Reiki 200 Q and A for Beginners

Reiki 200 Q and A for Beginners
by Lawrence Ellyard

Languages: English
196 pages
RRP $39.95

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About Reiki Q and A for Beginners
All the questions you might have about Reiki answered in one handy volume. A complete guide to the way and practice of Reiki, each chapter is categorised by topics. They demystify Attunements, Symbols, Chakras and Distant Healing, with a chapter devoted to each. If you have a question about a particular Reiki experience, the answers are there. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced practitioner, this one stop guide will answer all your questions.

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Chapters and Content

Chapter 1. New to Reiki, the basics revealed

1. What is Reiki?
2. What does the word Reiki mean?
3. What does Reiki heal and how does it work?
4. What is a Reiki attunement?
5. Can I heal myself with Reiki?
6. How many Reiki degrees are there?
7. Is Reiki Buddhist and does one need to become a Buddhist to learn Reiki?
8. How much does it cost to learn Reiki?
9. What are some of the benefits of learning Reiki?
10. What attracts people to Reiki?
11. Is Reiki always safe?
12. What are dualistic forms of energy?
13. From a Reiki perspective, why do people get sick?
14. Do I gain any qualifications from learning Reiki?
15. Is Reiki a spiritual tradition?
16. What are the factors which determine the best kind of connection to the Reiki energy?
17. Is Reiki a form of Channelling?

Chapter 2. Receiving Reiki

18. Do I have to be ill to receive Reiki?
19. What does one experience during a treatment?
20. How should I feel after a treatment?
21. Is there anything I should do to support myself after a treatment?
22. Do I need to remove any clothing before a treatment?
23. Is it normal to experience feeling emotional during or after a Reiki treatment?
24. What are some of the ways that I can support myself when emotions arise?
25. What are some ways to transform these emotions?
26. When receiving Reiki, why does my body twitch and jolt from time to time?
27. Why do the practitioners hands get hot during treatments?
28. Is Reiki always experienced as heat through the hands?
29. Why do some people's tummy's rumble during a treatment?

Chapter 3. The Reiki Styles, Lineage, and History

30. What is a Reiki lineage and is a lineage in Reiki important?
31. Is it possible to have more than one Reiki lineage?
32. What is the difference between tradition and non-traditional Reiki?
33. What are the main Reiki lineages available today?
34. How old is Reiki and from where did it originate?
35. Who founded Reiki?
36. Do any of Usui's original manuscripts remain intact today?
37. Was Usui a Christian or a Buddhist?

Chapter 4. Before learning Reiki

38. How do I find a suitable Reiki teacher?
39. Can one learn Reiki online or solely from books?
40. Are psychic abilities a part of Reiki?
41. What should I do to prepare myself before taking a Reiki class?
42. If I feel heat in my hands, without the Reiki attunements, does this mean that I have Reiki or is this some other form of energy?
43. Is Reiki just for the gifted or can anyone learn?
44. Are some people better at doing Reiki than others?
45. Will Reiki work on someone who is not receptive to it?
46. Which types of abilities will I have after learning the First Degree in Reiki?
47. How long does a Reiki treatment last?

Chapter 5. Reiki and its effects

48. Can someone who is physically disabled learn Reiki?
49. Can someone who is mentally disabled learn Reiki?
50. Can someone learn Reiki who is suffering from a Mental illness?
51. Does Reiki work every time?
52. Why can't everyone just do Reiki without formal instruction?
53. How many treatments does a person require before they are healed?
54. How do drugs and alcohol affect the Reiki energy?
55. Is a group Reiki treatment better that one person giving a treatment?
56. How many treatments can a Reiki practitioner give before they become drained of their life force energy?
57. Is Reiki always facilitated with the hands above the body or on the body?

Chapter 6. First Degree Reiki

58. How important is faith and intent when giving Reiki?
59. How long does it take to become a practitioner of Reiki?
60. Can Reiki wear out and can you over energise someone with Reiki?
61. What are the Reiki hand positions?
62. Do Reiki practitioners use a code of ethics and is there an international standard of practice?
63. What are the Reiki Principles and where did they come from?
64. Should I charge for Reiki and if so, how much?
65. How often do I need to practice to maintain the Reiki energy?
66. Is there any time where Reiki would not be safe?
67. What are Reiki Guides and do I need to know my guides to learn Reiki?

