OPEN HOUSE August 26, 2018

NIKI KLEIN, SUSAN CRUTCHER and NORAH NASTURAS invite you to join us for community, conversation, collaboration and, of course, snacks at our “FALL OFFERINGS” OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, August 26.

Drop-in any time between 11am and 2pm to visit, have your questions answered and connect with other like-minded individuals.

  • Niki will be answering any KOMYO REIKIDO QUESTIONS you may have as well as being the ‘hostess with the mostest’
  • Susan will be offering free mini HEART LINE INTERPRETATIONS
  • Norah will be offering free MINI READINGS of their Astrology Chart

Because we like to personally talk with each person who stops by our open house, it is impossible to answer all of everyone’s questions.

With that in mind, you will find SIGN-UP SHEETS throughout the office if you wish to request more information (simply fill in your contact details and check what interests you). We will get back to you as soon as possible 🙂

Open House Poster

 

 

OPEN HOUSE Oct 19th

Join us for our OPEN HOUSE at our NEW FACILITIES AND OFFICE. We are e-x-c-i-t-e-d and would love to reconnect with you, learn what’s been happening in your world, how we can help you and, of course, share our AoHM vision with you!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Drop in between 4:30 and 7:30pm

Innovation42, 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener, ON N2C 2C8

The Open House will be in the “Board Room”

 

What is Komyo ReikiDo?

by Niki Klein, Reiki Master/Teacher (Shihan)

 

Komyo ReikiDo follows the teachings of Usui Sensei and focuses on healing not only the body, but most importantly, the soul or spirit. Usui Sensei believed that with spiritual improvement, the body would naturally be better capable of healing itself. Hyakuten Sensei shares this belief.

Komyo ReikiDo, the system Hyakuten Inamoto created, presents Reiki as it was understood and commonly practiced in the 1920’s and 1930’s in Japan. This system places emphasis on spiritual unfoldment through the practice of Reiki Ryoho, aiming for ‘Satori’ or enlightenment.

As the practice of Reiki Ryoho was introduced to the west from Japan, many branches or schools developed, some with very complicated techniques that have little to do with the original practice

Reiki Ryoho is actually a very simple technique. So simple that many have a difficult time understanding that something so simple can be so effective. As a result, over time, additional techniques and modalities have been added on to the practice. While we understand that we are interacting with the energy of the universe, which cannot be defined or confined, and respect the fact that these added practices may be effective, it is important to remember that these are additional techniques, and were not a part of the original practice.

Reiki Ryoho is as easy as quieting your mind, getting yourself out of the way, finding the space between your thoughts, and allowing the Reiki energy to flow of its own accord, without the intention or direction of the practitioner.

With daily practice of self-Reiki, meditating on and living the Reiki precepts (Gokai), as a Reiki student you are actually following a path to enlightenment. As you heal, you become a stronger, clearer, more pure instrument for the Reiki energy. In addition, creativity and intuition increases while the ability to pass this gift of healing on to yourself and others becomes a beautiful outgrowth of your inner spiritual practice. This is the essence of Komyo ReikiDo.

 

Q: How is Komyo ReikiDo different than Western Reiki?

In Chuden (Second Degree), we discuss this.

A Western mindset is analytical; there is a separation of a whole into parts. For instance, the mind and body are separate, and modern Western medicine is based on this concept.

For now, let me say that Komyo ReikiDo is a ‘Keep-It-Simple’ Reiki system and practice. The practice motto is: Place your hands, Surrender, and Smile.’ This means that the Reiki practitioner does not do any healing, but rather is a facilitator of the recipients own innate healing ability.

A practitioner is to simply place their hands, surrender to the Reiki energy, and smile, knowing that Reiki is self-directed in accordance with the needs of the recipient, not by direction or intention of the practitioner.

 

Q: Why take Komyo ReikiDo if I already know Reiki?

I have been researching Reiki for many years and know that there is a lot of mythology being taught.

The more I have studied, the more I realize that even I have been sharing information that we now know is not necessarily accurate.

In the almost 2 decades I have been teaching Reiki, I have amended my manuals and content a number of times. With the knowledge I have gained recently, I will be re-writing everything.

Having studied with Sensei Inamoto back in 2012 and again recently 2017, I have been delighted to have so many of my questions about Reiki and its origins personally answered.

My feelings are about going to source and Komyo is very much based on source information.

The purpose of Komyo ReikiDo:

  • To improve the mind and body, and maintain optimal health by means of Reiki Ryoho practice. As Sensei always says: “Mind first, then Body” He means: we heal the mind of the person first, then comes the physical.
  • To live a healthy and peaceful daily life. The more peace and balance we cultivate in our lives through Reiki Ryoho practice, the more we directly experience what Mikao Usui (the originator of Usui Reiki Ryoho) called, “the secret method to invite happiness, and the miraculous medicine to cure all diseases.”
  • To strive on, through Reiki Ryoho practice, to cultivate and uplift humanity and spirituality so as to attain the ultimate objective of Reiki Ryoho practice: Satori(enlightenment), and Anshin Ritsumei(inner peace).

