What is Reiki?
“What is Reiki?” It is the most common question I get asked. I have been a Reiki Master for some 8 or 9 years now, and I still find myself stumped trying to explain what it is to people who are not already familiar with the world of energy healing or spirituality. While I have seen in my clients, and felt for myself the healing that Reiki brings, when put on the spot I find it difficult to articulate exactly what it is. Reiki is truly something that needs to be experienced to be understood. However, I will do my best to articulate the beautiful mystery of this healing art.
According to the International Association of Reiki Professionals “Reiki is a spiritual healing art with its roots in Japanese origin. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually guided life force energy.
It’s all Energy
Reiki’s history is much debated. A simple google search and you can easily fall down the rabbit hole of information, discussion and arguments. As people will vehemently argue that their tradition is the only right one and that Reiki undoubtedly came from this Japanese master and so on and so forth. This completely misses the point. We are talking about spiritually guided healing. No one can own this or claim to invented it. Figuring out how to harness and direct it, sure. Creating it? No. As we are talking about energy, we know from Middle School science, energy can neither be created or destroyed. Energy can change forms, be recycled, harnessed and directed, not created. And everything is energy. You, me, the dog, this table, this computer, everything is simply energy in different forms. This is basically what Einstein was saying with E=MC2. Energy and matter are the same substance separated only by their rate of vibration.
So, what does this have to do with Reiki?, I hear you ask. Excellent question! In Reiki, the practioner is pulling energy from the Universe, God, Source, Great Spirit, whatever you want to call it, and channeling it through them to you. They are in essence tapping into the unconditional love(which is energy, because thoughts, and emotions, are energy too) that surrounds us and directing it to you. Pretty cool, huh? And seriously, who couldn’t use more unconditional love in their life?
What to Expect
So, now we have an idea of what it is, let’s talk about how it feels and what it can do for you! During a Reiki session you will lie down, fully clothed, usually on a massage table. The Reiki practioner will either lightly place their hands on you or just above you. At this point, you may feel heat from the practioner’s hands, or coolness, or nothing at all. It is possible to see colors, smell scents that hold memory for you, or you may not see or smell anything. This doesn’t meant it’s not working. Every client’s experience is different and each session is unique. After your session you may feel a little light-headed, so make sure you take your time and get up slowly.
A Reiki session can dissolve energy blocks, promote the natural balance between mind, body, and spirit, increase energy levels, create a deep relaxation that helps the body release stress and tension, clear the mind and improve focus, accelerate the body’s self-healing ability, and help spiritual growth and emotional cleansing. I have also seen it decrease or eliminate physical and emotional pain. At the very least, most clients get off the table feeling extremely relaxed and refreshed. Not a bad way to spend the afternoon, I say.
Every practioner is different, so some may incorporate essential oils, healing stones, tuning forks, color, or singing bowls. These are all just different tools that can enhance the energy session. Some practioners may use nothing but their hands. There is no right or wrong way and one way is not better than another. Try different practioners and see who you resonate with.
Now that you know what Reiki is and what to expect during a session, go ahead and try it! Still have questions? Feel free to contact me!
Sending you all love and healing!