Chapter 7. Reiki experiences and the Chakras

68. Why do some people who receive Reiki experience various colours?
69. What does it mean when someone's body twitches during a treatment?
70. What does it mean when my eyes flutter during a Reiki treatment?
71. When I give Reiki, why do I feel the need to yawn?
72. What are the Chakras and how do these relate to Reiki?
73. Is there only one system of the Chakras?
74. How can I balance the Chakras with Reiki energy?
75. Can I balance my own Chakras with Reiki?
76. How long should I wait between Reiki levels?

Chapter 8. The Reiki Attunements

77. How do the Reiki attunements work?
78. Can people receive a connection to Reiki without the Attunements?
79. How many attunements are given throughout the entire Reiki system?
80. What does one experience during an attunement?
81. What happens during the initiations and why do I have my eyes closed?
82. What if I don't feel anything during the attunements?
83. What is the difference between a Reiki attunement and a Reiki treatment in terms of energy transference?
84. Is there a way to give yourself a Reiki attunement?
85. What role does ritual play in attunements?
86. What does a Reiki teacher experience when giving the attunements?
87. What are the differences between the First, Second and Third Degree attunements?
88. What role do the Chakras play in the attunement process?
89. How do the attunements affect the human energy field?
90. What is the 21-day integration process?
91. If I have learnt Reiki elsewhere and receive an attunement with another teacher, will this cancel out my previous Reiki attunement?
92. How is Reiki energy different to other energy healing systems?
93. How does Reiki energy blend with other energy healing systems?
94. If I receive the Reiki attunements whilst pregnant, will my child be born with Reiki?

Chapter 9. Giving Reiki to others. Part 1.

95. Can I pick up another's symptoms whilst giving Reiki?
96. How can I identify this kind of transference?
97. Is there a way of purifying the client's lower energies when normal Reiki healing is not sufficient?
98. What are some ways to cleanse myself after a Reiki treatment?
99. What use has salt in cleaning lower energies?
100. Can Reiki accelerate the bodies healing rate and if so, how does this work?
101. What does it mean, when someone does not heal?
102. What if the person has the wish to be well, and has received several treatments, but no matter how many, the illness still remains?
103. Are there any contra-indications to the use of Reiki?
104. Can a practitioner transfer their own negativity to the client during a treatment?
105. Are there some ways to create personal boundaries in healing work?
106. Is it necessary to remove jewellery before a treatment, and can jewellery interfere with the flow of healing energy?
107. What are some guidelines for practitioners when treating others?
108. How do I know when to move my hands to another position during a treatment?
109. Why is it that both the practitioner and the client can become thirsty during and proceeding a Reiki treatment?

Chapter 10. Giving Reiki to others. Part 2.

110. Why do I sometimes feel comfortable receiving Reiki from one practitioner whilst not as comfortable with another?
111. What can I do if I feel an aversion to another and what are some ways to look at this?
112. How can I increase sensitivity in my hands for healing myself and others?
113. Is there a way to sense imbalances in the energy field?
114. When giving Reiki, why can one side feel stronger than the other?
115. What is some advice for treating people with serious illnesses?
116. Will my mundane thoughts interfere with the flow of Reiki energy?
117. Is there a mantra that I can use with Reiki to heal myself and others?
118. Why does Reiki feel different from one treatment to the next on the same person?
119. Does it matter which hand goes left or right when giving a treatment?
120. How important is posture when giving Reiki?

Chapter 11. Giving Reiki to others. Part 3.

121. What kind of pressure do I need to apply to my hands when giving Reiki to another?
122. Should I keep my fingers closed or open whilst giving Reiki to myself or others, and is there a difference in energy flow?
123. If I feel the need to move my hands above the body or back and forth during a treatment, should I do this?
124. How can I ground my energy after giving or receiving a Reiki treatment?
125. Do I need to give Reiki for as long to a small child as I would with an adult?
126. Why is it that during a Reiki seminar or in Reiki share groups, my energy feels strong, yet when I am alone, I do not feel as much?
127. Is there a way to give healing at a distance at the beginner's level?
128. How important is Practice? If I don't practice will Reiki stop working?
129. Is receiving a group Reiki treatment more powerful than from one person and how does this affect the outcomes?

