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What is Reiki?

Reiki is a form of healing that uses divine energy to heal on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. Reiki is a Japanese word meaning “divine life force energy”. A Reiki practitioner acts as a channel for Reiki energy, offering healing by “laying on of hands”. Reiki practitioners of level 2 or higher can also give distance healings.

But what is it? Most people experience Reiki energy as calming and warm. Personally, I experience it as a warm golden light. I refer to this as ‘God Light’. I tend to think that Reiki energy is the same substance that our souls are made of, but this is just my personal opinion.

Unlike other healing or energy modalities, Reiki is not dualistic. Unlike white/black magic, good/bad medicine, etc., Reiki can only be used for good. This is because Reiki is ‘divinely guided’ energy; it has divine consciousness. The healer can ‘guide’ the energy, but the guidance is not particularly necessary because Reiki will go where it needs to go. Also, because it is divinely guided, Reiki cannot violate anyone’s free will. I can send it to anyone I want all day long, and it will not harm them. If they are not open to the energy for whatever reason, Reiki will not have an effect at all.

A full Reiki session is usually given on a massage table or bed, where the recipient lies fully clothed. Calming music is often played quietly in the background. The practitioner usually utilizes a series of hand positions, allowing the Reiki energy to flow into the recipient. Reiki can also be given without a ‘full session’ by just sending Reiki to the person or holding the hands over the affected area.

Reiki can be used to assist the healing process with physical illnesses or injuries, but Reiki also has the advantage of healing on every level. For instance, if a person is working through emotional traumas, Reiki healing sessions or receiving attunements can help greatly. If there is a mental or emotional problem that is manifesting itself through reoccurring physical illnesses, Reiki can help the person become aware of the problem and help guide them in working through it.

Though Reiki can help ‘heal’ various illnesses or maladies, it will not ‘cure’ someone whose time it is to pass on. Reiki can, however, make the process easier and more comfortable.

Reiki is sometimes associated with ‘clearing’ the aura or chakras. Because Reiki does work on the spiritual levels, it can have this effect if necessary. What Reiki really does is help the receiver become more aligned with his/her life path. If the person has been straying from their path, or living with choices that do not serve his/her highest good, Reiki can help bring their awareness back into alignment with their soul purpose. This effect of Reiki is more noticeable when a person has received an attunement or long-term healing sessions.

So what is an attunement? An attunement is the process that creates a Reiki healer. A Reiki Master opens the student to the Reiki energy through attunements, preferably after teaching a class or series of classes on Reiki. However, even if no class is taught and the student only receives the attunement, s/he is still open to the ability to channel Reiki. From then on, all the person has to do is hold their hands on someone with the intent for Reiki to flow and it will flow.

An attunement must be passed from a Reiki Master. Yes, many people can do energy healing without any attunement process from a teacher, but this is not Reiki energy. In fact, most energy healers who do receive Reiki attunements find that their skill level increases dramatically. They will also find that a client’s illness will not be ‘absorbed’ by the healer. In fact, the Reiki healer receives a healing session just by giving one, by allowing Reiki to flow through him, and does not have to worry about ‘picking up’ symptoms from clients.

If Reiki is Divine Energy, does this mean that an atheist could not use Reiki? No. Quite simply, if the person has received an attunement and is truly open to using the energy, it will work. Reiki doesn’t even have to be believed-in to work. An atheist could rationalize this by considering the energy to be ‘Universal Matter’ or some other such thing, and it would flow and work just as well. However, I personally doubt that anyone could receive a Reiki attunement and not become aware of the Higher Power actively at work in his life.

Practically, how do I use Reiki energy in my daily life? I Reiki everything: my kids, pets, plants, food, cookware, medicines, my car… When my daughter gets a boo-boo, I Reiki it. If I’m feeling stressed, I give myself a few moments worth of Reiki. I offer it to friends and relatives who are feeling ill. I give myself a few minutes of Reiki while I’m preparing to write a story, or call a client. If I have a meeting that I’m nervous about, I’ll send Reiki ahead to myself when I know I’ll be needing it. I do nightly distance healings for friends and family. I send my Beloved Reiki if we’re fighting. I also contribute energy to the Reiki Pool, a place where Reiki Practitioners send and contribute their energy for anyone who wishes to access it.

Click Here to receive Reiki healing from me, anytime.



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Oct. 28th, 2005 05:34 am (UTC)
ah-ha, but. . .
The question that has been pressing *my* mind, how do you pronounce it? I would think just as it wants to be pronounced, "Rie-kee", but I've heard people say "ray-kee" and also, for some reason, "runk-kee". Is it like "athame", where there's a bazillion ways to way it, or is there a correct way?
Oct. 28th, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC)
Re: ah-ha, but. . .
Now see? Ugh. It was so late when I posted, I re-read it three times to make sure I explained it clearly (which I'm still not sure about). And there I go overlooking the obvious.

