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This question is asked often and it is a very good one to ask. For me, one of the best features of Reiki is that it empowers us on every level. We take our lives into our own hands, so to speak, and realise that if we want to live healthy well lives, we need to know more about what is right for us. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and here are a few good questions to start with.
Pamela Miles, an American Reiki Teacher/Practitioner has written an article titled “3 Questions for Reiki Practitioners”. This is well worth the read as questions open one up to a deeper understanding. Read her full article here: http://reikiinmedicine.org/clinical-practice/questions-for-reiki-practitioners/
Here are some more questions that can get you started, whether you are considering experiencing a Reiki session, or whether you are wanting to learn Reiki for yourself.
1. What is Reiki?
A Reiki Teacher/Practitioner will be able to tell you in a few short sentences, what Reiki is. For example: “Reiki healing is a natural therapy that gently balances life energies and brings health and well being to the recipient. ”
2. Does Reiki have healing benefits?
One of the greatest Reiki healing health benefits is stress reduction and relaxation, which triggers the bodies natural healing abilities, and improves and maintains health.
We don’t need to sell the benefits of Reiki.
3. What is your Reiki lineage?
This question is very important as a Reiki practitioner should be able to trace him/herself back to Dr Mikao Usui.
4. Are you registered with your local Reiki Association?
This question may seem pedantic, but if the Reiki practitioner/teacher is registered, then you have the peace of mind that s/he is willing to follow a code of ethics while teaching or practising Reiki.
A helpful local site is: The Reiki Masters Association of South Africa: http://www.reikihealing.co.za
5. Do you practice Reiki on yourself?
If a practitioner/teacher is practising daily Reiki, s/he is walking his/her talk. You will see it in the person’s attitude and way of life.
Have a happy Reiki day!
When teaching Reiki, time is spent on understanding the basics of energy medicine. There are some who do not like using Reiki and Energy Medicine together as they say that Reiki is more of a Spiritual healing modality than a physical one. By dividing the human being into separate entities – physical, emotional and spiritual – we start treating ourselves as different parts of one being. The thing is-every physical thing I do has an impact on my mental, emotional and spiritual state. Every emotional thought I feel, has an impact on my physical and spiritual state and finally, every Spiritual experience I have affects the way I feel and behave physically. For me it is all one.
It is widely believed that every object has an aura, especially humans, animals and plants. Another word for an Aura is an Electromagnetic Field. This aura is the subtle energy field. Physics suggests that every thing is energy vibrating at different frequencies, and that our consciousness interacts with the subtle energies that underlie and sustain physical reality.
In Western culture, Allopathic Medicine is grounded in the Newtonian view that the human body is a machine controlled by the brain and the nervous system. But, there is another approach to healing, the Einsteinian pattern which is seen in Vibrational medicine. This paradigm sees the human being as a network of complex energy fields that merge with physical and cellular systems. All matter is energy.
“The theoretical perspective is that our subtle bodies or the aura are affected by our emotional, mental, and spiritual states. If there are imbalances, in any of these areas, it will then affect the physical body.” (3)
1. Brennan, B.A., 1993, Light Emer, Bantam Books, New York
2. Dale, C., The Subtle Body Practice Manual, Sounds True, Colorado
3. Pepe, N., http://www.allthingshealing.com
A friend of mine has for many years suffered with back problems, which has been exacerbated by osteoporosis. In June 2005, her back had become so bad that the doctor recommended 12 cortisone injections directly into the lumbar bones. She was also told that she would need to rely on a neck and back brace to help ease the pain. He said that she would need to have these injections every 6 months. It was not an option to operate because of the osteoporosis.
At this time I was a new Reiki student, and asked her if I could please practice on her. She willingly agreed. She went overseas in the July for a month, and I asked if I could please practice distance healing on her, again, she willingly agreed.
