A Brief Overview of Reiki
A Brief Overview for Those Just Learning about Reiki
Welcome!! I'm so glad you're here to learn about Reiki :) This is a brief overview designed for those who are just hearing about Reiki and would like more information. The posts on my page go into more detail on specific topics.
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a non-invasive, hands-on Japanese healing technique. The two main benefits of Reiki are stress relief and relaxation which also reduces pain and triggers the body's own natural healing abilites. It is a complementary technique and works hand in hand with all other healing modalities including traditional medical treatment. Reiki is not harmful...it always works for the highest good of the person or situation. Reiki is spiritual, but it is not religious.
Reiki works on all levels to balance the system and unite body, mind, soul and spirit. It helps keep the body in balance to prevent illness and is also used to treat chronic illness and disease (not to be substituted for medical care). Reiki is already used in many cancer centers and hospitals across the country as a complementary treatment. MD Anderson in Texas, Sloan Kettering in New York, John Hopkins in Baltimore are just a few of the major medical centers that offer Reiki to their patients.
Although reading about Reiki and learning the techniques are helpful, it takes an attunement by a qualified Reiki Master/Teacher to practice Reiki. Once you are attuned to Reiki, you have it for life. The classes vary depending on your teacher and the area, but each class is usually completed in one day. You are attuned to Reiki at the class and are able to use it immediately.
There are three levels of Reiki:* Reiki Level I class concentrates on self healing and enables one to give Reiki nonprofessionally to friends, family, pets, your medicine, the environment, etc. No previous experience necessary. *Reiki Level II enables one to send distant healing and also to treat on the emotional level. After attunement to Reiki II, one becomes a Reiki II practitioner and is able to charge a fee for Reiki sessions. *Reiki Level III Class is usually divided into two classes, Advanced Reiki and Master Practitioner/Teacher. In Reiki III the student receives the Master symbols and learns advanced healing techniques. You also learn how to teach others and pass on attunements.
If you decide to take a class, I would encourage you to attend in person rather than an online class. Also find a class that is small (under 10 people). A Reiki Master that offers ongoing support is also important. Review the websites of the Reiki Master/Teacher or any other material that is offered, talk to them and go with your best instinct in choosing a Reiki Master/Teacher that is right for you.
I really believe in the benefits of Reiki. It helped me through a most difficult time in my life...grief recovery from the loss of my fiance' in 2009. I hope this helps answer some of the questions you may have about the basics of Reiki. If you haven't tried a Reiki session yet, try it and see what you think :) Your questions are always welcome!