Interested in learning Reiki? Here’s a handy beginner’s guide, which includes everything you need to know to be informed and get started:
Can anyone learn Reiki?
I get asked this question a lot and I can relate: I really wasn’t sure when I signed up for my first Reiki class years ago. The short answer is yes, each of us has a natural healing ability. Sometimes people feel overwhelmed or worried by this, while others aren’t sure where to start. Taking classes offers a structure and foundation to build on this ability.
There are 3 levels of Reiki training: beginning, intermediate, and advanced (or Reiki I, II, and III). Learning Reiki is a deeper experience than receiving a Reiki session because it allows you to take your healing into your own hands (literally) with a daily mindfulness practice.
What are the benefits of taking a Reiki class?
When you take a Reiki Level I class, you’ll learn about the 5 Reiki precepts, or principles to live by. These principles offer advice and a path to help us let go of anger and worry, to be true to ourselves, and to show compassion.
We can understand this advice intellectually, but learning Reiki offers us a way to go beyond this and embody the precepts through the hands on healing, meditation techniques, symbols and mantras (learned in Reiki II), and attunements. Imagine the benefits you would experience if you were less angry and fearful, and felt calmer and more centered, no matter what stress you encountered in your life.
But can’t I just learn Reiki online?
While technology has its benefits, learning Reiki at an in-person training offers many things you can’t experience online such as:
• Practicing giving Reiki sessions with the supervision and feedback of the teacher and fellow students.
• Giving Reiki during an in-person class allows for physical touch, which helps you trust that that the energy is flowing. For most students, this trust often develops over time with practice.
• Receiving attunements in person (vs. online) can be reassuring to our linear mind. Students are more or less sensitive to energy, and having the physical presence of the teacher in front of them during this spiritual blessing often sets the mind at ease that something is happening.
Read more about the benefits (especially if you’re considering offering Reiki professionally).
How can I find a qualified Reiki teacher?
There are many different types of Reiki classes available, and you want to find the right one for you. Questions to consider as you’re looking for a qualified teacher include:
- How long was the teacher’s own training and how long has s/he been teaching?
- Do they have a daily Reiki self care and meditation practice?
- How long is the class and is certification available?
- Does the teacher offer ongoing support through practice nights and advanced training?
Read more to find out how to find a qualified teacher and make an informed decision that’s right for you.
How can Reiki impact every aspect of your life?
My daily Reiki practice has improved my life in so many different ways (and it continues to!). Over time here’s what I noticed:
- positive changes in a chronic health condition
- the ability to let go of a negative relationship pattern in my dating life
- more clarity around how to make a career transition
- the ability to better handle my finances
- better time management
- an increase in my creativity as a writer
Read on to find out more about my personal journey with Reiki, as well as one student’s feedback on what she noticed in her own life, and open up to some possibilities of how Reiki can transform your own life in a positive and powerful way.
Want to gain insight from past Reiki students? Here’s more about learning Reiki from the student’s perspective:
A yoga teacher and busy mom of three discovered that less is more when it comes to Reiki.
And another student connected to her own inner wisdom after learning to give herself a daily 10-minute Reiki treatment.
Find out how learning Reiki helped one student deal with a break up.
The practice of Reiki helped another student manage her ego (no easy task!).
Ok, I signed up for my first Reiki class, what should I do to set my expectations?
Here are the elements that are usually covered in a Reiki Level 1 class:
- Discuss what is Reiki and the history of Reiki
- Receive 4 attunements, or spiritual blessings (also known as Reiju)
- Learn a Reiki self-care protocol
- Discuss the Reiki precepts, or principles to live by
- Discover Reiki meditations to focus the mind and center yourself
- Learn a Reiki chair protocol to use with friends and family
To get the most out of your class, have an open mind and commit to practicing the Reiki self care protocol for a minimum of 21 days. Notice any little changes such as how you sleep, how you feel when you wake, your energy levels, and your ability to focus and respond to stressful situations.
Want more? Here’s a bonus:
Here’s a Pinterest board I created all about learning Reiki.
Best of luck as you begin your Reiki journey, and here’s a tip from my first Reiki teacher. She always used to say: “Your hands are smarter than your head!” Wise words….
It can be hard to know what to look for when searching for a Reiki practitioner. I had a client ask me about this yesterday–she was looking for a recommendation for her uncle who lives in Texas.
Read on to find out the top questions to ask to find a qualified Reiki practitioner. I’ll give you the evaluation criteria to look for to make an informed decision.
1. How long was the practitioner’s training?
Reiki trainings range anywhere from 1-2 days to a year or more. When training takes place over a longer period of time, there’s more of an opportunity to integrate what is taught, ask questions, and practice.
