FAQ for Reiki Center Baroda

I am including a list of frequently asked questions that I am asked by mail. If you find that your question is not included here, feel free to e-mail me and I will do my best to answer the question for you.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing treatment that is done by Reiki practitioners who put their  hands above the energy centers on the body and let the Universal Life Force Energy flow through her/him out their palms and into the recipient. Reiki will bring the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual issues of the person into greater balance. 

What is the difference between healing and curing someone with Reiki?

One can receive healing but may not be cured of a physical ailment. When Reiki heals it restores balance to the body, but the cause of the illness still might be within. So, we can't say that one is cured. An emotional issue may be causing a physical symptom and until that emotional issue is solved by the owner, the physical symptoms may still appear or reappear and may not be cured.

Are there some illnesses that Reiki can't be used on?

Reiki can be used on all illnesses. Many clients have experienced accelerated healing. Reiki  reduces stress and pain. Chemo and radiation patients notice a decrease in side effects from treatment. It also has allowed individuals to depart from this earth with resolution and a state of peace. That doesn't mean that everyone who experiences Reiki will be cured. Reiki will help to bring balance to the body, mind and spirit and can relieve or even remove symptoms. It is always the recipients belief and intention to heal that allows the process to happen. It is the recipients choice to heal. It took a long time for some illnesses to develop and may take time and patience for them to heal.

What do I have to do to receive a distant reiki treatment?

There is nothing to do. The distant reiki treatment will arrive no matter what you will be doing, so just go about your life. All that is needed is the practitioner's intent to send one and the recipient's permission to receive. It is the same for distant attunements, as long as permission has been given, they will arrive.

How does the distant reiki treatment work?

It is the practitioners focus and intent to send the energy to the person requesting treatment that makes it happen. The practitioner uses one of the symbols (taught in Level ll Reiki) that is specifically used for sending distant energy. The energy can be sent at a specific time or the practitioner sends it to happen when the recipient wants to receive it. A distant treatment is usually shorter than in person (20-30 min). The energy can be sent to help specific problems in the present, past or in the future.


What can I feel during a distant treatment?

You can feel heat, tingling, coldness or may have some visual experiences. All are normal. If nothing is felt that does not mean the treatment was unsuccessful. Reiki will heal, if nothing is felt that means that Reiki was working on some issues other than physical.

Can I request a distant healing for someone else?

Yes you can. In situations however where the person needing the healing can't be asked their permission to send Reiki, many practitioners will not send Reiki unless permission is received from the person needing the reiki healing. Nothing is forced on someone who may not wish the energy or healing. Everyone's wishes must be respected. In that case a prayer can be sent their way.

What can I do to help during a Reiki Treatment?

During the reiki healing session you can try to relax as much as possible and mentally open your mind to receiving the healing energy. Even if you do not have faith in it, by keeping an open or unbiased mind, it can assist the flow of healing energy.

Do you ever get tired or run down from giving Reiki treatments?

It is a channeled healing, the Reiki practitioner's energies are not depleted.
It is not the practitioner's energy being used! The practitioner is channeling "Universal Life Force Energy". The energy that surrounds us and sustains life! It is the energy from the "God Source" or, the "Higher Power!"
The Reiki practitioner is channeling this healing energy, so, as he/she is giving a treatment she/he is also receiving the benefits as well!
Whenever I finish giving a Reiki treatment my energy level is increased and I feel very relaxed and peaceful .

Do you need to concentrate in order to channel the reiki energy?

When a Reiki practitioner's hands are placed on or near you the Reiki energy `turns on' automatically. There is no conscious effort needed on the part of the practitioner. If you have been initiated to Reiki, you simply have to place your hands on or near the body.

I have heard about a 21 day cleansing process that follows Reiki? What happens?

After a Reiki treatment or attunement you may experience some physical, emotional, mental or spiritual complaints as the body goes through a 21 day cleansing process (or you may notice nothing). Issues, old patterns, beliefs may come up to be challenged and as this happens new understandings will bring in a new foundation. Issues are being healed on every level of your being.

Is Reiki Safe?

Yes, Reiki never does harm. It is a gentle form of healing. There have been no reported cases of negative effects from Reiki.

Does Reiki have anything to do with religion?

Reiki is not a religion. Reiki is very spiritual in nature, but there is nothing you are required to believe in before you can learn and use Reiki. Reiki will work whether someone believes in it or not!

When you are giving someone a treatment, what are you feeling?
How do you know the energy is flowing?

Once one places their hands in position to start a Reiki treatment ,within a few seconds the palms of the Reiki practitioner will start to become quite warm.
Other sensations that might be felt are tingling, pins and needles, cold. 
It is important to note that the sensation will vary during every Reiki session and person treated and the sensation felt by the recipient of a treatment can be very different to that felt by the practitioner.

If I practice Reiki are there different amounts of energy flow?

Yes, the more Reiki you practice and do, the more energy you will have flowing through you.

Can Reiki be used with other therapies?

Yes, it can be combined and enhances other therapies.
It will enhance the effects of other complementary healing modalities such as massage, acupuncture, shiatsu, reflexology, aromatherapy, chiropractic, color therapy, homeopathy and many others.

Many practitioners of other modalities have reported that their work has intensified since learning Reiki.

What Levels of Reiki are there and what will I be able to do with each?

I teach 3 Levels of Reiki

Level 1 you will learn how to give a reiki treatment to yourself and others.

Level 2 one is taught 3 Reiki symbols, one of which you will learn how to send energy distantly and be able to give a distant treatment. 