Chapter 12. Reiki and its extended applications

130. Can I give myself Reiki to go to sleep and will Reiki keep on working when I fall asleep?
131. How could I use Reiki in a First Aid situation?
132. Is it advisable to give Reiki to someone who has been bitten or stung by something venomous?
133. Can Reiki be used during pregnancy?
134. I heard you should not give Reiki to a pregnant woman, is this correct?
135. Can Reiki be used to alleviate the symptoms of period pain?
136. Can I energize food and water with the Reiki energy and what effect does it have?
137. Does Reiki work on non-living objects, and can you recharge batteries with Reiki energy?
138. Is it possible to give Reiki to animals and can animals do Reiki or be attuned to the energy?
139. What do I do if either my client or I experience sexual feelings during a treatment?
140. Can Reiki heal issues of sexual trauma?
141. Can Reiki be used between lovers to enhance intimacy?

Chapter 13. Reiki and Spirituality

142. What is Karma?
143. How do we create Karma?
144. Are people who do Reiki in this life, doing this because they were healers in former lives?
145. If a client has an illness due to past karma and it is their karmic path to experience their illness, by attempting to heal that person are we interfering with that progress?
146. Do I need to change my diet or become a vegetarian to practice Reiki?
147. What are some of the long term abilities which arise from long term Reiki practice?

Chapter 14. Second Degree Questions

148. How does one determine whether one is ready to learn the Second Degree?
149. Are Reiki practitioners required to have insurance in order to practice?
150. Can someone who has learnt a different Reiki style pick up a new Reiki style from a different teacher or does one need to review previous levels?
151. Should I wait until I am completely healed before healing others?
152. Can Reiki be used to heal the environment?
153. Can Reiki assist with healing relationships?
154. What general guidelines are recommended for setting up a Reiki practice?
155. Can Reiki be used to protect me from harmful circumstances?
156. How can I use Reiki to heal emotions like anger?
157. How do I know if a session has worked if no visible signs are apparent?
158. Can Reiki be used as the sole method of treatment for serious illness?
159. Can one energise Western Medicine with Reiki energy?

Chapter 15. Reiki Symbols Questions

160. What are the Reiki symbols?
161. Why are symbols used in Reiki?
162. How are the Reiki symbols used in healing?
163. Can anyone use the Reiki symbols for healing without initiation into Reiki?
164. Can I use the Reiki symbols to protect myself?
165. What are the names of the Reiki symbols?
166. Can you tell me some of the Power symbol uses in Reiki?
167. Can you tell me more of the Harmony symbol uses in Reiki?
168. Can you tell me more of the Connection symbol uses in Reiki?
169. Why are the Reiki symbols shrouded in secrecy?
170. What are non-traditional Reiki symbols?
171. Are non-traditional Reiki symbols as effective as the traditional ones?
172. Can the Reiki symbols increase the amount of Reiki energy transferred in healing?
173. How important is it to have the correct renderings of the Reiki symbols
? 174. Do the Reiki symbols have a power of their own, or is it the Practitioner's faith in them which activates the power?
175. Can the Reiki symbols lose their power if you show them to someone who is not initiated into the Second Degree?

Chapter 16. Distant Healing

176. What is Distant healing?
177. Is there more than one way to do distant healing?
178. If I take my hands off the effigy or if my concentration is disturbed, will this stop the distant healing?
179. Do I need to use the same effigy for distant healing?
180. Can distant healing be harmful if the person receiving it has not given their consent?
181. Is distant healing stronger than hands-on healing?
182. Can I give Reiki to someone who has died?
183. Can I send Reiki energy into the future?
184. Can I send Reiki energy into the past to heal my present issues?
185. Can I send healing to every year of my life and how do I do this?
186. Can I send Reiki healing to more than one person at a time?
187. How can I use distant healing to manifest my goals?
188. Can I work on more than one issue at a time when giving a distant healing?

