What is Reiki?
The word Reiki (pronounced “Ray-key”) consists of two Japanese words - Rei, which is generally accepted to mean “Universal” and ki, meaning "life force energy". So "universal life force energy" is a term that best describes what’s being accessed whenever anyone performs a Reiki treatment.
Sometimes thought of as a natural healing technique for stress reduction and relaxation, its benefits go way beyond the mere physical. Reiki is a simple, natural and non-invasive healing modality that anyone, man, woman or child can use on themselves or another. It’s a technique for channelling energy and its primary function is to raise the level of vibration of whatever is being treated. A natural consequence of increasing vibration is to dislodge any obstructions that may exist, be they physical, emotional, mental or spiritual.
These obstructions I speak of are all the things we’ve experienced throughout our lives that have left a residue within us. Over a lifetime these things can and do accumulate within our physiology, creating blockages that impede the flow of universal life-force energy into our systems. This results in detrimental outcomes in all aspects of our life and a reduced capacity to realise our full potential.
Reiki is one of the safest, quickest, easiest and most efficient ways of eliminating these obstructions that I know of. It’s a “laying of hands” healing technique similar to what Jesus, Buddha and other enlightened beings practiced. A method whereby a practitioner acts as a conduit, channelling the universal life force energy into themselves or another, into any animal, plant or object.
This energy doesn’t come from the Practitioner, but rather through them. They’re not healers; they’re just normal people like you and me who’ve been taught how to tap into this unlimited supply for the purpose of healing. Its use is never dependent on one's intellectual capacity or spiritual development and is therefore available to everyone. It’s been taught to thousands of people world-wide, of all ages, beliefs and backgrounds. While it is spiritual in nature, it’s definitely not religious. It has no dogma and there’s nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki isn’t dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Still, even though it’s not religious, it is practiced by people of all religious persuasions, including those with no religious convictions whatsoever. And that in itself is a profound statement about its universal appeal and outstanding effects.
How Does Reiki Work?
We are only alive because of the life force that flows through us. This life force that streams within and around our physical body though various pathways such as our chakras, meridians and nadis, and permeating us in a field of energy called the aura. It’s this fundamental energy that nourishes the organs and cells of our bodies, supporting them in their vital functions. When the flow of this essential energy is disrupted, it causes diminished functioning in one or more of the organs and tissues of our physical body. And this life force reacts to our thoughts and feelings as it would any other form of energy. It’s disrupted whenever we accept, either consciously or unconsciously, negative thoughts or feelings about others, or ourselves. Such negative thoughts and feelings then attach themselves to our energy field and cause a disruption in the flow of this universal life force energy.
Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of our energetic anatomy, charging it with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of our entire being, including where any negative thoughts and feelings may be attached. As a result, these denser slower vibrating frequencies which cannot exist at these higher rates of vibration, simply break apart and fall away. In so doing Reiki clears and heals our energy pathways, allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way once more. It’s administered by practitioners who’ve been attuned to this higher level of vibration by a Reiki Master. Such practitioners have been taught how to facilitate, or “channel” this universal life force energy through their hands (usually) into another person, animal, plant or object. This energy DOES NOT come from the practitioner and as such, because it’s not their own energy they’re using, it doesn’t drain them. Indeed, because the energy always fills the practitioner first before flowing onwards, each treatment leaves them feeling recharged and replenished. However the practitioner is NOT the healer, they’re only the vessel through which this miraculous energy flows.
To assist with your understanding of how Reiki works, I’ll use a favourite analogy. Imagine you have two glasses of water, one is dirty and the other full of pure crystal clear water. Now the glass of pure water is special because it never runs out. No matter how much is poured out of it, it always remains full. Now let’s say the glass of dirty water represents “us” and Reiki is the pure water in the magical glass. By using Reiki we’re slowly pouring the pure water into ourselves and as we continue to do this, we become clearer as the dirt inside our glass gets carried out and over the top. Until eventually we become as clean as the pure water itself. Just an analogy, but you get what I mean.
What Style of Reiki do you teach?
I teach the original “Usui System of Natural Healing” founded by Dr. Mikao Usui in Japan in the late 19th century, although I teach it in a somewhat non-traditional manner. By that I mean I teach students additional information on things like their energetic anatomy, establishing treatment rooms, what to do before, during and after treatments, how to develop intuition, sensing and seeing and various other useful techniques, all of which are outside the traditional teachings. In honouring my Reiki lineage, I do however adhere strictly to what I am required to pass on, the rest I do as part of my being of service to others.
