Experience Healing Through Reiki Energy
Connecting with one another is becoming less personal and more electronic. Our beautiful planet is in need of healing. We need more interaction, sharing our physical and spiritual energy with one another. Reiki is the perfect way to offer healing energy.
As a Registered Nurse and Reiki Master Teacher of the Usui method, I can confidently assure you that Reiki is safe, non-invasive and very effective. I have been a Registered Nurse for nearly 40 years, using Reiki energy in my nursing practice for over 25 years. I am able to offer you Reiki training in this highly respected healing practice through an understanding of the human body, the human psyche and Spirit and how they are intimately connected. I have been a college educator in both Canada and the United States for several years and am able to present all information in a clear and understandable format. In 2014, I retook all 3 levels to see if anything had changed over the years – I was pleased to see that, for the most part, it had not. The only changes were made by other teachers to suit their teaching styles. I teach it the way I learned it and it has served me, my clients and my students well. I invite you to see my article about Reiki in the January/February, 2018 issue of Lethbridge's Quirk magazine, page 8 ( www.quirkmagazine.net ).
I am a spiritual counsellor with a background as a hospice nurse providing end-of-life care. My experience working within the spiritual realm is extensive. Every student who attends my courses is offered unconditional, ongoing support for whatever they need help with. I welcome a phone call, email, or text from my prior students with any question or concern they may have. I am very proud to say that my students are doing extremely well in the community with their practices. Through them, I am hearing some outstanding stories of healing.
What Is Reiki?
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a traditional Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Reiki is based on the concept of a life force energy that flows through us. It gives us life. If this energy is low, we are more likely to get sick or feel stress. If it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy and for healing to occur. "Reiki" is comprised of two Japanese words: "Rei" (God's wisdom) and "Ki" (life force energy). Therefore, Reiki is "spiritually guided life force energy."
Reiki is a natural and safe method of spiritual healing. It has been effective in helping with virtually every known illness and it is the perfect adjunct to all other medical or therapeutic techniques for relieving side effects and promoting recovery. I find my clients consistently report that Reiki not only boosts their recovery from illness, but that it also helps them to think more clearly, sleep more restfully and maintain a more relaxed body and view of the world, and enhanced well-being. I also offer Reiki to anxious clients who come to me for a Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique (QHHT) session as it always helps them to relax.
The Three Levels (Degrees) of Reiki
First Degree: The first level of Reiki focuses on the physical aspect of the client. Once initiated, it allows the practitioner to channel Reiki energy for oneself and for others.
Second Degree: The second level's major focus is on the emotional/mental aspect of the individual. The practitioner focuses healing on mental/emotional problems as well as distance healing for those not physically present.
Third Degree: This level focuses on the spiritual aspect of the healing process and is the culmination of Reiki training. It also marks the beginning of an ever-unfolding journey to increased awareness, wholeness and learning.
How Does Reiki Work?
Evidence-based research has shown us that the life force flowing through us is responsive to thoughts, feelings, emotions and beliefs. It becomes disrupted when we accept negative beliefs about ourselves - either consciously or unconsciously. These beliefs attach themselves to the energy field, causing a disruption in the flow of life force, thereby standing in the way of the healing process.
Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field, by charging them with positive energy and balancing the body. As it engages with the chakra system within us, Reiki raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the body, causing the negative energy to break apart and fall away. In so doing, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way. The laying on of hands in the healing process is powerful and effective. Dr. Carolyn Myss describes the chakra system beautifully in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaVIuy-ZMiY.
The research data shows that Reiki can be effective for a variety of health conditions including cancer, heart disease, pain, anxiety, depression, traumatic brain injury, bowel and digestive disorders, fatigue, ADD/ADHD, autism, neurodegenerative disorders and emotional illness. It is also highly effective in end-of-life care. Reiki is a perfect complement to conventional health care. I encourage you to see this CNN video regarding the use of Reiki in healthcare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ5eajLCzu0.
In view of its effectiveness, several Canadian and U.S. health care facilities offer Reiki, including:
Mt. Sinai Hospital’s Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre (Toronto)
Princess Margaret Hospital (Toronto)
Bruce House AIDS hospice (Ottawa)
Tamara's House (Saskatoon)
Wellspring Canada (locations throughout Canada)
Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore)
Boston Children's Hospital Center for Holistic Pediatric Education and Research (Boston)
Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston)
Harvard University (Cambridge)
Hartford Hospital's Integrative Medicine Programme (Hartford)
Elliot Hospital's Pain Management Center (New Hampshire)
Yale-New Haven Hospital (New Haven)
Yale University's School of Nursing (Reiki classes are part of the curriculum)
Columbia Medical Center (New York)
New York University Medical Center (New York)
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (Houston)
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York)
As a Reiki Master Teacher, I offer Reiki classes (all levels/degrees) throughout the year. Through my classes, you can expect to receive a comprehensive education in using traditional Usui Reiki. I teach Usui Shiki Ryoho, the traditional form of reiki imparted by Mikao Usui in the early 1900s. There are about 25 different types of reiki which are off-shoots from the traditional Usui Shiki Ryoho - Karuna, Fire, Tibetan, Imara, Rainbow and Holy Fire, to name just a few. I believe in teaching reiki the way Mikao Usui would have wanted it to be taught – uncluttered, with dedication to simplicity, and with emphasis on the importance of the practitioner staying healthy in body, mind, and Spirit. Usui did not teach about the use of crystals, psychic surgery or smudging, etc. The power of Usui Shiki Ryoho speaks for itself without the use of anything but pure energy. I firmly believe that nothing else is required when we are channeling powerful Source energy.
