Over the years I’ve read and heard many people discount the validity of Reiki. Saying that when you open yourself to being a channel for Universal Energy, you let ‘everything else’ in. As a teacher and practitioner since 1997, I can say I have yet to encounter any harm that has occurred in working with Reiki. I’ve taught 1000’s of students. I feel honored that I learned to work with Reiki in a safe and supportive environment from my teacher. She emphasized taking your time in between Reiki workshops and practice, practice, practice. Bring your questions to Reiki circles, which serve as continuing education for the Reiki practitioner. When unsure, take a break. Ask for guidance, and return to practice again.
This is the model the Reiki Training Program is founded on. Continued growth and learning, stretched out through time and mentorship.
Reiki honors and supports an individual. It is Universal Energy, meaning, it is greater than the ego of the individual. It has a consciousness that is greater and assists for the highest and best good. That being said, Reiki honors free will. An individual can choose to follow through with a decision or not. Reiki is not religion or dogma. But when one taps into Reiki, they tend to hear their truer voice. Again, an individual can choose to listen to that or not.
Reiki flows through the practitioner to the person/client they are working on. A practitioner does not transmit anything to the client nor does the client leave a ‘residue’ on the practitioner. As a practitioner progresses through Reiki, they become more sensitive and aware of their client’s emotional states, sharing in empathy, but proper training in boundaries and grounding allow for a safe session to take place. No ‘backwash’ will occur when a Reiki practitioner is grounded and present and following the basic Reiki Process, which I will summarize as follows:
This energy is greater than you, not about you. If “you” think you are “doing Reiki”, you are not practicing Reiki. Reiki is about “being”. It is effortless. What does require focus is letting go of the ego.
Let go, and let it flow. Be curious. Notice what you notice. Hold space for the healing (return to wholeness” to occur. This is a sacred process. It is quite simple, yet utterly profound. Take a Reiki 1 class founded in this tradition and you will be on a healthy path of self-empowerment.
I hope this clears up any confusion as to what Reiki is and what it is not, but open to questions and comments!!
Copyright 2013 Eileen Dey Wurst.