Chapter 17. Reiki Mastery

189. Is everyone who is a Reiki Master a teacher of Reiki?
190. What is a Reiki Master Teacher?
191. What is a Reiki Grand Master?
192. What is the Master symbol?
193. How is the Third degree symbol used in Reiki?
194. Can Reiki Masters give attunements without symbols?
195. How quickly can a Reiki Master teach a student to be a Reiki Master?
196. Is there such a thing as group Reiki attunements?
197. Is there a global Reiki community or international head to Reiki?
198. Is there a difference between a Reiki Master and a Reiki Instructor and what is a Reiki Sensei?
199. Do Reiki Masters get sick or does their Reiki ability prevent illness?
200. Can Reiki Masters avert their own Karma?

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Sample Chapter
From Chapter 4. - Before learning Reiki

38. How do I find a suitable Reiki teacher?

Finding a Reiki teacher is sometimes a synchronistic experience, and sometimes it can be a rather confusing process. Because there are so many different types of Reiki, Reiki teachers, and opinions, it can be hard to know where to start. The following eight points are part of a number of general questions you should ask a teacher of Reiki when browsing the New Age supermarket. If you cover these questions you will generally be able to determine their level of proficiency and whether they know enough to teach you.

Point 1. Ask which style of Reiki they teach. Many teachers will say they teach Usui Reiki' however this generally means the Takata or Western Reiki tradition. Check the teacher's lineage in Reiki. They should be able to tell you who they learnt from and their Reiki Lineage dating back to the founding teacher, Usui. If they cannot do this, be wary. Some Reiki lineages have long legs and as a result, may be watered down significantly or even worse, distorted by wrong views and insufficient training from previous instructors. It is not only a matter of getting your monies worth' it is also about finding a spiritually sound teacher who you can place your trust in.

Point 2. Ask how long the teacher has been teaching and how long was their own teacher training. If they learnt all three Reiki levels in one weekend and just started teaching the following weekend, then this should raise your alarm bells. Determine whether they teach regularly and whether they use Reiki on themselves and others on a regular basis.

Point 3. Check to see what you will be learning and the length of time it will take to learn each level. Also ask if there will be time to practice the methods. Most classes take at least 14 hours to teach. Ask whether your teacher offers ongoing practice times or ongoing support after the class.

Point 4. How much money will your training cost. Be wary of extremely high fees and also of suspiciously low fees. Ask the teacher what they charge, why they charge the amount and what will you receive for your investment.

Point 5. Will you receive a training manual and will you be issued with a Reiki Certificate. Ask How does one qualify for the Certificate and does the teacher offer an accreditation process.

Point 6. Determine whether you are able to take notes in the class or record the information presented.

Point 7. Does your prospective teacher walk their talk?' Do they seem authentic and genuine by nature? If you feel like you wouldn't buy a used car from this person, you may wish to reconsider investing your spiritual development with them. When all is said and done in the end you need to trust your gut instinct.

Point 8. Speak to other students who have learnt with this teacher, they will be able to give you a perspective on the classes on offer.

39. Can one learn Reiki online or solely from books?

When we look at Reiki we can split the teachings into two parts. The first being information and the second being transmission.

Information is the nuts and bolts of the system, these are the sorts of things which can be learnt from a book or online, provided the methods that are given generate results and come from a genuine source. If this is the case, then this is an effective and acceptable way to learn where one might not otherwise be able to study, due to distances and so forth.

The other and essential side to Reiki is that of transmission. This transmission comes to the student in the form of a teacher who bestows the Reiki attunements. It is these attunements that align the student with the Reiki ability. This part cannot be transmitted through a book or website. One requires a living teacher to give this transmission. Information has its place, but transmission is the foundation of the system and is most essential.

Now one can learn Reiki at a distance and many Reiki teachers now offer Reiki training over the Internet. A teacher can give the student the Reiki attunements at a distance and if done correctly will effect a transmission of the Reiki ability in that student. However, nothing beats a direct transmission and the feeling that comes from learning Reiki in a class setting. Here, one has the opportunity to grow and share with others under the direct instruction and guidance of a qualified teacher. If, due to difficult circumstances one is prevented from travel or has a disability which might prevent learning Reiki in a class setting, then distant attunements may be an option worthy of consideration. This type of distant learning does require ongoing interaction between the student and teacher, so it is most important to be sure that the teacher has the capacity to be there for your on-going support and development.