In my clinical work I also draw upon the detailed records of case studies done by Dr Hayashi, the Reiki Master entrusted with keeping the essence of Dr Usui’s teachings intact upon his death. It was Dr Hayashi who formalised the standard Reiki hand positions, the system of three degrees of Reiki, and their respective attunement procedures, which in honour of Dr Mikao Usui have become the Usui System of Natural Healing.
Who would benefit from learning Reiki?
In short, I don’t know of anyone who wouldn’t benefit from becoming attuned to practice Reiki. We are all energetic beings, who interact within an energetic environment. In every moment of our lives we’re involved in an energy exchange of some sort or another. Without doubt, Reiki is the easiest to learn, simplest to use and most effective energy management tool that I’m aware of. I’ve never had anyone who didn’t “get it”, or who couldn’t “do it” after I’ve attuned them, which is why I offer a 100% money back guarantee if you don’t!
Reiki is especially good for anyone that works with the public; it creates feelings of goodwill that goes beyond words. People just like being around those attuned to Reiki, their energy is attractive and comforting on so many levels. I have students who are Hairdressers, Massage Therapists, Beauty Therapists, Nurses, Childcare Workers, Palliative Carers, Caterers, Chefs, Farmers, Bowen Therapists, Interior Designers, Yoga Instructors, Counsellors, Restaurateurs, etc. and all can vouch for this difference in relationship and communication that I speak of.
Sports people, acute pain sufferers, those looking to reduce stress, hypertension, or anxiety are also attracted to the relief that Reiki provides. Those experiencing a trauma, sadness or depression can benefit from learning Reiki, as can those with relationship issues, past or present. Anyone with a goal they wish to realise can energise their intentions with Reiki for their highest good and it’s a fantastic maintenance tool because it strengthens the immune system and balances our entire being.
How is it Taught?
The process of becoming a Reiki Practitioner is very simple and literally anyone can do it. Even those who initially doubt their ability to channel energy are quickly swayed, especially when the person they are performing a treatment on makes comment about the feelings they are experiencing during the treatment. In all my years of practice I have never experienced anyone not “getting it”, which makes it a valuable tool for anyone, regardless of their current life situation. Once you can channel energy, you can begin to clear yourself of the obstructions that restrict the flow of universal life-force energy into your system. You can restore yourself to your unique and perfect vibration.
Initiation into Reiki involves a series of attunements from a Reiki Master, familiarization with the recommended hand positions and the passing on of certain information regarding the practice of Reiki. There are three levels one, two and Mastership. Reiki 1 and 2 are both one-day workshops, however Mastership usually takes between four to six months and should not be considered within six months of your initial attunements.
In Reiki 1. You’ll learn about
- Our bodies energetic systems, including our chakras, meridians, nadis & auras
- The legend of Reiki & how it came to the Western world
- The origin of the Usui System of Natural Healing
- The five precepts of Reiki
- Exactly what Reiki is & how it works
- The attunement process
- How to give a treatment, including before, during & after scenarios
- The hand positions for treating others & those for treating yourself (photos included)
- Comprehensive details of the conditions that each position treats
- How to treat animals, plants & objects with Reiki
- The 21 day cleanse & how to make the most of this magnificent detoxification process
Reiki 1. is a one-day workshop after which you can begin to practice your new skills immediately. There is nothing you need to prepare for and nothing you need to acquire when learning Reiki 1. I supply a comprehensive 40-page pictorial manual to each participant which is theirs to keep and I explain and demonstrate all techniques before giving students the opportunity to practice for themselves. Each student will give and receive at least one full body treatment throughout the day, as well as participating in several other amazing and enjoyable activities. Working in pairs, each has their own professional massage table to work from, ensuring both comfort and safety.
To ensure a level of service and attention that guarantees results, I endeavour to limit workshops to a maximum of 10 participants whenever possible. I believe it is very important that the attunement process be given the respect it deserves and that each individual enjoys the maximum benefit possible from this astonishing and life-changing experience. In addition to being a Reiki Master, amongst other qualifications I also hold a government approved Diploma of Metaphysics, so you can rest assured the teachings I provide have a depth that can only come from intensive study and extended practical application.
