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Goodbye 2018

Thank You 2018

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I can’t lie, 2018 was one tough year. Now that 2019 is just peaking over the horizon, I felt it was important to remind myself that despite the difficulties, it was also a year of so many blessings. Here are some of them.

FRIENDSHIPS

This was the year of new “friends in grief” I met through social media: Linda and Lori (from The Death Deck), Maryanne (widow extraordinaire), Lisa (missing her Dad too), Rachelle and Sharon (two grief recovery gurus), John (the better not bitter widower), Cass (the pompous_btch), Leslie (the amazing sketch artist), Debbie (the crisis maven), Elizabeth (opening the door to conversations about death), Olivia (who taught me to be a death midwife), Ophelia (the kind and gentle soul from Canada), Robin (the tango dancer), Shelby (who is wise beyond her years), Melody (the composer and musician) and all the wonderful experts I have met through the 2019 Bereavement Cruise.

Then there were those so dear to my heart, Henri (the dowsing queen), Sandy (one of the kindest people I have ever met), Annah (my sounding board), Ginny (the Earth Angel), Lindsay (the fighter), Cathy (the grief coach), Sandy (who makes amazing jewelry all while being a newly single Mom), Nathalie (who helps grieving parents around the world), Andrew (who picks the most amazing music to grieve to and helped me to get to of my comfort zone), Rachel (one of the most eloquent widows around and my walking buddy), Melo (the be-who-you-are advocate for so many who are grieving) and Connie (for always being so kind to share my posts). I don’t know how I would have made it without all of you this year!

Finally there are the Grief Reiki® clients and followers who have bravely shared their grief journeys and emotions both in person by attending workshops, free events and support groups; and virtually by providing heartfelt comments and giving us a window into their stories on social media. It has been an honor to have met you and been a part of your healing.

NEW ADVENTURES

Grief Reiki® participated in many new adventures this year.

2018 was the year of FaceBook Live. I was a weekly guest with my dear friend in grief, Andrew from Music To Grieve To where we spoke about grief-related topics and accompanying music tracks. Our weekly show called, Andrew and Sharon Talk About Grief gave us an opportunity to discuss everything from the loss of a pet to the suicide of Avicci. I will be forever grateful to Andrew for this wonderful opportunity.

As a result of my collaboration with Andrew, I found the courage to start my own weekly FaceBook Live program called The Grief and Healing Corner where my guests included:

Episode 2 – Annah Elizabeth, The Five Facets of Healing

Episode 3 – Lindsay Marie Gibson, Just Be

Episode 4 – Angela Viesta, Adult Orphan Collective

Episode 5 – Shelby Forsythia, Coming Back Podcast

Episode 6 – Nathalie Himmelrich, Grieving Parents Network

Episode 7 – Cassandra Ceyla, Alchemy Cass

Episode 8 – Cathy Cheshire, Thriving After Loss

Episode 9 – Melody Nolan, Treasure Lives

Episode 10 – Rachelle Jones, Grief Recovery with Rachelle

Episode 11 – Andrew McCluskey, Music To Grieve To

Episode 12 – Robin Chodak, Suicide Survivors Support Community

Episode 13 – Henri Hebert, Inspiring You

Episode 14 – V. Ophelia Rigualt, Grief Coach Ophelia

Episode 15 – Linda Findlay, Mourning Discoveries & Bereavement Cruise

Episode 16 – Sharon Brubaker, Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist

Episode 17 – Sandy Evans-Pullin, Reiki Balance N Bliss

Episode 18 – John Polo, Better Not Bitter Widower

Episode 19– Lisa Ingrassia, A Daughter’s Love

Episode 20 – Elizabeth Copland, Grief Dialogues

Episode 21 – Ellen Monsees, Advanced Grief Recovery Method Specialist

Episode 22 – Tonya McKenzie, Sands and Shores

Episode 23 – Michael Gershe, The Magic of Life

I was also proud to participate in a number of summits including A Grief Felt Around the World Twitter Chat, Advent Calendar for Bereaved Parents and After Chloe and Friends Living After Loss Online Summit. It was such a pleasure to be able to share the tools that helped me get through my own grief in the hope they may help others.

