Reiki Sessions: How They Work
I am asked all the time how a Reiki Technique session works and what people can expect after a session. I am asked this question a lot by people who have never had a Reiki Technique session before, have been given incorrect information or are maybe skeptical that anything happens during an hour-long session with nice music playing and aromatherapy oils. You can’t possibly understand what a Reiki Technique session is about and how you feel afterward if you have never had the experience. So if you are at a Health Fair through your work or school, and they are offering free Reiki Technique Treatment Sessions, then jump at the chance to get a session and experience it first hand.
You may have noticed that I referred to this as Reiki Technique session. Practitioners have shortened what is generally referred to as Reikiho (Reiki Technique) to Reiki, and that is confusing to people. Reikiho is the technique, or method for using Reiki energy. The word Reiki is made of 2 Japanese Kanji Symbols. Rei translates into Universal or Spirit, and ki translates into energy. Reikiho is composed of the hand placements and other things that Reiki Practitioners use to connect to Reiki Energy.
Each practitioner is different, and may do things differently. Generally, a client makes an appointment, comes in, and completes a form. Because of Federal and State requirements, I advise the client that I am not a doctor (some practitioners happen to be medical doctors), that I don’t diagnose or prescribe, and that I don’t advise discontinuing any medication without their doctor’s consent. I also advise my clients that Reiki is a Complementary and Alternative therapy, and is not a substitute for care that they would receive from a licensed medical professional. Clients are fully clothed, and generally lie down on a table, although Reikiho may be performed in a chair.
You don’t necessarily need soothing music or oils, because the energy will work regardless, and the person will relax and receive the energy, but it is always good to have those things, and many clients expect it as part of the session. The Reiki Practitioner will tune in to their higher self, and connect with Reiki Energy (Universal or Source, God, Creator) before beginning the session. What happens is that once the Reiki Practitioner connects to Reiki Energy, the energy flows through the crown into the practitioner and activates the energy currents in such as way that they become healing currents that the practitioner can use to conduct or channel the energy into the recipient (Essential Guide for Healers, by Carolyn Mysse). Generally, clients report a feeling of warmth, or tingling, and a sense of deep relaxation. Many times they fall asleep, which is the best compliment that you could give to the Reiki Practitioner.
As I mentioned before, Rei translates into Universal or Spirit, and ki translates into energy. The practitioner is not the “healer” per se, but a conductor for the Universal Energy to flow into the the client, or recipient. The client, or recipient, is actually the “healer” and they heal themselves with the help of a Reiki Practitioner, not because of the Reiki Practitioner. The Reiki energy goes where it needs to flow. If, however, the client does not want to heal, then they won’t. It isn’t the Reiki Practitioner’s job or responsibility to force someone to heal themselves when they are not ready or unwilling to face what may be a difficult situation. Usually before a session, I mentally ask that the person receive awareness and understanding so that the energy can go where it needs to.
Reiki Practititioners do not focus on a specific thing, like having the person’s pain go away. Pain is sometimes there for a reason, maybe to tell the person to slow down, or review certain situations in their life that are no longer needed. And the recipient will not heal if they do not have awareness and understanding first. Reiki energy is a subtle, but very intelligent energy, and it does not need direction. It can heal the present or past, and works on all levels, whether they be mental, emotional, or physical.
As I said, Reiki Practitioners are not the “healer”, as if what we do is so special that no one else can perform this wonderful service, or that it can’t be learned. A Reiki practitioner’s job and responsibility is to work on themselves and work on self-development. Our job is to perform Reikiho on ourselves every day, recite the Reiki Principles every day, and to engage in meditation practices which strengthen our own energy and help us to connect to Reiki energy. The cleaner and clearer the conductor, the cleaner the flow of Reiki energy from the practitioner into the recipient. I can’t speak for all practitioners, but I work very hard on a daily basis to become a better person, and to strengthen that connection between myself and the Universal Energy.
Reiki is not a religion, and anyone can learn to perform the Reiki Technique since we all have the ability to heal ourselves,which we already do on a constant basis. No negative outcomes have been reported from having a Reiki session. Generally, to learn Reiki, you take a course from a trained Reiki Master Teacher. The teacher helps the student to open the energy channels and to connect to Reiki Energy.
Everyone has the ability to open their own channels and to connect to Reiki energy, but it is easier with the help of a teacher. This is what is called an attunement, and attunements are given at every Reiki Level. The teacher’s responsibility is to give guidance and oversight to the student. To help them learn the techniques which they utilize to help themselves, and others if they choose. To educate them on the different energy systems and what happens after an attunement. To provide them with support and the opportunity to practice Reiki with other people. To discuss Reiki energy an how we are to incorporate it in our daily lives.