Greetings, Sister Tribe!
I’ve had several people ask me recently to be their Reiki teacher… wow! Letting that really soak in… breath in… breath out… what an honor! With a heart full of thanksgiving, now I know it’s time to schedule another class!
But wait, I hear…
What is Reiki?
To put it almost as briefly as possible… Reiki is a clothed, Japanese, deep-relaxation vibrational system that engages the body’s own innate self-healing mechanisms. The Japanese word, “Reiki,” is most closely translated to: Universal Life-Force Energy.
Reiki is not to be confused with chi, ki, or prana… all of which (as far as I’m aware) refer to PERSONAL life-force energy, not UNIVERSAL life-force energy. I want to be really clear here:
Reiki is a high-vibrational Source energy that permeates in and through all things, but during a session, becomes more directly channeled and intensified through the practitioner into the recipient. Reiki sessions cannot ever deplete the Reiki practitioner because the energy does not belong to the practitioner, nor is it sourced from the practitioner.
Let’s compare this concept with chi, ki, or prana that is considered to be personal life-force energy that can be increased or depleted and is sourced from personal breath.
Imagine, Sisters, if you will, that you have a battery that is fully charged. Great! But uh-oh! Your friend’s battery is dead and they’re asking if you’ll hook up your fully-charged battery to their dead battery. What happens when you connect a full battery to a dead battery? The dead battery sucks the life out of your full battery until you both have the same amount of energy… your energy goes down while their energy goes up!
This is why “Healing Touch” practitioners are taught to limit the amount of time they spend giving sessions, so they don’t get drained and end up getting sick.
People ask me all the time, “Doesn’t that just drain you?” No! Giving Reiki energizes me because it’s NOT my energy… it’s Source-vibe so we both get lifted up!
Reiki is not a religion and it doesn’t even have to be a spiritual practice for those who are more scientifically minded. Reiki is a hands-on healing system (and sometimes long-distance) that has been proven effective for decades now. However, for me personally, Reiki practice is deeply spiritual. I always practice Reiki with a prayer in my heart, asking my Spirit team to assist me with supporting my clients… and I always feel the unconditional love of Spirit with us. Always.
Every time puts me in Awe. No two sessions are alike and they are always Awe-some (at least from my perspective 😉 ).
For example, back in 2011, I had been living herbalism since 1997 when my firstborn was about 8 months old and got her first ear infection. I didn’t use antibiotics. I used herbs. In fact, since then, none of my children have ever had antibiotics or used any prescriptions or over-the-counter medications. We have always used food and herbs for whatever came up.
One of my friends that knew this about me had a family of 6 that was very sick and had been sick for a couple months… She called me desperate for help. I went over there with my herbal remedies and taught her how to use them. But on the way home, I had a feeling come over me, and a thought came to me that my friend was going to call me… her little girl would need energy work. Spirit let me know that I was going to have to give it to her. I was SO nervous! [Because for 10 or so years I had only been willing to work on my own family!] But I was willing to help my friend’s daughter of course; she was worth taking the risk of it not working and me looking like a fool 😉
Shortly after I left her home and got that feeling… my friend called to let me know something was escalating in her daughter. Nothing emergency-wise, but just a lot of ear-ache pain causing her daughter to be in tears along with her upper respiratory illness. I asked my friend if she knew how to do energy work.
She replied, “No. Do you?”
I knew this was coming… I answered, “Yes.”
She then asked me if I would come back to give her daughter some energy work. Of course, I said yes! I drove back to her home…
And with a prayer in my heart I got to work with my hands. I felt “A Great Sadness” come over me when my hand was over her stomach. [A Great Sadness is quoted because those are the words that I was given at the time]. This surprised me because you’d think with an upper-respiratory illness, the pain I felt would be in her chest. It wasn’t. The prickly, electric-shock type energy was emitting from her stomach… this is when I felt the deep emotion rise up with the phrase, “A Great Sadness,” entering my mind. I told Mother and Daughter what I was feeling, but they didn’t know what it was about. That was fine. I just kept following the energy.
Eventually I got to the little girl’s ear and she felt a LOT of drainage and air bubbles; she said it felt good.