Following your training, I am pleased to offer ongoing mentorship for you to ensure your practice moves forward smoothly. Classes are kept small and they are held in a warm, inviting environment in my home in Fort Macleod, Alberta. You will also learn how to create your own Reiki practice and how to heal yourself. The maximum number of students I take is typically six. However, I have taken more if Source guides me to do so. As a nursing educator, I am very comfortable with larger numbers of students (my largest nursing class was 94 students!). As I do with my nursing students, I “read” each of my students carefully so I can determine what each student needs by way of assistance, guidance and inspiration to become the best they can be.
I teach Reiki First and Second Degree together for a full two days out of my home on a quiet acreage, in a very large room with three Reiki tables and very comfortable seating. Some teachers prefer to teach these levels separately and I respect their choice to do so. However, I have found that long, drawn-out courses are absolutely unnecessary if they are taught mindfully and if the teacher can effectively read each student's learning needs. In two days, my students are guided to understand and channel Reiki energy, provide Reiki to Self and others, and set up their own Reiki practice. I am confident that the course I offer is very thorough and covers everything in a concise yet complete manner. I give my students ample opportunities to practice throughout the two days we are together. At the end of the second day, the student receives their attunement and a lovely certificate adorned with an official seal. A nutritious lunch and beverages are served both days. Those who attend my courses tend to bond with each other and friendships invariably develop along the way.
Every human being is unique. To say everyone needs "at least X amount of time" to practice between levels gives the impression that everyone learns, develops and grows at the same rate. Every one of us comes to our Reiki training and practice with a certain ability. When an individual is searching for training at the Master level, I do insist upon meeting with the individual to determine if they are ready for Master level training or if more practice and preparation is required. I have turned away potential students for that reason.
Children as young as 4 have learned this beautiful technique because it comes to them naturally. The children who have attended my classes are now poised to offer so much to the world in the years to come. Please assist me in guiding our children into a more loving, peaceful and healthy world...they absolutely deserve it.
I believe that your comfort level with your teacher is paramount to success in learning this sacred modality. I offer this information in the hopes that it helps you on your journey to determine which Reiki Master Teacher is right for you. Please see the Contact page to contact me directly for up-to-date information on the class schedule, student requirements, and fees.
Reiki Student Testimonials
After attending Reiki levels 1&2 training with Heather, I felt comfortable with self-treatments but lacked confidence in treating others. With Heather's support and encouragement, I set up my first two clients and had amazing experiences. My first client was a woman with significant left-side paralysis due to a brain injury many years ago. Following her session, she could stand unassisted for about 5 minutes - considerably longer than the few seconds she could stand prior to her session. My second client was a man with arthritis in his low back, hips and knees. Following the session, he reported feeling heat in those areas, that his left hip "shifted" and that he experienced an abrupt release of negativity near the end of the session. Reiki is changing my life and the lives of those I treat in an amazing way!........Valerie B., Lethbridge, Alberta
What a glorious connection to a beautiful energy. I feel as though my face is frozen in a grin! With each exercise and exposure to the power of Reiki in my First/Second Degree class, the skeptic in me faded. I have always felt that there was some energy in the world that united us in humanity. I feel that Reiki has provided me with the tools and shown me the way to tune into that energy, to share its strength, and to rejoice in its presence. This was truly an amazing experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Thank you!.........Ryan T., Lethbridge, Alberta
This course with Heather has opened my eyes and reminded me of the tools I have available to heal myself and others. I am more grounded and centered. The course is over but I am keenly aware that all of this is only a beginning.........C. E. Sommer, Lethbridge, Alberta
I have always known my purpose was to help others. After taking this course, my life is different and I feel more peace and calm. There has been much happening in my life that I believe is due to my Reiki attunements. I have experienced small miracles and a greater sense of knowing due to my heightened intuition. My life has changed because of this class and because of Heather's teaching. Thanks to Heather's encouragement, I plan to be a Reiki practitioner to share my gift of love and energy with those who need help. Thank you, Heather - the world is a better place having you in it and we are healthier souls thanks to your guiding light.........Tammy Nickel, author, Lethbridge, Alberta
Taking the Reiki course with Heather was such an incredible, life-changing experience. At first, I was a bit skeptical, but the energy was so strong and beautiful and I realized that it was all so real. Since then, I've been a much more relaxed, peaceful person. My Dad, who also took the course, feels the change in the energy of our home as strongly as I do. There are fewer arguments and we're both slowly adjusting to each other's different powers. After receiving my attunements from Heather, I've also been much more connected to my inner self. I feel an overall constant bubble of peace around me. I know I can speak for my family in saying we all love Heather with all our hearts. Thank you so much for changing my life!.........Virginia (age 17), Alberta
My heart feels light and full of love. I feel confident and eager to move forward in my life. I am now able to help guide and heal those around me. Finally, I have a true, clear path to use my gifts to help us all. Reiki is about intention, and I intend to use Reiki in every aspect of my life........Kevin S., Vauxhall, Alberta
Medical disclaimer: The contents and information displayed on this website are for informational use only, and is not intended to be a replacement for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Heather Gunn will not be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, special, exemplary, or other damages arising from the application of information on this website or a Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique (QHHT) session or Reiki treatment or education.