What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese word that can be translated as “sacred energy”. The origins of Reiki are deeply rooted in Eastern traditions. It encompasses a range of practices including the martial arts and Buddhism. Reiki is administered by “laying on hands”. It is based on the belief that universal energy in the form of ki is transferred through the palms of the practitioner allowing stress-reduction, healing and a state of equilibrium. Reiki aims to treat the whole person including body, mind, spirit and emotions.
Reiki and Chakras
Reiki & Yoga both are seen to work on the Chakra system. Chakras are subtle energy fields in and around the body.
Early studies have showed Reiki to be very effective in treating stress, depression and for pain-relief. There is much more research to be done.
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Is Reiki a religion?
No. You do not need to practice or hold any religious beliefs to practice or receive Reiki. Receiving Reiki is often a spiritual experience for people however.
Do I have to “will” Reiki to work?
No, please just relax. Reiki has “its own mind” and will go wherever it is needed the most. In fact you may chat or fall asleep if you wish. The Reiki will still work.
Why do I need to set an intention?
It is not necessary but Eimear may ask you to set an intention. There are many reasons for this. On an extremely practical level; if you shoot an arrow you need to choose a target. Your mind is a powerful healing tool. It is necessary to decide what you want to manifest it. If you are not open to getting better there is little others can do. It is said that Reiki can only work if you allow it. It is good to practice setting intentions. It is how we shape our lives. Becoming conscious of forming intentions is the first step!
Is it not everyone’s inherent intention to be well?
Reiki teaches that some burdens we have chosen to carry, to learn and evolve. Reiki evolved from Buddhism and Buddhists believe in reincarnation. Reiki teachings would also counsel that individuals may hold onto burdens for protection. For example we may all have experienced days we have allowed a cold to develop and “flourish” to avoid work. The deeper lesson or healing rather than the cold would be resolving the stress associated with work. Or perhaps we need to acknowledge that a job is not serving us on a deeper level. In the same way someone might “hold on” to an injured leg because their partner is a get fit junkie and they prefer socialising rather than constantly exercising! Again the injured leg is only a superficial part of the issue. A first step in all healing is the intention to get well. Then Reiki can get to the root of a problem. On your Reiki journey you may uncover underlying factors you were not aware of. This is were Reiki can really work.
Can one treatment heal my life?
I have had clients come for one treatment and be extremely happy. I have often gone for a single treatment myself and seen results. If you have a specific result in mind it may be advisable to go for more than one treatment. This is up to you. With most health treatments it is standard to have more than one treatment. With Reiki there are no prescriptions or pills involved. There is no post-treatment exercise. Reiki is the Treatment.
How many treatments would you advise?
1-3 treatments is the general guidance for specific concerns or deep rooted issues. Again this is up to you. Commit to seeing a treatment through no matter what you are doing. If you are seeing results keep doing what you are doing.
Do I need to understand what life changes to make for Reiki to work?
Absolutely not. This is one of the most interesting aspects of Reiki. Treatments can clarify situations for you. It is quite usual after a Reiki treatment to see an issue we have been worrying about almost “disappear”. Whether this be the stress reducing benefits of Reiki, or something more profound at work who knows! In my experience Reiki makes everything easier.
Does an issue need to be psychological for Reiki to work?
No. Reiki teachings advise looking at physical conditions on all planes however. I have found Reiki very effective in conditions which have “resisted” treatment previously, perhaps this is because there was a psychological or deeper root to the physical condition. That said, research has proved Reiki effective in treating animals. One might argue that there would be no psychological root to an animal’s condition. There again that is open to debate.
Is Reiki a Type Of Counselling?
Nope! Reiki is an energy healing treatment. Sometimes people like to share their experiences. It is quite usual for people to explain what they are looking for from a treatment. Emotions may “come up” during the Reiki treatment. This is fine, and I am happy to listen. My job however is as a certified Reiki Therapist. Any counsel I may give is simply from one human being to another, or to offer consolation.
Can you guarantee results?
Absolutely not. Reiki is generally promoted for stress and pain reduction as these produce a marked result. Reiki can be used across the board however. Reiki can even effectively treat animals. Reiki is an amazing tool for health, well-being and a happy, smooth life. That said there are absolutely no guarantees. Research into the effects and benefits of Reiki are just beginning.
I had a weekly client with later stage cancer (Initially at no charge and then at a very low rate) I would have loved Reiki to miraculously bring long-life. Sadly this was not to be the case.
Who & What would you advise Reiki for?
Reiki is excellent for anxiety and stress-relief. People often do not understand that they are anxious or the effects of anxiety. If you enjoy getting a massage as a treat, consider a Reiki treatment. Reiki brings about deep relaxation for the body and muscles. It is usual to sleep extremely deeply after treatment. Reiki is a great idea in cases of stubborn or unresolved physical or emotional conditions. For example if you have being returning to a chiropractor with the same issue etc. Often when people feel “stuck” emotionally, (and they believe practically) Reiki is a good idea.
Is Reiki like a spiritual reading?
Not primarily no. The aim of Reiki is to bring about wellness in the clients’ body, mind and spirit. (Depending on the client’s intention.) During or after treatment a Reiki practitioner may offer feedback on things that “came up”. This feedback is for the client and in fact the Reiki practitioner may not completely understand the nature of the feedback themselves. Alternatively feedback can simply outline where the energy seemed to be drawn during treatment. The practitioner may describe their experience of the “energy” or “chi” in and around the client’s body.
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