Questions and Answers...About Reiki
Questions and Answers...About Reiki
Q. Where does Reiki energy come from?
A. Reiki energy is a subtle energy. It is different than electricity or chemical energy or other kinds of physical energy. Reiki energy comes from the Higher Power, which exists on a higher dimension than the physical world we are familiar with. When viewed clairvoyantly, Reiki energy appears to come down from above and to enter the top of the practitioner’s head after which it flows through the body and out the hands. However, the true source of Reiki energy is within ourselves. We each are born with this gift within us. This does not mean that we use our personal energy when we do Reiki, but that the energy is coming from a transcendental part of ourselves that is connected to an infinite supply of healing energy.
Q. Is Reiki a Religion?
A. Although Reiki energy is spiritual in nature, Reiki is not a religion. Practitioners are not asked to change any religious or spiritual beliefs they may have. They are free to continue believing anything they choose and are encouraged to make their own decisions concerning the nature of their religious practices.
Q. How is a Reiki treatment given?
A. In a standard treatment Reiki energy flows from the practitioner’s hands into the client. The client is usually lying on a Reiki table but treatments can also be given while the client is seated or even standing. The client remains fully clothed. The practitioner places her/his hands on (a very light touch) or near the clients’ body in a series of hand positions. These include positions around the head and shoulders, the stomach, and feet. Other, more specific positions may be used based on the clients needs. Each position is held for three to ten minutes depending on how much Reiki the client needs at each position. The whole treatment usually lasts between 45 and 90 minutes.
Q. What does a Reiki treatment feel like?
A. What one experiences during a Reiki treatment varies somewhat from person to person. However, all usually experience feelings of deep relaxation. In addition, many feel a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and surrounds them. As the Reiki energy encourages one to let go of all tension, anxiety, fear or other negative feelings a state of peace and well-being is experienced. Some drift off to sleep or report floating outside their bodies or have visions and other mystical experiences. At the end of the treatment, one feels refreshed with a more positive, balanced outlook.
Q. What can be treated with Reiki?
A. Reiki has had a positive affect on all forms of illness and negative conditions. This includes minor things like head or stomach aches, bee stings, colds, flu, tension and anxiety as well as serious illness like heart disease, cancer, leukemia, etc. The side effects of regular medical treatments have also been reduced or eliminated. This includes the negative effects of chemotherapy, postoperative pain and depression as well as improving the healing rate and reducing the time needed to stay in the hospital. Reiki always helps and in some cases people have experienced complete healings, which have been confirmed by medical tests before and after the Reiki treatments. However, while some have experienced miracles, they cannot be guaranteed. Stress reduction with some improvement in ones physical and psychological condition are what most experience.
Q. Does one have to stop seeing a regular doctor or psychologist in order to receive a Reiki treatment?
A. No. Reiki works in conjunction with regular medical or psychological treatment. If one has a medical or psychological condition, it is recommended that one see a licensed health care professional in addition to receiving Reiki treatments. Reiki energy works in harmony with all other forms of healing, including drugs, surgery, psychological care or any other method of alternative care and will improve the results.
Q. Who can learn to do Reiki?
A. Reiki is a very simple technique to learn and is not dependent on one having any prior experience with healing, meditation or any other kind of training. It has been successfully learned by millions of people from all walks of life, both young an old. The ability to do Reiki is simply transferred from the teacher to the student through a process called an attunement that takes place during a Reiki class. As soon as one receives an attunement, they have the ability to do Reiki and after that whenever one places their hands on themselves or on another person, animal or plant with the intention of doing Reiki, the healing energy will automatically begin flowing. You leave our Level I class a Reiki Practitioner.
Q. How long does it take to learn Reiki?
A. The class can be a daylong. I recommend that the minimum time necessary be at least six to seven hours. Along with the attunement, it is necessary that the student be shown how to give treatments and also to practice giving treatments in class. There is a practice period.
Q. Can I treat myself?
A. Yes, once you have received the attunement, you are highly encouraged to treat yourself as well as others. This is one of the unique features of Reiki.
Q. I have heard that Reiki can be sent to others at a distance. How does this work?
A. Yes, in Reiki Level II, you are given three Ancient Reiki symbols. These symbols are empowered by the Reiki II attunement. One of these symbols is for distant healing. By using a picture of the person you would like to send Reiki to or by writing the person’s name on a piece of paper or simply by thinking of the person and also activating the distant symbol, you can send Reiki to them no matter where they are. They could be hundreds of miles away, but it makes no difference. The Reiki energy will go to them and treat them. You can also send Reiki to crisis situations or groups internationally, the Reiki energy will help.
