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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.

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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!
Re: Very interesting! - angelofmysoul - Apr. 10th, 2006 04:28 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Very interesting! - angelofmysoul - Apr. 10th, 2006 06:16 pm (UTC) - Expand
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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?
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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!

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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?
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