I recently completed a two day Reiki Self Healing Level I course
Two major changes have occurred
I’m sleeping better than I have in years
I’ve started to be able to breathe when I’m swimming front crawl
I feel as if Reiki has been calling me back recently after my first dabblings with it in the 1990’s. I decided to listen to my inner wisdom and reboot myself.
Reiki training generally comes in three stages and the first is about self healing and practice.
Self Healing Reiki level I (The First Degree)
‘Rei’ means Universe and ‘Ki’ means energy but it may be more useful to think of Reiki as a tool which assists the receiver to balance their systems in whichever way is needed at the time. Think of fine tuning a piano and words like connection and equilibrium.
No one really knows how Reiki works and for every person the experience of Reiki is different. Reiki can be as simple as just placing your hands on yourself or another and noticing your experience. If you ask what Reiki will be like for you, an answer cannot be given. At level I, the emphasis is on self-care and the student practices on themselves but may also practice their skills on friends and family members or volunteers. Students cannot practice commercially and they cannot teach Self Healing Practice, give ‘Reiki attunements’ to others or use sacred symbols
Reiki is not affiliated to any faith or religion. It does require the receiver to be open minded and accept that their own inner process can guide them to heal and grow.
Within our central nervous system we have a sub system which is known as the autonomic nervous system. It works without our awareness and regulates the internal environment of the body. It is further divided into the sympathetic nervous system which stimulates and mobilises energy resources and kicks in when the ‘fight or flight‘ response is triggered. It raises the heart rate and blood pressure. Sweat glands are stimulated and we are highly stimulated and ready for action. The second is the parasympathetic nervous system. This is the state our brain is in when we ‘rest and digest‘. It conserves energy, slows the heart rate and increases salivation.
Busy stressful lives mean that the sympathetic nervous system is constantly triggered and may account for ill health and mental well-being issues.
Reiki aims to help to balance the nervous system using the power of stillness and gentle touch so that the scales tip in favour of that rest and digest state we need to be in to repair, heal and process.
Quick thought here about ‘No pain, no gain’ style sports or deep tissue massage…
If I am biting the pillow in pain because my massage therapist is pummelling the life out of me, am I having the fight and flight or the rest and digest response stimulated? This is why sometimes the lightest and gentlest of massages can often be the deepest and most powerful… and may be why adrenaline junkies just love to be brutalised on the massage couch!
Reiki originated in Japan in the mid 1800’s and was discovered by Dr Mikao Usai who became a Buddhist monk and eventually was said to have gained spiritual enlightenment and channelled the sacred wisdom used in Reiki healing. He passed this down to a few who became Reiki Masters. They in turn taught a new generation. Later teachers incorporated the the chakra system which is based on an Indian model that originated between 1500 and 500 BC in the oldest text called the Vedas. The chakras unite the physical and life force energies. They are seen as wheels of energy which connect mind, emotion, body and spirit.
Reiki rarely fixes in one session but has an accumulative effect. We are told that we should just notice subtle changes over time. At the beginning of the 21 day practice I noticed very little other than what a worrier I am. I noticed that I was often stressed. As the days progressed, I noticed that I mentioned worry and stress less in my journal. I slept for a full night. This is unheard of. My sleep is really quite good now. Three years of learning front crawl swimming and not breathing correctly and I’m finally starting to breathe at last.
These are not subtle changes but huge ones!
I am so convinced of the power of Reiki that I have signed up for Level II and in the meantime I am looking for volunteers to practice Reiki on. Although there is no charge for the Reiki practice sessions, contributions will be asked for to pay for room hire and expenses. Please contact me if you are interested to volunteer.
I will never use Reiki methods on you without your permission. There is research to prove the healing power of Reiki and of touch and it is slowly being recognised as something more than a quack therapy but I understand that for a variety of reasons it is not for everybody.
Let me know of your experiences of Reiki, good or bad in the comments below