Reiki is pronounced "Ray-kee". I've never heard runk-kee, but I have heard people say Rye-kee and Ree-kee, which are not correct. Reiki comes from two Japanese words: Rei ("Ray") - divine, spiritually guided and Ki ("kee", the same as the more popular chinese 'Chi') - life force energy.
Oct. 28th, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
another commonality
I am also a Reiki practitioner. I rarely think about using it. It usually just flows when needed.

I look forward to reading more.

Oct. 29th, 2005 01:13 am (UTC)
Re: another commonality
Thank you for visiting my blog! There are plenty of times I don't think about using it, but I feel it start up---especially in nurturing roles, such as when I'm at a birth ot I hear one of the babies start crying. It's definitely very present in my life.

Glad you stopped by!
Oct. 29th, 2005 07:28 am (UTC)
Very cool
I think about divine energy a lot, but have never thought of it as reiki. I like the idea of practicing it regularly! It could be very powerful during births.

Oct. 29th, 2005 07:38 am (UTC)
Re: Very cool
Kyra- thanks for coming by! I've had some fantastic experiences with Reiki and childbirth, and I'm always looking to hear more.

Do you have a blog of your own? And how did you find your way here to This Path?
Oct. 29th, 2005 12:20 pm (UTC)
This is such an informative post and I found it so educational. Wonderful that you explained so much and you did it so well!

Oct. 29th, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Reiki
Thanks, Deb! I was hoping I wrote something coherent. It was a bit difficult, since I tried to go on the assumption that anyone reading would have no basis of comparison. I'm glad to see you think I did a good job. Thanks!
Apr. 10th, 2006 02:34 pm (UTC)
Very interesting!
I must admit, I do get bored and surf my friend's friend's (and sometimes even their friend's) journals and profiles. I'm a friend of glowfairiejosie.

This is the first time I've heard of Reiki, but that's not surprising considering the area I'm from. It sounds like an awesome thing to really be involved in. Plus, I have actually learned something today!

I also noticed that you are a doula, I find that to be an awesome thing! I wish doula's were available in this area... While my own labor ended in a c-section, and now it has become aware that I cannot give natural birth to any child I concieve... but it would have been nice to have someone there that was calm and understanding for the 36 hours I was in labor. :)
Apr. 10th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Very interesting!
Hi, angelofmysoul! Thanks for coming by my journal. I'll admit that I do the same thing - checking out my friends' friends-lists. I've made quite a few friends that way. You find some really cool people.

I'm glad that you enjoyed my journal, and learned something from this post. I try to keep it fairly educational and professional, although I'll admit to my fair share of occassional raging on my friend filter. ;) I talk about Reiki, energy work, and birth a whole lot on my journal, so if this is something you might be interested in learning more about, I'd love to invite you to friend me.

I have to admit that I'm wondering why you say "I cannot give natural birth to any child I concieve". Obviously I don't know much about your particular situation, but unless your cesarean birth actually ended in a hysterectomy, I don't see why you couldn't have a VBAC. I noticed that your profile says you suffer from PCOS. I may or may not have that myself - I've been researching it. My midwife is concerned that I may, but she doesn't want to run tests on me. (?) She's suggested that I try some changes to my diet and exercise first. I'm actually not happy with what little info she gave me, but I've been trying to research it on my own. A quick google search of PCOS + VBAC turns up over 45,000 entries - so I hope that's not why you say that! Unless you DID have a hysterectomy, I'd definitely urge you to get a second - or third, forth, fifth! - opinion. The thing is, you really need to get an opinion from a care provider who actively supports VBACs (and I don't just mean a "Sure, we'll let you try, but...")

Sorry to butt my nose all up in your business when you didn't really ask for that - LOL! I just happen to have a VBAC post I'm hoping to get out today or tomorrow, so it's very much on my brain right now. And I don't really believe in coincidences!

At any rate, I'd like to strongly urge you to check out ICAN's website. They are the International Cesarean Awareness Network, and their site is awesome. I actually get several of my doula handouts from their site. If you enjoy learning new things, you'll love that site. It's so comprehensive - and research based, rather than anectdotal. They also have some great support and community boards set up - you can find a local support group or join an email discussion group if that's something you're interested in.

Luckily, the doula profession is expanding and getting a lot of great marketing. I'm surprised that you weren't able to find a doula near your area. Did you check the websites of certifying organizations such as DONA, CAPPA, & ALACE. I know that only the certified doulas are listed on Dona's website, but you can contact them and ask for a list of ALL members in your area - this would include those people who are currently working towards their certification. For instance, I need one more birth before I can be certified, so you wouldn't find my name on their website unless you contacted them and asked for it. And a lot of times doulas who are working towards certification might be willing to provide services for free or reduced cost.

