What is Reiki? Here's an explanation, as well as some great Reiki groups & workshops in Washington, Arizona, California & beyond

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What does a session feel like?

As described by the International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT): "A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit, creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing."

Having said that -- some people don't feel anything tangibly, but they realize after the session is over that they're in a far better mood than they have been in a long time. Some realize the pain they had is gone or has lessened. Some feel heat coming from the therapist's hands, others feel coolness. Some people cry over a grief they didn't know they were holding onto.

Here in Washington State where we do Reiki in our charming small town (see below), we often tell clients they are free to do as they choose with their Reiki energy sessions: They can be a form of deepened meditation or prayer, inner retreat, deep relaxation and the accelerated healing that often goes along with that, a time to access the "inner voice," and/or a road to spiritual growth.


How does Reiki work?

The International Center for Reiki Training describes Reiki in this way:

"Life force flows within the physical body though pathways called chakras, meridians and nadis. It also flows around us in a field of energy called the aura. Life force nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their vital functions.

The life force is responsive to thoughts and feelings. It becomes disrupted when we accept, either consciously or unconsciously, negative thoughts or feelings about ourselves. These negative thoughts and feelings attach themselves to the energy field and cause a disruption in the flow of life force.

Reiki is described as being beneficial because it flows through negative parts of the energy field and charges them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached. This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away. In so doing, Reiki clears and realigns the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way."

The International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP) further describes Reiki this way:

"A practice of transmitting healing energy through the hands; …the energy has its own innate wisdom to guide itself… Reiki energy is not based on belief, faith or suggestion."

More about what Reiki is:

In further defining the Japanese term "Reiki," it can be split into two parts: "Rei," and "ki."

The ICRT describes the "Rei" part of the word in a more spiritual sense:

"…we find that Rei can be defined as the Higher Intelligence that guides the creation and functioning of the universe. Rei is a subtle wisdom that permeates everything, both animate and inanimate. This subtle wisdom guides the evolution of all creation ranging from the unfolding of galaxies to the development of life. On a human level, it is available to help us in times of need and to act as a source of guidance in our lives. Because of its infinite nature, it is all knowing. Rei is also called God and has many other names depending on the culture that has named it."

The "ki" segment of the word is becoming more well-known to the mainstream. Here is ICRT's description: "Ki is the non-physical energy that animates all living things. Ki is flowing in everything that is alive including plants, animals and humans. When a person's ki is high, they will feel strong, confident, and ready to enjoy life and take on its challenges. When it is low, they will feel weak and are more likely to get sick. We receive Ki from the air we breath, from food, sunshine, and from sleep. It is also possible to increase our ki by using breathing exercises and meditation. When a person dies, their ki leaves the physical body. Ki is also the chi of China, the prana of India, the ti or ki of the Hawaiians, and has also been called odic force, orgone, bioplasma and life force.

With the above information in mind, Reiki can be defined as a non-physical healing energy made up of life force energy that is guided by the Higher Intelligence, or spiritually guided life force energy. This is a functional definition as it closely parallels the experience of those who practice Reiki in that Reiki energy seems to have an intelligence of its own flowing where it is needed in the client and creating the healing conditions necessary for the individual's needs. It cannot be guided by the mind, therefore it is not limited by the experience or ability of the practitioner. Neither can it be misused as it always creates a healing effect. (It must be kept in mind that Reiki is not the same as simple life force energy, as life force energy by itself can be influenced by the mind and because of this, can create benefit as well as cause problems including ill health.)"

Reiki practitioners are attuned and trained to allow the pure, non-human distorted energy to flow from the Higher Intelligence, regardless of what's going on in the mind of either the client or practitioner, transcending healing modalities that are dependent on left-hemisphere analysis or human training and opinion.

What Reiki is not:

Reiki energy is essentially "touchless," and is therefore not massage, touch-healing, nor any other form of bodywork that depends on manipulation of tissue or calls for the practitioner to move the client's body parts. There is no physical movement nor manipulation needed. If the practioner's hands rest on the client, it is incidental, more for the reassurance for the client to feel the whereabouts of the practitioner and to allow the practioner's hands to relax upon a surface while running the energy.

Reiki is not a form of medicine. Reiki is not in the category of the human mind trying to diagnose and administer any cure. Reiki practitioners move aside from the mind and allow a loving energy Higher than they are, with a wisdom of its own, to take over and pass through into the client.

Reiki energy is not a "gift" that only a few "chosen ones" can practice.

Every adult and child on the planet can become attuned and trained to Reiki, and give it to themselves, to others, and even to plants and animals. And just like there's the occasional prodigy born who can paint masterpieces with no art training, the occasional human that seems to be born already attuned and intuitively aware of Reiki occasional appears among our numbers. But they do not own Reiki. No human does.

