A lot of people ask me about Reiki -- what is it? How does it work? What are chakras? What can it do for me?
Let's answers those questions and a bit more.. but first, let me tell you a story.
In 2015, I thought Reiki was a load of crap. So when my good friend asked me to join a group session, I laughed and thought it would be a great opportunity to validate my beliefs.
When I joined the session, I honestly don't know what happened. One minute, I was snickering and the next I was covered in peace... I cried a little bit, I felt held and safe. It was wonderful and I didn't want it to stop. Maybe this Reiki thing is a placebo effect, I thought.
Then a few hours later my stomach started to feel weird. For 3 days, I vomited. I did all the things you do for an upset stomach -- fasted from food, took medication, drank Ginger Ale, moaned, complained... but nothing worked.
Then I said, "It must be that stupid Reiki!" so I called my friend. She said that I was fighting what was trying to be released: the need for control. She said I needed to surrender and let go of my desire to control this illness and anything around it. That sounded BONKERS, but I was also extremely desperate. If she told me to pretend I was an elephant and use my "trunk" on my neighbor's doors to feel better, I'd have done it.
But here is the thing. As soon as I began to surrender, my nausea, vomiting, and upset stomach stopped in an instant. It was like a switch had been flipped.
My mind was blown. This skeptic was converted and I signed up for my first Reiki class. Now I'm a 3x Reiki Master in the styles of Usui, Kundalini, and Violet Flame. I teach Kundalini Reiki to others and I am the first to tell everyone I meet the power of energy.
And that's a story of humility.
P.S. Don't worry! My results were extreme because I was very, very, VERY stubborn and controlling. In all the years I've been doing Reiki, less than 1% of people have a similar reaction and I also know ways to help prevent it.
Reiki started in Japan, but since then it's morphed and modernized into dozens of different styles and traditions. What I'm going to talk to you about is GENERAL Reiki which can apply to most, if not all, forms of Reiki.
Simply put, Reiki is healing the energy field.
You have an energy field that you cannot see with your eyes, but you can measure it with scientific equipment. It radiates all around you as if you were sitting in an egg. It also extends inside of you and is concentrated around your seven major nerve ganglions. These seven vortexes of energy in your body are called Chakras and each corresponds to different organ systems, emotions, and physical processes.
For instance, your heart chakra is located in your chest. It is associated with your heart and lungs, the emotions of grief and love, and it is associated with the healthy circulation of blood and oxygen.
However, the chakras aren't separate. They all interact and impact each other. They are all connected by a "river" and they share energy like a river would share water with lakes.
When we channel Reiki, we channel energy from a particular source. For instance, Usui Reiki channels energy from the etheric realm, while Kundalini Reiki channels energy from the earth. The practitioner channels this energy and sends it to the participant.
What is important to understand is that the Reiki Practitioner does not control the direction of the energy. So if you come to a Reiki Practitioner for feeling unworthy, she may set an intention to work on your heart chakra, but the energy will go wherever it is needed. For instance, if you feel unworthy, but that feeling began when you were a child from bullying, you may not be able to work on the feeling of worthiness until you start to feel safe. The energy will route itself to the area of most deficiency -- in this case, the root chakra which is our center of safety and survival.
This is actually a beautiful thing! The energy is innately more intelligent than we are. It totally eliminates the possibility for human error and it is working for you for your greatest and highest good.
In my time as a Reiki Master, I have seen things such as...
Have you tried Reiki? What results did you get? Do you have questions about Reiki? Just ask in the comments.
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