What is Reiki? My Personal Experience with Healing Energy

October 2, 2016

On Saturday, I hit a milestone. I had five of my family members come over for a night of food, drinks, and fun. Amy did tarot readings for everyone and I did Reiki. It was my first time doing Reiki on more than one person without the aid of my Reiki teacher or group. It was an incredible, powerful, and fulfilling experience - one that I’d like to share with all of you.


What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese healing technique that helps activate the patient's natural healing processes.


First off, we should talk about what Reiki is. In essence, Reiki is a Japanese technique whereby the practitioner channels energy (universal energy, not his or her own energy) into a patient to activate the patient’s natural healing processes to restore emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being to the patient.

  • Reiki is pronounced ray-key

  • Reiki means “universal life energy”

  • It can be used for healing, relaxation, and stress-reduction

  • Along with laying of the hands, Reiki also incorporates visualization techniques

  • There are three levels of Reiki

Since I’ve only taken the Reiki I class, I haven’t been taught any of the symbols that Reiki II practitioners or Reiki Masters use. However, one of the techniques I use is to visualize white light coming down from Source to the top of my head (the crown chakra) and flowing through my body and out through my hands and fingertips. It helps me focus on what I’m doing and helps me feel the energy I’m channeling.



Staying hydrated during any type of energy work is essential.


I’m sure every Reiki practitioner has a set ritual or routine before doing Reiki. While I’ve never done anything to prepare myself before, I felt it was needed on Saturday since I would be working alone. First, I drank a glass of water. Staying hydrated while doing any type of energy work is vital.


I wanted to cleanse the room I’d be working in, but since one of my aunts is highly allergic to sage (and incense), I decided to sage myself instead. I went outside to my backyard to sage myself. I focused on my intention - to connect with the universal energy and channel it for healing - and let the smoke cleanse my aura. As the smoke washed over me, I felt myself opening and connecting. Felt the energy building. My fingers tingled. I felt equally grounded and connected to Source. I felt balanced. Ready. Able to heal.


I went back inside and drank another glass of water as I set up my table.


Healing Energy