The 5 Reiki Principles
(which encourage us to be in the “now”)
Just for today…
I will not anger.
I will not worry.
I will be grateful.
I will work hard & honestly.
I will be kind to & respect every living thing.
So, I have been thinking… Some of you may not know what it means when I write about the time that I “Reiki’d myself” or how and/or what I “sent” to the Underwriters. Before moving forward and discussing more of my personal experiences and situations in which I have utilized Reiki, it’s probably a good time to pause and share how doing a healing “works” for me. This isn’t to say that this is how it goes for all Practitioners. In fact, I suspect that we each have both similar and yet different ways in which the energy and any corresponding information “flows” through us. In VERY short (not really even a) summary, once you have undergone a Reiki attunement, you are a conduit of God/Source energy.
For me, I first felt this energy through my hands. It was and continues to be a mixture of warmth and almost a pulsating vibration. Once I deepened my practice and pursued Karuna Reiki®, I sometimes also feel this energy radiating through my heart chakra and even my third eye. We are all trained how to “turn on” and “turn off” the energy, however, on occasion it will start to flow unexpectedly… All that means is that someone or something I happen to be in the vicinity of needs a little healing energy and my Guides have facilitated that. I have mentioned this before, but it bears repeating here. Reiki can do NO HARM, so if a person I sit down next to at a restaurant is overly stressed or grieving, a sweet dog has injured his paw on his walk, or a child is feeling anxious because there are lots of people around her at the mall, etc, the energy may “turn on” on its own to assist those that are facing any difficulties that I am unaware of.
However, during scheduled healing sessions, I start by saying a prayer of intention and I also ask that my ego be removed from the session, so that I may be a clear channel/conduit of the energy. Then, I just trust. After I have “turned on” the energy by drawing a symbol we are attuned to in Reiki I, I scan and “ground” the recipient’s body. As I do so, I am often made aware of things like injuries, blocks, fears, etc. If it’s an injury, I might feel a “pin-pricking” sensation in my palms. If it’s an emotional trauma, I typically empathically “feel” their pain. I am always building my “dictionary” (as my Reiki Master calls it) and will take note if I am given a symbol or feeling that seems to mean the same thing in any given session (like the “pin-prick” effect). I work to remove any blockages or energy “build-ups” and for the most part just follow Spirit’s lead. They will have me “insert” various Reiki/Karuna Reiki symbols and make a mental note of any “messages” to be shared. When a person’s healing is meant to be concluded, I notice that the energy flowing from my hands has slowed, or in some cases it has “turned off” on its own. I then seal the healing that has taken place by drawing the same “light switch” symbol I use to start the session and symbolically wrap the receiver in angelic light. For the most part it is white, but there are times when I am guided to use a specific color (which will hold a symbolic meaning for that person, usually pertaining to other information I received during their session).
Every healing I have done is different, even if I am working on the same person. Sometimes we address a familiar issue, but the recipient’s needs have evolved through their healing journey. I conduct “hands-off” (i.e. my hands “hover” about 2-3 inches above the body at all times) sessions and I do not speak while channeling the energy (for anyone who knows me, this is probably a big surprise, as I never seem to have a shortage of things to say!). I do discuss and give detailed notes about my interpretations following the healing. They aren’t always “right on,” but I am just human. I tell everyone I work with that if something about what I share doesn’t resonate with them, that they need not worry because they received exactly what was needed from Spirit.
When conducting a “less formal” session, perhaps when my daughter has gotten a boo-boo, I again ask for guidance from Spirit (set the intention), turn on the energy, and then insert symbols where it feels “right.” Sometimes, there are no symbols at all, just a rush of energy over a fresh scratch or bruise. I have even held my hands to my own head when suffering a headache. There really is no limit to what Reiki (and its positive effects) can do… Following this post, I will move forward sharing more stories about how and when I have used this amazing healing modality (and I’ll always include the “outcome(s)”).
As you can see, this wasn’t meant to be a detailed background of Reiki. There is more information on that in the “Reiki/Karuna Reiki®” section here on Reiki Mommy or you can read more at several of the following websites (and/or just by doing a Google search to your heart’s content:)): International Center for Reiki Training or http://www.annereith.com/classes/reiki-orange-county/. I hope that I have answered any questions you may have had about what it is that I do and if not, please feel free to let me know!
With Love & Gratitude,
p.s. Are you interested in becoming a Reiki Practitioner? I am VERY excited to share that I will be teaching Reiki I on Saturday, June 7th in Brea, CA. Please click here for more details:)