Frequently asked questions about Reiki
How do I know if it is OK to give Reiki ?
I think the best answer to this question was given by Kathleen Prasad of Animal Reiki Source - replace the word Reiki with Love & Compassion and ask the question again.
Is it safe?
It is safe for both giver and receiver. Reiki can be given without touching and when offered to an animal or human it is with the intention that it is the individuals' choice to accept or reject the energy and only use what is needed at that moment in time and therefore 'non-invasive'. Any excess or unused energy is returned to the universe. In situations where an animal is stressed by human contact or in a state which would be termed dangerous to the human, Reiki is invaluable.
Can anyone learn Reiki ?
Yes ! No previous knowledge of healing or qualifications needed. The beauty of Reiki is that you don't even need to know what is wrong, Reiki will heal the source of the problem (as practitioners we never diagnose).
Do I need a certificate in Reiki to practice ?
If you want to practice Reiki for your own benefit or become a practitioner then it is a good idea to take a course in reiki where you will receive an attunement and be taught a method of practice. Reiki is a natural energy and often when students take a course and realise they 'know' this energy already. Formal training will give you the skills to use this energy to it's full potential whether for your own use or as the start of a new career path. If you wish to work on others then a certificate will be required to obtain professional insurance.
Teaching is traditionally split into three levels. SHODEN - Level I ,OKUDEN - Level II , SHINPIDEN - Level III .
Can it do any harm ?
No. Never. Reiki be only positive. The founder of Reiki,Mikao Usui, developed a system of self development and self 'improvement' in a spiritual sense, one of these elements is hands on healing of the self and others
Does it work ?
Reiki will always work on some level effects can be subtle and not always obvious or immediate. Often with animals the effects are instant. They are very open to sensing energy around them.
How does it work ?
A 'Life Force Energy' exists in the universe and runs through all living beings. Sometines dues to certain life events, stress injury, illness this 'energy' becomes depleted or blocked in the body - Reiki dissovles this blockage and restores the smooth flow of energy. In healing theory the physical and energy bodies are interconnected. A disturbance in the energy body can manifest as a physical problem and likewise a physical problem or injury can result in an emotional or energetic issue.
Will it cure my pet ?
Reiki may give physical healing and help rev=covery from illness or injury, stress and trauma, for first time clients of Reiki, often coming to Reiki as a last resort, the resluts can often be pleasantly surprising. As humans the notion of healing to us is nothing less than complete physical healing and return to wellness, however reiki can help us accept the natural cycles of life and Reiki Healing can be the removal of fear, the giving of reassurance, peace and love at times of need or transition.
When can I use Reiki ?
Having a Reiki treatment is beneficial for both people and animals during times of stress or as you would have a massage or spa treatment - just to make you feel good !
Learn Reiki and use it everyday, regular practice instills wellbeing in the lives of people and animals alike.
How can I find a practitioner ?
ARS practitioners have made a commitment to their daily practice, to be the best they can be in channelling and holding a reiki healing space. We are available in person in Central Scotland or as a distance session any where in the world and work with both people and animals. Animal Reiki Scotland have a healing list that you may include an animal on, free of charge. We hold a regular Reiki share/support group and Reiki is dedicated to everyone on our list and can include situations or events that you may otherwise feel helpless to do anything about.
All clients of Animal Reiki Scotland are automatically added to this list for ongoing healing.
For other areas and countries go to find a practitioner.