Sound Reiki: A Practice for the Whole Family

For Reiki Master Karin Cross, family Reiki grows as her family grows. Her son Thomas was one when Karin received her Levels I & II Reiki training and began giving him Reiki as she cuddled him or sometimes beamed Reiki to him in his crib. This became a daily practice as she realized how quickly Reiki soothed Thomas when he was sick, hurt, or upset. By the time he was three, he was asking for “Reiki hands” and would place her hands on his body wherever Reiki was needed.

Karin shares her family’s story:

Thomas was six when I completed my Master training in 2013. “Will you teach me?” he asked, ecstatic with the realization his mother could now teach Reiki. How perfect to have my son as my first student!

The teacher in me loved planning fun and colorful lessons, intending the lessons be as appealing as reading a good children’s book. Short sessions over a period of several weeks each included an introduction to an exercise, 10-15 minutes of practice, and then sharing, which might continue for 30 minutes as Thomas expressed his amazement at what he had experienced. He asked questions and couldn’t wait to learn more. He learned to feel energy and to see energy. He learned his lineage, the Gokai (The Five Precepts), how the chakras function, how to meditate, and how to give himself Reiki.  I have found that children learn these arts much more quickly than adults. They are not so caught up in the material world, and they don’t second-guess their experiences as we adults often do.

Tommy and Karin

Reiki Master Karin Cross and son Tommy

Thomas is 10 now; his sisters Adamae and Aquila are six and one. Thomas practices Reiki with me regularly and often participates in treatments I give other family members. His treatments are effortless and pure, and the positive feedback he receives builds his confidence. Adamae is ready to become a practitioner, and Aquila happily embraces Reiki. We practice Reiki during a weekly family meditation, and before we step out of the house each day, we recite the Gokai to center ourselves and establish our intentions for entering the outside world. This also releases any stress that may have accumulated from trying to get out of the house on time. We take turns leading, and my children greet this practice willingly.

I don’t force, plead with or bribe my kids to participate in Reiki. I simply invite them to join me and make myself available to assist them with their own explorations. Although Thomas doesn’t always want Reiki when he is hurting and sometimes declines my offer, I believe I have passed on to my children a powerful tool that will support them as they move through adolescence and into adulthood, and throughout their entire lives.

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Marianne is a Puget Sound-based Reiki teacher and practitioner located in Lynnwood, Washington. She is the author of Reiki, A Guide for the Practice of Levels I and II and a former editor, contributor, and columnist for Reiki News Magazine (2004-2010).

Sound Reiki: Why I Teach Levels I and II Together

My Level I and II classes cover important material that is not typically taught in I and II and often not taught at all.

Potential students sometimes ask why I teach Reiki I and II together. The answer is that I believe it is important to have the information in both before you begin treating others, and I believe it is important to begin treating others as soon after the class as possible. Otherwise much of the information you have learned goes cold. Some Reiki lineages teach that you should have level I and practice on yourself and friends/family before moving to level II. In my view, treating friends and family requires as much skill as treating a client for a fee. At times, it requires more skill, because it is more difficult to detach from the outcome with friends and family, which is essential if you are to be effective and prevent taking on another’s energy.

Hayashi and Takata (two of the founders of Reiki) both taught Levels I and II back-to-back at times. Hayashi taught the classes separately in Tokyo, but when he traveled throughout Japan to teach, he taught them back-to-back. Takata also taught them both ways. (It is documented that she taught all three levels—I, II, and Master—in one weekend on at least one occasion. This I definitely don’t recommend!)

My Level I and II classes cover much material that is not typically taught in I and II and often not taught at all. This includes material that I have learned from study with four Reiki Masters, my own research, information I have learned from editing Reiki News Magazine for six years, and material I have developed from the experience of giving hundreds of hours of hands-on sessions over 17 years.

The class is a rich experience. And it is intensive. Students come away with much valuable information (and a very good text with step-by-step illustrations and explanations) and having had 21 contact hours of instruction. I also support and mentor students following the class.

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Marianne is a Puget Sound-based Reiki teacher and practitioner. She is a former editor, contributor, and columnist for Reiki News Magazine (2004-2010) and the author of Reiki, A Guide for the Practice of Levels I and II. View her current class schedule. Contact her for permission to repost.

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Sound Reiki: Practice is the Best Remedy for Self-doubt

In the early days of my practice, I began each treatment in trepidation. I thought, I’m charging money for this. What if I’m not good enough? What if it doesn’t work? What if Reiki doesn’t flow? What if the client feels it’s not worth it?

I started each treatment by silently imploring the heavens for help. One morning as I recited my plea, I heard a voice in my head say very clearly: “You don’t have to do that—I’m right here.” Comforted enough to relax a little, I soon became aware of four guides that were with me every time I gave a treatment. Three of them always appeared on the right side of the table. In my mind’s eye, they looked like Druids because they were covered in identical long, gray, hooded mantles. Their faces were indistinct; I never got a sense of what their features were like. I discovered that they were my ancestors, that they had been healers in their time on the earth, and that they would be with me only until I learned to trust myself.

