What is Reiki? This is a question I often get asked by friends and family, and even starts up conversations with strangers if they hear it mentioned. Long before I began offering Reiki in Surrey I was ignorant to Reiki, its meaning and benefits.
Put simply, Reiki is universal life energy. It’s Chi, it’s prana, it’s the energy that we and everything in the world emits because, after all, we are all made up of energy radiating at different frequencies.
Perhaps a few better questions for people to ask would be: What is a Reiki practitioner? What is involved in a Reiki treatment? What are the benefits of Reiki? Are there any drawbacks to Reiki?
Firstly, it’s important to know the structure of Reiki training. Reiki practitioners are attuned to this universal energy by Reiki teachers otherwise known as Reiki Masters or Reiki III. Reiki I attunes you to Reiki, giving you access to this energy, allowing you to feel it, move it, send it. Most students of Reiki will stop at Reiki I, it allows them to practise on themselves and others effectively and for most people, that’s more than enough.
In Reiki II, you’re given the Reiki symbols. In Usui Reiki there are 3 symbols at Reiki II level that harness energy in different ways; one to help with the physical which can help amplify or decrease, one to help with emotional healing and one for distance healing. At Reiki III you’re given a few more Master symbols which allow you to attune your students to Reiki I, II and III.
During a Reiki initiation at any level you may feel certain things, have certain thoughts or visuals. Or you could feel nothing at all. I was incredibly sceptical about Reiki, I didn’t think that it worked or was real. But when I had my Reiki II initiation it was so powerful I was absolutely convinced of its existence and power.
They say that during your Reiki initiation you may feel bonds loosening between you and your past self, those parts of you that are no longer serving you or that you don’t wish to be any more. And that was definitely the case for me. My experience left me feeling drained (after all the crying!), but with an unshakable belief that Reiki was real.
“People have studied Reiki practitioners during a session and found that their hands emit an energy frequency between 7 Hz and 10 Hz, which is a frequency associated with physical healing.” – Karen Frazier
After your Reiki I, you can begin offering Reiki treatments to others. After practising Reiki for just under a year I’m now opening myself to providing Reiki in Surrey. During a Reiki treatment the practitioner will move over certain points in your body starting with the head and working their way down towards the feet, and then on to the back of the body. Reiki practitioners can use both a hands-on and hands-off method, and at Reiki II and III it’s up to the practitioner if they want to use the ancient symbols during their practise. Sometimes you feel called to spend more time on certain areas than others i.e. if someone has a sore throat, or has difficulty communicating you may spend more time working on their throat area. The hand positions are roughly based on the 7 Chakra system, but not completely as the main chakra points are in the upper body with none in the legs, but in Reiki there are a few hand positions that work on the lower half of the body.
What can you expect from Reiki treatment? What are the benefits? The purpose of Reiki is to promote physical, emotional and spiritual healing. For one Reiki practitioner that could be through working on chakras, for others it could be working on specific ailments or concerns. The benefits are a healing, Reiki goes where it’s needed and helps to heal from the inside out.
In a Reiki treatment you may experience similar sensations as in a Reiki attunement: visuals, tingles, you may feel someone is touching you when they’re not, you may have an emotional release. You may feel nothing at all. Everyone is different and every session is different. Where I didn’t feel anything during my Reiki I, I had a huge emotional release in Reiki II. The best practise is to go in with an open mind, be receptive to receiving anything that may come up for you, and try your best to relax and place trust in your practitioner. It really is incredibly easy to relax during Reiki and some people fall asleep during treatment!
The Reiki Principles:
Just for today, I will not worry.
Just for today, I will not anger.
Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
Just for today, I will be grateful for my many blessings. Just for today, I will be kind to my neighbour and every living thing.
Are there any risks with Reiki? Reiki is an entirely positive energy. There is nothing malicious or evil about it and even if a Reiki practitioner practised with ill intent, it simply wouldn’t work. This energy is in no way negative and won’t serve negative purposes.
Reiki practitioners are taught about the Reiki principles in their Reiki I attunement. The reason these principles focus on the ‘today’ here and now is its much easier to keep a promise to yourself for just one day, then to promise those principles to yourself for the rest of your life. It makes it easier to manage. And each day you practise these principles, stacks up into a beautiful life practising these principles. They are a guide that anyone can follow, Reiki practitioner or not and you find similar teachings in Yoga and Meditation training.
Reiki can be beneficial for emotional healing, physical healing and spiritual healing. It’s incredibly relaxing and also may move some negative habits, emotions, past traumas that need shifting. The only way to know for sure is to book in for a Reiki treatment yourself!
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