Reiki means ‘spiritual’ or ‘soul energy’. As such, it acts in a holistic way to bring health and healing to the receiver and can be used even for the most serious of conditions, with the proper training. It exists everywhere as a pure source of universal healing energy that can be used by anyone for their own healing or the healing of family and friends and also professionally. And it is global.
Reiki is normally given in a gentle hands-on way with the receiver lying down and fully clothed. However, it can also radiate out from your eyes or your breath. The giver acts simply as a channel, with the ki (energy) flowing down through the crown chakra to the tanden (dantien) and then out through the hands to the receiver. Its beauty lies in its profound simplicity and its ability to treat both yourself and others.
In training as a Reiki practitioner there are three main levels of learning. And at each level you receive what is called Reiju (attunement) in order to purify your ability to transmit the Reiki. This is given by your chosen teacher.
At Level One (Shoden) you are guided to sense the energy with practice and certain exercises. You are also introduced to the history of Reiki, to Usui sensei (teacher) and Hayashi sensei, and to the Gokai, Usui sensei’s Five Principles which give you guidelines for developing your qualities as a practitioner and for life itself. And each day, too, we practise some meditation. Of course, you also do hands-on practice and are shown some useful hands-on positions to help guide you in the beginning. The learning of Reiki is fun and you are encouraged to come to it with a light and open heart. You are learning to transmit love for healing.
The Shoden course is taught over two days and enables you to practice on friends and family.
Level Two of Reiki is called Okuden. Once again you will receive Reiju which will further open you up to the flow of Reiki energy. You will also be introduced to the concept of Byosen, energy blockages due to the accumulation of toxins and the process for healing them. You will learn how to sense and treat areas of Byosen with lots of hands-on practice which will help you to cultivate ever deeper sensitivity and develop your intuition. And you will be taught how to practise Enkaku Chiryo (Distance Reiki) which has proved so useful during the Covid pandemic.
The Okuden training course is held over 2 or 3 days and completes your basic training but does not entitle you to teach. That needs lots more training and practice.
The Third Level (Shinpiden) of Reiki is only for those who wish to teach and to practise professionally. It requires intensive practice after the first two Levels and a substantial experience of giving treatments and of cultivating your own awareness. It takes place over 5 days. You come to it when you are ready and probably not before you have been practising for two years or more. There is no need to hurry; the journey is what is important.
I have taught all three levels of Usui Reiki, both in the UK, in Thailand and in Malaysia. For the moment, though, I am just offering both Shoden and Okuden, as well as treatments.
I run all my courses in and around Taunton and I am very happy to discuss any questions you may have about Reiki or about the courses.
Finally, I am a member of both the UK Reiki Federation and the Jikiden Reiki UK Association.