Reiki is a universal healing energy. It’s not a religion and has no affiliation with any religion, sect or cult. Reiki is based on the universal laws of love and light for all living things. The term ‘reiki’ is a Japanese word for two syllables which mean:
Everything that is alive contains Ki (or Chi), but people who have completed Reiki courses are an open channel to the Universe’s limitless source of Ki. This gives Reiki Therapists, Practitioners, Masters & Teachers unlimited access to the life force energy for their own healing, and they can transmit this energy to others.
A reiki practitioner is like a straw/pipe, they are able to tap into universal energy and transmit it to the receiver. It is not their own energy that they pass on. It is also considered a type of hands on healing as many practitioners will place their hands gently on or near a person to transmit the energy to the client.
When the Reiki practitioner channels this healing energy through their hands to the recipient, it activates the body’s natural ability to heal itself. It’s not the practitioner doing the healing, it’s actually the recipient healing themselves. Reiki helps the recipients’ body to stabilise and heal itself. The energy goes to where illnesses have their origin and works wherever it is most needed. It works by releasing blocked energies, cleansing the body of toxins and working to create a state of balance in your whole being (mental, physical, emotional & spiritual).
Distance Reiki is when you the receiver are not physically present in the same room as the Reiki Therapist who is sending you the healing. It works because everything in life is energy, and everything contains Ki/Chi. A Reiki Practitioner is able to focus on a person anywhere is the world, and activate the Ki/Chi that is in them. Quantum Physics is only just starting to prove (scientifically) how we are all connected. They have discovered how a particle on one side of the planet, when stimulated, instantly stimulates a particle on the other side of the planet. In much the same way, a Reiki Therapist can focus on your energy from any location and provide the same level of healing as if you were in person.
How a distance/remote session is conducted will vary by therapist. Some like myself are very flexible and you can learn more about my style here.
If the Chi or Ki in our bodies can flow easily then we are happy and healthy. Stress, lifestyle and other people can create a blockage in our Chi which prevents the energy moving through us. As a result we start to become unwell or feel a sense of dis-ease. Left long enough our dis-ease manifests into disease. Reiki helps to remove those blocks and other low or negative energy. Long term Reiki recipients use it as a preventative – to help clear the dis-ease in the early energetic stages before it takes hold in the physical body.
Reiki helps your body on all levels – physical, mental, emotional & spiritual. Ultimately your own life path and openness to receive will determine what healing you receive. Often a clients come to Reiki seeking a solution to a particular problem. But during the healing it becomes apparent that the issue is a surface level symptom of something else and the healing will go to where it is most needed instead. You will ALWAYS get the healing that is right for you in that moment.
Reiki helps to bring all parts of yourself back into alignment. It clears the body of stress allowing the body to put its energy towards other things – such as healing itself. Sometimes there may not be anything wrong as such – but just a feeling of unease or you just don’t feel your normal self and can’t put your finger onto the issue.
As a therapist, I have personally witnessed my clients experience the following as a result of Reiki:
You can read more about my clients experiences on the blog under the Client Journeys category.
Many people find Reiki healing sessions help with a variety of ailments including anxiety, pain, fertility & depression. As mentioned earlier, Reiki activates your body’s ability to heal itself, and in my experience I have found that Reiki does help with all of these issues and many more. But it takes time and commitment to regular on going sessions (eg monthly). The issue you may be experiencing is most likely a surface level symptom of a deeper issue at play. A couple of reiki sessions typically provides relief in a matter of days, but with regular ongoing sessions you can start to tackle the root of the issue.
Reiki helps with many issues and is a perfect compliment to any other treatment you may be having. The greatest shifts and healings come when a person commits to monthly reiki sessions. Just like going to the gym or dieting, you get better results with long term consistency, so too with reiki. This has been my own personal experience and what I have witnessed as a therapist over 15 years. Intermittent sessions are beneficial to some degree, but a more profound change & healing comes to those who have at least monthly sessions. You can choose to put out the spot fires that pop up every so often, or you can find arsonist that keeps lighting the fires with good steady detective work.
Although miracles relating to Reiki have been reported, it is not the norm. World wide reiki is used:
Please note: part of the healing journey will be your willingness to be open to receive, to be open to change and get to the bottom of the issue that caused the problem in the first place.
Although it originally started with one man, there are now many forms of Reiki to pick from and this shows it’s versatility in working alongside other modalities or on it’s own.
All Reiki practitioners have learnt the same core components of the original Usui Reiki method, but because it is works well with other healing methods, there are now many other types of Reiki including Angel Reiki, Crystal Reiki, Shamanic Reiki, Tibetan Reiki, Celtic Reiki & Egyptian Reiki.
A Reiki Therapist or Practitioner must have completed at least Level 2 in their training before they can treat people outside of their family and friends and receive some form of payment in exchange. Someone who has only completed Reiki Level 1 training can only treat friends and family and can not receive payment as they are in their initial stages of development.
Unfortunately the industry isn’t regulated, so it’s a case of trial and error. And it’s not because the Reiki Therapist isn’t any good at what they do, but rather they are not a match for you. What works for one person, may not work for you. I always encourage my clients to try different therapists and go with the person they ‘click’ with. If you connect well with your therapist I believe it delivers better results for you. If your therapist makes you feel guilty or ashamed about some aspect of your life or a behaviour – that is not the therapist for you. You do not have to stay with that person. Reiki is equally as effective via distance so you literally have a world full of practitioners to pick from.
Although each practitioner may have had the same basic training, each one has their own way of working. Some will spend time talking to you about what concerns you that day, others don’t. Some will be more tactile (ie place their hands on you) while others won’t touch you at all. For some, Reiki is an add on service to something else they offer (eg massage), for others it is their only speciality. If you are not sure, best to get in touch with your therapist and ask them how they work with their clients.
Word of mouth is an excellent way to find a good therapist. But if you are the first of your circle to venture into this space, a chat with your local crystal shop or yoga studio owner or a google search can help you find who is local to you. Make sure you see if they have any reviews as these can be valuable places of insight.
One of the traditions of Reiki is the telling of the story of its rediscovery by Dr Mikao Usui. We say “rediscovery” as it’s a universal healing energy that was understood by many of the great spiritual masters.
As Dr Usui’s story was an oral tradition in the early days, there are a few variations of it so the exact details don’t really matter. The full story is told during Reiki Level 1 training but below is a snap shot:
Every session is different, and experiences can vary widely. You may experience nothing or you may have the most amazing spiritual experience. The following are pretty common experiences:
No one can say exactly what you will experience during a Reiki Healing – the only way to know it to give it a go.
After your reiki session you may feel a little groggy or light headed. Some people feel like a great burden has been lifted off their shoulders. You may also feel the need to be on your own for a couple of hours.
As a Reiki Practitioner, I encourage my clients to drink plenty of water after a session, avoid busy places for a few hours, and avoid drugs or alcohol for 24hrs. You want to give your body a chance to integrate the healing without compromising it with other peoples energy or anything else that could undo the healing.
Some people experience only pure bliss in the days immediately after a session, with an increase in synchronicities. For others it takes a couple of days to settle before the bliss kicks in. Feeling tired or extra emotional for 24-48hrs after a session is normal. For anyone who experiences these symptoms, I suggest sleeping if possible as it will help the body to integrate the healing faster. Once the healing has worked its way through your body, you’ll notice a shift in how you feel. You may experience greater mental clarity, renewed sense of joy for life, more energy, sleep better, etc. More details are listed on the Energy Healing page.