reiki results, sooner.

We’re passionate about education

As a member of Reiki Australia, you will enjoy access to ongoing education and professional development. Our passion for education stems from our values of professionalism, honour and inclusiveness to ensure that us as Reiki practitioners are offering our clients and each other the very best our practice has to offer.

Reiki Australia offers comprehensive online education courses to assist in boosting business development and confidence. Additionally, Reiki Australia has a comprehensive online store featuring workbooks and online learning resources to enhance your knowledge and practice of Reiki.

In addition to our in-person conferences and seminars where learnings are abundant, Reiki Australia members themselves offer highly regarded training and professional supervision to support your personal and professional journey with Reiki.

We support you every step of the way

From access to insurance, Reiki code of ethics, procedures and committees, the Reiki Australia team supports you every step of the way as a progressive and proactive Reiki practitioner. Our team is available to answer your questions and guide you to the people or resources required to ensure you feel supported and empowered as a Reiki Australia member.

Our vibrant social media community is your own personal cheer squad! We love seeing our members engage with each other online and transform their shared love for healing into lifelong friendships.

Getting started as a Reiki Australia member couldn’t be simpler!

Visit our website to register your interest and start connecting with your new community sooner. 

Visit our membership page to register your interest and start connecting with your new community sooner.

Give yourself the gift of Reiki

As we come to the closing stages of 2020, we pose you this question: when was the last time you filled your own cup?

After a tumultuous year in so many ways, self-care has become more important than ever. Self-care encompasses anything you do to look after yourself and refresh your mind, body and spirit. When we practice regular self-care, we are able to give those around us the love and energy they crave. It is essential for finding a healthy balance in your life and is a powerful method of self-love.

It’s time to start classifying self-care as a priority in our lives rather than a luxury and fortunately, Reiki is the perfect way to do this! Read on as we share how giving yourself the gift of Reiki is the most beautiful form of self-care.

We often turn to self-Reiki when we’re feeling out of balance or disconnected in some way, shape or form. This could be feeling a spiritual disconnection, out of balance because of anxiety, stress or tiredness or even when you’re needing extra support after illness or an emotional experience. As our mind, body and spirit are wholeheartedly connected, self-Reiki can support us in shifting these negative energies and guide us towards clarity and harmony.

Begin by finding a comfortable position. Just like we encourage our clients, find a space that allows you to immerse yourself to total relaxation. For some, this could be laying down in a quiet space, for others, it could be sitting in their favourite serene space. Whatever feels most comfortable and uninterrupted to you.

You can choose whether you would like to listen to relaxing music or indulge in a moment of peace and quiet. This is your moment of self-care; there are no rules of how you prepare yourself for self-Reiki.

Begin your self-Reiki session, using the hand positions you have been taught. Thoughts will wander in and out of your mind and that is okay! Guide yourself back from the thoughts and intrusions and focus on the Reiki. This can be a difficult art to master but accepting that your mind will try and distract you is the first step to giving yourself over to the present moment.

Through self-Reiki, your central nervous system will begin to slow down, relax and guide you to healing physically, emotionally and spiritually. Finding this balance can lead you to discovering a life of less anxiety, exhaustion, more clarity and most powerfully, a greater connection and appreciation for yourself and those around you.

Our 21-day self-Reiki challenge is here to help you prioritise self-care. Beginning January 1st, 2021, we’re kicking off the new year with 21 days straight of giving back to ourselves and filling our own cups. Our challenge is not only here to welcome a more balanced version of you into the new year but create a powerful habit that you can carry throughout the remainder of the year and beyond.

We’re encouraging you to inspire others around you to learn more about the power of Reiki too! Download your 21-day challenge badge and share this as your profile picture throughout the challenge. Engage in conversation about your challenge and how Reiki is available to anyone.

As we know, completing Reiki Level One is the gateway to treating yourself with Reiki. For anyone wanting to get started with our challenge, visit the Reiki Australia website to learn how to get involved and start your journey with this incredible practice.

Creating powerful connections, despite the distance

In 2020, many of us have been separated to those we love by city, state or even country. We have found ways to feel connected to each other despite the distance and Reiki has been a major key. This month, we dive deep into Distance Reiki and how, despite physical separation, we can still support the health and well-being of one another. 

Using our distant healing (or absentee healing), Distance Reiki allows practitioners to send healing energy across time and space. Giving us the ability to heal from afar, Distance Reiki embraces the fact that we are all connected, despite any physical distance that is between us.