Thanks again for dropping by and giving me your feedback!
Apr. 10th, 2006 04:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Very interesting!
My OB/GYN does activly support VBACs... but I'm not made for Natural birth at all. or I have some issues. I have a flat pelvis, and I'd have to do some research to really try it next time.

Anyways, my daughter is crying... so I'll post more later :)
Apr. 10th, 2006 06:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Very interesting!
PCOS is essentially a pre-diabetic disease.

Alot of times the way I've had it explained to me and through my deep research is that it's an excess of insulin (because your body is rejecting your own insulin). That excess of insulin interferes with your reproductive hormones, so the big thing it will cause is infertility.

:) PCOS, I know. I figure it's best to know my enemy so I know how I can defeat it. I enjoy my life, and I want to get better.

Thank you for the tip on looking at Doulas :) I've alsways thought it would be neat to be one some day. Right now I just want to get into nursing school. Yeay!
Apr. 10th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Very interesting!
Awesome. I'd love to have any helpful links you could recommend on PCOS. I've found a lot of stuff through Google, but sometimes there's so much info, I just don't know which is best.

I see you friended me. Thanks so much! I'm off to return the favor. I have two filters, but if you want on either of those, you have to ask specifically. I don't like to assume. :)

Thanks so much!
May. 3rd, 2006 05:53 am (UTC)
Came here via a Reiki site. I've had some amazing experiences receiving energy from a practioner. I absolutely rave about it to anyone and everyone that will listen.

I like your explanation, and then I saw your battle imp and reference to Kushiel's and understood why I was drawn here.

Such a fascinating combination of energy and imagination. :)
May. 3rd, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC)
Hello, iynx! Thank you for coming by. Reiki is definitely a source for a lot of amazing experiences when one is open to it, and I can honestly say that it has changed my life!

And well, you've answered one question for me, as just yesterday I was wondering whether or not to take off my battle imp from my profile. *grin* Love the way the universe works. And I'm always glad to meet another Kushiel fan! I totally dig your line on your profile - Chasing Sanity with a Holy Butterfly Net (that's great!) and also that picture that says So many books; so little time. God, I feel that way a lot.

Do you mind if I friend you?
May. 3rd, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
Friend away... :) and I'll do likewise

I tend to write mostly about dumb stuff like Battlestar Galactica, my cats, and having Fibromyalgia and Hypermobility Syndrome but occasionally I write interesting stuff.
May. 3rd, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Thanks!

Those don't sound like 'dumb stuff' - have you looked through my journal? LOL I'm not familiar with Hypermobility Syndrome, but I'll have to look into it. Any time you feel like you might benefit from Reiki Healing, I have a post linked in my profile for distance reiki requests.
May. 3rd, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)

May. 3rd, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
See my holy butterfly net icon below.
Jan. 21st, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
found my first comment to you today.
I came back across this today when I was looking through your reiki stuff. I remember how excited I was to find you. It's so strange to see my old user name crossed out but my words still there. Sometimes that feels like an analogy for my interrupted life. My path has been so crooked and winding.

I've been seriously thinking about finding a practioner in my area before my surgery. It made such a difference last time. It's impossible to explain to people the sensation if they've never experienced it.

I'd even considered taking a class, but I fear my attention span is severely lacking. I can't even meditate these days I am so confounded by unwelcome images and thoughts (which I suppose is the reason to PRACTICE).

anyway... I was just thinking about Reiki, and you and...well me and so I was exploring again and revisiting the awesomeness that is your post on reiki.
Jan. 21st, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
Re: found my first comment to you today.
Wow, that's really cool! And I'm honored that you'd come poking back through my journal a bit. I hope you found my Reiki essays helpful.

If you want me to put you on my distance healing list, all you ever have to do is ask! I really hope you don't consider your poor attention span as reason not to take a Reiki course. I can't remember, but you're not attuned to any level are you? Most attunement courses are just one day, and the attunement itself is a very healing experience. I wouldn't be surprised if it helped you with your attention span and ability to meditate. Plus, being able to do daily self-healings on yourself is a really empowering healing tool. I always to a full self-healing beforehand if I find I can't calm my brain enough to reach Sacred Space.

At any rate, I'm very glad that some of my posts call to you - and that you've stuck with me all this long! Almost three years now. I know I've veered a bit off my own path every now and then, and I lost a few of my favorite friends over the course of that, so I'm just really honored that you have stuck around and been part of my healing. *hugs*
Jan. 25th, 2009 11:54 am (UTC)
Re: found my first comment to you today.
I found a Reiki meet up group in Dallas.
I made contact with them, but they won't have any beginner classes until March, but that's just fine because I'll be recovering from my surgery for 6 weeks anyway.

The group has a few Reiki masters and some level I and level II's and some beginners like me, so it could be really cool.