40. Are psychic abilities a part of Reiki?

For one to learn Reiki, clairvoyant or psychic ability is not a requirement, nor should one place a tremendous amount of importance on these kinds of experiences. As one gradually progresses through the Reiki system, inner abilities often begin to emerge for some practitioners and this is due to the strengthened relationship with the Reiki energy. Many practices of the original Reiki system actually support the opening of ones inner perception, such as methods to directly perceive areas of imbalance. As these abilities emerge, one can use these methods as ways to consciously and more accurately involve oneself in the healing process.

On the flipside, one can be drawn into self-deception if one places too much importance on all things Psychic'. Here one can overly read into everything. One begins to receive messages from the other side'. One begins to give vague readings during treatments and suddenly, Reiki becomes a Psychic reading and all the intelligent people run away. Unless one has done a lot of inner work, one can tend to operate out of ones' own projections, perceiving these to be real. One is cautioned to remember that one is working in partnership with the Reiki energy and not ones Ego.

It is not much use having inner abilities to impress others or to boost ones ego into thinking it has an all-seeing power'. I have personally seen many people become deluded by awakening these inner abilities then fool themselves into thinking that these abilities are an end in themself. Psychic ability can be a bi-product of ongoing Reiki practice, but it is not the goal. If one can clearly use these abilities for healing with a humble disposition then this is wonderful, just so long as one remembers the view that inner abilities are a way to skilfully benefit others.

41. What should I do to prepare myself before taking a Reiki class?

It is useful to make some preparations before taking a Reiki class. Where possible, avoid the following: stressful or emotionally charged situations, negative people and environments, late nights, violent movies or negative conversations. The overuse of recreational drugs, alcohol, and stimulants such as caffeine or foods, can have a counter effect as these substances many not suit your natural disposition.

Increase the following: Peaceful situations, take time out for your self for reflection and meditation. Get lots of rest and be self-nurturing. Some light exercise, or other pleasurable activities can benefit as well as writing in your journal, setting goals and thinking positive thoughts.

Some other preparations might include the following:

Clean up your clutter. Have a Garage Sale, give gifts to friends, offer prayers for friends and loved ones to be well and happy. Sing, stretch, laugh, relax and play. Do what makes you feel good. These are the sorts of things to embrace prior to learning Reiki.

Don't be concerned if your life prevents this, as obstacles are usually an indication of pre-workshop purification. Just do the best you can and most importantly, relax.

42. If I feel heat in my hands, without the Reiki attunements, does this mean that I have Reiki or is this some other form of energy?

It may be that what you are experiencing is an expression of healing energy however there are many kinds of healing energy, even noticeable from one Reiki style to the next. One can think of it like a multi-faceted crystal. Each facet is unique, yet it is part of the whole. When one focuses light through the crystal, light reflects in each facet. So with each form of healing energy, comes a unique flow of energy. Some people are naturally attuned to Reiki; whilst others are attuned to other healing energies. Although people sometimes feel energies moving through their hands during massage, lovemaking or other hands-on' activities, it does not necessarily mean that it is Reiki energy. For the most part, one experiences one's own vital energy.

When it comes to healing work, a common experience for those who have not received the attunements is that the practitioner becomes rather drained or depleted. The reason for this is that they are using their own life-force energy during the session. This is of course, rarely the case with Reiki.

The Reiki attunements are designed to give you a direct connection to an unlimited source of healing energy, which is always there when you need it.

One could think that at times, those who are naturally in tune with this ability have an antenna picking up the radio station, Reiki. But due to various calamities and the conditioning of daily life, the signal drops out from time to time. At other times when we really want this healing ability to work, it seems to vanish, then at other times when we are not expecting a connection, all of a sudden, it manifests. So, the general experience is that our antenna is not so reliable and is subject to fluctuations. What the Reiki attunements do is create an alignment, which is always in tune.

These transmissions make the energy a reliable source, which we can depend upon and will be there every time we place hands-on.

We must also remember that Reiki is a unique method and although many other healing systems abound, Reiki energy has a unique quality and practice. If one uses this system and has received the attunements by a qualified teacher, then there is a noticeable difference before and after the attunement.

