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What is Reiki

A tongue-n-cheek view of what Reiki/energy healing looks like flowing from the hands... Copyright David Baer 2013

A tongue-n-cheek view of what Reiki/energy healing looks like flowing from the hands… Copyright David Baer 2013

Have you ever said the following or heard:   “_____ has so much energy, “

“I have no energy to go (or) do _______”

Have you ever felt someone before they have entered the room?

Have you ever felt ‘drained’ after being around certain people or places?

Have you ever felt ‘uplifted’ or ‘relaxed’ around certain people?

Have you felt good when someone pats you on the back or given you a hug?

If you said yes to at least one of these questions you have been interacting and experiencing Reiki, Energy.


Below is my explanation:
Reiki Background:  
Reiki—The word is based on two Japanese kanji’s “rei” and “ki” the American translation of this kanji is “rei” meaning flow, light, universe and “ki” meaning energy.  Together the acceptable translation to English is “universal life force energy.”

According to many different Reiki authors, it was founded by a Japanese man, named Mikao Usui in reiki-kanji descriptionthe early 1900’s after Usui meditated on a mountain called Mt. Kurama.  

In the 1940’s a woman by the name of Mrs. Takata, a Japanese-American went to Japan to learn about Reiki after her own miraculous healing she experienced.  She moved back to the U.S. and started teaching Usui Reiki to others, and that, is the short version of how Reiki came to the western world.   
Reiki, Prana, Energy, Energy Medicine, etc,  it goes by many names, and many different styles but it all deals with the energy in the body and surrounding the body.  

It is experiential, think of getting a hug from someone that loves you unconditionally, that is what an Energy/Reiki session feels like.  

Remember, when someone says “Reiki” they are saying “Universal Life Force Energy.” 
This is why Ojai Reiki uses both terms Reiki, Energy to remind you of what you are learning about.

What does Reiki and intuitive Energy healing do?

Universal Life Force Energy is WHOLE-istic in nature–it is what we are made of, therefore it seems redundant but I will declare it: it affects your emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health.

Energy Healing has a positive affect, restoring every system in the body, bringing balance which results in decreasing your stress in every area of the body that is worked on during a session.  We all know that stress causes symptoms that lead to dis-eases—when stress is reduced, vitality improves.
There is a natural balance and flow to the body that can sometimes get clogged–like a sink pipe, when there is debris over time, buildup can occur.  This can produce blocks which misdirect the natural flow of energy throughout the body causing physical or emotional disconnection in certain areas of the body.  These blockages prevent you from being your Optimal Self.

Just as there is some sort of grace that automatically tells the brain to send signals to perform such operations as breathing, cellular generation and degeneration, or make the heart pump blood, there is a grace that automatically tells a Reiki or Energy Practitioner what to do when he or she performs a Reiki/Energy session on a person.  There is an ‘energy’ –something that can be felt by both practitioner and client (sometimes the client doesn’t feel this) that emanates from in and around a person’s body.

We know how the brain sends signals to the rest of the body and these signals fire simultaneously at warp speed to tell the hand to release the hot pot or to make the bones grow new bone cells, but the question is: Why does the brain do this?  An answer could be, to create homeostasis in the body.  Okay, that’s part of an answer but it doesn’t answer the whole question, why does the body do what it does?  You can get even more existential and ask why do humans exist on Earth anyway?

Okay, so where does this ‘energy’ come from?
 In my humble experience, over the years of practicing hands on healing (Reiki, Energy) on myself, it seems to me that the ‘thing’ that tells a cell divide, comes from the same Source and here are a few debatable names of that same source:  Source, Love, Divine Energy, God, Divine Matrix, etc.

Here is a quote from Gregg Braden’s book, The Spontaneous Healing of Belief: Shattering the Paradigm of False Limits: “When we form heart-centered beliefs within our bodies, in the language of physics we’re creating  the electrical and magnetic expression of them as waves of energy, which aren’t confined to our hearts or limited by the physical barrier of our skin and bones.  So clearly we’re “speaking” to the world around us in each moment of every day through a language that has no words:  the belief-waves of our hearts.
In addition to pumping the blood of life within our bodies, we may think of the heart as a belief-to-matter translator.  It converts the perceptions of our experiences, beliefs, and imagination into the coded language of waves that communicate with the world beyond our bodies.  Perhaps this is what philosopher and poet John Mackenzie meant when he stated, “The distinction between what is real and what is imaginary is not one that can be finely maintained … all existing thing are … imaginary.”
You can create your own conclusions using whatever words for the experience you have during a session.   

Philosophically speaking, words are arbitrarily created by us (humans), lexicons are a consensus based on mass usage of a word.   Words are also created from powerful organizations that get to create new words–such as scientists– based on who discovered what (a species of bugs names after famed cartoonist Gary Larson creator of the Far Side).

The point is, if you are looking for a legitimate answer that is culturally relative, then I challenge you to go beyond everything you think you know and seek your own information based on your own experience.

Research Studies on Reiki Scientists are trying to figure out how Energy works.  There are studies being performed on the benefits of Reiki because of the exciting results–better health without prescription medications, or in some cases, without surgery.

Please see these links for more information on the recent studies being conducted on this ancient technique.

Thank you for taking the time to read this!  If you have more questions, please feel free to contact me.

Answer to questions #1: This question gets asked a lot and here’s the answer:
You are an individual with your own needs, wants and desires.  How committed are you to your self-growth?  How seriously are you about improving certain aspects in your life? 
Typically, at least 3 consecutive sessions a month for 3-6 months will give you the transformations that you seek, you are not doing it alone, and you have someone caring and holding you accountable to work on certain patterns.
I have seen people who were in a high anxiety stressed state, and after a two weeks of getting an intuitive energy healing, dramatically changed for the better, the person ended up taking Reiki Level 1 from me.
So it depends on the situation you want to create, every situation is different, and with a committed attitude for a graceful change, a series of Reiki & Intuitive energy work can bring amazing shifts for you.
Answer to question #2: Maybe immediately, after the session and for days afterward…again, everyone is different, some will feel the energy move throughout the session and some will not recognize the energy but will still feel really, really good during and after the session.