May the Force Be With You

During my yoga training we were invited to do part one of a three-part training in the healing energy of Reiki.  Reiki is often used in yoga practice as it is the perfect accompaniment of Zen healing energy. A healing system that channels universal life-force energy: This system was originally developed by Mikao Usui in the early 1900s in Japan.

The word Reiki can be translated like this. Rei means spiritual wisdom, and ki means energy, so Reiki means spiritual energy.

What Reiki Is Not

It is spiritual but not religious, it has been and is used by Christians, Hindus, Buddhist, atheist and agnostics alike.

Reiki is not massage or reflexology.

What Reiki Is

Reiki is gentle, harmless and natural.  You do not need any special equipment or tools. 

Reiki is balancing relaxing and energizing.

Reiki is simple to do - anyone can do it, and anyone can receive it.  With use of channeling into this universal energy and following hand positions that can be light touch or non-touch many people have gained great benefits from this practice.

Part 1 taught me the basics, Part 2 taught me the deeper meaning and Part 3 taught me how to teach Reiki to other people.

I found the training so interesting and deeply meaningful and I know it will be a wonderful addition to my yoga practice, either with myself or with others.

So far, I have Reikied the dog! Result: very chill blissed out dog. I also tried it on the cat who just got annoyed with me and wandered off, apparently, this is not an unusual reaction.

What I do know is that the interest in Reiki is growing and I am very proud to be now known as a Reiki Master, sounds a bit like a character in Star Wars, doesn’t it?

Just another step in my yoga journey.  I cannot wait to see what is next...