October/November newsletter

Wow, the clocks have gone back already, so there’s not much of 2017 left! More massive global shifts are coming in 2018 so get ready for more “interesting” developments in all areas of life. How can you keep sane when all around you seems chaotic? I find meditation, reiki and yoga give me the grounding and healing that I need to keep giving support to others. If you’re ready to step into the next level of reiki, course info below.

LOUISE L. HAY 1926 – 2017 
“As I forgive myself, it becomes easier to forgive others”. I invite you to honour author and healer, Louise L. Hay who died last month at 90 years young. The work of Louise L. Hay is key to everything I’ve done: her affirmations and teaching are invaluable to every reiki healer. Not only did she self-publish a tiny book of affirmations, which grew into a world famous self-help publishing house, she was an extraordinary woman who’s own work on forgiveness and compassion led to a inspiring life of self-love; she also led many other great authors to create their spiritual work for the whole of humanity. Her best book is her first: “You Can Heal Your Life” which I always recommend to my reiki students. Thank you, Louise for all you’ve given us.

WHAT I’M READING
I know many of my reiki and Oneness students have gone through the Course in Miracles. It’s still on my shelf and I’m still reading it very slowly. 🙂 I have just finished the classic “Return To Love” by Marianne Williamson, which is fantastic. She explains the core teachings in the Course in Miracles, consciousness and compassion in a very down to earth, easy to read way. I definitely felt a lot of divine energy whilst reading this book.

GOING TO THE ONENESS/ONE WORLD UNIVERSITY
We had a wonderful time at the first London Oneness Source and Synchronicities course last month. I had such a fabulous experience, I was blown away by the energy and it was delightful to connect with the UK Oneness family. I’m running a short Oneness course on 18 Nov in Brighton, before I fly over to Chennai in India to do the Journey 1 and 2 courses at the Oneness University, now called OO Academy. I’ll let you know how I get on, maybe I’ll start levitating, since the last time I went to India was in 2013!

BRIGHTON REIKI COURSES – NEW course dates
Saturday 4 November – Reiki Master-Teacher
Sunday 5 November – Reiki Two – SOLD OUT
Saturday 11 November – Reiki Two – SOLD OUT
Sunday 19 November – Reiki One
Sunday 26 November – Reiki One – SOLD OUT
Sunday 17 December – Reiki Two – SOLD OUT
Tuesday 19 December – Reiki Master-Teacher
Wednesday 27 December – Reiki Two
Saturday 30 December – Reiki One
If you would like to continue your Reiki Journey with me, do get in contact. Prices will be increasing on January 1 2018.

EXTENDED SPECIAL OFFER
Learn all 3 levels of Reiki before the end of Dec 31. Book now and receive 20% off total price, ends soon! 
https://brightonreiki.co.uk/prices/

REIKI REFRESHER COURSE
Has it been a while since you learnt reiki with me? I’m offering 3 hour refresher sessions with reiki and meditation for anyone who’s worked with me in the past. It would be great to catch up and see how you’re getting on and do more together. https://brightonreiki.co.uk/prices/

REIKI TREATMENTS
Give yourself the gift of time to heal, relax and rejuvenate your body and mind. Come for a reiki treatment any time, I’m here for you.

Don’t forget to follow Brighton Reiki on Facebook and please drop me an email or give me a call if you have any questions or just want to have a chat. Keep an eye on my website too for more info.

If you’d like to leave a review on Google – just google Brighton Reiki and click “write review” next to my listing, Thank you so much!  Please share this email with anyone you think would benefit.

I look forward to seeing you soon and Happy Halloween!
Love Rifa xx

07968 982136

rifa@brightonreiki.co.uk
www.brightonreiki.co.uk

How did you feel during yesterday’s eclipse?

How did you feel during yesterday’s eclipse? Wiped out? Me too… this from our friends at Crystal Herbs.

“When we arrive at the new moon solar eclipse on August 21st everything that we have been working with since the full moon will be ripe for transformation. The energy of this second eclipse is highly transformational in nature and carries the potential to be a pivotal watershed moment that will allow us to expand in consciousness without needing to look back, provided we are willing to allow an upgrade in the thoughts, emotions, beliefs and patterns of behaviour that do not align with the vibration of our true self.

This eclipse will trigger a movement from masculine to feminine energy on our planet, something that will have far reaching effects on our consciousness and how we relate to each other as a collective. As always during times of major transformation it will take time for everyone to come into alignment and many will initially appear to resist the flow of this change. Focus on anchoring the changes within yourself and remember to go with the flow for best results!”

What’s holding you back?

Brighton Reiki – Oneness Brighton update – Aug 2017

Hello, I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. I’m sending you a quick reminder about a couple of events you don’t want to miss, both in September.

