Update: Reiki is Not what many believe it to be. I revoke my connection with it. Here are my 12 reasons for revoking my bonds with it.
I’ve completed my first level reiki training and in this post I’ll share how it all went.
I was glad to find a reiki teacher with whom I resonated with. I wrote about her before, she’s the one who did the Singing Bowls Chakra Balancing session.
The first level reiki training started in the late morning. I did it in a place in Nepal surrounded by mountains and near a beautiful lake.
About my reiki teacher
At first my reiki teacher gave an introduction about herself. She told that she was living in New Zealand for 11 years although originally she was from Canada. She received her first reiki initiation in New Zealand at a time when to receive it was very expensive. The teachers at that time were few, not like now.
She did her second degree reiki after a year, and when she was ready to become a reiki master she was stopped by the amount of money required – $10,000 at the time, which was a huge sum of money years ago (and it is now!).
However she knew that if she really wanted something, she would manifest it. Soon she found a new reiki master who offered to initiate her only for $3000. It was still a big sum of money for her, but she came up with it and finally became a reiki master.
She’s been doing reiki actively for 10 years, so she feels the energies of people the moment they walk through the door. She told me that even though I might feel something as soon as they come or during the treatment, I should never diagnose their condition. I’m allowed to tell what I felt, but I shouldn’t make conclusions about their condition because I might be wrong. I can advice to get it checked with the doctor, though.
So, for example, I’m allowed to say that I feel a block somewhere, intense heat or coldness, but I shouldn’t say that they have cancer or poor blood circulation or heart disease. That’s for the doctor to do, according to the reiki teacher.
She told me about how reiki came about. I will briefly tell this short story.
How reiki started
Usui Sensei, the founder of Reiki from Japan, was interested in healing body with energy but there weren’t anyone practicing it at that time. Buddhist monks practiced only healing the soul, but not the body. So Usui Sensei started searching for people who could teach him energy work and because of his search he was led to one monk who gave him access to ancient Japanese texts.
Usui Sensei didn’t find what he was looking for in Japanses texts so he learnt Chinese and studied ancient Chinese texts. Finally he also learnt Sanskrit and studied ancient Sanskrit texts. In ancient Sanskrit texts he finally found what he was looking for – the information about how to heal body by channeling energy.
In the ancient Sanskrit text instructions it was written that he would have to meditate for 21 days in order to receive reiki healing power. He did so and on the last day he opened his eyes and saw a bright light fast moving towards him. He had a choice whether to move away or let the light hit him. He didn’t move because he understood that this light was what he was looking for all this time.
When the light hit him in the third eye, that’s when he got the healing power. From then on he started healing people. Firstly he healed beggars without taking anything in return, but soon enough he learnt that if people don’t give anything to him in exchange for his healing they don’t learn the lessons and don’t appreciate the healing. So soon enough they fall ill again.
This taught him to charge or take gifts in exchange for his energy. That’s why, the teacher explained, one should always pay for a reiki treatment or initiation.
After the story the teacher initiated me the first time. I had to sit on a chair with my hands in a prayer position with closed eyes. She channeled her energy into me and then tapped on my left shoulder for me to raise my hands in prayer. She channeled the energy again and the first initiation was done.
My first hands-on reiki experience
Since there wasn’t a second student, the reiki teacher took one young Nepali guy who worked in the same resort to be my first reiki treatment client.
When he was in the room with us he didn’t know how to behave since he didn’t know what to expect. We told him to lie down on the treatment table and relax.
The teacher told me she would talk me through all the steps. I had to place my hands on each of his chakras for 5 minutes each. I naturally went into meditation on each chakra and had different experiences. I made sure that whatever uneasiness or illness the guy releases it’s not going past my elbows – that’s very important because you don’t want to take on the diseases of others.
When I tuned into his body I felt blocks in certain chakras, especially throat chakra and felt that he was not allowed to express himself when he was growing up. This I kept to myself since the teacher told I shouldn’t tell my opinions – only what I sensed with hands. So I sensed coldness in his throat chakra, and that’s what I told.
The heart chakra was another problem area for him and I felt intense pain in my hands. He had a heavy load there, this I surely felt. I even started sweating when my hands were over his heart chakra.
When the main chakras were gone over, I had to briefly place my hands on his knees, ankles and feet. Then I had to go over all his chakras again when he lied down on his stomach.
During the reiki treatment the teacher told me what each chakra symbolized, what are the signs for imbalanced chakras, what are chakra colors, gemstones and essential oils.
I had to finish my chakra work by cleansing the energies and evening out his energy body. I had to do sweeping motions across his body to accomplish it.
After the treatment I had to go to the bathroom and wash my hands from the elbows down to remove all the negative energies gotten from the client. I had to also shake them off from my hands and then from my whole body.
After the treatment the teacher asked the Nepali guy how he felt. He said that it was extremely relaxing and nice, and that he felt heat from my palms.
The second initiation followed soon after. She again told me to close my eyes and everything went like in the first initiation.
You have to be initiated to be able to heal. Otherwise the healing won’t work. The teacher opens you up as a channel to receive and give healing energy. This I surely felt. During the initiation she opened my palm chakras to be able to heal. I also felt intense tingling in my crown chakra. For those whose chakras are closed, during the reiki initiation third eye, heart and palm chakras are opened.
At the end the teacher told me that I’d need to do reiki healing on myself for one hour a day or more for 21 days in a row. This will give me a full reiki healing power and I’ll be able to heal whatever illnesses I have inside. She also told me to drink plenty of water for the rest of the day.
Reiki experiences of my teacher
The next day my reiki teacher initiated me the third time and told more about the theory of reiki as well as about her own experiences with applying reiki treatments.
When she got certified she went on to give reiki treatments to AIDS victims and other people with severe illnesses. She told me from her experience that people who were about to die and receive some reiki treatments, die more peacefully and accept death.
She told me that her daughter received reiki initiation at a young age and applied it to mainly treating animals because of her love for them. She sometimes even revives animals who are about to die – that’s what I was told.
Reiki, according to my teacher, can even be applied to seemingly non-living things such as your car or garden tools, for them to work better or last longer.
She told me that once you get initiated, you can never be the same again. And when you get initiated into being a reiki master, your life completely changes and you can no longer remain not true to yourself. Your true being will come out, whether you want it or not!
She gave me the fourth, last, reiki initiation, handed me the certificate and that was it!
If you did reiki training or have a question about it, please comment below.
Update (October 4,2013): it seems that because of my daily reiki practice I healed my intolerance to milk! I was off milk for 25 days-or-so and that coincided with my reiki self-healing. I focused on my stomach longer with reiki, since I have indigestion problems. Now the milk intolerance seems to have vanished as I was drinking a latte a day for around a weak now and everything’s ok.