Who is Bevianne?
The short Reiki & Bevi story:
Reiki and I found each other in 1988, but it took until 1989 for me to get my own Reiki hands. Then it took nearly nine years of preparation to be initiated in 1997 as a Reiki Master in Usui Shiki Ryoho.
In 1991 I began working as a Reiki practitioner and have treated thousands of people and animals. It has been a pleasure and privilege to treat people in all stages of life from pre-birth to their final minutes.
The longer Bevi & Reiki story:
I grew up in Chicago and the Chicago area, earned my first two degrees (BA in languages at Grinnell College and MATeaching at Northwestern University) and taught in the Chicago area and in Iowa for several years. I came to Australia as a primary school teacher in 1976. Reiki, flower essences and I found each other in 1988. And the next year I got my very own Reiki hands.
In 1990 I left primary school teaching to earn certificates in flower essence therapy from both the Melbourne Flower Essence Centre and the Flower Essence Society in California. I opened my practice, €œEssential Well-being€, to help others find peace and purpose through Reiki and flower essences. Between 1998 and 2004 I earned two postgraduate diplomas in psychology (Deakin University and University of Ballarat). Yet I consider my principal degree to be my Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master€™s degree, completed in 1997 after eight years of study.
As a teacher, I€™ve always been a bridge-builder: being able to see where people are and where they want to be and then supplying the information, technology, encouragement, materials and guidance for them to get from one place to another. I am also able to bridge the €˜alternative-academic€™ chasm, so I can translate for people on either side €“ allowing them to understand and perhaps make use of what they previously mistrusted.
I believe standards for public Reiki practice, both mine and others€™, can always be improved. I began helping to establish public Reiki practice standards in the 1990s in Victoria with RASMUS (Reiki Australia €“ Society of Masters in the Usui System). RASMUS became RAPMA (Reiki Association of Practitioners and Masters, Inc.) when practitioners were invited to join. RAPMA eventually merged with Usui Reiki Practitioner Alliance (URPA) to create Reiki Australia. Since October 2008 I have been a director of Reiki Australia.
In 2006 and 2008 I was privileged to be amongst Usui Shiki Ryoho masters in Australia as we soaked in the wisdom of Phyllis Furumoto. She studied Reiki under her grandmother Hawayo Takata, who brought Reiki to Hawaii in 1930, having learned it from Chujiro Hayashi in his clinic in Japan. Hayashi, in turn, had studied under Mikao Usui, the man who brought Reiki into the world. (If this all seems convoluted to you, perhaps seeing these names arranged in order in my Reiki lineage would help.) Being with Phyllis Furumoto, who has had a lifetime of immersion in Reiki and Reiki's history, was a truly special time.
Being a member of Reiki Australia is a joy and blessing for me. Membership has connected me to wonderful Reiki people of several Reiki lineages and forms I might not have heard of or experienced.
Since October 2008 I've been privileged to be a member of Reiki Australia's board of directors.
Tuesdays are especially lovely. That's when I go to Anam Cara House, Geelong's community hospice in the beautiful ex-presbytery in the grounds of St Mary's basilica. To give guests, staff and volunteers Reiki treatments is a wonderful treat. A very welcoming and loving group of people!
Did I mention Flower Essences? Well, I've also been working as a Flower Essence therapist since 1992. Now, that's another whole field of healing.
I hold the greatest respect for the flower essence teachers I've studied under: Mark Wells; Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz of the Flower Essence Society. You might like to explore their sites, and if there are any flowers that speak to you, perhaps you'd like me to make up a flower essence treatment bottle for you. Give me a call on 0417 654 595 or use this handy contact form.
And maybe some day I'll get a few of my own pages created to honour that wonderful world of flowers and introduce them to you...
I have a few interests besides Reiki-
Sometimes I just cut loose and indulge my passion for photography.
Organic gardening claims another part of my heart and time. A goal is to grow most of my vegetables.
I love my gorgeous Burmese cats Jasmine and Jaspurr. They are devoted Reiki sponges, but are resigned to being excluded when I give Reiki treatments to others.
Jasmine has, at the age of ten years, just started to play with her tail! It's so funny to see her rolling on the floor trying to capture and hold it.
Books? Can't imagine life without them.
And then there's opera... and art galleries... and Quakers...