The word Reiki means spiritual wisdom (Rei) and life energy (Ki). It is a Japanese method of the laying on of hands which promotes stress reduction, relaxation, and healing. It’s a divine gift that was “discovered” in the 1920’s by Dr. Mikao Usui during meditation. It is important to note that the practitioner is not the one providing the energy that relaxes and heals; the practitioner is simply the pathway or channel through which the Reiki energy flows. Reiki is sometimes thought of as white healing light. It is available from the Infinite Source to anyone who seeks it. Reiki is not a religion and it blends with any healing modality, practice, or religion.
A set and order of hand positions is taught at the Reiki I level, but Reiki is effective when the hands are placed anywhere on the body, even if the hands are hovering a few inches away from the body. Reiki is based on intention, so Reiki can even be given at a distance. Long distance Reiki is taught at level II.
During each Reiki training session the teacher passes attunements to the student to “turn on” each level of Reiki. No one describes this process better than Reiki Master/Teacher, William Rand, so let me quote him here:
“Reiki is not taught in the way other healing techniques are taught. The ability to channel Reiki energy is transferred to the student by the Reiki master during an attunement process. During the attunement, the Rei or spiritual consciousness makes adjustments in the student’s chakras and energy pathways and also in deeper parts of ones’ consciousness to accommodate the ability to channel Reiki energy; it then links the student to the Reiki source. These changes are unique for each person. The Reiki master does not direct the process and is simply a channel for the attunement energy flowing from the spiritual consciousness.” – Reiki The Healing Touch by William Lee Rand
Does Reiki Work?
I personally have had multiple experiences that I would define as miraculous when both giving and receiving Reiki. There are countless stories of people experiencing healing, knowing, profound shifting, and downright miracles because of Reiki. In fact, a book has recently been endorsed by Dr. Oz which gives first hand accounts of Reiki miracles and healing. This healing can be physical, emotional or psychological in nature. In fact, when a person receives Reiki for one issue, others can be healed as well. Reiki heals what needs it.
Why take Reiki training?
Even if one doesn’t intend to become a Reiki practitioner, there are still wonderful benefits from taking Reiki classes. If you are in a profession where you are touching people – massage therapists, nurses, doctors, yoga instructors, martial arts instructors, aestheticians, etc., having a “Reiki touch” is extra special. Even for moms and dads, knowing that you have love and healing in your hands when you touch your children and those you love is a great feeling.
Reiki is a joyful way of life
Reiki encourages you to give self treatments, to meditate, and to be mindful of kindness and gratitude. It permeates your life to the extent that you invite it and practice it. It’s a joyful way of life that brings a song to your heart. It can cause no harm. If Reiki has been reaching out to you, sign up for a session or a class. You’ll be happy you did.
How to locate a Reiki practitioner or teacher near you
Here are a couple of resources if Reiki seems to being finding you:
I recently retook my Reiki Master/Teacher level from Deb Karpek in Sedona, AZ. I am currently offering Reiki sessions and classes in Central Texas. Feel free to contact me by clicking “contact me” at the top of this page.