What can be treated with Reiki?
Reiki has a positive impact upon all illnesses and negative conditions. It is a powerful, yet gentle, form of energy. In its long history of use it has aided in the healing of virtually every known illness, injury and imbalance. Any problem involving body, mind or spirit can benefit from a Reiki treatment.
What happens during a Reiki treatment?
I hold my Reiki sessions on a massage table or a comfortable chair, according to your needs. During treatment, the recipient lies fully clothed except for your shoes, while I place my hands on or over your body. The Reiki energy coming from my hands can cause the recipient to experience a deep feeling of relaxation, feeling of glowing radiance flowing through and around your body from the movement of ki. restoring the recipient’s system to balance, also feeling of comforting heat or tingling vibrations. A lot of times, people feel sleepy and some even take a nap!
What does a Reiki treatment feel like?
Absolutely wonderful! Yet to accurately describe a Reiki session in words is quite difficult, since it is a unique experience for every individual. Reiki treatment is profoundly relaxing for both the practitioner and recipient. During treatment most people feel a great sense of peace and well-being, along with sensations of lightness and relaxation. The Reiki energy itself is most often felt as a soft heat, emanating from the hands of the practitioner, and flowing in gentle waves throughout the recipient’s body. Many people drift into alternate or dream-like states of consciousness during treatment, and sometimes fall asleep. Profound effects are not uncommon. At the end of the treatment, both practitioner and recipient feel refreshed and revitalized, with a more positive outlook upon their lives, themselves, and the world around them.
How does Reiki work?
In many forms of Eastern medicine, it is believed that the human body is animated by ki, or vital force. Ki is often referred to as chi in Chinese or prana in Sanskrit. There are many disciplines which help individuals to keep their ki strong, healthy and balanced: tai chi, qi gong, acupuncture, pranayama and yoga are a few good examples. All these techniques operate on the same premise: when a person’s energy is strong and well balanced, they experience a natural state of relaxation and well-being. They are less likely to get ill, and when they do, recovery time is shortened. Injuries also tend to heal faster, and they are less inclined to anxiety and worry.
In today’s society, it is all too easy for one’s ki to become weakened, blocked and imbalanced. Worry, fear, and stress all have a damaging effect upon the human energy system. Over time, the accumulation of these toxic emotions form blocks in the system, much like pebbles in a stream. If an area remains blocked for a substantial period of time, then physical pain or illness may develop there. Reiki gently dissolves these blockages, helping the body’s ki to flow more freely throughout the body. This process helps to jump start the body’s own natural healing ability.
A Reiki practitioner does not remove people’s illnesses from them. .A Reiki practitioner facilitates the environment for the treatment to take place. The recipient to take whatever they most need from the Reiki treatment which helps to clear their system, remove blockages, and strengthen their ki. Once this has happened, the recipient is in a much better position to experience self-healing. A treatment from a qualified Reiki practitioner is a great step in personal balancing process and management of long-term well-being.
Who can learn Reiki?
Everyone has a natural ability to work with Reiki; the facilitator or Raiki instructor guide individuals to become aware of this unique life force on themselves, the most natural state in everybody and how to use it independently of your intellectual capacity or spiritual development. The searcher does not need to have experience in meditation, or working with ki. Like any other art, the longer any one works with Reiki the more developed abilities are acquire.
Is it possible for a Reiki practitioner to do self-treatments?
Yes, it is possible, and strongly encouraged as well. Self-treatments are beneficial, relaxing, and an important part of the self -empowerment process. In the West, excess focus is sometimes placed on the importance of doing treatments for others. Self-treatment should be a vital foundation of anyone’s practice: if you can’t help yourself then how can you help others?
Does giving Reiki treatments deplete one’s personal energy?
Not at all. Treatments are beneficial for both the practitioner and recipient. When a person gives someone else a Reiki treatment, they are not drawing on their own ki, but rather tapping into the unlimited spiritual energy that permeates the entire universe. After giving a treatment, practitioners generally feel calm, refreshed and balanced.
Is Reiki complementary with medical or psychological treatment?
Absolutely. Reiki is a natural, gentle and non-invasive form of healing. You can continue to receive regular medical or psychological treatment while receiving Reiki. In fact, Reiki will help improve the results of any medical treatment you may be undergoing, often reducing pain and stress, shortening recovery time, and creating a sense of optimism.
While Reiki is a wonderful healing modality that works in conjunction with any and all other health-care practices one may be using, it is not meant to replace medical care.
If you have a medical or psychological condition and would like to be treated with or learn Reiki, it is recommended that you do so under the supervision of an enlightened health care professional.
What are Reiki symbols?
In Usui Reiki Ryoho there are four traditional symbols known as shirushi. Each symbol is accompanied by a mantra known as its jumon.
Three symbols are taught in Okuden (Reiki II) and one in Shinpiden (Reiki III).
Two of the symbols are derived from Tendai sources, and the following two are Japanese kanji. Each symbol helps the practitioner to focus on a particular aspect of the Reiki energy: essentially these aspects are focus and grounding (earth ki), mental and emotional harmony (heaven ki), and connection and compassion (heart ki). The fourth symbol helps to integrate these qualities into a cohesive whole, and is learned when the student completes Shinpiden (Reiki III).
The use Reiki symbols are not needed to give an effective treatment to oneself or others: no symbols are used in Shoden (Reiki I). Contrary to Western assumption, symbols do not make one’s Reiki “more powerful”. Spiritual power is accumulated through practice alone.
Usui did not actually introduce the shirushi and jumon until fairly late in the development of his healing system, and when he did so, his intent was that they be helpful to individuals who had difficulty focusing and accessing the energy.
What is Attunement?
A Reiki attunement is a serie of steps that follow a protocol established by the founder of Reiki Dr. Mikao Usui that is performed by a Reiki Master / Teacher during a Reiki course. The purpose of the attunement is to reawaken the natural healing ability within the student, so that he or she will be able to efectively work with Reiki.
Once you have received a Reiki attunement, you will have Reiki for the rest of your life. It does not wear off and you cannot lose it. Reiju may be given for healing purposes, or to strengthen the Reiki connection and not additional attunements are needed . Reiki is a lifelong gift; once attuned, it will always be available, whenever you may need it.
However, the attunement is only one aspect of the system of Reiki, and in order to obtain the most benefit a student must also practice. An attunement is an initiation, a beginning, a starting point. Self-empowerment is at the very core of the system of Reiki, and if a student does not make time to work on themselves, then very little will be gained. In the West, the concept of the Reiki attunement is often misunderstood: it is not a magic pill or a quick fix; rather, it is your first step on the lifelong road to self empowerment and self healing.
Is Reiki a religion?
The practice of Reiki is a designed system to help anyone, regardless of their religious persuasion or spiritual beliefs.
While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. There is no dogma involved in the practice of Reiki, and nothing that one must believe in to either give or receive it. Reiki works of its own accord and is independent of belief.
Yet, because it is spiritual in nature, the practice of Reiki may lead those who are religiously or spiritually inclined to experience their beliefs in a more profound and connected way. The spiritual aspect of Reiki is a personal matter, and one that each practitioner tends to experience in a unique and individual manner.