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Reaching Reiki

Reaching Reiki with ReikiAwakening.com’s Alice Langholt

Hello there! I’m honored to have been asked to write the Reiki column for PaganPages.org! I’d like to use this first column to introduce myself and talk about what Reiki is and why I do it.

First, let me say that the strongest reason that I’m a huge Reiki advocate is that I am a regular person. That is to say, I did not have any special abilities growing up, and I wasn’t born with intuition or anything beyond wishing to be special. When I learned Reiki, things changed for me completely. Learning Reiki gave me access to spiritual energy, not only for myself, but for helping others heal and feel better. In fact, the most powerful part of this for me is distance healing. I now teach Reiki to people like me, average regular non-intuitive people, and watch their world open as mine did. I also teach Reiki to those who are already gifted with intuitive abilities and want to learn this method of directing these abilities for healing. But I’m ahead of myself.

You may be wondering what Reiki is. Here’s the skinny: Reiki is a Japanese-originated method for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes physical and emotional healing. Reiki treatments are given by a light hands-on touch, or remotely via distance, and follow the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what enables us to be alive. When stress and other emotional factors drain our life force energy, we are more likely to get sick or feel exhausted. With thriving life force energy, we are more capable of being emotionally balanced and healthy. Reiki works in complement to all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote healing.

The word “Reiki” is a combination of two Japanese words – Rei, meaning “Spiritually guided,” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki translates to “spiritually guided life force energy.”

Distance healing is tangibly felt by the recipient as strongly as hands-on healing is. Generally speaking, Reiki feels warm, soothing, tingly, relaxing, positive, releases emotional blocks, and relieves pain.

Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit, and brings relaxation and feelings of peace, security and comfort. Many have reported accelerated healing after Reiki treatments. Reiki is available to anyone, and can easily be learned by anyone. It does not require intense study or psychic ability. In fact, Reiki helps one get in touch with one’s intuition. Learning Reiki completely opened my intuition! Besides giving and teaching Reiki, I now do channeled readings and mentor intuitive development. This world opened to me because I had the opportunity to connect with my intuition through learning and practicing Reiki.

The ability to channel Reiki energy is transferred to a student during an “attunement” given by a Reiki master, immediately enabling the student to access the unlimited supply of “life force energy” for its many physical and emotional benefits. Reiki can be taught in person or via distance. I have learned and now teach Reiki both ways, with equal effectiveness.

Although Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no commandments or requirements for worship, and Reiki works whether one believes in it or not. Reiki’s spiritual aspects and tangible results often give people a spiritual connection that their religion may not. I can certainly attest to that experience. I grew up wishing to be connected with some spiritual energy outside myself, and when I learned Reiki, it happened.

So, thank you for reading my opening column. In future posts, I plan to talk about Reiki-related topics, amazing Reiki stories, and answer questions. That reminds me, if you have any questions you would like to see answered about Reiki, or you’d like more information about how you can experience and learn Reiki healing, please email me: [email protected] and/or come to my website: reikiawakening.com. Namaste.