Reiki is an ancient healing technique that has roots in Japan. The ‘Rei’ part of the word means ‘Universal’ or ‘Spiritually Guided’, while the ‘Ki’ part means ‘life force energy’, like ‘Chi’, ‘Prana’ or ‘Source Energy’. When we have low life force energy, we are more susceptible to illness, feeling tired, drained, depleted, etc. When we have lots of life force energy, we feel happy, full of life, energetic, well balanced and ‘in the flow’ of life.
During a Reiki session, the practitioner will gently lay their hands on or above various parts of your body, while you are fully clothed. As you receive Reiki, you are allowing more life force energy into all levels of your being, including physically, mentally, emotionally and even spiritually. Reiki helps restore your body’s natural ability to heal itself and it gives you a ‘boost’ of life force energy wherever you need it most. One of the many things I find amazing about Reiki is that it goes wherever it is needed within you (on every level!) and the practitioner is just a channel, kind of like a ‘pipe’, for this energy to flow into you.
Reiki benefits people of all ages and backgrounds. Reiki workshops are different than other energy healing workshops because Reiki is transfered to Reiki students by way of an ‘attunement’ from a Reiki Master. This attunement is a brief spiritual ritual that allows students to tap into this infinite supply of spiritually guided life force energy and allows them to be able to give Reiki to themselves and others from then on.
One of the main things that helped me to be open to experiencing Reiki was that I was told that you do not have to believe in Reiki for you to experience its benefits. Just being open and willing to experience a session is enough. Once you’ve received a session you can decide for yourself its benefits.
Another interesting thing about Reiki is that while it does embrace a spiritual dimension in its philosophy, it promotes no specific religious belief. People of all cultures, religious backgrounds and philosophies are practicing and benefiting from Reiki.
The Benefits of Reiki
There are so many reported benefits of Reiki but just to name a few here are some common ones:
- feeling relaxed, at peace, centred, serene
- feeling back ‘in the flow’ of life
- experiencing increased vitality and energy
- increased clarity and an inner knowingness
- increased balance and well-being
- promotes relaxation and stress reduction which increases health and well-being on every level
- feeling increased creativity, inspiration
- become more in touch with your feelings so they are able to release them, grieve or be at peace
Reiki practitioners are not permitted to diagnose ailments however many people have found that Reiki is a wonderful non-invasive addition to complement traditional healthcare choices. There have been countless testimonials from people reporting that Reiki has assisted them in the recovery of a diverse and wide range of physical and emotional ailments.
What to Expect
Reiki sessions typically last between 1 to 1.5 hours with the recipient sitting or lying down, in comfortable clothing, warm and relaxed. During a session, the practitioner will gently lay their hands on or just above various parts of your body. If requested, focus will be given to areas that are in need of extra attention. As you receive Reiki, you may sense heat or possibly coolness coming from the practitioner’s hands.
Many people report feeling a ‘glowing radiance’ during a session. Many people also feel profoundly relaxed and at peace during and after a session. I cannot count how many times many of my clients have been so relaxed they have fallen asleep. Many people report feeling like they are floating in a beautiful, peaceful world where they are teetering on the edge of sleep feeling ‘blissed out’ and relaxed. Reiki always meets you where you are and helps you access the next level of well being that is right for you at the time.
Many people who were not expecting to experience anything from Reiki (I’m in that category) have left Reiki sessions profoundly surprised by their experience.
If you have not already tried Reiki and are curious, I would highly recommend you give it a go and try it out with someone you feel is reputable and professional. Reiki has benefited my life in so many ways that I cannot believe how profoundly grateful I feel to have discovered it. If the time is right for you to try it out, I hope you will be open to exploring it too!