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Reiki Q&A

Here are some common questions that I've heard most often from students and clients.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is energy, for many a practice, and for some a way of life. As energy, Reiki is what flows out of our hands when we instinctively touch our face when we have a toothache or our knee when it is hurting. As a practice, Reiki is the way that a Reiki practitioner learns to listen to the energy and a person's body to customize a treatment helping to speed up the receiver's healing and bringing balance. As a way of life, Reiki can become a way to learn how to be more kind and gentle with ourselves and others by pursuing balance and compassion and releasing judgment. One can relate to Reiki on a lot of different levels, none are right, none are wrong. Access this ancient wisdom from whichever point of view you are ready for. 

How does it feel?

During most treatments the person who receives Reiki feels a sense of deep relaxation that resembles sleep. The sensation of soothing heat is most common in the areas that are most in need of attention due to prior trauma, discomfort, or pain. You are fully clothed at all times, and the practitioner never touches private areas. In a Reiki treatment, in the overwhelming majority of cases you are comfortable at all times. If you are not, you should immediately tell your practitioner so that adjustments can be made to enhance your comfort.

How does it work?

Whether the Reiki practitioner touches you or not, their hands are radiating energy. The principle behind Reiki is that to every trauma, physical, emotional, or psychological, is associated a blockage in your energy, similarly to how, when you cut yourself, your blood coagulates to keep your body from losing blood. Over time, the coagulated blood crust must fall off for your skin to come back into a place of balance. Your energy also needs to come back to a place of balance. Reiki helps your body and mind achieve balance by releasing old blockages only to the extent that you are ready to let them go. Reiki helps speed up the natural physical and emotional healing processes of your body. By increasing balance, Reiki helps strengthen your body's own self-defenses. 

What are the benefits of Reiki?

Learning Reiki is an incredible investment in your personal health: it helps decrease pain, depression, and anxiety, favoring overall joy, well-being, and health. See Research on Reiki here.

Why do you believe this hocus-pocus?

Simply because it works. Rita started Reiki after four years of permanent migraines in 2002. Since then, her migraines have disappeared, as have her periodic colds, fevers, and menstrual cramps. Learning Reiki is an incredible investment in your personal health and you can practice with a practitioner or on your own: it helps decrease pain, depression, and anxiety, favoring overall well-being and health. See Research on Reiki. What's complex about Reiki though, is that a practitioner can never guarantee that a specific discomfort will heal, as another discomfort may heal first. Whether a session helps heal a specific ailment or not, it is most often a pleasant opportunity to feel relaxed, peaceful, and nurtured.

How can I learn? 

To learn Reiki there are three levels, each level is complete in and of itself, but each level allows you to use the Reiki with more versatility. Don't rush to get through the three levels. Take your time to practice the knowledge of each level before you step to the next. The way we teach, Level I takes 12 hours (generally a day and a half in a group), Level two 16 hours (generally two days in a group), and Level three is a longer process of self-mastery done one-on-one with your teacher and takes a few months to a few years depending on the student's time allocation and investment. 

Who is the right teacher for me? 

The teacher-student relationship is one of trust and vulnerability. Choose a teacher you feel comfortable learning with, who you respect and trust. Choose also a teacher who feels more heart-centered than ego-centered. When it comes to inner growth, people who are ego-centered may do more harm than good, you want someone who you can trust will put your highest good first. To discern the best teacher for you, you may ask some of the questions below:

a) What intention do you set before you do Reiki? 

b) What is your philosophy of teaching? 

c) How much time do you devote to practice in your class?

d) Do you stay in touch with your students or organize Reiki shares afterwards?

e) Will you be available after the class for questions and insights if I need them?

f) What was your most meaningful Reiki experience of Reiking yourself? And Reiking others? 

How do I know if Reiki is right for me?

If you've been curious about Reiki for sometime and you continue to run into people that do Reiki, chances are, it's the right path for you. Often, we attract what we need for the next step in our healing. Your curiosity for something is often your unconscious sending your brain signals about what can help you at this stage of your growth. When Rita took her first level Reiki class it was out of simple curiosity and weariness of her migraines. She didn't believe it, understand it, or practice it; she was just open to learn. That's all it takes!

How do I know if it's the right time?

Once you learn Reiki, the energy never really leaves you. The class is a strong jumpstart, though. If you sign up for a class, make sure you attend it in its entirety and practice extensively immediately after. There isn't really a "wrong" time, unless you are not willing to fulfill your teacher's time and task requirements for the class. 

What can I expect from the teacher-student relationship?

The way we teach, we let the student drive the student-teacher relationship. Some students like to be closer to their teachers, asking for insight and advice regularly. Others are more autonomous in their learning and refer to their teachers sporadically or barely at all. What kind of relationship you establish with your teacher is up to you. Your teacher may organize some Reiki shares to help you connect with other Reiki practitioners. While you can connect with your teacher, partnering with a buddy is also helpful so you can exchange Reiki and help each other. 

Where can I learn more?

Reiki Master Amy Roland has two books on Reiki: Traditional Reiki for our Times and The Complete Book of Traditional Reiki. If you are a skeptic and would like a more scientific view on energy healing in general, you may want to try Barbara Ann Brennan, a NASA scientist, Hands of Light.   

What if I'd like to talk more about this?

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Rita Fierro at the helm of Fierro Consulting