Do you want to learn more about Reiki and whether it is right for you? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions I get about learning Reiki, to help give you some insight.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese term which translates to “spiritually guided life force energy”. It is a form of energy healing which works with the energy that is present in everything around us. We can interact with this energy in various ways, and when we learn Reiki, we are able to tune our energy into these frequencies in order to channel Reiki for healing.
Reiki can help us to bring in fresh light energy to fill up any empty spaces and increase our overall energetic capacity.
What are the different levels of Reiki?
There are three levels of Reiki training. In Level 1, you learn about self-healing and how to develop a personal Reiki practice. Level 2 focuses on learning to share Reiki with others, distance healing, and working with your spirit guides. Level 3 teaches you to develop mastery of your skills and how to teach Reiki.
Do I have to do anything to prepare for a Reiki course?
No preparation is required. All I ask is that you come with an open mind and be ready to learn.
Can I only take Reiki if I plan on working with others?
No, Reiki is a wonderful gift which you can share with others if you so choose, but it is not mandatory. It is all about developing your own personal practice first.
Who can learn Reiki? Who is this for?
Reiki is suitable for everyone, just like meditation. It is a great way to enhance your meditation practice and promote your own self-healing. It can also help you to develop more positive relationships and interactions.
Do you have any other questions about Reiki?
If you have any other questions about Reiki, I’d love to help you figure out if it is the right next step for you. Feel free to book a chat with me or reply to this email. If you’re ready to dive in, you can sign up for our upcoming courses by clicking the links below.
This 8-week Reiki I & II Practitioner Certification course offers the tools to practice Reiki for yourself and others, both in person and through distance healing.
You’ll learn about Reiki’s history, how it works, the 5 Reiki Principles, energetic systems, psychic senses, and more.
You’ll also receive Reiki I & II Attunements, workbooks, meditations, and everything needed to start your Reiki practice.
The course is available in person or via Zoom, with recordings available for later viewing. You’ll also have access to a private Facebook group and other students to trade with and practice what you learn. Upon completion, you’ll receive Reiki levels I & II Practitioner Certification.
All classes are held on Saturdays. Classes are held January 28th to February 11th from 2pm-4pm and February 18th to March 25th from 10am-12pm with a one-week break.
Gain awareness of what your physical body is trying to communicate to you.
Activate your body’s self-healing capabilities.
Find peace of mind.
Enjoy living in the present moment.
Transform your habits, thoughts, and beliefs.
Get in touch with your intuition.
Connect with your ancestors and spirit guides.
Become empowered in your healing journey.
Be an advocate for your own health when speaking with your doctors.
Open up your connection to life force energy.
In Reiki I for Self Healing you will learn how energy works, the energetic systems, and how to use energy in your everyday life.
When you learn Reiki for Self Healing, you learn to prioritize your self-care and well-being first so that you can show up better for your families and communities and do your part in contributing to the healing of the planet.
What do you think of when you think of consciousness? Is it something like this…
Most people think of consciousness as a destination, as something that we arrive at.
There is no destination, just when we feel like we’ve arrived, we can feel like we’re falling again.
Consciousness is a lived practice in the moment. At each moment of our lives, we are presented with choices.
On average, we make about 35,000 choices a day. We pretty much make a choice every second of every day.
When we experience seemingly random highs and lows it is because we are making these choices unconsciously. When we make unconscious choices it eventually results in high levels of fatigue, stress, pain, and frustration.
When you make conscious choices, you have awareness and take responsibility for the choices you make. Consciousness leads you into a process of shedding all that covers all that you already are.
The truth is, everything that you need already exists within you.
Growth, or what we call expansion, is a shedding process, rather than an adding process. You have to unlearn everything you were taught in order to remember all that you already know!
You already are all you need to be, right where you are. You are powerful. You are peaceful. You are passionate. You are all you need to be right now. You are pure light.
Shedding is the process of releasing all that covers your light.
Shedding is a process that all of us will go through in our journey with Reiki. In order to make space for something new to come in, we have to learn to release and let go.
In healing, we peel back the layers to get to our core, to get to our truth. To discover the truth that you already are all you need to be, right where you are.
That process requires us to have faith and trust. We have to trust that the process works. We hold faith that underneath all those layers that we shed is our truth.
We trust that the process is worth it. We have to have faith in ourselves that we can work through the process and discover ourselves.
Honestly, shedding is hard. Often it will send us into a reality check, where we meet some of the lowest lows we’ve ever experienced. So it can be challenging to stick with it.
Instead of trusting the process and having faith, we may choose to go back to our old patterns and behaviors because it was easier.
Ultimately, this will lead us back to the same suffering we experienced before. We go back to the same toxic relationships. We turn to people pleasing and putting others’ needs before our own.
We go back to unexpectedly experiencing highs and lows. Instead of flowing through those highs and lows with ease.
Let me give you an example of this in my own life.
At this particular point in my life, I was 23 years old and I was living between my parent’s house and my ex-husband’s parent’s house. I had tried so hard to make my life work after getting married and moving out of my parent’s house for the first time.
Everything that could go wrong in my ideal life and marriage that I had envisioned had gone wrong. I was married to an addict, cheater, and narcissist.
I couldn’t maintain the finances to live on my own after losing much of what I had to support the man I had married. I had tried desperately to save him and to save our marriage.
But things kept falling deeper and deeper into shambles. It began to feel like I was being raked over coals over and over again.
Then one day while I was at his parent’s house, his mom pulled me aside and sat me down to tell me that “I needed to fix my marriage.” She told me it was my responsibility and that in order to honor God I needed to find a way to make it work.
It was at that moment that it finally dawned on me, I had spent the last two years taking responsibility for this man and my marriage. I had been trying to save him but the real person I need to save was me.
