While Reiki has been around for awhile, it is still a new modality for many people. As with anything new, you may have questions. At All Things Light & Love I am happy to answer any questions you may have to put your mind at ease.
Q: What is Reiki?
A: Reiki is a gentle laying on of hands which unblocks and balances the body’s energy. It is relaxing, nurturing, energizing, and freeing. It is given by a “Reiki Practitioner” who is trained and attuned to give Reiki Treatments. Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) has two aspects: the Rei and the Ki dimensions. Rei means universal or spiritual, unconditional love, Holy energy, God’s healing Light. Rei refers to spiritual consciousness, a higher wisdom that comes from Divine Spirit, our Higher Power, God. Ki is a Japanese word for vital life force energy, which flows throughout all of creation and the universe. In China, the word for energy is chi. The Western word for ki or chi is energy, which is derived from the Greek word energeia, which means to provide movement. There are various manifestations of energy ranging from low vibrational to high vibrational energy. Everything in the universe vibrates, pulsates, moves and flows. Everything is energy. Reiki is a high vibrational, spiritually-guided life force energy, which is very healing in nature. It is a spiritual energy that helps to heal the causes as well as the symptoms of disease, problems, and difficulties.
Q: How is the Energy transferred from Practitioner to Client?
A: A Reiki practitioner is a one who has been trained in the healing art of Reiki and has gone through an Attunement Process. The Attunement is a sacred ceremonial process by which a person receives the ability to give Reiki treatments. The healing energy (Universal Life Force Energy) does not come from the Reiki Practitioner, but rather through the Practitioner from the universe, our environment, our Higher Power. Once a Reiki Practitioner is attuned to the Universal Life Force Energy, the energy enters the top of the practitioners head then flows through the body and out the hands to the recipient/client.
Q: Is Reiki a Religion?
A: Although Reiki energy is spiritual in nature, Reiki is not a religion. Practitioners are not asked to change any religious or spiritual beliefs they may have. They are free to continue believing anything they choose and are encouraged to make their own decisions concerning the nature of their religious practices.
Q: How is a Reiki treatment given?
A: In a standard treatment Reiki energy flows from the practitioners hands into the client. The client is usually laying on a massage table but treatments can also be given while the client is seated or even standing. The client remains fully clothed. The practitioner places her/his hands on or near the clients body in a series of hand positions. These include positions around the head and shoulders, the torso, the stomach, the legs and feet. Other, more specific positions may be used based on the clients’ needs. Each position is held for two to ten minutes depending on how much Reiki the client needs at each position. The whole treatment usually lasts between 45 and 60 minutes, sometimes longer.
Q: What are Chakras?
A: Chakras are the name for the energy centers in our body. Positioned along the spinal column, the major chakras form the essence of the network through which the mind, body and spirit act as one holistic system. This network includes many smaller energy centers throughout the body as well. When our chakras are balanced and open, energy flows harmoniously through our bodies for a feeling of overall well being.
Q: What might I feel during a Reiki Session?
A: While everyone will have a different and unique experience, you may experience warmth or heat coming from my hands. You might feel tingling in your hands or feet or some other part of your body. You may even feel the pulsation of the energy, or a gentle wave or current going through your body. You may experience the Reiki energy as various colors. You may also experience the feeling of an extra hand or two lay upon you…do not be alarmed. Our Angels and Guides often lend assistance in providing energy healing where needed. You will probably experience a deep sense of relaxation, deep peace, and a strong sense of well-being. If you do not feel much of anything, that’s ok too. Even if you do not feel anything during a Reiki session it does NOT mean the energy isn’t flowing…because it is. The benefits if this positive Universal Life Force Energy is at work to help you. And help you it will, whether you feel something during a treatment or not.
Q: What might I feel after a Reiki Session?
A: Again, while everyone will have a different and unique experience, in time (hours or sometimes days) after a Reiki session you may experience increased energy and vitality, feeling of inner harmony, a reduction in stress, greater sense of relaxation and calmness. You may experience deeper awareness on a spiritual level, feel more connected with your God (your higher self). Again, you may not feel anything new right away, but give it time. Reiki is known to have an intelligence of its own. It knows when your body is most receptive to receiving the Reiki healing energy. It may wait until your are asleep, when you’re your body is at rest, or perhaps during an activity that you enjoy (such as walking, meditating, reading) in the days ahead…at which time the Unlimited White Light Reiki healing energy will fully flow through your energy system. If you have any unique experiences that you would like to share or discuss at any time after your session, please feel free to call or use my website to contact me.