How Many Reiki Sessions Will I Need?

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

How to Care for Others and Avoid Burnout

Your energy, your life force, your power is one of the most valuable resources you have. With it, you have vitality, wellness, peace, and liberation. Without it, you’ll be depleted, sick, in pain, emotionally unstable, limited.

I’ve worked with many folks who care deeply about others. You care about your families, your partners, your friends, and your exes. You care about the world and are advocates for the things you’re passionate about. You want to make a difference and be a catalyst for change.

But one of the biggest mistakes we make in caring for others is using our own energy to help others. We take responsibility for the healing of others. We do everything we can control to get them better or make them change.

Depleting your energy reserves to care for others is unsustainable and an invitation for burnout.

Personally, learning Reiki was essential for my learning not to use my own energy for the healing of others.

In Reiki, there are a few foundational principles that help us to fill up our energy stores and keep them full. You can utilize these principles to help yourself care for others without depleting yourself.

Always ask for permission. In order to help someone we must ask for permission. We can not help someone who does not desire to receive it. Forcing our care on others is a form of energetic assault. It doesn’t matter if it is in the form of sending healing energy or taking action on their behalf. Helping someone without their consent is a violation of consent. This will 100% of the time result in the depletion of your energy. It can also cause your intentions to backfire and cause more harm than good.

Never use your own energy for the healing of others. In Reiki, we never use our own energy for the healing of others. We are always channeling life force energy from the connection of the divine. This means that we allow ourselves to receive Reiki energy and then send it to others. When we send Reiki healing, we are at the same time receiving healing ourselves.

Detach from the outcome. One of the major causes of suffering in our caring for others is our attachment to the outcome. When you are attached to the outcome of your caring you are in a state of control. Controlling outcomes depletes your power. What is meant for someone has nothing to do with you. Let it go and let it be.

Healing energy always goes where it needs to go. When we care for others and they allow us to do so, we don’t know the effect it will have. When you trust that what you give is exactly what needs to be received, you allow miracles to happen. The transformations that can be made when we trust something greater than ourselves are so powerful.

All healing starts from within, you become a healer through healing yourself. The effect you have on the world really comes from the healing you do for yourself. The changes you make within yourself create a ripple effect within the world. As your vibration changes, you naturally shift the energy that surrounds you. Without ever having to do anything for anyone else. The best thing you can do to be a catalyst for change is to heal yourself.

How will you take these principles into your life and apply them?

Interested in learning more about Reiki and how it can be used in your life? Keep an eye out for upcoming events and classes!

With love and light,

Koda’s Story

There are just a few days coming up until the next round of Reiki I begins and I’m getting excited! In each class that I teach, I get to customize the course material for the students registered and I’ve been getting lots of downloads about how to guide this set of students.

I’ve had dozens of amazing students that have taken Reiki with me and seen amazing shifts in their lives. Every student I’ve taught has been so gifted, intuitive, and committed to making Reiki a part of their life.

It’s exactly why I decided to teach.

Today, I want to celebrate one of my students, Koda, by sharing their story. Here’s what they had to say after completing the Reiki Practitioner Certification:

I experienced my first Reiki session with another provider in the Fall of 2019 after a major surgical procedure. I noticed results instantly and wanted to learn more about it as the results that I was seeing not only helped with the specific issue that I went for care for but far surpassed years of other forms of therapies and medications that I had tried thus far for chronic issues.

Needless to say, a spark was lit. 

I wanted to take a Reiki I course so that I may help to facilitate helping to heal myself so that I could help others to feel the amazing energy that I felt and the healing results of the same. As someone who has had to spend very long periods housebound due to medical issues and who has had more surgeries than most people have in their lifetime, I was open to anything that would help me feel more like “me” again. 

I saw that Natasha was teaching a Reiki I course not long after my first Reiki session and the timing worked out perfectly that I was able to attend. The course took place over a weekend at Nirvana Healing Center in San Jose, one of the most peaceful places in the entire city. I was skeptical but I also walked in not wanting to have any expectations. After taking Reiki I with Natasha, I began to incorporate self-Reiki into more of my self-care regimen. Not only that, I solidified my spiritual practices, thus working on the healing of the religious-based trauma that I faced. 

After the onset of a rare visual processing disorder and the onset of a traumatic brain injury in 2020, I found that Reiki helped me substantially in my own physical and psychological healing. It was helping symptoms that pills and physical therapy wouldn’t begin to touch. It brought me a sense of peace and as soon as I was able to, I signed up to learn Reiki II with Natasha. 

Learning distance Reiki was very important to me, especially after the onset of COVID. Many of the people I wanted to send Reiki to are not locals where an in-person session could take place. I wanted to be able to channel that energy for their healing, whether they were directly impacted by the pandemic or whether there was something else impacting them. For a few weeks, I would log off from my work computer and log in to learn Reiki II with Natasha once a week on a 1:1 basis. This individualized attention helped me to dive into Reiki and ask questions that I may have been a bit shy to ask in class (I’ll be working more on my Vishuddha!). I know that some folx are skeptical when it comes to attunement over a distance, but I did not notice a reduction in feelings of attunement. 