43. Is Reiki just for the gifted or can anyone learn?

Anyone can utilize the methods of Usui's Reiki system. Learning Reiki is by no means limited to anyone and one does not require any prior ability to learn. The system of aligning a person to this ability is Universal in nature, so a person need only have an energy system, (which everyone has) to have this ability activated. If the teacher has a correct system of attunement, and if they know how to give attunements to others, then in most cases people will achieve the desired result.

Over the last 12 years, I have personally initiated over 1,500 people into Reiki and there has not been one person who has not achieved the results. I have also re-attuned many people who had previously attended a Reiki workshop with another teacher, yet they had no discernable connection. This only leads me to believe that there must be many Reiki Masters who are missing the necessary keys of the attunements to make the necessary alignments. Therefore, one must closely examine one's teacher to determine their suitability.

44. Are some people better at doing Reiki than others?

Although everyone can do Reiki, it seems that some students excel in the higher Reiki levels more so than others. Just like there are those people who are artistic or those who have an ear' for music. Some people can play an excellent tune with feeling, yet cannot read music, whilst others can play a piece of music with precise technical ability, yet cannot express the emotional quality of the music. By this I mean that some students have a more refined inner ability. Even if a music student practices for hours each day, they will develop an excellent tune, there are those students however, who upon hearing the music once, can play it with ease and do not require many hours of practice to accomplish this same level of expertise.

What is the reason behind this? It comes down to the accumulated storehouse of merit from one's former lives or previous karma. A merit storehouse represents all of our positive actions from former lives. Some people simply have a greater capacity for good. Based on our previous virtuous actions in former lives we come into this life with a karmic' head start. Just as there are people who are really good at art, there are also people who are really good at healing work. Some people accumulate a small merit storehouse and others accumulate a greater storehouse. The greater accumulated merit, the greater capacity one has to benefit others.

We have every opportunity to progress and to better ourselves. In this very life we can purify countless lifetimes of negativity, but it does require work. One way to clear karmic debts is through generosity and service to others. Service is the quick path, as we learn to benefit all beings, life gets easier and we begin to see the unfortunate circumstances in our lives as purifications and therefore strengthen our resolve to continue working for the greater good.

As this is purified more and more, we tend to take things less personally. We see others doing harmful actions against us and realise they are operating out of their own suffering and confusion. Through this view we create space to see things as they really are. In this way we are no longer the target of others. We learn to create more and more circumstances, which will further our path and spend our time with those who support us on the way. This is a sure way to progress along the Reiki path.

45. Will Reiki work on someone who is not receptive to it?

One does not need to believe in Reiki for it to work. Very rarely will you encounter someone who does not notice the benefits of a Reiki treatment. Provided the practitioner has received the Reiki attunements and knows how to apply the methods, with ongoing treatments, benefits (in all but a few cases), will result.

For people who are new to Reiki, I usually encourage a healthy sense of scepticism as this affords people to trust in their own experience. It is important to use one's discriminating wisdom. Blind faith alone can move mountains, but direct experience cultivates understanding and a broad perspective. You have to check things out for yourself. Sometimes you will encounter a sceptic who would rather theorise for hours about the possible effects of Reiki, without taking the step of actually receiving a Reiki treatment. It is like trying to describe to someone from another planet what ice cream tastes like. We could use all kinds of descriptions to explain the experience, but we would not be able to give that person the reality of it. If someone asks me,what does Reiki feel like, in most cases I will say:lie down and I'll show you. Just in the same way that you would be better off buying your alien friend an ice cream and saying:here, try it yourself.

46. Which types of abilities will I have after learning the First Degree in Reiki?

The beginner's level or First Degree Reiki focuses on how to heal oneself and others. Essentially this is what is transferred with the Reiki First Degree attunements. The attunements are usually given in 4 separate stages or in some traditions given as one attunement. During a First Degree class, one will usually learn a series of hand placement positions for treating oneself and others, as well as learning the Reiki Principles, the Reiki History and some procedures for centring oneself. Traditionally, the first level is instructed either as a weekend intensive or gradually over a number of weekly meetings. After this training period the student has a direct ability to transfer healing energy to oneself in the form of self-treatments and the ability to give others Reiki healing. Once these energy alignments are given to the student via the teacher, this ability continues from that day forth and activates whenever one places their hands on any living thing.