In Reiki 2. You’ll learn about
- The Hui Yin, kidney breathing, the microcosmic orbit & various other esoteric ways of
increasing your ability to channel & retain life force energy
- The symbols, their meanings & various applications
- How to expand your intuitive & psychic abilities
- How to close a space around someone to keep their energy in & negative energy out
- Increasing the effectiveness of medication, while reducing their side effects
- Enriching the food you eat, increasing its life force & nourishment
- Cleansing any space of negativity & filling it with positive energy
- Cleansing crystals & other sacred objects before using them
- Protecting yourself, spouse, children, house, car or anything of value
- Healing bad habits, emotional trauma & heavy feelings like anger, frustration or jealousy
- Healing addictions, or misuse of drugs, alcohol, food, sex, smoking etc.
- Reaching your ideal weight
- Addressing problems like nervousness, fear, anxiety, depression, or sadness
- Finding things you’ve misplaced
- Enhancing your memory & comprehension
- Empowering your goals for even greater success
- Send healing across a room, a town, a country, in fact anywhere in the world, or beyond
- Healing issues from earlier in this, or a previous life that still effect you now
- A technique for gently clearing any early childhood trauma
- Sending Reiki into the future to a specific task, or goal, or to support people, or situations
- How to give an hours worth of Reiki in just 15 minutes!
Reiki 2. is also a one-day workshop, which upon completion certifies students as qualified Practitioners. This then enables them to charge for Reiki treatments if they so desire. Many natural or alternative therapists incorporate Reiki into their treatments, thus providing clients with a more holistic approach towards their healing.
Well if you’ve been practicing Reiki regularly since being attuned for Reiki 1, you’ll have first hand experience of what an incredible and positive difference Reiki makes. Now just imagine being able to increase those benefits exponentially. In Reiki 2 you’ll learn advanced techniques for sending the Reiki energy at a distance and for furthering the emotional, mental and spiritual healing processes.
As part of your Reiki 1. initiation you were given four attunements that placed certain symbols into your aura. Currently these symbols emerge unconsciously through your hands whenever you perform a Reiki treatment. Three of these traditional symbols are taught in Reiki 2. and you’ll learn how they can be used consciously to amplify and direct the Reiki energy. You’ll also be taught the methods and tools for doing healing with someone not physically present (distant healing).
Suddenly boundaries of space and time become transparent. With distant healing, Reiki can be sent to the past or future, or to heal someone in another place. The fact it can be sent to the past makes it possible to treat old traumas from this, or previous lives. And being able to project it into the future enables you to empower your goals and manifest the energy to see them realised. It facilitates the total healing process where physical, emotional, mental and spiritual issues can be fully addressed.
The Reiki 2. attunements measurably increase the amount of healing energy being channelled, adding considerable power to your treatments. They work directly on the Etheric body and stimulate the intuitive centre, located at the pituitary gland, the body's “Telepathic Apparatus”. After their initiation Reiki 2 students can more easily focus through this centre and as time passes they become more responsive to their Higher Selves.
Reiki 1. primarily focussed on your physicality, it opened you to draw on the Reiki energy to treat others, plants, animals and yourself. It was the starting point that got you going and we all have to start somewhere. Now you’ve been practicing Reiki for a while, your own energy system has raised its level of vibration. You’re now ready to go further. Some say the difference between Reiki 1. and 2. is like the difference between driving a mini-moke and a Ferrari! I’m not sure about that as a comparison, but I do know that 100% of students once they've completed Reiki 2. have been very happy they did. In fact, out of respect to my students I won't teach Reiki 1. on it's own, that would be like me giving you a map to a treasure that you'll never find.
What does it cost?
Reiki 1. & 2. are both one-day workshops and are always done separately, at least 21 days apart. This is because your body needs this time between levels for your energetic anatomy to adjust to the higher rate of vibration resulting from your first four attunements. The total investment for Reiki 1. & 2. including two comprehensive pictorial manuals, six attunements, certificates of attainment and morning and afternoon teas at both workshops is $550 however early booking discounts do apply. If you're interested in attending, please send me an email and I'll forward a booking form.
If you’ve done Reiki in the past and would like to refresh or continue your learnings, you’re most welcome. I have re-attuned dozens of people who had learned Reiki elsewhere before coming to me and all have been astounded at how much more they learnt this time around.