After I got home, I looked up the “stomach” in a book titled, “Feelings Buried Alive Never Die” by Karol K Truman. My friend called me later to let me know that her daughter remembered what she was so sad about… and it was actually something really important, something she had been seeing and hearing all around her and it was scaring her quite a bit. Everything my friend told me helped me understand why it was the stomach that was emitting the energy and not her chest… it all made perfect sense.
It was a beautiful experience for mother-daughter, and a life-changing experience for me as well… really driving it home that I was born to do this work.
Below, I’ll share some brief points of interest regarding Reiki:
The History of Reiki
Mikao Usui, in 1922 Japan, founded of the healing system and practice of Reiki. Only 16 of his 2000 students continued their training to the 3rd degree, or Master level. One of Usui’s Master students, Mrs. Hawayo Takata, brought Reiki to the United States in 1937. A survey conducted in 2007 indicated that in the previous year, 1.2 million adults and 161,000 children in the U.S. received one or more Reiki sessions. Reiki continues to grow in understanding and popularity as we can see by it’s use in hospitals throughout the U.S., including the famous heart-surgeon, Dr. Mehmet Oz.
Reiki Use in Hospitals
Reiki is becoming increasingly popular with the medical community, with over 800 hospitals across the U.S. offering Reiki as a standard part of hospital care. A research study at Harford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut indicates that Reiki:
- Improved patient sleep by 86%
- Reduced pain by 78%
- Reduced nausea by 80%
- Reduced anxiety during pregnancy by 94%
In addition, nurses report that Reiki helps patients in the following ways:
- Heal faster with less pain
- Reduces stress
- Improves mental attitude
- Improves appetite
- Reduces the negative side-effects of chemotherapy and radiation as well as other medical procedures
Benefits of Reiki
As you can clearly see from Hartford Hospital, the list could take an entire page!
- Reiki brings the nervous system in balance so that the body can relax and release the stresses of everyday, as well the long-forgotten stresses that are still held within the body.
- Reiki increases hemoglobin levels which helps with energy as well as the body’s detoxification processes.
- Clients report Reiki helps with stress, anxiety, depression, headaches, insomnia, nausea, sprains and other minor conditions.
- Other conditions reported to benefit from Reiki: pancreatitis, brain tumor, emphysema, multiple endocrine disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, congestive heart failure, fertility, M.S., and other diseases…
- Reiki also promotes psychological improvement and healing such as released anger, fear, worry, and sadness while replacing these (and other) stressful feelings with self-worth, peace, and confidence.
What to Expect from a Reiki Session?
Reiki is administered through the hands of the Reiki practitioner with the client typically lying fully clothed on a massage table, however, Reiki can be given anywhere such as a seated in a chair, or standing line at the market. Professionally speaking, though, the client lies on a massage table for 45-90 minutes, though shorter sessions can be given.
The Reiki practitioner places his/her hands on the head, neck, shoulders, chest, abdomen, legs and feet. Depending on the practitioner, hand placements may vary in locations and between a light touch, or slightly away from the body. Reiki is not a massage; Reiki does not manipulate the tissues of the body.
Who Can Learn Reiki?
Anyone can learn to practice Reiki. There are no prerequisites. If you are feeling truly called to serve others (people, plants, or animals) then Reiki 1st Degree Training is for you! We learn first how to give Reiki to ourselves and then others… practice, practice, practice!
Think about this…
What’s the first thing you do when you stub your toe, hit your head, knock your knee, whack your elbow, or have a cramping stomach? (besides swearing of course ;-)… that’s right, Sisters… you place your own hands on the body part that you just hurt, you hold that place. We naturally, instinctively know to lay-on hands, but somewhere along the long road to where we are now, we forgot to keep holding that place while channeling healing energy, prayers or good vibes.
People also instinctively let out low moans in times of prolonged pain… this too, is a vibrational healing practice that comes naturally and instinctively. If you’ve ever had a baby naturally or practiced toning meditations, then you know what I’m talking about 😉
Just as your voice creates a vibration you can hear, Reiki is a vibration that is felt but not typically heard.
I practice Reiki on myself every day. I could tell my clients’ healing stories for days!
I am so grateful for Dr. Usui and my teachers. I am so thankful for my amazing, lovable clients! I feel so grateful that Spirit is always with us, holding us, teaching us, loving us <3
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