Pam’s Reiki journey
After my business career came to an abrupt end, it was time to start my own business, so I began teaching riding lessons and offering business consulting services. Oddly (or not) even though the pace and my stress was much reduced, I began to experience health issues in the form of allergies and a painful foot injury. These interfered with my business and with my life. After trying many traditional treatments to no avail, one of my riding students offered me Reiki – and I experienced instant relief of my symptoms. Although my scientific and business brain could not comprehend how or why this worked, I knew I needed to learn more and was so fortunate to study level 1 and level 2 Reiki with Ellen Hawkins of “In Balance and Health”. Although I had not initially intended to teach Reiki, after a time, I felt a nudge to study level 3 Reiki with Pam Nadeau. It was a wonderful course and as the day proceeded, it became obvious to both Pam and I that I was supposed to study my Masters with William Rand in Glastonbury and Stonehenge in England the following May.
I did not think it was possible – as we had just built a riding arena and were financially strapped. But with all things that are supposed to be – within a week of my level 3, I had received an unexpected check in the mail in an amount that was just $15 less than the cost of the course, took it as a sign and applied to attend the course. A few weeks later, I received the happy news that I was one of 24 students William had accepted for his Masters class. William Rand publishes the magazine “Reiki News” and has several books on the subject. He has worked tirelessly to advance Reiki in North America and studied both under Mrs. Takata’s Reiki lineage and directly in Japan under Dr. Usui’s lineage. I was in awe of the man and couldn’t believe how lucky I was to attend what he says is his “most powerful” Reiki class. I learned SO much and gained so much confidence from that course and felt blessed with the Reiki lineage I came home with.
Although it is my great joy to spread Reiki to anyone – through treatments and classes, I always felt that I am supposed to veer slightly from the mainstream and offer Reiki to both children and animals who need it. I realized before going to England to study with William that many schools of thought in the Reiki world do not feel that Reiki should be taught to animals or children. But we had introduced Reiki to my horses not simply as a treatment tool, the horses have their own attunements and work with Reiki themselves – with absolutely beautiful results. And I could see, with the challenges my children face on a daily basis, challenges which are so much more difficult than the ones I faced as a child that Reiki would be a wonderful tool for them as well. So while I felt strongly that this was my path and I would need to find a way to it, as I presented this to William and asked his advice, it was with some trepidation – fearing I would be shut down by someone I respected so deeply. I was so pleased when William agreed that Reiki for children and animals was tremendous and then discussed how best to offer both with me until we felt we had a path forward clearly outlined. Thus, in addition to offering Reiki treatments and classes for adults, I have integrated animal attunements or placements and ignitions and parent/child Reiki classes into my offerings and feel so very blessed to be following this path. It turns out I am one of only 2 Professional Reiki Masters recognized by the International Center for Reiki training in Atlantic Canada.
In May of 2013, I went to Glens Falls, NY to become a “Karuna Reiki” master with William Rand. Karuna Reiki is a different frequency of healing than Usui Reiki – and brings about very advanced healing, especially when it is used together with Usui Reiki. They go so nicely together. Karuna Reiki is available for students who have studied at the Usui Master level at least 1 year prior as the energies are such a high frequency, an individual has to condition their own energy for some time with the Usui Master symbols before they are prepared to hold the frequency of Karuna Reiki. So we have added Karuna Reiki Masters classes to our offerings.
William had us write an article about our Reiki work with animals which was published in the Fall 2013 issue of the Reiki News Magazine. We were so very pleased, as this was circulated worldwide – and people around the world have contacted me to let me know they plan to attune their horses, dogs, cats, etc. If you are interested in reading the article, you can find it here. In fact, my beautiful horse, Storm was featured with me on the cover!
One of the reasons I wanted to work with William Lee Rand is his close Reiki lineage. Please see my/his Reiki lineage below:
In 2014 a new Reiki energy came to the earth, Holy Fire Reiki. This powerful new energy goes beautifully with both Usui and Karuna Reiki and is similar to the energy mentioned in the Bible that came down during the Pentecost (Acts 2:2). In May of 2015 I was guided to study with William Rand again in Glens Falls, NY to learn Holy Fire. Holy Fire changes everything. For one thing, animals LOVE it. I mean, they really love it! Even more than they enjoyed the energy before which is considerable. It is also SO powerful, it provides incredible guidance for your life and works for you even when you are not consciously using it! You can find out loads more about Holy Fire here: http://www.reiki.org/holyfire.html
But in short, Holy Fire energy is noticeably more refined and comes from a higher level of consciousness. Some of the qualities students have experienced include:
- Works continuously even when not thinking about it and spontaneously heals issues as they come up.
- Always respects free will.
- Heals deeply and quickly without distress.
- Heals relationships and interactions with others.
- Releases worry and replaces it with a sense of safety in a most pronounced way.
- Spontaneously provides guidance that is palatable for every level of life experience.
- Tends to develop all the personality traits that are healthy for a person to have such as love of self and others, kindness, patience, confidence, vitality, enthusiasm, optimism, trust, joy, peace and so forth.
- One of the more wonderful effects is a feeling of being loved. This is a deep and refined feeling that is very nurturing.
- Once received, it continues to develop itself to be more evolved and effective.
These qualities are present in Usui level I&II classes and become more pronounced in the ART/Master and Karuna classes.
William and I went to dinner together before the Holy Fire Reiki Masters class and discussed additional articles for the Reiki News Magazine. Since that time, an additional 4 articles have been printed and are available on the front page of our website.
Then in 2016, as William was recovering from a heart attack and working with the the Holy Fire energy, it went higher. William provided us an “upgrade” via a webcast so that we would not all have to re-take our course to receive it. Although I was skeptical, the webcast did work and I could feel the energy vibrating in my body during the upgrade experience. The following week, regular clients noticed a huge shift in the healing that was happening on the healing front and so did I. The energy became much easier to work with and was able to heal more seamlessly. The animals loved it even more! One of the things that changed, is that we replaced attunements with “placements” which means that instead of interacting with the student during a class to pass the energy on, the Master-Teacher simply leads the students into a meditation so that they become receptive and then the Holy Fire energy interacts with them directly. Because the energy does not have to come through a human teacher, we have noticed that the “placements” are much more powerful than an attunement and a level 1 & 2 class now leaves the student with a similar vibrational frequency to what a Karuna Reiki Master class used to. Holy Fire II allows us to heal more than one person at the same time as well with Holy Fire Healing Experiences. Working with and loving this profound energy, I decided my logical brain wanted to understand it better so I could teach it better and I decided to go to Boston in May of 2016 to study with William again. This time an Usui/Holy Fire II ART/Master class. In the previous year, in addition to several of our articles being published in the Reiki News magazine, a new book, Reiki for Animals came out. Many of the students in the class seemed to know me because of the articles and book, and if there were questions about Reiki and animals, William often deferred them to me. What a thrill and surprise!
Now all classes are taught with Holy Fire II and they are even more powerful than they were!
Recently, we were interviewed by the Reiki Answer Lady for a Podcast about our approach with Reiki and animals. If you would like, you can listen to it here: Reiki and Horses with Pam Allen-LeBlanc of Hidden Brook Farm
However your Reiki journey unfolds, I wish you the very best. And if studying here is right for you, you can find out about our classes on the events page of our website and you can sign up by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.