What is Reiki?
Reiki is an energy modality. The following is a definition taken from the International Reiki site at http://reiki.org of which I am a member.
“Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.”
What I find most meaningful in Reiki
For me, it is the spiritual nature of Reiki that inspires me most. It is a spirituality that is not connected to any religion but could be connected to all of them. It is also a spirituality that is not dependent on any preconceived concept of what God is or isn’t.
So do you have to believe in God?
No. It is optional. I have crossed paths with more and more people who are confused about their beliefs. Their perspective is agnostic, even though they don’t know for sure what that means. Being agnostic is really a noncommittal belief to a concept of God. Maybe God is and maybe God isn’t. Maybe universal energy is the same as God … or maybe not. Maybe Reiki energy is the same as Christ energy or Allah energy … or maybe not.
And so Reiki offers us the opportunity to unite in a way that can have meaning to all. Now I know that William Lee Rand, of reiki.org may not see Reiki in this way at all. I don’t know. I am speaking from my personal life experience. I hope to attend one of his classes sometime this year, though. I know I will write another blog about that experience.
What is a Reiki treatment like?
From here, you might wonder what is so useful about Reiki energy. When I am offering a Reiki treatment to someone, I have begun first with some talk time in order to know better what the person is facing along life’s path. Together we come up with an intention to incorporate into the Reiki experience. The intention is usually something that is related to a healthy perspective or being centred or calm or focussed or something of that nature.
Before we begin Reiki itself, I like to help the person relax and I use a guided imagery that is customized to the situation we have been discussing and the intention we have formed.
Once I begin the Reiki itself, I generally can feel the energy come through me. This is both inspiring and highly meaningful for me. I don’t see energy fields but as my experience with Reiki increases, I am learning to trust my intuitive senses more. That frees me up to allow Reiki to do what needs to be done.
What are the benefits of Reiki?
The relaxation that occurs is visible and palpable. That in itself is a benefit. This means that Reiki helps relieve stress in the physical body. That relaxed state promotes healing.
I see other positive effects from the relaxation. It seems to help people leave the circular thought patterns that go along with challenges. It clears out the garbage chatter and they are able to view a situation from a different perspective. My counselling practice is small. I am still looking for the opportunity to use Reiki as a means of helping the person remove blocks and change thought patterns as part of a cognitive behavioural therapy process. I have to wait for the right situation to come my way. I have a lot of confidence that it will be very helpful. I have used it with other forms of counselling and it fits well.
I am also looking forward to being able to use it in some way to help with the Hospice Palliative Care Program that is starting up in my community. Working with energy in any modality can be helpful for the person themselves but also for the family and friends who are stressed and grieving with the process.
I am looking forward to teaching more Reiki later this year. I hope to hear from people who are interested so that I can begin a list of people to contact. Meanwhile, please feel free to ask me any questions related to Reiki. I will do my best.
I also am practicing Therapeutic Touch and will write mor about that soon.
Till next time,