Depending on which particular style of Reiki you learn, other practices may be given. These might include the use of symbols, distant healing methods and spiritual practices which assist in enhancing energy flow. These practices are usually given at the Second Degree. One may also learn how to establish personal boundaries, how to bless objects as well as how to clear old energy from rooms. Other techniques may include, how to work intuitively with Reiki, scanning the aura, reading the aura as well as many other methods and meditations to name but a few.

47. How long does a Reiki treatment last?

The length of time required during a treatment is largely dependent upon the person being treated. If someone has a terminal disease, they may require hours of Reiki, whilst a small child may only need 15 minutes. It also depends on how many people are administering the treatment at one time. If more than one person is giving another Reiki, then one can say that the treatment time is halved.

In some Reiki circles, a full treatment which treats the head, trunk of the body, legs, shoulders, and back may take up to one and a half hours, whilst other schools recommend half hour treatments. This is only a general guide and as one becomes more adept at treating others, a subtle ability to perceive when enough Reiki has been administered becomes apparent.

With Reiki, the body takes what it needs. We could use the analogy of the body being a dry sponge and the Reiki energy being water. Once the sponge has absorbed, as much water is it can hold, then no more water is required. If one is giving regular Reiki treatments to another, for example once daily, the treatment time may also begin to decrease. There is no hard and fast rule here and one needs to determine what is necessary for each person individually. We all have different needs and so the amount required from person to person varies.

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Reiki - 200 Questions and Answers for Beginners - Review by Margot Maurice in Living Now Magazine

The author, Lawrence Ellyard is the founder and director of the International Institute for Reiki Training and the best selling author of Reiki Healer. He has been a teacher of Reiki for more than twelve years and established the International Institute for Reiki Training in 1996 and trained more than 30 Reiki Masters.

Based in New South Wales, he travels the world leading workshops and seminars on Reiki. If you've ever wondered what Reiki is all about, all your questions can be answered in one handy volume. All the questions are clearly set out and are accompanied by comprehensive answers. Questions cover all aspects of Reiki including "What is the difference between a Reiki attunement and a Reiki treatment in terms of energy transference?" and "What happens during the initiations and why do I have my eyes closed?"

"It is a journey of self discovery, healing, service and sharing the gentle art of healing with others..." These are two very comprehensive books for all those interested in Reiki at all levels.

Reiki - 200 Questions and Answers for Beginners - Review by Laura Attwood in NOVA Magazine

Reiki has become a household word. Nearly every healing practitioner today seems to have completed a Reiki course. There are dozens of people offering Reiki empowerments and it's almost a case that Reiki has become so familiar and second nature in healing circles that it's overlooked and seen as old hat. Yet this simple system of healing is one of the best there is. I studied Reiki many years ago and must admit to not having used it so regularly lately.

This book definitely reignited my love for this healing energy and brought me back in touch with its versatility, power and beauty as a modality. Lawrence Ellyard's book is an excellent reference guide for Reiki practitioners and anyone interested in a full understanding of Reiki. Comprehensive and insightful, it covers basic questions such as "What happens during the Reiki initiations and why do I need to keep my eyes closed" to the bigger issue of "What does it mean when someone does not heal?"

He gives some insight into what goes on when attunements are given, but he still retains a lot of mystery, of course, as it is really something we can't encapsulate in words. "I believe most teachers of Reiki would agree that giving another human being a Reiki attunement is a tremendous honour and a humbling experience. One acts as a marriage celebrant of sorts. Giving Reiki attunements is like giving wedding vows. It is a vow uniting the student and Reiki for a lifetime of healing and this is deeply touching," Lawrence writes.

While it's not armchair reading and I think most practitioners would delve into it more as a reference, it is extremely informative and as a Reiki practitioner, I found it clarified and broadened my knowledge and understanding. I now know Reiki can be given through the eyes and breath and was reminded about the application of giving Reiki energy to the petrol as it goes into my car, to increase the energy of it. Lawrence is sure it makes the petrol go further and I have no doubt he is right!...

