With Elké Ulber
Usui Reiki Master/Teacher
The information below is based on my own experience working with and teaching Reiki. Not all Reiki Masters will agree with all of this – it is up to you to decide which methods are most suited to your needs. Elké Ulber (Usui Reiki Master/Teacher)
1. What makes a good Reiki practitioner or teacher?
To be able to choose the right practitioner or teacher for you, it is necessary to have a basic understanding of how Reiki works. Usui Reiki (traditional Reiki) consists of three levels of training. During each level, students receive attunements (this is a process that involves fine-tuning the aura in order to receive a greater amount of healing energy, also known as “Ki” or “Ch’i”). After the attunement process, every time the student uses Reiki (for him/herself or somebody else) his or her ability to access Reiki energy increases. Likewise, every time a teacher attunes a student, the teacher’s ability to receive Reiki increases significantly.
This means that somebody who has received all three levels’ attunements but has never used their Reiki will have a lot less Reiki energy to share than somebody who has received all their attunements and practises daily. For this reason, it is always best to choose a practitioner or Master/teacher who uses and/or teaches Reiki regularly.
2. Which Reiki to choose?
Today, there are various different types of Reiki, e.g. Tera Mai® Reiki, Rainbow Reiki, Karuna Reiki, and of course the original (“traditional”) Usui Reiki. Some of these systems work better than others. In my experience, Usui is the system that is most likely to work, as the course structure is relatively standardised, and it is the method that has been working for hundreds of years. But by all means, feel free to experiment!
3. What should a treatment entail?
What to expect from a treatment always depends very much on which practitioner you go to. Generally, there are some things to expect and avoid:
• You should never have to remove your clothes for a Reiki treatment. (Some massage therapists do Reiki too, but this is obviously a different story).
• Your Reiki practitioner should be happy to explain the process to you, and answer any questions you may have.
• Anybody practising Usui Reiki should know that working on broken bones can be extremely dangerous. Reiki energy will heal broken bones so rapidly that if a bone has not been set correctly by a doctor, the Reiki could cause it to heal in a misaligned position. Likewise, it is not advisable to give a Reiki treatment to anybody who suffers from any type of auto-immune disorder, or who is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
• Opinions vary as to the safety of using Reiki on pregnant women. My own experience is that Reiki is perfectly safe, although it is advisable not to use any Reiki symbols during the treatment, and pregnant women should probably not be attuned to Reiki during their pregnancy.
• What you get out of a treatment depends on your practitioner’s level of training and experience. In the Usui Reiki system, a level 1 practitioner can heal on a physical level; a level 2 practitioner can heal on physical, emotional and mental levels; a Reiki Master can heal on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels, as well as perform psychic surgery if and when needed.
See also Reiki Course FAQ.
For more information please contact Elké Ulber.
(Text provided by www.moonshadow.co.za. Used with permission.)