Where to begin with Reiki?

Whether you are interested in finding a practitioner to receive Reiki treatment, or you’re seeking a practitioner to receive training, it’s important to have a general idea what to expect.

First, recognize that Reiki is not a cure-all answer to health and wellness. It is commonly referred to as “laying of hands,” a process by which a practitioner channels the natural life force energy that surrounds us, into a subject (I say subject because it works on all living things, not just humans).

This treatment is offered as a compliment to several methods of healing. It works on both the physical and metaphysical body to remove blockages of energy within the system.

To receive treatment requires the permission of the subject. Even when we do not realize it, if we are uncertain of our surroundings, we create blockages which prevent energy from reaching us. A subject must be willing to accept the energy in order for it to work. Most practitioners also require payment for their service. This is commonly made in the form of money, but special arrangements are sometimes made for a different exchange. I’ve accepted homemade pie as payment for treatment, for example.

The point of this “exchange” is to serve as a balance for the energy transferred.

We tend to think of “energy” as a free-flowing, usually invisible field around us. Yet the purpose of Reiki is to provide balance to that field. This requires an exchange be made as “payment” for receipt of this energy. It is no different than receiving a gift for one’s birthday, and sending a card to say “thank you” in acknowledgement of the gift. How you and your practitioner define “payment” is at your discretion.

Reiki: A Beginner's Guide

Training in Reiki is a different path. It is becoming easier to search online and find classes offered by Reiki Masters where one may become certified in Reiki. Again, these classes are often compensated for with payment in the form of money. However, the payment for the class is up to an agreement between the Master and the student.

Usually there is more than one student in a class. This is very beneficial because each practitioner experiences this journey in his or her own way. It is important for each student to witness the experience of others to gain understanding of this journey. In turn, they will be able to relate to their subjects as they are treated, and experience different results.

My training took a whole year. We met once a month, for several hours at a time.

This, just as any other practice, is not something learned over night. It requires study, patience and ultimately a willingness to use what’s been learned for the betterment of those around you.

If you are considering taking a class to become a practitioner, I encourage you to speak with the teacher for some time before choosing to commit to the process.

If you are interested in finding a practitioner there are many ways to go about it. The International Association of Reiki Professionals  offers a search tool by which one may locate a registered Reiki Practitioner nearby. The Reiki Council offers a similar service on its website.

In each case, at the time of this writing, the Practitioners that result in those search engines are registered with the respective organizations. It is helpful to use members associated with groups such as these because they require practitioners to adhere to organized guidelines. It serves to protect both the subject/student and the practitioner. Be sure to ask your practitioner if they have adequate insurance and certification.

Regardless of your reason for interest in Reiki, I encourage you to continue your research. It is a beneficial practice for everyone involved!