“Kindle the Light in yourself, then kindle it in others – one by one” ~ Babaji
What is Reiki?
Reiki (pronounced ray-kee), is a Japanese healing technique developed by Dr. Mikao Usui in 1904. The term Reiki means ‘universal life force energy’. This healing energy flows through a Reiki practitioner once he or she has been attuned to the healing Reiki energy, usually in Reiki training classes and courses.
A Reiki student who has been opened up to this energy is then able to act as a conduit for the healing energy to flow to themselves, other people and situations or objects. Virtually anything can be given Reiki!
Though the Reiki energy is not limited by space or time, when a Reiki master gives an in-person Reiki treatment, they often place their hands in different positions on or over the body. Therefore, many people refer to Reiki as hands-on-healing.
Who Developed Reiki?
Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist, developed Reiki in 1904 as he looked for a way to heal people like Buddha and Christ did. (We’re grateful to him for doing so!)
After Dr. Usui fell severely ill from an illness that swept through Kyoto and almost died, he became determined to develop a spiritual healing practice that could cure any disease and be easily taught to anyone.
He went to Mt. Kurama-yama near Kyoto, where Dr. Usui spend 21 days meditating on life. Supposedly, during this time Dr. Usui realized the power of working with ‘ki’ (life force energy) and shaped his newfound knowledge into the beautiful spiritual healing practice we call Reiki.
After returning from Mt. Kurama-yama, Dr. Usui spent seventeen years honing the practice, and rumor has it he taught over 2,000 people how to use the Reiki energy in his lifetime.
How can you use your Reiki training?
- to heal yourself
- to help others heal themselves
- on animals
- on situations (past, present and future)
The ways to use what you learn in your Reiki training class or course are virtually endless. First of all, you can use the Reiki energy to heal yourself of physical, mental and emotional issues. You can help facilitate other people’s healing, you can power up your food with Reiki, you can clear rooms or entire buildings with Reiki just as you could with sage.
We at Reiki Training Classes .org have incorporated Reiki into our lives so much that we use it at every turn.
Is there a ton of traffic on the freeway? (We do live in LA, after all.) Use the safe clearing Reiki symbol to help clear your path.
Do you have a job interview coming up? Send Reiki ahead of time to both the interview and the people in it. Does your ankle hurt? Send healing Reiki energy to it, and watch the time it takes for your ankle to heal decrease a lot.
Time and time again, without fail we see the intelligent Reiki energy work its healing magic. That’s why we created a site dedicated to Reiki training classes and courses. Everyone should be attuned to the powerful Reiki energy. The world would be a much better place.
What to look for in a Reiki training class or course
The article How to Find the Right Online Reiki Course goes into further detail, but there are a few things you definitely want to look for. You want to make sure you get a good feeling from the teacher, that the price works for you, that you’ve decided whether you want to go with an online Reiki class or an in-person one, and if you can hear testimonials from previous Reiki students.
Recommended books about Reiki
Coming soon… as soon as we get our Amazon referrals set up. (Sending the specific Reiki manifestation symbol to this to get it done faster as we speak…)
Are online Reiki classes as good as Reiki courses in-person?
Though some Reiki Masters feel that Reiki attunements must be passed down in person, many Masters offer classes online and from a distance. The Reiki energy is not limited by time or space, so technically an attunement from an online Reiki class should work just as well as an in-person attunement. We discuss the pros and cons in Taking Reiki Classes Online – The Pros and Cons.
What to bring to your Reiki training course
- you, yourself and an open mind
- comfortable clothes, i.e. no tight belts or pants that restrict your breath and would prevent the healing Reiki energy from flowing through you
- clean feet – you’ll take off your shoes during the class Reiki attunements
- pictures or objects to send Reiki to – only if your Reiki Master teaching the Reiki training suggests. (We like to have our students imbue objects with healing Reiki energy or send Reiki long-distance to people in photos during our Level II Reiki training classes.
