"No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it." Albert Einstein
Reiki is an energy 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 a massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energy work using guided life force energy.
Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki practitioners understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen the energy in themselves and help others. It is believed that a person’s Ki or energy should be strong and free-flowing. When this is true a person’s body and mind is in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance. A Reiki session can help remove energetic blockages, ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels – physical, mental, and emotional. A Reiki session is usually very pleasant and deeply relaxing experience and is often utilised for one’s personal general well-being or for healing specific mental, emotional or physical conditions. Reiki can be conducted either hands-on, in which several parts of the body are lightly touched by the practitioner’s hands to direct the energy there, or hands-off, where the hands are held slightly above the body. In addition, as Ki is not limited by distance or time, distant or remote Reiki healing is also possible without the client being physically present.
The duration of a Reiki session is usually about 60 minutes. Before a session there is the possibility to express any particular issues or preferences to work on during the session, therefore each session can be tailored to the situation at present. During the Reiki session you will rest comfortably either on a special mattress on the floor or on a massage table. Sitting upright in a chair is also possible. One can remain fully clothed (except for the shoes) and loose, comfortable clothing is suggested.
Reiki I, II & III Inititations and Courses
The ability to use Reiki is not taught in an intellectual sense but is transferred to the student during a Reiki attunement (initiation) given by a Reiki teacher (Reiki Master). This ceremony, called Reiju (Ray-joo) in Japanese, is performed by the Reiki Master and opens and expands the main energy channels of the student’s body, allowing universal energy, also known as Qi/Chi/Ki, to flow more freely and deeply. The Reiki attunement allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” and to use this energy to heal himself and others. Because of this opening process, the attunement also does what Reiki is meant to do in the student, namely clear blockages. This can create significant energy changes within the student and may initiate a period of transformation and self-growth.
In the Usui Reiki system, there are usually three levels that can be attained and these are all centered on the initiation process, combined with education and practice. Reiki Level I is a practitioner’s initiation into Reiki. The focus in Level I is on opening the energy channels on a physical level and allowing the practitioner to connect to the universal life force energy. Reiki Level II is often defined by a focus on practicing Reiki on others, as well as an expanded opening of the energy channels. In addition, the student also receives some of the Reiki Symbols. The Reiki symbols allow the practitioner to connect more deeply to the universal energy, as well as draw on the qualities that the symbols represent. This includes the ability to provide distance Reiki- sending healing energy to individuals wherever they may be. Reiki Level III (Master Level) is traditionally considered the teacher’s level, a practitioner who has received the energy and knowledge to attune new Reiki practitioners.