With Reiki becoming more prominent across the globe, many people are asking ‘What is Reiki?‘
Reiki is a holistic healing technique that allows a therapist to channel energy into a patient by means of touch, or by holding their hands above them. The energy is channeled into a patient to aid the natural healing processes of a patient’s body and restore physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well being.
Reiki has many benefits including the improvement of overall well being, stress management, revitalization and a stabling of energy. Reiki has been used as a healing practice since the end of the last century, but is massively growing in popularity today. A question many people have is how does one get into Reiki and what is involved?
There are three levels of Reiki that must be completed in order for a person to become a Reiki Master. These are the First Degree level, the Second Degree level, and the Master/Teacher, or Third Degree, level.
What is First Degree Reiki?
In the First Degree level of Reiki, a student will learn how Reiki works, its historical background, and the different types of Reiki systems that are used today. A student is initiated into Reiki by receiving their first Reiki energy experience through Reiki Attunement.
Through Reiki Attunement, a student learns how to tune into Reiki energy and use it to heal all parts of the body. That is on a spiritual, emotional, physical and mental level; Reiki is all encompassing. This initiation requires the student to lie on their back. Or stomach, while a master places their hands across their bodies, from head to toe, identifying and cleansing Chakras as they go. Energy flows from the masters hands and into the students body.
There is much training available through online & home courses however you should receive you attunement through a Reiki master to ensure it fully works and that you completely understand the process. It’s also recommended to read as much as you can on Reiki, to understand its origins and its endless uses. Once you learn to administer Reiki to yourself, you will then begin learning how to send this energy to others.
What is Second Degree Reiki?
The second degree of Reiki builds on all that you learnt in the first degree. Here a student learns about distance healing, which involves the art of channeling Reiki energy to someone based in any location.
This energy level is a different vibration than Reiki that the student will have practiced before. It has a much higher proportion from the source and a lower level of Chi than first degree Reiki.
Where the First Degree level primarilly physical healing, the Second Degree level promotes healing on a mental, spiritual and emotional level, and the student will concentrate on these areas to a much higher level than learnt before.
What is Master/Teacher Reiki or Third Degree Level?
In the Master/Teacher, or Third Degree, level of Reiki, students learn about Reiki symbols; what they mean and how they are used. They will also learn various methods of stress management such healing drumming and healing with the use of crystals.
Students learn sacred mantras and how different energies work together to enhance specific areas of healing. Once at the Master Reiki level, a student will also be able to perform attunements on others.
Reiki has many benefits and has improved the lives of many. If you embark on the Reiki journey you’ll learn all about the power of Chi, self-healing and the healing of others.
Reiki Healing from a Distance
As a Reiki practitioner advances, they can also learn to heal with Reiki from a distance. This can be confusing to some who think that Reiki involves a hands on, or hands just over, approach to healing. However, advanced practitioners simply think of the patient and utilise specific distance Reiki symbols in order to send healing energy from a distance.
If you’d like to know more about distance reiki, here’s a useful article.
Reiki as a Complementary Medicine
Reiki works incredibly well as a complementary medicine, particularly for patients who are undergoing invasive treatment procedures. In fact, studies have shown that reiki helps people deal with both physical and psychological traumas.
This is because Reiki is a non-invasive treatment that restores your body to its own natural vibrations. The calming nature of Reiki acts as a counterbalance to the many invasive procedures that a patient may have faced during their treatment.
So, What is Reiki? Reiki is simply utilising spiritual energies in order to heal on physical, spiritual, mental and emotional levels. Below is a fantastic video for those embarking on the start of their Reiki journey.