Level 3 you will learn more symbols and be able to give attunements and  initiate others into Reiki, as well as teach Reiki. One does not have to teach Reiki as this is a personal choice. Other Masters may split the Master/Teacher into 2  levels. 

What is an attunement?

It is an initiation into the different Levels of Reiki given by a Reiki Master. It involves the Reiki Master using the Reiki symbols (Level ll & lll Reiki) and visualizing the symbols entering the students body and opening up the channel for Reiki to flow. If this is not done in person then the Master visualizes the person in front of them while visualizing the process of giving the attunement. It is my experience that Distant attunements can be just as powerful as having one done in person.

How can I pick a Reiki Master to teach me?

There are many ways to find a Reiki practitioner. It is important to be discerning and to choose the Reiki Master who you feel will best nurture your personal spiritual healing, growth and life purpose. You can look on the web, there are many directories of Reiki practitioners to choose from. The best thing to do is ask questions and within the responses you should be able to get a gut feeling with the person who resonates the best with you. "When you are choosing an energy therapy, the best approach is the one that is the softest and the gentlest, that avoids dangerous procedures, that treats the client as the "whole" individual, that encourages the body's natural healing processes to do their job, and in which the client takes a positive and active part in his or her own recovery and health maintenance." It is good to feel comfortable and open to receiving an attunement from the person. It is good for the person to have patience and be available for questions. You must be allowed to go at your own pace when you feel comfortable doing something. Do what you would do when you are looking for other services, use common sense. When in doubt, walk away.


Can I become a Reiki Master or Practitioner?

Anyone can become a Reiki practitioner. The ability to learn Reiki is not dependent on your intellect , spiritual or religious beliefs.  The ability to use Reiki is taught and transferred to the student  by a qualified Reiki Master Teacher during an attunement process. At one time Reiki Master level cost $10,000 but after one of Reiki's leaders died (Takata)  Masters who were attuned in the 80's started to lower the price so that Reiki could be available to more people. Today if you look around you will find varying prices from $10,000 to free.

Can I be attuned and be taught from different Masters?

Yes, you can. Some of the symbols might be different, but that is not a problem.

Can I just take Reiki Level 1?

Yes, that is all that some people feel they need. They just want to do Reiki on themselves, family or friends.

What about my pets, can they have Reiki?

Most animals like the energy. You may have to modify the treatment a little if they don't like to sit for long, but it can heal animals.

Can I just use Reiki instead of seeing a doctor?

Reiki enhances traditional medical treatments. Reiki can be used in combination with medical treatment. Reiki is not a substitute if you have a medical concern, always consult with your physician if you have a complaint.. 

I have a lot of energy. Can I learn to harness this energy for others?

Reiki doesn't use a practitioner's energy. You would get fatigued using your own. Reiki is energy that comes from the Universal Source. Reiki practitioners channel the Universal Life Energy through their body so that the recipient can use what they need. A practitioner should never use their own energy, but it can happen when a practitioner is invested in the treatment (strongly wants a person to heal). It is best to detach and trust Reiki and the person to heal themselves. The choice to heal is always up to the recipient.


What are the Reiki symbols?

They are a way for the practitioner to focus the energy when giving a treatment. Each symbol has a specific meaning and use. They are also used in giving an attunement, to initiate a student into different Levels of Reiki. The symbols are taught in Level 2 and 3 of Reiki. Some feel the symbols are just training wheels which may eventually be discarded after your comfortable with sending just the intent of something. 

Why are there different prices in Reiki treatments and Course Levels? This is confusing.

Reiki has no governing body to regulate its practitioners. Everyone chooses pricing from their own beliefs. Some feel it should be free (it is a free energy). Others feel that our world places value on things that they pay for (money is how we show we value something, and if we do not devalue or waste what we value, it will be more effective.). Some feel if the prices are high only the serious will apply. The practitioner's have expenses of their own to pay, and feel their time is as valuable as everyone else's when providing a service. Some practitioners don't rely on the income generated from their Reiki practice to pay their living expenses and can charge a low fee or teach for free. High prices don't always mean higher quality of teaching. I would ask what benefit you would be getting for paying very high fees (maybe your looking for a specific lineage?). Find out what you would be taught for the fees you pay.

I am seeing so many different Reiki's, they all say they are the only one doing Reiki right and everyone else is wrong? What are the differences?

Yes, you will find many different types, fees, guidelines for teaching and learning Reiki.  I see alot of similarities in religion right now. There are different types of religions, they are different but no one is better than the rest (even though great wars are fought over this issue). You just have to find what resonates with you, what feels right and matches your beliefs. 

I am seeing negative beliefs among some Reiki practitioners. A lot of judgments of others. Why? 

Reiki is like everything else. It is used and practiced by humans. Humans are not gods or perfect, and everyone has their own beliefs, judgments and motives for doing something. 

When am I ready to move on to the next Reiki level?

There are different views concerning the length of time that different masters feel should be the correct time to move on to a different level of Reiki. I personally feel that it is a matter of personal preference. The student should listen to their inner voice, when they have experience with their current level and have learned the techniques, symbols, their heart will always tell them when they are ready to move on. Some who have been working with energy may feel ready to progress faster than someone who has no experience with energy. We are in a time of greatly accelerated energy and today we live in extremely powerful energies of all kinds. In the past these powerful energies we live in today would have a great impact on people. Today we are used to higher energies and their influence, so what once seemed to be a great adjustment is not that profound to most people receiving attunements. Our bodies and energy vibration have been raised as time as gone on.


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