Frequently asked Reiki Questions

What is Reiki?

Reiki is universal energy that comes to us from an outside source. This source is known by many names and is often referred to as the Universal Maker, God Head, or The Higher Power.

What is universal energy?

“Universal Life Force Energy is the energy that surrounds us all and sustains life! It is the energy from the Universal Maker, God Head, or The Higher Power.

How long do you have Reiki once we have been attuned to Reiki?

Reiki is with us for life once we have been attuned to it. You can not loose the ability to channel Reiki it will always be with you.

Can we be depleted of our own Energy when giving a Reiki Treatment?

No, the Reiki practitioner’s energies can not be depleted or weakened. this is beacuse when we give a Reiki treatment, we do not use our own energy source. We are taping into the never ending universal energy source.

When giving Reiki to another person how should the practitioner feel?

Everyone’s experiences will differ however commonly reiki can bring feelings of love, contentment, health and wellbeing to the practitioner because as the Reiki practitioner is channelling this healing energy, they receive the benefits as well!

Is there a need to concentrate in order to channel the Reiki energy?

This is a very interesting question. We are taught that when a Reiki practitioner’s hands are placed on or near any living organism, the enerfy will flow freely to where ever it is needed. Therefore if Reiki is needed the Reiki automatically begins to flow. There is no conscious effort needed on the part of the practitioner.

Can Reiki still flow if I fall asleep?

If a Reiki practitioner is asleep and his or her hands are placed on another person and Reiki is needed the Reiki will start flowing even though the practitioner is asleep. If a Reiki practitioner falls asleep when giving a treatment the Reiki will also continue to flow for as long as it is needed.

What do I need to learn before Reiki will flow?

There is nothing to learn, the secret key in in having been attuned to reiki. Even though when learning reiki we teach you about such things as the history, principles and hand positions you do not have to learn how to give Reiki. If you have been initiated to Reiki, you simply have to place your hands on or near the body of the person you are treating, and the energy will begin to flow freely as it is channelled through you to where it is most needed.

What do I need to learn before I work with the Reiki energy?

Here at Naturallythere4you we believe that you need to learn the whys and wherefores of Reiki before you are initiated as a practitioner and we give a brief course of instruction on the history of reiki and how it works. We also support you through your journey and help you to understand the changes reiki brings to your life. Journalling is a wonderful way for you to capture your reiki journey and how it is positiovely affecting your life. It also helps you to understand the changes occuring in and around you. Documenting your experiences also help you to understand yourself better and how you respond and embrace reiki healing as the journey can be very different for each fo us as we are all unique.

Does Reiki have any religious affiliation?

Reiki is very spiritual in nature, but there is nothing you are required to believe in before you can learn and use Reiki. It is not affiliated to any doctrines or creeds Reiki is not a religion. Reiki is something that anyone of any background, religion, belief or society can choose to be a part of if they feel drawn to it. It does not ask you to believe in any particular religious associated beliefs. However it does ask you to embrace the reiki principles, which are designed to bring peace and harmony to your life and the world around you.

What would you expect to feel when you are giving someone a Reiki treatment?

Every ones experiences can differ, however within a few minutes the palms will start to pulse and the hands will become hot other sensations you may feel include tingling, pins and needles and in some cases coldness.

What would we expect the client to feel when they are having a Reiki treatment?

The sensation in the hands felt by the practitioner can be very different to that felt by the client. Sometimes the practitioner experiences his hands as being cold and the person being treated has felt them radiating intense heat. It is interesting however to ask the person you are treating what they feel and when alone document the main points they talk about and you should over time begin to see some patterns of how your clients respond to the reiki energy you channel.

How do you know the energy is flowing?

Reiki being a spiritual practice by nature means that often many of us just “know” the energy is flowing, by the changesand sensations in our palms and body. However we can also know it is flowing by the reaction of our client and/or our own feelings as stated before the palms will start to pulse and the hands will become hot other sensations are tingling, pins and needles, or coldness. There are those clients that report no feeling or sensation at all, but we must have faith in the universal energy that it is healing the client.

How do we stop the Reiki from flowing ?

This is a very good question and as reiki flows to where it needs to go for as long as it is needed , we have little control over when reiki will stop flowing. Reiki switches off after a period of time, it has its own mind, and as it is universal energy it know when to stop, and for how long to flow for.

Can we get different strengths of Reiki to flow?

The flow of the Reiki varies according to the degree of disharmony in the person or animals body/mind. It therefore flows on demand according to need. May say that with regular use of channeling the reiki energy we can become more aware of the energy and how it affects our body, making us feel the flow as stronger. Some people say the more you practice and use reiki the stronger it flows.

Can Reiki be used with other therapies?

Yes, it can be combined with other therapies. Reiki is a completely safe modality to use with many other complementary healing arts such as massage, acupuncture, shiatsu, foot and hand reflexology, aromatherapy, chiropractic, colour therapy, homeopathy. There have been many reports from practitioners of other modalities that their work has intensified with the use of Reiki.

Does Reiki flow the same in both hands?

Reiki will flow the same in both hands, unless it is not needed at the position that the hand is placed, then it will stop in that hand and perhaps continue in the other hand.

