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Reiki and Children

Cross posted to: A Reiki Journey

What are your experiences with children and Reiki? If you have children, have you given them attunements?

I have a 2 ½ year old, Eden, and a 2 ½ month old, Ivy. Baby Ivy is a Reiki Master, because I was pregnant with her when I got my attunement. Eden hasn’t had any attunements, but I’m wondering if maybe I should give her one.

I enjoy giving Reiki to both of the girls. I use it for boo-boos, and have enjoyed beautiful healing meditations while breast feeding. It tends to help the baby fall asleep. As Eden got a bit older, I noticed my giving her Reiki would sometimes get her ‘wound up’. I quit for a while, unless she seemed particularly drawn to the energy when I did it for others.

Then, a month or so ago, I got sick. It was one of those can’t-lift-your-head-off-the-bed days. I got up a few times to go to the bathroom, and even that hurt, and everything was fuzzy like a dream. Josh, bless his heart, took care of all of us, bringing Ivy to me when she had to nurse. I remember at some point, Eden came back to the bedroom to check on me. She wanted to give me a kiss, but I told her it wasn’t a very good idea. I could hear Josh calling for her to come on out and let me sleep, but Eden put her hands on my head and just held them there. I fell back asleep, but I know she held my head for a good 3-4 minutes, and my head stopped pounding.

So after that, she scraped her foot on something. She seriously wanted me to kiss it and make it better, but she’d been running around barefoot and that was one dirty foot. I said, “Here, let’s put some energy on it,” and we held our hands together over it. (And then she lifted it up and kissed it her own darn self, lol, so I had to too!) Eden’s done it quite a few times since then, so I’m wondering if an attunement might be appropriate. I had originally said I would wait until she was old enough to ask herself, but this almost seems like asking to me. I’m thinking of giving her Reiki 1 and see how she does with it. (Will it cure the 2 yr old no-tantrum? *grin*) I’ve also been wondering if maybe she’s received Reiki at some other time.

Does anyone have their own experiences to share?

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the_intuitive
Oct. 25th, 2005 04:49 am (UTC)
I don't have children of my own, but in my practice, I work with children and teens age 4 to 20. When I utilize Reiki with some of my younger clients (age 4-8), they respond EXTREMELY quickly and with the shortest time ever with each position. This is especially true of my clients who are starseeds, earth angels, and those from the Atlantean/Lemurian period. Reiki is said to be a gift to earth from the Pleiades. Many children born around/since 2000 are these starseeds who have all have an extremely strong connection and are almost instant Reiki Masters.

ahavah
Oct. 25th, 2005 04:53 am (UTC)
Thanks for your input, intuitive. I'm not familiar with starseeds. Do you have a link where I could learn more?
inanmak
Oct. 25th, 2005 05:11 am (UTC)
http://www.paoweb.com/starwhat.htm

Just imho, I think you should pass on the attunement. What a beautiful gift to share. I don't have children yet but I think it would be nice for them to have Reiki as a friend to grow up with.

Maybe www.reiki.org would have articles or advice to help you :)

bright blessings & hugs,
Sandra
ahavah
Oct. 25th, 2005 05:17 am (UTC)
Thanks! I may give it to her. Afterall, it couldn't hurt. She got a bit urky when I gave her dad an attunement (while I was in labor), but I think it was a combination of nap-time and her just wanting to interrupt for attention. Maybe some morning when she's fresh and just woken up, I'll ask her if she wants one and see how it goes.
inanmak
Oct. 25th, 2005 05:27 am (UTC)
because you're a Mum and I know you don't have time to surf :)
ahavah
Oct. 26th, 2005 12:34 pm (UTC)
Re: because you're a Mum and I know you don't have time to surf :)
Thanks for all the great links! I'll read them all before I decide.
the_intuitive
Oct. 25th, 2005 05:12 am (UTC)
Here is a great place to start:

http://www.starsoul.org/index.htm
ahavah
Oct. 25th, 2005 05:19 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link. I checked out that first page, but I'll explore it more deeply tomorrow when I'm not so sleepy.
zenbaker
Oct. 25th, 2005 11:44 am (UTC)
Reiki and kids
Hello,

If you decide to go for the attunement process, obviously just be aware of the groggy state for a couple of days. I cannot see any real problem with giving the attunement - but it does sound like your little one is already there!

I have worked with reiki and kids for a number of years - and the response is awesome - you will learn so much about reiki from your child. Plus I tend to find that children are already open, relaxed and willing to work with the energy and provide a treatment with little fuss or ceremony - the healing energy just IS with kids. They know, they can use it and they do.


Now a question for you - when do you think conditioning takes place? Considering we are all born with healing abilities - when do you think we "lose" or ignore them?

Love and Light,
Vicki
ahavah
Oct. 26th, 2005 12:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Reiki and kids
I'm not sure I agree that we are all born with healing abilities. I think it depends on the individual and where they are on their path. That said, I do believe that babies are born remembering a lot more than adults.

