Reiki Q & A
by Sucheta Shetty
Reiki is a healing approach that uses light touch and
the practitioners intent, in tune with universal life energy, to promote a
healing movement of energy in the recipient. It can be used for physical,
emotional and spiritual rejuvenation. The touch is much lighter than that used
in massage. The laying on of hands, using the Reiki hand positions and
principles, also can be done within the energy field around the body, placing
the hands a few inches away from the area being worked on without direct
physical contact. And Reiki treatments, as spiritually guided life energy, can
even be channeled across vast distances between practitioners and recipients.
the beginning of February, I started a thread on the Star Chat discussion forum
of the Conscious Evolution Website, titled Reiki Q & A, to answer
questions on and provide information about Reiki to the best of my ability.
Although I am a Reiki practitioner, I ended up learning some new things myself
through the discussion. We at Metamorphosis thought this discussion was
worth sharing with our readers, especially those of you who arent regulars at
were raised by various forum members, ranging from those who had absolutely no
idea what Reiki was all about to those whod had a few encounters with it and
consequently had some queries based on their experiences. Some questions I was
able to answer, and others pushed my own horizons of knowledge a bit further by
making me think and do some research on the Internet. I also got some
unexpected help from forum member Chahldean, who, to my surprise, turned
out to be a practicing Reiki master who shared some of his knowledge of Reiki.
You never know what youll discover at the forums!
following is my attempt to summarise and organise the question and answer
session that ensued on the thread.
Ani* wanted to know about the origin and
meaning of the word Reiki.
The word Reiki is of Japanese origin. It is made up of the
concepts contained in its two syllables. Rei is said to mean Universal
or All Pervading, while Ki refers to the Life Force Energy that the
Chinese call Chi and the Indian yogis call Prana. These words
impart the understanding or belief that we, along with everything around us,
are made up of energy. This basic energy is all around us and available to us,
as and when we desire.
Juniperb shared the following with us:
When I receive Reiki,
I have intense visuals like a movie screen in front of me. I believe the
visuals are past-life related. I also feel like my spine, arms and legs are
moving and something is shooting out of my feet. The gal giving the Reiki says
I dont move at all. Why does this occur?
... I actually feel
like my limbs are moving. Almost like theyre flexing, stretching out, and my
foot (left) feels like it is stretching out with toes pointed straight out.
Then a feeling, a rush, pushing out of my toes, then it feels relaxed. It is an
actual feeling of physical movement, yet she says I dont so much as move a hair.
It feels so real!!
I recognize it as being completely different than the energy moving through my
chakras and in my spine. Very perplexing.
The fact that I have never encountered anything like this in my
own experience with Reiki goes to show how personal the experience of this
energy is. Each person will feel different things during a Reiki session, and
no two experiences are identical, even for the same person. A friend of mine
would exclaim, Oh! It feels like you placed a vibrator on my back, every time
I helped sooth her backaches, while another friend never felt a thing. Yet
another gave a little start because my hands felt hot. Ive experienced a range
of feelings when giving or receiving Reiki treatments, including warmth,
tingling, intense throbbing, and at times even a piercing sensation, which,
according to my Reiki master, could have been an energy block being cleared
out. There are times when I am practicing Reiki when I can literally feel the
energy flowing out or being sucked out of my hands.
A Reiki session could have different effects on different
people. Many find it so relaxing that they promptly fall asleep; others like me
feel more alert and awake and refreshed. It could also trigger or aid intuitive
abilities and/or experiences like the one Juniperb mentioned.
The way I understand Reiki is that it raises the very
vibration of your cells, setting right the energy system of your body by
clearing any blocks that may be there. The process can release pent-up feelings
and emotions that have been causing dis-ease in your body or just clear your
vision a bit more.
