Imagine being able to lay your hands on someone and make them feel like they just woken up from a deep sleep; no this isn’t something taught in Hogwarts, but a deeply spiritual practice developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist, Mikao Usui. Through the magic of touch, Reiki teaches you to transfer universal energy, allowing self healing and a state of equilibrium. Like the longest lie in or the best night’s sleep, Reiki healing creates a state of deep relaxation, soothing emotions and reducing negative feelings. We can’t promise you will be standing on one leg and meditating on the underground, but letting the power of Reiki into your life could give you the inner clarity you have been searching for.
With two different types of Reiki – traditional Japanese Reiki and western Reiki, what you learn will depend on the course you choose. Whether you are trying something new or training to be a Reiki therapist, most courses will begin with the history, as well as the different hand positions. Every client will experience something different, from tingling to warmth and feelings of deep meditation and relaxation.
Once you have completed your initial Reiki training and practised the art for a while, the more experienced practitioner can move on to the sacred symbols of Reiki and being able to increase the flow of Reiki in their treatments. Another advanced skill to move on to is the ability to ‘send’ Reiki to people without being physically with them through the power of your mind. Once you have learnt the art of Reiki, you will be able to use the techniques to clear away any blockages causing pain using chakras and the aura on family, friends and favourite pets.
A clean mind
In order to get the most out of your Reiki training, it is important to have a clear mind. Good tips to achieve this are daily meditation, removing toxins such as smoking and alcohol from your diet and eating healthier.
It’s important to remember there is some science behind this practise; Reiki is made up of a number of symbols and signs, all meaning different things. Like learning another language, working out what the different swirls, dots and lines mean can be tricky at first.
What can I do to prepare?
Clear your mind, relax and maybe practise some meditation before arriving to your first class. Remember Reiki is not for everyone, but if you turn up believing it’s not going to work, the chances are it won’t.
The five principles of Reiki
1. Do not be angry
2. Do not worry
3. Be grateful
4. Work with diligence
5. Be kind to people
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