Frequently Asked Questions
About Reiki

  1. What is Reiki?

  2. Do Reiki Practitioners heal anyone?
  3. Is Reiki different from other energy healing methods?
  4. What is a Reiki treatment?
  5. Can Reiki affect medical treatment?
  6. Will Reiki help a person who is dying?
  7. Is Reiki foreign?
  8. Is Reiki a religion?
  9. Must I believe in Reiki for it to work?
  10. Who can learn Reiki?
  11. How is Reiki Taught?
  12. Why Do Reiki Masters Charge for Reiki?

Q What is Reiki?

Reiki (ray-key) is an easy to learn, simple to use method of natural hands-on energy healing that promotes health and well being in both practitioners and recipients. The word Reiki in its English form is both a noun and a verb. As noun, Reiki is the name of the ancient healing energies discovered in the early 1920's in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui. It is also the name of the Method of Natural Healing developed around those energies and practiced by millions of people all over the world. Through the energetic science of "attunements" preserved by teachers trained in the lineages of Reiki, anyone and everyone who chooses to can become a conduit for Reiki healing energy through a simple training process.

Q Do Reiki Practitioners heal anyone?

No... Only you can heal you. The Reiki Practitioner is simply a "conduit," an intermediary through whom the Universal Life Energy is made available to your body. The wisdom of your body takes from the quantum energies of Reiki what your body needs and only what it needs, thus replenishing the energy your body requires for its healing. The Reiki Practitioner has no power to direct--or predict--the interaction between your body and the Reiki .

Q Is Reiki different from other energy healing methods?

Yes. in two significant ways:
(1) Since Reiki Practitioners are simply conduits for the Universal Life Energy, they are not drained during transmission; in fact, Reiki energizes the giver as well as the receiver. In addition, there is never exchange of any disease process between receiver and giver.

(2) Reiki is not learned through years of practice and study as is necessary with other forms of energy healing; rather, it is an empowerment acquired directly from a properly trained Reiki Master through an ancient energy "technology" known as an attunement.

Q What is a Reiki treatment?

During a typical Reiki session the client relaxes fully clothed on a massage table while the Reiki Practitioner gently places hands over specific areas, holding the hands stationary while the needs of the client's body at that position draws Reiki strongly into the client. When the energy pull subsides, the Reiki Practitioner moves to the next position. Reiki treatments can take anywhere from a half hour to two hours, or more, and usually leave both Client and Practitioner feeling relaxed yet energized

Q Can Reiki affect medical treatment?

Yes. While Reiki is meant to augment necessary medical or psychotherapeutic treatments, not replace them, it greatly increases the benefits of any therapy by speeding up recovery time, supporting the body's efforts to heal, and providing help in the management of pain and discomfort. With Reiki, the dosage of many medications can be lowered, and Reiki can be particularly useful in trauma situations during the first "Golden Hour" or before medical help arrives.

Q Will Reiki help a person who is dying?

Absolutely. Reiki helps ease the discomfort and pain of the dying process and provides relief from the fear, loneliness, and anger which often accompanies the process of transition. And Reiki is beneficial for family members dealing with the stress, grief, and anger associated with the final illness and death of a loved one. "Reiki deaths" are beautiful passings. Using Reiki to assist the dying is a privilege for the practitioner. Reiki Hospice work is a tradition at Ajna, and training in Hospice Reiki is available to any Reiki student in the lineage who is interested. See Classes for information on Hospice Reiki.

Q Is Reiki foreign?

Yes and No. Like Transcendental Meditation, T'ai Chi, Shiatsu, Chi Kung, and Acupuncture, Reiki comes to us from the Orient. In fact, Dr. Mikao Usui, who rediscovered the ancient Tibetan method of healing in the early 1900's, was Japanese. However, the energies of Reiki are universal. They are the energies of the world and of our own bodies. Anyone who has ever received a Reiki treatment knows there is nothing "foreign" about Reiki. It is a completely natural method of healing.

Q Is Reiki a religion?

Traditional Reiki, as it comes from Japan and is practiced by Traditional Reiki Masters is not a religion. It has no arcane dogma, no tenets of faith, no church. It requires no rigorous ascetic practices or rituals and is in no way contrary to a person's belief system. People of all religious beliefs and those with no beliefs in all parts of the world practice Traditional Reiki. Many report that the experience of Reiki deepens whatever religious beliefs they already hold. If someone presents Reiki as part of a religion or a particular set of religious beliefs, they have chosen to tack things onto Reiki that are not part of Traditional Reiki.

Q Must I believe in Reiki for it to work?

No. Existence is not dependent upon belief You do not have to believe honey is sweet to enjoy its taste--you just have to eat it. Many who did not believe in Reiki have been helped by it. What is necessary is a desire to heal. For more on this, see Self-Healing.

Q Who can learn Reiki?

Anyone, everyone can learn Reiki, even children because Reiki is a human ability related to our DNA and the nature of our energy fields. Reiki practitioners have been as young as three years old, as old as one hundred. Severe handicaps are no barrier to learning Reiki, although drug and alcohol addiction may be. Someone who has a chemical dependency should inform the teaching master in advance and see what steps would be appropriate for opening the energy.

Q How is Reiki Taught?

Traditional Reiki courses are divided into First Degree and Second Degree Reiki, each level taught in regularly scheduled weekend classes. At the conclusion of each level the student receives a certificate indicating the level of training completed.

First Degree Reiki: includes introduction to the history of healing energies, the history of Reiki, information on the human energy field, the four attunements necessary to create the permanent energy connection that enables the student to act as a conduit for Reiki energy, and practice giving and receiving Reiki. The four attunement process is the hallmark of unbroken Traditional lineage.

Second Degree Reiki: includes the two attunements necessary to open complete Reiki energy in the practitioner's hands, and training in advanced techniques including distance healing and methods of mental and emotional healing both at a distance and hands-on. Two attunements at Level II is the hallmark of unbroken Traditional lineage.

Reiki Mastership, Level III, is by invitation from the teaching master after the practitioner has had Reiki in the lineage for a minimum of three years. Mastership training presupposes a deep commitment to Reiki teaching and healing and usually takes from twelve to eighteen months or longer. Reiki Mastership at StoneWind Institute follows the standards and commitments published by the Alliance of Reiki Masters.

Q Why Do Reiki Masters Charge for Reiki?

Reiki healing is about more than "fixing the body." It is about healing the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual causes of illness and distress. For such healing to be fully effective there must be cooperation and commitment on the part of the client. Under the ethics established by Dr. Usui, the founder of the Reiki Method of Natural Healing, those receiving Reiki training or treatment must exchange some form of energy as sign of commitment and involvement in their own healing. Money, a compressed form of energy, is the most common form of exchange, although by no means the only one. Most Reiki Masters operate on a fee schedule, yet reserve the option to modify fees or to accept other forms of energy exchange for Reiki. That energy exchange, whether money or otherwise, is critical to all parties because it maintains balance between the people involved. From an energetic perspective, the energy exchange between practitioner and receiver, between teacher and student, establishes the receiver's firm intent to maintain outward balance and opens the body to the inward balance from which physical healing comes. From a psychological point of view, a suitable energy exchange means neither party is able to feel "one up" or "one down," neither needs to feel indebted to the other--or used. Both are able to walk in respect for the other.