FINDING THE RIGHT REIKI PRACTITIONER FOR YOU
ADAPTED REIKI PRACTICES
These days, Reiki practices have been adapted and modified to suit modern-day convenience, sensibilities and expectations. These new ways of practicing Reiki may still be effective, but there are questions of whether you are receiving authentic Reiki, whether they are as effective as the original practices and whether you are getting the optimum benefits out of your sessions.
Giving yourself the Gift of Reiki is truly an act of self love and I am committed to ensuring that you receive the optimum of what Reiki has to offer. Whether you see me or another another Practitioner for Reiki, here are some of the things to consider when choosing a Practitioner to facilitate Reiki with you.
REIKI TIP #1
HANDS-ON VS HOVERING REIKI
Summary: It is recommended that your Reiki Practitioner practices hands-on Reiki as opposed to 'hovering' over the Reiki positions.
Some Practitioners ‘hover’ their hands above the Reiki positions rather than place their hands directly on the body. This is a recent diversion away from and modification of the original Teaching of Reiki practice.
It is extraordinarily beautiful and healing to feel the power of human touch. When combined with the Energy's healing, a hands-on practice is by all accounts preferred from optimum results.
When a Practitioner 'hovers' clients often don't experience the feeling of being directly connected with the Energy and the subtle sensations that comes with Hands-On Reiki. Clients report feeling less relaxed, less held by the energies and less nurtured from their experience. Both on a physical and Energetic level, there is 'disconnection' than results from hovering, the power of the Reiki is filtered and watered down.
‘Hovering,' however, is useful when a client has an injury and it would be too painful to receive hands-on Reiki, but otherwise hands-on is best practice as taught and intended by Reiki Founder, Dr. Usui.
REIKI TIP #2
FLEXIBLE VS RIGID TIMING OF REIKI HAND POSITIONS
Summary: It is recommended that your Reiki Practitioner allow you (via your Energy Body) to determine the timing of the hand positions rather than using rigid set times for each.
Some practitioners have streamlined their Reiki treatments by timing each hand position in order to get through the set of prescribed positions within a 1 to 1 ½ hour session time (whether or not one or more positions may need longer, as is often the case).
For a 1 hour session that means only 8 minutes per position and for an 1 ½ session that means 10 minutes per position.
This‘one-fit-for-all’ approach has veered away from Dr. Usui's Teachings and in my experience, doesn't allow the recipient to get the most out of their Reiki session.
YOU ARE UNIQUE
ALLOWING REIKI TO ADDRESS YOU OWN UNIQUE NEEDS
We are unique beings with vastly different physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
The needs of a person with a broken arm are very different to a person with depression, whose needs, in turn, are different to a person with past trauma or cancer treatment or a person at end of life and so on...
Where in your body the Reiki is needed most will be very different to where another person may need it. Whereas one particular position on your body may need 40 minutes, that same position on another person may only need 5. This is true for every single one of the set positions.
Further, even with yourself, how much Reiki is needed in each position will change for you every single time you have a treatment because each previous session will affect and shift your needs for following treatments.
Accordingly, the 'one-fit-for-all', 'timed' approach, whilst convenient for certainty of duration, reduces the efficacy of the Reiki session as you are simply not getting all the Reiki where and how you (as a unique individual) need it.
ALLOWING YOU TO DANCE YOUR OWN DANCE WITH REIKI
Here is where we come back to the Principles of Reiki and how Reiki works. As Reiki Practitioners, we merely facilitate the union between you and the Universal Energy. It is your Energy Body that innately knows what you need and it is your Energy Body that directs to where the Reiki is needed. It is not for the Reiki Practitioner to get involved in your healing or to 'cut-off' the supply of Reiki before you have drawn all you need from it. This is your dance to dance with Reiki.
In order that you receive the optimum benefit of what Reiki has to offer, it is important that your Reiki Practitioner allows your Energy Body and its higher intelligence to direct the treatment as needed. Much like the lever when filling your car with petrol, when your Energy Body has drawn enough Reiki for each position, the Reiki Practitioner's hands lift or release, indicating to them that you have drawn what is needed for that position at that time. Only then will they move on to the next position.