2. How long has the practitioner been practicing professionally?
The length of time the practitioner has been seeing clients professionally can be an indication of a breadth of experience, and hopefully a level of comfort dealing with a range of client situations and issues.
3. Does the practitioner specialize in working with certain kinds of clients or issues?
This can be helpful if the practitioner offers a specialty that corresponds with what you need as the client.
4. Do you feel comfortable?
This is more a question to ask yourself. You want to feel comfortable and at ease when you speak or email with the practitioner when you schedule your appointment, and during the session itself. You might be dealing with a sensitive issue, and you want to feel supported. Trust and a sense of rapport during any kind of bodywork is vital.
5. What is the practitioner’s personal practice? Do they practice daily Reiki self care and meditate?
Practicing daily Reiki self care and meditation lies at the center of the system of Reiki. The more a practitioner works on her or his own healing, the more s/he will have to offer you as the client. This also ensures that their own issues don’t get in the way of helping and supporting you.
6. Does the practitioner get Reiki or other kinds of bodywork sessions regularly?
This can be a sign that the practitioner invests in taking care of him or herself on a regular basis, and can be a way to work through their own issues and challenges and avoid burnout. Receiving sessions can also inform the way the practitioner gives sessions, helping her or him remember what it feels like to be the client.
You’ll be able to find the answers to some of these questions on the practitioner’s website; other questions you might want to ask on the phone, in an email, or in person. I hope this article helps you find a wonderful Reiki practitioner so you can best enjoy the benefits of Reiki. Good luck!
P.S. Did you miss this recent post about if anyone can learn Reiki?
I’ve been traveling visiting family over the holidays. It was wonderful spending time with them (especially in the balmy winter weather of Florida–in sharp contrast to the winter wonderland of the Hudson Valley pictured above), but now that the New Year’s confetti has settled, I’m starting to ease into 2015. How about you?
Here are 4 powerful ways I’ve found to help you start the new year right.
1. Try Hypnosis:
So often we think we need more willpower or discipline to overcome a bad habit, let go of a fear, or make a big life change. Find out why that’s not true in this article I wrote on how hypnosis can help you keep your New Year’s Resolutions.
2. Use the 2015 Create Your Shining Year Workbook & Calendar:
In case you missed it, I wrote about my #1 planning tool, and I’ve received lots of positive feedback from people who already started using it. Check it out.
4. Create a Gratitude Jar:
This has become an annual tradition. I love reading and remembering all the highlights from throughout the year.
Here’s to a fabulous 2015!
I just finished a great class this past weekend with the amazing trainer John Overdurf.
We talked a lot about how the brain works when we’re trying to make a decision, and ways to optimize this process so we can make better ones.
I always love John’s classes–he’s always finding new techniques to facilitate peak performance. In fact, he trains top CEOs (e.g. the head of Toyota).
Read on to discover how to make better decisions with hypnosis. I’ll show you an easy question you can ask yourself when you’re in the process of making a decision, as well as how hypnosis can put you in the right state of mind to have an Ah-ha moment.
Decision-Making Gone Wrong
We often forget a couple of key things when we make decisions.
1. We think that we can accurately predict the future, when actually variables are always changing (including us!). I know I’m guilty of often trying to live in the future–can you relate?
2. We often try to make important decisions when we’re stressed. When we’re in a negative state, such as feeling stressed, we’re only using half our brain (the dominant hemisphere). This severely limits our options.
So how to make better decisions with hypnosis?
Hypnosis helps us use both parts of our brain, activating the sub-dominant hemisphere. This helps us access our intuition and creativity, feeling relaxed and connected to ourselves.
Hypnosis also helps us reinterpret problems, noticing what is new and different. This is when the Ah-ha moments happen, and we can come up with solutions we never even considered before.
One Simple Question
Here’s a simple question you can ask yourself when you’re getting ready to make a decision. Hypnosis greatly facilitates this process, but you can do this on your own as well. Before you ask this question, do something to get yourself in a relaxed state of mind: maybe closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths.
Then ask yourself:
What’s the smallest next step I need to take involving this decision?
So often we think too big picture, and we become overwhelmed and stressed. I’ve learned to ask myself this question whenever I’m working on a big project and find it really helps. It’s such a simple question, and yet it’s such a powerful way to retrain your brain (which is what hypnosis is all about).
Asking yourself this simple question makes it more manageable, and will give you more information to go on once you’ve completed this next smallest step as you engage in the process of making decisions.
Then you can repeat the question, step by step, working toward figuring out what you want to do and making better decisions throughout.
Need some additional help? Schedule a hypnosis session and we’ll work through the process together. I’ll also show you the Necker Cube technique to help further facilitate the A-Ha moment!