Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Reiki energy and where does it come from?

Reiki is Pure Life Force Energy and comes straight from God. It is energy in its absolutely perfect form and it can promote healing on all levels: mental, emotional, physical and spiritual.

Q. Is Reiki a Religion?

Reiki is not a religion. It is a spiritual practice which enhances all life and is compatible with all religions.

Q. How is a Reiki session administered?

Reiki is usually administered with the client lying comfortably and fully clothed on a Reiki or massage table, sometimes covered with a light blanket. The practitioner will place their hands over your energy centers and allow the healing energy to flow to you. You will not need to be physically touched, although you may be asked for permission to touch your shoulders or your hands or feet. Reiki energy can also be transmitted with a client sitting in a chair or standing.

Q. What does a Reiki session feel like?

Some people feel warmth and perhaps a slight tingling sensation. Many people feel only the relaxation and calmness that the energy brings.

Q. What ailments/issues can be treated with Reiki?

There is nothing that Reiki cannot address on some level. Pure healing energy will always aid healing wherever and however it is needed.

Q. Does Reiki work in conjunction with medicine prescribed by my doctor?

Absolutely it does. You may find that you need less medication as the Reiki energy does its work, but that is completely between you and your medical doctor.

Q. Can I give Reiki to myself?

Self-treatment is one of the blessings of becoming a Reiki Level 1 Practitioner. Once you are attuned you can start right away to channel this Loving Life Force Energy to yourself and others.

Q. Who can learn to do Reiki?

Anyone who is able to understand and appreciate the power can channel it. Even young children, in certain circumstances, have been Reiki attuned if they are able to approach it with a sense of respect.

Q. How long does it take to learn Reiki?

A Reiki class may last several hours. Then you will receive the energy in the form of an attunement.

Q. What is a Reiki attunement?

The attunement is the transmission of the energy from the Master Teacher to the student while the Master Teacher is in an open and amplified state. It is transmitted during a brief short ceremony through the Master Teacher’s hands. This is one of the things that sets Reiki apart from other healing modalities. You not only learn Reiki – you physically receive the ability to channel Reiki.

Q. I have heard that Reiki can be given from a distance. How does this work?

Energy waves are flowing around us constantly. The 2nd Degree Practitioner will learn how to use specific symbols to access the Universal Flow and direct the energy to someone who is not physically present.

Q. How many levels are there to the Reiki training?

Traditional Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki offers 3 levels, the 1st Degree, 2nd Degree, and Master Teacher Degree.

Q. What is a Reiki Master?

A Master is someone who has attained all 3 levels of Reiki training and attunements and is able to pass this energy on to others.

Q. What does it feel like to give a treatment?

Since the Reiki energy travels through the practitioner to be directed to the client, giving a treatment is a wonderful healing experience for the practitioner as well as the client. When you give it, you receive it. It is perfect balance and the ultimate win/win situation.

Q. How do I find a Reiki teacher that is right for me?

Check credentials and ask trusted people for recommendations. Ultimately use your intuition to see who you feel comfortable with and are able to trust.

Q. Can children learn Reiki?

Children can be attuned, and taught to place their hands and allow the healing energy to flow. As they grow it becomes the responsibility of the parents or guardians to provide the accompanying information as they are able to understand it. They must be able to approach the process with a degree of seriousness and respect.

Q. Is it safe for pregnant woman and newborn babies?

It is wonderful to aid pregnancy and birth in this way. Nothing nurtures life more than Reiki.

Q. Can I treat animals or plants?

Any living thing including plants, animals and crystals will welcome the beauty of healing Reiki energy.

Q. Are there any side effects from a Reiki treatment?

We recommend that a client drink plenty of water and treat themselves gently after a Reiki session to allow the energy to continue to work to its maximum, but the only remaining effects are the sense of peacefulness and well being.

Q. Can it be used to help groups of people or even global crises?

Yes, and it is encouraged that all practitioners do this constantly and consistently. Together we can help the world.

Q. How much does a treatment usually cost?

The practitioner can set the fee at whatever they feel is reasonable. A one hour session can usually be expected to cost around $60 to $80. What is important in a Reiki session is that there be a balance of energy, and the practitioner needs to be compensated for their time and energy. If not monetarily, then in some other way.

Q. Can a person make a living from Reiki?

Many people have established Reiki practices that will support them. Many others do Reiki in addition to other pursuits. Some people use it primarily for themselves, family and friends.

Q. Can one become licensed to practice and teach Reiki?

You will become certified when you have received your training and attunement from a Certified Reiki Master Teacher. (CRMT)

Q. Does insurance cover Reiki treatments?

Some insurance programs have flexible funds available and these could possibly be used in this way. In the future it is believed that more and more insurance companies will include Reiki in their benefit package.

Q. Are there any scientific experiments that demonstrate Reiki works?

Nurses have reported that while giving Reiki to babies in the neo-natal intensive care unit, they can see monitors of bodily functions stabilize. Others things that can be physically monitored may show a difference before and after a session.

