How to ease a friend’s pain when you don’t know what to do or how.

It happens all the time: your child, a friend, or even your pet is visibly hurting or upset. You want to help, but mostly you sit by silently, not sure what to say or do. Or worse, you try to help, but end up making things even more painful, when all you want to do is make them feel better.

The problem is you don’t know how to channel your caring in a way that brings effective relief.

When someone you love is suffering, compassion wells up naturally, like a fresh mountain stream. That water could heal every parched place in its path, but too often our helplessness and insecurity block it.

All you need is a way over the dam to direct the stream. That requires two things:

  1. Reliable access to your spring of compassion.
    To reach the stream every time, you need a direct connection to the spiritual force that guides you. This stream is the essence.
  2. A simple form or structure for offering your care.
    You need a simple way to reach out that connects every time. This is the form.

When you are connected with the essence of compassion and have a form for offering it, you have all you need to help others (and yourself).

You’ll find both through a First Degree Reiki class.

I was at my mother-in-law’s bedside as she was dying and she asked to have her socks removed from her feet. After I removed her socks, I gently placed my hands on the soles of her feet and after about twenty minutes she fell asleep, more peaceful than she had been for many days. I am humbled by the powerful, healing energy force that Reiki invites, and I will always be so thankful to have had the teaching passed on to me.

–Kim Friedman, Seattle, WA

First Degree Reiki is for people who want to help themselves and the people around them in a simple, effective, and foolproof way.

  • Yes, we really mean fool proof.
  • Reiki is soothing and healing, both gentle and powerful.
  • It is great first aid for pain, stress, accidents, and emotional upsets.
  • It can relieve symptoms and support recovery from chronic illness.
  • Reiki is easy to learn. No one ever, ever failed a Reiki class.
  • It’s easy to apply. You can do Reiki anywhere—soccer field, office, hospital room . . . anywhere.
  • Reiki can do no harm. You can’t hurt or overdose with Reiki; it can only help.
  • Learning to use Reiki brings you closer to your own spiritual connection and healing wisdom.

What you will learn in First Degree Reiki

First, the essence
Four simple ceremonies or initiations (sometimes called attunements) summon a stream of life energy that you can direct to help yourself and loved ones, every time, without fail. With a direct line to universal life energy, your own life becomes richer in surprising ways.

Then the form:
A specific pattern of hand placements helps the energy to flow exactly where it’s needed. You will learn to:

  • give Reiki to yourself
  • give Reiki to others
  • give Reiki to animals and plants

You’ll learn five Reiki Principles to help you trade worry and anger for gratitude, transforming your mind and heart.

Practice, practice, practice. There’s lots of time to give and receive Reiki.

Confidence. In-class practice and long-term support help to build your confidence in Reiki and your own ability to use it.

The bonuses
You will receive:

  • a beautiful certificate.
  • a gift booklet that includes the Reiki story and photos.
  • a card reminding you of the Reiki Principles

Now you can attend Reiki circles, supportive Reiki exchanges hosted all over the world where you can practice giving and receiving treatment.

In the Silver Valley, you can volunteer for the monthly Public Reiki Clinic, putting your new Reiki skills to work by benefiting the community as a whole.

You may review the First Degree class as often as you like for a small audit fee.

And Reiki Healing Arts offers follow-up support, whether you take a class here in Coeur d’Alene or in one of the other cities where we teach.

A class to last the rest of your life
You have probably taken a lot of classes in your day. After you came home, you filed the notes and forgot everything you learned. First Degree Reiki is one class you can use every day for the rest of your life. The more you use Reiki, the more you’ll understand it, and the more effective it will be in supporting your life and your desire to help others.

How grateful I have been for Reiki lately!  It has been helping me so much.  I’m having a year of Annoying Health Challenges. After doing a lot of research, and Reiki, and pondering, and after losing 12 pounds, I decided surgery was the right thing to do, so I had that 3 weeks ago. I am SO much better!  Reiki has been central to this healing path. I treat myself daily, and my husband treats me almost daily, and I believe Reiki has also given me insight and patience.

–K.S., Seattle, WA

Something this good probably costs a fortune, right? And takes years to learn? Not at all.

  • A First Degree class takes about 12 hours, taught over four sessions.
  • The cost of the class is $150 US from Paul and $200 US from Susan.
  • Susan also charges a per-person travel/expense fee when she teaches outside of North Idaho.

In the beginning, my intention was to receive optimal health and to treat my minor depression. The first change I noticed was that I slept so much better if I gave myself a treatment in the evening. Gradually, my mood lifted and I was able to wean myself off anti-depressants. The changes of regular daily practice were subtle. For a while I didn’t think I was receiving any significant improvement. Then, after a year, I realized I was no longer the timid, withdrawn woman who lacked confidence to stand on her own two feet. I had become stronger, not only physically, but also emotionally, and mentally. My friends began to remark that I had changed since the previous year. I remember sitting in amazement one day, realizing that I had broken the bonds that held me back. I was free. Reiki had given me courage. There was no other explanation for my transformation.

–Judy Weir, Spruce Grove, AB, Canada

Where we teach

  • In Cataldo, Idaho—our hometown—Susan offers First Degree Reiki every third month. Check the Calendar for upcoming dates.
  • Susan makes occasional excursions to other cities and Paul teaches around the world. Again, check the Calendar for dates and locations.
  • We can come to you. We readily travel in the Pacific Northwest if you have a class of 6 or more. We’ll travel even farther for larger classes and gatherings. Just ask.
  • You can come to us. North Idaho is a beautiful place to visit, and we offer very affordable housing at the Mountain View Retreat in Cataldo, a half hour east of Coeur d’Alene. Ask for details.
  • We make referrals. If we can’t accommodate you, we’ll help you find a qualified Reiki Master in your part of the world.

Next Class at Reiki Healing Arts
July 7-9 – Cataldo with Susan
Class meets Friday 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.,
Saturday 9:30 – 4:30 p.m., Sunday 9:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Can’t you learn this on-line?

Nope. One of the beauties of Reiki practice is that it’s personal—a direct, hands-on application of compassion. That’s old-fashioned, but it’s part of the richness of the experience. You can only learn Reiki in person from a Reiki Master who is trained to pass on the essence and form of the practice.

Commitment to tradition

For both of us, Reiki is our full-time focus. We practice and teach the traditional Usui Shiki Ryoho system that we learned so long ago, and between us we have taught thousands of people. We have dedicated our lives to Reiki and work within an international Reiki community. Besides, we both love to laugh and we love our work, so our classes reflect that too. You can find lots more on the About Us page.

OK. What’s the next step?

  1. Before you do anything else, click here and download our free booklet, Wonderful Reiki Stories, a collection of true tales about how Reiki has helped someone like you, bundled with our free monthly Reiki Healing e-zine, where you’ll read more about Reiki and keep current with our class schedule.
  2. Still have questions? Let’s talk. Ask us anything by completing the form below and we’ll get right back to you by phone or email (your choice). Or pick up the phone and call. We’re at 208-512-1524.
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