I was also a contributing author for two books. The one that was published this year was Grief Dialogues: The Book where two of my poems were featured with pieces from 60 other authors. The other one should be published in 2019!

I was featured in LA’s own Voyage LA Magazine’s list of “LA’s Most Inspiring Stories.”  This article provided an overview of Grief Reiki®, how I got to where I am , and if luck played a meaningful role in my life and business.

Last but not least, our first online course, Grief Reiki® Healing Program, was launched on Udemy. By the end of the year, we had over 300 students from 25 different countries sign up. I am so proud of this program!

SAYING GOODBYE

This was also a year of professional changes for me. Although I quit my cybersecurity job at the end of last year, I found it too cost prohibitive to live in Los Angeles and run Grief Reiki® full-time. As result, I went back to cybersecurity (hopefully on a temporary basis)in support of the Air Force’s Global Positioning Satellite Program. Although is isn’t my heart, it is what is meant to be right now. Once I let go of the story I was telling myself about being a failure, I realized that everything fell into to place for me when I needed it most. And for that all I can say is thank you 2018.

I am looking forward to new challenges and opportunities in 2019!

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Sending you love, comfort and peace!


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Grief Reiki Healing Program

Grief Reiki® Healing Program Called “HOT & NEW” By Udemy

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Our first-of-its-kind Grief Reiki® Healing Program has just been called “HOT & NEW” by Udemy! In this educational program, students learn how to emotionally, physically, and spiritually guide a griever who is navigating their grief journey. Grief Reiki® Energy Healers are trained to better understand what a griever experiences, so they can provide support through the ups and downs associated with loss.

REVIEWS

-WOW!  I just completed your Grief Reiki® Healing Program on-line course.  It was absolutely amazing.  I have been practicing Reiki for over 20 years and can unequivocally say this was the best course I have ever taken.  Between reading your book Grief Reiki® and taking this course, I feel like I’ve just amassed more valuable information than I could have ever imagined.  Your insight into the topic as well as the concise and down-to-earth way that you presented all of the material was phenomenal. I can’t say enough about benefits of the handouts as well – they are all excellent.  I am truly honored and privileged to have experienced and completed this course and look forward to integrating all of the information I learned from you into my hospice volunteer work as well as in my Reiki practice.  Many thanks for the time, effort, and expertise that you shared which have truly enlightened me.” KP

“I’m so blessed to have found this program and so excited to help grieving others with their journeys . Thank you for the opportunity to take this great program!” DE

“I would really like to thank you for putting together such a great resource. I found it to be very informative and I loved how it flowed. I look forward to putting my newfound knowledge into practice and I’m sure my clients (as well as myself) will benefit greatly. I do seem to be attracting clients recently who are grieving from loss in one form or another.” LN

-“Thank you so much! I really enjoyed your course, it has helped me with my own grief journey and will allow me to help others along theirs!”  KT

– “Again, thank you for making this course available! Due to me being an ICU nurse for over 20 years, grief has been a part of my life not only job-related. Now I know how to be of better support and help, to myself and others.”  MS

– “I haven’t expected to get such a detailed and amazing course like this. The information provided is very comprehensive! This course will for sure be of great help in my Reiki practice and in my personal life.”  MS

– “I absolutely loved this course. Sharon is a wonderful teacher and I was engaged the entire time. Thank you again so much for this course.”  RL

“I just completed your Grief reiki course thank you for taking the time and providing the course, my clients will benefit from the knowledge that I received from your course. As a healer I am always looking for ways to enhance the healing for my clients and this is a great tool to have in my healing tool box.” CF

– “I am a counsellor and l love all the tools provided including the chakra analysis associated with grief. I would recommend this course to any Reiki Practitioner.” CP

PREREQUISITES

This healing program is open to all new and experienced Reiki Practitioners and Reiki Masters. Students should have a desire to work with those grieving any type of loss.

WHY ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAM

This healing program is designed to teach Reiki Practitioners how to help a griever move through the emotional, physical and spiritual effects of grief. Having a sense of calm and balance will provide a griever with the courage and stamina they need to tackle their journey.

