Universal Healing

This is part of an interview I gave recently describing the benefits of the practise of Reiki and Universal Healing.

Reiki Text

Hi Patricia,

I’m so happy we finally connected. I hope this gets through to you. I have looked at both your website and that of The Way of the Heart and I am impressed with the depth of the information and intrigued by the dynamics of the processes.

I am sure the questions do not fully embrace the scope of the Reiki application; however, I am attempting to find a starting point for people who may not be familiar with the therapy, or who may shy away from alternative therapies. If there is anything that you particularly wish to impart, or that you feel is important that I have overlooked, please feel free to include it.


1. What is Reiki and how does it impact health conditions?

Rei (Ray) – Universal, Ki (Key) – Life Force Energy. Reiki is one of the more widely known forms of energy healing. Energy Healing involves direct application of Ki for the purpose of strengthening the client’s energy field, both internally and externally. This is accomplished by the Reiki practitioner laying his/her hands on the client and becoming a channel allowing the Reiki energy to flow through them to the client.

2. Are there conditions/ailments for which Reiki is particularly effective?

Reiki treatments are effective for any and all types of conditions and/or ailments from the chronic-physical to emotional. The only limit to Reiki’s healing potential appears to be due to the clients’ ability or willingness to let go of old habits or paradigms and allowing the Reiki healing to take place.

3. How quickly can a patient see improvement in their condition?

Most clients will notice a change in how they are feeling after the first Reiki session they participate in. A general feeling of physical and emotional wellbeing is what most clients feel after each session which lasts for an extended period of time. Older, more chronic ailments will naturally take longer for healing to take place because the energy holding the ailment in place will need more attention in order for a shift to take place. Once again, a lot of how quickly a client heals has to do with the attitude of the client. The “intention” of the client is always the control valve on how much and how quickly healing can and will take place.

4. Is there an optimum number of sessions required to see improvement and maintain it?

Some people may need just one treatment to shake loose stuck energy which allows healing to take place and others will need ongoing sessions in order to free themselves from the ailments and conditions that they are seeking help from.

5. Does a patient need to do periodic maintenance sessions?

Most clients see and feel the value in continuing periodic session in order to continue taking their own healing into ever deeper levels. We have clients who choose to come weekly, others biweekly, others monthly. Most clients who have ongoing Reiki treatments will at one point decide to empower themselves and take Level l Reiki which allows them to do treatments on themselves.

6. How long does a session take?

Each session takes approximately one hour to complete. Some time is taken before treatment to discuss with the client what it is they wish to accomplish and after the treatment to briefly discuss how the session went.

7. Does someone need to learn to practice Reiki themselves in order to maintain the benefits?

One does not need to learn how to practice Reiki in order to sustain and build the benefits of receiving Reiki treatments but learning Reiki is a low cost and effective way of building up and maintaining good health on all levels. It can also deepen the treatments with a practitioner.

8. Have you treated children and, if so, what ages?

I have worked on women from preconception all the way through their pregnancies. Plus children from age 5 up they know and are very receptive to the positive energies and also often will tell you when they have had as much as they need!

9. Can someone be too young for a Reiki session?

Generally no one is too young.

10. Are there conditions for which Reiki would not be recommended, or for which it would not be effective?

I feel that Reiki works very well for any conditions. Reiki energy works very closely with the emotional body of the client and as the emotional body comes more into balance all types of healing on all levels can begin to take place.

11. Is there a type of person or personality for whom Reiki would not achieve any positive results?

Once again I would like to impress that all of Reiki healings take place in a time and manner that is directed by the intention of the client. If the clients intention or ability to allow healing to take place needs gentleness and an extended period to time then that is exactly what will take place. Conversely, if a client is open and willing to go deeply and has a desire to move quickly through their issues then they will move as quickly as their intentions will allow.

12. Alternatively, is there a personality type which achieves more positive results with Reiki?

All personality types, all age groups, all ethnic groups, all sentient beings and even animals will achieve benefits from the healing energy of Reiki treatments. Being the type of person who sees the one small blue patch in a grey sky as a wonderful opportunity for a beautiful day always helps in any situation but even the person who sees the one little fluffy cloud in the sky as a sign of biblical rains will achieve positive results with Reiki treatments and quite possibly enable them to see the world through a different set of eyes.

13. Have you ever encountered a person, or a specific condition, for which Reiki was unsuccessful?

Not that I have come across although they suggest that with a broken bone that you wait until it is set properly before doing healing work.

14. Do you find that knowledge about Reiki, and acceptance of it as a viable health therapy, is growing in the general populace?

I think that as we see our Health Care System going through an upheaval people are realizing more and more that they cannot keep their trust in system that they may have depended on for decades. Reiki is a powerful tool that one can use as a preventative tool and in order to maintain ones health. More and more people are gaining the knowledge that continuing preventative self-care measures is a better and smarter method for maintaining good health rather than waiting for something to go wrong and then trying to fix it. The knowledge and acceptance of Reiki is constantly growing and where just a few years ago it was considered somewhat of a fringe modality it has become completely accepted much the same as what acupuncture went through in the last couple of decades.

15. How much does a Reiki session (or group of sessions) cost?

A session of Reiki will cost around $150.

16. Is Reiki covered under any health plans?

There are many different types of health plans and some are more open minded than others. Each person will have to check with their specific plan to see if they are covered. If you are not covered this may be a great chance to inquire why Reiki is not covered and search out a company with a more open minded attitude towards preventative health care.

Reiki is a safe, non invasive and gentle way of stimulating the clients own healing abilities into action. The sessions are carried out in a quiet, relaxing atmosphere with the client clothed and with a sheet or blanket covering them. The client does not “need” to “do” anything other than show up for their appointment and then just relax and most likely fall asleep while the treatment is taking place. The client can talk with the practitioner while treatment is taking place but most people find that they just quietly drift off into the energy of the Reiki treatment.

Having Reiki treatments done on you is a wonderful extremely relaxing way of promoting self healing but we at Inner Heart want everyone to learn how to use this tool themselves. Our Reiki Level l class attunes you to the healing energies of Reiki. This class covers two days after which you will be able to do Reiki treatments on yourself. Everyone who takes Reiki Level l gets attuned to the energy of Reiki. There is no passing or failing or “not getting it.” Everyone who takes Reiki Level l gets their own bodies natural Reiki healing abilities “switched on” and once it has been turned on it will be switched on for the rest of your life. Like any muscle, the more you use your Reiki abilities the stronger it becomes. You can lay down your Reiki tool for years or even decades but if you decide to pick it up once again it is always there inside of you waiting to be called forth.

During a meditation several years after developing Reiki, Mikao Usui decided to add the Reiki Ideals to the practice of Reiki. The Ideals were developed to add spiritual balance. Their purpose is to help people realize that healing the spirit by consciously deciding to improve oneself is a necessary part of the healing experience. In order for the healing energies to have lasting results, the client must accept responsibility for her or his healing, to take an active part in it and make a commitment to improve oneself. The ideals are both guidelines for living a gracious life and virtues worthy of practice for their inherent value.

“The secret art of inviting happiness, and the miraculous medicine of all diseases.”

“Just for today,
May I be free of anger,
May I be free from worry, and
May I be filled with gratitude”.
“Devote yourself to your work. Be kind to all people.
Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer.
Pray these words to your heart and chant these words with your mouth.”

Usui Reiki for the improvement of body and mind

Usui Mikao
Usui Mikao – founder of the form of spiritual practice known as Reiki.

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