What is Reiki?
I often get asked about Reiki – what it is, where it comes from, and why it’s such a big part of the work I do. So let’s dive in! Reiki is a gentle yet powerful hands-on Japanese healing technique that works on all levels – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. It works by gently clearing energy blockages within the body, which then allows the body to heal itself.
The word Reiki is commonly translated as Universal (REI) life-force energy (KI ). With Universal life force energy referring to the energy that is within every living thing on earth – plants, animals, humans, and which surrounds us at all times.
The Practice of Reiki as a healing modality, is the channeling of this ‘life force energy’ through the palms of the hands and into the body or energy field.
The premise is that the Reiki then moves through the body and energy field, revitalising the cells and organs and balancing out the energies within the body and energy system. In truth, there is so much more to the practice of Reiki outside of the sending and receiving of Reiki. It’s also a powerful self-healing tool with profound meditation, grounding, and self-care practices – but I’ll explore these aspects more another time.
“What do people feel after a Reiki Healing?” is one of the most common questions I am asked.
The most common experiences after receiving Reiki are often feelings of deep relaxation, clarity, grounding, calm and increased well-being on all levels. It doesn’t matter whether the imbalance or ‘blockage’ is located within the physical, mental, emotional or spiritual body – the Reiki works wherever it is needed. It has a profound way of reconnecting us back to ourselves, which can be quite mind-blowing.
I still remember the first Reiki Session I ever experienced. I remember lying on the table and it was as though a light literally ‘switched on’ in my heart space. It was at an incredibly challenging time in my life and for the first time in a really long time – I felt that maybe, just maybe, everything would be ok. When Foina the Practitioner told me I could learn how to give Reiki to myself – I could not sign up fast enough! My healing journey truly began in earnest that day.
The wonderful thing about Reiki – especially during these times of physical separation – is that it can also be sent and received via Distance.
The effect of healing and re-aligning is exactly the same via Distance as ‘in person’. Whilst the absence of touch is noticed by some people, and is indeed a different experience, many people describe the same feelings of energy movement, shifting and/or physical sensation through Distance Healing. As with hands-on sessions – Distance Healing sessions unfold uniquely for each and every person and can differ from session to session. Because Reiki always works with what is present in the energy of the recipient at that time.
As a Reiki Master Teacher and Practitioner – I don’t try to ‘fix’ or heal my clients – my role is simply to channel the energy and let the body take it from there.
Sometimes, as an intuitive practitioner, I am able to ‘tune in’ to any messages that might come through from the body, the person’s higher consciousness, past life experiences, ancestors, or loved ones who have passed over. If this does occur in a session – I am able to pass this on to my client to decipher what it means and how it fits in the scope and intention of the healing. Sometimes – there is no information present – and it’s all about the Reiki just doing its thing!
The ‘tuning in’ and the additional aspects of mentoring, oracle cards, intuitive techniques, and other healing techniques can be powerful to support the Reiki Healing – but if nothing other than the Reiki is channelled – then it is ‘enough’ for deep and profound healing. We do have a tendency in our culture to think ‘more’ is better – but Reiki is a true example of the opposite being true. Its power is in its simplicity and is such a big part of why I love working with it so much!
My Reiki Training and Personal Experience
I’ve undertaken my Reiki training with four teachers over a period of 21 years (at the time of writing this!). Reiki 1 in 2000 with Foina Drummond. Reiki 2, Reiki 2 advanced and Master/Teacher Levels with Tricia Statham from 2005-2014 – both in traditional Usui Reiki. I then chose to do further study at the Master Teacher Level with Frans Steine (IHR) and then Hyukaten Inamoto (Komyo Reikdo) in 2017.
As a Western practitioner and teacher – it felt really important to me to train further within the Japanese-led teachings so I can ensure I am appreciating, not appropriating. It’s for this reason that I continue to choose to only teach and train in person in the traditional format, and not facilitate online attunements and classes.
For me, Reiki is not just something that I teach or offer to clients – it’s something I use literally every single day in my personal life as well as in my own business. It has been the biggest gift in my self-healing journey personally, for my family, and also in my business journey – supporting me to move more quickly and easily through upper-limits, sabotages, money blocks to have the business I do today. And why I am so passionate about supporting other small businesses with my work.
I love Reiki because its main premise is that we are all connected to ‘source’, we don’t need to subscribe to any doctrine or religion – just our own inner light. As someone who grew up feeling deeply disconnected to my own personal power due to my childhood accident, and resulting chronic pain and depression, it literally saved my life from the inside out (it’s scary to think I have now had Reiki as a healing tool in my life for over 20years!).
Over the past few years, I have found myself working with more and more Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners who are embracing self-care, personal development, Healing, and Reiki as part of their business success journey too. This prioritising of Energy Healing certainly allows for more clarity, confidence, alignment and ease in a world that can often feel overwhelming and hard to sustain.
Whilst I’m not currently offering Reiki classes as I share this blog post – I do offer Distance Healing sessions and Healing and Mentoring Packages, and Reiki is integrated into all of my mediations, Coaching Sessions, Masterminds and Workshops! So, a deep level of healing is never far away when you work with me. You can find out more on my Work With Me page.
I hope that helps you understand a little more about my passion for Reiki, why it’s a part of my offerings, and how I use it within my practice to support my clients.