Over the years it's become a therapy that I have grown to love immensely and I have also really enjoyed watching my understanding and application of it evolve.
The best thing that I can say about reiki is that you almost need to not understand it in order to understand it. It's about trust. It's also about intention and intuition and with these three concepts aligned you open yourself up to a world of possibility which is only limited by your faith and imagination.
Having completed my training so many years ago, I decided that I would like to refresh my knowledge so that I can fulfill my qualification as a master practitioner and go on to teach people reiki myself one day.
Much to my delight, my teacher Janie from The Healing Company was hosting a level 1 reiki course down in Cheltenham at the Isbourne Centre and accepted my offer to be her humble assistant for the day.
It's so important to surround yourself with people who practice your passions and Janie is highly experienced in both reiki and reflexology and completely overflowing with sincerity, playfulness and passion; my kinda gal.
As we set out to host 8 intrigued and soon to be practitioners, the day just fell into place all by itself.
I soon realised how beneficial it was for me to refresh all this ancient wisdom and how beautifully empowering and healing it's concepts are.
Here are the key things that will help you to understand reiki:
- Reiki is a Japanese word meaning "Universal Life Force Energy". Energy is all around us. In our body, our thoughts, in the air, in solid objects, in the earth and in our water. Energy never ceases to exists and merely transforms form and frequency. Ever picked up good "vibes" from someone? That's your innate ability to sense energy. Reiki represents a form of energy that a practitioner has learnt to access/channel in order to heal, cleanse and re-balance.
- Reiki is a way of life, an attitude and a moral. Similar to the beliefs of Buddhism, reiki hosts 5 core principles. To follow these principles and practice reiki reinforces your balance in the world from the inside to the outside. 1.Just for today I will trust. 2. Just for today I will work honestly. 3. Just for today i will accept my blessings. 4. Just for today I will be at peace. 5. Just for today I will respect all life.
- Reiki focuses on realigning the chakras (the body's energy centers). There are 9 main chakras in different areas of the body including the feet, groin, navel, stomach, chest center, thymus area, throat, forehead and the top of the head. Each chakra is connected to particular emotions, behaviors, organs and glands and it is believed that an imbalance in one of the energy centers will lead to an imbalance in the correlating organs, behaviors and emotions.
- During a reiki treatment you will customarily be lying down while the practitioner channels energy to you by nurturing each chakra zone and sometimes simply by sending reiki to where they feel energy is needed. Reiki will send you into a deep state of relaxation. Everyone's experience of reiki can vary but some common occurrences can include feeling heat, having little twitches as energy releases, seeing colours, feeling the easing of pain and also processing old thoughts and emotions which may need to be released. After a session you'll notice you feel more centered and energized.
These points literally just skim the surface of what reiki is but I hope it has enabled you to paint a better picture of it.
While I absolutely love treating myself and others and have developed what I can only describe as an astute intuition through reiki, what I discovered during 1 day as a teaching assistant was quite astonishing.
It was absolutely beautiful being part of the process of enabling others to learn and practice this wonderful therapy. To watch people develop and tune into new behaviors and frequencies right before my very eyes is rewarding on a completely different level to healing.
Being part of nurturing people to grow by passing on these ancient teachings and facilitating them to use it was an experience which filled me with happiness, honor, pride and purpose.
In teaching others you learn yourself, so the reward is continually circulating. I look forward to hosting my own classes when the time is right some time soon and to further collaborations with my star teacher Janie.
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It's a wonderful technique to play with!