ABOUT KATE JONES
Photo by Alec Jones
Reiki has been a part of my life for over 25 years now and I have been so grateful to have this wonderful healing ability literally in my hands. It gives me such joy to be able to teach others and see the transformation it brings to their lives too.
was born in Coventry and grew up there and in Birmingham. After taking
a degree in English Literature and Philosophy in Hull, I followed my
love of theatre, and in particular, mime to study
theatre in Paris. I came back to Birmingham in 1986 (a bit depressing after 2 years in Paris!) and started my own
theatre company. Shortly after that I began learning Tai Chi and met my future husband.
I first experienced Reiki in 1987 after spraining my
ankle during rehearsals but realised its true potential when I received
further treatment after the sudden death of my father. I found Reiki
comforting and that it also helped me to heal old emotional issues.
Having discovered that it was as simple to learn as it is to
receive, I took a First Degree
Reiki class in 1989 with Martha Sylvester, moving on to Second Degree
with her later that year. I think she recognised my passion for Reiki,
so she invited me to become a Reiki Master. At the time I didn't
consider myself to be 'spiritual' enough to be a Reiki Master, but I
had a strong desire to help others with Reiki and saw that being able
to teach them would make this more possible.
After a year's
apprenticeship, which included lots of Reiki practice, I became a Reiki
Master in November 1991. I taught my first class the following month and have been teaching regularly ever since!
"If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our society, will benefit from our peace"
Thich Nhat Hanh
In January 2010 I was appointed by Reiki Council to act on the Profession Specific Board of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Counci - I was re-elected to this post in late 2015.
I am also a member of the Reiki Alliance, a community of Reiki masters committed to teaching Usui Shiki Ryoho in its defined form.
I have a particular passion for the public practice of Reiki, wanting to see people able to find a reliable practitioner and for the practitioners to be confident and supported in what they do. This comes from my early experiences as a Reiki practitioner and also my belief that Reiki should be enough on its own - by which I mean that Reiki practitioners should be able to earn their living just with Reiki, without having to learn another complementary therapy to survive. I do not mean that Reiki should not be used alongside other treatments - it is often very good for supporting conventional treatments. I also have great faith in Reiki's ability to improve people's well being, whatever problem they are facing in their life.
As well as being my work, Reiki is my spiritual practice. I am guided by the Reiki principles and Reiki philosophy in my daily life. I have now had the honour of teaching Reiki to over 1,000 people and have enjoyed teaching Reiki more as each year passes and my understanding and experience deepens.
I live in an old cottage on Titterstone Clee Hill in Shropshire, where we have views for up to 70 miles on a clear day. I share my life with my husband, who teaches tai chi.
I love to share my enthusiasm for Reiki!
I also have an alter ego:
as a clown called Bonzo Mary!