What is Reiki?
The practice of Reiki is believed to come from ancient texts rediscovered and developed by Mikao Usui in Japan early last century. The Japanese word Reiki means ‘Universal Energy’. Eastern medicine has always recognised and worked with this energy, which flows through all living things and is vital to the well-being of life. The energy is known as ‘ki’ in Japan, ‘chi’ in China, and ‘prana’ in India. Acupuncture, tai chi and yoga are also based on the free-flow of this energy in a person. As a therapy, Reiki is an effective and simple way of tapping into this energy, and transferring it for the benefit of the receiver, to stimulate the body’s own natural healing potential.
What are the benefits?
Reiki is beneficial in many ways. Whether you suffer from stress or tension, and the symptoms associated with this, or wish to improve the quality of relationships at home or work, the effects of Reiki occur on many levels. Reiki can accelerate the healing of physical problems, balance the emotions, and free us from restrictive mental attitudes. It can also provide a closer connection with inner wisdom.
Reiki encourages and supports positive personal change such as improving the diet, having more rest, exercise or leisure time, and may reduce the need for alcohol and tobacco. Reiki can allow us to respond more calmly to life’s challenges and build on a more resourceful state of being. Reiki is a gentle energy and may be used safely by all ages, including the new born, pregnant mothers, surgical patients, the frail and the elderly, regardless of their state of health. Reiki can enhance everyday life, Regular sessions help to ward-off illness and fatigue.
Reiki is a non-invasive therapy that can be used without fear of any side-effects. It may be used with confidence alongside conventional medication or natural remedies because it acts in a complementary way.
What is a Reiki Treatment like?
A Reiki treatment usually lasts upward of thirty minutes. The client lies on a treatment couch with a background of soft relaxing music and incense. The client remains fully clothed. The Reiki practitioner places his/her hands gently and passively on different locations on the body, usually beginning at the head. Each position is held for a few minutes.
Reiki does not require any form of manipulation of tissue or muscles so the hands remain still. Reiki will even flow through a plaster cast.
It is common for the client to experience sensations such as warmth or tingling flowing from the Reiki practitioner’s hands. Most clients report entering a very deep state of relaxation. Those familiar with meditation say they enter a deep meditative state. The mind calms, the breathing slows down, and a feeling of well being and better sense of perspective is attained.
By receiving a session of Reiki, one physiologically attains many of the benefits equivalent to three to four hours sleep, such as increased oxygen supply to the blood and cells. This clinical observation, combined with the meditative state, makes Reiki a most effective natural stress reliever.
Regular use of Reiki leads to an increase in general vitality and well being and a sense of inner peace. It greatly accelerates and promotes the healing process and regeneration of tissue.
Reiki does not take the place of conventional medicine. Always consult a GP for an acute or infectious condition, and problems of urgent concern. Reiki works effectively alongside orthodox healthcare, so expanding treatment options.
Can anyone learn Reiki?
The ability to channel Reiki cannot be learnt from a book or by instruction. To be able to receive Reiki, students go through a special initiation which ‘attunes’ them to the Reiki energy. Over time this connection is improved through practice, and by actually using the Reiki energy on themselves – typical known as ‘self treatment’. Many people use it exclusively for reasons of personal development, healthcare and stress-management.
An initiation/attunement can only be performed by a Reiki Master (teacher). This process harmonises a person with the Reiki energy so they can receive and pass it on to others. It is not exclusive, anyone can be attuned/initiated to Reiki regardless of their spiritual or religious beliefs. Additional stages of attunements/initiations and the use of the Reiki symbols, further enhance the practitioner’s ability to utilise the Reiki energy, focusing it for specific purposes.
What are the symbols?
The Reiki symbols are devices used by Reiki practitioners who have been attuned to use them and focus their intent for specific uses. They are an integral part of the attunement/initiation process. The Reiki symbols are sacred and may vary across the different styles of Reiki.
Reiki Teachings and Attunements
by Maria Arpa, Reiki Master
Mikeo Usui’s Rules for Healing
Mikeo Usui, the founder of Usui Reiki promoted this simple yet profound set of rules for daily living.
Just for today, do not worry.
Just for today, do not anger.
Honour your parents, teachers and elders.
Earn your living honestly.
Show gratitude to everything.
It is now been scientifically proven through research studies that when people feel gratitude their bodies produce healing chemicals which circulate to every cell. Practising gratitude promotes our health and longevity. There have been people who have cured their cancers through daily planned experiences of laughter.
One of the most basic yet profound teachings is to focus on being in the present moment. This means not worrying about the future. This means not dwelling on the past with guilt, self-recrimination, shame, sadness or anger. Putting our focus and energy to the past or future is a waste of energy. It detracts from being alive in the present. NOW is really all we have! We cannot change the past, we can only learn from experiences we had there. We cannot know what the future will be. We can, however, miss the present moment by spending our precious time on the past or future.
Take time and meditate on these principles.
Reiki Attunements – The Three Degrees (Levels) of Reiki Training
Reiki I (morning session by appointment)
In this workshop you will:
Receive energy attunements which enable you to more easily channel Universal Energy through your hands upon intention.
Learn to scan the body, feel the body’s general vitality level, the energy centres (chakras), and to detect blockages of energy.
Practice the hand positions for the treatment of self and others.
Learn the history of Reiki.
Learn the significance of the chakras.
Having received the first attunement, the new Reiki practitioner has been prepared to offer the basic energy transfer.
Reiki II (4-6 hours by appointment)
At this level, the training is more intense. The practitioner receives the Reiki symbols with the second attunement. The practitioner is also now able to perform remote Reiki.
This workshop is open to those who have gained a minimum of one months experience with Level I and want to learn more advanced Reiki techniques for their own personal development and as a Reiki Practitioner.
The Workshop consists of:
Additional Reiki attunements opening you to channel the additional energies of Level II Reiki, including an increase in the amount of energy channelled.
Learning the Reiki symbols and how to use them.
Increasing the amount of energy to be channelled to self, others and in distant treatments.
Learning to send Reiki through distant healing techniques.
Learning how to open to and utilise intuitive information working with clients.
Review of the hand positions, scanning techniques and emotional significance of the chakra system.
Learning powerful chakra clearing and balancing techniques.
Reiki III/Reiki Master (individually tailored)
This course is individually tailored and involves working through personal blocks over several months. Reiki Mastership is an attitude and a way of life. Acceptance on this course is by interview.
It is important for you to meditate on your life purpose and your intent and decide if Reiki Mastership is in harmony with it. Then, it is important to find a Reiki Master to study with who is competent and to whom you feel attuned; one who will support you after you become a Reiki Master.
Becoming a Reiki Master implies that you will be able to initiate others into Reiki. Therefore, it is important to find a teacher who will spend time helping you practice the attunement process
Upon receiving the third attunement, the practitioner’s knowledge and skills are expanded and intensified. The student receives instruction on how to pass the attunements; and guidance on how to use and transfer power and sacred symbols as a Reiki Master/Teacher
To discuss your requirements or find out more please contact me