Reiki - Frequently Asked Questions
Gary M. Spolansky, MBA
What is Reiki Energy, Where did it Come From and How
Does it Work?
Reiki is a healing modality that has its origins in Tibet,
while the modern version is of Japanese descent. It is a gentle, non-invasive
way of releasing those old hurts, pains and disappointments that underlie our
physical and emotional ills. It accomplishes this by gently soothing those areas
of blocked, nonmoving energy so that proper flow can be reestablished. As a
result, a Reiki session leaves an individual feeling lighter, more confident
and secure with themselves and more able to handle whatever comes their way.
In addition to stress, tension and anxiety, Reiki can also assist you to let
go of the physical discomfort and pain related to old ailments or recent afflictions.
During the course of a treatment, Reiki energy is brought in through the practitioner's
hands - which are placed above the body in the area of the blockage. It’s
not necessary to touch the person receiving treatment to affect healing, although
some practitioners do. The recipient of this energy often experiences varying
sensations of warmth, tingling, vibration, inner peace, safety and relaxation.
Additional benefits that come from a Reiki session include a greater sense of
self confidence and poise which continue after the session has concluded. Additionally,
many find that they sleep more fully and soundly after a Reiki session
What are the Benefits of Reiki?
Some of the ailments that Reiki has treated effectively include: ADD, ADHD,
Anxiety, Arthritis, Asthma, Back Pain, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic
Pain, Emotional Depression, Indigestion, Insomnia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome,
Knee Pain, Menstrual Cramps, Muscular Aches, Nausea, Post Surgical Trauma ,TMJ,
Toothaches and many other conditions too numerous too list.
Is there anything I have to do during the session as a way of helping
the energy work? Do I have to meditate or breath in a certain way?
You may be wondering what do I have to do in this process? Surely, there must
be more to it than just lying back and letting go? Most people who ask this
question and are surprised when I tell them - no! It's not necessary! The only
thing you need to do is to relax and be open to the benefits that Reiki can
provide. It really does work! In the years I have been using this modality,
I have seen the healing of many afflictions resultant from anxieties, tensions,
Will I interfere with the treatment’s my doctors prescribe if
I were to have a Reiki Energy session?
No. Reiki is complimentary to all other healing modalities including Standard
Medicine, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Reflexology, Massage, Cranial Sacral, et
al, - assisting healing to occur on even deeper, more profound levels. In fact,
many doctors and nurses are trained in Reiki and it is used in hospitals across
It sounds as if Reiki is very involved and would take quite a while
to learn, is this true?
No. Although quite profound in its healing ability, Reiki is easily learned.
The basics are taught in the form of a workshop, usually in the course of an
afternoon by a Reiki Master.
If you were to take only the beginners workshop, you would have still learned
enough to easily help yourself and others. Should you choose however, to expand
your knowledge by attending classes designed to enhance your knowledge and experience,
you would naturally, develop a greater proficiency.
What are the Levels of Reiki Training?
There are three levels of Reiki, although some teachers will offer four. They
are 1st level practitioner, 2nd level practitioner and Master/Teacher. Each
level represents a different aspect of the art. The first level is focused on
learning to assist the healing of yourself or an individual in person. The second
level allows healing to be done from a distance as well as in person. On this
level, distance is not a consideration. It is just as effective whether the
person is right in front of you or on the other side of the country. The Master/Teacher
level incorporates and expands the two earlier levels and allows an individual
to teach and attune others into the Reiki
Can Reiki be Used to Heal Yourself as well as Others?
Yes! In the course of the 1st level training you are shown in specific detail
how to use this energy to help heal yourself and others.
What is the most unique attribute of Reiki?
Although there are many benefits in learning this art, perhaps the most unique
is once attuned to Reiki it will always be available to you for the rest of
your life, whenever you desire it. Even if you took the workshop and never went
to another class, the healing energy of Reiki would always be with you. Hard
to believe? Perhaps, but its true!!!!
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