I am a Level II Reiki practitioner, which means I have been trained by my excellent instructor, Marilynn Carter (Reiki Master and Teacher) in the first two levels of Reiki. I won’t go into the important (and interesting ) history of Reiki; I’m afraid that I won’t do it justice. Suffice to say that my training has changed me and made me not only a practitioner, but a lifelong student.
Simply put, Reiki is a method of treating bodily disorders and restoring spiritual balance in which a practitioner places the palms of the hands on a part of the body so that healing energy will flow in that area. There is no disrobing and no touching if the recipient doesn’t want to be touched; it can be done over, not necessarily on; the body areas. Any disease or pain we have is the result of blocked energy that for some reason isn’t flowing as well as it should. Reiki allows the movement of energy through the entire system and can help relieve pain or discomfort.
NOTE: Reiki is not a substitute for medicine. Reiki is energy work.
My own experience with Reiki has been enlightening and illuminating. Reiki has helped me greatly, and I am happy to be able to help others when I work on them.
Reiki practitioners are different; each one knows the general patterns to follow, but they may do it differently. For example, some practitioners prefer to keep quiet during sessions. In my sessions, I can’t seem to shut up. When I close my eyes and put my hands over a part of the body, I can see colors in my mind: red or purple or burgundy mean pain, blue means the area needs attention, grass green means healing, pea green or a sickly yellow means serious sickness, black denotes an emptiness, pink means new healing and comfort, and white and/or gold is God light and healing. Seeing these things, I tell my client what I see and what it means.
Since the Crankee Yankee is my main client, I will tell you what I could ‘see’ after he had radiation therapy for prostate cancer last year. He had been diagnosed about 10 years ago with prostate cancer, and had his prostate removed. Everything went perfectly and he had his PSA checked each year afterward. All was well until last year when his PSA began rising again. It was discovered that there was one lone cancer cell that somehow had been left over from the surgery. Radiation was advised, and he had an 8 week course of it. Following that, his next couple of PSA tests were less than zero.
However, the doctors wanted a scan done to see if everything was clear. The night before he had it, he asked me to check to see what I could see. What I saw was this: a clear grass green area with a small black hole in the middle. My immediate thought was, ‘it’s gone–the cancer cell is gone.’ The scan confirmed it; he was cancer-free.
This color thing is not unique to me; many other practitioners see colors as well. Some hear things, feel things, and so on. One of the great benefits of Reiki is how relaxing it is; it can literally take you out of yourself, calm your mind, and ease discomfort in the body.
Many people do not believe in the healing power of Reiki, and that’s fine. It isn’t for everyone, and if I were to work on someone who wasn’t comfortable about it (but I certainly would hope they would say something about it!), that energy would simply go straight to the earth. But as a practitioner, I absolutely love the fact that I can help someone else feel better. I talk during my sessions, and I speak of what I see and feel. Often I will ask up front what is bothering the person, what pain are they having, and so on. Knowing this, I will work more on those areas.
My hope is that by telling you what I know and experience from Reiki, that it might take some of the mystery and/or apprehension out of the equation for you. I find Reiki to be as important and as relaxing and rejuvenating as massage or meditation.
If you decide to try a Reiki session, keep your mind open, ask questions and simply enjoy the experience.