Over the last few weeks, I’ve had people ask me “What is Reiki?” I’ve also had a few new clients come in for Reiki who have never had it (Yay!!) and of course I explained it to them. So I thought it was time to share the answer to this question in hopes that this reaches more people who would like to understand more about this awesome energy technique!
Reiki is derived from the Japanese words for “Vital Life Force” or “Universal Life Energy”. It is form of energy healing that can provide stress-relief, relaxation, mental clarity, spiritual wellness, physical healing and emotional calming. The Reiki practitioner usually lays their hands gently on the body, focusing on the chakras. Chakras are energy centers in the body that “spin” or “vibrate” at a certain pace in alignment with themselves. There are 7 major Chakras: Crown, Third Eye, Throat, Heart, Solar Plexus, Sacral, and Root. Reiki works to align the chakras and get the energy flowing properly.
So what the heck does this all mean? Well, in the energy world, we can associate “stuck” energy in or around the chakras with life events such as emotional stress, or physical ailments. For instance, let’s say we are very stressed out, maybe from work or just other life stuff. All of a sudden, we have a headache, neck pain and tension in our shoulders. Emotions have energy and emotional stress can cause physical reactions. Emotional stress can also get “stuck” in the areas of the chakras, in this case the Third-eye in the forehead or crown chakra at the top of our head (hello headache!) as well as the throat and heart chakras (neck and shoulder pain!).
Imagine a fan set to medium speed. It is going along just fine, but then we take some mud (stress) and throw it at the fan blades. We keep doing this over and over again, and the fan slows down or maybe stops because there is too much gunk on it to function. That is the equivalent of “stuck” energy in the chakras.
Reiki can work with the energy built up in the ill-fated fan in our story. First, lying down for a Reiki session can relieve stress by offering a length of time for deep relaxation, where the mind can slow down. Second, the energy of the chakras is moved by Reiki, allowing the chakra to re-align and get back to proper working order. Third, very often the Reiki practitioner can sense the areas that are most problematic, and will work to send extra energy to those parts that need it most. Lastly, you can be sure the energy of the Universe that is being channeled into you during Reiki will work to your greatest and highest good. This can be emotional, mental, spiritual or physical wellbeing.
A few things that are important about Reiki:
-It is not a religious practice. Anyone of any religious belief can give and receive Reiki with the right understanding (and training for practitioners). There is not dogma or need to believe in anything in particular. In fact, it is very scientific! The Law of Thermodynamics states energy cannot be created or destroyed. Reiki works by using the energy in the Universe, from the Earth and everything around it, to help your energy centers (chakras) re-align and function.
-It is safe and natural. You do not need to do anything other than relax and allow the energy to flow. There are no pills or potions, nor are there exams or physicals. That being said, you may be asked by the practitioner to fill out a short medical form and this is mostly for liability and your safety in case of emergency. Reiki practitioners keep your safety, comfort and energy in mind and will work with your best interests at all times!
-When receiving Reiki, some people feel waves of energy, warm spots, chills, and some feel nothing at all. Some people see colors or other visions while they lay with their eyes closed. If you do not feel or see anything, it is totally fine. The Reiki is still working. You may take a few sessions to experience anything, but if you don’t, that is OK too. Some people even fall sleep!
-Reiki is used in hospitals and clinics all over the country! Many people who have cancer, going through treatment, or in remission, as well as their care-givers, can receive Reiki at many cancer centers throughout the country. When I was in my RD rotation at the oncology center, I met several people who had started Reiki during treatment and continued to get it after they finished. Every one of them told me it helped them get through their treatment. I met two care-givers as well who also raved about the effects and benefits they experienced, as caring for a sick loved one is never easy. Hopefully western medicine will continue to catch up on this technique. While Reiki should never be used in replacement of any disease treatment, it is considered a Complimentary Alternative Medicine that can be done simultaneously with other types of treatment.
-Even if you are not “attuned” to be a Reiki practitioner, you can do Reiki on yourself using specific hand placements and intentions. Visit www.reiki.org to learn more.
I really love being a Reiki practitioner. It allows me to give people healing energy that I already feel from the Earth and Universe. I also love hearing about the experiences from my clients when they get up from Reiki. When I receive Reiki, I almost always feel goose-bumps in the beginning, then I feel weight-less for the majority of the session. For me it’s like floating, and it’s pretty amazing.
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If you are not sure if you want to ask a question about Reiki on a public forum, please feel free to contact me privately. I would be happy to talk more about it!!