REFIGURE: Effortless Success – Sunday 24 Sept
I’m running a one day workshop for women in Brighton, giving you lasting transformative inspiration and motivation. Are you at a crossroads? Need inspiration for your next move? Launching something new? Ready to step into Visionary Leadership? This workshop will give you the clarity, confidence and creativity to get you there. Sign up soon as places will go fast. You can also follow Refigure on: Twitter and Facebook. It’s at this gorgeous seafront space…

ONENESS – BIG EVENT London 29 Sept & 1 Oct 2017
Have you ever wanted to visit the Oneness University and learn directly with the guides in India but can’t get the time or money to go? Now you can learn directly from the guides, Kumar and Tejasa in London on Sat 30 Sept and Sun 1 Oct. This 2 day course will be live linked to other European cities taking part in the new Phenomenon and the Gift course open to all including anyone new to Oneness. The guides will broadcast direct from India. When I went to the P&G in Sweden last year, it was amazing to connect with the Oneness family around Europe (11 countries are taking part) as well as receiving new teachings direct from India. I had a wonderful experience – connecting with my higher sacred self in a more powerful way that has stayed with me, growing each day. We are expecting over 150 to attend and receive a special meditation for the UK from Sri Bhagavan.  More details and how to book here.

BRIGHTON REIKI COURSES
You can learn how to self-heal, send distant healing to loved ones or situations and learn to teach Reiki. If you would like to continue your Reiki Journey with me, do get in contact about future course dates. Here’s a little video I made to remind you of the Self Healing Hand Positions.

SPECIAL OFFERS!

Learn all 3 levels of Reiki before the end of Dec 31. Book now and receive 20% off total price. Reiki Master- Teacher level is now reduced by £50

Don’t forget to follow Brighton Reiki on Facebook and please drop me an email or give me a call if you have any questions or just want to have a chat. Keep an eye on my website too for more info.

REIKI TREATMENTS
If you would like a one-to-one reiki healing session with an experienced Reiki Master, give me a call for an appointment at a time that suits you. A reiki treatment can relax, clear blocks and accelerate physical and emotional healing. Come for a reiki treatment and receive a free Deeksha Oneness blessing. ££60 for 1 hour.

I look forward to seeing you soon
Love Rifa xx

07968 982136

rifa@brightonreiki.co.uk
www.brightonreiki.co.uk
www.refigure.co.uk

Is it your time?

Hello I hope you’re having a peaceful weekend. You can take part in the Great Get Together  this weekend celebrating the life of Jo Cox MP with communities coming together to have fun!

I have found reiki and Oneness consistently helpful for me and those around me, especially the tool of distant healing. Is it time for you to learn more to help yourself and your world? I’d love to help you…

ONLINE MEDITATIONS
I’m delighted to offer two online audio meditations for you to download for more confidence and for better sleep, more to come soon! I’d love to hear what you think.

REIKI COURSES
Here are the dates for Summer reiki courses, for self-healing or healing others. You can learn how to send distant healing to loved ones or situations. If you would like to continue your Reiki Journey with me, do get in contact about future course dates:

Sunday 9 July 2017 –  Reiki Two
Sunday 16 July 2017 –  Reiki One
Sunday 6 August 2017 –  Reiki Master-Teacher
Sunday 13 August 2017 –  Reiki One
Sunday 20 August 2017 –  Reiki Two
Sunday 27 August –  Reiki One
Sunday 3 September 2017 –  Reiki One
Sunday 24 September 2017 –  Effortless Success

Don’t forget to follow Brighton Reiki on Facebook and please drop me an email or give me a call if you have any questions or just want to have a chat. Keep an eye on my website too for more info.

REFIGURE: Effortless Success

“Your playing small does not serve the world”.
If you’re feeling stuck or need the space to reflect on your next move, this is the workshop for you. Refigure presents Effortless Success, a one day experiential workshop (‘micro retreat’) for women in a beautiful seafront venue. 
This one day ‘micro retreat’ for a group of up to 12, will give you a lasting, transformative burst of inspiration and motivation you’re looking for. Sign up soon as places will go fast.

You can also follow Refigure on: Twitter and Facebook.

ONENESS  – Saturday 1 July –
If you’d like to be part of the Oneness Meditation gathering in Salisbury, there’s still time to book your place. Livia, Liliana and myself (the only people in the UK giving group Oneness Meditations) are coming together with Oneness friends from all over the UK, all are welcome. More details here.

(The Sacred Chambers Brighton event on 15 July at 12pm is now fully booked)

Would you like to become a Deeksha giver and learn more about Oneness? The next Oneness Awakening course is on Sunday 10 September 2017 contact me to book your place.

REIKI TREATMENTS
If you would like a one-to-one reiki healing session with an experienced Reiki Master, give me a call for an appointment at a time that suits you. A reiki treatment can relax, clear blocks and accelerate physical and emotional healing. Come for a reiki treatment and receive a free Deeksha Oneness blessing. £60 for 1 hour.

