Traditional Japanese Reiki connects Self and Spirit for balance and wholeness.
Reiki means “spiritual energy.” Reiki is a spiritual practice that sensitizes you to and helps you to increase and fine tune your connection to the presence and movement of energy. Healing and relaxation are wonderful side effects of this spiritual practice. The energy channeled by the Reiki practitioner is the same energy called variously chi, prana, spirit, or orgone. It has been called by many other names by many different cultures.
Reiki differs from other energetic forms of healing in that the practitioner uses symbols and specific meditative techniques to increase their connection to Spirit and focus the energy to better facilitate the healing process. The symbols used in traditional Reiki are said to have been received in a moment of spiritual epiphany by the founder of Reiki, Mikao Usui, but research has revealed apparent origins in ancient Buddhism and Shintoism as well as other Japanese philosophical and religious contexts.
I am Not Offering Reiki Sessions at this Time
What to Expect from a Reiki Treatment
A Reiki treatment can last from a few minutes to an hour or more. Generally, a full treatment will last from 40 to 60 minutes. Reiki can be done as often as you like.
Reiki energy is channeled by the practitioner and naturally drawn in by the client. The Reiki energy will flow to where it is most needed, so that the client is empowered to allow healing to occur. Many clients commonly experience one or more of the following: deep relaxation, a feeling of warmth or coolness, a sensation of tingling or of energy moving, the stimulation and/or release of physical tension or pain or of emotional blockages, or a zoned-out or blissed-out state that fades into feeling physically calm, emotionally content, and spiritually present.
Because Reiki works on the energetic body and is not directly manipulative of the physical body, touching the physical body is not required. However, it is traditional for Reiki practitioners to place their hands directly on the body when it is comfortable and convenient to do so. The Reiki works equally well whether transmitted through the physical body or streamed into the energetic body, but often the client feels more directly connected to the energy when they are aware of the flow of energy and can feel the placement of the practitioner’s hands. I generally work partly hands-on and partly in the aura, but I can easily adjust my techniques to fit the client’s preference. To allow for the easy flow of the Reiki energy, it is advisable for the client to dress in loose, comfortable clothing.
Although Reiki is energy that comes from a source I consider to be spiritual in nature, it is not a religion and you do not need to have any particular religious or spiritual beliefs to benefit from it.
Enkaku chiryô ho sessions (sessions of connecting through oneness, or more commonly called distant or remote healing) are also available. When the practitioner connects to that place of unity poetically referred to as “the place without place and the time without time,” she can influence that which appears to be distant in time or space. Treatments done from this place of unity can be received by the client with efficacy equal to an in-person treatment.
The Role of Responsibility in Reiki
Because of the power of Reiki, most practitioners follow a strict code of ethics that does not allow for energy work to be done on a person without his or her permission. Therefore, enkaku chiryô ho sessions can only be scheduled by the client for him or herself, not for another. If you are concerned for another person, you can receive the Reiki yourself with the intention that you will become better able to help the person you care about in a way that is mutually beneficial for all involved. It is imperative to understand that all of us must heal in our own way and in our own time. The path others choose is right for them, and it is not helpful to them for us to judge the choices they make. Part of our spiritual development lies in recognizing the value of honoring that which is different from us. The best healing you can provide for another person or for the planet as a whole is to take on the joyful responsibility of your own personal healing and spiritual growth so that you may inspire others to follow your example.
Reiki Classes and Initiations (Attunements)
I am Not Offering Reiki Classes at this Time
I teach classes in energy work and Reiki. I also perform Reiki initiations (sometimes called attunements), which help a person increase their natural connection to the Reiki energy for spiritual growth and to heal themselves and others. It is not necessary to be attuned to Reiki to do energy healing. And I have observed that people who are sincere and committed to their energetic healing practice will automatically form and deepen the connection to Source from which this healing energy comes. However, to practice the system of energy healing that was developed by Mikao Usui and which is called Reiki Ryôhô, or often simply, Reiki, it is necessary to receive the initiations from someone who has been initiated into the Teacher level of Reiki.
I have received the initiations for the Teacher level of Reiki in three different lineages, and so can teach the system in any of the styles I was taught. However, I find that the spiritual growth emphasis of Traditional Japanese Reiki is more aligned with my own spiritual practice. As a result, I focus my teaching on the Traditional Japanese styles. I teach both Usui Reiki Ryôhô in the style of the International House of Reiki and Komyo Reiki as taught by my teacher, Komyo Reiki Kai founder, Hyakuten Inamoto.
- Reiki Teacher, Shinpiden (Level 3), Usui Reiki Ryôhô, Apr 10-12, 2015, Frans Stiene
- Reiki Shihan (Teacher), Shinpiden (Level 3, review), Komyo Reiki, Oct 27, 2013, Hyakuten Inamoto
- Reiki Shihan (Teacher), Shinpiden (Level 3), Komyo Reiki, Oct 9, 2011, Hyakuten Inamoto
- Reiki Shihan (Teacher), Shinpiden (Level 3), Usui Reiki Ryôhô, May 10, 2008, Trish Edwards
- Reiki Master Teacher, Usui Reiki Ryôhô/Usui Tibetan Reiki, Jan 2, 2005, Trish Edwards
- Reiki Master Practitioner, Usui Reiki Ryôhô/Usui Tibetan Reiki, Jan 1, 2005, Trish Edwards
- Reiki Practitioner, Second Degree Practitioner, Usui Shiki Ryôhô/Usui Tibetan Reiki, Apr 13, 2003, Cathy Cole
- Reiki Practitioner, First Degree Practitioner, Usui Shiki Ryôhô/Usui Tibetan Reiki, Apr 12, 2003, Cathy Cole
Read about my experience in coming to understand the idea of mastery in my blog post, “Mystery and Mastery.”