This energy healing therapy connects the practitioner to the natural life force that is available all around us. The most commonly known Reiki is called Usui Reiki, named after the man who discovered how to connect to the energy. It has no connection to any religion. It does not rely upon belief, faith or suggestion. It really is universal.
Each Reiki practitioner has had special training and received an initiation into the Reiki tradition and energies. A special activation takes place and symbols are given to the new Reiki healer. These symbols are used to connect to the correct energy stream. The symbols are kept secret; passed on only from Master to student. Reiki energy flows from the universal source of supply through the practitioner’s hands and down to the client.
Reiki can be used for helping yourself or for helping others. The energy is transmitted through the hands and into the client’s body by placing the hands on the body or above the body. Reiki can be used safely on children and animals too.
There are generally 3 levels of Reiki training and they must be taken in order:
The student is initiated and receives the energy and the symbols and learns how to use Reiki on the body. There are set places on the body for the connection and they are similar for all hands-on healing modalities.
Now the student is initiated to learn how to send Reiki energy across long distances to give healing to people and places that are not present.
The student is initiated to learn how to be a Master and train his/her own students. There are more symbols and techniques to learn.
A Typical Reiki Session
The client is asked to lie down fully clothed on a massage couch, usually lying on their back and facing up to the ceiling. The Reiki practitioner makes a prayer and draws some symbols in the air before beginning the actual treatment on the client. The treatment moves down through the release points on the body. The practitioner places their hands on these release points or holds their hands just above the body. The treatment is normally for about 1 hour. When the treatment is finished the client may be offered some water and will be asked to sit up and get off the couch when they are ready.
When I have received Reiki treatments I have experienced different things. Sometimes I have felt cold during the session, as if I turned to ice. Other times I felt as if my body was rocking back and forth, and sometimes I couldn’t feel anything happening at all.
It is not necessary to feel anything for the treatment to work. Many people do not feel a thing yet the
energy is flowing. Later, there are improvements in the health of the client and the Reiki treatment was the only new thing that happened.
There are no side effects to Reiki. It flows naturally. It is gentle and the body knows how to use this medicine. I have met Reiki practitioners who say that as they go about their normal life their hands suddenly switch on and Reiki energy starts pouring out from their hands and towards somebody who is in need. The energy knows where to go and who needs it.
To find a reputable Reiki practitioner either look for a local healing centre and ask who they recommend or search for a practitioner using a database from a reputable organization.
If you find you are drawn to learn Reiki you have various options available to you. Please be aware that I have met many people who trained in Reiki 1 and 2 and have never used it. You will see Reiki books in all the shops and it is very popular. It is the only healing modality where I have heard of people taking the training and then never using it. Make sure you really do want to be a Reiki practitioner before taking the training. It will make a lovely gift to yourself if you do the self-healing, yet these people I met didn’t use any of their training at all.
These days there are online Reiki courses but I would not recommend this because you need to practice on actual human beings with some supervision rather than just by looking at a diagram. Although the energy is instantly available once you have been attuned, it is through using the Reiki energy in sessions on yourself and others that you really learn what is possible with healing.
Reiki is so popular that it is becoming main-stream. According to the International Association of Reiki Practitioners (IARP) a survey showed that in 2017 Reiki and other complementary therapies are being promoted by hospitals across USA. And in Canada, complementary and alternative therapies are used by almost 70% of the population for wellness and alongside their medical care.
Reiki is available for all stages of life, from pregnancy right through to hospice care, and everything in between. It can help you with most illnesses and it is a very good stress relief. It can also be a very beautiful empowering gift to learn Reiki. It is possible to put the symbols in your food and drink, in a teddy bear so your child feels the energy all the time, in your heart to provide emotional support during times of challenge, in your bedroom, and you can even set it up so that it showers energy down upon you as you walk through a doorway.
Reiki is a wonderful gentle experience and, in my opinion, it is well worth taking the time to receive a session. If you do decide to train so that you also can flow the universal life force to benefit others you will find yourself a part of a growing movement around the world.