Frequently Asked Questions About Reiki

by Aiyana Fraley
reiki self healing

Reiki can provide stress relief, increase happiness and improve our overall health. In recent years, more and more people are discovering the healing benefits of reiki and as a reiki master teacher I want to address some of the most commonly asked questions about reiki.

Most FAQs About Reiki Answered

What is reiki?

Mikao Usui reiki founder

Mikao Usui

Reiki is a healing technique from Japan that promotes physical, emotional and spiritual healing by channeling energy through the hands. The practitioner places the hands onto the receiver and sends life force energy to their body. Reiki is spiritually guided to clear out negative or blocked energy and to allow for higher vibrations to flow through the receiver, supporting them in healing themselves.

Reiki is a Japanese word created by combining two words together. “Rei” means universal, spirit or creator and “Ki” means force or energy. Together reiki means life force energy. It is vibrational energy, the life of all things on this planet and the ever present wisdom we all have. Reiki opens up the chakras, helps improve our immune system, reduces stress and helps to balance our mental and emotional state.

In every living thing on this earth, there is an omnipresent energy that gives it life. Monks, healers and sages of the past knew this and learned to harness and access this life force. When we are healthy, our ki is flowing strong. Conversely, when our ki is weak, we are more susceptible to illnesses.

Reiki healing clears blockages, stagnant energy and increases the flow of ki in our bodies in order to re-establish balance and health in the mind, body and spirit. In other cultures ki is referred to as prana, chi or the Holy Spirit.

Where does reiki come from?

Mikao Usui rediscovered the healing practice of reiki in the early 1920’s. He named the healing system Usui Shiki Ryoho. He initiated others into the practice and upon his death named Dr. Chujiro Hayashi the next grandmaster of reiki. Dr. Hayashi trained an additional 16 reiki masters and eventually the practice made its way to the west.

Can reiki do harm?

Reiki can do no harm. Reiki energy is channeled from our higher power for the greatest good of the person receiving it. It comes from a higher plane of existence than the physical world and is guided to where healing needs to take place. For this reason, it is safe and effective. Anyone can receive reiki including pregnant women, infants, pets and the elderly.

What is a reiki attunement?

If you want to become a reiki practitioner, the next step is to find a reiki master teacher who can perform an attunement on you. A reiki attunement is an initiation ceremony where the teacher opens your energy field to receive reiki energy. This creates an energetic shift that can be subtle to some or more heightened for others. There is an attunement ceremony in each level of reiki and sacred symbols for healing are passed on. Attunements enhance your own ability to channel energy from a higher source. Once you receive an attunement, you have it for life. It is not necessary to be re-attuned later. Attunements feel amazing and raise your vibrations.

Can anyone learn reiki?

Yes, reiki healing is available to anyone who wants to learn it. There are no prerequisites or skills you need to sign up for reiki training. I get asked a lot of questions about whether clairvoyant or psychic abilities are necessary to practice reiki and they are not. Everyone has the ability to channel energy and through the training you will learn the skills and spiritual practices to do it.

There are three levels in my reiki training. For reiki level 1 there are no requirements to enroll in the course. However, in order to register for reiki level 2, you must have completed level 1 training and to register for level 3 you must have completed level 1 and 2 trainings.

My reiki trainings are approved for continuing education for licensed massage therapists in the state of Florida, but you don’t have to be a massage therapist to learn reiki. I have had students from all walks of life and they have experienced life changing benefits from sharing reiki with others.

For information on becoming a reiki practitioner, check my course dates to register.

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