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Reiki, Questions & Answers

Author: William Lee Rand

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Q. Where does Reiki energy come from?

A. Reiki energy is a subtle energy. It is different than electricity
or chemical energy or other kinds of physical energy. Reiki energy comes
from the Higher Power, which exists on a higher dimension than the physical
world we are familiar with. When viewed clairvoyantly, Reiki energy appears
to come down from above and to enter the top of the practitioners head
after which if flows through the body and out the hands. It appears to
flow this way because of our perspective. However, the true source of
Reiki energy is within ourselves. This does not mean that we use our personal
energy when we do Reiki, but that the energy is coming from a transindental
part of ourselves that is connected to an infinite supply of healing energy.

Q. Is Reiki a Religion?

A. Although Reiki energy is spiritual in nature, Reiki is not a religion.
Practitioners are not asked to change any religious or spiritual beliefs
they may have. They are free to continue believing anything they choose
and are encouraged to make their own decisions concerning the nature of
their religious practices.

Q. How is a Reiki treatment given?

A. In a standard treatment Reiki energy flows from the practitioners
hands into the client. The client is usually laying on a massage table
but treatments can also be given while the client is seated or even standing.
The client remains fully clothed. The practitioner places her/his hands
on or near the clients body in a series of hand positions. These include
positions around the head and shoulders, the stomach, and feet. Other,
more specific positions may be used based on the clients needs. Each position
is held for three to ten minutes depending on how much Reiki the client
needs at each position. The whole treatment usually lasts between 45 and
90 minutes.

Q. What does a Reiki treatment feel like?

A. What one experiences during a Reiki treatment varies somewhat from
person to person. However, feelings of deep relaxation are usually felt
by all. In addition, many feel a wonderful glowing radiance that flows
through and surrounds the them. As the Reiki energy encourages one to
let go of all tension, anxiety, fear or other negative feelings a state
of peace and well-being is experienced. Some drift off to sleep or report
floating outside their bodies or have visions and other mystical experiences.
At the end of the treatment, one feels refreshed with a more positive,
balanced outlook.

Q. What can be treated with Reiki?

A. Reiki has had a positive affect on all forms of illness and negative
conditions. This includes minor things like head or stomach aches, bee
stings, colds, flu, tension and anxiety as well as serious illness like
heart disease, cancer, leukemia, etc. The side effects of regular medical
treatments have also been reduced or eliminated. This includes the negative
effects of chemotherapy, post operative pain and depression as well as
improving the healing rate and reducing the time needed to stay in the
hospital. Reiki always helps and in some cases people have experienced
complete healings which have been confirmed by medical tests before and
after the Reiki treatments. However, while some have experienced miracles,
they cannot be guaranteed. Stress reduction with some improvement in ones
physical and psychological condition are what most experience.

Q. Does one have to stop seeing a regular doctor or psychologist in order
to receive a Reiki treatment?

A. No. Reiki works in conjunction with regular medical or psychological
treatment. If one has a medical or psychological condition, it is recommended
that one see a licensed health care professional in addition to receiving
Reiki treatments. Reiki energy works in harmony with all other forms of
healing, including drugs, surgery, psychological care or any other method
of alternative care and will improve the results.

Q. Who can learn to do Reiki?

A. Reiki is a very simple technique to learn and is not dependent on
one having any prior experience with healing, meditation or any other
kind of training. It has be successfully learned by over one million people
from all walks of life, both young an old. The reason it is so easy to
learn that it is not taught in the usual way something is taught. The
ability to do Reiki is simply transferred from the teacher to the student
through a process called an attunement that takes place during a Reiki
class. As soon as one receives an attunement, they have the ability to
do Reiki and after that whenever one places their hands on themselves
or on another person with the intention of doing Reiki, the healing energy
will automatically begin flowing.

Q. How long does it take to learn Reiki?

A. A beginning Reiki class is taught on a weekend. The class can be one
or two days long. I recommend that the minimum time necessary be at least
six to seven hours. Along with the attunement, it is necessary that the
student be shown how to give treatments and also to practice giving treatments
in class.

Q. What is a Reiki attunement?

A. A Reiki attunement is the process by which a person receives the ability
to give Reiki treatments. The attunement is administered by the Reiki
Master during the Reiki class. During the attunement, the Reiki Master
will touch the students head, shoulders, and hands and use one or more
special breathing techniques. The attunement energies will flow through
the Reiki Master and into the student. These special energies are guided
by the Higher Power and make adjustments in the students energy pathways
and connect the student to the source of Reiki. Because the energetic
aspect of the attunement is guided by the Higher Power, it adjusts itself
to be exactly right for each student. During the attunement, some students
feel warmth in the hands, others may see colors or have visions of spiritual
beings. However, it is not necessary to have an inner experience for the
attunement to have worked. Most simply feel more relaxed.

Q. Can I treat myself?

A. Yes, once you have received the attunement, you can treat yourself
as well as others. This is one of the unique features of Reiki.

Q. I have heard that Reiki can be sent to others at a distance. How does
this work?

A. Yes, in Reiki II, you are given three Reiki symbols. These symbols
are empowered by the Reiki II attunement. One of these symbols is for
distant healing. By using a picture of the person you would like to send
Reiki to or by writing the person’s name on a piece of paper or simply
by thinking of the person and also activating the distant symbol, you
can send Reiki to them no matter where they are. They could be hundreds
of miles away, but it makes no difference. The Reiki energy will go to
them and treat them. You can also send Reiki to crisis situations or world
leaders and the Reiki energy will help them too.

