Hi there, I’m Karen Rome and I host Reiki training courses from my base in Aberdeen. This is my personal journey with Reiki…
I had been interested in Complementary Therapies while living in South Africa but it was only when I came back to Aberdeen that I discovered Reiki. I was working as a Hairstylist at the time with two small children and was very ‘ run-down ‘ when I found a wonderful book in the local library. They say that Reiki ‘comes to you at the right time in your life’ and it certainly did for me !!
After reading the book, I felt that this was what I had been searching for. In July 1998, I found Elizabeth Harley and did my Reiki 1, Reiki 2, Advanced Reiki and Mastership programme with her, completing my training in December 2000. I went on to do my Karuna Masters with David Burton and Sekhem with Vicki Rebecca, however I no longer work with the Sekhem energy. I updated my Karuna Reiki Masters with Morag Rollo in December 2010.
It was a time of personal self-development for me as well as helping to improve my own health. I was able to combine Reiki with my other therapies as a form of Stressbusters as well as on its own. Even now, it never ceases to amaze me how Reiki just ‘ knows exactly what is needed.’
At the time of finishing my Master’s, a lot of new undiscovered ‘Original Japanese teachings’ were coming out of Japan via Reiki Masters Frank Arjava Petter , Walter Lubeck and many others. I incorporated these teachings into my teaching with my Students but didn’t really practise them myself at the time. I taught Reiki and Karuna up to Master level for several years, but felt that I somehow needed to tie up all the teachings that were around at the time. I also incorporated Crystals, Smudging, Chakra work etc in my Reiki teaching and over the years, added some things and let others go.
I had been reading more and more about the Original Japanese teachings and became more interested in what I would call ‘Authentic Reiki’ without all the ‘added extras’ and the Qi Gong energy exercises. I had been noticing Taggart King’s name kept coming up for me over the years and when I finally had a look on his site I discovered everything that I had been looking for !! I re-trained with Taggart King and now run my Aberdeen Reiki Classes along the same lines using his Professional and Informative Manuals, Audio CDs and Training DVD.
All Students trained by myself, other Masters trained by Taggart or via Reiki Evolution can join the Reiki Evolution Internet support network and receive weekly Distant Reiju Empowerments. I continue to receive weekly Empowerments from Taggart and really feel the difference, therefore my students can receive weekly Reiju Empowerments from myself as well as any on-going support that may be required after the workshop.
Reiki-shares are also held at the Rosemount Centre. I practise as a full time Therapist at the Rosemount centre and run all of my Reiki workshops there too. We are very close to the centre of town and easily accessible by car, bus or walking.