10 Compelling Reasons to Learn Reiki
A spiritual practice to guide you through life
When asked if anyone can learn Reiki, the founder of Reiki, Mikao Usui replied:
“Of course, a man, woman, young or old, people with knowledge or without knowledge, anybody who has common sense can receive the power accurately in a short time and can heal ourselves and others.”
Everyone comes to reiki for different reasons. If you’ve ever wondered why you should learn Reiki, here are some compelling reasons to step onto this transformative journey:
If you've ever wondered why you should learn Reiki, here are some compelling reasons to step onto this transformative journey:
The diverse reasons people come to Reiki reflect its universal appeal. Reiki is not limited to those who wish to become professional healers; it’s a practice for everyone.
Reiki reveals your True Nature
The beauty of reiki is that it doesn’t matter your background or how old you are, Reiki will enrich you, your workplace, your family and all your interactions. It’s a beautiful practice for self-discovery, helping you to uncover your true nature.
Reiki often comes into your life at the perfect moment when you’re ready to receive its teachings. I’ve met many students who ‘ wish I had found it earlier’ but when I ask them ‘would you have been open to it or would it have resonated with you back then?’ Most laugh and reply ‘probably not’. Reiki (or the desire to learn reiki) always lands on our door at the right moment.
Trust that you and Reiki have found each other at the ideal moment.
Learning Reiki offers you a reiki self practice, the capability to ‘lay your hands’ on yourself whenever you feel out of balance. Self reiki is the foundation of living the reiki way as you learn to listen to your heart, discern your inner dialogue and hear that still quiet voice within. Like any area of life (personal or professional), it is only through practice and experience that one goes deeper into their relationship with reiki and where the deeper layers of reiki unfolds within.
As your relationship with reiki grows, it will go from being a concept and a thing you ‘do’, to being reiki as you move from ‘doing’ to ‘being’ and from ‘doing’ to accepting and trusting. When you learn reiki it is the start of a beautiful relationship – a relationship that will only ever guide you, support you and continue to go deeper.
A Reiki Attunement: An Awakening of your true nature
Reiki attunements, also known as initiations or reju, are an important part of the Reiki journey. The basis of the attunement is that they are sacred ceremonies as they ‘initiate’ the person into a new (beginning) life with reiki. If you take the word ‘attune’ which means to bring into harmony with, a reiki attunement invites you to come more into harmony with yourself, your true nature.
Reiki is universal life force energy, and every individual already possesses it. You are Reiki already. You have just forgotten how to consciously work with it, that is all. Everybody is universal energy, it is only the realisation of this that is lacking.
The attunement is offered so that you can have an initial experience of your own spiritual nature/energy (Reiki).
You then learn various practices — like the precepts, mantras, symbols, hands-on healing, and meditation — to deepen your experience of your true nature. Since you had an initial experience during reiju, you know what to look for and how it feels e.g. peace, stillness, silence, quietness, joy etc.
The reiki attunement is always a special moment for the participant. The attunement is like planting the seed and your daily self practice is the water that feeds the seed so you can blossom and grow.
Whether you plan to learn reiki for your own personal development or to become a practitioner you will find that reiki will become an intricate part of your life.
Each reiki course is also a personal journey as you learn to open your mind, be curious and allow the reiki energy to fully enter into your life. Not only is reiki for healing the mind, body and spirit, it can become a way of life as you learn how to bring it into your daily life. You become a life-long student of reiki.
It’s a beautiful process of getting to know yourself in a new way.
What are the Benefits to Learning Reiki
There are numerous benefits to learning Reiki and although reiki helps to produce physical, mental and emotional healing, for me the greatest gift that reiki offers is to helps us to unveil our true self – the part of us knows we are always doing our best, that helps us lift the veils so we can be more of who we truly are, the part of us that loves ourselves, warts and all.
1. Anyone can learn reiki
Yes that’s right, anyone can learn. I’ve taught artists, teachers, mums, dads, lawyers, coaches, scientists, nurses, accountants, bankers, healers + many more. Some have gone on to become professional Reiki Practitioners & Teachers, others have used it as a tool to enhance their overall quality of life. As a reiki teacher, I love seeing people from all walks of life practice Reiki and I love how easy it is to integrate it into our day to day lives.
2. Increases Self-Love & Confidence
Learning Reiki is a journey of self-empowerment. Throughout your reiki journey you are learning how to take responsibility for all areas of your life, your thoughts, feelings, body and relationships and as a result confidence and self-love naturally increases.
3. Increase body’s natural ability to heal itself
Reiki is a natural pain reliever as it helps to bring the body back into harmony and balance. Your Self-healing gives you a space to listen to your body. You connect to your inner guidance, allowing you to let go of things that no longer serve you and move forward with ease. Reiki is simple and powerful – where you feel pain or discomfort you place your hands on that area and let reiki flow.
4. Greater clarity, creativity & sense of purpose
Often people will be drawn to learn Reiki while they are in a stage of transition in their lives. It is common during and after the training to have moments of clarity around what they need to support themselves during these periods of change.
5. Be more of who you truly are
Reiki helps us to open us more and more to our true nature. I’ve seen this in reiki students who continue their self practice, as they peel away the layers of beliefs, patterns and habits they have accumulated along the way – they always say they ‘feel more like themselves’.
6. Decreases Anxiety & Worry, Enhances Inner Peace and Calm
Your self-healing (reiki self practice) helps to connect you to your true nature. As a result you worry less and become anchored in the present moment. As Frank Argave Petter says ‘In Usui’s day, the Japanese word Reiki meant Soul energy. This Soul or rather the Soul energy is being reactivated during a reiki attunement, and the one being attuned to Reiki remembers his original nature, his essential being’.
7. Become more grounded and balanced
One of the most common things all students report is that they feel so much more grounded and balanced on all levels. Reiki supports you to become aware of your day-to-day energy, becoming aware of when you are drained or full of vitality. A student once said ‘she had found her feet’ through her self treatments!
8. Less fear more courage
Learning Reiki allows you to bring greater awareness to all your emotions, fear being one of them. You can learn to listen to the wisdom of fear, where it comes from and begin to sit with it so you can move through it with greater ease. We begin to see that our bodies are constantly talking to us, just like our emotions, so rather than pushing them down or avoiding them, we meet them as if meeting a friend for the first time – with curiosity and compassion, to see what medicine they hold.
9. Strong intuitive awareness
Everyone is intuitive; we haven’t learned to trust it. Your Reiki journey can help you reclaim these innate gifts. Reiki helps you to return to wholeness. You learn to trust yourself and the little whispers of your soul longings and even inner guidance for the next step. You invite in stillness as you know it’s only in the pauses that you can truly hear your inner wisdom and guidance. You learn to experience the difference between your heart and mind ‘voice’.
10. Grow in compassion and appreciation for life
Reiki opens up the Heart Chakra. You learn to balance the mind and your heart so they become more in harmony with each other. You discover how everyone and everything in your life has served your growth, which results in deep feelings of appreciation and gratitude for life.
If you would like to make changes in your life, or are looking for a powerful way of supporting yourself and others, and think that Reiki might be the way forward for you, I would be delighted to hear from you.