Reiki In a Time of Hustle and Hate


Have you ever had a session? For believers, it’s healing. For skeptics, it’s interesting.

I recently got my Level II Reiki certification which makes me a ‘practitioner’. While the course was simple and rather quick, I have been reading and studying it for awhile, not with the intention of opening a business, but for the sake of healing those around me. In a time of civil unrest, heightened levels of hate, and increases in stress, anxiety and disease, I felt called to learn a field of energetic healing to serve others. Let me explain.

Mikao Usui. A little History.

A little history – bare with me here. The Usui System of Reiki Healing *discovered by Mikao Usui, is said to be one of the original forms of Reiki (some lineage goes back to India as well.) Usui Reiki consists of laying the hands on the body in a specific position and allowing the energy of life to flow through the practitioner’s hands to the person being treated. Both the practitioner or master and patient must have an open desire for healing and believe in the process.

*Discovered: I love this story. Mikao Usui discovered Reiki on Kurama-yama, a sacred mountain outside Kyoto around 1922 (More history here). Said to have been constantly given random signs, Usui wanted to see what they meant. He did a 21-day meditation on Mount Kurama-yama where he rediscovered the energy. With sheer excitement, he ran down the mountain to tell the story to friends, only to stub his toe on the way down. He performed a touch healing that seemed to have cured his pain further supporting his belief that this newly discovered energy source can heal.

Physics, Energy and Reiki

Like anything, there are skeptics. Admittedly I was one of them, until I became a mother. After years of ‘kissing my kids boo boos better” and holding them while they were sick, I knew that there was magic in touch. And so I needed to learn more about the healing powers of a ‘mother’s touch’ and further into the healing powers of Reiki. So I embarked on this journey. To squash my limiting Reiki beliefs I opened up some books and headed straight for the quantum physics section.

“Our bodies don’t heal the way we were taught. It doesn’t heal through chemicals. We heal via frequency, vibration, information, resonance.” Dr. Eric Pearl

Dr. Pearl believes that as time keeps expanding and our knowledge of matter, space and time grows larger, we are more able to expand our consciousness and therefore heal through the power of touch (energy exchange). It’s quite fascinating.

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Our bodies are comprised of energy; atoms colliding against each other to create heat, and electromagnetic fields. Those energy waves are actually not matter at all (Newtonians would cringe with this thought) and is in fact electricity.  In that energy are atoms that give off light, so we are essentially made up of light. Still so fascinating, right?

“An atom is actually an invisible force field, a kind of miniature tornado, which emits waves of electrical energy. Those energy waves can be measured and their effects seen, but they are not a material reality, they have no substance because they are… well, just electricity. So science now embraces the idea that the universe is made of energy.” – Susan Heffley

So why Reiki then?

“Reiki and other forms of hands-on healing are another form of energy medicine based on scientifically measurable energy fields emitted from the healer’s hands.” James L. Oschman, Ph.D

In a time when many are seeking refuge, asylum, comfort, trust and compassion, it makes sense for me to align myself with a source that can help bring more good to those that surround me. Even from a distance. I have practiced Reiki on those closest to me, including distance healing for some friends. We have all felt ‘the positive vibes’ and so I will continue on this path of healing.

The power of Reiki forces you and the patient to be still, breathe deep and really set your intentions. It brings peace and relaxation to both the practitioner and the one seeking healing. Whether the pain be physical, emotional or spiritual, Reiki can help treat those underlying issues [Note: it’s not a replacement for medical treatment] and this is why this practice is needed more so now than ever before.

In a time of chronic hustle (parenting, business, startup life – few) we all need to dedicate more time to resting and healing. A Reiki session should take about 1 hour and is something I recommend doing at least once a month. It helps you disconnect, relax and ultimately allows your body and mind to mend. If you are doing meditation or take it up at the same time, even better. The point being, while nutrition and exercise is a key to a healthy vessel (your body) we all still need to have the same amount of dedication to treating our Chakras (which Reiki can help heal). So, if you’re a believer, great. If not, I urge you to consider what this form of spiritual and energetic healing can do for you and those around you.

Photo: Unsplash, Annie Spratt

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