In the United States, students (for the most part) learn a very Westernized form of Reiki. Originally taught in the US and other countries by Mrs. Takata, Reiki has changed from the original Japanese modality still practiced there today.
Some of the changes were required because in Japan Reiki was recognized as a valid medical practice (prior to the US invasion/takeover after WWII). Here in the US, medical boards have a very strict and regulated process of accepting modalities that fall outside Western medicine, so Reiki had to be adapted by Mrs. Takata to both fall under the radar of Western Medicine and yet still be a valid alternative modality.
The Reiki we know now has – within the last 20 years or so – become a modality embraced by the alternative medical societies and by Light Workers – many who belong to both subsets in America.
Reiki is a hands-on or a laying-on-hands technique that provides stress reduction and relaxation and does promote healing through the practitioner channeling the Universal Life Source energy – or, God Source energy, prana, or whichever term you use to define the Divine.
When humans are depleted of energy, we are more likely to become ill – both in temperament and physically. A Reiki session provides the opportunity for balance to be regained within the individual and regular sessions provide opportunity for deeper levels of healing.
When you arrive for a Reiki session, if you are able-bodied you will be instructed to lay down on your back upon a massage table – fully clothed. You may request to have a light blanket as many Reiki practitioners keep their practice rooms cool as channeling Reiki is quite warm.
Reiki sessions truly are individualistic and no individual every has the exact same session twice. The Reiki practitioner will begin at your head and move slowly to your feet, channeling energy into you as they are guided. Once the front side is completed, you will turn over and receive a similar process on the backside.
This is a basic Reiki treatment session. The amount of time an average adult will take to complete a Reiki session can be anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. Depending upon the practitioner, of course, as different practitioners have learned multiple modalities to enhance their Practice.
One can look up online and find many different descriptions of what Reiki is and what Reiki has done for the individual, but again – one must always understand that each person experiences Reiki as appropriate for who he or she is at that moment. No one has the exact Reiki experience as any other person, nor as the same time they had previously experienced Reiki.
Reiki is completely non-denominational. One does not need to have any religious training or belief to be an effective Reiki practitioner and Reiki does not demand any particular rituals or tenants to be followed.
Reiki works because humans are designed to be channels of healing energy for themselves by the Creator, that is what Reiki is for – an opportunity for each person to heal themselves.
Reiki is not difficult to learn and once learned, it is not something that will ever be forgotten for it is an extremely simply energy practice.
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