I think of those people who are born still connected to the energy, where they 'lose' it depends on several things. If they have open parents who believ and encourage the 'foolish' things/abilities their children start talking about, then chances are they won't lose it. If they are not fostered and encouraged, they may have enough faith in themselves to know their experiences are real even if others don't believe. But then there is always the child who is encouraged by all those around them, but for some reason just decides not to maintain faith in themselves. This may often come as part of wanting to be 'grown up', or because some other kids made fun of them, that sort of thing.
zenbaker
Oct. 26th, 2005 03:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Reiki and kids
Fair points - however, I do think that in many cases a child from any background has the ability, and the intention to help when they can.

In my experience of running workshops for children and teens there has always been an outpouring of positive, healing intention and ability, and mostly these kids are what would be classed as "disadvantaged" - ie. the majority would never have had encouragement / belief / confidence in their abilities. In many cases they would have been subject to being ridiculed for even thinking along more spiritual or emotional lines, and yet healing and Reiki comes so naturally to them.

I have recently asked my sister the same questions as I posed in your post - she thinks that kids are 95% nuture - so consequently, anything with regards to spiritual inclination is passed from then parents or guardians, and not from the child and its connection to anything spiritual. I have to disagree - we have our connections, and our spiritual abilities - healing being just one of them.
kempomike80
Oct. 25th, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
I'm of a different mind on attunement for babies and little children than most everone else. I first want to say I don't have children, so maybe if I did I would think differently I don't know. I know when I was attuned I went through a major life journey that has changed me forever. A baby cannot say if it wants to follow this path or not, so I think if it were my child, I would wait until he or she can say they want the attunement before I would pass it. I know that this is more biased because my journey wasn't an easy one and in case this happens to my child I'd rather they be mature enough to handle it. Perhaps for most of others this isn't the case, but I would think I would wait.
ahavah
Oct. 26th, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC)
I agree with you, Kempomike, which is why I started this post. That was my original feelings from the get-go. An attunement can definitely be a powerful experience, although I do believe that children wouldn't have so much 'baggage' come forward to be worked through.

I had originally decided to wait until she asked for an attunement. But the way she's been acting--holding her hands over everyones 'boo boos' and healing me even without an attunement--leads me to believe that in her own way, perhaps she is asking. And I worry about waiting if she shows an interest in it now, especially considering that the rest of us (me, Dad, and baby sister) all have Reiki. I just gave Dad Reiki 1 a couple of months ago, and Ivy was born a Master. With Ivy, that was something I couldn't exactly control. I had my Reiki 3 attunement while pregnant. I could have waited, but I'd been waiting a while and wanted to jump in on the class when it was available, if you know what I mean. I figured if I was pregnant with her at the time, it must have been her own soul-choice to come when my attunement was going to happen.

At any rate, I definitely WOULD NOT even consider attuning her if I didn't feel she was showing a strong interest in it. I still may not, being that she is only two (and very very two at that). Thanks for your input!
(Anonymous)
Oct. 25th, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC)
Reiki?
What is reiki, Ahavah?

mikemunsil
ahavah
Oct. 26th, 2005 12:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Reiki?
Good question, Mike!

I actually have a post on this started as a draft. I'm not done yet, but I decided to go ahead and post this question for my Reiki friends, since my daughter has been showing a strong interest lately. I should have waited until my Reiki draft was done! I'm sorry!

I will have a (hopefully) clear explanation posted here tonight or tomorrow. Thanks for coming by! I'll definitely have a better answer up soon.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 1st, 2005 05:02 am (UTC)
Re: Reiki?
Personally I had not heard of this before.
Although we share something very much in common...The names of our children!
http://www.huladoula.thezeroboss.com
ahavah
Nov. 1st, 2005 05:09 am (UTC)
Re: Reiki?
Glad I could introduce you to something new, Hula Doula. So which name do our babies share? Surely not both!

~ A
ahavah
Oct. 26th, 2005 12:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Reiki?
Reiki is a form of healing using divine energy to heal on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 26th, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Reiki?
Ah. I understand. Clerical magic.
ahavah
Oct. 28th, 2005 02:14 am (UTC)
Re: Reiki?
I wouldn't call energy work magic, although I suppose some people might liken it to magic.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 27th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC)
I don't have a reiki child story, but loved reading the post and all the comments.

~Deb

http://drdeborahserani.blogspot.com/
(Anonymous)
Oct. 27th, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC)
Hi amanda, its Cole, your cousin, and I haven't any children but I think that turning your children on to healing powers at a young age is a really good thing to do... I think that will be a good thing for them to have in their adult life, and they'll have you to thank for it!! Keep it real, Your couz, Love, Cole PEACE~(>!<)~
penella22
Jan. 4th, 2006 03:13 am (UTC)
I don't have any kids yet either, but often find my "nieces" take in reiki like sponges when I visit them. I find this conversation really interesting. I would follow your own advice you know...weren't you telling me the other day that you send reiki when you feel compelled? (we were discussing permission on reiki journey). Then maybe the same goes in this situation. Give her the attunement if you feel compelled.
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