WHAT IS REIKI? "As a Reiki Master I use my skills, knowledge and intuition to channel the energy that is all around us. I direct the universal light energy to flow into the body using various hand positions, symbols and crystals directly on or above the body. If a person or animal allows it, the energy is then directed to their Chakra points and all the areas of their body that need it the most." ~Reiki Master Jade
Reiki is a form of Japanese Energy Work. The prevailing theory is that it originated in Tibet and was brought to Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui sometime in the mid 1800's. The name Reiki is Japanese, and translates to "Universal Life Force Energy." This comes from two words: "Rei" which means universal, transcendental spirit, mysterious power and essence, and "Ki" which means vital life force energy.
With the top level of training in Reiki, a person is then called a Reiki Master. Students at the lower levels of training are allowed to take clients, and can offer a wonderful Reiki session based on their current skill level. This is something to consider when you are searching for a Reiki practitioner and encounter varying price points, as often a Reiki Master will of course charge a rate far above a student who is at the lowest level.
There are some things to consider asking before you commit to a Reiki session. Some of these points may be important to you, while others may not be a concern for you.
1. What is their philosophy regarding Reiki and energy work in general? (This may help you to make a decision on whether or not to hire them.)
An Example of a Reiki Masters Philosophy Regarding Reiki and Energy Work
Jade believes that each person has the potential to tap into their own healing energy. Most people go through their lives not even thinking about how they feel on a deeper level or how their energy is used. If this is starting to sound very "out there" to you, then let us look try to clarify this with some examples:
If you are having a great day, you will project to the world a happy demeanor. The energy that you put forth is one of confidence., happiness, acceptance of self and others and love. That energy directed to yourself can bring on feelings of contentment, peace, calmness and joy. That energy can be felt by others as a positive energy.
Now on the other hand, if you are having a terrible day, full of woes and mishaps, you will project to the world an unhappy demeanor. The energy that you put forth is one of anger, unhappiness, irritation and perhaps even fear. That energy directed to yourself can bring on physical illness such as headaches, muscle strain and stiffness and/or exacerbate an existing illness. It can also prompt a negative mental response such as sadness, irritability and moodiness. That energy can be felt by other people as a negative energy.
Jade Created the: 3R's of Reiki based on her Philosophy.
The 3 R's Of Reiki by Jade
Step 1~ Realize: Realize the energy that you possess, both positive and negative. Neither is to be feared or placed higher than the other. The two balance each other out and you need both to be able to live. It is when there is an imbalance of the energy that people suffer. Realize this and you are on your way to healing.
Step 2~ Respect: Embracing the energy you feel and letting it work for you. Respect is truly earned. if you fight the process of Reiki healing, like any process it will not work as well for you. Imagine Reiki healing as if you were fighting the current of a river. Yes you could probably fight your way across it and make it to the other side, exhausted and no doubt scratched up from your trials, but surely would it not be easier to simply go with the river? Let it take you where it needs to go and trust that you will get there. Respect the process and the results are far more effective and less tumultuous.
Step 3~ Release: Allow yourself to heal. Allow yourself to breathe deeply and feel and grow. We live in such a fast paced world which doesn't seem to allow anyone to stop and take a moment to release. There never seems to be any time to focus on our inner self. Release is just that. Let go. Allow the energy to flow. Allow your muscles to relax and your lungs to fully breathe. Release your tension and constant inner dialogue and trust that your body and your mind can center itself, if you allow it to happen.
2. Determine ahead of time what you hope to accomplish with a Reiki session. Be as clear and concise as you can. If you are not clear on what you need for yourself it will be difficult for anyone (or any energy) to assist you. Relay this information to your potential Reiki practitioner and together you can determine if they are the person to assist you.
3. Ask to see their credentials. All properly trained Reiki practitioners should have their certification on display as well as the fact they should be able to produce a written testament of their Reiki lineage. In addition, you should be able to feel a heat and/or an energy coming from the hands of the Reiki practitioner as they practice Reiki on you.
4. Reiki is not a massage. While Reiki is often given using a massage table, it is not a massage. You should never have to take your clothes off for a Reiki session. In recent years there have been many massage therapists who include Reiki or offer it as part of their massage. If this is the case, always ask for proof of training and certifications. While anyone can read a book or watch a video to learn about Reiki, specific training and practices are involved in certified Reiki training in order to learn and experience Reiki to it's fullest ability. Improper training or self taught methods are by their very nature, lacking in all of the aspects needed to become a true Reiki practitioner and eventually a Reiki Master. So if you are paying extra to include Reiki in your massage make sure they know what they are doing!
5. Reiki is not sexual. You should NEVER be touched in any way that is sexual during a Reiki session. While many people report feeling calmer and more relaxed after a session, others report having increased energy. This may result in an improvement in sexual energy or libido, but NO practitioner should ever touch a person in a sexual way to increase energy, relaxation or calmness in their client.
6. Consider what substances are in your body before you receive a Reiki session. Any chemical substance that is not natural in the human body will cause an effect in some manner. Smoking Tobacco, drinking, and consuming recreational drugs are products which cause an effect in the human body which is not naturally occurring. This can be result in feeling physically ill, experiencing an altered mental state, uncharacteristic behaviours and so forth.
From a spiritual standpoint some people believe it can slow down or block the normal energy flow that exists in each person. When energy is directed into a persons body during a Reiki session, a chemical substance may alter the intensity and duration of the energy. Multiple sessions and cessation of the chemical usage is recommended in order to achieve maximum results. *Prescription medications are different. Please do not stop any medications without a Dr.'s supervision and authorization. *
7. Confirm that the energy is universal and is flowing through the practitioner. This is a very important point because if a practitioner directs their personal energy to you, rather than allowing universal energy to flow through them, you as the client are open to not only potentially receiving their negative energy, they can also drain you of your energy! (also know as an Energy Vampire - sometimes purposefully/often accidentally by poorly trained or self taught persons)
8. Knowledge is Power. Take the time to learn about what type of Reiki session you would like, and what level of practitioner you would prefer. Ask around. See who is recommended in your area and don't be afraid to ask family. friends and maybe even co-workers if they have ever had a Reiki session.