What is Grief Reiki®?
Grief Reiki® is an integrated approach to grief and loss using Reiki and other spirituality-based techniques. It’s not a coincidence that the symptoms associated with grieving and the benefits of Reiki almost match each other one-for-one. Reiki energy knows right where to go to balance and heal. Receiving Reiki when we are grieving helps us to take better care of ourselves physically, spiritually and emotionally. Being physically balanced and more relaxed when we are grieving helps us to find a sense of calm. It helps us to think more clearly. It helps us sleep better. Reiki doesn’t magically take the sadness associated with grief away, but it does make it physically easier for us to deal with grief’s ups and downs. Having a sense of calm and balance helps to give us the courage and stamina we need to tackle our journey through grief.
We offer traditional Usui Reiki Ryoho, the predominant form of Reiki practiced worldwide, as well as Lightarian and Medical Reiki.
What is Reiki Energy Healing?
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It was discovered by Buddhist Monk, Mikao Tsui, in the early 1900s. Mrs. Hawayo Tanaka brought Reiki from Japan to the West in 1938. Reiki is given by the “laying of hands” which has been practiced for thousands of years.
The word Reiki comes from two Japanese words – Rei and Ki. The word “Rei” means higher knowledge or spiritual consciousness. The word “Ki” means life force energy. This is the same meaning as in Chi (Chinese), Prana (Sanskrit) and Ti/Ki in Hawaiian. Life force energy plays an important role in everything we do. Reiki harnesses that life force energy to promote healing, relaxation and a sense of peace.
Reiki is practiced by individuals from many different backgrounds and disciplines. It is becoming more and more popular in the areas of healthcare, hospice, palliative, and home care. “As our health care system challenges institutions to offer high-quality but cost-effective service, Reiki is being recognized as an important tool to maximize patient care and minimize recovery time,” according to Libby Barnett and Maggie Babb, co-authors of Reiki Energy Medicine: Bringing Healing Touch into Home, Hospital and Hospice. Torrance Memorial Hospital, in Torrance, California, now has a Holistic Health and Healing curriculum that offers a Reiki Exchange and Practitioner classes. ABC’s Gray’s Anatomy even featured an episode highlighting Reiki/energy healing a few seasons ago!
What Are The Benefits of Reiki?
As humans, we are made up of energy. When the energy paths of the body are blocked or disturbed, the result can be illness, weakness, and pain. Reiki balances and strengthens the flow of energy within the body, which may decrease pain, ease muscle tension, improve sleep, and generally enhance the body’s ability to heal itself. Energy flows through a Reiki practitioner’s hands to the recipient. Reiki activates or enhances a person’s natural healing processes. Reiki provides us with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits by balancing our energy.
Everyone can benefit from the healing energy of Reiki. Each individual’s experience will vary according to their level of openness and emotional awareness. Reiki is useful in dealing with daily stresses such as anxiety, anger, tension, frustration and depression, along with other chronic ailments. Reiki does not replace medical treatments or therapies, but can enhance the body’s natural ability to heal.
Reiki is for all members of the family including animals. Pets can benefit from Reiki if they are recovering or receiving treatment for a medical issue. Reiki can also be used as a proactive approach to animal wellness care. Animal Reiki Source is a good place to learn more about animals and Reiki.
How Do I Find a Reiki Practitioner?
If you are ready to find a qualified Reiki practitioner there are several ways to go about it. One good strategy is word of mouth. I have received some of my best referrals this way. There are many Reiki practitioners in either private practice or in a healthcare environment. In fact, more and more Hospitals are incorporating Reiki. As a result, many nurses and other healthcare professionals are offering Reiki as part of their patient care. Another way to find a Practitioner would be to go to the websites of the several Reiki Professional Associations that exist. Many of them list referrals based on your location.
International Association of Reiki Professionals iarp.com
International House of Reiki ihreiki.com
International Center for Reiki Training reiki.org
The Reiki Association reikiassociation.net
The Reiki Alliance reikialliance.com
Ultimately, it is most important to find a Reiki Practitioner who makes you feel comfortable. You’ll want someone who clearly describes the process and how they structure the session so you have an idea of what to expect. Compassion and empathy for your grieving situation will help to make your experience a positive one.