5 Things You May Not Know About Reiki
Reiki is one of the most powerful spiritual and energetic tools that I use in my daily personal life, as well as in my animal communication and intuitive healing practice. As a Reiki Master-Teacher, I use Reiki daily for myself, my animal family, and with my human and animal clients.
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is an energy healing practice which supports stress reduction, relaxation, and spiritual growth; it also promotes healing.
Reiki is a simple, natural, and safe method of energy healing that anyone can use. It also works in conjunction with and helps to support all other medical, veterinary, or therapeutic techniques.
I personally do not know how I would have gotten through the last couple of years without the gift of Reiki! It’s a practice I use every single day in my life. Reiki has now become so interwoven into my life that I really can’t imagine life without it.
Though Reiki is now fairly well-known in the holistic heath, integrative medicine, and bodywork fields, there are still misconceptions and misunderstandings about what Reiki is and how it works.
In this post, I’ll share some things that you may not know about Reiki, or have wondered about and wanted to understand!
1. Reiki is ancient.
While the system of Reiki as we know it today came to us from Japan in the early 20th century through its founder, Usui Sensei, the traditions, teachings, and origins of Reiki can be found in many of the ancient eastern spiritual, healing, and mystical traditions.
2. Reiki is simple.
While Reiki is a deep and beautiful practice, it is fundamentally very simple. Anyone can learn to use and share Reiki. The use of Reiki is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to people of all ages and backgrounds all over the world.
Reiki training used to be much less accessible and less affordable than it is now. A lot has changed in the Reiki world in the last 50 years. There are now Reiki teachers and quality Reiki instruction widely available in many communities and online.
The Reiki Precepts, sometimes known as The Reiki Ideals, illustrate the fundamental simplicity and beauty of Reiki:
3. Reiki is not a religion.
Reiki can be used by people from any and all religious, spiritual, or faith traditions, and also by people who have no particular religious or spiritual orientation.
Reiki can be used as a meditation and spiritual practice, but it does not require a “belief” in any particular principles, ideology, or teaching.
Becoming a Reiki practitioner does not require a commitment to a particular leader, teacher, or organization.
We honor the modern founder of the Reiki system, Usui Sensei, and we honor our Reiki teachers and guides, but Reiki may be used and shared by anyone who has received the Reiki attunement and training, and does not require any kind of organizational membership or affiliation. Practitioners may choose to affiliate with one of the professional Reiki associations if they wish, but it is not required.
4. Reiki for animals is not a special or different kind of Reiki.
Reiki is Reiki. Reiki can be shared with human and other-than-human beings alike. There is no special “frequency” of Reiki for animals, trees, or any other being. Reiki for animals does not require a special attunement, and Reiki can be shared with any being of any species who requests it or desires it.
That said, how animals receive Reiki can be very different from a human experience of Reiki. Animal Reiki practitioners are sensitive to these differences and allow animals to guide and control their own Reiki expereinces, rather than imposing an idea or a human-based protocol on the animals.
5. Reiki can be learned either in-person or at a distance.
I’ve been teaching Reiki at a distance for many years…long before the global pandemic transition to online instruction.
Though in-person and distance/online Reiki training are different experiences, the effect and impact of the Reiki attunement and the practitioners’ ability to use and share Reiki is the same.
My students and I have found distant Reiki training to be a powerful and effective way for people to receive Reiki training and become Reiki practitioners. You can read more about my journey with teaching Reiki online in this post:
As one of my former students shared,
This experience has been profound, spiritual, beautiful, clarifying, uplifting, and empowering.
If you’d like to learn Reiki and become a Reiki practitioner, I invite you to check out the next session of the Reiki Level One for People and Animals Online Course.
I would love to share the gift of Reiki with you!