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Reiki

   

 What is Reiki?

Usui Reiki Ryoho
You can receive Reiki in a couple of ways
Reiki Sessions
How Does Reiki Work?
How does it feel to receive Reiki?
Benefits of Reiki
The Five Reiki Precepts
My Reiki Lineages

Reiki  ("Ray-Key") translates as "Spiritual Energy" and is essentially the same as "chi" (Chinese), "ki" (Japanese) or "prana” (Ayurveda).  It is the whole and complete life force from which duality and the physical plane (yin and yang) emerge.  Because everything is made of energy, everything consists of Reiki. 

Reiki also more commonly refers to the Japanese system of meditative practices developed by Mikao Usui in the early 1900’s based on his personal experience with Reiki and a life-long study of meditation and martial arts.  (Click here to read a brief history of Reiki.)

Reiki is an ideal complementary therapy for those recovering from surgery, physical injury and trauma, or who are physically fragile because your body takes and uses the optimal amount of Reiki for you at that time.  

Reiki supports healing and personal/spiritual development by focusing on several elements:

  1. The Reiki Precepts
  2. Visualization and Meditation practices
  3. Hands-on practice for oneself and to share with others
  4. Symbols and Mantras
  5. Initiations, Attunements, Reiju (blessings)

Usui Reiki Ryoho.
Frans Stiene and Kathleen Prasad are my current teachers, teaching a traditional form of Reiki called Usui Reiki Ryoho (“Usui Spiritual Energy Healing Method”), through the International House of Reiki and Animal Reiki Source.  This lineage offers a somewhat different approach to Reiki than many Western Reiki systems.  (To see information regarding all of the lineages to which I have been attuned, click here.)

This is not a new form of Reiki, but a return to the non-Western traditional practices and ways as taught by Mikao Usui; it is a “non-modernized” form.  

In a Nutshell:  
Reiki helps the body to heal itself by providing it with nourishing chi (or fuel).  It is unique from most other systems in that this is known at the start, that the energy will be pulled to where it's most needed, and the practitioner doesn't manipulate it for a specific result.  Anything we do, such as acupuncture, herbs, pharmaceuticals, surgery, etc. all have the goal of assisting the body's amazing, even miraculous ability to heal itself.  There is a saying in Traditional Chinese Medicine that "if there is enough Blood and Chi, anything can be healed." This translates to nutrients and other healing agents in the blood, combined with vital life force energy (chi).  Reiki complements other healing and medicinal systems beautifully. 

You can experience Reiki in a couple of ways: 

1.  By receiving a Reiki treatment (hands-on or at-a-distance sessions).  Reiki flows to where it is most needed, creating a quiet space to support the body in its healing process and maintaining wellness.  When injury or disease is present, meridians and other channels are blocked, often resulting in worsening of the condition.  This is why Acupressure done within a Reiki session is so ideal: acupressure opens the channels and Reiki is a supply of fresh vital life force flowing throughout the body which supports the body's healing.  It knows where to go because of its life-source nature and because the body knows where it's needed and pulls it there through the Reiki practitioner.  Please click here for Sessions & Rates information. 

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2.  Taking a Reiki class to learn how to use the precepts, meditations, symbols and mantras for self-healing and to share with others.  Students are attuned by a Reiki Level III Teacher or Master who does multiple Reijus (spiritual blessings) during the course.  Doing Reiki can enhance your intuitive development and your ability to connect to and create a healing energetic space.  To find out more about Reiki classes, please click here. 

Reiki Sessions
You can experience Reiki as a standalone session or in combination with Acupressure or Warm Stone Massage.  Reiki and AcuReiki sessions are done through clothing, so there is no need to disrobe.  In-office appointments last from 30-75 minutes.  Long-distance sessions are also available.  In addition, if you are an established client and are not able to travel to an appointment, arrangements can be made for a Reiki session in your home. Sessions can also be done in a hospice or hospital setting, after obtaining approval from your doctor and/or the medical staff. 

