What is Reiki?
Reiki is a hands-on (or hands-off) healing modality that helps focus the mind and calm the body – as does meditation and quiet contemplation. Reiki practitioners use measurable energy to help restore a sense of well-being, balance, and health to an individual. It is an ancient focusing method for the modern world.
Reiki originated as a complementary Japanese healing technique akin to meridian therapy or Ancient Chinese Medicine, which are other modalities of energywork and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
The word, Reiki, is derived from two Japanese words – Rei meaning “Universal”, and Ki meaning “life force energy”. It is a simple, natural, and safe method of relaxation, healing, and self-improvement that everyone can use.
It has other beneficial side effects, such as increased speed in health recovery and allowing the body to naturally heal itself. It works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery. At no time should it ever be used to replace a doctor’s visit or psychiatric services. It is a complementary method, not an alternative!
Reiki uses various hand positions either above or on the individual to help them feel better – more relaxed, less stressed, more energized or balanced, or to help heal whatever needs healing. The healing can be physical, mental/emotional, spiritual, or any combination. The client sets their intention for the session.
“A Reiki session will last exactly as long as it needs to, however, a typical session will last about fifty minutes to one hour, though some sessions can be as short as ten minutes and as long as several hours. Treatments can be done seated or lying down. The practitioner may begin with some form of affirmation of the client’s intention. The session can either be hands-on – a gentle placement of the hands in very specific positions – or hands-off with the same hand positions.”
A Reiki treatment looks like a massage, however, there are two main differences.
- The client lies on the treatment table fully clothed.
- You may be asked to remove shoes, glasses, or heavy metal jewelry.
- The practitioner does not manipulate skin tissue unless they are a licensed massage or another type of bodyworker.
The practitioner’s hands rest gently on or above prescribed points on the body – at no time is a massage performed unless the Reiki therapist is also a licensed massage professional and such has been agreed upon by the client.
Learning Reiki (Becoming a Practitioner)
Learning Reiki is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development, and is therefore available to anyone and everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds. An amazingly simple technique to learn, Reiki is taught in the usual sense by attending a class provided by a qualified Reiki teacher. In some traditions a Reiki Master has been attuned to the Teacher level, but not all Masters are Teachers.
There are several different classifications of Reiki practitioners which reflect the different bodies of an individual. Just as there are three different bodies, so too are there three different “Levels” or “Degrees”.
- 1.) The First Degree / Physical Level. (Reiki I Course Page)
- 2.) The Second Degree / Emotional or Mental Level. (Reiki II Course Page)
- 3.) The Third Degree / Spiritual Level (Master Level) (Reiki III Course Page)
- 4.) The Teacher Level
Some schools or traditions, including the master/teachers at Sacred Wandering, have broken out the Teacher level from the Reiki III/Master level to better instruct a student and give them an opportunity to adjust to the spiritual nature of the Reiki Master level. There is also a large difference between being a practitioner attuned to all three levels of Reiki, and teaching and performing the three attunement of the various levels. Ethically, it is wrong to include the teaching component with the spiritual component, though we respect others may not share our view.
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