And the organizer of the group lives in my town and is a practitioner so I may have a session a couple weeks into my recovery...once i can sit up :)

she's also a doula...which I immediately made me think of you.
Jan. 25th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
Re: found my first comment to you today.
That's so cool! Well I'm glad you found a local group. I've been considering starting one myself. Please keep me posted and let me know how it goes for you.
Feb. 13th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
Re: found my first comment to you today.

these folks are on a waiting list for an asheville reiki group.

I know you have a lot going on financially and with the trial. But you might be the one they're looking for (unless you don't feel like you're the organizer type)

I'd give my eye teeth to take classes from you, so just showing you this gives me a living vicarious feeling :)

I'm still waiting for the beginner class in March.
Am hoping life doesn't get in the way as I should be starting a new job sometime thereafter.
Feb. 13th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
Re: found my first comment to you today.
Yeah, I saw there was quite a list. I'd like to start one, but I need to get some more reliable transportation first I think. Hopefully I can move forward on that soon.

And that's so kind of you to say! It makes me wish I'd finished that distance course I was working on. Now I have to find it. I'm not even sure where my stuff went.

I hope you're able to do that. If not, maybe I'll find my stuff by March. :)
Apr. 22nd, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
Hello from dailyrumi!

I originally clicked your username when one of your dailyrumi posts popped up on my friendslist. I was like "What's an ahavah ehyeh?" Well, I quickly found the answer to that question and have been scouring your reiki, spirituality, and doula posts for the last day or so. Hopefully you don't find that creepy. :)

Would you mind if I friended you?

Thanks much,


(Good luck on the garden, btw--the little sproutlings looked adorable.)
Apr. 23rd, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Hello from dailyrumi!
Hello, Sarah! I don't find that creepy at all. I'm very honored that you're interested in my posts, and I'd love to add you as a friend! A lot of my entries are f-locked, and I have several filters (although most are sadly under-used these days, I'm afraid), so let me know if you'd like on any of those.

I've been having a bit of a hard time lately, so I've kind of stepped away from lj for a bit. I'm working on some things in RL, but I don't think I'll be ignoring it for long. I still peek in on my f-list most days. I'm hoping to get back to more regular posting soon. I hope that doesn't change your mind!

Thanks again. It's wonderful to meet you!

Apr. 23rd, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Hello from dailyrumi!
That's funny, I was looking at my flist specifically to see if you'd added me at the exact time I got this message.

I've been going through a bit of a hard time myself, recently, and found some comfort in your posts about your spirituality, Reiki, and shamanism. So you're still doing some good, even if you're going through a rough patch right now.

Re: the filters; I am, in fact, a girl. With ladybits, even. So I don't mind being on a squicky female filter. :) If you're still using your shamanism filter, I wouldn't mind being on that either.

Hang in there!

Apr. 23rd, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Hello from dailyrumi!
Oh, thank you! That is so good to hear that. I'm sorry you're having a hard time too, but I'm glad that I've somehow helped with some good. It's very much a blessing to hear right now!

I'll be very happy to add you to my shamanism filter. I figured from signing 'Sarah' that you were a girl, so I've already put you on the lady's filter. :) I perused your page a little bit too. You seem like a really cool person. I'll be glad to get to know you better!

Thanks so much,
Jun. 21st, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)
I just spent like half an hour reading up on reiki online, and it sounds *very* cool. I did some of the mudras, and for some of them I could feel the energy in my hands flowing in a new way immediately. VERY cool stuff.
Jun. 21st, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)
Very awesome! Reiki is some powerful stuff. I'm not sure what mudras you mean though. Where did you find them, and what were they exactly? Is it like an online attunement or something?
Jun. 21st, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
It wasn't an online attunement, it was the about.com reiki article. Mudras were linked to the main reiki article. Looks like they're mostly used in yoga, now that I'm re-reading, and can be cross-purposed for reiki when there's not actual laying-on-of-hands going on.


Try the shankh mudra, that was one of my faves. :)
Jun. 21st, 2010 04:57 am (UTC)
Ah, okay. I think I read that wrong. I was thinking of a mantra. I've never really used mudras, to be honest. I think we may have tried one or two out when we went to Buddhist meditations a few years back, but they didn't really resonate for me. I'll save your link and try them out tomorrow. I've had a couple margaritas already tonight, so I'm not up for any energy work this evening. Thanks for passing those on though!
Jun. 21st, 2010 05:02 am (UTC)
Mmmm, margaritas... I was just craving something delicious and possibly alcoholic. :)
Jun. 21st, 2010 05:06 am (UTC)
Must be passing on my current energy flow without even realizing it... ;)
Jun. 21st, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)
Hah. I've been thinking about a glass of the Trader Joe's muscat in my fridge for the last half hour or hour... perhaps we're in silent alignment. ;)
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