What to look for in a portable Reiki table
Now you know we have an article on this very topic, right? What can we say, we did our homework. Please read How to Find the Best Portable Reiki Table. But we will give some quick pointers here when looking for a portable Reiki table:
- Decide if you want a metal or wood portable Reiki table
- Ask any massage therapists and Reiki masters you know about their portable tables
- Go with an EarthLite Reiki table! Okay, so we promised ourselves we would be impartial. But we couldn’t resist. We find the Earthlite Reiki tables superior to the rest. We especially love their commitment to this beautiful planet of ours.
EarthLite even has a ‘Plant a Tree Promise’ that they will plant a tree for every one wood massage table they make. Wow. What can we say, EarthLite Reiki tables = good in our eyes.
The Reiki training course attunement process
Now, of course the Reiki attunement process you will go through in your Reiki course will vary according to the Level, type of Reiki, whether you are taking a Reiki class online, etc. Moreover, each Reiki Master creates the space and adds in additional tools they feel enhance the attunement.
However, there are some commonalites. For the purposes of consistency, let’s look at an in-person Reiki attunement now rather than one you might find in an online Reiki course.
Typically, the Reiki master attuning you will advise you to take off your shoes and sit in an upright position. He or she may create a sacred space using tools such as healing sage, music, dim lighting, etc. Next, they will ask you to close your eyes as they perform the Reiki attunement. You will probably feel some air going into your head and their hands touching your hands and feet.
Reiki attunements can happen very quickly, in about five minutes, or they can last for a half an hour. You may feel powerful sensations as your body opens up to the Universal Life Force energy, or you may feel nothing. Afterward, you may feel energized, or completely drained.
Just know that whatever you feel is exactly what you’re supposed to be feeling. We always get what we need. (Even if it doesn’t always feel that way!) You are always on your path. So be happy your path includes Reiki!
Unfortunately, we can’t really go into more detail about how the healing Reiki energy is transmitted. That knowledge is reserved for Reiki Masters. So take a Master Reiki training course when you feel ready why don’t you…
What to expect from your Reiki training class attunement
Now, there is no easy way to say this. The Reiki energy is so loving, and so light, that it will bring to the surface that within you that is not of the same frequency so you can heal it and transform that energy into positivie energy.
(Because remember, energy never ‘dies’. It merely becomes transmuted and changes from one frequency to another.)
So, without further ado, we bring to you the Reiki attunement ‘healing process’. Trust us, it is not as bad as it seems!
The 21 day Reiki attunement ‘Healing Process’ you may go through
As the Reiki energy circulates through your body over the next few months, your body will be majorly adjusting. Many Reiki practitioners have experienced strong emotions and healing during the first 21 days following their attunement. But you may not. The powerful, wise Reiki energy knows when you are ready to heal.
Since our bodies have seven major chakras, or energy centers, during this 21 day post-Reiki attunement period it is said that the Reiki circulates through each of the chakras for three days.
So, for example, as the Reiki energy circulates through your Manipura chakra, (your chakra of personal power, will and self-esteem), you may have any issues surrounding these areas arise.
Most of us here can attest to the 21 day healing, and were shocked at how the Reiki energy really did move like clockwork every three days to the next chakra (and corresponding issues.) But you will get through it! It is extremely temporary, and just knowing you are going through this process will hopefully make it easier. One woman here didn’t know about the 21 day period until we explained it to her! She had to go through the 21 days thinking she was crazy.
Therefore, we want to make sure you know about the possibility, but also that you stay open to the fact you may not experience it. Either way, know you are healing in some way.
Tips to get through your Reiki attunement
Though the days following your Reiki attunement from your Reiki course may be challenging, use these tips to not only survive, but thrive. It is possible!
1. Keep a journal about your experiences.
Writing is therapeutic in so many ways. It helps you get your feelings out, out, out so they’re not stored in your body as energy blockages you don’t want.
2. Talk to the Reiki Master teaching your Reiki training class.
Whether your Reiki training is in-person or an online Reiki class, you should still have the full support of the Reiki Master teaching the Reiki course. They have undoubtedly gone through the same process you are, and your Reiki class should include their support as part of the deal. Getting imput from someone who has been there and gotten through it can be quite valuable.
