When I was a teenager at family gatherings, aunts and uncles would say, "Karen Renee, come over here and hot-hand me." I discovered that when I rested my hands on their backs, I could imagine God's love flowing down my arms into my hands, which became super warm and helped my family members relax. I always had a natural gift for healing, but it wasn't until I read an article in a local magazine that I realized this "gift" had a name—Reiki.
I took Usui/Tibetan Reiki I and II in Russellville, Arkansas, in 2012. After the Reiki attunement, my hands would heat up faster and hotter during treatments. Then, in 2013, to my excitement, I realized I could take the Reiki Master class with William Rand in Glastonbury, England, and I could receive the attunement in the center of Stonehenge! The timing was perfect: as an English instructor at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton, I would be finishing a tour with students in England just three days before this class would begin, so for an additional $145, I could stay behind and take Rand’s master class! When I shared my exciting news with my students, they told me about couchsurfing.org. which helped me arrange for free housing for the days before the class began. These "coincidences" were just more examples of the miracles I have experienced on my Reiki journey.
I completed my Reiki Master that June and joined the Reiki Membership Association. I began teaching Reiki to others in addition to giving Reiki treatments in my home while I continued in my thirty-year English teaching career. Then, when the International Center for Reiki Training began teaching Holy Fire Reiki in January 2014, I felt guided to "upgrade" to this new energy frequency. Finally, I completed my Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki Master training in November 2017.
In January 2018, after retiring from teaching and moving to Bella Vista, Arkansas, to be near my son, who is a student at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, I opened an office in Bentonville, Arkansas. In March 2018, I was accepted into the prestigious Licensed Reiki Master Teacher training program with the International Center for Reiki Training. I received the upgrade to Holy Fire® III and compIeted the rigorous requirements to be licensed for Reiki I and II in April 2019. I anticipate completing licensing for Reiki Master by Spring 2020.
With each new step, Reiki continues to guide me on my own healing journey as I help others find relief for their stress and pain. My mission is to help train at least one Reiki Master for every family so that everyone can heal at a deep level in order to make our world healthier.
I am grateful for my journey and for those on this journey with me.
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