Q. How many levels are there to the Reiki training?

A. In the Usui/Tibetan system of Reiki taught by the Center, there are
four levels. These include one, two, Advanced and Master.

Q. What does it feel like to give a treatment?

A. When giving a Reiki treatment, the Reiki energy flows through the
practitioner before leaving the hands and flowing into the client. Because
of this, the practitioner receives a treatment also. As the Reiki energy
flows through the practitioner, she/he will feel more relaxed and uplifted.
Spiritual experiences sometimes take place. The practitioner sometimes
receives insights about what the client needs to know to heal more deeply.

Q. How do I find a Reiki teacher that is right for me?

A. Reiki teachers or Masters advertise in many magazines and also post
notices at health food stores, new age bookstores and other places. Once
you find a Reiki teacher or practitioner you are interested in receiving
training or a treatment from, it is a good idea to ask them some important
questions. Here are a few that will give you additional information to
make a choice.

• How long have you been working with Reiki? What training
have you had? How often do you teach? How do you personally use Reiki?
What is your lineage?

• What qualifications are required to take Reiki Training?

• What do you cover in your classes? How many hours of
class time is included? How much time is instructional, and how much
is hands on practice?

• What are the specific things I will be able to do after
taking the training?

• What are your fees, and will I get a certificate and
a manual?

• Can I take notes and tape record the class?

• How many symbols will I learn?

• Is there a Reiki support group in my area or can you
help me establish one?

• Will you openly support me in being a successful Reiki
practitioner or Master?

• Do you have a positive respectful attitude toward other
Reiki practitioners and Masters regardless of lineage or affiliation?

Be aware of how you feel about their answers and if they are responding
in a loving manner that is supportive and empowering. Listen to your heart
and you will be guided to the right teacher or practitioner.

Q. Can children learn Reiki?

A. Yes, Reiki can be taught to anyone. I recommend that a child be old
enough to understand what Reiki is and that the child request to receive

Q. Is it safe for pregnant woman?

A. Since Reiki is guided by the Higher Power, the Reiki energy will know
the condition of the client or student and adjust appropriately. Reiki
can only do good. Many pregnant women have received treatments with great
benefit to them and their unborn child. It has also been used during child
birth. Pregnant women have also taken the Reiki training and received
the Reiki attunement with beneficial results.

Q. What about babies?

A. Babies love Reiki. It is very healthy for them. Do not worry about
it being too strong. Reiki automatically adjusts to what the baby needs.

Q. Can I treat animals or plants?

A. Animals love Reiki too. They seem to have a natural understanding
of what Reiki is and its benefits. Once a pet has received a Reiki treatment,
they will often let you know that they want more. Plants also respond
well to Reiki.

Q. Are there any side effects from a Reiki treatment?

A. Most of the time a person will feel relaxed and uplifted by a Reiki
treatment. However, sometimes a person will have what is called a healing
crisis. As a person’s vibration goes up, toxins that have been stored
in the body will be released into the blood stream to be filtered by the
liver and kidneys and removed from the system. When this happens, sometimes
a person can get a headache or stomach ache or feel weak. If this happens,
it is a good idea to drink more water, eat lighter meals and get more
rest. The body is cleansing as part of the healing process so this is
a good sign.

Q. Can it be used to help groups of people or even global crises?

A. Yes, this is one of the wonderful benefits of Reiki and is why it
is such a wonderful technique for the new millennium. It allows individuals
and groups to do something positive about the challenging situations we
see on the news involving so many people all over the planet. Reiki can
be used to reduce suffering and help people any where in the world. On
our Reiki web site at we list major world events to send
Reiki to. As more and more people send Reiki to help the world heal, we
will move quickly to a world of peace and harmony.

Q. How much does a treatment usually cost?

A. A Reiki treatment usually will cost between $25.00 and $100.00 depending
on the area of the country. However, some practitioners offer treatments
free of charge or for a donation.

Q. Can a person make a living from Reiki?

A. Yes, if you put your heart into it, you can develop a Reiki practice
combined with teaching classes that can bring a regular income. This is
a very fulfilling way to earn a living. See the article on Developing
Your Reiki Practice.

Q. Can one become Licensed to practice and teach Reiki?

A. There are no governmental licensing programs at this time. However,
the Center does have a licensing program for Reiki teachers. Please see
our Center Licensed Teachers Guidebook from the Center.

Q. Does insurance cover Reiki treatments?

A. Reiki is just starting to be recognized by insurance companies. While
not many are covering Reiki treatments, some are. Check with your local
insurance company for details.

Q. Can nurses or massage therapists get CEU credit for taking Reiki classes?

A. Classes taught by our Center Licensed Reiki teachers are approved
to give CEU credits to nurses, massage therapists and athletic trainers.

Q. Are there any scientific experiments that demonstrate Reiki works?

A. Yes, see the section on Reiki research.

Q. Can you get more than one attunement?

A. Once you receive a Reiki attunement, it will last your whole life.
However, if you get additional attunements for the same level, it will
act to refine and strengthen your Reiki energy.

Q. What is lineage?

A. Reiki is a technique that is passed on from teacher to student over
and over. If one has Reiki, than she/he will be part of a secession of
teachers leading back to the founder of the system of Reiki one is practicing.
In the case of Usui Reiki, the lineage would lead back to Dr. Usui.

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