What Is Reiki?
Reiki is a natural healing method thousands of years old that heals on all levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Reiki is Universal life force energy, that which sustains life and promotes healing in all living things. Reiki practitioners are channels for this powerful healing energy. Traditional Usui Reiki consists of three levels or degrees. A Reiki student is initiated by a Reiki master by way of attunements, which connects the new
practitioner to the healing energy. This powerful healing method can be learned by anyone. Reiki is not a religion or religious cult. It has no dogma or specific doctrine of beliefs. A recipient of Reiki energy will receive benefits whether that person believes in the power of Reiki or not. Schedule a Reiki treatment for yourself today and experience this wonderful healing energy.
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How did you get involved in Reiki?
I first heard the word Reiki from a Psychic when I was having a reading. I had only had one Psychic reading in my life up to that point, but for some reason I just felt like I needed one at this point in time.
During the reading she told me that I had been a healer in previous lifetimes. She said she felt that I had spent many different lives in healing in one form or another. She asked me if I had ever heard of Reiki? I had not..........when she asked me that, I thought it was someone's name! She told me that I should probably pick up a book and read about it, I might find it interesting!
A quick note: This Psychic's name is Sadie Jones, from Woodbridge, Virginia. My guides directed me to her and she in turn directed me to finding Reiki. Thank you Sadie!
Over the next few months I visited 2 other Psychics and an Astrologer. They all told me pretty much the same information that Sadie had, as far as me being a healer in previous lives. One of these people was doing readings at a metaphysical fair, and as I walked by her table she looked up from the person she was giving the reading to, pointed at me and said,"that man is a healer!" I later was able to get a reading from her and, again heard more of what Sadie had told me! At this particular metaphysical fair there was a Reiki Master giving quick-treatments, and I experienced my first dose of Reiki! I knew right then and there that I was going to learn Reiki!
A few months after this I had a past-life regression done, and this became the major turning point in my life. During the regression the hypnotist directed me to go to the point in time when I was at my highest personal power. I found myself walking through some sort of town or city that was surrounded by water. There were many buildings, rocks, colored stones, and crystals! He kept telling me to find someone to talk to, but there was no one there. He asked me what I was wearing, and I could see white robes but, whenever he would tell me to look down and see what I was wearing on my feet, I could not see my feet! Just a white mist, or clouds.
All of a sudden, from somewhere deep, deep inside me came a multitude of feelings and emotions! In the blink of an eye I instantly knew where I was! I immediately started crying, sobbing uncontrollably ! I felt the hypnotist lean closer to me and ask,"where are you?" "I know what happened!", I cried. "It was destroyed!" I was in Atlantis!! What I was seeing were parts of the city where I was a healer in at least 2 lives! What I was feeling was the pain, sorrow, and horror of the destruction of this fantastic place that so many loved! The reason I couldn't find anyone was because they were all gone!
The hypnotist asked me if I had died there? I replied "no, I knew this was going to happen and I left before it was destroyed. I saw it happen, but I wasn't there." What this meant was that somehow I knew of the coming disaster and ascended before it happened. I was looking down from above when Atlantis was destroyed. This, explained the hypnotist later was why I couldn't see my feet during the regression. Also, during the regression he asked me what my function was in Atlantis, and I replied that I was a healer, using many different methods, including stones, crystals, vibrations and sounds.
During the same session I saw that I was also a Mayan Priest and healer. During this part of the regression I told the hypnotist that "I've always been a healer!"
It took many months after this past-life regression before I could talk about the experience without getting choked up and teary-eyed, and as I am typing this experience for you to read, I still feel a bit emotional.
Over the next few months I talked to a couple different Reiki people until I found the person that I felt was supposed to be my teacher. She turned out to be the same person who gave me my first shot of Reiki at the metaphysical fair, Reverend Jenny Lyn Anderson. Thank you Jenny!!
Do you ever get tired or run down from giving Reiki treatments?
Because it is a channeled healing, the Reiki practitioner's energies are not depleted. It is not the practitioner's energy being used! The practitioner is channeling "Universal Life Force Energy," the energy that surrounds us all and sustains life! It is the energy from the "God Source" or, if you are more comfortable, the "Higher Power!" Because the Reiki practitioner is channeling this healing energy, he/she receives the benefits as well! Whenever I finish giving a Reiki treatment my energy level is up and I feel surrounded with feelings of love and contentment!
