Getting the Full Benefits of Reiki
A Reiki Practitioner is one who is attuned to the life force energy and then continues to invite this energy in—not to keep it, but to give away. Think of a Reiki Master as the medium or the “hollow bone” who allows this healing energy to flow through them to wherever healing is wanted and or needed.
Make sure you consult a trained Reiki Master. You'll want to work with a professional whose experience and education allows them to perform Reiki correctly. It is important to feel a connection and a sense of trust with your Reiki Practitioner, whether you choose to experience a hands-on Reiki session or a distant Reiki session. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! A good Reiki Practitioner will be happy to answer or address any questions or concerns you may have as this helps to create the sense of trust and comfort that is so needed to have a positive experience. You'll want to know how the session will progress and whether you need to do anything to prepare.
There are some things that you can do to help prepare for your Reiki session. The most important thing to remember is that you want to feel comfortable and relaxed. Wearing loose fitting clothes is best. Try to refrain from drinking caffeinated beverages and eating sugary foods the day of your Reiki session if at all possible.
It is a very good practice to drink plenty of water the day of your Reiki session. Water is a conductor of energy and will help to increase the speed of the Reiki energy to flow through your physical, emotional/mental and spiritual bodies to release blockages and help to cleanse and balance your chakras.
A Traditional Reiki Session
Both remote and in-person, most Reiki sessions last between 60 and 90 minutes. Some Reiki masters use a hands-on approach with light touch, while others never touch their clients at all. Knowing what to expect will help you fully relax and enjoy the treatment as it occurs.
It’s important to know that the person receiving the Reiki also controls it. The person who channels the Reiki does not cure the person who receives the treatment. In fact, the person receiving treatment cures him or herself. This is because the person receiving the Reiki takes the amount of energy needed. This is not done through the conscious mind but a higher level that knows what's best. This part of the mind also decides how to use the Reiki energy. As a result, the person channeling Reiki energy does not control it and so can't cause harm. Reiki even has a built-in protection system against negative energy.
Hands-On Session or Distant Session…Is There a Difference?
The only difference is personal choice. Some love to have a hands-on Reiki Session because they want to have a very intimate experience. Some crave to have the human light touch through which the energy flows. Some like to receive a hands-on session because they feel a deeper connection to the Reiki Practitioner. Others choose Distant or Absentee Healing for many different reasons. Some people may have sensory issues and may not be comfortable with a practitioner lightly touching or hovering over their bodies. Others may choose Distant Healing Sessions simply because they want to be in the privacy and comfort of their own home.
The effect is the same; there is no difference. It simply is a matter of personal choice. Any Level II Reiki Practitioner can conduct a distance healing as they have been attuned the Reiki Distance Symbol “Hon-Sha-Ze-Sho-Nen”. This is the symbol that carries the healing energy through space and time. A skilled Reiki Practitioner will often use this symbol to heal and clear Karmic energy in your present lifetime as well as your past lives. It is also the symbol to use to access the Akashic Records.
Hon-Sha-Ze-Sho-Nen is more than a Reiki symbol but a blend of spiritual concepts - "kotodama" in Japanese. That's why it has the ability to transcend time and space. Hon-Sha-Ze-Sho-Nen means "No Past, No Present, No Future" in broad strokes.
To make the most out of this technique, it's best to use the Reiki distance symbol in a sequence:
Cho-Ku-Rei + Sei-He-Ki + Hon-Sha-Ze-Sho-Nen
Activate it in your palms first and then in front of you to open a spiritual gateway toward the person or event you want to heal. It will enhance the process, enabling you to channel the universal life force energy more effectively.
Keep in mind that you do not want to bring past energies into the present but rather heal them. That's why consider sending energy to your past only a couple of times per week for 10-15 minutes per session. If you have the level 3 attunement, you may also add the Dai-Ko-Myo Reiki symbol. This will amplify the power of your treatment and help you connect with your higher self more quickly.
What Can You Expect to Feel from Reiki Healing?
The best thing to expect is nothing at all! Just let it happen. Every Reiki session will feel different and each person will have a different experience, but there are some common sensations that clients feel. Most describe feeling warm tingling sensations just below where the Reiki Master’s hands are hovering or lightly touching. Some describe feeling gentle warm pulses while others say they feel coolness. Some may even start to cry when working in the heart center. This is not a sad cry, but rather a final release of an emotional block or hurt that will never have an effect on their reality again—a true healing of the heart. Very often clients say they feel as if there are two or three different pairs of hands working on them at the same time. They are elated when informed that what they were feeling was actually the healing hands of their own spirit guides and angels.
The most common description is always at the conclusion of a session where clients say they are feeling an almost euphoric sense of peacefulness and well-being, knowing true healing is beginning to take place in their body, mind and soul.
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