Komyo = Great light or enlightenment

Reiki = Energy of the Universe

Do = Way or Path

Komyo ReikDo is a doorway to spiritual awakening, and a path of Satori, or enlightenment.

 

Q: Does Komyo include self Reiki?

Yes, of course, and we should always practice self-Reiki; it works beautifully with meditation. With Komyo, we also learn a lovely self-meditation/self-Reiki.

 

Q: Is Distance Healing a part of Komyo?

Absolutely.

 

Q: How many levels does Komyo have?

4 – Shoden, Chuden, Okuden & Shinpiden

 

Q: Are there symbols with Komyo ReikiDo?

Yes.

If one has previously studied Reiki, the symbols will be simple although there are variations to what are known as Mrs Takata’s/Western symbols.

If you have not, the symbols are still simple. Lots of time is given in class for learning the symbols.

 

Q: Who teaches Komyo in Ontario and/or Canada?

As far as I know, I am the only Shihan (teacher) in this area. In Ontario, I know of a couple in Toronto and one in Barrie.

I have been privileged to study twice with the Founder of Komyo ReikiDo, Hyakuten Inamoto a Japanese lay Buddhist Monk. Inamoto Sensei’s lineage is direct from Hayashi Sensei through Mrs. Yamaguchi.

I am a Registered Teacher through the Komyo ReikiDo Association as well as with the Canadian Reiki Association and an Affiliate with the International Centre for Reiki Training.

 

Thanks, in part, to www.KomyoReikiDo.org for some of content

Wisdom of Dr. Wayne Dyer

Niki here – “I am always surprised when I receive an email from Dr. Wayne Dyer, knowing he has moved on from his physical shell.
Yet, I am grateful that Hay House and his family work together to continue to share his wisdom.
Read, take in and remember.
Blessings”


As the new year approaches, let us remember the wisdom of Dr. Wayne Dyer who reminds us to reflect on our lives and speak to our soul when we need guidance.

Look back over your life at the key turning-point moments when you were involved in some kind of a peak experience and being pulled in a new direction.

Think about your soul and what it truly means to be motivated by your inner thoughts, rather than using some artificial external barometer as your life’s guide. Promotions are nice; salary increases are of course welcomed; a gold watch is a fine symbol of a long and devoted life; a grade on a transcript, a trophy, and so many more are all external indices.
They do not soothe or satisfy your soul. Your soul is not finite—it has no form—no beginning or end. It needs to expand—to grow, to avoid being labeled or compartmentalized.

Every move I made in my life was in the direction of more freedom that gave me the ability to decide for myself where to be each day, what to wear, how to speak, how my writing would proceed.

These were nudges from my soul—the inner invisible part of me that is infinite and therefore always seeking expansion. Stay in touch with and honor the calling you feel deep within you. Ignoring that will leave you feeling like a prisoner in your own body and in your own private world.
Your soul is miserable when it is confined, or labeled, or told what it can or cannot do.

As you begin to see more and more clearly not only how and why your life took all of its twists and turns but what direction it is going to take from here on in, you will see that your soul will not ever lead you astray.

This is because this is truly who you are—not your accomplishments or possessions, but that inner sense of purpose that seeks out immensity and expansion. Listen when it beckons you in a certain direction, or when it sends you a teacher, or sets up a synchronistic series of events.
It all feels so mysteriously exciting when it occurs because your outer world is finally meshing with your soul’s innate need to keep on expanding. It must and always will prod you this way because it is infinite, and therefore it must just keep growing. believeinyourself

There has been invisible guidance there for me each and every step of the way, just as there is for you as well.
In order to access that guidance, I encourage you to make a commitment to be absolutely faithful to that which exists nowhere but within yourself. This is the great secret for seeing ever more clearly and living your life from a place of passion and purpose.

— Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

excerpted from an email from Hay House, Dr. Dyer’s long-time publisher

It All Counts!

moneyRemember when we discussed Is your ‘money speedometer’ set on cruise control last post?  Today’s post is going follow along the same line of thought – in fact, the next few posts will be along this line – working with and on your money mindset.

Niki and I are part of an elite group of Certified Money, Marketing & Soul coaches worldwide who are authorizzed to utilize our Mentor’s program in our workshops and sessions. My first certification in this group was in 2009 and Niki’s was 2010. So, we’ve been at this a long time and we’ve done these exercises ourselves as part of our training.


The exercise itself is simple.

The decision to actually do it and then follow through requires a little more effort.

However, I have been checking in almost daily since 2009 and it has really opened my eyes to how much money flows through my hands/life and — here’s the scary part — how little of it I retain.

