What is Reiki?

Reiki is a holistic method of healing using the universal life force energy and everyone is capable of giving this method of healing. It has Eastern origins predominantly in Buddhism and Japan.

How does it work?

Using a number of hand movements and symbols the Reiki practitioner acts as a channel for this universal energy. They then work on the “dis-eased” client aligning the meridians and chakras within the “patient” to aid in bringing about a “wholeness”. It can be used with or without Western allopathic methods of healing.

The Learning Process

This takes place in three stages (levels) and students are inducted into how to use and give Reiki. Level 111 is attainment of the Master level.

 Each level can be taken through a number of sessions. However the most effective way to learn tends to be spending an intensive 2 – 4 day period learning and practising each level. This also works more effectively with smaller groups (5 – 8) of people as the teacher can devote time to overseeing each of them and their progress.

The levels

Level 1

This concentrates on connecting to the higher energy through meditation. A quiet and peaceful environment is ideal for this. Students will learn a little on anatomy and how various body parts are associated with certain illnesses.

Connecting to the energy they also learn about working with chakras and colours. Channelling is normally done through the hands so the basic hand movements are also taught. There are also a number of symbols that used in conjunction with the hand movements and the three main symbols are also taught. These must be learned correctly for maximum effect in healing...

Once all this has been absorbed the student will be attuned by the Master and will be invited to work on themselves as well as other members of the group.

Level 2

This should not be studied until at least 21 Reiki sessions have been given by the student. Mainly self-healing the student, when comfortable can also give to friends and family to see how effective they are. Usually there will have been at least 6 months and often longer, between Level 1 and 11. Obviously this does depend on the amount of time a student spends working with Reiki.

Level 3

This will not normally be taken until the student has been using Reiki for some time and should not be entered into lightly. Your teacher should be able to decide how ready you are for this as this is the level for the Master. Having achieved this level the student will then become a Master themselves and be able to teach and attune others.

Here the more advanced and various breathing techniques and hand movements are shown,  and well as the various ways to give an effective treatment and the master symbol are also shown. 

Summing Up

During all the levels and training the Master & teacher acts purely as a guide and mentor for the students. The universal energy will actually flow where it required and the wonderful thing about Reiki is that it works for everywhere and on everything, people, plants, animals, etc. Though not everyone may have a belief in the powers of this wonderful healing energy it matters not as Reiki flows wherever a channel has been opened.

If you are interested in learning Reiki look for a practising Master near you by checking the Reiki Federation or Reiki Council lists in your area. These will have an authorized list of practitioners who can work with you.

Before undertaking a full course however, I would advocate meeting with one or more of them to confirm that they personally have an affinity to you. That will thus allow them to give you the best learning experience possible. 

Thank you for reading.