Those who choose to practice Reiki for others often enjoy helping people, and feel a calling to do this as a career choice. And while such a personality can make Reiki as a career more successful for some, Reiki energy itself is available to all. Those who hire practitioners are paying for their time with the client, training and attunement, apprenticeship, marketing and educational work that led you to them, healing room, and continued updating of their abilities to focus the energy. No Reiki practitioner should be claiming to be a medium between you and your higher self, nor to have exclusive access to a higher power that others cannot access if they choose.

Reiki is not new nor a religion. It has always existed, and was particularly rediscovered and redefined hundreds of years ago by a man interested in how Jesus was able to be a conduit of higher healing energy, the "palms of Christ," considering that Jesus is attributed to having said that in the future, all would be able to do all that he has done. Reiki however, transcends any particular religion. Work with loving life force has been practiced by many advanced cultures and races, including the most advanced peaceloving Native Americans, but with different names. "Reiki" happens to be the term that stuck and is well-known.

Reiki is not in competition with other healing modalities. It evolves on its own without needing human-made new, more exciting names or descriptions. Though different than anything else, it is complementary to medical treatments, health routines and bodywork. Reiki is one of the oldest, most established spiritual healing and guiding lights on the planet, it has been forgotten but never gone away, and the energy coming to earth through Reiki seems to grow even greater as the earth's consciousness expands and is able to "download" and receive even higher frequencies. A 20-year Medicine Woman/Shaman for the Bella Coola tribe describes how powerfully Reiki works with the traditional healing skills of the Native Americans. This is the spirit in which Reiki works on earth, in harmony with anything aiming for love and healing. Some healing modality spokespeople come across as insecure about their modality's worth, often needing to make others lesser to make theirs appear better, using Reiki as the yardstick to try to compare "how much better they are than Reiki." Reiki, though, usually just sits knowingly, quietly and invites, waiting to be found. The list of healings attributed to Reiki is huge, and the ego of a Reiki practitioner could feel honored that it is the one so many feel they must measure up to and try to outdo, yet Reiki's non-human essence is that all are working in harmony and it will be found when and if the time is right.

Reiki does not replace what you perceive to be a higher power, nor force you to believe in any higher power if you do not. Rather, if you feel there is some sort of higher intelligence, it helps you plug yourself directly into that source without needing a medium to do the transmitting for you (it is the opposite of priesthood or mediumship where the intention is to keep people dependent on someone else being their conduit for them). If you are agnostic or something similar, you may understand Reiki as a quantum physical principle that allows your body and mind to operate on an accelerated level.

Reiki workshops

To learn Reiki, one traditionally receives attunements through ritual from master to student. Usually during the same workshop, the student learns the history, techniques and social responsibility of being a Reiki practitioner, and then practices both giving and receiving Reiki treatments.


A favorite choice for Reiki Washington State: Reiki gatherings, workshops, and healing sessions in beautiful Anacortes, WA

Steps into a beautiful park in Anacortes, WA

Reiki sessions and workshops are held in various charming locations throughout Anacortes, WA.

Anacortes is on Fidalgo Island -- the drive-on island of the San Juan Islands in Washington State. It's the one with the ferry that takes you out to see the other islands. Our islands are the tops of an ancient mountain range, and in fact, an ancient continent older than the mainland of America.

Come for the day, or a weekend. We have beautiful beaches, outdoor walks and forest hiking with views of spectacular water, island and mountain scenes.

Enjoy a serene early morning or evening walk before or after your Reiki Class. For longer stays, we have whale watching, antique shops, new and used bookstores, camping, ferryboat riding, visits to the San Juans or the nearby fishing/artists' village of LaConner, and depending on bloom time this year, the famous Skagit Valley daffodil, tulip and iris fields in April.

Further day trips can take you to the spectacular Mt. Baker and its heather meadows and glaciers visited by people from around the world, or our temperate rainsforests like nothing else on the planet.

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Reiki in beautiful Sedona AZ, Utah, and beyond

We've known a man for more than a decade who has taught Reiki and energy healing modalities for years in AZ. He still teaches Reiki as well as Theta Healing and White Light Energy, and gives private sessions, but now adds a particular new element to all the modalities he works with.

Does this phrase resonate with you? "We no longer "heal" others. Instead, we repattern and balance to set up the cellular and soul aspects that open the person up to heal his/herself and enlighten at the same time." If so, he spends much time in Utah now, and may also be returning to AZ, so can be available for sessions and trainings there, but he can offer his services anywhere in the country that covers traveling and hosting for him.

For more information on his sessions or trainings, use the contact form below:

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