I am grateful for what I learned through the classes. I was able to apply those teachings and distance Reiki to many individuals and many situations, including COVID. In the latter half of 2021, I found myself with two back-to-back major surgeries. I faced challenges in healing from both until I began to send Reiki to them. Very quickly afterward, I would either find relief or we would find the reason for the complication. 

Natasha’s teaching style is wonderful and something that I learned from. She works with everyone on an individualized level that can sometimes be missed in group sessions with other instructors. This was never the case with Natasha and is solidified through her leadership in other groups, I’ve never felt out of place in her groups. They are some of the warmest and most welcoming gatherings. Everyone can learn something from them, whether it is facilitating their growth or learning from the experiences of each other. 

I made some massive life changes in February of 2022 – specifically leaving the career that I had spent well over a decade in. While my health was first and foremost the reason behind this change, a major reason was that I wanted to be able to have more time and energy to practice Reiki and to shift to a path that is more aligned with my spirit. I would not have made that change without Reiki. 

When I say that my life opened in ways that I cannot begin to describe once I began to incorporate Reiki into it, especially Reiki II, that would be nothing short of an understatement. My perception of the world itself has changed. It has made me a more conscious person. It has helped me with my physical, mental, and spiritual health in ways that I cannot describe. I have experienced things that I can only sum up with “Reiki.” 

When something happens and I just can’t begin to understand or comprehend it, along with whatever steps need to be taken I send Reiki to it and I trust in the Universe. I send Reiki to the food I cook, and the water I drink and give thanks for it all. It helped me to better recognize the privileges and gifts that the Universe has provided. It has made me a better person, and, for that, I am eternally grateful. The spark has turned into a fire of knowledge and I cannot wait to see where my journey will take me next! 

If you ever have the chance to work with Natasha, whether as a client, as a student, or as a member of a group session that she is leading, please take that path! This is more than life-changing and calling it such almost feels like a cliché. This will impact every area of your life. It will reveal a lot of truths to you, some of which may seem overwhelming (Natasha’s guidance helps so much here). It reminds me of working with one of the deities that I do, in which if you are not ready for that change to be made for you to live your best life and your life’s purpose, then the Universe will facilitate that change for you. 

Thank you, Natasha!

Are you ready to begin your own journey? Sign up today by clicking on the links below!

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With love and light,
Natasha Nirvana

What’s Blocking You from Your Next Evolution?

Lately, it’s been hitting me that we’re approaching the third anniversary of COVID. The past three years have brought on so much change, awakening, and activation in everybody. In the last month, I’ve noticed a new level of activation happening and more people awakening to their truth.

My work with clients over the past few weeks has been deepening and enlightening. Everyone is starting to show up and make huge changes and face their deep-seated issues. More people are getting curious about Reiki and energy work and how they can call it into their lives.

It’s been nearly a year since I last taught Reiki. Every time I teach it, it feels like exactly the right timing. When I choose to teach, it’s because the Universe has been calling me to show up through each of you.

Every time I teach Reiki, it evolves, I evolve, my students evolve. More and more Reiki is calling people in, it’s calling you to the power that lives within you. You are your own healer. Everything Reiki teaches, teaches you to be that.

And every time I teach Reiki a mass load of resistance shows up. I question whether or not I’m meant to do this. I question whether or not it’s worth all the work it takes. I doubt that anyone is going to sign up and then I get mad that I don’t feel seen or heard. I tell myself that nobody cares. I get frustrated pouring my heart into this work and feel like I’m speaking to no one. I fluctuate between giving up completely, pushing so hard it’s annoying, and then letting go and trusting.

The reason all that resistance shows up is because I care so much. I envision raising up the next generation of healers. When I see my life in 10 years I see the massive ripple effect that I’ve created. How each soul that I touch touches so many other souls and how that ripple effect extends. I believe wholeheartedly that owning your power is the answer to healing the planet. Reiki is a huge piece of that.

Being able to practice your spirituality in your unique way. To be able to use Reiki as a tool to power fill. To be able to live Reiki in your life every single day and apply it in countless ways. That’s powerful.

My client said it so well this week, “We are all equal when we are born into this world. Everyone has different life situations or challenges and those shape and mold who we are in the physical form. But if we can remember to come home to ourselves and that essence of who we are. That is love. We all have different journeys of trying to come home to ourselves. Our essence is love, peace, happiness, and just being. But we forget that along the way or life makes us forget or we have bad experiences. And we all have to find our own way home. Reiki helps us do that.

Since I’ve been marketing this class, I’ve noticed a ton of resistance coming up in people. There are a few excuses we all use when it comes to resisting our next evolution. Can you guess what they are?

They are all centered in not-enoughness. They are centered in a place of power loss. They are centered in trying to control your life. When you say no to the opportunities presented to you for your next evolution, which you know are right for you, it’s because you’re not trusting what the Universe is presenting to you. You’re sitting in the control seat saying to yourself, “Nothing ever works for me.”

