I received my Reiki I attunement in May 2013 after receiving Reiki for a number of years.
I knew I felt a sense of peace, wellness and had increased energy after the treatments – so I was curious. Reiki is an amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class.
This ability is passed on during an “attunement” given by a Reiki Master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life.
Principles of Reiki
Since becoming attuned I have used Reiki primarily for self-healing, often give Reiki to friend’s pets and people who ask for a treatment.
I feel it is an effective healing modality – and works especially well for those who are committed to self healing.
We know there is a mind body connection that factors into the healing process and in my opinion Reiki provides a nice “energetic, spiritual” boost. While Reiki is not a religion it does have roots in Buddhist philosophy of healing the spirit.
Reiki is based on Five Principles:
- do not be angry
- do not worry
- be grateful
- work diligently
- be kind.
During an attunement Reiki symbols are passed on to the initiate. These symbols are incorporated into the healing practice.
How Reiki works
Brought to the west in the early 1920’s by Dr. Mikao Usui – a Japanese Buddhist monk.
Reiki has gain popularity over the years with the alternative health community. Usui opened the Spiritual Energy Healing Society where he taught over 2000 practitioners the method. The direct lineage remains today.
Reiki is based on the principle that an unseen life or healing force can be directed, not unlike acupuncture – another healing energy therapy. According to practitioners after a healing session the healing force is higher. Reiki is administered through healing touch, through laying on hands, tapping, rubbing and stroking the fully clothed body of the patient.
The patient often feels heat transferred from the practitioner and a feeling of relaxation.
Reiki is often used to treat:
- high blood pressure
- addiction treatment
- pain relief
- immune system support
- sleep disturbances
- and to slow the aging process
A typical session lasts from 45 minutes to an hour and the cost of treatment varies by practitioner and location.
Treatments are not generally covered by insurance.