3. Interact in our Reiki community forum! (which is coming very, very soon)
By sharing your experiences with other people going through the same thing, you will find the support and encouragement you need. You will receive feedback from other Reiki practitioners on how they got through their Reiki attunements, and may discover ways of coping you never even thought of.
4. Remember that this too shall pass
Although that isn’t always enough when you are going through something, hopefully you can take comfort in the fact that the only constant is change. When you’re upset, that is never your final emotion. (Likewise when you are happy!) So try and remember as best you can that you are healing, that yes, you will get through this, and that you will be so much stronger and healthier on the other side.
Adding Reiki Crystal Healing to your Reiki course training
Crystals such as the amethyst to the left can be wonderful additions to the Reiki treatments you learn to give in your Reiki classes. Since each type of crystal contains a different type of healing energy, you can use the crystal associated with the particular issue you are working on and create a crystal Reiki healing sesison.
Of course, maybe you are just giving a general Reiki treatment and not treating a particular issue, chakra, or section of the body. No worries, the healing Reiki energy knows where to go! But adding crystals can only help increase the effectiveness and power of the Reiki
You may want to create a crystal grid under your portable Reiki table before you start the Reiki session, or perhaps even place the crystals on the recipient’s body during the Reiki crystal healing treatment.
The seven main chakras in our bodies each correspond to a particular color, so if you’re unsure of which crystals would best accompany your crystal Reiki healing session, you can always put a crystal that’s the same color as that chakra in your grid when you first begin to utilize the magical power of crystals.
Sometimes, a crystal may be appropriate for the beginning of a session, but as the time passes, it no longer feels necessary. Use your intuition and discretion to remove the crystal from the grid, doing so in a gentle fashion so as not to disturb the existing energy. Perhaps the person receiving the Reiki fully absorbed all the healing properties the stone had to offer. Regardless of how you use the crystals in your Reiki crystal healing session, we bet that once you start, you will use them in all your Reiki treatments to come. We do!
Sometimes, if we don’t have a crystal on hand and get the hit to use it in a Reiki session, we visualize ourselves leaving our bodies, going home to get the crystal and bringing it back to be used in the Reiki crystal healing session. After all, as you learn in Reiki healing classes, your intention is what matters.
Use aromatherapy to enhance your Reiki course teachings
Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years to help heal countless ailments. Peppermint, for example, is very beneficial for headaches or for feeling more alert.
If you are about to perform a Reiki session and your clients arrives noticeably stressed out and anxious, perhaps some soothing lavender oil will do the trick and calm their minds. (You can always send your clients Reiki when they are en route to come see you, by the way.) But always make sure your client isn’t allergic to the oil you want to use and ask them beforehand if they’d like to receive the aromatherapy.
The Five Reiki principles
Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki, also gave us five wonderful principles to abide by in the practice of Reiki:
- Just for today, I will not be angry. Letting go of anger brings peace.
- Just for today, I will not worry. Letting go of worry brings healing.
- Just for today, I will be grateful. Being grateful brings contentment.
- Just for today, I will do my work honestly. Doing honest work brings purpose.
- Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing. Being kind brings love into your life.
Creating a sacred space for your Reiki sessions
Hopefully your Reiki training course or class was taught in a relaxing, healing environment. If you had the luxury of learning William Rand’s style of Reiki in Hawaii, for example, it almost certainly was. (Can you tell we have Kauai on the brain?). But even if your Reiki class isn’t taught here:
Your Reiki training class should still be taught in a relaxed setting. Luckily, sacred space can be created virtually anywhere! Hopefully your Reiki master instructor created sacred space for your Reiki courses and taught you how to create sacred space when you work on your own Reiki clients. Even if not, low lighting, crystal salt lamps and grids, small water fountains, aromatherapy, candles and relaxing music can work wonders. You want your Reiki sessions to be conducted in an environment where your clients feel safe, supported and away from the worries of the day.
Before sending Reiki, you always want to use the disclaimer beforehand. (Which you should have learned in your Reiki class!) You can call out the specific person or situation you want to send the Reiki too specifically, or you can use a generic disclaimer such as, “Anything and everything, anything and everything, anything and everything. You are free to accept or reject the Reiki energy. Reiki is healing, harmonizing and balancing.”
