About ten years ago, I had my first Reiki attunement. Reiki is one of the most well known and practiced forms of energy healing practiced in the U.S. However, there are still many myths surrounding the teaching and practice of Reiki. These myths can sometimes keep people from exploring Reiki or even the practice of healing with the hands.
Today I hope to serve as a bit of a mythbuster and clarifyer for those people curious about Reiki and those almost ready to start a Reiki practice. So sit back, relax and plan to be edified . . .
Myth 1: You have to be attuned to Reiki to heal with your hands.
Part of legacy as human beings is the innate ability to heal with our hands. When a baby cries we soothe it with our hands. Whenever we hurt, our first impulse is to touch that spot with our hands. When we want to convey sympathy or solidarity or friendship we take each other’s hands. Healing with the hands is as natural as breathing.
The purpose of the attunement is to strengthen, balance and heal the energy field and open the chakras at the palms for healing. Each attunement changes the energetic vibration of the recipient to the frequency of the level being attuned. This way, Reiki practitioners access energy from Source, rather than using their own physical energy to heal. This is why many Reiki practitioners envision themselves as “channels” for the energy that passes through them into the person they are giving Reiki to.
Very many healing modalities work in much the same way. Reiki is not unique in this. But if you feel called to practice Reiki, and I hope you are, know that from the very first attunement you will be able to channel Reiki and that you will be able to feel the results for yourself and others. For some people the change is very subtle. For others it’s like a door blasts open. Each person receives the experience meant for them. As the kids say YMMV (your mileage may vary).
Myth 2: Reiki Lineage Matters
There are some Reiki practitioners or even clients who feel that following the ways of one school of Reiki or the other is inherently more beneficial than another. I call bullshit on this. Let’s face some facts here: the use of the term Reiki predates the supposed “discovery” of Reiki by Usui-sensei. This means that no one has a corner on the market of using this energy. As in everything else, finding the right teacher with the right practices who offers classes convenient to you at a price you can afford is the most important thing. This is why it is important to do a bit of research on whomever you might choose as a Reiki teacher. However, once you make the intention to learn Reiki, Spirit will often guide you toward the appropriate teacher. As the saying goes, when the student is ready, the master will appear.
I teach Shamanic Reiki, which means I focus on the elements of nature and helping spirits in my practice. I do a lot of work with dreams, journeying, animal totems, plant medicine and the like. If you don’t want to learn about those things, I am not the teacher for you. There are some teachers who focus on Reiki more as a healing art than a spiritual calling. If your vision of Reiki matches with theirs, that might make them a good teacher for you.
Do a little bit of investigating of a potential teacher’s website or interview them with whatever questions you have about Reiki or how and what they teach. Pick a teacher, not a lineage, you feel comfortable with. After all, this person will be your Reiki Master, until or unless you pick someone else. This will be your go-to person for questions, problems, ideas, and whatnot. Pick someone who you mesh with for advice and support going forward.
Myth 3: All You Need is the Energy
Once you have the Reiki attunement, you are able to channel Reiki — period! But is that all there is to becoming a healer? Absolutely not. To me, the Reiki attunement is like the opening of a door. You have the opportunity to step through to a new world, but you must take advantage of all that is offered to you. Before, during and after the attunement, you should be exploring the tools, techniques, and symbols for healing yourself and others. Reiki is like an invitation from Spirit to a new and exciting path. Some people find a traditional Reiki practice sufficient for their needs. Others may find Reiki to be more of a springboard to other types of healing, like sound healing or Shamanism.
Step through the door.
Challenge yourself to find those gifts that are for you to explore and master and make your own. If you are ready to learn Reiki, please join me for a class that I am giving on March 15 and 16 at my offices in the Bronx. It’s not hard to get to, there’s plenty of parking and we have a lovely relaxed but educational ambiance. You are guaranteed plenty of practice time to make sure you understand all that is being taught or that comes through for you during meditations or attunements.
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As always, I would love to hear from you. If you have been attuned to Reiki, what has been your experience? If you are thinking about it or want to know more, what are some of your questions or concerns? Even those folks who have had Reiki treatments can chime in to let us know how you fared. Speak up!