Beginners and those just embarking on the spiritual path will find this guide very concise and useful. The book is heavily accented by Lawrence's Buddhist beliefs and he includes some very interesting practices and meditations. I particularly liked his Reiki meditation for lovers, a wonderful way of using the Reiki energy to enhance intimacy and connect with Spirit.

I'll end with Dr Usui's Reiki credo, a must for anyone attempting to walk a path of love, wisdom and peace: "The secret method of inviting blessings, the spiritual medicine of many illnesses. For today only, do not anger, do not worry. Be grateful. Endeavour your work. Be kind to all people. In the morning and at night, with hands held in prayer, think this in your mind, chant this with your mouth. The Usui Reiki method to change your mind and body for the better."

Review by Living Traditions Magazine

There is much talk about Reiki today but many people, while attracted to spiritual healing, do not know what it is, how it works or what it entails. There are a huge number of books of the market, never mind training courses and audio products ! There are also many teachers offering Reiki courses, attunements, levels and initiations and this can seem extremely confusing.

This is a deceptively simple product, it seems so straight forward - an easy to read question and answer approach to Reiki with each chapter categorized by topics. The reality, of course, is different, it is very difficult to write simply and to summarize complex subjects into concise question and answer forms, this is a masterful achievement which literally gives the reader everything they need to know about Reiki in 200 questions and answers!

The whole process of Reiki is demystified with common sense and easy to understand discussions of such key Reiki subjects as Attunements, Reiki Symbols, the nature of healing, Distant Healing, Chakras, the various forms of Reiki and so on. The answers are concise, straight to the point and avoid unnecessary confusion. The questions have also been carefully chosen, such as “What happens during the initiations and why do I have my eyes closed?", “What attracts people to Reiki?”, or “Is Reiki just for the gifted or can anyone learn?”

After many years of teaching and being asked the same sorts of questions about Reiki over and over again, he began to write down the most common questions and put them in book form.

This is a “must have” guide for the student of Reiki or for anyone interested in learning Reiki or indeed just receiving Reiki distant healing. It is a book with a multitude of uses. I would suggest Reiki practitioners have a few on their bookshelves as they will always come in handy.

Review by Crystal Wave for Reiki - 200 Questions and Answers for Beginners

Another fabulous book from Lawrence Ellyard! So many questions are answered - 'How long does it take to become a practitioner of Reiki?', 'What does one experience during an attunement?', Why do the practiitoner's hands get hot during the treatment?', 'Are there some ways to create personal boundaries during treatment?' So many questions answered in such a direct, easy to understand yet in-depth way. Each chapter is catergorized by topics. They demystify Attunements, Symbols, Chakras & Distant Healing plus more.

If you have a question about a particular Reiki experience, the answers are here. Whether you are a novice or an experienced practitioner, this one stop guide covers everything you need to know.

Review by Dawn Sumner Warwickshire, England

This is an excellent book for all those interested in Reiki as well as those students studying Reiki Levels One & Two. It puts in to easy speak all the basic ideas of Reiki and has some useful questions and that you might be asked as a Reiki Practitioner. I work as a therapist and have recommended this book to those clients interested in learning Reiki for themselves as it is such a great book to start with as an introduction.

There are some useful techniques and meditations in the book that were not taught to me by my own Reiki Master, so I have found it to be a very rewarding read. Would highly recommend following this book up with The Ultimate Reiki Guide for Practitioners and Masters also by Ellyard if you are a Reiki Practitioner at either Reiki 2 or Master level.

Review by Pilgrims Mind Body Spirit Superstore for Reiki - 200 Questions and Answers for Beginners

The author is obviously an experienced and successful Reiki teacher and this Q & A format is easy to use for anyone new to Reiki, or just curious about the phenomenon. The questions are divided into topics and cover a whole range of practical and spiritual aspects in a clear and systematic way. From its history, lineages, degrees, attunements and symbols, to self-treatment and treating others, the book explains the options and debunks the myths. There is a lot of sound advice on all those questions you've wanted to ask and on many you'd never even considered.

Review by Pearlz

"Whatever questions you have about Reiki will be answered in this book. Suitable for the merely curious or the Reiki practitioner, and set out in an easy to use question and answer format. Especially good for someone who needs help to "explain" Reiki to others, and also full of handy tips for those practicing or hoping to use Reiki as part of a complementary therapy business".

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