Reiki is a Japanese word meaning universal life force energy, spiritual consciousness, Source energy, or higher knowledge. This life-force energy is the same as Chi in Chinese or Prana in Sanskrit.
A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed that 20 minutes of Reiki given to patients for three days after heart attacks improved mood and heart-rate variability. The result was comparable with beta blockers. HRV is a strong predictor heart attack deaths, so lowering this rate is key to survival. Perhaps if viewed from a western medical perspective, Reiki can help you achieve a deep level of relaxation which lowers stress hormones in the body. The art of Healing Touch, which is used in western medical settings, is somewhat similar.
From an energetic perspective your Reiki session may shift energy patterns within the body, and may help bring harmony and balance to whatever situation you are facing. It is a non-invasive system of healing that may bring comfort and peace to the body and the mind. Many people use Reiki as a complimentary modality (along with their regular medical treatment) when faced with a health issue. During Reiki sessions I may use chromotherapy and sound healing.
This Japanese healing modality was developed in 1922 by a Japanese Buddhist named Mikao Usui. It is not a religion and does not require any particular belief system to enjoy its benefits.
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REIKI Q and A … some of the questions I’ve been asked!
Q: What is Reiki helpful for?
A: Everything. Everything and then some more everything! Reiki can be useful for every condition, emotional and physical, as it works on many levels. It is divine Source energy that you tap into when you open yourself to it. You are never really separated from it because it is who you are, and remembering it by aligning with it is healing. I have seen it help clients with recovery from shock or trauma, physical pain, addiction, emotional blocks, reducing fear, promoting a sense of wellbeing and calmness, neutralizing anger, depression and grief. It can help someone recover feelings of hope. Used now in some hospitals across the country, it has the potential to help reduce healing time from surgery.
Q: What can I expect to feel during a Reiki session?
A: Reiki has been described to me by my clients as a tingling sensation, waves, or water flowing along limbs or the entire body. It can feel warm or cool. Some people have told me that they felt someone was holding their hands, that they feel themselves floating or that negativity was lifting. Some people describe visions of past lives or colors that they see with their mind’s eye. Sometimes there is an emotional release in the form of tears or laughter, and that is ok too. There is nothing you “should” feel, only an invitation to let go of expectations. During the session I can share the psychic, intuitive information I receive from from my Guides. If the client prefers quietness, I can share this information after the session.
Clients are also able to ask me specific questions for psychic guidance and information while we are talking or afterwards. Often I can get timelines, numbers, for people, too.
I have noticed consistently that my clients like to talk, laugh, cry or express feelings during and after Reiki. It is a release for them.
The most important thing Reiki does for someone is help them know what they want. That’s right. It helps you answer the most important question in your mind and that is “What do I want?” It can allow you access to that information and if you know what you want, it opens a pathway to that desire. The more we allow divine intelligence to assist us, the more easily our path unfolds.
Q: Do I need to do anything special to prepare for my Reiki session or during my Reiki session?
A: Reiki is done with your clothes on. The only thing you have to do in a Reiki session is simply “be.” Reiki sessions allow for deep relaxation time and that allows access to the subconscious, where positive change can happen. Some people fall asleep for part of the time or drift in a state that hovers between wakefulness and falling asleep. If you fall asleep during Reiki, that is ok. Reiki works the same whether we are aware of it during our session or not.
Q: How do I know if Reiki is working?
A: Reiki practitioners believe that energy goes where it is needed for your highest good. Many people say they feel more energetic, have less physical pain, a speedier recovery, and some report having emotional release. Sometimes the effects are subtle. It works differently for each person. I have seen some amazing, life-changing things happen with the work that I do. Check out my Client Love page for feedback about Reiki and my services. Things will come through to you when you step into the current and let go a little. When you relax, receive and turn toward the flow of the stream, you will gain more insight, healing and answers.
Q: How often should I get Reiki?
A: It is not possible to get too much Reiki since it is a gentle healing tool. It will greatly depend on your situation. We can discuss that together and come up with a schedule that is right for you. Most of my clients know what they need to do intuitively, so they are the ones who tell me how much they want Reiki or psychic information.
Q: What led you to practice Reiki as a profession?
A: I was drawn to this profession because of the healing work in my own personal health journey, and because I became aware of psychic abilities, medical intuitive abilities, empathic abilities, and abilities as a medium. These come in the form of physical and emotional empathic abilities, clairaudience (clear hearing), clairsentience (clear feeling), clairvoyant (clear seeing), and claircognitive (clear knowing) abilities. These are innate, natural psychic abilities. I was born with this gift, but I pushed it to the side for years in order to attend to and enjoy other aspects of my life. My daily spiritual practice of Buddhist meditation and Christian prayer, for the last 15 years, continues to open my psychic abilities and gifts.
During my health journey, I found that sometimes my concerns were invalidated by professionals and other important people in my life. This is one of the many reasons that validation and true listening are important to me. I believe that we cannot know to what degree genetics and karma have upon our health. Therefore, it is very important to me to bring a compassionate, non-judgmental attitude to my work. Everyone is doing the best they can already, and we need to honor ourselves as much as possible for this very reason.
Q: Should/Could I send my Mother, Partner, Husband, etc. to you for treatment?
A: In general, I have found that the relatives of my clients are not as open to energy work. The resistance of the family members they want to send in here makes it an uncomfortable session for me and for the person that has been sent in. People need to come to healing practices in their lives by their own will and choice. I prefer to treat only one half of a couple, so that that person has his/her own source of support through me. If the other half wants a Reiki treatment, I can refer him/her to another practitioner. I have noticed that my clients who come willingly to me for Reiki tend to be ahead of the curve, and many are often very psychically intuitive themselves.
Q: What conditions or situations do you not work with?
A: I will not work with anyone who practices spiritually unethical methods such as black magic, voodoo or occult practices like these. This negative energy boomerangs on the person practicing it, and makes them sick. This type of energy is dense, difficult to clear, and I will not work with people who use it. I do not offer “curse removal” for clients because this is not a part of my belief system. However, I do work with people who have experienced spiritual abuse.
Q: Is Reiki meditation?
A: A Reiki session is meditative, but not meditation. Most clients go into a very relaxed state during the session. When I do Reiki with a client, I am in a meditative state also. Depending on what the client prefers, I can channel and talk with you about what I’m seeing, hearing, and sensing. This can lead to very deep insights and breakthroughs. Reiki is also a chance to be still and go within, so it will depend on what someone wants to do when they are with me in their appointment. I have encouraged many clients to try meditation, and many go on to do that for themselves with Reiki as a starting point.
OM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG Tibetan Prayer of Protection
No one can practice the Five Mindfulness Trainings perfectly, not even the Buddha. The goal is not to be perfect but simply to be mindful of ourselves, even when we make mistakes. If you are lost in a forest at night, you can follow the North Star to find your way out. You follow the North Star, but your goal is to get back home; it’s not to arrive at the North Star. — Thich Nhat Hahn, The Art of Power
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