Do we have a giving or receiving hand?

There is no giving or receiving hand to worry about when using Reiki. There are some healing systems which need to observe different rules, like keeping both hands on the client or not crossing the hands or perhaps treating on the correct side of the body, etc. This is not necessary when using Reiki.

Can the flow of Reiki be affected by the health of the practitioner?

The Reiki energy does not come from the physical energy of the body of the practitioner. Therefore in theory no the flow of energy can not be affected by the health of the practitioner, but we do not promote working with clients for Reiki or any other healing modality when ill or out of sorts.

Can you treat yourself with Reiki?

Because Reiki operates independently of the practitioner’s body, practitioners can lay their hands on their own bodies and enjoy all the benefits of Reiki. As well as receiving the benefits while healing others.

Are there any particular hand positions in Reiki?

Yes there are particular hand positions to use in reiki and these are taught in Reiki level 1.

When you are doing a healing on a client when do you know when to move your hands?

When the hands do not have the charged feeling or heat that the Reiki has when it is flowing as this feeling subsides or stops all together we know its time to move on to the next hand position. Do not change hand positions just because you have had them there for a particular amount of time, go with the flow and when the timing feels right you will know, then it is time to move on.

Do we need to do all the hand positions every time we give Reiki?

If we are giving a full treatment then we need to utilise all the hand positions. If we are just giving a quick Reiki healing then we can just place our hands on the person and let the Reiki flow.There is also a chair Reiki for the times when you have not got a lot of time or you do not have a Reiki table at hand this method is done with the person sitting on a chair and the practitioner standing behind them with their hands placed on the shoulders of the recipient.

Can anybody be attuned to Reiki?

Yes any one can be attuend to reiki. All you need is a willingness to accept and receive all four attunements. once this has been done you will have Reiki with you for life.

Are there any harmful side effects from Reiki?

There have been no reported cases of harmful side effects from Reiki, but there are those that have interpreted their cleansing period as negative and not continued, just as there are those clients who have had a Reiki treatment, and interpreted their healing and blockage removal as negative. When the body is undergoing a healing process, there can be short-term effects that cause some discomfort. People with a great deal of accumulated stress or emotional blocks can feel very over whelmed at first as their bodies start to process the effects of the Reiki.

Can you use Reiki on animals?

Most definately and they will love it! Animals tend to respond faster to Reiki than humans. It is really great to be able to give your pets Reiki as domestic animals tend to take on the stress and emotional traits of their owners. When giving reiki to your pets or other animals it can be most interesting to document the changes in things like their behaviour, any illness they have and their general wellbeing.

Can you give Reiki to plants?

Again most definately! Plants also respond to Reiki very well because they are living energy fields that can also get out of balance and they will respond to the harmonizing effects of the Reiki energy. A wonderful experiment you can try is to get two plants that are the same and put them in the same environment (maybe near a window) and then treat one with reiki and not the other. You should definately we able to see the benefits that reiki provides to plant life and the differences in things such as their growth.

Can you give Reiki to nature?

Trees and Mother earth in general love Reiki. Many Reiki practitioners send Reiki to the planet for a general global healing. The earth and trees both live and brerathe and therefore can benefit immensely from reiki healing to cleanse, balance and heal themselves.

How do you pronounce Namaste and what does Namaste mean?

Namaste is pronounced ~ Namm astay. – It is an ancient and honoured greeting with a number of translations, here we will share with you some of our members thoughts on Namaste.

Little White Dove

“I honor the place within you, that is the place of serenity, of peace, of love, and of Gods presence. “I honor the place within you where when you are in that place within you,and I am in that place within me, we are only one’. Another one is: “The god- goddess in me greets and honors the god-goddess in you”

Sheoak: I believe that the greeting is Sanskrit. It does sound formal, but I think it is meant to be respectful by honouring the highest self of another with your own highest self. At least this is the way that I understand it, but like many Sanskrit words, and as lwd has shown, there are often many ways of expressing this in English, as there is often no literal translation, but rather an understanding of an ideal or intent.

What happens in an attunement?

In an attunement you are asked to sit back and relax, while you meditate the Master Teachers place the symbols into your aura. The Reiki master/ teachers transfer’s Reiki to the student, this open’s up the Crown, Heart and Palm Chakras, and allow’s the energy to flow through the student’s palm’s. Thus giving them the ability to use Reiki for the rest of their lives.

What is the difference between attunement’s done in person to those done by distance?

There is alot of debate in the reiki world surrounding this question, however we believe there is no difference in giving a Student an attunement by distance, other than the fact that the student isn’t physically there with the Reiki master/ Teacher. It is done in the same way through meditation, with the Reiki Master/ Teacher transfering Reiki and the symbols to to the student allowing the Chakras to open. The result is that the transfering of reiki and the symbols work’s the same way as if the student was physically there. Usui was not attuned by a person.

Why are the reiki symbols a secret, and when are they revealed to students taking reiki courses?

The Reiki symbols are sacred and are only to be shared with those that wish to be a channel for the universal energy. The symbols are used when sending healing to another peron or a situation distantly. Reiki Practitioners and reiki Masters have great respect for the symbols and understand they are only to be shared with those that are to be attuned.

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