My name is Janie Smith. I have successfully reached the level of Shinpiden Master Teacher of the Usui Rei-ki
Ryoho system of natural healing. The journey to this place in my life has been ever changing, often difficult, often
rewarding and very often filled with the pitfalls of life that happen to us all. I started out much like many of you,
looking for answers to questions about patterns in my life that I knew needed to be changed, though I couldn't seem to make
the changes. I kept repeating the same old choices and then not understanding what I was doing wrong when things always
turned out the same. I thought I was doing the right things, making the right choices, trying to be a good person, and
time after time, having the same problems.
I began my study of Rei-ki 11 years ago with a master teacher
of great intuition, Barbara Daniels. She has been my constant advisor, teacher, mentor and friend through the learning
process to get me here. And here is just the next place on the journey of learning, growing, changing, becoming.
I am so grateful to her and to the universal energy and consciousness that I now feel surrounded by, helped by, protected
and supported by. I have learned so much, and yet I have so much more to learn.
For me, Rei-ki has
become a spiritual path, a way to live life that is honest and healthy. It started out as a way to feel better, when
other things weren't working and I felt lost. My 27 year marriage had fallen apart, my dad had suddenly died, and the
business I loved was falling apart because I was lost and could not focus on doing business efficiently while my personal
life fell apart. All I had worked for my entire adult life was leaving me and I didn't understand what I had done wrong.
Then I met Barbara at a class for level one Rei-ki that a friend had set up. And so the door opened, and I began the
journey of learning about myself as much as I learned about the way things work in the universe and how we interact with everything
else. That first class was a wonderful experience. I felt the pain of losing my dad, leave me and be replaced
with a love and acceptance I badly needed. And I began to find the way to learning about myself and why I'm here and
what I'm supposed to be doing.
It's not always easy, but it is always rewarding. The answers
you find sometimes surprise you, but if you honestly examine yourself and learn to be objective, then everything about your
view of life and the world changes. I had to learn how to balance things in life so that I could give and also receive.
I had to learn to defend myself and give to myself, the time, energy and healing I always offered to others. I had to
learn to value myself as much as I valued others to stop some of the patterns and not let myself be a victim any longer.
For me, Rei-ki has opened the door into my own consciousness so that I could see myself as a valuable person who had much
to contribute and it has changed my life. I know now how to manifest the life I want, and I know that I must share this
gift with any who wish to participate in an honest exchange of energy to improve their lives and health.