We live in a fast-paced, fast-food world. One of the many things I LOVE about Reiki is the reminder to stay Present and BE. No ruminating over the past, no worries about the future- just BEing in a place of Trust that all is in Perfect order. Remembering in the midst of challenges that they are for our growth, and that in retrospect we will Know their purpose in the Grander scheme of things. It is so important for our Balance to create the Gift of Honoring ourselves as a priority by allowing the TIME to do self Reiki and meditate on the Reiki Healing Principles every day.
There is, of course, no time in the energy realm, but we we need to live and function on this earth. It is very easy to get so absorbed in day-to-day routines and distracted by life’s details. We often forget to make time to even Breathe deeply filling ourselves with precious life-force Healing Energy. Healing is a process- levels, layers and spirals. Deep, juicy and delicious, although not always fun or easy. It is the path to our Enlightenment and getting to the Source of our Healing so that we don’t need to keep being presented with the same lessons over and over in different forms with different faces.
This is what allows us to be a Healing presence for others. It is always about Service. Loving Service from a Healthy, filled-up place. No draining, no resentment- our Choice.
Some students (and teachers) want the faster road, shorter path, less expensive path. There is no one right answer for everyone. Be clear with your intentions. Choosing a Reiki master, and especially a teacher is a very important decision. It is a forever connection. Be sure that you Resonate with their energy, their words, and their philosophies. Being a Reiki master is way more than just learning how to share attunements, it is way more than a piece of paper that says you are. It is choosing to Live in Conscious integrity with the Reiki Healing Principles- Living and Sharing Reiki with your entire BE-ing. It isn’t about Perfection or there would be no teachers- it is about the constant Loving work of clearing away all that masks your TRUE SELF. A never-ending process. No rush, slow down and digest it slowly and completely….
Love and Namaste’, Rickie
“Is Reiki Religious?” Reiki has no formal dogma associated with it all. You don’t need to be religious to share or receive Reiki or it’s benefits. Your deep Inner Wisdom will draw whatever energy your body needs and is ready for, to help you be more Balanced. This is not about your thinking mind. There is Healing energy all around us. When any part of us is ill, stressed or diseased, we actually vibrate at a lower frequency- that is why we feel “drained” and exhausted. We will Naturally draw energy from Higher Frequency sources in an attempt to achieve Homeostasis, or Balance. This is a property of nature, which we emulate. That being said, many people feel more “Connected” as they move along the Reiki path, and are more able to tap into into their inner resources which helps healing, and can provide Clarity and Guidance.
“What is the difference between Reiki and Massage?” Reiki is shared on a Massage type table, but it is done fully clothed. It is non-invasive and non-manipulative, therefore everyone can receive Reiki- from the tiniest premature infants, to a pregnant woman, to someone elderly or in the dying process. The touch is very gentle, and Reiki can also be shared slightly off the body in the energy field.
“Why would someone want/need to receive Reiki if they are dying?” Reiki can be Healing on many levels with or without being curing. Reiki may help with pain, anxiety, and sleep issues. It may help reduce the side effects of medications. It may help them to come to a more Peaceful acceptance of the dying process. It provides a Positive, Peaceful, Loving, Nurturing context for Healing amidst the stress…
“Will I be able to go off my anti-depressants (or any other medication)?” Reiki practitioners may never diagnose. This is a decision made in conjunction with your physician. I have had clients be able to gradually reduce some of their medications as their system becomes more Balanced and less stressed, but that is never up to me to decide. I believe in Integrative Medicine – utilizing the best of all resources available.
“How often should I come for Reiki Sessions?” It is recommended that the first three Reiki Sessions be shared a little closer together- maybe a week apart from each other. The first three sessions work in a series for your Balance-the first working primarily physically. As you open up and become more comfortable with the process and your Practitioner, the work can go a little deeper. The second session tends to work primarily on the mental/emotional/stress level- this is what often underlies our physical symptoms. The third session goes a little deeper yet to the Spiritual level- your connection to whatever you see as the Source that connects us all, and your connection to you deep inner resources. By the end of three, you will be in a better place of Balance to begin your Healing from, and you will have a good sense of what Reiki is doing for you! After that, it is very individualized. If Reiki is part of your Wellness and Balancing program, then once a month is great – I believe everyone could use a Balancing at least once a month! If you are more actively working on something- whether it be physical pain, stress, or just wanting more Clarity and Guidance during transitional periods, then you may choose to have Reiki more frequently to support your Healing and Personal Growth. Some people choose to come more often, because they LOVE it- it is like a mini-vacation. You can never overdose on Reiki!
Part of my Reiki Mission is to help educate people to understand the Simplicity of Reiki in a Positive, Loving and Grounded way. There are many misconceptions floating around about Reiki. The following are some questions that clients and students have asked. Please feel free to send me your own!
“What the heck is Reiki?” Reiki is a very Gentle and Deeply Relaxing hands-on Healing originally from Japan primarily for Stress Management and Balance. When our systems are in a better Balance, they can help us heal naturally like we’re designed to do. YOUR body decides what you need, where it goes and what you’re ready for.
“Aren’t you Drained after you do this?” No! One of the Unique things about Reiki is that you never give away any of your personal energy, and you never take on anyone else’s stuff! I call it an E.M.S. – Energy Management System. The energy just flows through me, and feels wonderful to me also!
“Can Reiki help with ____(fill in the blank)”? I don’t get to decide what happens in your Reiki Session. Your body draws whatever energy you need to bring yourself into a better place of Balance. Whatever happens is always for your Highest Good and Greatest Joy! Sometimes Reiki will take away your symptoms, and sometimes it will bring to your attention what you need to look at in your life to move forwards in a Healthy way. Symptoms are your body’s way of speaking to you to help you get the message. You always have Free Will to pay attention to the messages or not. If you do, often your body doesn’t need to continue “talking” so loud!
“I’m pregnant- can I do Reiki?” YES! Reiki is Gentle, non-invasive and perfectly safe for you and your baby. Everyone can tolerate Reiki from the tiniest infant to the elderly even in the dying process.
“Now that I took a Reiki Class and can Reiki myself, do I still need to come for sessions?” Yes, both are very important parts of Reiki. Daily self Reiki is recommended, and is a wonderful way to start and end your day, but you still need to be active in that process. When you receive a full Reiki Session from someone else, you allow yourself to Relax, be open and Receive- it is a different experience. Both are important parts of Reiki. As you move forwards on the Reiki path you begin to LIVE Reiki- being conscious of the energy of your words, thoughts, attitudes and emotions and how it affects you, others and the world.
Sending you Love, Peace and Gratitude….