The visions Juniperb saw may or may not be past-life
memories. Only she can tell for sure. But they could contain some much-needed
piece of information or guidance coming from her Higher Self. During the Reiki
workshops I took, and the ensuing 21-day cleansing periods (when we gave
ourselves full-body treatments), we were constantly advised to maintain a
journal noting our experiences and dreams during that time. Thats advice I
would pass on to anyone involved with Reiki. Much of what you write in that
journal may not make sense to you immediately. But some day down the line, when
youre ready to see, you might find some interesting message in there.
Moonflower was wondering how Reiki differed from other hands-on healing techniques or if
they were all basically the same.
I must admit,
I dont know much about other such techniques beyond whatever little Ive read.
I think a whole lot of them have common elements, like working with a very
basic form of energy, an energy that makes up all the matter around us. There
also tends to be a shared emphasis on the chakras, or the energy centers of our
bodies. So, yes, there are some basic similarities between all techniques that fall
under the category of energy work. They are all probably just different forms
along the same path leading to the same goal. The philosophies and beliefs
behind the techniques differ, but they seem to be all based on the same basic
Ani* also wanted to know, How does one
begin cultivating/practicing Reiki?
To be able to
practice Reiki on your own, you can get in touch with a Reiki master who can
help you undergo a set of attunements to open up your chakras. This intensifies
the flow of Reiki through your crown chakra (the topmost chakra that is
supposed to be on the top of your head or just a little above it), and you can
begin to heal yourself or others by simply placing your hands on the chakras.
(You dont need to place your hands on the chakras. Anywhere on or along the
body will do, depending on where the pain or disease is located. But most
treatments will include channeling Reiki to the chakras, along with other parts
of the body).
There are generally three levels of Reiki attunements. At the first level, you
get the most basic attunement that I mentioned above. At the second level, you
get further attunements and are taught the Reiki symbols that will help you
practice distance healing. This means you no longer have to place your hands on
a person to channel Reiki to them. You could be on opposite sides of the Earth
or you could channel Reiki to a past event to bring about healing. This level
helps you break past the space and time barrier. The third degree involves the
final set of attunements, along with training to become a Reiki master
yourself. Once youre through this level, you can begin to help attune others
and teach them about Reiki.
Some people are of the opinion, though, that one need not have to go through
these attunements to really practice Reiki. If you remember that Reiki is
everywhere and part of each one of us, and open to us all unconditionally, that
knowledge in itself and enough faith may be all you need to get started. I
personally feel that channeling Reiki is not much different from sending white
light to someone or participating in a visualisation meditation to bring about
healing. It all boils down to faith.
But, its always good to boost your efforts by actually undergoing the
attunements. I just want to emphasise that these attunements are not what
suddenly give you the ability to channel Reiki. They just magnify the already
existent ability by opening up the right channels.
WEvil, another participant in the discussion,
expressed the idea that, Reiki attunements are more akin to putting ‘valves
on it so you dont get any backwash.
Veneo told us about a Reiki session she
had that she says was cool. The lady who did it picked up information on me
through my guides and shared it with me ... which was pretty wild at the time
(which was over five years ago). I wish I could remember everything she said
Thats the cool thing about Reiki. You can blend it with so many
other techniques, and it will enhance them to give better results. Some
practitioners use it in conjunction with crystals, and some with massage. You
can channel Reiki to your food or your rundown car. Theres plenty of room for
Theres plenty of other information covered on that
thread that I havent even begun to mention in this article. Chahldean provided
interesting insights, including a brief history of Dr. Mikao Usui, the man who
rediscovered and developed the technique called Reiki that is practiced by
people today. I havent included those topics in this article, because I think
they are best expressed in Chahldeans words. You can find them at this link:
Reiki Q & A thread on the forums.
Weve also had members mention similar techniques of
healing that they employ, and it has been an interesting learning experience.
The discussion is still open, and I would urge readers of Metamorphosis
to participate in it with us. Share your knowledge and experiences with Reiki or
other such healing techniques, or ask questions if you have any, and lets keep