Archive for January, 2012

Reiki One Course 2012
January 24, 2012

If you have been thinking about learning this gentle healing modality, mark Saturdays, the 17th and 24th of March in your diaries.

I am offering a Reiki One Course from 10.00am to 4.00pm at Kallista Community House on these days.

In this 2 day course, you will learn how to channel reiki energy for self healing and healing family and friends.

You will also learn the history of Usui Reiki, reiki principles and ethics.

You will receive attunement to Reiki Level One.

Course notes are provided.

You will need to bring a pillow, mat to lie on, blanket, water bottle and lunch to share.

The Course Fee is $115.

The address of  Kallista Community House is 2 Church St. Kallista. There is parking in front of the house.

To enrol, contact Kallista Community House  ph: 9755 2622.

I began my own journey with reiki when I  attended the Usui Reiki Centre in Camberwell for reiki healings.

The experience of receiving reiki healings sparked my interest and curiosity so I wanted to learn more about this healing modality. It seemed to me  the best way to do this was to learn the basics. I started with Gillian Moxom of the Healing House intending to complete only the Reiki One level in 2001 . However, the course opened up a whole new world to me – the world of the spirit, intuition and creativity  – so I knew I needed to progress further in my reiki experiences. I went on to complete  reiki practitioner  (Reiki Two) in 2001 and Master Healer  in 2003 with Gill before completing the Master Teacher level (Reiki Three) in 2005 with Denise Harradine who was then based at the Heart and Soul Centre in Upper Ferntree Gully.

As a reiki practitioner, I have continued to build on my reiki experiences at reiki share sessions and offering reiki healings to individual clients. I have participated in the Wingman project working with reiki colleagues offering healings to people affected by the Black Saturday bushfires at Kinglake. I currently work as a volunteer reiki therapist at Fernlea House offering healings to people with life limiting illnesses.

My work as a reiki practitioner is supported by the skills and experience gained during a 17 year career in the community sector and my studies in community development and art therapy.

As a member of the Association of Australian Reiki Professionals, the Reiki One course follows the guidelines set by the Australian Reiki Connection.

Please feel free to contact me to discuss the course.

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Sound Meditation 2012
January 16, 2012

The back to school merchandise is appearing in shops as well as early easter novelties, so I thought it was time I started to promote the courses I am offering in the early part of 2012.

In this post I am focussing on the sound meditation sessions being offered as part of  The Basin Community House  program.

The four sessions are being held on Tuesday evenings 21st of February to the 13th of March from 7.00pm to 8.00pm.

The sessions provide an opportunity for relaxation, quiet reflection, the raising of self awareness and healing.

The sounds of healing bowls, rattles and a rain stick provide a focus for the mind during the meditation.

One participant has commented that the sounds of  particular bowls call her attention back if her mind becomes distracted.

Participants enjoy the different qualities of the sounds during the meditations.

Arlo gets to stay at home.

A theme is offered for each meditation session.

During Term 4 2011, the following themes were offered:

  • healing through visualising a white light
  • creating a tranquil, peaceful place engaging all the senses
  • the soundtrack of our lives where participants reflected on their personal associations with particular sounds or music
  • reflecting on participants’ scripts or stories about the Festive Season.

No prior experience of meditation practice is required to attend these sessions.

The course fee is $40.

The venue is The Basin Progress Hall situated on the corner of  Forest Rd. and Mountain Highway. There is ample parking behind the hall.

You will need to bring a pillow, mat to lie on, blanket and water bottle.

Contact The Basin Community House  Ph: 9761 0209 to enrol for the sessions.

Ph: 8711 8938 or email: margaret@margaretgriffin.com.au (www.margaretgriffin.com.au) if you would like to talk to me about the sound meditation sessions.

The Basin Community House also conducts Belly Dancing, Dog Grooming and Quigong/Taichi classes at The Basin Progress Hall. Check the Term 1 Program for further details.

Body Scans
January 1, 2012

I took a short break in the lead up to the festive season – my mind was well and truly diverted elsewhere. It is the first day of 2012 and it seems a good idea to kick off the new year with my third post.

I was introduced to the art therapy technique of body scanning in two workshops I attended in 2010/2011.

The purpose of the body scan is to bring the mind to the present moment and to focus inward. In doing so, we develop our awareness of bodily and emotional sensations. We learn to be sensitive to the information our bodies are giving and  make decisions about how to respond.

In the workshops, participants were asked to represent bodily sensations and feelings using colours, shapes and lines within a simple body outline and to consider some questions.

Workshop 1

After drawing a jelly baby outline, we were asked to consider the following questions:

  • Scan the body – what is there and where?
  • What does your body need to do?
  • Is your body giving you a message? What?  

Winter Blues

This picture was drawn on the 6th of June 2010 at a time of the year when I tend to be more vulnerable both physically and emotionally. I was clearly having a hard time of it that day.

Workshop 2

Using a simple body template, we were asked to show:

  •  what is happening physically
  •  what is happening emotionally
  • the ground I am standing on
  • what the world feels like now in the background.

Life is Pretty Good Today

I drew this picture on the 23rd of July 2011. My experience of life was somewhat more upbeat compared with the year previously.

  • The head buzzing with stimulation
  • The eyes feeling heavy from too many late nights watching The Tour de France
  • The stomach comfortably full after lunch
  • Knees and heels a bit sore and stiff
  • The body feeling calm and settled
  • The fertile ground supporting lush growth reflecting the day’s environment
  • The background reflecting a mixture of optimism and heavy dreariness.
I intend including body scanning in my own workshops in the future.
I would appreciate your comments on the usefulness of this art therapy technique.