By Christa Chantelois BSN, MAC

How great is it, in this time of needed expansion and inclusion, that there is also a powerful, sacred healing approach that matches those needs! It is called Reiki. Modern Reiki was bestowed upon Usui Mikao in Japan in 1922. Reiki, meaning “universal life force” or “universal energy” is now taught and used across the globe for a wide variety of healing purposes. It is also known as prana, ki, chi, mana or rauch. This life force is everywhere, in everything. It is now commonly used on people, animals and plants. This life force comes from God/Source/Prime Creator, goes through the Reiki practitioner to the one receiving this spirit energy. Some say that Reiki started with people from ancient Egypt and India, and that Jesus possibly used it. Reiki also has links to Buddhist lineage as well, noted in the code of honor of Reiki, which points to mindfulness.

Reiki releases blocks, opens and balances the chakras, the entire energetic system, and brings healing to the practitioner and recipient. The healing gently flows where it is needed on all levels: body, mind, emotions, spirit. William Lee Rand, Reiki Master Teacher, eloquently states that guides, angels, archangels, God actually do the healing. The healing energy comes through the practitioner to the client for the highest good of all.

The Reiki practitioner either lays hands gently on the person or holds their hands slightly above the person’s body, with the intention of serving as a channel or vessel for the energy to come through them and to the client. As in many of the healing arts, each practitioner develops his or her own particular style of giving Reiki, while following the teachings.

Reiki can be used for personal use or a combination of personal and professional use. It is of great benefit both ways. There are four levels of Reiki, open to anyone that feels moved to learn and grow through this sacred art.

Level I covers the codes, philosophy and perspective of dis-ease, the chakra system, and receiving the first attunement. A Reiki attunement connects the student more strongly to the life force. Each level has an attunement, performed by the Reiki Master Teacher. Level I enables the person to administer Reiki to him or herself. Level II begins teaching some of the symbols, as well as a more mind and emotions focus, whereas Level I has a more physical base emphasis. Level III and IV are the master levels of Reiki. They are divided into two separate sections. Level III addresses the spiritual component of Reiki, along with symbols. This level is for the student who wants to become a Reiki Master but not teach other students this healing art. Level IV is the level to become a Reiki Master Teacher. The student can choose how many levels he or she wants to receive training in.

This gift of life force energy encompasses all beings — people, plants, animals. Its lineage draws from many global locations and traditions, and the healing goes to where it is needed: the physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual levels. How amazing to have access to such a beautiful, diverse technique!

“We all have dormant abilities inside ourselves waiting to be used.”  Christopher Penczak

The sky is the limit!

Published in Nature’s Pathways, April 2018

“Reiki releases blocks, opens and balances the chakras, the entire energetic system, and brings healing to the practitioner and recipient. The healing gently flows where it is needed, on all levels: body, mind, emotions, spirit.”