Reiki For Beginners (Part I)

    What is Reiki, anyway?

    Short answer: Reiki (said, "Ray-Key") is a form of energy healing. It is based on the idea that the practitioner is channeling healing energy to the recipient via physical touch or hovering their hands over the person's body. 


    Long answer: Reiki is an ancient healing method with an intriguing history. It has been around for thousands of years but was only made popular again in the late 1800s. Its name comes from two Japanese words. Using simple translations, "Rei" means Universal or Spiritual wisdom, and "Ki" means Life Force or Energy. Mikao Usui, a Monk and doctor from Gifu, Japan, was struggling with difficult life circumstances. It's said he went back to his old Tendai Buddhist school by Mount Kurama. This location was popular for people going there to pray, meditate, fast, and learn. There is no known record of his exact goings-on during the three weeks he was there, but it is assumed he was doing any or all of the aforementioned things. There, it's said he received a spiritual attunement.

    When he came back from the mountain, he started Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, known in English as "Usui Reiki Healing Method Society." He also opened a clinic where he would teach Reiki and give treatments. After the 1923 Kyoto earthquake, his clinic was packed. This resulted in the setup of another bigger center in Tokyo, as well as the eventual expansion of Reiki knowledge.

    Anyway, I want to get more into the exciting subject of Reiki! The full history can be found here at reiki.org.


    Who can receive Reiki treatments?

    Anyone! And it feels awesome. In my experience as a practitioner, I have had clients report  buzzing, tingling, heat, and other types of physical sensations in the body. Others may not feel anything but relaxed from the meditative environment.

    Oftentimes my hands will heat up when a lot of energy is being transferred to the client.

    Babies and children CAN receive Reiki, and do not require a long treatment. Five to ten minutes is usually enough. If you want to give your child a longer session, it is best to wait until they are asleep, as it can be hard for them to stay still for long periods of time.


    Who can give Reiki?

    Again, pretty much anyone!

    There are many different types of energy healing that use the Life Force (Ki), but not all of them use Reiki. Reiki involves spiritually guided Life Force Energy (Rei) and can be channeled by someone who has been attuned to it. Most of the time, healers are taught and attuned by a Reiki Master (teacher).

    Is anyone else thinking of Star Wars now?

    I received my Reiki education and attunement from Cheryl at Yin Yang Wellness Center in Camrose, Alberta. I received my master level in June 2019.

    I now practice Reiki on my own.


    Is it safe?


    Remember how I said Reiki is spiritually guided, and how the context of the word is healing and loving? Being spiritually guided, Reiki is driven by the God-consciousness (some call this God, Universe, All-That-Is, Source, etc.) and will not cause harm. This intelligent and benevolent energy is loving. It knows what a person needs and can adapt to suit them.

    And because the practitioner is not directing the healing or deciding where the energy should go, they cannot put their own "spin" on the healing and cause potentially adverse effects. So no, there won't be any channeling of the Dark Side, if we're still thinking about Star Wars.

    There is definitely going to be a Part II to this post because there's just so much fascinating stuff about Reiki and healing! That might come in the next week or so; keep your eyes peeled for more posts like this if you're interested in energy healing or spiritual topics. :)


    What do you think?

    Have you received any kind of energy healing before? Or do you yourself practice Reiki healing? Let me know what you think of this alternative therapy, and feel free to share any tips, ideas, or stories you have!


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