In addition to her Reiki practice, she is licensed as a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist. Karen says, "Reiki has been life changing for me in many ways including bringing me closer to God, aligning me with my spiritual purpose, giving me many new friends, enhancing my counseling practice, improving my health, and adding to my career through teaching Reiki and providing sessions. I have been abundantly blessed by God through following my spiritual path with Reiki."
Karen’s Reiki Story
Reiki has changed and improved my life in many wonderful ways! I began studying Reiki with my younger sister in 1993. From there I went on to study Reiki II with her Reiki Master in 1995 and then took Reiki Master with Laurelle Shanti Gaia of the ICRT in 1998.I was very impressed with the training provided by the ICRT so I went on to Karuna Master and then repeated Reiki I and II through the ICRT. Since then, I have repeated all my classes several times, studying with William Rand, Beth Stapor, Laurelle Shanti Gaia, Michael Baird, and Colleen Benelli. When I met the ICRT teachers at my first Reiki Retreat in 1999, I decided that I wanted to be a part of the organization and began my requirements to become a Licensed Reiki Master Teacher. The ICRT teachers felt like my soul family.
Before Reiki, I was often sick and frequently had surgeries. Learning and practicing Reiki has continuously improved my health so that I am in the best health of my life! Giving myself Reiki daily inspired me to eat healthier and exercise regularly. I usually exercise 5 days a week now and drink green smoothies daily.
Reiki has helped me with my spiritual life in many ways. It is easier to meditate and quiet my mind with Reiki and together they are a wonderful combination. Over the years, Reiki has developed in me the ability to hear my guidance and to sometimes see and hear what the energy is doing. It is very exciting to share this skill with my clients! I have seen client and student miracles that are awe inspiring! Reiki can shift my consciousness from stressed to blessed very quickly! Sometimes the energy flows through me so strongly that I feel overcome by Spirit and it is such an amazing feeling. I wonder if I am feeling what I have read some of the Saints have felt.
Reiki has been a lifesaver in parenting over the years, from infancy through young adulthood. When my daughter was a baby and child, I could always put her to sleep within 10 minutes by giving her Reiki. That was a very handy skill to have! Reiki helped to calm my frustration with the challenges of parenting and restore the calm. My son had epilepsy and I sent him Reiki every time he had a seizure and many other times also. When he unexpectedly transitioned in 2007, Reiki helped me with the grief, guilt, and sadness.
In my romantic relationships, Reiki has been instrumental. Reiki helped me to grow so much that I came to a place where I felt I had to leave my marriage in order to continue growing. Reiki helped me through the divorce process and co-parenting for 10 years, making it easier and mostly harmonious. Then I had a loving, Reiki infused relationship for over 6 years. When it was time for the relationship to end, Reiki helped me immensely with all the details and the healing.
Several years ago I started a work study program for a few of my students to send distant Reiki to my mother one hour a week. My mother has benefitted so much and despite years of previous poor health, has continued to get healthier in many ways and live much longer than we expected.
If you have life challenges, Reiki is such a necessity! Reiki has helped me through some very major life challenges without the need for antidepressant medication and with the ability to continue my work. In fact, my Reiki practice grew immensely through a period of ten difficult years. Reiki also helped those ten years to be some of the best years of my life.
In 1998, I began sending Reiki to my counseling clients during sessions and in 2000 began my formal Reiki practice with sessions and teaching. I even gave up teaching graduate courses at the University of Missouri – Kansas City in order to have time to teach Reiki. Reiki has helped me in so many ways with my counseling clients and I have written about it in the Reiki News. Reiki also helped me write other articles for the Reiki News and I have now written and published a number of articles. You can access them all for free on my website, www.karenharrison.net.
In the summer of 2001 I traveled to Hawaii and went to Hilo to see where Mrs. Takata had her Reiki clinic. In October I was able to travel to Japan with a group led by William Rand to see the Usui Memorial in Tokoyo and Mount Kurama outside of Kyoto. Additionally, we studied Reiki I and II with Mrs. Yamagauchi. She had learned Reiki from Dr. Hayashi and had practiced over 60 years. In October 2002, I traveled to Toronto and attended the Usui Reiki Ryoho International conference. There I studied Reiki Master with two esteemed Reiki teachers from Japan; Hiroshi Doi in his Gendai Reiki lineage and Hyakuten Inamoto in his Komoyo Reiki lineage. Hyakuten Inamoto is a student of Mrs. Yamaguchi.
I love teaching Reiki and feel like I am passing on a ball of loving light and energy that my students can then use to help themselves, their pets, their plants, their family, their friends, and the world! Many of my students have gone on to teach others.
I have been abundantly blessed by following my path with Reiki and growing closer to God. My life has become more rewarding, peaceful, and fun. I have made many new friends through teaching Reiki and I enjoy traveling to teach. I love giving Reiki sessions and teaching Reiki and can't wait to share them with you!
With Abundant Reiki Blessings,