Q. How many levels are there to the Reiki training?
A. In the Usui/Tibetan system of Reiki taught by Reiki by La, there are four levels. These include one, two, Master and Teacher Master.
Q. What does it feel like to give a treatment?
A. When giving a Reiki treatment the practitioner is a 'vessel' of God's healing light, the Reiki energy flows through the practitioner before leaving the hands and flowing into the client. Because of this, the practitioner receives a treatment first. As the Reiki energy flows through the practitioner, she/he will feel more relaxed and uplifted. Spiritual experiences sometimes take place. The practitioner sometimes receives insights that may be offered to the client, which assist in the client's experiencing a possible deeper healing.
Q. How do I find a Reiki teacher that is right for me?
A. Reiki teachers or Masters advertise in many magazines and also post notices at health food stores, new age bookstores, on line and other places. Once you find a Reiki teacher or practitioner you are interested in receiving training or a treatment from, it is a good idea to ask them some important questions. Here are a few that will give you additional information to make a choice.
• How long have you been working with Reiki? What training have you had? How often do you teach? How do you personally use Reiki? What is your lineage?
• What qualifications are required to take Reiki Training?
• What do you cover in your classes? How many hours of class time is included? How much time is instructional, and how much is hands on practice? • What are the specific things I will be able to do after taking the training?
• What are your fees, and will I get a certificate and a manual?
• Can I take notes?
• How many symbols will I learn?
• Is there a Reiki support group in my area or can you help me establish one?
• Will you openly support me in being a successful Reiki practitioner or Master?
• Do you have a positive respectful attitude toward other Reiki practitioners and Masters regardless of lineage or affiliation?
Be aware of how you feel about their answers and if they are responding in a loving manner that is supportive and empowering. Listen to your heart and you will be guided to the right teacher or practitioner.
Q. Can children learn Reiki?
A. Yes, Reiki can be taught to anyone, my youngest student was 5 years old and the oldest was 95. I recommend that a child be old enough to understand what Reiki is and that the child request to receive Reiki.
Q. Is it safe for pregnant woman?
A. Since Reiki is guided by the Higher Power; the Reiki energy will know the condition of the client or student and adjust appropriately. Reiki can only do good. Many pregnant women have received treatments with great benefit to them and their unborn child. It has also been used during childbirth. Pregnant women have also taken the Reiki training and received the Reiki attunement with beneficial results.
Q. What about babies?
A. Babies love Reiki. It is very healthy for them. Do not worry about it being too strong. Reiki automatically adjusts to what the baby needs.
Q. Can I treat animals or plants?
A. Animals love Reiki too. They seem to have a natural understanding of what Reiki is and its benefits. Once a pet has received a Reiki treatment, they will often let you know that they want more. Plants also respond well to Reiki.
Q. Are there any side effects from a Reiki treatment?
A. Most of the time a person will feel relaxed and uplifted by a Reiki treatment. However, sometimes a person will have what is called a healing crisis. As a person’s vibration goes up, toxins that have been stored in the body will be released into the blood stream to be filtered by the liver and kidneys and removed from the system. When this happens, sometimes a person can get a headache or stomachache or feel weak. If this happens, it is a good idea to drink more water, eat lighter meals and get more rest. The body is cleansing as part of the healing process so this is a good sign.
Q. Can it be used to help groups of people or even global crises?
A. Yes, this is one of the wonderful benefits of Reiki and is why it is such a wonderful technique for the new millennium. It allows individuals and groups to do something positive about the challenging situations we see on the news involving so many people all over the planet. Reiki can be used to reduce suffering and help people any where in the world. As more and more people send Reiki to help the world heal, we will move quickly to a world of peace and harmony.
Q. How much does a treatment usually cost?
A Reiki treatment usually will cost between $35.00 and $100.00+ depending on the practice of the practitioner, area of the country, or location internationally.
Q. Can a person make a living from Reiki?
Q. Does insurance cover Reiki treatments?
A. Reiki is being recognized by insurance companies in various intuitions, such as hospitals, care homes, hospice, etc. Check with your local insurance company for details.
Q. Can you get more than one attunement?
A. Once you receive a Reiki attunement, it will last your whole life. However, if you get additional attunements for the same level, it will act to refine and strengthen your Reiki energy. Attunements periodically are great to receive, we consider them a ‘Tune Up.’