Reiki For Beginners: What’s it All About? (I)

What is Reiki, anyway?

Short answer:


Reiki (said, “Ray-Key”) is a form of energy healing that has been around for thousands of years but was “recently” made popular in the 1800s.

The name comes from two Japanese words. Using simple translations, “Rei” means Universal or Spiritual wisdom, and “Ki” means Life Force or Energy. It’s based on the idea that the practitioner is channelling healing energy to the recipient via physical touch or hovering their hands over the person’s body.


Long answer:


Reiki is an ancient healing method with an intriguing history. Mikao Usui, a Monk and doctor from Gifu, Japan, was struggling with difficult life circumstances. It’s said he went back to his old Buddhist school by Mount Kurama. This location was known for people going there to pray, meditate, and learn.

There is no known record of his exact goings-on during the three weeks he was there, but it’s assumed he was doing any or all of the aforementioned things. There, it’s said he received a spiritual attunement.

When he came back from the mountain, he started Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, known in English as “Usui Reiki Healing Method Society.” He also opened a clinic where he would teach Reiki and give treatments. After the 1923 Kyoto earthquake, his clinic was packed. This resulted in the setup of another bigger centre in Tokyo, as well as the eventual expansion of Reiki knowledge.

Anyway, I want to get more into the exciting subject of Reiki! The full history can be found here at



Who can receive treatments?


Anyone! And it feels awesome. According to the International Association of Reiki Professionals, some people who receive treatment report feeling buzzing, tingling, heat, or other types of physical sensations. Others may not feel anything but relaxed from the meditative environment.

My experiences with giving and receiving Reiki treatments include buzzing or vibrating sensations that can occur in any part of the body, but usually in my forehead or hands.

Of course, there are some limitations for safety reasons. People with diabetes may want to carefully check their insulin levels before and after treatment, in case the Reiki treatment has an effect on it.

Individuals with pacemakers will want to be especially careful. This is because the proven effects of Reiki energy on these or similar devices aren’t fully known; it’s better to err on the side of caution.

Babies and children don’t need long treatments. Usually, a few minutes to half an hour at bedtime is enough.



Who can give Reiki?


Again, anyone!

There are many different types of energy healing that use the Life Force (Ki), but not all of them use Reiki. Reiki involves spiritually guided Life Force Energy(Rei) and can be channelled by someone who has been attuned to it. Most of the time, healers are taught and attuned by a Reiki Master (teacher).

Is anyone else kinda thinking of Star Wars now?

I received my Reiki education and attunement from the awesome teacher Cheryl Shold at YinYang Wellness Center in Camrose, Alberta. I now practice Reiki on my own, though I plan to go back and learn more.



Is it safe?



Remember how I said Reiki is spiritually guided, and how the context of the word is healing and loving? Being spiritually guided, Reiki is driven by the God-consciousness (some call this God, Universe, All-That-Is, Source, etc.) and will not cause harm. This intelligent and benevolent energy is loving. It knows what a person needs and can adapt to suit them.

And because the practitioner is not directing the healing or deciding where the energy should go, they cannot put their own “spin” on the healing and cause potentially adverse effects. So no, there won’t be any channelling of the Dark Side, if we’re still thinking about Star Wars.

There is definitely going to be a Part II to this post. There’s just so much fascinating stuff about energy healing!


What do you think?

Have you received any kind of energy healing before? Or do you yourself practice Reiki healing? Let me know what you think of this alternative therapy, and feel free to share any tips, ideas, or stories you have.

Lots of love!