I look forward to seeing you soon
Love Rifa xx

07968 982136

rifa@brightonreiki.co.uk
www.brightonreiki.co.uk
www.refigure.co.uk

CNN article on meditation by Rifa

Rifa Thorpe-Tracey is founder of Refigure. She is a Sivananda Yogi, meditation teacher and trained with Tibetan Buddhist monks in Nepal and gurus in ashrams across India. Rifa has also worked for 15 years as a project manager in the tech industry, building large-scale websites for global clients.” CNN

Many firms now realise the value of meditation and mindfulness training. In Silicon Valley companies including Google have even employed their own full-time gurus.

It may seem counterintuitive to connect the blissed-out world of yoga and meditation with today’s frantic, technology-driven workplace. But that’s exactly where we’d all most benefit from help with our well-being.

In today’s office, intense multi-tasking, creative thinking and relationship-building are the norm — constantly in demand, over and above usual skills. And not only from managers and colleagues. We demand it of ourselves; we are becoming ever more perfectionist and goal-oriented.

The result is stress — everywhere.

Rifa Thorpe-Tracey portrait photo

Link between yoga and brain cells

Science is gaining a clearer picture of physical effects that stress can trigger. Dr. Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital studying meditation and mindfulness exercises, explains in a recent Huffington Post article how stress has a physical impact on the brain:

“Cells and neurons are constantly making new connections and disrupting old ones, based on response to stimuli, a quality that researchers call ‘experience-based neuro-plasticity’.”

In that environment, how do we create space for our brain to operate at its best?

Yoga, meditation and other complementary therapies are more commonly used away from work and they form a big part of the conversation about work/life balance. But evidence is mounting that they could be more useful, brought right into the heart of our office lives.

Workplace culture shifting

The David Lynch Foundation has also done striking research on the benefits of meditation on younger people, for example, to demonstrate its power as a tool for students to regain control and focus.

Of course not every company has the cash flow to hire a guru full-time but many could offer a regular lunchtime or after-work class for their staff, or run a one-off workshop for team leaders, who’d then pass on the techniques to their colleagues.

This has benefits beyond helping individuals. Our entire workplace culture can be shifted into a more healthy, productive state. Surrounded by people who’ve learnt techniques to stay calm and focused, we’re more comfortable at work and, as a knock-on, more patient and empathetic.

Simply being able to recover from stressful situations more quickly is a major bonus.

Best of all, positive changes gained by bringing meditation into work are long-term. Once people learn techniques and get comfortable practicing regularly, the benefits increase exponentially, with the potential to shift the culture across an entire workplace into a more positive, patient, generous atmosphere.

First published on CNN 29 April 2015

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/29/opinions/the-boardroom-yogi/index.html

Top 5 regrets people have on their deathbed

For many years Bronnie Ware worked in palliative care. Her patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. She was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. This is her blog post originally posted on her site inspirationandchai.com

People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.

When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.

It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.

This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.

By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.

We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.


4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.

When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.

Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.

“Every great inspiration is but an experiment”*

I spent most of the Christmas and New Year period in a state of deep meditation, processing much of the healing that I had experienced last year. Some of that time brought up pain: physical and emotional fear manifested and cleared quickly. By the second of week of January I needed to get out in the ‘real world’ and spend time being with people who are not part of the ‘healing world’ but give me a great sense of support, friendship and community.

Midwinter Picnic
Midwinter Picnic 3,  is the annual all day music festival I organise with my husband Chris T-T and a small team of volunteers. West Hill Hall in Brighton is a working village hall, so we can create an intimate atmosphere where people bring their own food and alcohol and we offer homemade cakes and tea. The high quality of the acts means we sell-out far in advance and get lots of positive feedback. However, we always slightly underestimate the amount of work involved in putting on an event that brings together an eclectic mix of acts from around the UK. In the end it was a really wonderful day, plus we raised a good amount for Amnesty International and WaterAid.

The TED conference in the USA is a huge live event where speakers from all disciplines give short talks: ‘Ideas worth sharing’. The TED talks are all filmed and are available online here, where you can search for inspiring, informative talks on just about any subject from world-class experts. One of my favourite talks is this one: ‘A Stroke of Insight’

TEDx Brighton
TEDx is a spin-off idea that anyone anywhere can organise their own event with different speakers, and allow it to be open and free to their community – under the TED guidelines. I was a bit cynical about the first TEDx Brighton event, because the ticketing involved writing about yourself and being ‘handpicked’ to ensure a diverse crowd. I was lucky enough to get a ticket and stayed for the whole day to see all of the speakers.

The most memorable included a young woman who rowed across the Atlantic with her mum, and an actor who visited five utopian communities in a year including Findhorn in Scotland and Christiania in Denmark.  A musician explained how clog dancing started in the Victorian cotton mills, where women developed the dance to keep in time with the machines, comparable (to the speaker) with electronic music of the 1980’s such as Kraftwerk.

The most inspiring talk was on human resilience from an academic who adopted three children, all with special needs. The theme of TEDx Brighton was ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’ and certainly I came away feeling more connected to my fellow Brightonians and happier for it.

(*Quote from Charles Ives, American composer 1874-1954)