The spiritual practice of reiki has been exercised since its introduction in Japan during the 1920s. The founder, Dr. Mikao Usui, successfully taught his students how to achieve a connection with the inner energy that helps enhance self-development. “What exactly is reiki?” you may be asking. It’s a specific form of spiritual healing that occurs when a reiki healer or practitioner holds their hands above or around a patient’s body to promote a healing effect, thus treating physical, emotional and mental conditions.
During a session, the healer instructs a fully-clothed patient to lie down, normally on a massage table, and then works to transmit energy to them. In other words, the healer seeks to enhance deep relaxation, promote spiritual growth, reduce pain and decrease any other symptoms the patient may be experiencing.
If you’re considering reiki as a holistic approach to health and well-being, it’s important to interview or research each healer or master before selecting one. There are several factors to explore, such as their level of training, clinical experience, personal description of the craft, and so on. Search for a skillful healer who has spent a considerable amount of time in training or who is currently mentored by a reiki master.
It’s easy to make a decision when you know the right questions to ask:
What is your level of training?
Ask a reiki healer where they received their training and from who. To become familiar with the teaching of reiki, it’s good to know the three different levels of training: first degree, second degree and third degree. While the first two degrees allow healers to treat themselves and others, it is not until the third degree that a healer becomes a reiki master.
When were you trained?
This question will give you an idea of how long the healer has been practicing, although it can depend on how often he or she actually practices. If someone was trained in reiki eight years ago but rarely practices, you would probably choose a healer who was trained two years ago and practices on a day-to-day basis.
How do you Describe Reiki?
If the healer is a motivated, qualified and competent practitioner, he or she should be able to describe reiki in a clear and authoritative reply. Whatever the answer may be, you’ll get an idea of the healer as an individual and if you will be comfortable working with them.
What is Your Clinical Experience?
This question will tackle whom the healer has given treatment to, in what settings, and for how long. Answers will vary depending on the healer, for example, some may have started practicing reiki on friends and family members, while others may have worked as volunteers within the alternative health care industry.
What can I Expect in a Typical Session?
When you receive a response to this question, you should be able to get an idea of the healer’s process and how he or she structures their sessions. Make sure to ask about the time, fee, preferred attire (usually fully clothed), and if they provide a comfortable, professional space.
Do you Practice on Yourself?
Asking this particular question will give you an understanding of how often the healer practices daily self-care, which leads to their experience and how much they have to share with you. Be clear of what your needs are—ask if they use reiki alone or if they include other modalities and tools within their practice.
Reiki is an appealing practice that is becoming more and more familiar in today’s world, whether it’s exercised as a part of patient care within a medical setting or solely by an independent healer. Use these steps to find a qualified healer in your area, and join us in watching reiki expand into a popular holistic approach to health and well-being!
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