“Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.”

Who among us wouldn’t benefit by stress reduction and relaxation?  Not to mention healing energy?

So what is Reiki?  There are three degrees of Reiki practitioners.  According to Reiki practitioners and Masters, at First Degree, a Reiki practitioner is able to heal themselves and others, at Second Degree is able to heal others distantly (commonly called distant healing) with the use of specialized symbols, and at Master/Teacher level is able to teach and attune others to Reiki.

When I took my Reiki One workshop at Essence of Self.  I really didn’t know what to expect, I had heard about Reiki, but couldn’t really explain what it was to anyone that asked.  Nancy Smith, the owner, is a friend of mine, and she taught the Reiki One workshop.  As usual, she did a great job, she’s casual and fun, a very smart lady!  I had  been wanting to take this workshop, mainly because my life seemed to be on a more mindful and spiritual path.  Life always seemed to get in the way, so I was happy to finally be able to commit to this training.

From Nancy’s Reiki One handout:
“Through Reiki, the practitioner has the ability to discern a person’s troubled energy spots and rebalance them, providing profound relaxation and enhanced healing.”

Reiki does not replace ANY of your traditional healing methods.  It is meant to relax and enhance those traditional methods, by bringing in positive healing energy.  Many Reiki Masters are nurses, nuns, priests, and other mindful everyday people.  I can only imagine the peace and relaxation that a Reiki session would bring in a hospice situation.

I’ve since gone on to be attuned to second and third degree Reiki, I’m now a Reiki Master.  I’ll talk more about those attunements in the next couple of posts.  For now, know this.  I really believe, with every fiber of my body, that my First Degree Reiki attunement changed my life, and gave me a way to bring more peace to my life every single day.  Who on this earth wouldn’t benefit by that?

What is Reiki?  For me, Reiki is peace.  I will be forever grateful to Nancy and to Master Usui for from bringing Reiki into my world.

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Some resources:Reiki hands

Essence of Self

Holistic Online

Essential Reiki

Reiki Healing Yourself and Others

What is Reiki?

So what is Reiki?  Find a Reiki Master, take a First Degree Reiki Workshop, and find out for yourself!  I’ve compiled a list of Reiki services worldwide, check it out and see if you can find someone near you!  If YOU have a Reiki practice, feel free to add yourself to this site.

A Reiki Share

Want more info before you take the plunge?  Check out this program, the last week is all about Reiki. (Note: the program is no longer available)

If you’re a Reiki Practitioner or just interested in how Reiki can not only bring peace into your life, but be a source of income, check out my FREE Online Workshop,  “How to make money with your Reiki practice”! (Note: the online workshop is no longer available.)

I want to leave you today with the Reiki Precepts.

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What has Reiki brought into YOUR life?  Have a Reiki question?  I would love to chat about it in the comments below!

XOXO  Karen