Getting Ready for Reiki
Reiki is a system of pure energy work that has no “scientific” underpinnings. It involves tapping into a pool of energy that is available to all sentient beings. Reiki is not anything to be anxious about. The more relaxed you are, the more likely you are to have a pleasant and even profound experience. Reiki is often done on a table quite similar to a massage table. There is no special preparation to receive Reiki and you will not be removing any clothing other than your shoes, so wear something comfortable and non-constricting, preferably slacks and a shirt.
The process involves a simple putting of hands-on specific standardized places on the body and leaving them there as the energy is transferred. There are 13 standard positions, with another possible five or six if the practitioner feels these might be useful. For an initial Reiki session plan on about an hour and 15 minutes, more or less. If you are familiar with breath techniques, transcendental meditation, tai chi, or the like, doing these before a session may help you to relax. If you are having trouble turning off the “monkey mind,” your Reiki practitioner may give you a brief guided meditation before starting the session, with instructions to continue the meditation into the session as long as you like.
Practitioners (at least in the Usui Tradition) are enjoined to keep the five admonitions of the Emperor Meiji in mind morning and evening:
Just for today, I will not worry.
Just for today, I will not be angry.
Just for today, I will give thanks.
Just for today, I will do honest work.
Just for today, I will be kind to all.
There is no charge for the initial assessment and treatment (in order to see how you respond to this therapy). A donation is greatly appreciated for subsequent treatments – whatever amount fits your sense of the value of the treatment and your budget. Mahalo nui loa.
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