By using the disclaimer, you ensure that you don’t accrue any karma by sending energy to someone or something who doesn’t want to receive it. If you believe in karma, that is. Which we do.
Use your Reiki course training to work on animals
You will probably be hard-pressed to find an animal who doesn’t love Reiki. Since animals don’t have the same resistance to healing that many of us do (thanks to our good ole’ egos), most animals are very receptive to receiving the healing energy.
Some animals may be frightened of humans, of course, and if so you can always use the distance healing symbol learned in the Reiki Level II training class to send them Reiki from a distance. The gentle, healing Reiki energy benefits both healthy animals and those in need of special care or assistance.
For healthy animals, Reiki offers them a profound sense of relaxation and well-being. For pets with behavorial problems or ill animals, Reiki is a complementary modality to other healing methods like acupuncture and Western medicine. For pets making the transition to leave the Earth plane, receiving Reiki can offer them great comfort and help ease any anxiety they feel. As with everything you send Reiki healing energy to, you always want to use the Reiki disclaimer you should have learned in your Reiki training classes. After all, animals are people too, at least in our book. Here are some ways to read the animals you’d like to send Reiki to:
2. If you are sending an animal Reiki and they suddenly change positions or lift their head to look at you, this could very well be a sign they want the Reiki energy focused on a different area of their body. Or perhaps you were touching them, and now they’d prefer you to keep your hands a few inches above them. As all of us with pets know, animals can definitely get their point across!
3. If you are giving Reiki to a client and your cat or dog won’t stay away, this is a sure sign they would love some healing Reiki energy of their own to enjoy. One Reiki Master here at Reiki Training Classes says that every time she goes home after finishing teaching a Reiki course or giving an attunement, her five cats cannot get enough of her. Your Reiki Bank Account In your Level II Reiki training class, you will most likely learn the distance healing symbol. Since this symbol not only transcends space, but also time, you will be able to send Reiki healing energy forward and backward in your life. While you can (and should!) spend time healing your past issues (that we all have, who do you know who’s exempt?), why not spend some time focusing on your future and what you want to bring into your life. And send a lil’ positive Reiki energy to your future while you’re at it.
Starting a Reiki bank account is an excellent way to do this. Draw the distance healing symbol as you learned in your Reiki class, and send it to situations you know are coming up in the future for you, as well as your future self five, ten years from now. If you learned the symbols for Infinite Grace, Manifestation or Grounding (to ground ideas into reality in this 3rd dimension we currently live in), send those symbols to your path to help you change with ease, grace and the support of the Universe. Well, the Universe is always supporting us, but you know what we mean. Sending Reiki energy to your future self can never be a bad thing. Who couldn’t use more Reiki in their life? Complementary modalities to your Reiki course teachings The beauty of Reiki is that you can use what you learn in your Reiki training courses alongside literally every other healing modality you can think of. You can add Reiki to:
- traditional Western medicine
- Chinese medicine and acupuncture
- other energywork or bodywork techniques
- sound healing
Color therapy, not to digress too far from Reiki, is the practice of adding color into a person’s bodies and energy field to promote healing. Different colors have different healing properties and are often associated with the same colors in the chakra system. For example, if the recipient is angry and you feel hot energy emanating from them, or if they have pain in a specific area, you can send focused blue energy directly into that area.
Or, if you are performing a Reiki session (using the techniques from your Reiki training, of course!) and you intuitively are drawn to the clients’ heart, in addition to sending love and compassion that way through your hands, you can send green and pink energies there as well. These are the two energies associated with the heart. Of course, it goes without saying that if you learned the Heart Healing Reiki symbol or the symbol for Unconditional Love in your Reiki training class, send those there as well! Coming at the problem or issue from varying levels only makes your Reiki session that much stronger. The degrees or levels in Usui Reiki training classes In traditional Usui Reiki, the Reiki training classes are typically divided into three separate Reiki courses: Level I, Level II and the Master Level Reiki training. Though in a lot of Reiki class offerings online and in-person you are able to reach the Master Level quite quickly, you may want to allow time between each Reiki course before moving on to the next one.