Distant Reiki can address any issues, just like our in-person practice.

From overcoming negative experiences, our mindset, trouble with sleeping or physical ailments, Distance Reiki allows anyone across the world to benefit from our healing abilities.

While a Distant Reiki session may be practiced in different ways according to the Reiki form and lineage, the intention and outcome are immensely powerful for the recipient.

During a Distance Reiki session, we recommend the receiver should dedicate time prior to their session just for them. And to Createa nurturing, comfortable and serene environment for their session. This may include switching off their devices, finding a comfortable place to lay and ready to accept their Distance Reiki session. With these pre-session rituals, it helps for preparing their body for the healing energy.

Like their pre-session rituals, it is best if the session can take place in an undisturbed environment. The experiences felt during Distance Reiki vary person to person and from treatment to treatment. Whilst some may feel waves of energy through warmth and tingling sensations, some may experience a sense of deep relaxation, peace, and clarity.

When sending Distance Reiki, we must remind ourselves that we are working for the higher good of the individual and to make positive choices through embracing the energy we send their way.

So, does Distance Reiki mean that we can send Reiki to anyone we like? Well, yes, we can, but it is important to seek permission by the recipient. When performing Distance Reiki to someone in a coma or experiencing illness, we are often guided by our intuition to decipher if our Reiki is welcomed, and permission can be asked as part of the process.

When deciding to learn Distance Reiki, it is important to choose a training facilitator that you feel a connection with. Do your research until you find a Master that feels right for you. Taught by celebrated Reiki Masters that lineages can be traced back to Dr Usui. First and Second level Reiki training is provided by Reiki Australia Masters throughout the year. Reiki Australia has a directory of Members for you to explore. First level of education allows you to facilitate Reiki on family, friends, animals, and yourself with further training available to enhance your journey into Second Degree and Further and into a Reiki practitioner.

Visit the Reiki Australia website to learn more about our community of practitioners, our available training options and how to begin your journey to spiritual growth and enlightenment.

Step into your true calling with confidence

So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and step into the role of professional Reiki Treatment Practitioner. You’re excited about moving beyond personal practice and you feel called to offer Reiki beyond family and friends. You’re taking it to the next level!

Your family and friends have all reported that they ‘can definitely feel something’ when you provide Reiki and you know that energy flows right? You know the power of Reiki because you’ve experienced it for yourself. What an amazing service to be able to offer others.

Except when we move beyond our comfort zone and embrace the ‘business’ of Reiki the dream of taking our spiritual and healing practice to the masses suddenly looks a little shaky.

Now instead of the encouraging noises from friends, complete strangers are asking pointed questions. But how does it work? What does Reiki actually do? Where’s the evidence? How do you pronounce Reiki? Do I have to take my clothes off? Who ‘invented it’? Will you be able to cure my irritable bowel syndrome? Do you share my notes with anyone? What happens if I injure myself at your clinic? What are your qualifications?

Whoa … you can see how it can all get a little overwhelming very quickly. I have had all of these questions at one time or another over the years and believe me if you’re not prepared with the answers it can shake your confidence! This in itself would be a crying shame because each and every one of us know Reiki works and we know how beneficial – and well – just amazing it can be when applied to our daily lives.

In order to feel confident in your abilities, and present a professional ‘shop front’, it’s vital to invest a little bit of time and energy into bringing your ‘business’ brain up to speed. 

By business brain, I’m talking about balancing your ‘positioning’ with your ‘responsibilities’ as a ‘professional’ service offering to the public.

In terms of ‘positioning’, the number one challenge Practitioners report is that they worry about a lack of ‘credibility’. Those Reiki Practitioners who step up to the plate in a professional scenario have a real desire to be seen as a trusted, credible practitioner – whether in their own clinic or in a medical environment.

Regardless of where you physically ‘practice’, you have specific responsibilities to your clients. These responsibilities cover everything from creating a safe, clean and hygienic space for a Reiki session to take place, to secure record keeping, insurance and even first aid.  

This can all seem a little daunting when you consider you simply want to help people – but if you truly feel called to help the public it’s important to put appropriate building blocks in place.

Here at Reiki Australia we understand the old dichotomy between ‘business/money’ and a ‘spiritual practice’, but the reality is you need to have some awareness of your responsibilities to be in a position to promote the benefits of Reiki in a professional capacity.

We realised support was needed in this area so we created a certificate course in professional development for Reiki Treatment Practitioners.  The course covers six key areas – you could say – the six building blocks to a successful, ethical spiritual and healing business.

