Because a lot of people ask me questions about Reiki, I want to share a little bit more about it with you.
Reiki is a natural system of healing dating back to the late 1800s. Practitioners channel healing energy —“Rei” means universal and “ki” means life force energy—to the recipient through the palms of their hands. As Reiki is an intentional healing method, you can send healing remotely.
Channeling healing energy is a gentle, but profound, vibrational healing method that accelerates the body’s natural healing abilities and promotes healing on all levels of one’s being—body, mind and spirit.
Reiki is being offered in more and more hospitals as complementary care. http://www.reiki.org/reikinews/reiki_in_hospitals.html The National Institute of Health even lists Reiki among various forms of complementary and alternative medicine. http://nccam.nih.gov/health/whatiscam/
Yet, you don’t have to be sick to benefit from energy healing, which clears and balances the energy field restoring a deep sense of wellbeing. Some people take advantage of energy healing sessions simply to promote relaxation and alleviate stress, which, by the way, is a major underlying cause of disease. Other people learn to channel energy primarily for self-healing and personal growth.
About twice a year, I teach first level Reiki. Teaching level one allows me to see again through the fresh eyes of new students. Like most who open themselves up to the energy, the women (this group was all women, but I teach men, too!) arrived for this recent class a bit nervous and excited. I recall feeling the same way when I was going to be initiated. There is something about the unknown that frightens us —in this case the uncertainty of unlocking an inner power that we can imagine, but may doubt that we possess. Three out of four women in the group had never even had a Reiki healing session. What a leap of faith on their part! I think this goes to show just how much we are all in need of healing. In fact, we’re all wounded healers with the ability to heal ourselves and to assist others in healing, as well.
Yes, everyone has this natural healing ability! Yet, it seems somehow to have gone dormant. The Reiki attunement – a sacred energy initiation, transmitted by the master to initiates, clears blockages in the initiate’s energy field and, from that moment, the person can channel energy. The attunement awakens a person’s natural connection to the Source of the healing energy of Life allowing it to flow through them as a conduit.
Between these classes where I initiate new students, I tend to forget just how magical being initiated really is. The attunement is a sacred rite. You can’t know what it is by reading about it or attending a lecture. To know what an attunement is you have to experience it.
Everyone who opens to channeling healing energy empowers themselves with a lifelong gift. Once accessed, the ability to channel energy remains with you forever. For many, this experience becomes a gateway for further exploration of the subtle energies of Life.