The Discovery of Reiki

I want to give you a personal and practical perspective to share what Reiki is and what a session might look like with me.

What is Reiki?

Reiki can be summed up in few words such as, Universal energy to help yourself heal. Or Reiki can’t be summed up at all, but felt and experienced. We are energy. Reiki is Universal Light Energy.  Our cells are always moving, vibrating; vibration is energy. We are sustained by something bigger than ourselves yet it is us.  Our hearts beat with currents of electricity because something makes it so, we breathe without needing to think about it, our liver cleanses without us telling it how to do so. There is a force within us that moves us.  Universal energy is within all of us and receiving Reiki is to receive more of that energy in a way that is most natural for us.

We are all sensitive to energy in some way.  Some of us naturally are aware of it and use it or develop it through practice.  Some of us aren’t aware of it at all, but it’s there, fueling us.

Who would benefit from Reiki?

Reiki can support you when you feel wonderful and wish to continue to nourish yourself, when you are dealing with minor imbalances in your mind, body and life, or with more challenging difficult times in your life.  I gave Reiki to Hospice patients (people who have terminal illness) to people who simply feel rundown and fatigued and need to recharge. I also currently give Reiki to people who are ready to explore and embody more of the fullness of who they are and wish to enrich their lives!  Reiki can be used to further explore our energetic, spiritual, mental and physical aspects of self that you are aware of or unconsciously aware of.  If this energy is around all the time, let’s use it.  We have support around us and we forget to simply engage in it and receive.

What does Reiki feel like?

There can be many varying subtle or strong sensations to experience.  In a session, people often report feeling warmth, tingling, or a different kind of relaxed feeling that they classify as feeling soothing somehow but is difficult to describe.  Also, people can report feeling energy move and expand in and outside their body in ways that feel new to them or have emotions rise up or let go and feel emotionally released or revitalized to have had what they might call a moving or deep session.  Some people have soulful experiences, including seeing images and deeper communications with self and transpersonal experiences as well.  Each person’s experience is unique. Regardless of what I’ve said, you are involved in the session and you choose what to open up to. You move at your own pace with what you feel comfortable with.

What does a session look like?

You are on a massage table, fully clothed in a comfortable and quiet room with music on or off for 1 hour.  It is a simple set up.  I ask you how you are and if you would like me to know anything before we begin.  I primarily use my hands by way of my heart, to conduct the session with the option of hands on or above the body.  I guide breathing and visual techniques, speaking occasionally if I feel the need during the session.  You are welcome to speak as well; you do not have to be completely silent.

I hold space for you to help you help yourself heal what you need to heal, figure out what you need to figure out, let go of what you need to let go of, build or rebuild, cleanse, understand, clarify, uplift, sooth, support… the list goes on.  I tune into what is happening while Reiki is guiding the session with the support from my intuitive abilities.  I open up and remain curious.  This is how I hold space for you.  In a session, I am a channel or tube, to share more of, the energy you already work with subconsciously or consciously everyday.

Tell me more about what a Reiki Practitioner does.

It is thought by some that being a Reiki Practitioner means you are psychic.  Intuitive sensitivities can develop a little or a lot because the healing space can be conducive for intuitive emergence, but it is not automatically included in the title of Reiki Practitioner. My intuitive abilities have continued to develop because I choose to endeavour in that, to further assist in sessions and to experience more of the colourful richness of sharing, healing and life.

What is your personal relationship with Reiki like?

I started receiving Reiki over 14 years ago because I wanted help with personal anxiety, stress, physical problems, mental anguish, immune problems, to let go of old belief systems and embrace new ones and feel a greater connection to and understanding of myself and my soul.  I could feel in my bones that there was something special I had access to, that we all have access to.  Since then I have with a great sense of wonder, continued to receive Reiki as a means of connecting with my natural self.  It’s like I can feel the “outside Universe” within me with more sensitivity when I’m sending and receiving Reiki.  

I so love and am grateful for all of the years I’ve experienced kind love and generosity from my Reiki practitioners; they have been some of my greatest teachers and inspirations.  They have helped me open up to a world of connection, intimacy, health, trust, guidance and energy.  Life is rich.  I am so rich.  You are so rich.

I am grateful to be able to give back and continue on my journey of energy healing. If you would like to learn more about Reiki or are interested in Reiki sessions with me, I would be happy to speak with you. karen_mckinnon@ymail.com

From my heart to yours,

Karen

3 thoughts on “The Discovery of Reiki

  1. As a child and teen, I had terrible stomach aches all the time. Your post reminded me of the capacity to self-heal… When I had these stomach aches, which often kept me up at night, I intuitively placed my hands on my stomach and experienced the warm energy there. The energy from my hands gradually alleviated the pain, more effectively and gently than antacids ever did. 🙂 Thank you for the reminder that it’s our bodies that are able to heal themselves. You’re a gifted facilitator to help initiate or continue that healing process.

    P.S. Recently I’ve gotten a lot of insight into these stomach and digestive issues from reading “When the Body Says No,” a brilliant book by Dr. Gabor Mate. Like many alternative healing modalities would indicate, physical pain in the stomach is unprocessed (“undigested”) emotional pain.

    • Hi Masha! So great that you enjoyed the post. Thanks for your kind words and for sharing your experience with energy. 🙂 I do self Reiki allll the time and I’m continually surprised at the effects. 🙂 I’ve dealt with many years of stomach issues and yes, I would agree that undigested emotions can manifest easily in the tummy. I’ll have to check out that book. Love!

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