The Essence of Reiki

What is Reiki?
I hear it over and over again.  This question, “What is Reiki?,” is the most difficult question for practitioners to answer.  Why is that?  It’s a reasonable question.

Reiki is difficult to describe because it’s abstract and very personal.  We can, however, talk about the system and the many ways in which is it practiced.

The word “Reiki” is derived from the Japanese words “rei” and “ki.”  “Rei” refers to the idea of spirit or divinity (unique to each individual) and “ki” references the life force in all living things.

This is not a religion.  There is neither doctrine, nor dogma.  Instead, Reiki can be described as a relaxation technique, or a spiritual healing practice, which balances and harmonizes all aspects of life.

Reiki is a tool; A tool that promotes health and wellness, ease and peace.  Reiki is a safe, nurturing modality used to support your healing process.  Reiki is a system, a practice, which was first created in Japan the early 1900s.

Benefits of Reiki
The positive effects of Reiki are said to be cumulative.  Momentum builds from one session to the next as an individual moves through a healing or change process.  Reiki activates a person’s innate healing resources to support growth and change in all areas of life.

We often see:

  • Improved health
  • Deep relaxation
  • More joy and love of living
  • Stress relief
  • Increased energy and vitality
  • Increased mental clarity
  • Improved relationships
  • A new and powerful recognition of the Self
  • Relief from depression
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Enhanced energy
  • Increased ability to focus

Reiki nicely compliments traditional medical interventions by increasing efficacy and decreasing side effects.  Reiki is not, however, medical or psychological treatment and is not a substitute for such care.  As such, you should continue any treatments you are receiving from other health care professionals while you are working with Reiki.

Because Reiki’s effect is so personal, there are no guarantees of a cure nor the form in which healing may take place.

The Session
During the session, you may lie on a massage table fully clothed or you may choose to sit in a chair. The practitioner gently places his/her hands on or above your physical body in positions corresponding with the chakras and key points in the endocrine system.

The practitioner works in partnership with your conscious intent, Higher Self, and the Divine Source so that the amount of energy received and integrated during your Reiki session will be that which best serves your highest good at that moment in time.

There may be times when it feels appropriate for you or the practitioner to share and discuss thoughts, images, feelings, emotions, or other experiences during the session. Remaining open to the process in each moment allows for deeper understanding and healing.

You may feel sensations such as:

  • Tingling
  • Temperature changes
  • Shifts in the breathing rhythm
  • Lightheadedness
  • Vibration
  • Relaxation
  • Peace
  • Joy
  • Love

You may also experience the release of emotions such as anger and sadness, along with the need to cry. This includes remembering experiences that are ready to be cleared.  You will be fully supported throughout this experience.

Please contact Tracy for more information.

Tracy L. Cash, LCSW
Reiki Master Teacher




©1999, Diane Ruth Shewmaker. Excerpted with permission to use as a Client Consent Form from All Love: A Guidebook for Healing with Sekhem-Seichim-Reiki and SKHM, Celestial Wellspring Publications, 1001 Cooper Pt. Rd. SW #140/#323, Olympia, Washington 98502, 800-966-5857, 360-412-4533, fax: 360-412-4534, email:, website:


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