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Practice is the best remedy for self-doubt.

Some time later, I started a treatment and the three began to leave. Silently I begged them, “No! Don’t leave! I’m not ready!” But they left. Hanging in the space they had occupied in my mind’s eye, was a piece of fabric. I thought this must be sort of like a bell pull, and I interpreted it to mean they would be available to me if I needed them. The thought gave me comfort.

I recounted this experience to the first Reiki class I taught. One of my students looked at me and dryly pointed out what he considered the obvious: “It’s a mantle. You’re supposed to put it on.” I felt honored and touched at the idea of my ancestors passing their healing mantle to me, and I began to imagine placing a mantle around my shoulders prior to beginning a session. A short time later, a client told me, “While you were giving the treatment, I saw a long, purple mantle around you, and I felt absolute, unconditional love.”

It was lovely to have that affirmation, and I smiled to myself to think how far I had come. I had learned to trust myself, to trust the energy, and to trust that the Universe was supporting and guiding my work. I began each treatment in confidence that anything I needed to know would be revealed to me, that anything the client needed to know would be revealed to them, and that the treatment would unfold for the highest good of the client.

Experience is truly the best remedy for a lack of confidence. I encourage students to immediately begin—not only to treat themselves—but also to give treatments to others. (This is one of the reasons I teach Levels I and II together.) There are a number of ways to gain experience: giving treatments to family, friends, and pets; seeking out Reiki Circles/Shares; exchanging treatments with a Reiki partner; volunteering in an animal shelter or at a wellness center; participating in Reiki clinics; giving Reiki at fairs and festivals, and volunteering in a hospice program, to name but a few.

Once you have been attuned, you never lose the ability to transmit Reiki; however, your skills will stagnate and atrophy if you don’t grow them. If you are serious about Reiki, your own healing, and sharing healing with others, you must practice giving treatments to gain confidence and to improve your skills. The learning never ends and the growing never ceases as long as you are practicing. It is through experience that you discover Reiki is your passion and know that you want to establish a formal Reiki practice—or learn that Reiki is instead an avocation for you.

If you allow anxiety over your abilities to dissuade you from giving treatments after you have completed your initial training, you are more likely to continue putting off making a start, waiting until you deem yourself “ready” by some imaginary standard. Delay long enough and Reiki may simply become a workshop you took one weekend that was great to experience, but hasn’t made much difference in your life since. And that, in my view, would be a tragic waste of this exquisitely simple and amazingly powerful gift.

Note: An earlier version of this article appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of Reiki News Magazine.

Marianne is a Puget Sound-based Reiki teacher and practitioner. She is a former editor, contributor, and columnist for Reiki News Magazine (2004-2010) and the author of Reiki, A Guide for the Practice of Levels I and II, which has been called “one of the best Reiki books out there.” See her current class schedule. To make an appointment for a hands-on or distant Reiki session, click here.

 

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Sound Reiki: Each Component of the Reiki Treatment Triangle is Essential

The Treatment Triangle — Giving • Receiving • Self-treatment

Is it necessary, a student asked me, to give oneself Reiki  each day (as I suggest) if one is giving treatments to others, since the practitioner receives a treatment each time he or she gives one. My response was an emphatic, “Yes!”

As a practitioner, I believe it is not only important to treat oneself daily, but also to receive regular treatments from other practitioners. And, it goes without saying, also important to give treatments to others, not only for their benefit, but for the significant benefits the practitioner receives.

Self-treatment is the way I slowly wake up in the morning and prepare myself to meet the day. In the evening, it is my way of slowing down, releasing the stress of the day, and preparing for a restful night’s sleep. I also place my hands inconspicuously and allow Reiki to flow at other times, while I am sitting in a waiting room, for instance.

WingsAfter I have given a treatment to a client, I invariably feel peaceful, refreshed, and energized. But my focus during the treatment is on the client. My mind is attuned to their needs and to giving the best treatment I possibly can. Although extremely rewarding and renewing for me, it does not bring about the deep healing that happens when I am the focus of the treatment.

The most profound healing comes for me at the hands of another practitioner during a full-length session (45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours). My mind slips into neutral; I’m not thinking about the messages the client’s body is giving me, as I do when giving a treatment, or about the messages my own body is giving me, as I do during self-treatment. Rather, I am suspended in a space that collapses time, disengages my mind, and allows me to be completely receptive to healing.

Each kind of treatment is an essential component of the “treatment triangle.” Each is crucial to the practitioner’s self-healing. Each has its own particular grace.

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Marianne is a Puget Sound-based Reiki teacher and practitioner located in Lynnwood, Washington. She is the author of Reiki, A Guide for the Practice of Levels I and II and a former editor, contributor, and columnist for Reiki News Magazine (2004-2010)..