What is Reiki?

What is Reiki, anyway?

In short, Reiki is an effective, non-invasive energy healing modality that creates deep relaxation, relieves pain, and balances mind, body, and spirit.

The word “Reiki” is Japanese, meaning universal (“rei”) life force energy (“ki”). The Japanese word “ki” is synonymous with “prana”, “qi”, and “chi”.

Rei means universal, or omnipresent – present everywhere at the same time. Esoterically, Rei means spiritual consciousness, the omniscient wisdom from God or the higher self.

Ki is the non physical vitality that gives life to all living things. Many cultures understand and recognise the importance of Ki energy and how it impacts our lives and well-being.

Ki energy can be activated for the purpose of healing. When you feel healthy and full of enthusiasm, the flow of Ki energy in your body is high and unencumbered. Life seems easier to deal with and you have a higher resistance to illness and disease.

However, when your Ki energy is low, due to negative emotions or stress, you are more susceptible to illness and disease. This creates a negative spiral, and you will find it increasingly difficult to manage life’s challenges. Ki is the very essence of the soul; it leaves the body at death.

Reiki is holistic: it works on the body, mind, and spirit by stimulating a person’s own natural healing abilities. The blocked emotional and physical elements that lead to illness and disease are cleared. Reiki is neither positive nor negative; it is in fact the highest and most profound vibration of life. Divine in origin, it allows us all to become one with all things alive in our world. Reiki is pure unconditional love and joy bringing all who experience and embrace it principles together in harmony.

Regular contact with Reiki will bring your mind, body, and spirit into balance. It will also help prevent future creation of illness and disease.

Reiki treatments can be performed with hands on or off the body, and even at a distance; they are also free of any side-effects. Like all other forms of energy healing, Reiki distance treatments and attunements are just as effective as those performed in person.

How did Reiki originate?

Reiki was discovered at the end of the nineteenth century by Dr. Mikao Usui, who originally named his system, Usui Shiki Ryoho, or the “Usui System of Natural Healing”. One of the many ways that Reiki practitioners demonstrate their credibility is by showing their Reiki lineage; that is, tracing their Reiki Masters back to the original Reiki Master, Dr. Mikao Usui himself. All students of our Reiki Practitioner Certification will be able to do the same!

Who can learn Reiki? Do I need to be psychic, etc.?

Absolutely anyone can learn Reiki! The skills and techniques associated with Reiki are simple and easy to learn. Small children and adults can equally comprehend and incorporate this ancient form of healing into their lives.

It is a common misconception that one needs to be psychic, empathic, extremely intuitive, able to see ghosts, etc. in order to be able to practice Reiki. This is simply not true – like I mentioned, Reiki is a natural energy healing technique that is open to anyone.

Also, while certain people are certainly born with strong psychic gifts, the ability to “be psychic” can actually be learned! It is worth noting that Reiki and working with energy does increase your sensitivity to energy, and heightens your intuitive abilities. Everybody is different – it usually happens over time and with practice, but some people experience a very noticeable difference in their intuitive/psychic awareness.

What is an attunement?

A Reiki attunement is a beautiful and simple initiation ceremony which allows you to become a channel for Reiki energy. Reiki is omnipresent, but, much like tuning into a radio station, people need to be attuned to Reiki. Radio stations exist whether you choose to listen or tune into them or not; and Reiki is accessed when you set your intention to do so.

Reiki attunements can only be performed by Reiki Masters. You will receive an attunement during each level of Reiki training. During your Level 1 Training, you will be attuned to Reiki energy as a whole, and will be able to channel Reiki simply by setting your intention. In further levels, you will be attuned to different Reiki symbols, which will “supercharge” your ability to channel Reiki, and allow you to direct the energy in more specific ways, such as across distance and time.

Reiki attunements last a lifetime, and never “wear out” – even if you choose not to practice Reiki for years! I myself have received many attunements, and regularly attend Reiki workshops and shares during which I get re-attuned; the attunement feels wonderful on an energetic level, and I encourage you to enjoy the opportunity for a a re-attunement whenever it presents itself. However, your Reiki channeling abilities will not change with each attunement – you only ever really need one per level!

Are there any prerequisites to Reiki training?

There are no prerequisites to Reiki Level 1. To enrol in my Level 2 training, you will need to have your Level 1 training, either with myself or another school (please provide proof of certification), and to enrol in Level 3, you will need your Level 2 training.

Some schools are particular about where you received your prior training, and some others will only accept prerequisites if you studied with them. At this time, I have an open policy in regards to accepting Level 2 applicants, as long as there is proof of certification.

Becoming a Reiki Practitioner is a life-changing decision, and will impact your life in ways you have yet to imagine! Click here for course dates and to register!