This healing program is comprehensive and detailed. With over 3 hours of video lectures, as well as accompanying handouts and activities, students receive the tools to help others who are going through one of the most difficult times in their life.

PROGRAM BENEFITS

As a Grief Reiki® Energy Healer, you will have the benefit of a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary learning experience. You will gain meaningful new insights to impact your personal and professional life while elevating your Reiki expertise. Upon completion of the program, you will be equipped to guide others through a positive transformation that will leave a life-long impact.

NOTE: Becoming a Grief Reiki® Energy Healer identifies that you’ve taken our healing program and have demonstrated the skills necessary to help grievers using Reiki and other spiritually-based tools. Our program does not authorize you to use the terms “Therapist”, “Psychologist”, or “Counselor.”

WHAT TO EXPECT AS A STUDENT

– Unique focus on the benefits of Reiki and other spiritual tools to help grievers

– Improved helping skills including active and empathetic listening

– A transformative learning experience that provides positive results

– An integrated program where you receive substantive guidance and support

– Access to tools, handouts and activities to augment your Reiki practice

WHAT YOUR CLIENTS WILL GAIN

– A clearer path to understanding their grief so they can move through it

– Enhanced capability for self-care during a difficult time in their life

– Ability to integrate the emotional, physical and spiritual grief components

– Stronger belief they can move from surviving their loss to living again

HOW DO I LEARN MORE?

CLICK HERE to learn more about becoming a Grief Reiki® Energy Healer on Udemy.

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Sending you love, comfort and peace!


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What is Reiki?

What is Reiki?

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What is Reiki? Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It was re-discovered by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 1900s. Mrs. Hawayo Tanaka brought Reiki from Japan to the West in 1938. Reiki is given by the “laying of hands” that has been practiced for thousands of years. In fact, the basis for modern-day Reiki may have started in Tibet more than 2,500 years ago.

The word Reiki comes from two Japanese words – Rei and Ki. The word “Rei” means higher knowledge or spiritual consciousness. The word “Ki” means life energy. This is the same meaning as in Chi (Chinese), Prana (Sanskrit) and Ti/Ki (Hawaiian). Life energy plays an important role in everything we do. Reiki harnesses that life energy to promote healing, relaxation and a sense of peace.

Everything is made up of energy – including us humans. When the energy paths of the body are blocked or disturbed, the result can be illness, weakness, and pain. Reiki balances and strengthens the flow of energy within the body, which may decrease pain, ease muscle tension, improve sleep, and generally enhance the body’s ability to heal itself. Energy flows through a Reiki practitioner’s hands to the recipient. Reiki activates or enhances a person’s natural healing processes.

Eastern medicine has utilized energy healing for many centuries. This includes cranial sacral therapy, kinesiology, Shiatsu as well as Reiki to name a few. In Japan, Reiki is a course of life that is followed until the end of one’s life. It is believed that Reiki heals physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. There are three Reiki levels or degrees. In Level 1, an individual learns how to heal themselves. In Level 2, they learn how to assist in the healing of others. In Level 3, they learn how to teach others. All three levels are required to become a Reiki Master. Some individuals choose to enhance their Reiki experience by moving through the various degrees while others just receive Reiki from a qualified practitioner and opt never to take classes. The good thing about Reiki is that you have that choice!

In the West, Reiki has been gaining traction over a number of years. Society has been fascinated with any scientific evidence that proves or disproves Reiki. New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Campus conducted one of the first studies ever performed to determine the effectiveness of Reiki treatments on the autonomic nervous system. Their results showed a lowered heart rate, respiration and blood pressure for individuals participating in the study. Today, many hospitals across the U.S. have brought in Reiki practices to help their patients to relax and heal. The Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian includes Reiki as part of their Integrative Therapies Program for children with cancer. The National Institute of Health (NIH) even recognizes Reiki as energy medicine.  This shows that Western society is becoming more open to the benefits of Reiki.

As for me, I knew absolutely nothing about Reiki ten years ago.

Amazing how things can change.

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Sending you love, comfort and peace!


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