What is Reiki?

Reki is a natural healing system designed to assist in healing and help achieve balance. Reiki is administered by a practitioner, who serves as a conduit through which the Universal Life Energy can be transmitted to the recipient by either hands-on or distance healing techniques. Practitioners may also practice Reiki self-treatments.

How does Reiki energy flow?

Reiki flows through our palms at different rates of speed, depending on various factors such as the extent of the recipient's illness degree of blockage, and his or her readiness to accept change.

How can I best understand Reiki?

The best way to understand and appreciate Reiki is to experience it by having a full-body treatment. Reiki is for everyone, and it is available to anyone who wants it.

ls Reiki a form of faith healing?

No, Reiki is not a religion, nor is it based on the acceptance of any religious doctrine. Having a belief system is not a requirement for Reiki to work. Reiki does not infringe on anyone's right to believe what he or she wishes. However, Reiki principles are spiritual in nature and do encourage spiritual empowerment and growth.

Can Reiki be learned from a book?

Becoming a Reiki practitioner is not something you can do on your own through reading a how-to book or watching an instructional video. Receiving Reiki attunements and training can be achieved in a one-day or two-day workshop. Access to Reiki is easy. All you have to do is seek out a Reiki Master in your area who is willing to work with you.

How do I prepare for a treatment?

Ensure you get plenty of rest, drink quality water and eat healthy foods the day prior.

Is Reiki for everyone?

Reiki is for everyone, but not everyone is for Reiki. Some people are simply not as open to Reiki as others.

Who can benefit from a Reiki treatment?

Reiki's gift of increased energy and vitality can be extended to anyone. It doesn't matter what a person's gender race, intelligence or financial status is. Reiki is not a healing energy reserved only for the elite, wealthy. educated, or spiritually evolved.

What does Reiki feel like?

Common Reiki sensations are heat or coolness, "pins and needles," vibrational buzzing, electrical sparks. numbness, throbbing. itchiness, and drowsiness.

What is a Reiki attunement?

A Reiki attunement is a ritual performed by a Reiki Master. The ritual involves energetic placement of Reiki symbols through a specific set of sequenced actions, into the student's crown and palms.

What types of changes can I expect following my Reiki attunement?

Changes will vary from person to person, so it's impossible to predict how any one individual will react to being attuned. Changes begin to take place as soon as Reiki is introduced into the body and begins its balancing process. Reiki works to bring about only positive changes, but these changes may offer challenges while the transformation is occurring.

Will I know when Reiki is working?

Some people know when Reiki is working because they notice shifts ofenergies occurring. However, some people don't feel anything when giving or receiving Reiki. Just because you don't feel anything, don't assume that nothing is happening. Trust that Reiki is working.

What if my hands don't feel hot?

Experiencing hot hands is a common experience reported by Reiki practitioners. However, each person's experience with Reiki is unique. You may not experience hot hands, so don't look for it as verification that Reiki is flowing through them.

What is that all about?

When excess Reiki energies build up in your palms, it may be an indication that a Reiki self-treatment is needed. Take advantage of this excess of energy in your hands and place your hands on your body. Allowing the Reiki to flow into your body, this should help reduce or release the ball of energy from your palms.

Will Reiki ever run out?

When you are giving a Reiki treatment to someone, you are giving of your time and your intent to assist, but you are not giving away any of your own energy. Reiki is in infinite supply. It never runs out.

What is the purpose of the Reiki hand placements?

Emphasis is placed on devoting five minutes on each hand so no part of the body is neglected and to ensure that each body part is given equal consideration. After practicing these twelve hand placements in the traditional sequences for a period of time, you will likely deviate from them to some degree. Open with and begin to acquire your own methodology in placing your hand on the body while listening to your inner dialogue.

Are there any limitations to Reiki?

The only limitations that can block Reiki are those we create, consciously or subconsciously, through a lack of trust or belief in the potential of Reiki treatments to improve our balance or conditions of health.

Do I need to direct the flow of Reiki?

Reiki will automatically go to wherever it needs to go with no mental involvement of either the practitioner or the recipient. However, when mental intention is used, a linear pathway is opened. This cleared route allows Reiki to flow more effectively to that part of the body where attention is most desired.

What purpose do Reiki symbols serve?

Independently, each Reiki symbol has its own unique purposes. The combined function of these symbols is to provide Reiki practitioners with focal points for their healing intentions.

Why is Reiki called "smart energy"?

Reiki is an intelligent energy because it knows which areas of the body most need healing and will automatically flow to areas where suffering or imbalance is prevalent.

What is a Reiki share?

A Reiki share is a time when Reiki Practitioners gather together to socialize and to participate in group healing treatments. The main purpose of the share is to give and receive Reiki in a casual atmosphere of friendship, honor, and devotion.

Why did I start crying during my Reiki treatment?

Occasionally a person will experience an intense emotional release during or after a Reiki treatment. These types of emotional releases may be expressed through crying, screaming, coughing, laughing, or other reactions. Emotional releases help carry the person through the hurts and discomforts associated with the feelings that arise during a Reiki session.

Why is it important to sweep the recipient's auric field after a Reiki treatment?

Sweeping or combing through the recipient's auric field clears it of any energetic debris that has lifted from the physical body during the treatment.

Is it safe to treat children with Reiki?

Reiki's gentle and noninvasive nature is perfect for treating the ills and upsets of young children. Children are extremely receptive to Reiki's positive effects and will normally welcome it without any apprehension.

Source: Yoga Journal Presents Your Guide to Reiki