The great thing about this particular course is that it’s been developed by qualified educators and Reiki professionals – exclusively for our community.

The depth of insights, first-hand experience and the knowledge-share across all six units provides a real business advantage to Reiki Treatment Practitioners in the professional setting.

Instead of worrying about a lack of credibility, imagine ‘knowing’ with certainty you are equipped and qualified to build a thriving Reiki Treatment Practice?  Imagine knowing you are supported and backed by Australia’s leading Reiki organisation. By doing the groundwork, having a sound knowledge base and systems in place, you will feel empowered on a business and professional level, giving you the confidence to step into your true calling on your spiritual and healing path.

Want to know more about Reiki Australia’s a certificate course in professional development for Reiki Treatment Practitioners? Visit Take your Reiki Practice to the next level’ for more information.

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Reiki Australia – fearless by design

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Fearless by design Reiki AustraliaReiki Australia – fearless by design

Most of you will have had a chance to look around the new website and will now be getting used to the new look and feel.

The design of a website does not happen by chance and has to be a carefully thought out process. For example, you need to ensure that design elements on one page can be carried over to another. You also need to be across modern trends (such as ‘icons’ and ‘interactive’ elements).

Best Practice web design principles were applied throughout the build. but what does that actually mean?

The main elements under consideration when it comes to Best Practice are as follows:

Purpose 

Good web design always caters to the needs of the user. That is, you! So, it’s important to understand whether you are looking for “information” or “entertainment” – this has a major effect on how the website looks. We at Reiki Australia want to provide you with information, yes, but the website is also a platform for a spiritual and healing community.

Communication

My previous experience was very much in print. I love paper and I love print. The rules of writing are very clear in print. But along came the internet and changed all the rules. People do not read content on a website the same way they would a book or newspaper. People scan the first few lines of text and generally move on. This means you have to keep things brief – to the point. Have all your important information at the start of an article. Forget your “beginning, middle and end’ to your story – your audience will have gone by then. You will see going forward, new posts and pages will reflect this.

Typefaces

San Serif fonts are easier to read on line. So, you won’t find ‘fancy flourishes’ or decorative finishes on our site. Ideally you should use size 16px and use a family of 3 typefaces for a streamline design.

Colours

The palette is one of the most important factors of good web design and strong branding. Colours create emotions and you have to be aware of how certain colours affect the audience.

Reiki Australia uses the pantones from the logo itself with a couple of accent colours (this is referred to as triadic in design circles) but generally, you will find the colours in line with spirituality, healing, wellbeing and trust.

  • White: You will see lots of white space on the site. White is the colour of trust, virtue, simplicity, cleanliness, purity and spirituality.

  • Blues and greens are all about calm, safety, openness, health and healing and communications.

  • Oranges and yellows which you may see pop up from time to time are all about happiness, enthusiasm, friendliness, energy and uniqueness.

So, you can see the use of colour plays an important role in website design and doesn’t just happen by chance.

Images

The use of white backgrounds in images and vibrant, bold images are also deliberate as vibrancy shows Reiki Australia is fearless (in standing up for Reiki as a spiritual and healing modality), full of life, and optimistic. White images and white backgrounds in images give the audience space to breathe. White images and white spacing is also a contemporary representation of spirituality – away from the old, heavy, ‘quirky’ purple swirly patterns of spiritual pages of old.

Navigation

The purpose of the website and the scale of content/number of pages dictates navigation. There are pros and cons for one-page design and sub menu navigation design. Reiki Australia uses sub menu navigation because of the number of pages and sections. A one-page website generally has less than 25 pages – Reiki Australia has over 65. Drop down menus guide you through the content easily and quickly.

 “F” Pattern design

This alludes to one of the points I mentioned previously about how people read online compared to how they read in print. There have been many studies conducted which show we read in an F shape online. This means you have to ensure all your important content (and design) falls into that shape where possible.

So that’s your crash course in Best Practice web design. Hopefully this provides some background as to why some decisions have been made on the Reiki Australia site – particularly if you are finding the design radically different – or you are concerned it doesn’t represent your idea of a traditional Reiki or spiritual page – quite the opposite. We have gone to great effort to ensure Reiki Australia is not only established in terms of professional reiki practice – but also – just as importantly – considers your needs in your own very personal, private Reiki and Spiritual journey.

In the meantime, if there is anything you would like to see more of, or would like me to explain further, please do get in touch with me, Evie at marketing@reikiaustralia.com.au

Namaste x