Excerpts from Writing About Reiki

The Look and Feel of Reiki

The hands of a trained Reiki practitioner are placed lightly on the fully-clothed recipient, who reclines or sits comfortably. When Reiki is offered to someone who is conscious, both practitioner and recipient quickly notice a gentle shift toward relaxation. Breathing becomes slower and more comfortable, and the person may sigh or even snore as a state of relaxation deepens. The experience of Reiki treatment is very subjective and varies from person-to-person and treatment to treatment. Some recipients feel a warm tingling where Reiki hands are placed, others feel soft waves of subtle pulsations flowing throughout their bodies, and others feel nothing in particular – nothing, except they are very relaxed afterward, with an enhanced sense of well-being. If the person came for treatment of pain, it usually disappears or diminishes during the session. After treatment, the recipient typically feel centered and in touch with himself in a way that is very natural, but too rarely experienced by adults living a frantic, postmodern lifestyle. The sense of well-being lingers, and people frequently report an immediate improvement in sleep.

Your actual experience of Reiki may center on physical, mental, or emotional changes – a sense of relaxation, relief from pain, greater clarity, a gradual lessening of anxiety or expectations or other worrisome thoughts. Meanwhile, something far subtler is happening in the background. Very gently, very quietly, very gradually, Reiki opens an inner spiritual connection that can significantly change the way a person experiences life, a sense of connectedness that can help transform negative attitudes and creates a sense of meaning and purpose. This may be the most valuable gift Reiki offers.

Of all the statements I've heard about Reiki's benefits, the most common – and the most profound – is simply, "I feel better about myself." Feeling better about ourselves is the cornerstone of well-being. This shift begins with the first treatment and is strengthened by each successive session.

– From Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide by Pamela Miles, pages 10 -11

What Reiki Is
My years of practice have taught me a simple truth: Reiki  is pure, unconditional love. It's that mystical "something" that enlivens our cells and holds the stars in place in the heavens. It's a creative force that humans have given so many names to in our world: God, Goddess, All That Is, et cetera. I think of it as a loving power that heals. Reiki restores balance; in a balanced state, self-healing naturally occurs. One of the things I like best about Reiki  is that it doesn't matter who you are or what your leanings may or may not be; whether you are  Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, atheist, or even if you have no idea what you believe, anybody can connect with Reiki. All you have to do is just lie back and relax in order to receive its astounding benefits.

– From The Healing Power Of Reiki by Raven Keyes

Working With Intent
To support their practice, practitioners may consciously hold this intent: "May my client receive whatever it is that he/she may need at this exact moment in his/her life."

Practitioners hold the responsibility to effectively connect with this pure intent. They must delve deep inside themselves using the five elements of the system of Reiki; the meditations, symbols and mantras, precepts, hands-on healing for the self and the attunement. From this space of Oneness where Intent is pure and clear, there are no practitioners, no clients and no universal energy – just Oneness. It is in this Oneness that deep healing can occur.

Clients, on the other hand, can support the healing process by consciously setting their intent to be open and without attachment. It is the clients' self responsibility to be as open as possible to healing. Clients, however, may desire a repeat of a similar treatment experience due to the pleasure or relief that they had felt in past treatments and this will only construct the free flow of energy.

To support their Reiki treatment, clients may consciously hold this intent: "I am open to receive whatever it is that I may need at this exact moment in my life."

– From The Reiki Sourcebook by Bronwen and Frans Stiene, page 16

Benefits of Treatment
The purpose of a Reiki treatment is to support healing. To heal means "to make whole." This understanding lies at the foundation of the system of Reiki. Becoming whole entails drawing varied aspects of the self together; allowing them to collaborate with one another, helping "the whole" function to its best ability. That is THE benefit of receiving a Reiki treatment.

Specific results from working with the system of Reiki cannot be guaranteed. Any outcome depends upon each individual's current situation and life experience. Individuals draw on the energy that they require that moment in time. It is therefore not helpful to create an inflexible treatment plan.

... Basically, a Reiki treatment supports each person in healing themselves.

– From The Reiki Sourcebook by Bronwen and Frans Stiene, page 17

A state of mind is created with this mantra and kanji; it is a state of Oneness with all things. Therefore it is not about sending distance healing but about becoming One with the recipient to allow healing to take place. It is not possible to "send" anything when one already is the energy and that energy is universal.

Quantum physicist David Bohm, in his book Wholeness and the Implicate Order, describes how all of fragments of our world are derived from an  implicate order of unbroken wholeness. He uses the analogy of a stream to show how everything in the universe is a part of one flowing movement.

"On the stream, one may see an ever-changing pattern of vortices, ripples, waves, splashes, etc., which evidently have no independent existence as such. Rather, they are abstracted from the flowing movement, arising and vanishing in the total process of the flow. Such transitory subsistence as may be possessed by these abstracted forms implies only a relative independence or autonomy of behavior, rather than absolutely independent existence as ultimate substances.

--From The Reiki Sourcebook by Bronwen and Frans Stiene, p. 98-99

The Unified Field
Reiki is "the omnipresent, dimensionless, unified field in which everything exists," as one writer puts it. "Across the room or across the sea, it's all within reach of distant healing.” 

—From Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide by Pamela Miles, p. 106

The Practitioner Is Merely a Carrier of Potential
"…It is important that Reiki remain a matter of experience and not become a better of belief. Unlike magic or shamanistic practices, the power of Reiki is not wielded by the practitioner. The practitioner merely carries Reiki potential, which activates spontaneously in response to need.” 

—From Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide by Pamela Miles, p. 105

Becoming a Master
In common usage a person who has the knowledge of the Reiki system and can teach it and pass the attunements is called a Reiki "Master." The reality is that despite the efforts to make Reiki complicated it is very, very simple. It works best when our egos work least.... In the West, Reiki "Mastery" does not connotate advanced spiritual development, enlightenment, superior moral character or virtue. It means that you have received the Level III attunements, know the system, and can pass the attunements to others. Nothing more or less than that.

—From Reiki Plain and Simple Online Book by Vincent Ambrose, Chapter On

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