What is Reiki?

“Reiki” comes from two words – “Rei” and “ki.” In the Japanese language, when these two words are used together for the practice of healing, the word “Rei” means Universal Spirit, Higher Power or God. “Ki” refers to the life energy that surrounds and circulates through all living things. Together, Reiki means life energy that is guided by a higher power.

Reiki is based on the idea that all living things have a special energy flowing through them called life energy. When your life energy is high, you’ll feel strong and confident, be more relaxed and centered and less likely to get sick. When it is low, you’ll often feel tired, be more easily affected by stress and less resistant to illness.

A Reiki treatment is a way of increasing your life energy.  A practitioner transmits Reiki to the client through the hands. The hands are lightly placed on or near your body in various positions around the head, shoulders, stomach and feet. The positive flow of energy generated helps to break down, release and lift away negative or debilitating energy and restore health and balance to the body once again.

A treatment can feel like a warm glowing radiance that flows through the body. It is a very relaxing experience and some clients report the body feeling heavy as it relaxes and yet the spirit or emotions feeling light at the same time. A treatment will usually release negative feelings or thoughts leaving the client feeling more positive, light hearted and with feelings of well-being.

There are different ways to receive a Reiki treatment.  The explanation above refers to an in-person session.  Another option is to receive a distance session with a skilled practitioner.  Distance sessions are especially helpful to anyone homebound or unable to travel great distances for a session.  Remote Reiki is also ideal for those who have sensory issues or prefer not to be touched (i.e., Autism, Fibromyalgia and other conditions that result in sensitivity).  Reiki energy can be directed straight to you by the practitioner’s intent, no matter where you are.  It can be felt immediately; it is not limited by laws of time and space.

Although relaxation and stress management are the goal with either method you choose, healing can take place.  People have reported recovery from ailments of all kinds.  Everyone’s experience of Reiki is different.  While almost everyone experiences relaxation and improvements of various kinds, healing results cannot be guaranteed.

Reiki is not a religion and it requires no particular belief system to work, just an open heart and a willingness to heal.

Reiki and Autism

I have found that treating parents of children on the Autism Spectrum is extremely beneficial for both the individual treated, as well as the entire family (person with Autism included).  Individuals on the Autism Spectrum are VERY sensitive.  They love deeply.  They often are unable to verbally express what they feel, which is usually more intense than anyone can imagine.  The parents love, love, LOVE their children, and the drive to help them often comes at a personal sacrifice; they are often driven to the brink of physical and/or emotional collapse.  This is not how it has to be, and it is most definitely not what the person affected by Autism wants.

Our children are our mirrors.  We are the centers of their solar systems.  They orbit us.  If we are dying suns, our children can’t help but react, usually in a way that is perceived to be negative.  The work I do helps parents de-stress enough to help calm themselves (and their families).  A sense of peace is usually one major outcome of a healing session, and with that peace comes the ability to plan and move forward without fear, and feel greater support from the Universe.

I also treat children on the Autism Spectrum, my son included.  He and my family inspired me to become a healer so I could help our family.  Now I reach out to help other families affected by similar circumstances, or really any adverse circumstances.  It is my calling.

Sara Vogel

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