As a result of allowing a full draw of Reiki for each position in every session, a session may take longer than the standard 1 hour or even 1 1/2 hour session with those Practitioners who time the hand positions.
You may wish to discuss that in more detail with your Reiki Practitioner before scheduling a session.
REIKI TIP #3
WHERE YOUR PRACTITIONER TRAINED
Summary: There are now online courses to learn Reiki. It is recommended that you engage a Reiki Practitioner who has attended an 'In-Person' course and particularly, a Reiki course that teaches the Traditional Usui Reiki Method
THE PASSING ON OF REIKI
'In-Person' vs Online Training
Since Dr Usui first discovered Reiki, it has been passed down from Teacher to student in person over and over. This person-to-person, Teacher-to-student passing on of Reiki is the most important and essential component of a student's pathway to Reiki.
This passing on of Reiki is a direct Energetic transfer and opening from Teacher to student to enable the student to access and channel the Reiki. Known as 'Reiju', 'initiation' or 'attunement', it works similar to the antenna on a radio which tunes into the correct station.
There are now many online courses to become a Reiki Practitioner and it is highly questionable how the attunement could possibly occur without the person-to-person process of attuning and direct Energetic transfer/channel opening. Some don't do attunements at all yet the students continue on to practice Reiki Professionally.
Accordingly, when seeking a Reiki Practitioner, it is highly recommend that you ask for details of whether they studied Reiki in Person, with a Reiki Master and what their Reiki Lineage (the line down from which Reiki has been passed down in person from Teacher to Student). A Reiki practitioner’s lineage should always point back to the Father and Founder of Reiki, Dr. Mikao Usui.
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SYSTEM OF REIKI PRACTICED BY YOUR REIKI THERAPIST
TRADITIONAL USUI RYOHO REIKI
Since Reiki first made its way to the West, over time, some Teachers have changed the original teachings of Reiki Founder, Dr Usui. Some have created new systems, modified, adapted, added and merged it with other healing modalities. It makes it challenging to know what healing you are really receiving and how much of it is actually Reiki and how much of it is something else entirely.
When looking to engage a Reiki Practitioner, in order to make sure that you will actually be receiving authentic Reiki Therapy, it is recommended that you seek a Practitioner that has trained in and practices the Traditional Usui Reiki Ryoho Method, as this is the purest form of Reiki practice that has been unchanged since Reiki made its way from Japan to the West.
REIKI TIP #4
CERTIFICATION LEVEL OF YOUR REIKI PRACTITIONER
Summary: There are three levels of training that a Practitioner can attain. Level II (Second Degree Reiki) and III (Third Degree Reiki) Practitioners have exactly the same capacity to channel Reiki and accordingly, it is recommended that you engage a Practitioner who has attained either of these levels of Certification.
CERTIFICATION LEVELS EXPLAINED
Level I (Student Level) is the basic level of training. At this level, the student receives an initial opening to access to Reiki (through the process of attunement). At this level, Reiki students may practice Reiki on themselves and close friends and family. It is not recommended or encouraged that they Practice Reiki professionally at this level. Students are encouraged to remain at this level until they have practiced sufficiently to work on their own Energy bodies and through practice on friends and family, become intimately acquainted with the nuances and parameters of Reiki. This essential period of practice is a guide, recommended rather than mandated and now is often fast-tracked despite recommendations. Some courses even teach Reiki I & II together in one weekend.
Level II (Practitioner/Certification Level) empowers the Reiki student with greater access to Reiki (through the process of attunement) and also teaches students sacred symbols that 'power up' the student's access to Reiki and also equips them with the ability to practice Reiki over distance and time (Distance Reiki). There are three attunements at this level that complete the student's capacity to access and channel Reiki. Upon completion of this level, the student graduates to Certified Reiki Practitioner.
Level III (Teacher Level) is where a Reiki Practitioner earns the title of Master. This level is designed only for those who wish to teach Reiki and pass Reiki down to students. This level focuses entirely on attuning the Reiki Practitioner with the ability to pass Reiki on to students. It does not add anything further to Level II training in terms of the Practitioner's channeling capacity and capacity to facilitate Reiki for others.
Accordingly, it is recommended that when you engage a Reiki Practitioner to facilitate Reiki with you, that they have Level II or III training.