Reiki for Ourselves, Our Animals, and Our World
I’ll say it plainly: I don’t know how I would have made it through 2020 without Reiki.
And, though we celebrate the beginning of a new year with new intentions, fresh energy, a sense of possibility, evolution, and transmutation, let’s be clear: we are in an immensely challenging time.
Reiki is an energetic and spiritual tool that I use every single day for myself, for my animal family, with my animal and human clients; and in my prayers and intentions for our world.
I often say that I think that Reiki should be something that belongs in everyone’s “life-kit”, along with first aid supplies, jumper cables, and for some of us, chocolate. 🙂
Here are some of the ways that I use Reiki in my daily life to support myself, my animals, others, and our world:
- to provide calming and relaxation in times of anxiety and stress
- to help to support peaceful, deep sleep
- to help with physical discomfort, pain and illness; sometimes Reiki will alleviate symptoms, and sometimes it will support us to tolerate them more easily
- to support emotional balance and healing of trauma
- for energetic protection and grounding for myself, my home, my animals, my land
- as a source of spiritual guidance
- as a foundational meditation and spiritual practice
- as a blessing for food, medicine, supplements, water
- as a way to send loving, healing energy to situations, and with permission for individuals who request the support of Reiki
Last year, I invited anyone who wished world-wide to gather with me in a Global Reiki Circle, sharing Reiki and holding a field of love and healing for our human family in the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our gathering was a powerful group of hundreds of people, some Reiki practitioners, some not, all united in our common intention to share love and healing energy with our fellow humans and our planet at this time. We were joined energetically by whales, dolphins, trees, and other master spiritual teachers who supported our circle and the energy that we shared. It was a powerful example of how the simple energy of Reiki has the potential to support lasting and meaningful healing and transformation in our world.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words: “Rei,” which means “Divine Wisdom or the Higher Power,” and “Ki,” which is life force energy (also known as Chi or Prana). So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life-force energy.”
Reiki is a simple, natural, and safe method of energy healing that anyone can use. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to promote healing.
A beautifully simple practice to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an “attunement” shared by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life.
An attunement is like a special and sacred meditation, and brings us into alignment with the Reiki energy. A Reiki attunement is activated by a Reiki Master-Teacher, who has been trained in the attunement technique, and who shares the process with a person who has the spiritual desire and intention to awaken their inner healing power.
I often say, however, that it is Reiki itself that does the attunement, not the human Reiki Master–we are simply a conduit for the Reiki energy to flow and become activated in the new practitioner.
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 thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.
If you’d like to learn more about Reiki and become a Reiki practitioner, I invite you to join me in our upcoming Reiki Level 1 for People and Animals Online Class.
As the pandemic and upheaval continues in our world, I feel that more than ever, our world needs Reiki. And WE need Reiki…as individuals, as families, as communities. There is no better time, in my opinion, to become a Reiki practitioner if this is something that resonates with you and makes your heart sing with a YES.