What’s Reiki?

Reiki HandsSimply put, Reiki is energy.  Reiki is a 2500-year-old technique for reducing stress and promoting healing. Reiki is pure and unconditional love.

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Where does it come from? I believe Reiki comes directly from God, but you insert whatever terminology you’re comfortable with.  Reiki passes through the practitioner (conduit) and into the receiver. In its infinite beauty, the practitioner receives a little sliver of the Healing energy, too.

What does Reiki do?  Reiki works by unblocking and/or moving stagnant energy.  There really is no limit as to what it can do or whom it can help. For instance, it can help with the very young or the very old. It can help with high blood pressure, anxiety, stress, diabetes, PMS, infertility, chemotherapy, cancer, broken bones, surgery recovery, migraines, back pain, sleep dysfunction, emotional issues, depression, fibromyalgia, etc.  Reiki is nondiscriminatory. Regardless of your illness, age or size, it will help.

Is Reiki a cure-all? Nope. No way. You should never hear Reiki is a cure-all. Reiki treats the whole person: physical, emotional and spiritual. There have been many people, including myself, who have reported amazing or miraculous results. Reiki can make even the harshest of diseases more manageable.

Who does Reiki work on? Humans, animals and nature.  Some people use it to keep their car running smoothly or to help purify their drinking water.  Some people use it on their family pets and to help their garden grow. Yes, really!

fh_092010_001How is Reiki administered? A couple of ways. The first is a hands-on session where the client is fully clothed and lies on a massage table or sits in a chair. The practitioner either hovers her hands above or lightly places them upon the recipient. The second delivery method is a Long Distance Healing where the practitioner sends energy to the recipient. Yep, you read that right. You can literally receive energy 3 inches or 3,000 miles from the practitioner.

Seriously? You can send energy 3 inches or 3,000 miles? Yep!  Anyone who has been trained in Reiki II and above can effectively do this. I’ve sent energy as far away as India.  The recipient feels a lot of the same things you’d feel with a hands-on session.

What does receiving Reiki feel like? Some say they feel like there is a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around them. Others report tingling, warmth and a deep sense of peace. Still others say they’ve never felt so energized. For the most part, deep relaxation rules the roost in Reiki.

How often should I go to a practitioner? We are bombarded with negative energy every day (every minute sometimes) and that can sap us. I tell my clients if they are coming to me for a chronic illness, then they’ll usually need more than one session in order to alleviate or eliminate the problem. If you’ve lived with anxiety for 30 years, it might be a tish unrealistic to think one session is going to be the cat’s meow.  It could – again, I’ve seen so many miracles – but for the most part, a grouping of treatments would be needed.

If you’re feeling good and just want what I call a ‘tune up’, then see your Reiki practitioner once a month, once every six months or once a year. You decide.

What do I need to do? Stay positive! It’s well documented that your mind is a very powerful tool. It will play a large part in your overall success (or failure!). It’s incredible what happens when you stay optimistic.

Are there any side effects from receiving Reiki? Well sure! Reiki is a powerful detoxing agent and when you receive Reiki energy, it works with your emotional, physical and spiritual body.  It stirs up stuff (toxins) that are ready to be released. Usually they are run of the mill mild symptoms like a headache, stomach upset or intestinal distress.  Most people don’t experience anything even remotely unpleasant. It all depends on what you’re being seen for and where you are spiritually.

Keep in mind that Reiki can never cause harm. I’ll say it again. Reiki can NEVER cause harm. Not to anything. Ever. Reiki simply will not work if your intent is to inflict pain or harm someone.  To my knowledge, Reiki is the only energy work that can make this statement.

Hands-on1Can I perform Reiki on myself? You bet your sweet patookie you can! Reiki is instinctive. We ALL know how to give Reiki. For instance, when you have a stomachache, what do you do? You rub or hold your tummy. Headache? You put your head in your hands. If a child has an owie you kiss it or rub it.  How about when someone is sad? You may hug them or hold their hand. Yes, I bet you’ve been working with people’s energy since fresh out of the womb, maybe even while you were IN the womb. Try it the next time you are feeling less than stellar. Just place your hands comfortably upon your body and then mentally ask for the Reiki energy to begin.

Well, if I can perform Reiki on myself, why would I need to see a practitioner or even be trained in it? Millions of humans go about their daily lives practicing Reiki and don’t even know it. Remember, Reiki is inherent. What I do, as a Reiki Master Practitioner/Instructor, is to reconnect you with that ability by opening up dormant energy centers and showing you ways to be more proficient at delivering it.

As far as training goes, let’s look at it like this: An average, untrained Reiki Jo/Joe may have the energetic ‘power’ of a 25 watt light bulb, whereas someone who has been fully trained and practices this Art almost daily may be a 1,000 watts.

The more you use Reiki, trained or untrained, the more it teaches. The more it teaches, the more you use it. Ahhhhhh…grasshoooopaaahhh.

Do you need to take Reiki classes from a Reiki Master? I feel you do, but that’s just me. I feel there is no substitution for a hands-on class or the learning you receive from other student’s questions/feedback.  There are on-line courses available, but for me, I’m not a fan. Again, there is something so dynamic about certain individuals coming together for a unified purpose where they learn and bond that you just can’t get with an on-line course. But that’s just me. You do what you’re led to do.

Does being a Reiki II, III or even a Master make you better than another level? NO! No how, no way, no, no, no. There are individuals out there who are kind of snobby about holding a Reiki Mastery title, but let me tell you, it doesn’t make them any better or more powerful than a newly attuned Reiki I.  According to the Usui Reiki system, the Mastery title is given to those who wish to teach. Reiki is all about how often you use it.  And yes, that means even if you are just giving Reiki to yourself.

Should a person experience Reiki before taking the training? Well, that depends. For me, I’m not sure I would have been so gaga over it if I DIDN’T experience it. For others, they jump right in to the training. Whatever is your preference.

What questions should I ask when I’m looking for a Reiki Practitioner/Instructor?  Sadly, some Reiki practitioners, as with any profession, are not ethical, morally responsible or even respectful of their Trade. They do not walk the walk, so to speak. Here are a few questions to consider asking if you don’t personally know your practitioner:

1.     How long have you been doing this (practicing/teaching)? (There’s no right or wrong answer here – experience doesn’t make a practitioner better than one with less, it’s just a piece of the puzzle.)

2.     How often do you receive Reiki? (Personally, I receive Reiki daily, but what you’re looking for here is to see if the practitioner is active or stagnant in her practice.)

3.     Where did you take your training?

4.     What are your class sizes? (Some prefer smaller, intimate groupings while others enjoy large classes.)

What you’re looking for is your level of comfortableness and confidence with this person.  If you’re seeking training, know that you’ll carry some of your Reiki Master’s energy so be sure you really resonate with them.

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