Reiki is used to promote the healing of chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, depression, addiction, the immune system, and much more. It can complement your yoga practice by offering balance, strength, and creativity.
There are four degrees of Reiki, with the energy and knowledge being passed down from Reiki master to student via an attunement. The newly attuned practitioner acts as a vessel for Reiki to help heal themselves and others. The placing of hands on or above the recipient transmits the energy.
Though I didn’t have a name for it at the time, I experienced my first taste of energy work during adolescence. My grandmother introduced me to dream interpretation at a young age. Her inspiration and support paved the way towards my learning, practicing, and teaching Reiki.
“When the student is ready, the teacher appears.”
As I grew older, I suppressed this knowledge, until it thankfully reemerged during a troubled time. After the first session with my soon-to-be Reiki teacher, I knew it was going to make a huge impact on my life and those around me.
Perhaps you’ve been enlightened by another practitioner, or you’ve experienced a profound session of energy work. You will know if and when to take the leap. Here are five signs you may be ready to practice Reiki.
1. You love yourself, and appreciate all beings.
You possess a willingness to heal yourself from within, and a desire to expand this rejuvenation to the rest of the world. You are motivated to help the planet become a better place now, and for future generations.
2. You believe in alternative healing.
Conventional medicine serves an important purpose, but you also accept what is beyond tradition. You value yoga, bodywork, acupuncture, and the like. Though not a requirement, you may already be a massage therapist or yoga teacher.
3. The “unexplained” moments are welcome to you.
Maybe you can sense a person’s energy when they walk into a room, or feel a tingling sensation when you hold a quartz crystal. You might even be able to see the colors in another’s aura. You recognize these as gifts that can be further explored, rather than feared.
4. You trust in something greater.
Reiki means “universally-guided energy,” and practitioners are vehicles who have faith in the process, though they cannot always see it with their eyes. You honor a higher power, something loving and larger than you—however you choose to label it.
5. You are ready for your life to change.
The Reiki attunement lasts a lifetime. Doors will open that you never thought possible once you begin working with energy. What no longer serves you will gradually exit your life, and new opportunities will enter. Space is created for your highest and best life to surface.
Always listen to your intuition. You will know if and when it is right to explore energy healing. The perfect teacher will come forward to guide you along this exciting path.
Are you a Reiki practitioner? Why did you decide to start practice energy work? Recipients: How has Reiki influenced your life? Share your experiences and thoughts with me below!