What is Reiki Healing?

You may or may not have heard much about Reiki. It’s that energy thing. It gives you power somehow. It’s alternative, complementary, holistic. In truth, Reiki means “Universal life-force energy.”

This ancient form of hands-on healing is very calming and relaxing. In Reiki, disease is seen as an imbalance in one’s life force energies. Reiki seeks to bring these energies to balance by transmitting energy from the Universal, through a practitioner’s hands, to another being who seeks more balance.

Reiki does not claim to cure. It supports all other treatments given by regular doctors and holistic practitioners, such as chiropractors and massage therapists, among many others. In some cases, such as immediately after falling down, or at the beginning of a headache or sore throat, Reiki can be very effective alone. Being able to give yourself Reiki is like having the ultimate self-healing tool in the palm of your hands for emergencies, prevention and relaxation.

The benefits of Reiki are many. It balances symptoms such as pain or digestive irregularities, and it also brings the emotions and mental activities to balance, thus calming and relaxing the mind. How much Reiki is needed depends on how long you’ve had a condition, and how severe the symptoms are.

Balance is sought on every level: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. These levels exist as different speeds or vibrations of life force energy. The slowest energy of our being is the physical level; the next quickest is emotional, followed by the mental level. The spiritual level of our being vibrates the quickest. Spirituality is our individual connection with the Divine, and it requires no specific way to be or act. Connecting with this level of yourself promotes peace of mind, feelings of love and joy.

Children, as receivers, are very open to Reiki. They balance very quickly, and Reiki hands are handy for every kind of mishap. I have even acted as my son’s football team’s trainer to assist with injuries on the sideline!

Reiki is a hands-on energy that brings oneself or the client to peaceful balance, coming from the Universal Source. A practitioner places his or her hands slightly touching or above the fully clothed body of the client at approximate positions of the body’s energy centers, or chakras. These correspond with glands in the body. The glands and chakras act as bridges between our spiritual and physical bodies.

When receiving an energy session, the client usually feels warmth, but other energetic sensations are possible. Just as intuition is realized differently by each of us, so too is Reiki.

Healing sessions can be determined totally by individual needs, but how and where the energy is received by the client is determined by the Universal, in concert with the client’s Higher Self. Unlike some other modalities, this “conscious” Universal energy is received by both the client and the practitioner. And the channeler of this universal energy does not become drained as a result of this experience with clients.

The acceptance of Reiki is determined by the client. If it is someone’s will not to receive it, we cannot — and should not — force it on him or her, even if we think it would help. Free will is to be honored.

Reiki, an ancient practice with origin likely in Tibet and India, has come to us in modern times from Japan, from one mentor to another, and finally to a Hawaiian-born Japanese woman. Reiki then spread to the Mainland of North America right before World War II. Today Reiki is found worldwide.

Traditionally, Reiki is taught in workshops that include lecture, demonstration, exercises and short, sacred ceremonies, called attunements, that activate a healing energy transmission ability from the Universal to a student to apply to him or herself and others. One does not have to have symptoms to profit from Reiki. This process is a path of self-development and evolvement.

The first level, Reiki I, is a basic course that teaches students hand positions used when channeling the Reiki energy. The second level, Reiki II, teaches students more advanced ways to apply Reiki to others, including the practice of absentee healing, which is sending Reiki healing to someone or some situation not present.

Traditionalists believe it is important that Reiki students take time to integrate the energies from Reiki I before moving onto the second level of training. You will know when the time is right. There are non-traditionalists, however, who will teach someone the first and second levels of Reiki in the same weekend. I believe receiving all the levels of training in one weekend causes the body to absorb a very intense amount of energy, and that can cause imbalances — or the body may simply close off to them.

As a result of the process of mentorship, with no single governing program for the dissemination of Reiki to prospective healers, changes have occurred in how Reiki is taught, specifically how teachers are trained. Traditional Reiki practitioners, after spending some time working with the second level of Reiki, can proceed to spend a year in mentorship with a teacher in order to begin to teach Reiki themselves as a Reiki Master. Reiki Master training traditionally was passed from one person to another via an apprenticeship — it is not simply an attunement and lecture process.

Non-traditional Reiki students can receive first, second and master-level training during a single weekend class. Traditional teachers do not recommend this approach, because one is affected on all levels during and after each class, and time is needed after each one to allow for the integration of the new energies and energy balances into your being. It is not unusual for the body to cleanse itself of toxins following Reiki training. Generally, that process is mild and can be balanced out with your Reiki hands.

The cost of Reiki classes varies from up to $300 for Reiki I and up to $500 for Reiki II, depending on the teacher. The extended apprenticeship by master-level students of a traditional Reiki Master can cost anywhere from a few thousand to $10,000, and it is considered a real calling or life path. Master level training by non-traditionalists costs much less.

Internal guidance will lead you to the appropriate teacher for you.

The only prerequisite for training in Reiki is an interest in self-healing, and balance in oneself and others, plus an open mind. Consumption of lighter, natural foods — versus meats and processed ones — prior to a Reiki class is a good idea, though not required.

Taking Reiki training so you can give yourself daily sessions of universal healing energy may appeal to you. Your hands become forever transmitters of Reiki, available for whatever ails you and yours.

You may, however, choose to experience a single healing session with a Reiki practitioner. A session varies in cost depending on the practitioner. Rates often are comparable or a little less than a massage — $30-60 per hour. Many practitioners offer a package of four sessions, usually at a special rate, as a starting point for many chronic conditions. How many sessions you need or want is ultimately up to you, however. How you choose a Reiki healer depends on you. You may want to learn how long they have practiced or trained to become a Reiki Master and how long their classes and/or healing sessions last.

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