Q. Where does Reiki energy
A. Reiki energy is a subtle
energy. It is different than
electricity, chemical or magnetic
energy. Reiki energy comes from the
Higher Power, also called Universal life
force energy which exists on a higher
dimension than the physical world we are
familiar with. When viewed
clairvoyantly, Reiki energy appears to
come down from above and to enter the
top of the practitioners head (crown
charka) after which it flows through the
body and out the hands. We are not
giving our energy, we are merely
channels through whom the energy flows
into the receiver.
Q. Is Reiki a Religion?
A. Although Reiki energy is
spiritual in nature, Reiki is not a
religion. Practitioners are not asked to
change any religious or spiritual
beliefs they may have. They are free to
continue believing anything they choose
and are encouraged to make their own
decisions concerning the nature of their
Q. How is a Reiki treatment given?
A. In a standard treatment Reiki
energy flows from the practitioners
hands into the receiver. The receiver is
usually lying down but treatments can
also be given while the receiver is
seated or even standing. The receiver
remains fully clothed. The practitioner
places her/his hands on or near the
receivers body in a series of hand
positions. These include positions
around the head and shoulders, the
stomach, and feet. Other, more specific
positions may be used based on the
receivers needs. Each position is held
for three to ten minutes depending on
how much Reiki the receiver needs at
each position. The whole treatment
usually lasts between 45 and 90 minutes.
Q. What does a Reiki treatment feel
A. What one experiences during a
Reiki treatment varies somewhat from
person to person. However, feelings of
deep relaxation are usually felt by all.
In addition, many feel a wonderful
glowing radiance that flows through and
surrounds them. As the Reiki energy
encourages one to let go of all tension,
anxiety, fear or other negative feelings
a state of peace and well-being is
experienced. Some drift off to sleep or
report floating outside their bodies or
have visions and other mystical
experiences. At the end of the
treatment, one feels refreshed with a
more positive, balanced outlook.
Q. What can be treated with Reiki?
A. Reiki has had a positive
affect on all forms of illness and
negative conditions. This includes minor
things like head or stomach aches, bee
stings, colds, flu, tension and anxiety
as well as serious illness like heart
disease, cancer, leukemia, etc. The side
effects of regular medical treatments
have also been reduced or eliminated.
This includes the negative effects of
chemotherapy, post operative pain and
depression as well as improving the
healing rate and reducing the time
needed to stay in the hospital. Reiki
always helps and in some cases people
have experienced complete healings which
have been confirmed by medical tests
before and after the Reiki treatments.
However, while some have experienced
miracles, they cannot be guaranteed.
Reiki works holistically and works on
the body, mind and soul. Stress
reduction with some improvement in ones
physical and psychological condition are
what most experience.
Q. Does one have to stop seeing a
regular doctor or psychologist in order
to receive a Reiki treatment?
A. No. Reiki works in conjunction
with regular medical or psychological
treatment. If one has a medical or
psychological condition, it is
recommended that one see a licensed
health care professional in addition to
receiving Reiki treatments. Reiki energy
works in harmony with all other forms of
healing, including drugs, surgery,
psychological care or any other method
of alternative care and will improve the
Q. Who can learn to do Reiki?
A. Reiki is a very simple
technique to learn and is not dependent
on one having any prior experience with
healing, meditation or any other kind of
training. It has been successfully
learned by over one million people from
all walks of life, both young an old.
The reason it is so easy to learn that
it is not taught in the usual way
something is taught. The ability to do
Reiki is simply transferred from the
teacher to the student through a process
called an attunement that takes place
during a Reiki class. As soon as one
receives an attunement, they have the
ability to do Reiki and after that
whenever one places their hands on
themselves or on another person with the
intention of doing Reiki, the healing
energy will automatically begin flowing.
Q. How long does it take to learn
A. A beginning Reiki class is
taught on a weekend. The class is two
days long. Along with the attunement, it
is necessary that the student be shown
how to give treatments and also to
practice giving treatments in class.
