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Healing with Reiki

Healing with Reiki

If you’re drawn to the idea of energy healing, and believe that there are powers at work that can’t always be detected by the eye, Reiki may just be a great, holisitic support for your journey. For those of you ready explore the ways Reiki can be used to support your life by providing energetic protection and healing, we’ve put together the following article just for you… enjoy!

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a form of energy healing derived from Universal life energy. From all the definitions we’ve come across, this one from MindBodyGreen is the perfectly clear so we’ll quote directly: “Reiki is a Japanese technique that is used to heal physical and mental trauma, and to support mental clarity and spiritual well-being. In Japanese, the word “rei” refers to a higher intelligence that permeates all living and nonliving entities and guides the inherent functioning of the universe. The word “ki” refers to the nonphysical energy that flows through everything that is alive, including plants, animals, and human beings—because of this, ki is also often called “life force energy,” and is known as qi or chi from other lineages. The combination of these two words is what defines reiki as “spiritually guided life-force energy.”

Reiki requires the initiation and attunement of a practitioner to focus this energy for treatment, healing and many other purposes in an effective and knowledgeable way. The underlying belief behind Reiki is that everyone has the Universal life energy within; this energy is also considered in Reiki to be the divine spark that inhabits all form.

How does Reiki work?

Reiki is channelled through the practitioner’s crown chakra down the meridians of the energy body and out through the palm chakras.  Reiki only manifests as a positive energy force and can never be used to cause harm.  Reiki conducts itself intelligently, flowing into vital organs and wounded areas of the physical body where it is needed most urgently.

Reiki may also be focused directly into the emotional body to treat traumas and residual hardened energy patterns. Reiki can be used to energize, revitalize and support the psychological system in order to promote optimum healing and reinforcement on that level.

For this reason, as a treatment, Reiki serves extraordinarily well as a compliment to talk therapies and other healing modalities. I recommend Reiki for my students who are often involved in other emotional clearing work in another healing modality.

What I love about Reiki is that the practitioner benefits from directed self-healing AND we also benefit from treating others.  In fact, the power of Reiki for self-healing is one of the most common reasons people seek to become an attuned Reiki practitioner in the first place.

How is Reiki Used for Healing?

There are many ways to use Reiki.  It can be used to energetically protect yourself or others, or even to energetically cleanse or protect property and technology like a vehicle or a computer.  Reiki can be used to promote health and wellness in plants and animals, as well as humans.  There are Reiki practitioners who focus specifically on animal treatment. The uses for Reiki are limited only by the practitioner’s imagination.

A Holistic Treatement

For all these reasons Reiki is most often classified as a holistic treatment and as such is being brought into mainstream medicine in hospitals and hospice work.  It is also recognized as a particularly effective enhancement in the field of massage therapy.  Many Veterinarians are supplementing their treatments with Reiki by bringing in specialized Reiki practitioners.

For all these wonderful uses it should be carefully noted that Reiki is not to be considered a replacement for treatment by your personal physician or any medical professionals your doctor refers you to.

Choosing a Reiki Teacher

Most Reiki Masters/teachers offer introductory classes to help you determine if Reiki attunement is right for you. Search the Head + Heart website to find a class offered by a teacher near you.

We hope this was useful and supportive for you! Any comments? Get in touch! As always, we are here to support you on your journey from the head to the heart!

Written by Head + Heart staff writer Danny Cordova, a certified Reiki Master in the Usui tradition.  He conducts classes, Reiki shares and circles as well as attunements in the Seattle area. He may be reached for networking and consultation at:

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