Is Reiki hard to learn?
No, anyone can learn Reiki! It doesn't take a long time to learn,( you can learn Reiki 1 in a weekend), you don't have to be genius status or have an abundance of talent. Just the desire. The knowledge and energy is then passed from teacher to student.
Does Reiki have anything to do with religion?
Reiki is not a religion. It beholds no doctrines, creeds or contradictions to the Universal Laws of Consciousness and Love. Reiki is very spiritual in nature, but there is nothing you are required to believe in before you can learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki will work whether someone believes in it or not!
When you are giving someone a treatment, what are you feeling? How do you know the energy is flowing?
For me personally, once I place my hands on someone, usually within 10 to 15 seconds my palms will start to pulse and my hands will become hot. This will continue for the whole treatment. Over different parts of the client's body my hands may feel like they are extremely hot! I've had people reach up and touch my hands when this happens, only to find that my hands feel normal! I've had a few people who have felt cold sensations on different areas! But for the most part, I feel the pulsing and the heat. There have been several times when I have had to stop for a moment and rinse my hands under cold water because they have gotten so hot!
Can Reiki be used with other therapies?
Yes, it can be combined with other therapies very successfully. Reiki is completely safe and it activates natural healing energy within us. It will enhance the effects of other complementary healing arts such as massage, acupuncture, acupressure, shiatsu, polarity, foot reflexology, aromatherapy, chiropractic, color therapy, homeopathy and many others. Many practitioners of other modalities have reported that their work has intensified since learning Reiki.
I've just been initiated into Reiki Level I, how long must I wait before proceeding to Level II?
I'm sure there are many different views on this. I was taught that you should wait a minimum of 3 months before proceeding to the next level. The reason for this being that: first, the attunement process in each of the three degrees will start a 21 day cleansing period during which any physical, emotional, mental or spiritual blockages, and any old negative energy is brought forward and released. This is due to the raised vibratory rate of both the physical and etheric bodies. It is a time that your body is adjusting to the higher life force energy vibration of that degree, and you will experience self-healing reactions. This cleansing process and the reactions that may follow are different for everyone and may include irritability, emotional and/or physical changes, changes in your tolerance for certain foods or a change in your dreams. On the average it takes 3 days for the Reiki energy to complete the adjustments on each of the chakras, so this process will last 21 days.
Secondly, you must take the time to practice using your new "gift". Give Reiki to family members, pets, plants, and yourself. Gather as much experience as you can. The more you use Reiki the stronger it will become. Also, you must allow your body ample time to process this new energy vibration.
Well, that made perfect sense to me, and I followed those guide lines for quite some time. One day a new student asked me, after just taking level I, if she could take level II the next week-end? She explained that she was going back to school in a about a month and a half and at that point she was not going to have much free time, and wanted to become a Reiki master while she was on break. I decided to go ahead with it. She took level II the next week-end, and 2 weeks after that took the level III - Master class.
Since then I have left it totally up to the students. Bottom line is...YOU know when you are ready to move up to the next level.
What is a Reiki attunement?
A Reiki attunement is the process by which a person receives the ability to channel Reiki energy and give Reiki treatments. The attunement is passed on by a Reiki Master to the student for the purpose and intent of connecting the student to the Reiki source so that the energy will flow through them when they wish to call on it. Attunements are a sacred process during which the Reiki Master will touch the students head, shoulders, and hands and use one or more special breathing techniques. The attunement energies will flow through the Reiki Master and into the student, connecting them to the source, sort of like plugging a lamp into the wall. These special energies are guided by the Higher Power and make adjustments in the students energy pathways and connect the student to the source of Reiki. Because the energetic aspect of the attunement is guided by the Higher Power, it adjusts itself to be exactly right for each student. Everyone is different and experiences during attunements vary. Some students feel warmth in the hands, others may see colors or have visions of spiritual beings. Some might even become a bit emotional after the attunement is completed. However, it is not necessary to have an inner experience for the attunement to have worked. Most simply feel more relaxed.
"I am so thankful I found you! The time and attention you give to your students is great, and I've been able to start giving Reiki treatments with absolute confidence. Thank you!" - Lauri G.
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