I put together a Beginner’s Series of posts for people new to Reiki (or who want to learn more about it). In this article, we’ll cover the 5 tell-tale signs that you could use a Reiki session, as well as what is Reiki, what is Distance Reiki (or virtual Reiki), how Reiki is different from other kinds of integrative wellness therapies, and what Reiki can help you with.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a hands-on energy healing technique from Japan and means “transcendent life force” or “spiritual energy.” The practice of Reiki guides this “Ki,” or energy, that surrounds and permeates every living thing. In Chinese, it’s referred to as “Chi” or “Qi”—acupuncture and martial arts are examples of other disciplines that work with this life force energy that is in each one of us.
Reiki enhances wellness by helping your mind and body bring itself into balance, and it can be a powerful tool to help you take an active role in your health.
What is Distance Reiki?
Distance Reiki is also referred to as Virtual Reiki or Absentee Reiki, and was a part of the original system of Reiki in the 1920s. This technique allows the Reiki practitioner to offer Reiki healing when the recipient is in a different geographic location and not physically present and in the same room as the practitioner.
How is Reiki different from other integrative therapies?
One of the major ways Reiki differs from other healing modalities is that the practitioner isn’t directing the energy, or making decisions about what your body needs. The Reiki practitioner cultivates and works with Ki or energy, acting as a channel for your body to take in what it needs to balance itself.
What can Reiki help me with?
Reiki can help with a wide range of physical, emotional, and mental issues such as pain, anxious feelings, depression, grief and sadness, and confidence and self esteem. It can be particularly helpful with any major life changes in career, relationship, home or family.
What are the 5 tell-tale signs you could use a Reiki session?
You’re feeling very stressed and find it hard to switch off even during down-time or when it’s time to go to sleep. Many people report feeling calmer and more peaceful and often notice an improvement in sleep after receiving Reiki sessions. Stress is attributed to 85% of all disease, so anything you can do to reduce stress can have huge benefits.
2. Feeling Stuck:
You feel blocked or stuck and are having trouble moving forward. Some people feel it in their body, while others notice it more in the mind–perhaps ruminating, obsessing, or overanalyzing. Our energy is meant to flow smoothly, just like the circulation in the physical body, and Reiki is good at softening and releasing these stuck or blocked feelings in the mind and body.
3. Major-Life Changes:
You’re in the middle of a major life change, be it a health challenge, a recent break up, moving to a new place, or changing jobs, and you could use additional support. Reiki helps balance and shift your energy, and this shift allows you to get in touch with yourself in a deep, profound way.
As a Reiki practitioner, I don’t heal people. Rather, Reiki enhances access to your own inner wisdom and innate healing ability. The healing unfolds from this inner connectedness.
You’re feeling out of balance in your life or with your health. For example, you’re feeling too emotional, crying for no reason; or alternately, you don’t feel in touch with your emotions, you feel flat or unmoved when good or bad things happen. Or you may notice specific areas of your life are out of balance, for example, you’re a workaholic and your personal relationships (romantic, family, or friends) are suffering.
Your intuition is off; you’re lacking clarity or are having trouble making decisions. For example, you feel too swayed by others’ opinions, or when you try to make a decision you feel like your fears are interfering with your decision-making process. Reiki is wonderful at helping you connect to your own inner wisdom (and so is hypnosis).
Have more questions about Reiki? You can read more about how Reiki works and what to expect, and here’s more about the top questions to ask to find a qualified Reiki practitioner.