Q. What is a Reiki attunement?
A. A Reiki attunement is the
process by which a person receives the
ability to give Reiki treatments. The
attunement is administered by the Reiki
Master during the Reiki class. Reiki
attunement is a secret process which is
only revealed to a Reiki teacher. The
attunement energies will flow through
the Reiki Master and into the
participant. These special energies are
guided by the Higher Power and make
adjustments in the participants energy
pathways and connect the student to the
source of Reiki. Because the energetic
aspect of the attunement is guided by
the Higher Power, it adjusts itself to
be exactly right for each participant.
Q. Can I treat myself?
A. Yes, once you have received
the attunement, you can treat yourself
as well as others. This is one of the
unique features of Reiki.
Q. I have heard that Reiki can be
sent to others at a distance. How does
A. Yes, in Reiki II, you are
given three Reiki symbols. These symbols
are empowered by the Reiki II attunement
through the Reiki Master. These symbols
are used for distant healing. These
symbols break the time and space
barriers and you can send Reiki to
anyone no matter where they are in the
world. They could be hundreds of miles
away, but it makes no difference. The
Reiki energy will go to them and treat
them. You can also send Reiki to crisis
situations and the Reiki energy will
help there too.
Q. How many levels are there to the
A. In the Usui system of Reiki,
there are 3 levels. These include Level
1, 2, 3(A) and 3(B).
Q. What does it feel like to give a
A. When giving a Reiki treatment,
the Reiki energy flows through the
practitioner before leaving the hands
and flowing into the receiver. Because
of this, the practitioner receives a
treatment also. As the Reiki energy
flows through the practitioner, she/he
will feel more relaxed and uplifted.
Spiritual experiences sometimes take
place. The practitioner sometimes
receives insights about what the
receiver needs to know to heal more
Q. Can children learn Reiki?
A. Yes, Reiki can be taught to
anyone. I recommend that a child be old
enough to understand what Reiki is and
that the child request to receive Reiki.
Q. Is it safe for pregnant woman?
A. Since Reiki is guided by the
Higher Power, the Reiki energy will know
the condition of the client or student
and adjust appropriately. Reiki can only
do good. Many pregnant women have
received treatments with great benefit
to them and their unborn child. It has
also been used during child birth.
Pregnant women have also taken the Reiki
training and received the Reiki
attunement with beneficial results.
Q. What about babies?
A. Babies love Reiki. It is very
healthy for them. Do not worry about it
being too strong. Reiki automatically
adjusts to what the baby needs.
Q. Can I treat animals or plants?
A. Animals love Reiki too. They
seem to have a natural understanding of
what Reiki is and its benefits. Once a
pet has received a Reiki treatment, they
will often let you know that they want
more. Plants also respond well to Reiki.
Q. Are there any side effects from a
A. Most of the time a person will
feel relaxed and uplifted by a Reiki
treatment. However, sometimes a person
will have what is called a healing
crisis. As a person’s vibration goes up,
toxins that have been stored in the body
will be released into the blood stream
to be filtered by the liver and kidneys
and removed from the system. When this
happens, sometimes a person can get a
headache or stomach ache or feel weak.
If this happens, it is a good idea to
drink more water, eat lighter meals and
get more rest. The body is cleansing as
part of the healing process so this is a
Q. Can it be used to help groups of
people or even global crises?
A. Yes, this is one of the
wonderful benefits of Reiki and is why
it is such a wonderful technique for the
new millennium. It allows individuals
and groups to do something positive
about the challenging situations we see
on the news involving so many people all
over the planet. Reiki can be used to
reduce suffering and help people any
where in the world. As more and more
people send Reiki to help the world
heal, we will move quickly to a world of
peace and harmony.
Q. Are there any scientific
experiments that demonstrate Reiki
A. Yes, there are many books
written on it.
Q. Can you need more than one
A. Once you receive a Reiki
attunement from a proper Reiki Master,
it will last your whole life.
Q. What is lineage?
A. Reiki is a technique that is
passed on from teacher to student over
and over. If one has Reiki, than she/he
will be part of a succession of teachers
leading back to the founder of the
system of Reiki one is practicing. In
the case of Usui Reiki, the lineage
would lead back to Dr. Usui. You need to
find someone who through his or her
master, has received the direct energy
transmission going all the way back to
Dr. Usui, and beyond to the lineage of
practitioners who were Dr. Usui’s source