Tuesday, October 28, 2008

What does Reiki feel like?

I have heard this question many times---What does Reiki feel like? What if I don't feel anything? Did it still work?

It is definitely a very valid question, especially if you are new to the world of energy healing. I can relate--as I was first introduced to Reiki through an employer of mine almost 7 years ago. I was a nanny at the time in Connecticut. My employer was a breast cancer survivor and had used Reiki as a form of healing during her battle with the disease. She was so impressed by the effect Reiki had on her during her treatment that even after her cancer went into remission she continued to use Reiki as an ongoing wellness treatment.

I was really interested in learning about Reiki and its potential to help people with their struggles, so when I moved back home to Wyoming I sought a Reiki practitioner. There was only one in the small town I was living, but she was an excellent conduit to the energy. I don't remember ever really feeling anything amazing during the session, but was more relaxed than anything. After the session, though, I really did feel better and would see her periodically for a treatment and her intuitive guidance.

It would be years later before I myself became attuned to the Reiki energy. I was very nervous that I wouldn't feel the energy after I was attuned to it. My instructor assured me that it didn't matter if I did--some students felt heat from their hands, others did not--either way, the Reiki was there. I need not have worried as I was later attuned to the first level of Reiki and learned how to do my self-treatment, I was in awe by the heat exuding from the palms of my hands. It was surreal! I was exstatic to have had that experience. But I will tell you, it is not always that intense for me--sometimes I really feel heat and energy moving off my hands, but other times, I do not. The same goes for those I have given treatments to...some report the heat is very strong while others feel nothing. I will tell you, though, the times that I have not felt much are the times that I have received reports of how wonderful an impact the Reiki energy had on the patient that day. I received an e-mail once, after a seemingly so-so session telling me essetnitally, "I don't know what you did or how you did it but it worked! My neck has no pain now! " I was thrilled to have been the source for the flow of Reiki to work through me and for another indivuidal.

So, to make a story short---that you may or may not feel much during a Reiki session. It depends on how you perceive such things, but I can assure you, that no matter what, the Reiki will do it's thing...healing and helping whatever parts of you, physical or mental, emotional or even psychological, that need help. And the more you experience Reiki the more you will be sure of this, too.

Friday, October 3, 2008

What to expect during a Reiki session...

taken from www.handsofki.com

A Reiki session is an individualized experience that is relaxing, gentle, and safe for all. It involves healing in a way that will empower you while respecting your feelings and choices.

When you meet with your practitioner for the first time you will be asked to read and acknowledge that you understand your practitioner upholds the highest ethics and also that your personal information remains confidential and is never shared. The practitioner is obliged to respect your confidentiality, be considerate of your needs, and answer your questions. It is explained to you that Reiki does not promise to cure any illness or condition or replace any medical treatments or therapies.The practitioner will begin by explaining Reiki to you and what she will be doing. Your safety and comfort are always the main consideration. If at any time during the session you have any concerns you should let your practitioner know so that appropriate adjustments can be made.

What to wear for your Reiki treatment:

* Comfortable, loose clothing
* Limited jewelry
* Shoes that are easily removable outside of the treatment room
* No belts
* No perfumes or colognes
* Long hair should be pulled back for access to the neck

As you lay on a padded treatment table, fully clothed, soft music will play in the background. Should you prefer quiet you can let your practitioner know; this is your session so be sure to speak up if you have any concerns or requests. Treatments can also be done in a treatment chair. Your comfort and needs are always the main consideration.

Prior to the treatment the practitioner will feel your energy field by placing her hands over your body as she performs a scan known as a Byosen Scan. This will often enable a skilled practitioner to tell where there are areas in your energy field that may need healing before she begins the Reiki session. A subtle difference is felt in her hands at those areas. This procedure makes the session much more beneficial.
She will then place her hands above or lightly touching specific areas called chakras, places in the body where the energy flows through. This is never intrusive and you will begin to feel very relaxed as you allow the energy to flow to the areas where it is most needed by your body. It is at this stage that people usually begin to feel the stress lifting. It is a remarkable experience and for most the effects are immediate while others may not notice anything for a few days. Reiki always works and the more open you are the more intense your experience will be.

If you are having problems in specific areas your practitioner can concentrate more energy there. Reiki always goes where it is needed most whether it is mental, physical, and/or spiritual. Many clients report that they felt calm, relaxed, and sometimes even tingly during their session. They always look forward to their next session. It is not uncommon for a client to present with pain and leave with none or very little.

It is not uncommon for a client to report that they had seen bright colors or specific images. Reiki is relaxing but you cannot assume that each session will be the same. Each time you have a session Reiki meets you where you are at that moment and then moves you from that place closer to your unique place of balance. Acute conditions tend to balance faster than chronic conditions just as children and animals tend to respond faster than adults. The Reiki practitioner cannot predict how much Reiki an individual gets in a session; we only know that the client draws what they need at that time according to the ability of the practitioner to be a conduit for the energy.

No Apparent Cleansing Process

It is not necessary to have any kind of "symptoms" during or even after a Reiki treatment. It does not infer that the treatment did not work since no two individuals have the same energetic levels. Your energy is specific to you much like your fingerprint is.

The Physical Cleansing Process

Reiki stimulates your natural healing ability and this may result in the clearings becoming apparent. This means that you are becoming more open and that your energetic flow is building in strength; this is similar to a clogged drain gradually opening up and clearing. .

The Non-Physical Cleansing

This could be a clearer sense of purpose, a release of emotions, and a deeper connection to your spiritual development. Reiki philosophy suggests that we must always heal our spirit first since clearing the body is a natural and connected method that supports healthy living. A non-physical clearing may often be at the base of a physical clearing.

Reiki is beneficial in keeping your energy from becoming stuck which can stop your emotional connection to life. Cleansing is an innate process and one that is always at work. Receiving Reiki treatments does not mean that you will never get sick; it encourages the body to remove impurities as it views the body in a constant state of imbalance. The clearing process is constant, though not always perceptitible and not always recognized for what it is - a re-balancing of the body. The more Reiki you are exposed to the deeper the cleansing process.

Always be compassionate to yourself, show respect to your body by listening to it and avail yourself to other health care providers whenever you feel it might be beneficial.

Reiki is always there for you. I invite you to experience Reiki, a doorway to clarity and wholeness; your invitation to wellness.