After speaking to some of my readers I’ve realised that they have seen my blog posts but not the separate articles that I write. These can be found in the menu at the top of the page and also if I mention them in a blog post there will be links to the pages within the post, usually found when a highlighted word is pressed. However, followers of my site don’t appear to get notified when I publish an article. So with this is mind I thought I’d include some articles in my blog posts. These will be more informative about the subject rather than personal updates on my own journey, however I will also be including personal experiences or opinions on the subject. I will keep the content brief and if you want to know more about the subjects there will also be articles in the menu that will be easier to locate in the future as my blog posts are listed chronologically.
So with this in mind I thought I’d write a bit about Reiki as it is one of the therapies I practice and also use it in my life on a daily basis.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It’s a Japanese technique used for stress reduction and relaxation and also promotes healing. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Reiki practitioners channel energy in a particular pattern to heal and harmonize. Practicing or receiving Reiki will enrich your life and give you happiness and health on all levels. Reiki is Universal life force energy, that sustains life and promotes healing in all living things.
Benefits from Reiki
- brings about deep relaxation
- destroys energy blockages
- detoxifies the system
- provides new vitality in the form of healing universal life energy
- increases the vibrational frequency of the body
It is a safe, gentle, non-invasive form of hands-on healing. Reiki energy is channelled via the practitioners hands into “dis-eased” individuals for rebalancing and to help boost the body’s natural healing process. Reiki can also be performed distantly, where the energy can be sent to an individual who isn’t physically present for them to receive at a time when they are ready.
A hands on treatment would involve the individual to lie down and the practitioner would either lay their hands gently on their client in a sequence of positions or work in their aura a few inches above the body. Some practitioners may first scan the aura to see if they can locate any imbalances or they may start working on the body right away, usually beginning on the head and working down the body. It doesn’t make any difference how the treatment is performed as the healing energy of Reiki will go to areas that it’s needed. The energy of Reiki heals the Body, Mind, Emotions and Spirit. You and the practitioner may or may not feel various sensation during the process. Some people feel heat, tingling or pulsing and the practitioner may also pick up areas where there is pain or disease but not always. In my own experiences as a Practitioner/Master/Teacher I mostly see colours as I work and only recently have I noticed a subtle sensation in my hands. Some of my clients have also seen the same colours or feel sensations as I work. The treatment itself is a very relaxing and peaceful experience and the effects can be felt on a very subtle level or have a deeper impact. It can bring buried emotions to the surface enabling you to release them and move on with life in a more healthy way. It can help you find the motivation to make positive changes in life, give you the courage to let go of things that not good for you or inspire you to notice and act upon new possibilities etc.
This is when a practitioner will send healing to a person from another place, it could be a different room, building, town or country. They perform the treatment as if the client is with them, there a a few ways to do this:
- Using a witness – this could be a soft toy, doll or even cushion. They do the hands on treatment on the witness as though they would with the actual person.
- A photograph/visualisation – focusing on an image of the person or even imagining them between the palms of your hands.
- Healing list/box – some practitioners have healing lists of people who they send Reiki to on a regular basis, sometimes they may have a special box they put the names into and hold this box whilst sending the healing.
In order to send distant healing to people it is necessary to have their permission, their names, location and condition are normally stated before the Reiki session. Sometimes an agreed time will be used but it is possible to send it out to be used when the person is ready for it. Intention is the key with Reiki. Faith or belief is not necessary to benefit from this healing system however a person who strongly disbelieves may quite possibly, consciously or unconsciously, block or reject the energy. In the case of requesting healing or sending healing to someone you can’t get permission from, maybe someone in a coma, a young child or an animal for example, healing can still be sent with the intention that it is for the highest good and will of the recipient. Reiki will not go where it isn’t wanted.
A personal story about faith
Many years ago my father in law was in hospital after having a serious stroke, the doctors were unsure at the time that he would survive. Every day I would send distant healing to him and one day I was stood by a harbour sending healing and I asked for a sign that what I was doing was actually helping, that there really were energies at work and I wasn’t wasting my time. It was a dark and rainy day and my attention was drawn to turn to the right to look over the sea, I was amazed to see that the dark clouds had separated slightly and the sun was shining through in the form of an angel. The sceptic in me first said it was a coincidence but I had asked for a sign, not an actual angel. I have never been able to find an image to resemble what I saw that day, I did see greeting cards with a similar shape of the angel in a shop shortly after and I wish I had bought one now. Maybe I will try to paint it one day.
The thing about signs is, it’s our conscious mind becoming aware of images, words or numbers, insects, birds and animals etc. possibly at times when we need guidance, reassurance or comfort, maybe even to alert us to danger. It’s as though our subconscious mind is trying to help us by drawing our attention to things that in ordinary circumstances we wouldn’t necessarily notice. Some people believe they could be messages from loved ones who have passed or guides and angels etc. whatever you believe they are there to serve you in a positive way.
Using Reiki for Personal Use
Think about what you do if you hurt yourself, the natural instinct is to put your hands on the area and hold or rub to try to relieve any pain.
Reiki is available to everyone, some people naturally use this form of healing without any training or attunements.
However it is helpful to have some kind of training and attunement to the first level of Reiki. These days you can even do this online but from personal experience I think it is very beneficial to attend a course or workshop with a Reiki Master. My training and attunements were over two days for each level. They involved lots of discussions and lessons on how to use Reiki in different ways, meditations, four attunements for each level and then practice on other students. With level two my master also asked us to provide details of our experiences sending distant healing in order to gain our certificate.
Ways to use the first level of Reiki
- Self healing by placing your hands in various positions on you own body
- Healing family, friends and animals
- Holding your hands over food and drink to ensure it’s optimum goodness
- Plants love Reiki and will thrive from receiving it
- If you use crystals it’s possible to cleanse and charge them with Reiki
If you want to practice Reiki on clients then you will need Reiki II training, this level involves the use of symbols so that you can perform Mental/Emotional healings and Remote Healing for distant healing and healing past and future events.
These levels are only needed if you want to pass on attunements to others and provide workshops of your own. You may also learn other enhanced methods on this level, I learned about psychic surgery, crystal grids and other healing symbols but each master has their own ways of teaching and content of courses.
So that’s a short introduction to Reiki and hopefully you understand a bit more about it. If you want to know more about Reiki there are loads of websites and books available on the subject and I also plan to write more in-depth articles about it in the future. I would also like to run workshops and attune people to Reiki if I get enough people interested or even start my own website with online training and attunements.
I hope you found this article interesting and useful. If you like this take look at some of my other pages or blog posts where I talk about different therapies and my own wellbeing journey. If you’d like to see my future content then please enter your email and press subscribe below and you will be alerted when I publish anything new. Thank You for taking the time to read this. Until next time, I wish you all the very best. Janet x
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Wow Janet, a really comprehensive article. If anyone asks me what reiki is I’ll send them here. Thanks!
Thank you Ann. Your feedback is very much appreciated. Happy you like the article. x