When she returned from her trip, she said that she had woken up some mornings feeling well. We worked out that it had been those mornings when healing had been sent. We continued once a week, and now, once a month with Reiki treatments. To date, she has not had to have any more cortisone injections. She began exercising gently, and then about 2 years ago (2012) she started aqua exercising twice a week, and doing core muscle exercises every morning. This wonderful lady no longer wears the braces, and she can work in the garden, go for walks and pick up medium weight boxes. The doctor had told her she would always need to be careful to avoid placing too much strain on her back. Her osteoporosis has been arrested-not getting any worse. Her entire outlook on life has changed from those dismal days in 2005.
With Reiki we put no emphasis on the outcome of each session. The energy works where it is most needed. Yet it is stories like this that remind us that if our energy fields are strong and supported, we can and do feel the physical benefits.
IN BRIEF: Reiki is the practice of transmitting healing energy through the
hands, based on simple, ancient healing techniques. It is based on the
belief that, by channelling spiritual energy through the practitioner, the
spirit is healed and the spirit, in turn, heals the physical body. According
to proponents, it brings about deep relaxation, destroys energy blockages,
detoxifies the system, and provides new vitality in the form of healing
The ancient practice of Reiki (pronounced ray-key, a Japanese word for
“Universal Life Force”) has recently become popular again as people look for
new ways of spiritual healing to compliment their lifestyles. It is a system
of natural healing that channels this “life force” through the hands.
The traditional Asian medical paradigm sees injury, dysfunction and disease
as a manifestation of weak or out-of-balance body energies. Reiki accesses
the source of Life to heal the self and others on spiritual, mental,
emotional and physical levels. Reiki allows the source of well-being to
enhance and balance natural life forces through non-intrusive therapeutic
It is claimed that Reiki augments and accelerates the healing process. It
may be effective in cases that do not respond to other forms of treatment
and in conjunction with any other therapeutic modality. Many believe that
creative energy is the essence of all healing. The famed humanitarian, Dr.
Albert Schweitzer, said, “We physicians do nothing, we only help and
encourage the physician within”.
Reiki is a spiritual power that came with the Buddha’s enlightenment. He
gave that gift to his students along with meditation techniques that were
the means of his self-realisation.
In the late 1800’s a specific formula for accessing Universal Life Force was
discovered in some Sanskrit writings by a scholar seeking knowledge of what
the Buddha taught about healing. Mikao Usui realised that the experience of
God is more essential to fulfilment of the purpose of life than the power of
The experience of Reiki is a vehicle used to become conscious of your own
being, regardless of faith or concepts. The ability to channel healing
energy through the hands is awakened through a series of direct transmission
initiations that attune and align energy centres in the body and hands.
Reiki is not a system of religious beliefs.
Among the benefits claimed by its practitioners are:
* Stress and pain relief
* Relaxation of muscle spasms
* Releasing “emotional blockages”
* Accelerating natural healing
* Stimulation the immune system
* It may be used in conjunction with any other therapeutic modality
* It is completely safe and benign
While medical doctors lend no scientific credence to practises like Reiki,
many would agree that anything that promotes calmness and sense of well
being will not damage a patient’s path to wellness, especially when used
together with conventional medicine
Immediately after a session you may experience: –
You may feel quiet and not want company
You may feel tired
These are normal after a large energetic shift has taken place, and they should return to normal within a few days.
Some things I may notice after my Reiki Session:
In the days and weeks ahead, pay particular attention to things like:-
Issues you came to address. Diarise these.
Do you feel more relaxed?
Do you feel more peaceful and less upset by everyday issues?
Do you feel more tolerant?
Is your breathing more relaxed?
After a session
Drink plenty of water for the rest of today, and over the next 3 days, rather drink water to quench your thirst than tea, coffee or cold drinks.
You may experience a change in bowel movement within the next couple of days-softer or looser-this is part of the emotional shifting and release taking place.
You may find detoxification symptoms occurring within the next 24-48 hours period. You may feel somewhat uncomfortable. A true healing crisis is when one or more of the following symptoms are experienced: –
Cold or Flu-like symptoms
Temporary skin rash
Diarrhoea, odorous or discoloured stools
This is caused by the release of dis-ease causing toxins. This process should be supported rather than suppressed.
Follow up sessions:
To maintain a healthy energy system, it is advised that you have Reiki at least once a month.