Reiki is often misunderstood by the mainstream media and public opinion. Seen as a hoax or even witchcraft and an opening into devil worship! Misinformation and poor understanding of Reiki has led to many myths developing so I thought I would but down a simple FAQ about the main aspects of Reiki to help bring a clearer picture to the art.
Q. "What is Reiki?"
A. Reiki is originally a Japanese art of energy healing which promotes stress reduction and relaxation that promotes self healing. It is typically administered by laying hands on a person to allow life force energy to flow into the subject. Boosting this energy helps us by being happier and healthier which can counter illness.
Q. "What does it feel like?"
A. Reiki treatment has been described as sensations of heat or coolness, "pins and needles" tingling, vibrational buzzing, electrical sparks, Throbbing, numbness, itchiness and even drowsiness.
Q. "Is Reiki a religion?"
A. No! Reiki is not a religion. While spiritual in nature Reiki does not have any dogma or churches or anything of the sort. It is also not linked to faith healing or witchcraft. It can be seen as a very personal spiritual thing and many have attributed it to feeling closer to god if they are religious but the foundations of Reiki are not religious in nature. Reiki will in fact work whether you believe in it or not!
Q. "Is Reiki dangerous?"
A. Reiki is not an intrusive treatment but one that promotes the body to heal itself. In this way it is believed to be very safe as there are no external chemicals like medicine and no surgery. Just energy flow that removes blockages from the body and promotes self healing that the body knows how to do!
Q. "Where does this energy come from?"
A. The energy that flows from Reiki does not come from the Reiki practitioner not from the patient. The energy comes from the universe and has an infinite supply.
Q. "Can i treat myself with Reiki?"
A. Yes you can! This is a great asset of Reiki that you can use the same treatment of others on yourself to promote your own health.
Q. "Can anyone learn Reiki?"
A. Again Yes! Reiki can be learned by anyone at all. Adult, child, male, female, skeptic and believer Reiki can be taught to anyone you do not need any prerequisite talent or initiation.
Q. "Can I stop going to the doctor if I use Reiki?"
A. Reiki works in conjunction with all other medicine and most Reiki practitioners do not recommend you do not seek out conventional medical advice in favor of Reiki only. Reiki can be used along side all other treatments for tremendous benefit.
Q. "What are Reiki Symbols?"
A. The Reiki symbols are simply tools to use as focus points.
Q. "Can Reiki be used at a distance?"
A. Yes, at a higher level of Reiki you can send energy to anyone at any distance. You need to have a picture of the person or their name on a piece of paper and use one of the symbols you have learnt to send energy to that person.
There are many more questions I am sure but I hope this has provided an overview to Reiki and its benefits!