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” – Paulo Coelho

What have you been saying no to that the Universe is calling you into

Where are you choosing not to take action?

How can you call back your power and create the results in your life that you’ve been looking for?

This life journey that we’re all going through is about coming back home. It’s about stepping into power and taking ownership of your life so that the life you experience is abundant and infinite. 

When you operate from your internal source of power, you create unconditional peace, power, and passion, not only in your life but in the lives of everyone you touch. 

You become peaceful, powerful, and passionate. You become unconditionally liberated and deeply impactfulinfluential, and ultimately irreplaceable to those in your life.

Learning to be in your power is paradigm-shifting. It shifts how you perceive, relate to, and communicate with yourself and others. It shifts your language, communication, emoting, problem-solving, decision-making, behaviors, manner of relating, and practical applications in your everyday life from control-centered to power-centered living and leading. 

Being Power-Centered changes your whole life for the rest of your life. I’m going to teach you how to use Reiki as a tool to help you become power-centered.

I also want you to know that what I’ve shared today isn’t just applicable to learning Reiki or signing up for this course. It applies to all areas of your life. So I hope that you take it, apply it, and say yes when you know it’s right. Say yes and take action even when there is fear. Believe that the Universe is going to conspire for you.

Because I believe in this so much, I’m running a special bonus! Just for today, when you sign up for either of the upcoming Reiki courses you’ll receive a bonus one-hour integration session with me. In this session, we’ll work together on how you can integrate this work into your everyday life. We’ll talk about how you can live it and use it to come back home.


In the next 24 hours:

All you need to do to receive the bonus is visit the course page for either course and sign up using the payment links at the bottom of the page. Once you do that, I’ll reach out to you to figure out scheduling.

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Reiki I & II Practitioner Certification Course

Is Learning Reiki For Me?

Today I want to answer some of the most frequently asked questions I get about learning Reiki. Hopefully answering these questions will help you gain some insight on whether to take the leap and learn Reiki for yourself.

What is Reiki?
Reiki is love. In Japanese Reiki translates to spiritually guided life force energy. When you learn Reiki, you tune your energy into these frequencies so that you can channel Reiki for healing.

Everything is energy, your emotions, the things you hold onto, your beliefs, everything that makes up you. Other people also have their own energy that we interact with as we relate with each other. Sometimes the energy we carry is positive, supportive, and thriving.

We can also carry heavy, stagnant energies or not carry enough energy to sustain ourselves. Reiki helps bring in fresh light energy to fill up the spaces and increase our energetic capacity.

When you learn Reiki, you learn how to develop an everyday practice that sustains your energy in balance and vitality!

What are the different levels of Reiki?
There are 3 levels of Reiki training. At each level, you learn something new and tune into the specific aspects of that level.

Level 1 is focused primarily on self-healing and developing a personal Reiki practice. The foundation of Reiki is built on focusing first on your own healing. Reiki 1 also teaches you to work with the physical body for healing.

Level 2 is focused on learning to share Reiki with others. You learn three of the Reiki symbols, distance healing, and working with your spirit guides. You also learn how to work with the emotional and mental bodies. In my courses, I also teach intuition development and working with your intuitive gifts to deliver more impactful results to your clients.

Level 3 is focused on learning to teach Reiki and develop mastery of your skills. In Reiki level 3 you learn to work with the spiritual body and develop specialized skills to support you in your Reiki practice. As a Reiki Master, you learn to work with your guides to learn new skills and deliver powerful healing to clients.

Do I have to do anything to prepare for a Reiki course?
No, I only ask that my students come with an open mind ready to learn. When you learn Reiki, it will take you on your journey. Reiki will show you the changes you need to make in your life and support you in doing so.

There is nothing you need to do or become in order to receive the gift of Reiki.

Can I only take Reiki if I plan on working with others?
No, Reiki is a beautiful gift to share with others, if you feel called to do so. However, there is no obligation to share with others. Learning Reiki is always about developing your own personal practice first. There are so many ways that you can apply Reiki in your life that don’t include starting a Reiki practice.

Who can learn Reiki? Who is this for?
Reiki is for everyone, just like meditation. For many people learning Reiki can simply be used to enhance their meditation practice and promote their own self-healing. Reiki is for anyone who wants to empower themselves in their healing journey.

Becoming a Reiki practitioner is for anyone who wants to learn how to better show up in their relationships with others. Reiki teaches you how your energy interacts with others and how that interaction can be helpful or harmful. Learning Reiki helps you to have more positive relationships and interactions. This can be in any relationship, whether that be friends, partners, or clients.

Do you have any other questions about Reiki? I’d love to help you figure out if learning Reiki is the right next step for you. I have a few spaces available to chat in the coming weeks and answer any questions you may have. You can book that here or reply to this email.

If you know you are ready to dive in sign up for our upcoming courses by clicking below.

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Reiki I & II Practitioner Certification Course