Article by Nicholas Harris
When most people think about Reiki, the focus is on spiritual energy in the context of personal healing. However, Reiki is much more than that and the healing that may occur within treatment works on many different levels.
A proper Reiki session should consist of the following phases:
Phase 1: Introduction
The facilitator meets the client and establishes rapport with them. It is important to put the client at ease, to ask what brought them to the treatment space and to explain what Reiki is and what to expect during treatment.
The aim is to create a safe space for the client to talk. I find it helpful to practice active listening, a technique from conventional counselling, in which one simply imagines their heart open and the client’s words being received there. A sensitive practitioner will sense when it is the correct time to talk, and the majority of the time should be spent listening.
I always make a point of letting my clients know that Reiki treatment is received fully clothed. In my belief, the simple act of receiving loving non-sexual touch is another important healing element within the Reiki session itself.
Explaining Reiki energy itself, I usually explain to my clients that everything in the universe is made of energy and that all energy is made of the same “stuff”. Energy is never created or destroyed – it is merely transformed from one form to another.
The thoughts that we think and the emotions that we feel are examples of energy vibrating at a certain frequency. Everything in our world is energy and when two energies come into contact with each other, there are only three possible things that may happen.
- The higher vibrational energy may be “pulled down” by the lower vibrational energy.
- The lower vibration energy may be “pulled up” by the higher vibrational energy.
- The energies affect one another and meet somewhere in the middle.
It is helpful to explain that channeling Reiki is one way to access extremely high vibration energy at will – energy that will assist in the transformation of lower vibration energies to higher frequencies through the presence of Love.
Phase 2: Treatment
The client is welcomed into the Reiki space and lies down on the massage table. After being led into a space of pleasant relaxation by the facilitator, the Reiki treatment itself begins.
I usually aim for the Reiki treatment portion of the treatment to last between 30 and 45 minutes.
Phase 3: Post treatment conversation
After experiencing the warm embrace that is Reiki, many clients feel more open and much safer to talk. At the most fundamental level, Reiki is the energy of unconditional love and it is unconditional love that everyone in this world craves for.
A common mistake made by many practitioners is not allowing enough time for this critical stage of the Reiki session. As a “rule-of-thumb”, I advise leaving a third of the allocated treatment time to this important stage of the treatment.
The ability to deeply share thoughts and feelings and be heard in a loving, non-judgemental way is the most wonderful of gifts and profoundly healing.
In essence, the safety to share repressed feelings is the space that counselling services will often spend months working on guiding clients too – the same sense of safety that I have experienced many people entering after just one Reiki session.
Open your heart. Allow your client’s words inside. Radically accept your client’s thoughts and feelings. Give your client the experience of acceptance and maybe – just maybe – they will come to accept themselves.
In the face of acceptance, the challenges of the moment transform into the highest good. And that is true healing.
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