How does Reiki work?
With Reiki, there is no manipulation of the energy (such as there is with Acupressure).  I open to Reiki, which then flows through me to wherever your body most needs it. I serve as a conduit for the energy; it is your body (and/or Higher Self) which is pulling the Reiki through me, supporting the body in its healing process and in maintaining wellness.  (This is why Reiki practitioners do not refer to themselves as “healers” – because we don’t manipulate the energy, and it's because it's your own body that heals itself.)

A healing space is created by opening to Reiki, and Reiki is a supply of fresh vital life force which supports the body's own healing abilities.  Reiki knows where to go because of its life-source nature and because it flows to where the body pulls it. 

How does it feel to receive Reiki?
You might feel this energy as tingling, a light magnetic flow through your limbs, my hands being hot, or the sensation that more than one person is working with you.  Some clients have reported feeling floaty or light.  Others become grounded, sensing energy moving from the crown of their heads through their body into their feet.  Or, you might not feel anything during the session, but find there’s been an interesting shift in your perspective about an issue once you get home and are moving through your life. 
 

Benefits of Reiki 

  • Relief of stress, tension and hypertension;
  • Reduction of anxiety to achieve a deep, restful calm;
  • Calming the mind and emotions;
  • Immune system support;
  • Increased circulation, allowing muscles to relax;
  • Relief of headaches and insomnia; and
  • Balancing the chakra systems.

Reiki can also:

  • Reduce the side effects of chemotherapy;
  • Ease the transition between life and death; and
  • Rebalance and in ways that enhance spiritual development, expand awareness, and support mental and emotional clarity. 

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                                                    The Five Reiki Precepts

                                                    Just for today... 
                                                     Do not anger. 
                                                     Do not worry. 
                                                     Be humble. 
                                                     Be honest in your work.
                                                    
Be compassionate to yourself and others. 

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My Reiki Lineages

I have been attuned by a number of Reiki masters.  For those who are interested, here is a list of the multiple lineages to which I belong. 

  • 2015:  Okuden Reiki Level II.  Frans Stiene [Doi Hiroshi, Kamiko Koyama, Kanichi Taketomi, Usui Mikao]
  • 2013 / 2014:  Okuden Reiki Level II for animals and Shipiden Reiki Level III for animals.  Kathleen Prasad [Frans Stiene, Doi Hiroshi, Kamiko Koyama, Kanichi Taketomi, Usui Mikao]
  • 2005:  Reiki III and Teacher Training.  DB McPeek, through Massage Institute of Davis [Marion Hakata, Jane Montrose, Michael Henry, Glenda Rye, Arthur Robertson, Iris Ishikuro, Hawako K. Takata, Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, Mikao Usui]
  • 2000:  Reiki III.  Adam Young (Davis, CA) [Karuna Reiki Master, International Center for Reiki Training]*
  • 1995:  Reiki I and II.  Kathy Lopez, Vacaville, CA [Karen Miller, Universal Reiki Association]*

*For the last two listed, I don't have specific names of the lineage beyond the organization who trained the teachers for these earlier trainings. 

... and What This Means For You
Reiki lineages are interesting but ultimately not important in terms of using Reiki in session.  Reiki is Reiki, regardless of the way it may be presented in classes.  However, a practitioner’s training and experience can make a difference as to how well he or she can access the energy for the benefit of the client. 

As you can see, the training I've received in Usui Reiki Ryoho through Kathleen Prasad and Frans Stiene takes a different path back to Usui Mikao than the other Western lineages.  Frans has studied directly with Japanese Reiki Masters and has done extensive research into the origins of Reiki.   He trains his students in this more traditional approach, which emphasizes personal daily practice of specific meditations and chanting to enhance spiritual development, rather than just relying on the symbols and mantras to do all the work.

I have found that the International House of Reiki’s approach has greatly increased my ability to work with Reiki, and this surprised me, as I’ve studied with several instructors and have used Reiki for many years. 

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If you are interested in finding out more about Reiki classes and how I teach Reiki, please click here.

To schedule an appointment or ask questions about Reiki, please contact me.

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