private and group REIKI Certification Classes - Level One details

Reiki Level One Certification class with Merrie Bakker, Reiki Master

Are you looking to begin to learn to use wonderful hands-on-healing - for yourself and friends, family, pets and plants and to empower your life? Are you looking to empower your wellness? Are you looking for ways to better connect, in these darker times to each other and to the natural world and the light of spirit?
Reiki offers a way to connect with what is invisible yet real and eternal within us and allows us to continue to make progress with living through one's authentic self - in peace and during times of storm.

  • Are you passionate about healing and natural wellness?
  • Are you fascinated with the roots of energy medicine and spiritual thinking?
  • Are you someone who others seek out for advice or guidance?
  • Relax on a deeper level in a short time.
  • Come naturally into a meditative state.
  • Allow feelings to rise to the surface which may or may not be old, almost forgotten feelings and let your deeper relaxation ensure that you can allow these feelings to dissapate.
  • Shine, look younger AND you feel MORE vital

In two full days we thoroughly cover all Reiki and hands-on-healing basics. Shoden is the Japanese word meaning 'first teachings' and applies to Level One Reiki. Learn how to help yourself (daily healing practice) friends, loved ones, pets and plants.

  • how to feel energy
  • several important basic methods of channelling energy
  • protection
  • grounding
  • centering
  • entrainment
  • guided meditations
  • powerful energy work with the chakras
  • elements from other modalities
  • how to raise your vibration in order to "run" energy properly
  • the history of Reiki
  • the uses for Reiki
  • Reiki principles
  • Reiki hand positions
  • treating oneself and others
  • group Reiki treatments
  • what is certification
  • Level One Reiki attunements
  • thorough manual & Reiki I certificate
  • participation in Reiki Shares / Exchanges
  • one Reiki session / exchange with Merrie Bakker privately - after the class is finished
  • reduced rate private sessions for 4 months after each class

Do you want to raise your energy vibration?

Do you want to be physically and mentally and emotionally and spiritually more balanced and learn the tried and true ancient hands-on-healing tools that has transformed lives.

Course fee: for group class is $300 ($50 deposit required to hold your space) plus taxes. We accept e-interac/transfer, cheques and credit cards through the PayPal system.

Course fee: for one-on-one class is $450 ($75 deposit required upon registration) plus taxes. We accept e-interac/transfer, cheques and credit cards through the PayPal system.

Payment for deposit and registration and classes can be by cheque, cash e-transfer and credit cards (thru Paypal - I'll send the link.)
More class info at "Classes"

Description of Level Two

Please register by phoning / texting Merrie Bakker at 604-261-7742 or email at

Merrie Bakker

Just What Is This Reiki?

Using life force energy and Intuition is liberating and within all of us. Learning how to access this universal qi / ki / chi and accessing your natural; emptying your head of incongruent thoughts and just plain allowing the energy to flow are tools for life - for ourselves and people we may wish to facilitate healing with.

When I first heard about Reiki, I didn’t believe that ‘everyone’ had the intuition or abilities - and that some of the ‘talent’ had to have been genetic or ‘passed down’. 

I now realize that healing energy is available for everyone, right from the word GO, and that by practicing just a few time-honoured energy exercises, we can amaze ourselves with the ability to ‘channel’ this healing energy, pass it on through us and become delicately aware. Partly I have come to this conclusion through trial and error, and partly through practicing energetic techniques that I have used with the Reiki that has been passed down to a few of us in the West and most folks in Japan. 

We know Master Usui put together exercises for his meditation students to help them along with passing energy on, as well using the Reiki symbols he received on Mount Kurama-yama to help the students access their sense of heart-felt compassion, heightened intuition and elevated energy.

We know a little of his hand-position techniques, accessing energy channelling techniques, how he used his intuition and how he put these to work. We learned that he allowed his hands to be moved ‘by invisible magnets’ to the right places to treat.

in the beginning of learning, naturally, one learns to engage, confirm and trust that the healing energy is flowing; so that we know that the energy is effective; that the energy really does flow from a higher place of vibration and health to lower places of need, lacking strength - like flowing water - always downhill, in a sense. Then we sense the awareness that what is ‘picked up’ or 'felt' or 'intuitized', of course, ‘is not just in our imagination’. 

The more you practice, the more you become confident and trust the energies and this vibrational intuition. The more confident you become, the easier the energy flows, and the more you are inclined to do this work and embrace it’s wonderfulness. The more you do that, the simpler it becomes.

You are always gearing your treatment to an individual’s needs. Even if you apply the standard basic classic hand positions that were presented by Dr Hayashi on the request of Master Usui, to help his students who doubted their intuition, you still keep yur specific client needs in mond.

As the energy (once you know how to pass it on to the person requiring the healing) will flow to where it it most needed, there is therefore no exact  ‘rubber stamp’ treatment possible. People whom I have treated using different approaches have found that longer time spent in one place, seems to penetrate more deeply, seems more relevant to them and more profoundly felt.

Less talking and reacting also seems to add to the deeper feeling of healing as does not turning over the client onto their front to access their back.

Therefore the hand positions change a bit from one person to another and from one treatment to another with the same client. You just merge with the energy and let it happen!

We hear of contra-indications… there are only a few:

The only restriction that Mrs Takata taught was that you should not treat a broken bone with Reiki. This only applies, we now know, to bones that have not been set yet. If the bone is ready to heal.. then have at it. I have no idea how well the energy passes through a plaster cast (worth a try once you have a client with one!).

Another situation where some people are taught that you should not ‘treat’ are the ears when someone wears a hearing aid(s). The squeal that comes from a sparked, revved up hearing aid is an awful thing to inflict on someone. That said, today's hearing devices are becoming ever smaller and sophisticated and hard to detect… best to ask. There seem to be Reiki practitioners who claim there is no evidence whatsoever to indicate that Reiki would cause a problem in the ear area, leaving one wondering of they actually are allowing their pulled-in energy to flow through.

When a client has a pacemaker, then I am aware of the ‘hearing aid effect’ and don’t want to interfere with that device’s life / death mechanics. Yet the surrounding area - maybe five inches away, is tissue that Reiki would be brilliant for (arteries, veins, capillaries, etc), so just as with ears, I allow my palms and finger tips a few inches away from these devices.

I was taught that Reiki should not be practiced on a pregnant woman until she reaches at least the fourth month. Well, I know of an instance where a woman received Reiki almost every day during her pregnancy in her first trimster and the ensuing child was incredibly healthy and the mother had an easy labour!

For example, I was told that you should not treat people with cancer. Well, I cannot think of anything more foolish. We elaborate on this in class.

Reiki helps nature and the natural upward spiralling healing and when there’s a client who receives Reiki who takes serious medications, for blood pressure, diabetes, etc, it would be wise to suggest they monitor their medication needs. The days of double blind clinical trials for Reiki are not here yet, so we only have ancedotal information about how meds may be reduced from the effects of energy work.

I believe that Reiki is a beautiful healing energy that supports the body’s natural healing ability, and brings things into balance on all levels. Reiki's innate 'intelligence' knows where to flow / that draws the energy to where it is most needed.