Q. Can you get more than one attunement?

One attunement for each Reiki Degree is all that is necessary. However, you can never receive too much, and if for some reason you feel the need to retake a class, and get the attunement again, that is strictly your choice. If you don’t use your Reiki for a long period of time you may need to sit in meditation and reactivate it, but it is always with you and available to you.

Q. What is lineage?

It is believed that although this energy has always been present on earth, it had become dormant through non-use. Dr. Mikao Usui was born in 1865 in Japan and lived until 1926. He was well educated and brought up in the Buddhist tradition, but studied many other things as well. During a spiritual experience on Mount Kurama during a 21 day meditation he received energy in the form of symbols. When he returned from his meditation he discovered that he had the ability to heal people by using what he had experienced himself on the mountain and incorporated that knowledge and those symbols into his healing practice. He called the new system ‘Reiki’ which in translation means ‘Universal Life Force Energy’; and acknowledges the creator and originator of that healing energy. Dr. Usui opened a clinic and during his lifetime he taught and passed the energy onto his students. One of the students was a Dr. Hayashi, who later passed this knowledge and ability on to a Mrs. Tanaka who originated from Hawaii. It is believed that she brought this knowledge back to the West. During her life Mrs. Tanaka attuned hundreds of Masters who in turn attuned students of their own. All Certified Reiki Healers can trace their lineage ultimately back to Dr. Usui, who is acknowledged to be the father of Reiki

Q. What are spiritual gifts?

Everyone is born with spiritual gifts. They are the innate ability to love, to show compassion, to forgive, to nurture and to bless, to create joy and attract abundance. If you have the desire to bring these forth within yourself, you can do so.

Q. What does it mean to be spiritual?

Quite often it means to make the transition from believing you are a human carrying a spirit, to understanding that you are an eternal spirit having a human experience. Once you truly understand who you are, and that you are part of Divine Source, then to be spiritual is to live from your innate nature which is based in love.

Q. What is a mantra?

It is a specific set of words or tones that is usually repeated. It generates a vibration that you can use for your benefit.

Q. What are chakras?

Chakras are the main energy centers in the body. They are constantly spinning, and always pulling in or releasing energy.

Q. How many chakras do we have?

We have traditionally taught the 7 main chakras within the body, but there are many others and some above and below your body as well.

Q. What are the seven chakras?

The Crown Chakra is your connection to the outer realms and Source Energy. The Third Eye Chakra is your intuitive center. The Throat Chakra is your center of communication and commitment. The Heart Chakra is your love center. The Solar Plexus Chakra governs your will and sense of self. The Sacral Chakra relates to your creativity and relationships and the Root Chakra connects you to this world and is your center of safety and security.

Q. What are the chakra colors?

The Crown is purple, the Third Eye indigo, the Throat sky blue, the Heart pink and green, the Solar Plexus yellow, the Sacral Orange and the Root red.

Q. What does chakra mean?

The word literally means spinning wheel or disc. The chakras are the body’s main energy centers and they are always in motion.

Q. What is chakra balancing?

To balance a chakra is to restore the healthy flow of energy. Negative emotions and negative energy of any kind can cause an imbalance or blockage in any chakra.

Q. What is chakra energy?

Life Force Energy circulates through the chakras and comes from the Divine.

Q. What is chakra healing?

Mental, emotional, spiritual or physical healing can result when the proper flow of Life Force Energy is restored and maintained.

Q. what is chakra meditation?

We can focus our attention on each chakra in turn and visualize its color and its attributes. For example if you have pain in your lower back, you can visualize the color red, and tell yourself, ‘I am safe, secure, and well cared for in this world’.

Q. What are healing crystals?

All crystals are potential healers. They naturally receive, store, transmit and amplify energy. Crystals can be cleared and charged and brought into alignment to be of the most use.

Q. How does crystal healing work?

A crystal that has been cleared and charged will be transmitting a vibrational signal that is specific to its own kind. When this clear strong signal is brought into contact with an energy that is out of balance, the imbalanced energy will begin to resonate to the balanced one.

Q. What are quartz crystals?

Pure quartz crystals are often clear and quartz is one of the most abundant minerals in the world.

Q. What is the most powerful crystal?

The most powerful crystal would be the one that resonates to your specific needs. Most healers would certainly use clear quartz, which would resonate to all the chakras, but also malachite which is a powerful healing stone.

Q. What are oracle cards?

These cards are of many different types, but all carry energy that will resonate to the energy field of whoever is using them.

Q. What is an oracle deck?

It is a deck of cards used for connecting to your innate intuitive energy and can assist you in uncovering information that you may be unconsciously aware of.

Q. What is meditation?

Meditation is the act of quieting the body and the mind, to be in a receptive state to receive healing and information on many levels. Meditation helps you disconnect from the outer world, and experience your inner world.

Q. What does meditation feel like?

It can be very relaxing and calming.

Q. What is meditation used for?

Relaxation, rejuvenation, enlightenment and restoration of the body, mind and spirit.

Q. What is guided meditation?

In guided meditation you are led step by step by an instructor, or by means of a recorded message, to go into a state of relaxation and then given suggestions to direct your thoughts and your intentions.

Q. What is meditation music?

Any music that is soft, gentle and calming. It should enhance your experience of deep relaxation.

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