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In October, while Maureen was teaching in LA , I decided to audit one of her first degree classes. I had gone so long focusing on more second degree level aspects of Reiki that I felt it was time to reconnect with the basics. Being the first degree class is highly hands on and experiential, we did an incredible amount of reiki during this time. As it felt so good to do self treatments again, Maureen proposed a challenge: Do a full self treatment every day for the next 30 consecutive days to see how it would affect my life. I felt up for the challenge and took it head on.


Generally, I’d always tried to fit my reiki in before bedtime, but would inevitably fall asleep before I could finish. Maureen had talked about trying it first thing in the morning and even though I am not a “morning person” I figured I’d give it a try. For me, it ended up working out to be the most perfect time. Instead of snoozing for 45 minutes or so every morning, that period ended up being the perfect amount of time to get in a self treatment. I initially would get up a bit groggy but by the time I was done with my Reiki, I noticed I had awakened gradually & peacefully and felt a sense of ease and well being that I rarely had to begin the day. I was getting up on time (was not late to work once during this period!), and able to ease into my morning routine without rush. It just gave me an incredible start to my day. My drive into work was peaceful, easy and carefree and it just got my days started feeling very cool, centered, quietly confident and amazing in a very subtle way.

In addition I began to notice that instead of being my usual go – go - go self, I began to settle down a bit, rest more and rest easy. I was much more chill (I’m generally pretty high energy) and began to relax more. Life and situations seemed to flow more easily and my resistance to various life situations began to decrease. All of life just seemed to slow down into this easy space where eventually I settled in to this Zen-like zone where nothing could really faze me. I noticed much slower, deeper and deliberate breathing patterns and much improved insight & clarity of thought. I became a lot more comfortable with my overall self, physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally than I’d been in a long time. I moved into such a feel good place that it was difficult to imagine not doing Reiki every day.

The few days I missed doing reiki in the morning, I could absolutely notice the difference in how my day began. Although I would make up for it with a session later in the evening, the difference in how my days felt was profound. I’ve realized that to do Reiki first thing in the morning before I do anything else made an incredible difference for me. By practicing Reiki every morning, I felt refreshed, revitalized and reinvigorated in a way I had not been previously. It was an incredible transformation and I am grateful for the challenge. I would like to challenge all of you do to the same and see if you don’t notice at least some subtle differences in your own life. Good luck!
kanjiReiki means "universal life force energy" ... the consciousness of the universe that flows through every living thing. The purpose of Reiki is to increase the available life force within us. The benefits of the increased energy flow are numerous:  

as well as healing of both acute and chronic conditions and an increased ability to fulfill one's potential.

Reiki is based on ancient knowledge and was rediscovered in Japan around the turn of the century. Reiki requires no particular dogma or belief system.

The First Degree Reiki course covers the benefits and uses of Reiki, the origin of Reiki as well as instruction on using Reiki for one's self and others. The class is highly experiential and includes four individual energy initiations. Only a Reiki Master can perform these initiations that begin this life-long evolutionary process. Upon completion of the course the student will receive a certificate as a Reiki Practitioner.

Once someone has completed the First Degree Course, they are able to use the Reiki energy for themselves and others for the rest of their lives. For those that want advanced training, an optional 2nd Degree course includes another personal initiation, learning the esoteric symbols and how to do distance healing.
Maureen Pua'ena O'Shaughnessy was born and raised in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. She has lived in Hawaii since 1979 and is a graduate of the University of Hawaii.

Maureen Pua’ena O’Shaughnessy is a Reiki Master in the Usui Shiki Ryoho tradition, and is a member of The Reiki Alliance.  She began her work with Reiki in 1991, and was initiated as a Reiki Master in 1995 by Reiki Master Jessica Osborn-Turner. She teaches Reiki full time, traveling between Hawaii, the mainland U.S. and Canada. She teaches classes regularly in Honolulu, has been a guest speaker for many organizations and has appeared on numerous Radio and TV shows.

Maureen is the author of "MY NAKED JOURNEY: A Reiki Master's Quest to Live Authentically" and you can find out more about her book here: "MY NAKED JOURNEY"

In June 2002 Maureen was ordained as a minister with the Universal Brotherhood Movement and performs weddings, house blessings and other celebratory ceremonies.

Maureen's primary focus is to bring Reiki to people to use for themselves and others as a simple, natural means for personal growth and to bring health and balance to all individuals.
Rasheda PapayaTwo years ago we planted three papaya trees. Two grew fast and tall, producing lots of fruit right away (we eventually had to cut one of them down).  The third little papaya tree grew a few feet and then stopped. It didn’t completely die but it never grew any taller, never produced any fruit (we thought it may have been a male tree). Thomas kept telling me to pull it up and plant a new one. For some reason, I had grown attached to the little plant, so I just kept saying, “Let’s wait and see.” 

Finally, this summer (2 years later!), Thomas decided to finally get rid of it. It made me sad to throw away my little papaya tree so I told Thomas to give it one last chance. “’ll do Reiki treatments on it- then it will start to fruit!”  He decided to humor me and left it there. So, I gave the little papaya tree 5 minute Reiki treatments for three days straight and then randomly, whenever I was down by the garden.

Within TWO WEEKS of starting the Reiki treatments, the tree had started to grow new shoots. A few weeks later there were beautiful white flowers and eventually the little buds of papaya fruit. 5 months later and I’ve got a lovely papaya tree that has doubled in height and is producing a bunch of large papaya, one of which is almost ready to be eaten- I can’t wait! I KNOW it will be the MOST DELICIOUS papaya ever! Grown w/ LOVE and Reiki ♥ 
- (from Rasheda Joachimides, Honolulu)
I often tell a story in my First Degree Reiki class where an acquaintance said  "I'm glad to see you again, now that you do Reiki. You are so different!"

I had no idea what she was talking about - and when I questioned her, she finally confessed, "You used to be a B**ch - but I like you now!"

This struck me as very odd, so I approached a close friend and asked if she noticed anything different about me over the past few months (i.e. once I started practicing Reiki on myself.) She said, “Oh, yes! You are much more relaxed and happier!” I then asked another friend the same question and got a similar response.

I realized that if 3 unrelated people noticed a change in me, it was most likely true. It took me a while to recognize what they had all noticed – Before giving myself Reiki everyday, I had constantly felt overwhelmed and never caught up with all my tasks and responsibilities. Even when I was at a social event, my mind was thinking about what I had to get done later that day and the next!

No wonder this acquaintance thought I was a B**ch – I was never present or paying attention to anyone else! I was so trapped in just coping with my life, I never got to really be the warm, loving person I thought I was.

When we are feeling stressed in life, we are not able to be our "best selves.” By simply doing Reiki self-treatments regularly, we are able to be our nicer, "best selves"! Reiki nourishes us and replenishes the energy that is depleted by stress – so we are able to be healthier, happier and ‘nicer’!

Please let me know how Reiki has touched YOUR life!