Have you ever had that experience where you were drawn to something that you didn’t entirely understand, but still felt this pull towards it?
This has been happening to me a lot lately.
I’m finding myself being extremely drawn to personal development (books, articles, TED talks, inspirational leaders), spirituality (through meditation and yoga), and learning about how to be an entrepreneur. I was never necessarily interested in any of these things until the last 6 months or so…and it recently happened again.
My yoga studio was offering a Certificate for a Level 1 Reiki Attunement. I’d only heard of reiki a couple of times beforehand, so I honestly didn’t know a lot about it. Yet, I felt this desire to attend and learn more about it. Your intuition is such an interesting feeling.
So I signed up. And wow, did I learn a lot. About myself, about the practice and about life. It’s fascinating to always strive to learn more, to grow more and development as a person. It’s what makes life interesting!
I’m sure you have a lot of questions about what it is, so here is what I learned during my level 1 certification process.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is, simply put, the method of working with energy for healing purposes. Sounds pretty trippy and hippie, I know. But hear me out.
Reiki itself isn’t energy, but reiki is actually the act of channeling energy for healing the body, mind and soul. The official definition of reiki is,
“a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional wellbeing”
The word reiki originated from Japan and literally means “universal life energy”.
Sounds deep, right?
When someone is performing reiki on a person (or an animal or plant…any living being), they use either a “hands-on” or “hands-off” (literally) to assist in reliving or reducing pain and discomfort by balancing the body’s energy centers, or chakras. While the energy flows through the living being, the body becomes more restored and balanced, you will feel relaxed and and it sparks your bodys natural ability to heal itself.
What happened to me during my first Reiki session (mind blown)!
One of the first things we did during the certification process was to perform reiki on ourselves and then partner up and perform reiki on each other. Interestingly enough, I had sprained my lower back pretty badly a few days beforehand. It was one of the worst sprains that I’d ever experienced- I couldn’t sit for long periods of time and was heating/icing it almost all day long for days at a time. I could barely bend over. Not cool.
Since we know that reiki has the ability to bring energy flow into your body to assist it’s natural ability to heal itself, I was really curious to see how this would help my lower back.
After the first day of performing reiki on myself, my back pain started to relieve. It wasn’t completely gone, but I’d say that it was reduced enough that I noticed.
The following day was the day we partnered up and performed reiki on each other.
During my session, I could literally feel energy flowing up and down my back. It was almost a tingling sensation.
The next day my back pain was gone. 100%.
I swear I’m not blowing smoke up your ass. Would I lie to you?
It’s that powerful. I experienced it first-hand myself.
Why the ‘Attunement’?
Generally speaking there are 3 levels of Reiki certification levels. I have completed level 1.
- Level 1: You are introduced to Reiki energy and begin your physical healing process (ummm yes, I’d say that is accurate after my experience above!). During this stage, you are initiated, or attuned. The teacher expands your energetic levels and prepares your chakras for channeling Reiki. (All I had to do was sit in a comfortable, seated position with an open and calm mind. The teacher did the rest. It was very normal and safe. Promise!).
- Level 2: You are provided with 3 reiki signs to work with, which will help with your intention and energy flow. This is a more intense certification process. You should wait at least 3 months after you are attuned to participate in this level.
- Level 3: You are a Master Reiki. You receive a 4th symbol and are able to teach and attune others into reiki.
The 5 Reiki Principles
The 5 Reiki Principles by Dr. Mikao Usui are a suggested guideline for reiki practitioners and people interested in reiki to strive for and live by on a daily basis. Ultimately they will help you live a loving, healthy life! Everyone can live by these principles.
- Just for today, I will not worry.
- Just for today, I will not be angry.
- Just for today, I will be grateful.
- Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
- Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.
If doing all of them today seems overwhelming, start with just one. Maybe today you will not worry. With the high level of stress most people deal with on a daily basis not worrying for just 1 day can bring you more peace and calmness than you could ever imagine.
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