This was one of the questions we received this week. Even though Frans is teaching Reiki in Paris, France this week and was in Chicago, USA last week, we still manage to keep the answers flowing! So please read on…
No. Reiki does not “feed” anything. The concept of how Reiki works is profound – it is ultimately about balance not about diagnosing, correcting or manipulating.
A Reiki practitioner learns techniques to draw energy (Reiki) through the body – some people call this channelling energy. During a treatment the practitioner does not “push” this energy into a client’s body or try to manipulate what is happening in the client’s body. The practitioner offers energy to the client’s body and the client (largely unconsciously) decides how much energy to draw through the Reiki practitioner. This energy is utilised by the body to attempt to clear the body’s natural flow of energy enabling the client to move back toward a natural sense of balance.
The intent on behalf of both the practitioner and client should be to allow the client’s body to take what it needs – not what either of them rationally think it needs. This allows both of them to be open to healing at all levels of their existence. In this sense the word “healing” means “to make whole” or, if you like “to return to a state of balance”.
If you’d like to know a little more about the concept of Reiki then we recommend The Japanese Art of Reiki: A Practical Guide to Self-Healing.
This book takes you through the very basic principles of the system of Reiki from a Japanese perspective. Very grounded – very real.
Bronwen and Frans Stiene are the co-founders of the International House of Reiki and co-authors of The Reiki Sourcebook, The Japanese Art of Reiki, Your Reiki Treatment, The A-Z of Reiki Pocketbook and the Reiki Techniques Card Deck. Bronwen and Frans teach in the USA, Europe and Australia. Visit the Courses page to find a course near you.