What is Reiki?

June 16, 2018




Reiki is an ancient healing art that has been around for thousands of years. In  the early 1920's a spiritual man, Mikao Usui rediscovered Reiki while meditating at one of the power sites on Mt. Kurama, near the city of Kyoto. Dr. Usui  soon established healing centers in Tokyo where he created the three levels of training. Reiki is a Japanese word.  Rei-meaning "higher power" and Ki-meaning "universal life force energy". Therefore, Reiki is "spiritually guided life force energy".


We know that Reiki uses universal energy to heal from the inside out and that it works not only on the physical level, but the emotional, mental, and spiritual levels as well. Reiki heals by directing universal energy to flow through ones body, freeing for restrictions, blockages or negative energy. This allows the life force energy to flow in a healthy, balanced, and natural way.


Reiki is a wonderful healing technique that anyone can learn. Once a person receives first degree attunements, all he or she needs to do, is to place the hands on another person with the intention to heal. The Reiki energy immediately starts to flow and knows exactly where it is needed. Reiki initiation can be very powerful and may bring transformation into ones life, increasing intuition and enhancing personal growth. First degree involves initiation into the energies of Reiki, powerful attunements, and the basic hand positions on the body. First degree Reiki allows you to heal yourself and others. Second degree provides a deepening of the energies, more attunements, and teachings for mental, emotional ,and distance healing.  As well as Karmic healing (healing of past lives). The third degree is the Reiki Master/Teaching level. With this degree the Reiki Master is able to open the healing channels in others as well as teach this wonderful healing art to others. Reiki is a wonderful gift that allows us to reconnect with ourselves and others in a

warm and loving way.





I love to use healing stones along with the sacred healing art of Reiki.  I find that gemstones amplify the healing process of this Universal Life Force Energy.  Below are a few of my most popular and important stones to use with Reiki and instructions on how to use them with your Reiki Practice.


Before you begin make sure your stones are cleared and programmed for your healing purpose. Clearing is necessary before using any stone for healing. The clearer the energy of a healing stone, the more powerful it is. Crystals and healing gemstones need to be cleared as soon as they are purchased as well as clearing after every healing. A cleared, ready crystal feels positive and bright, tingly and cold to the touch. A crystal that needs clearing may feel hot, heavy or drained.   I like to use the smudging method by lighting a sage stick or incense, allow the smoke to become thick and then pass each stone thru the smoke asking your guides/deities to cleanse the stone of any negativity.


After you choose and clear your gemstone or crystal, it is a good idea to dedicate it or program it.  The purpose of programming a crystal or gemstone is to focus its abilities on something you specifically need, thereby magnifying the stone's intent through your own.  The purpose of dedicating the stone to a high-level healing energy or Goddess (God) is to protect it from negative energy.  A crystal or stone that is programmed and dedicated in these ways becomes much more powerful and useful as a tool.


This is a very simple process.  Hold the crystal or gemstone in your hand and sense its energy.  With the stone being newly cleared, the energy will feel stronger and even more appealing that before.  As you sense this energy and appreciate it, ask quietly to be connected to the deva of the crystal or gemstone.  Though not animate, stones are living things and the deva of the piece is the stone's life-force energy.  Once you feel you have sensed what you can from the energy, think of what you will be using the stone for.  Think of these uses, then quietly ask the gemstone if it is willing to act in the way you wish.  The crystals energy may increase with a yes or seem to disappear with a no.  If the stone accepts your intent, state in your mind that it be so.  Once a stone is programmed, it will hold its intent until you or someone else reprograms it.


To prevent any negative energy from attaching itself to your crystal you may with to dedicate it.  To do this, simply hold the crystal or gemstone in your hand and state clearly in your mind:  "Only the most positive high-level energy may work through this healing tool".  Focus on your intent for awhile, then end your sensing (meditation) with "SO BE IT".  The stone is now dedicated.


You may also choose to dedicate your gemstone or crystal to a specific healing energy, for example, to a Goddess of healing.  There are many healing goddesses, including Isis, Yemaya, Diana, and White Buffalo Calf Woman.  For stones programmed for protection, Hecate or Kali are strong protection Goddesses.



REIKI CRYSTAL GRID INSTRUCTIONS from The International Center for Reiki Training located in Southfield, MI



It is possible to create a grid or pattern using eight crystals and charge them with Reiki energy so that they will continuously send Reiki to your self or to anyone whose picture or name you place on the grid. This advanced technique is more effective than the use of a single crystal and can be used to send Reiki to many people and situations at the same time.


The beginning steps are similar to those necessary for using a single crystal.  First, choose your eight crystals while asking for guidance in finding those which would work best in your Reiki grid.  You will need six crystals for the outside part of the grid, one for the center and one to use as a Master Crystal.  The center crystal can be a single or double terminated crystal, or a crystal cluster.  The Master Crystal needs to be a longer crystal like a laser or one with more of a yang or male type energy. (scepters work well too).


Arrange the six outer crystals in a hexagram approximately eight to twelve

inches across with the points pointing toward the center.  Place the central

crystal in the middle with the point going between two of the outer crystals. 


The Master Crystal is placed outside the grid, off to the side.


Take a picture of yourself and place it in the middle under the central crys