My ex-mother-in-law was wrong, saving my marriage wasn’t my responsibility. The only person I was responsible for was me. I realized then that I was responsible for saving myself and getting myself out of the situation.
At the time, the truth was both of us were denying ourselves, hating ourselves, and by all means hurting ourselves. All the damage he directed externally toward others, I directed internally toward myself.
All that damage I was doing to myself during the relationship had truly started before that relationship even began. What I was doing to myself wasn’t enough so I manifested someone in my life who would mirror to me the way I treated and talked to myself.
I had lost all of myself but in that conversation, I realized that I had the power to change. I had the choice to leave and start taking responsibility for putting the pieces of me back together.
That realization was so liberating, I was finally free. This story, for me, is the process of awareness and conscious choice, self-responsibility, the reality check, and shedding occurring in a series of moments!
That story is what began my journey of stepping into my power. It was a rebirth in my healing journey. The months and years that have followed have been really difficult at times.
This journey has required me to have faith and trust in the universe that the choices I made have always been leading me to the path of my highest good.
Facing who I was at the time and continuing to face myself since then hasn’t always been easy. Sometimes, it’s not easy now.
I still find myself shitting on myself but I know now that I get to choose my reality. I work every day to choose to let those stories go so that I can be more of who I am.
Every story is different. Each reclamation moment is different.
It can be simple like college debt, felt through our striving and driving. It can be traumatic, felt in our struggling and surviving. It can happen all at once, or in tiny little moments throughout our lives.
Remember there is no arrival!
While many things occurred at that moment for me, shedding has been a process.
Trust the process, the process works. Have faith that underneath all the layers you are shedding is your truth, the core of who you are. The process is worth it. Have faith in yourself that you can work through the process and discover yourself.
If you need support in the process or would like to learn how to work this process on your own, please reach out to me and schedule a clarity call so we can talk about the next best step for you.
I also teach this process in my Reiki courses so keep an eye out for those coming up!
Are you the person who’s tried Reiki once and decided it’s not for you? But you’re still here, reading every blog post. Maybe you’re waiting for the “right time” or maybe you didn’t get the benefits you were hoping for in your first session.
One question everyone asks during a clarity call is, “How many sessions will I need?” The number is always dependent on the person. After 10 years of doing this work, rarely ever has that answer only been one.
Too often, on TV, social media, and online, you’ll hear about people having miracle healings from various gurus. Healing hardly ever happens like that.
This builds up expectations that Reiki practitioners are some kind of miracle workers. There to help you miraculously heal things that have built up within you for years and years.
It can be such a letdown when you receive Reiki for the first time when instead of feeling better you actually feel worse. Yes, Reiki is meant to bring relaxation, stress, and pain relief. The route to achieving that isn’t always direct.
Often in Reiki sessions, it gets worse before it gets better. I’ve had multiple clients have full emotional breakdowns in their first session with me. Difficult emotions can and do come up in Reiki. Things like grief, fear, guilt, shame, and fear will rise up to the surface.
Sometimes Reiki asks us to face our deepest wounds and our darkest shadows. I’ve seen many people leave their first session emotional and with a lot to process through.
This is a good thing, it’s supposed to happen. Which may be hard to hear, because none of us really want to face all of our wounds and shadows. Acknowledging your pain points is just the first step in the healing process.
If you’ve only gotten that far, you probably feel like you haven’t gotten anywhere. Acknowledgment is a huge first step, so celebrate it. Acknowledgment doesn’t actually change anything though. It’s not going to change your patterns and get you unstuck.
There are at least twenty steps that follow acknowledgment in the healing process and those steps cycle. When you decide to stop after just one Reiki session, you’re stopping long before any of the real magic even begins.
Yes, I know it sucks when you start to acknowledge all your baggage. It’s anything but fun. The thing is, acknowledgment is one of the most difficult steps. It gets better from there but if you never do the other twenty steps you’ll never get to better.
Instead of doing the other twenty steps, we meet our edge and get stuck in resistance.
The reasons you are stuck are:
You’re waiting for the right time or the right opportunity. Right now isn’t enough. Things aren’t perfect enough and you are not enough. So instead, you’re choosing not to take the next step.
It’s not a priority to you. You say it’s important to you and it’s not. You don’t trust the process. You’ve suspended belief that this won’t really get you what you want.
You’re afraid of change and what it will bring. You’re afraid you’re not enough and you’re not safe. You don’t believe in your ability to actually solve whatever problems come up.
You’re waiting for other people to change so that you can be happy. You refuse to take full ownership of yourself, your life, your results, and your experiences.
You don’t want to do it because you’re comfortable where you’re at. It’s not necessary for you to lean into your edges, step into your shadow, and do the tough, courageous things. Things are fine as they are. Also, you don’t want to fail because that means you’re not enough.
You’re procrastinating. You’re afraid to fail. You have to be perfect to be enough. You’re not allowing yourself any grace and you ultimately don’t trust yourself or the Universe.
So which one of these are you?
Are you ready to stop thinking about getting ready to take the next step and finally take action?
Here’s my real answer to, “How many Reiki sessions do you need?”… as many as it takes.
As many as it takes for you to continuously take action and take all the steps on your own. That’s a journey that, 10 years later, I’m still on to this day. Yes, I still receive Reiki and I do the work because there are always new challenges and opportunities for growth.
In my work with clients, it usually takes anywhere from at least 3 months to a year. Often, like me, those clients continue to do the work and maintain their health and wellness for years. I have clients that have been working with me during the entire time that I’ve been doing this work and many I’ve developed lifelong relationships with.
There is always a new edge and an opportunity to expand. If you’re still acknowledging what needs work, you’ve got a long way to go. Please don’t give up, because the journey is so worth it. I promise you it gets easier.