I’m going to start you off with a very tiny step toward your success. Do this and you’re on your way.

We’ll call this exercise: It All Counts

In an excel spreadsheet document or a table in Word, create a chart/matrix that allows the following:

4 columns; up to 35 rows

Across the top (title): Month and Year – It All Counts Money Tracking Chart

In the column headings:

Day   Income   Subtotal   Description

Down the first column on the left: the number for the day of the month (1 through 31)

In the second column, each day of the month, record your ENTIRE income for that day. I do this as a separate line for each amount. Examples: I found a dime in laundry = 1 line with description beside it; I found money in the pocket of a coat I hadn’t worn for a while; a refund cheque came in; investment income statement (only the income, not the total); a friend sent me some birthday money … you get the idea. Absolutely EVERY amount of money that comes in contact with you, goes in this second column.

Because I’ve got separate lines for each amount of money, I subtotal when there is more than one item on one day (this is an optional step)

At the end, after all the days of the month, put TOTAL in the first column and add up the third column.  This is ALL the money that you came in contact with over the month. No doubt, it will surprise you!

We’ll take this a little deeper later.

In the meantime – go get started.

Create your blank template and then a document for THIS month.

If you’re part-way through a month do not put it off until the first of next month. That’s procrastination.

Instead, leave the dates up to today empty … you’ll still get a good feel for how much money flows through your life.

Decide.

Act.

These two steps are essential to business success (more on that in another post sometime).

For those who might wonder “What about my expenses?” … that is not the point of the exercise. This exercise is totally focused on HOW MUCH MONEY FLOWS THROUGH YOUR LIFE.

To your success…

Susan (Sue) Crutcher
Conscious Business Coach
Life Empowerment Mentor

Is your “money speedometer” set on cruise control?!

speedometerWow! Back in 2010 business certainly started off with a BANG! That’s when I first heard a different variation on ‘money thermometer’ and it went much deeper than what I had learned at a T. Harv Ecker seminar previously.

After I returned from my mentor, Kendall SummerHawk’s, Platinum Inner Circle live retreat in January that year, I finally decided on my ‘spirit archetype statement’ and  managed to complete my ‘profit pyramid™’ to plan my marketing strategies for 2010. My Bold Goal for the year was in place as were my 60-day Bold Goals through the year. I was suddenly on quite a roll.

Alright! Let’s get YOU started off on the right foot (or the left if that’s your predominant one) as well …

It does not need to be a ‘new year’ to begin a new plan for your business. START TODAY.

Let’s take a few minutes to help you

  • determine where your current ‘money speedometer’ is and
  • set your ‘new money speedometer’.

For this exercise, you’ll use the gross amount, before any expenses, of all money you’ve brought in – it all counts.

  • Look at your total income for each month over the past year*
  • Select the five highest months and add them up
  • Divide by 5

This represents your ‘current money speedometer’.

Now, choose a number just outside your comfort zone. There are reasons for this:

If you stay in your comfort level, it won’t create incentive for you to earn more

If you go too far out of your comfort zone, it won’t be a believable number to you and you’ll likely give up trying to attain it very quickly.

  • Write down your ‘new money speedometer’ goal
  • Write down the date by which you want to achieve it
  • Post it where you can see it every day

Naturally, during an actual coaching session, we go a lot deeper into this exercise. This is the bare-bones version but, if you actually put it into action, it will get you to your goal.

Once you achieve your goal, set a new ‘new money speedometer’ to keep pushing the boundaries of your beliefs.

UPDATE:

By the way … if you think this is old news because this post talks about 2010, think again.

I currently have two clients who have been ‘resetting’ their money thermostats quarterly since the summer of 2014. And, guess what? It’s working! They are miles ahead of where they were when I met them and so proud of themselves.

That’s what makes coaching such a pleasure … playing a supportive role in other’s successes. There’s not much that can top the sense of fulfillment.

To your success…

— Sue

PS – have a ‘burning question’ after reading this blog? Comment here or e-mail me personally – please put ‘QUESTION’ in the subject line so I can easily spot it. I’d love to hear from you!

 

* If you have no idea what you’ve brought in over the past year or you are not using a ‘tracking sheet’ of some sort – we need to talk. Knowing your income and expenses is VITAL to your financial success in business and in your personal life.

Listen … shhhh!

shhpicI know everyone is exceptionally busy trying to catch up on their ‘to do’ lists and email overload. Don’t worry … I have some suggestions on how to deal with email clutter coming up.

In the interim, I have a little challenge for you today … it is a simple exercise in AWARENESS. Don’t worry – it won’t take ANY time at all!

Throughout the day, LISTEN closely for words and phrases that are used repeatedly by those around you – your family, your friends, your co-workers.

What message are they sending to you?

How do those words and phrases influence you?

Have you ever thought about those questions or the answers to them?

