FAQ – Usui Reiki

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Reiki Client, England

What can Reiki heal?

For over 100 years Reiki has been used for healing one-self and healing others. Many people turn to ‘alternative’ treatments for healing when ‘conventional’ medicine has ‘failed’ to provide comfort or restoration. Reiki, however, is not medicine or medical treatment.

Reiki is a beautiful, non-invasive, compliment to many medical treatments and is now widely used in hospitals as evidence is mounting about the impact Reiki makes on the mind-body-spirit. Research is finally being conducted on the profound impact of Reiki on one’s healing journey.

Many people seek Reiki when they wan to heal from chronic pain, chronic stress, insomnia, headaches, cancer, migraines, and mental health concerns like depression or anxiety. While Reiki is a holistic modality, it is not a substitute for medical treatment or advice.

What exactly is Reiki?

Reiki is the practice of allowing divine energy to flow from the practitioner to the client. This can be done by “laying hands” on the client or hovering hands above the client. This can also be done through ‘distance healing’ through the power of intention. Remember, energy is ever moving, abundant, and is not altered by time, space, or distance. Energy cannot be destroyed or removed but it can change form.

Where did Reiki originate ?

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. The healing principles of Reiki where developed by Mikao Usui in Japan in the late 1800s. Dr. Usui was a spiritual quester and scholar who desired a close connection with God. It is reported that he wanted to learn to heal himself and also others.

How does Reiki differ from other forms of energy work?

The practice of Reiki is taught to the practitioner through a lineage of Reiki Masters who have direct ties to Mikao Usui (the founder of healing principles of Reiki). My own training was received in Harrisburg, PA by Rickie Freedman (see more about Rickie on my resources page). Reiki Masters teach students through hands-on-training, personal experiences, and attunements.

The healing principles of Reiki include a way of life that is in harmony and at peace with oneself, the world and all living things. It’s vital that the practitioner abides by this way of being and has their own personal Reiki practice.

A session follows a ritual of prayer, focused intention and healing through a set of hand movements to transfer ‘universal life force’/ ‘energy’/ ‘divine flow’ from the practitioner to the client. The intention is always set to the client’s greatest good. Healing energy will always flow where it is needed most.

What are the side effects?

Your somatic and emotional response to Reiki will vary greatly depending upon your current state of physical health, mental health, and spiritual health. You may feel: deeply calm and relaxed after a session, or tired; or energized, or you may even feel sick for a brief period as your body goes through a detoxification process. It’s also normal to feel nothing at all and that’s okay too! There is no right or wrong way to feel during or after a session.

What should I expect during a session?

If your session is held in person, be prepared to lay comfortably on a Reiki table, fully clothed for approximately 45 minutes. During this time, I will be laying gentle hands on your head, face, and across your body. At times I may hover my hands over your body, as well. I allot time before and after the session for feedback and processing. During the session, we will, most likely, remain silent.

During a distance session, you may choose to set aside time to rest comfortably at home during our scheduled session, or, you may carry on with your planned activities as I conduct your session. Since energy is ever-flowing and Reiki energy is for the greatest good, you do not need to do anything to receive it. If we conduct a distance session, we will set aside time after the session for a brief processing session by phone.

Is Reiki safe?

I encourage you to use your intuition and inner guidance when receiving any energy work. What feels safe for you? What feels good and in alignment with who you are and what you want? Each person must make his or her own choice to embark on this form of healing. If there is any hesitation, you may not be in a place to receive the loving energy of Reiki. Reiki is about self- empowerment and therefore you must be ready.

Is Reiki a religion? Medicine? Voodoo?

Reiki is a natural form of healing. Reiki is not a religion, it is not a medical treatment, and Reiki is not super-natural. It is a way of life and is often well aligned with other forms of loving deep spiritual practices such as prayer, meditation, attending church, synagogue or temple, or any other form of spiritual practice you prefer. It’s likely that Reiki will complement the spiritual practices you are already practicing.

How do I use Reiki in My own life?

As a Reiki practitioner, I believe that it’s paramount to practice the principles of Reiki in my own life. Otherwise, I would be ‘giving from an empty vessel’. It’s also important to remember that as the practitioner, I am simply a vessel through which divine energy will flow. In other words, I do not have ‘special powers’, I am simply attuned to work with God’s healing love. We all have the potential and propensity for connecting with God (whatever that means to you) in that manner.

When is payment expected and what is the cancellation policy?

My cancellation policy is similar to that of Life Coaching. See my policies here.

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