Why Everyone Should Learn Reiki & 8 Things You Probably Don't Know About It
By: Corie Chu
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Learning Reiki is like learning how to meditate. We meditate for mental clarity, but how do we rejuvenate ourselves energetically? You know, those days when you've pent up so much anger, sadness, frustration, heartbreak, stress, anxiety etc. that you just don't know what to do with it anymore? Sometimes those feelings can go away, but then there are times where they feel stuck or just keeps on building? I.e. if you hate your job and become increasingly more frustrated every day that you're still stuck in it because you haven't figured out your out yet? Or, if your boss has been talking down to you, making you feel small, taking your power and worthiness away? Even if you exercise, turn up some music, go on a shopping spree or eat and drink yourself silly, it can improve your mood temporarily, but the problem doesn't actually go away. Your energy level will likely go from high to low (possibly again and again), making it more and more difficult for you to see your options clearly and less and less bothered to do anything about it. Hopefully, at some point, you’ll feel like you’ve completely had enough and be more willing to find a resolution.
Through a Reiki self-healing energy practice, you'll be able to effectively balance and cleanse your own energy for your better well-being. It's something you can do daily whether for 3 minutes, 30 minutes, or more per day to give yourself an energy boost. You might even find yourself not needing your usual dose of caffeine or Red Bull. And it's a completely natural and holistic healing modality that you'll have for your entire lifetime. If you've been paying $40 for your daily cup of coffee, an investment in learning Reiki could equal 50-75 cups of coffee, whereas the ability to naturally restore your own energy levels would be with you forever.
Reiki is one of the safest energy healing modalities that ANYONE can learn to restore their own energy levels. You don’t have to be naturally born gifted or trained from a young age. It’s also great for creating a foundation into any future energy healing practices you might be interested in later too. I would recommend anyone to learn Reiki Level 1, for self-healing or to share with close friends or family or if you ever need to respond to an emergency. Think of Reiki as an energetic first aid response, or an energetic vitamin shot when you’re feeling weak without the sugar and calories.
8 Things About Reiki You Probably Don’t Know:
Reiki is a well-structured energy healing system unlike other similar practices. There’s a century-long history with an estimate of over 4 million Reiki practitioners, and 60,000 masters and teachers.
Highly stressed professionals such as doctors, nurses, teachers, lawyers, bankers and others have learned Reiki or received Reiki to better cope with their day-to-day or to facilitate healing to others. I have personally trained a number of these professionals so I can attest to it first hand, and I’m sure many fellow Reiki teachers can too.
In 2014, the Washington Post reported that 1.2 million Americans have tried Reiki.
Also from the Washington Post, “More than 60 U.S. hospitals have adopted Reiki as part of patient services, according to a UCLA study, and Reiki education is offered at 800 hospitals.”
“The Healing Touch Professional Association estimates that more than 30,000 nurses in U.S. hospitals use touch practices every year.”
ANYONE can learn Reiki, regardless of intellectual ability, spiritual development or natural gifts.
There is only one true form of Reiki and that is Traditional Usui Reiki with lineage stemming Dr. Mikao Usui which was then carried on by Dr. Chujiro Hayashi in Japan and Mrs. Hawayo Takata in the United States. Mrs. Hawayo Takata made the Reiki practice more westernized later as people were sensitive to all things Japanese during World War 2.
It’s channelled energy so the giver of Reiki does not tired or lose their own energy from facilitating Reiki healing. If anything, it energizes the Reiki practitioner.
The fact that Reiki services are offered at hospitals in the U.S. says a lot. Although they aren’t offered as hospitals in Hong Kong (yet) I do have to say I see quite a lot of clients who find Reiki and energy healing helpful in conjunction with medical care, especially if they are receiving medical attention regularly for chronic issues.
Try a 1-1 Reiki session first before learning it, so you can fully experience it as a receiver first to get a better understanding of its various benefits. I would also recommend taking an Introduction to Energy Healing course, if the world of holistic energy healing is completely new to you.
Sources: The Washington Post “Reiki goes mainstream: Spiritual touch practice now commonplace in hospitals” (May 16, 2014)