Some examples might be:

  • “Whatever”
  • “I’m sorry”
  • “Yeah … but …”
  • “I guess”
  • “I’ll try”
  • “Whadda ya want now?”
  • “Would you do me a favour?”

For today, simply be aware of the words. That’s it.

If you wish, post some examples here for others to see.

To your awareness…


Susan Crutcher
, CPC, CMMSC, SMACC
Life Empowerment Mentor
Owner, Bridging Heart and Business

How to charge more for your services

One of the key ways to start charging more for your services is to shift out of the mindset of charging on a “per hour basis” for your services.

How do you do that?

It’s partially a matter of terminology – focus on the results your offer your clients in each session or package. Value for investment is absolutely key.

As long as you are stuck in the mentality of earning money based on the amount of time involved you will never be able to fully express or share the true value of what it is you have to offer your clients. And, that is a sad situation – for you and your potential clients.

When you list your services similar to this:

  • 60 minute session $125
  • 90 minute session $155

your potential clients go and compare your session times and pricing with other providers in the area.

They do not look at your credentials, your inclusions, your unique capabilities or your success track record. They simply compare apples to apples and they (usually) buy the least expensive apple which may, or may not, be you.

Plus, I ask you, why is the work you do somehow less valuable when you spend more time with your client? I don’t understand this concept.

You could do this comparison yourself and then price yourself near the top of the market. This is what most smart service providers have done in the past. And, it does work to some degree.

However, if you really want to attract clients, you want to draw them to you in other ways than simple price and/or time comparison.

Make your product an orange or a starfruit … anything but an apple!

Be different.

Why? They will have nothing to compare to and will have to decide whether or not to work with you based on the value of what you offer for whatever investment point you decide.

So, how do you start?

We’ll go over that in future posts with a couple of exercises to elicit what it is of value that you offer to your clients and how to articulate that value.

If you’re one of those “I want to know right now!” people, keep your eyes open for details on my upcoming Branding With Archetypes workshop which quickly zeros in on who you are, what your brand is and how to interest people in you and your product/service.

— by Susan Crutcher

Choosing a Coach

One of the main reasons a person chooses to work with a coach is to reduce, change or eliminate an undesirable behaviour.

However, forcing a client into action when they are not ready can be a mistake and, in some instances, may cause them to regress. Sometimes, not taking action too soon may actually create better results for the client.

Coaches implement a variety of models, tools, formulae and processes individually and in combination while working with clients. As an example, The ‘Prochaska’ Method involves combining major processes of change (the ‘how’) with a six-step formula or stages (the ‘why’) that we all use for making a permanent change in our behavioural patterns. The combination of using processes and stages at the right time, and in the proper sequence, can dramatically improve the odds of a client making a permanent behavioural change.

After an incredible amount of research, James Prochaska determined that there are six stages that everyone goes through to create behavioural change within themselves. In his book, ‘Changing for Good’, he details a ‘revolutionary six-stage program for overcoming bad habits and moving your life positively forward’.

The stages are categorized as: pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance and termination. There are specific words or phrases that are used within each stage that give clues as to where a client is in their process.

Notice that ‘action’ is not the first stage. It doesn’t matter how many well-intentioned people within a client’s circle of influence suggest the client make changes. If the client is not at the action stage, forcing (or ‘encouraging’) at the wrong time, or in the wrong place, will make little difference in their behaviour. The client must evolve to the action stage of their own volition, in their own way and in their own time. The evolution may be very fast or painfully slow depending on each individual. Sometimes, the action level appears to be instantaneous, but it is rarely so under scrutiny.

So, how do you know what stage you are at?

When talking to others about a habit that either bothers you or them, what words or phrases do you use? Do you deny or resist using words such as “I can’t”? Perhaps you’re not quite ready to take ownership or responsibility but may recognize that there is an issue and say things like “I might”. If a person makes a public commitment to change, usually accompanied by “I will” they are almost ready to take action. In the action stage itself, which is the busiest and most focused, the person does things like: starts to modify their surroundings (remove all alcohol or sugary snacks from their home; not keep matches, lighters or cigarettes in their car or purse; increases their exercise level, etc.). They often start their sentences with ‘I am’.

Which stage are you at? Perhaps you have no idea but you would like to know. Contact a professional coach – they are trained to guide you.

Whether you would like to get in shape, lower your stress levels, eat better, stop smoking, manage a chronic health issue or deal with specific problem, a professional coach can help you.

There are many coaches available today – each with their own style, education, experience and unique personality. Find one that you are comfortable with, that you can confide in and trust. Ask about testimonials, credentials, rates and what results you can expect. A professional coach will do their best to answer your questions satisfactorily. Most coaches offer a short introductory session that allows an opportunity for both of you to determine if you are suited to work together toward a common goal.


Written by SUSAN CRUTCHER