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.

Please leave a comment. You are also welcome to contact Karin directly through email: gandee.cross@gmail.com

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©2017 Marianne Streich, Reiki for Living, All Rights Reserved. For re-posting permission, contact Marianne.

 

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: Healing the Healer

As my Reiki practice has deepened and expanded, so has my own healing journey.

I believe that if I am to reach my fullest potential as a healer and be of greater service to those who come to me for healing, I must be deeply committed to healing myself.

Reiki has revealed to me again and again its power to heal and its infinite wisdom in bringing that healing about. The more I recognize its potential for healing others, the more fervently I want to claim greater healing for myself. For much of my life, my desire for healing was a vague and unfocused hope that some force “out there” would wave a magic wand and cure my ills. Reiki helped me to understand the nature of the healing process and my responsibility for it.

As the practice of Reiki began to transform my life, my hope for healing became a deep yearning, and I found the courage to do my part. I learned that for healing to take place I must claim it, accept it, and complete it. The following conditions facilitate the process for me:

  • Three ShipsA deep and sincere desire for and commitment to self-healing.
  • Clear intentions, firmly held.
  • A consistent meditation/prayer practice.
  • Regular Reiki self-treatment.
  • Regular exchange of treatments with other Reiki practitioners.
  • Requesting distant Reiki from other practitioners as needed.
  • A willingness to accept and do my part to complete healing.
  • An awareness that healing may show up in unexpected ways.

I believe that for the Universe to respond to my desire for healing, I must establish clear intentions. I ask for the healing of specific conditions that address physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual issues. In addition, each day as I meditate and give myself Reiki, I ask for “the healing of all that needs to be healed in me.” I don’t always know what needs to be healed, but I am declaring myself willing to accept whatever healing is needed. Reiki, in its infinite wisdom, reveals to me what I need to know so that I can cooperate in the process.

Healing happens incrementally, with each condition or issue surfacing at the perfect moment when I am strong enough to face it, willing to address it, and ready to fully cooperate in the healing. I have found that Reiki never forces healing; it simply waits patiently and gently facilitates healing when I am ready.

Sometimes healing takes place effortlessly. It may be the unconscious release of energy during a Reiki treatment that leaves me feeling unburdened, lighter, freer, and energized, even though I’m not aware of exactly what was released. Sometimes it shows up as wisdom in the remark of a friend, or unexpected support for a goal I’ve set, or synchronistic events that cause the pieces of a situation to click into place. Sometimes it happens through an awakening to a truth. For instance, when I asked to be healed of being judgmental, I came to realize that the energy underneath judgment is anger, and that letting go of anger frees me of my need to be judgmental.

At other times, healing shows up in the form of an event that seems so catastrophic it sucks the breath out of my lungs. At those times, Reiki helps me keep my equilibrium while I work through the circumstances surrounding the event. It allows me to see the opportunity for healing that is being offered. I am then more able to move through visceral reactions as I embrace healing.

Completing a healing may require that I change the thoughts, habits, and activities that create the kind of energy I would be free of. Becoming aware of thoughts of worry, fear, anger, self-doubt, judgment, or regret remind me that I am creating negative energy and draining the positive energy I would apply to bringing about positive outcomes. Awareness reminds me that I have a choice about the thoughts I entertain, the activities I engage in, and where I direct my energy.

Because of Reiki and a commitment to self-healing, I am healthier than I have ever been. I am free of several conditions that had plagued me most of my life. I know who I am, and I am at peace with myself. I find it easier to make peace with others and to live from a place of compassion. I am profoundly grateful for the continually unfolding process of healing through Reiki.

©2008, 2014, Marianne Streich, Reiki for Living. All rights reserved. An earlier version of this article appeared in the Winter 2008 issue of Reiki News Magazine. Contact Marianne for re-posting permission.

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” by other Reiki Masters. See her current class schedule. To make an appointment for a hands-on or distant Reiki session, click here.

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.

Gulls

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.

 

©2014 Marianne Streich, Reiki for Living, All Rights Reserved. For re-posting permission, contact Marianne.

 

 

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.

©2013 Marianne Streich, Reiki for Living, All Rights Reserved. For re-posting permission, contact Marianne.

 

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: Relax and Refuel with a 15-Minute Reiki Self-Treatment

This visualization was given to me early in my practice during a session with a client. I’ve used it successfully with clients for years, but it is also highly effective as a means of Self-Treatment.

Although more powerful if you have been attuned to Reiki, this technique can be used by anyone. It’s a great stress-reducer and can be accomplished anytime you have a few quiet moments—during a break at work, waiting in a doctor’s office, or before going to bed at night.

Situate yourself comfortably on a chair or bed. You may wish to invoke one or more of the appropriate Reiki symbols and say a silent prayer of intention. If you have privacy, use my hand Position #4, or any other that you wish, or simply sit with your hands in your lap. Close your eyes and Imagine billions of particles of light, refracted into the colors of the rainbow, entering the crown of your head, gently flowing throughout your body and aura, and exiting through your feet.

Rainbow

Imagine that this gentle stream of Rainbow Light is permeating every particle of your being. As it flows through your body, it is removing all energy that does not serve you. Imagine all stress, tension, pain, and discomfort exiting through the soles of your feet and being carried away, returned to the earth for healing. Ask for the release of emotional distress, false beliefs, and limiting ideas, imagining them flowing out from your feet with the rainbow light. Then imagine that every cell of your body is being cleansed, healed, and renewed. That every cell is being reborn to its true essence, to its highest and best function in the service of your body.

When you feel complete with this process, imagine white light emanating from your spine, flowing throughout your body and aura, and radiating from you to all with whom you come in contact. Following this treatment, I feel relaxed, energized, and as if my entire body has been cleansed.

This visualization and two others are available on my CD Three Visualizations for Self-Healing. For a complete written description see page 73 of Reiki: A Guide for the Practice of Levels I and II. See page 68 to use Rainbow Light as a scanning tool.

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 other teachers have called “one of the best Reiki books out there.” See her current class schedule. To make an appointment for a distant or hands-on Reiki session, click here.

 

Note: An earlier version of this post appeared in the April 2010 issue of The Reiki for Living News. ©2010-2013 Marianne Streich, Reiki for Living, All Rights Reserved. For re-posting permission, contact Marianne.