I need to say a little bit now about Reiki, because it really has transformed my life. Reiki is amazing, Reiki is healing, and Reiki is simple. About 4 or 5 years ago I took a class in Reiki, and received my level 1 attunement. It was truly a life-changer, but I didn’t know that at the time. Last year I completed my Master/Teacher training; Reiki is something I’m still discovering.
What is Reiki? You can find it defined all over the web as ‘universal life energy’ or ‘life force energy’. It is a form of spiritual energy healing, or you can think of it as a very intensely focused prayer. Reiki energy is said to flow through the practitioner and into the recipient. Reiki can promote healing on 4 levels: emotional, spiritual, physical and mental. Practitioners and clients both claim to have experienced various physical sensations during a treatment, including; heat, light, cold, pain relief, nausea relief, muscle relaxation as well as energetic flows, emotional releases, a sense of deep peace and stress release.
Reiki is generally thought to be energy, universally accessible to all, channeled through a practitioner to a recipient. There is some question as to whether a formal Reiki attunement is necessary to be able to channel Reiki. The practitioner does not generate Reiki from within; rather she acts as a channel for the energy to move through her to the recipient. Reiki is offered, not given or otherwise imposed onto another; acceptance of Reiki and its potential to heal is strictly at the choice of the recipient.
I’ve used Reiki personally to control chronic pain, offered it to friends who were suffering the same, to spirits to help them cross to the other side, and to animals that were distressed or in pain. I’ve felt its effects personally, heard them echoed by the people who’ve received it, and watched animals visibly relax, even fall asleep, under its influence.
More than the immediate pain relief or relaxation, Reiki provides me with deep, personal satisfaction, and an abiding sense of peace. I use Reiki every day, and over the years I’ve found my attitudes changing on certain issues. I find that things that used to irritate me before: too long a line at the grocery store, whining, crying kids, or petty, mean spirited people, now I find it much easier to step back, and see people and situations with greater compassion. I stress less about the little things, and the bigger things too. I used to be a hardcore conservative and now I’m a complete lefty liberal. Go figure.
Reiki encourages it practitioners:
At least for today:
Do not be angry,
Do not worry,
Work with diligence,
Be kind to people.
I am very far from perfect when it comes to accomplishing all of these every day, but I try, every day. I am constantly astonished at how very good it feels.
Have you ever had a Reiki session? Are you a Reiki practitioner? Let me know what your experiences with energetic healing have been!
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