Here’s why: You might go through the always-enjoyable 21 day healing process we mentioned above. But even if you don’t, over the next months after a Reiki attunement your body gradually adjusts to being able to transduce the healing Reiki energy. One thing is certain: No one has ever walked away from a Reiki attunement without being changed in some way for the better. So let your body absorb the healing and fully process it. Life is a journey, not a destination, right? Secondly, there is no substitute for experience, and you will learn so much above and beyond your Reiki training class in your practical application of the Reiki. Finally, when Dr. Usui first created the Reiki healing tradition in Japan, Reiki students often had to wait years between attunements. Most Reiki students never even reached the Master Level trainings. So hold your horses, will ya? You are exactly where you are supposed to be. Reiki Level I Training Class So, let’s discuss a Reiki Level I Course. In this initial and basic Reiki training class, you will receive an attunement that allows you to transduce the Reiki healing energy. You will learn about Dr. Mikao Usui, the Reiki founder, as well as the principles it is founded on and what you can use Reiki for. At the discretion of the Reiki Master teaching the Reiki class, you may or may not be attuned to the basic Reiki symbols such as the Power Symbol and the Love Symbol.
We at Reiki Training Classes do teach our Level I Reiki training students these two symbols and a couple more in the Level I training because we want the students to get used to incorporating symbols into their Reiki sessions.
Master Level Reiki Classes
In a Master Level healing Reiki training class, you are attuned with all the symbols and are taught how to attune others. After this Reiki course, you will know how to give permanent attunements, temporary attunements, and deepen your Reiki practice even further.
In our Master Level Reiki courses we teach multiple traditions and attune our students with symbols from traditional Usui Reiki, William Rand Reiki, Tibetan Reiki, Karuna Reiki and Seichem Reiki, among others. We want our Reiki class students to have the full array of tools to use in their healing sessions.
With the Master Reiki class attunement also comes responsibility. Even if you decide not to attune others or teach Reiki courses yourself, you still have a responsibility to practice Reiki in your own way and help spread the healing Reiki energy. Which you will want to, of course. Because in addition to being healing, harmonizing and balancing, sending Reiki is fun!
How a Reiki session works Here is a video about what happens in a Reiki session (by the National Insitutes of Health National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, no less!) Hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day… We just might be getting somewhere. The beneficial effects of healing modalities such as Reiki can no longer be denied. And we firmly believe here at Reiki Training Classes that in a hundred years, hopefully sooner, energy work and food with be the new medicines. Here’s hoping…
While of course we wish we had all the time in the world to send Reiki to everyone and everything we know needs it, in our busy lives we often aren’t able to find the time to do so. Let alone remember everyone we want to send Reiki to! So what you can do is write a Reiki list of everything you want to send Reiki healing energy to, and then set the intention as you turn on your Reiki that everything on your list will receive the Reiki healing as needed.
As each person, item or situation on your list receives the maximum Reiki healing they are capable of for that day, the sage Reiki will automatically stop flowing to that person and move on to the next item on the Reiki list.
We also keep a list of all the Reiki symbols and send them to the list each day, so as not to forget any. Perhaps someone can use the forgiveness symbol! You never know. And of course, remember to put yourself on your list. No one deserves the healing Reiki energy more than you do.
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Learn more about hand-on-healing and Reiki training
We are also beyond excited to announce that our new e-book on healing with Reiki will be available in early 2012 for your reading pleasure. We have waited a long time for this, and are thrilled to spread the word about Reiki and how taking a Reiki training class is a life-changing experience.
So there you have it! A brief (well, not really) description of what healing Reiki energy is, how you can heal with Reiki, what to look for in a Reiki training class, info about online Reiki classes, the best portable Reiki tables around, and more. Please visit the rest of our site and enjoy our articles on the beautiful Reiki energy, there is plenty more where this came from.
Namaste and from our hearts to yours,
The team at Reiki Training Classes