What is Reiki and How does it work?
IT'S BACK! Fall is here, and I enjoyed my first PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) of the season! My taste buds were in heaven!! While in line, I was talking with a bright soul who asked, "What is Reiki, and how does it work?" My response was. "I don't know how Reiki works; nobody does. However, I can tell you how some people experience Reiki and how it has helped and healed people who are open to it."
I told him, "Reiki is an energetic healing art founded in Japan. The word Reiki comes from the
word (Rei), which means "Universal," and (Ki), which means "Life Energy." However, Reiki is much more than that definition. And we are more than just our physical bodies; we are also energetic beings.
Reiki works on one's physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels. For example, helping release blockages in the energy field while providing calm.But how a client experiences it with their senses will be different for everyone and each session. A person may feel heat, glowing energy, a tingly sensation, or nothing. Each experience is unique; some may see images or colors, and others may travel to distant places. One client said they visited all their childhood homes and saw it in great detail."
I witnessed him take my words in and told him the story of my first experience with Reiki:
I was looking for a Reiki school near me and found one in Lafayette, California. The school offered a free 15-minute session during their monthly clinic. I remember the day. It was a Tuesday; the weather was cold and raining. I patiently waited for my husband to walk through the door. The moment he opened the door, I excitedly ran up to him and explained about the school I found and that I wanted to attend the clinic; and I wanted him to come with me because I valued his opinion. Unfortunately, he didn't want to go as he was tired and hungry. I told him it was only 15 minutes and proceeded to bribe him with a burger and a beer afterward. He reluctantly agreed.
Upon arrival, the facilitator led us to a peaceful meditation room filled with people calmly waiting for their 15 minutes. As we waited, the facilitator explained Reiki and the process. She mentioned we should think about an intention as we wait, and although the practitioners ask for an intention, Reiki has intelligence and will work on what is in the best interest of a person's highest and best first.
After an hour of waiting, I could feel my husband's grumpiness exude from him, and after another hour, the facilitator finally called our names. My husband and I quickly discussed our intentions - he wanted his shoulder healed, and I couldn't think of one.
Several tables were available, and I chose one furthest from my husband. As I was lying on the table, the practitioner asked about my intention, and the word clarity popped out of my mouth. I was surprised by that response, but I closed my eyes and started to explore why I chose that word as my intention. I felt the warmth as hands went over my energetic centers; I felt calm, safe, and held. I allowed myself to go with the flow. The practitioner put her hands on my hip, and I immediately felt a warm, tingling sensation move down the side of my leg to my knee. The sensation felt comforting and pleasant. As my 15 minutes were up, I got off the table and noticed my hip was no longer hurting. I didn't mention my hip was hurting because the pain had become part of me, and the practitioner didn't know why she felt called to put her hand on my hip.
I thanked my practitioners and left the room to wait for my husband's session to complete. I was still wondering whether Reiki was real and if my experience indeed occurred. As my husband walked into the waiting room, I noticed his eyes were bright, he was smiling, and his energy was lighter. When he spoke, there was a lilt in his voice; he giggled as he said, "This is B.S.! My shoulder still hurts." He laughed. As I stood there with my mouth agape, he added, "I'm going to my massage therapist." I responded, "OK, but do you notice anything different?" I repeated what the facilitator said about Reiki working for one's highest and best. He looked me straight in the eyes and said in his lilting voice, "I am always like this!" All I could do was laugh in disbelief and point out he received an attitude adjustment!
Regardless, I received my answer about the school and Reiki that day. Today, I am a Reiki Master Practitioner and Teacher practicing in my healing center, located in Walnut Creek, California. And I left that bright soul with one takeaway: to remember the practitioner is not the healer. We are guides who channel the energy, but deep healing is a collaboration between you and Reiki.
As Always, Be Radiant, Be Well, Be You!
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