Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Spiritual healing is now the focus for former teacher

WORK IN PROGRESS | Herald staff
Heather Knouse, owner of Blessed Beings Reiki in Lynnwood

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Heather Knouse, owner of Blessed Beings Reiki in Lynnwood

Heather Knouse, of Mountlake Terrace, is a Reiki practitioner, a spiritually guided hands-on technique for stress reduction and relaxation that leads to healing. She operates out of a studio in Lynnwood and recently joined Integrative Family Natural Health Clinic in Everett.
Q: When and where did your business open?
A: I have been doing Reiki for a year and a half, and just opened my own Reiki business, Blessed Beings Reiki, on March 18. The business is expanding, however, and I am thrilled to have just gotten my city of Everett business license and will be practicing at Integrative Natural Family Health Clinic at 39th and Colby as well.
Q: How, or why, did you decide to open your business?
A: I did not seek Reiki out, Reiki found me at a time in my life when I was ready to do something deeper and more meaningful. I have always thought I was doing the work my Higher Power intended for me. I have had a strong calling to teach and work with youth for most of my adult life. I am a 15-year teaching veteran with experience in Marysville Public Schools and also have taught at Brighton School, a private school in Lynnwood, for five years. After I had two wonderful children of my own, I began to feel that my strong need to work with children has been provided for within my own family. Though I have enjoyed teaching, I have felt that there may be another purpose for me.
I began to look within for what would fulfill me. Through much prayer and meditation, it became clear that I needed to work with others in a healing/spiritual capacity. Two years ago I began working with various recovery organizations and have found inner peace in volunteering time to provide spiritual guidance to women in recovery. Part of my life’s journey has been to broaden and expand my spirituality, and I have become interested in energy healing. I have become an ordained interfaith minister and have sought ways to increase the peace in the world and bring light, love and healing to as many people as possible.
At one of my recovery book study groups, I was “awakened” to the power of Reiki. My dear friend and now Reiki master showed me at a free Reiki clinic how Reiki works and it was a natural fit. I began to learn Reiki and received my first attunement last summer. Reiki allows for me to have time and flexibility to be more family focused, spend quality time with my children, and help others experience stress reduction, pain relief, and serenity.
Q: What convinced you that this was the job for you?
A: There is a sense of “rightness” when what you do on the outside matches Spirit within. Reiki feels right. I believe I have been Divinely led to do what is my higher purpose on Earth.
Q: What does it take to blend your passion with your livelihood?
A: Courage and faith. Opening a new business is a risky venture and I have to believe that the Universe did not bring me this far to drop me on my backside. There are times when I am not sure it’s going to work, but then I pray, dive more fully into educating people about the benefits of Reiki and sharing the gifts Reiki has brought to my life, and the clients just keep arriving. There is no shortage of people in need of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing in the world.
Q: What are the crucial elements of success for your business?
A: Never give up. I just keep doing Reiki, even when I’m not getting paid for it. When I am short on clients, I give my services for free. When people cannot pay my suggested price, I adjust my expectations. The more Reiki I do, the more need for it there seems to be. I just believe in abundance, and keep a continuous positive mind-set.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how did you meet it?
A: Patience. Building a business takes time and I don’t get to be in charge of how much time it takes.
Q: How did your friends and family react when you told them you were getting into this business?
A: My family has mixed feelings. I think they are extremely proud of me for trying something different but fearful that this different thing has no security in it. Teaching was very secure. Safe. Paid the bills. I think they sometimes wonder when I’m going to come to my senses and do the “normal” thing, the “expected” thing. My job is not to please my family however.
Q: What motivates you?
A: Love. Peace. Creator.
Q: What personal qualities do you think are needed to excel in this business?
A: I have no idea. I think I might take some classes though on how to manage the financial aspect (taxes, etc.) as I’m really strong on the spiritual aspect and the actual practice of Reiki – being a conduit of peaceful energy and light, connecting intuitively with people, providing a serene healing environment – but organizing financial spreadsheets baffles me. I am willing to learn so that I may grow in this area however.
Q: When you’re not working, how do you enjoy spending your time?
A: Playing. Eating. Laughing. Dancing. Connecting with nature. Helping people. Cleaning house. Meditating. Praying. Being. Life is too short to be a human “doing.” I spend a lot of time just Being – and this brings me great contentment.
Blessed Beings Reiki
WHERE: 16825 48th Ave. W, Suite 447, Lynnwood
PHONE: 425-346-7219