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Reiki, a Healing Modality you can Trust

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Reiki, a word so many people know, so many times (still) misunderstood, and also totally trusted. Reiki is a healing modality you can trust, and it even doesn’t matter if you do believe in it or not. Reiki does work.

Reiki means simply translated “Universal Life Force


A short History of how Reiki came to the Western World

First, Reiki is as old as mankind, some teachers would say. Reiki isn’t New Age or just some Esoteric stuff. Reiki was known to the Atlantic people and it is said, that Jesus actually healed by using Reiki he once was taught.

Whatever might be the truth, we actually will never know for sure. Nevertheless, there is some history in existence which has brought Reiki to the awareness, and over time got spread throughout the world, still to this day.

Reiki wasn’t founded (sometimes you will read about it that way), but actually re-discovered by a Japanese, Dr. Mikao Usui ( 1865-1926).

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Dr. Mikao Usui

He became the “Founder” however, of the Reiki healing system we do know about to this day. Reiki itself was and is an energy form who always will exist.

Remember, in one of my previous articles on this site I stated, “Energy can’t be created nor being destroyed, we only can transform it“.

How Reiki was rediscovered

Dr. Mikao Usui has traveled the world. He was well educated, but throughout his life, he wasn’t very successful.  Around 1914 Usui’s life, business and personal was crumbling and to gain insight and get some answers, Usui loved to meditate on spiritual power spots like Mount Kurama in Japan.

There, he also had received his early Buddhist education.

He went to this mountain and stayed there for twenty-one days. After descending back, he injured one of his ankles and was told by his intuition to put immediately his hands on the injured area.


Usui said later, that he saw a bright light coming from his hands and entering its body at the same spot he had his hands on. He felt the energy, gentle but also powerful at the same time.

When he took his hands off, he could stand on his foot again, the pain was gone and he proceeds to descend without any more problems.

This story has many variations, but in its essence always comes down to this injury when descending the mountain and how quick it got healed.

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How finally Reiki became known beyond Japan

A Hawaiian woman by the name Hawayo Takata has become so sick, that her doctors actually had given up on her. This was the time when she heard of a Reiki Clinic in Japan and against all warnings decided to travel there.

She was treated by Dr.Hayashi in his Reiki clinic for four months. She survived, the tumor had disappeared and Takata was healed.

Since Takata was a woman, it wasn’t easy for her in the beginning, to convince Dr. Hayashi to initiate her into Reiki. Before this day, no woman ever was taught or initiated into Reiki.

However, persistent has prevailed and in February of 1938, Hawayo Takata has been initiated as a Reiki Master.

Back in Hawaii, Takata opened a Reiki clinic and had given not only Reiki treatments but initiated her first students of Reiki. Takata became a well-known healer and traveled the world, giving and teaching Reiki.

After Mrs. Takata has transitioned in 1980 she had initiated twenty-two, Reiki Masters. From these twenty-two Reiki Masters, Reiki was taught throughout the world and has spread into every country on every continent.

Reiki has become the most known hands-on healing modality of our times.Reiki Masters

How Reiki is being taught

Reiki will be taught by a trained Reiki Master/Teacher. There are 3 levels of Reiki a student has to go through before they become a Reiki Master.

Reiki level 1-2 are already enough to practice Reiki on others, as well as animals. With Reiki level 1 the student receives the knowledge of how to conduct himself and how to proceed the Reiki sequences correctly. With both levels, when the training is finished successfully, the student can call himself a Reiki practitioner.

With Reiki level 2 the student, in addition, will receive 3 healing symbols which have to be kept sacred and secret.

With Reiki level 3, the student will receive additional information about how Reiki can be used and more. After the testing is successful, he/she will be called a Reiki Master.

How is Reiki being performed?

Reiki is 100% safe not only to humans but plants and animals too. When Reiki is performed, the person either will sit comfortably on a chair or is lying on a massage table. The client is always fully clothed.

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The Reiki practitioner than “activate” its hands and will either slightly touch the client, or will have its hands slightly above the client’s body. The practitioner will follow a certain sequence, and at each point will keep its hand for several minutes.

The practitioner is able to feel the energy flow and therefore can pinpoint where the energy flow of the client is moving or blocked. A full Reiki treatment will take about 60 minutes but also can be done in a shorter time as well.

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Self-Treatment Position

Reiki is safe and non-invasive. Reiki is a good healing tool to support a person who is also under medical care. Reiki never will interfere with an existing medical treatment.

Reiki can help to enhance a person’s personal healing power and therefore can recover much sooner from many health issues. Reiki works not only on the physical level but also on the emotional, mental and spiritual level.

Reiki works beautifully with animals and children and can be used to treat plants of all kinds too.

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Last Words

I am a Reiki Master/Teacher and besides have given lots of Reiki treatments, I also love to teach Reiki as well.

I am old school when it comes to teaching Reiki and therefore don’t appreciate that Reiki is now (thanks to the digital world we are living in) also being taught online.

This can never be a satisfying experience for a Reiki student. Reiki is a teaching modality for first-timers being taught one-on-one. Many elements will be missed when being taught online. Since there is no existing law in forbidding it, we have to accept it.

The same goes for the Reiki symbols, staying sacred and secret. When going online everyone can find them easily nowadays. Again, there is nothing we can do about it.

Nevertheless, I will teach Reiki the way it was taught to me, and my students always will receive the knowledge, but also the freedom to make up their own minds.reiki-rosette


You can find lots of great information by going to this Reiki Center, which I really personally love and appreciate.

You can have a Reiki Distance healing from me as well. 

For ordering a Distance Healing Session with me, please go to my “My Online Services“.

You will find some information what is required from you and you will also find an email address where you can contact me for any additional information.

Looking forward to meeting you. 🙂

Please, leave a comment below and perhaps share your own Reiki experiences.

Wishing you always a blessed day.

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Sylvia Mann

Sylvia Mann has worked as a Geriatric Nurse and as a Nursing Instructor for many years. However, her passion also lies in holistic healing and seeking complementary healing modalities such as Reiki, Body Talk, EFT just to name a few.
Spiritual topics about psychic abilities, the supernatural and more are also of interest to her. To be able to "heal yourself" is always the main focus to Sylvia when she writes an article to inform her readers.

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10 thoughts on “Reiki, a Healing Modality you can Trust

  1. Sounds like this is something I could learn too.
    I had received once a Reiki treatment but this is over 20 years ago. I still remember, though that I felt fantastic afterwards for a long time. 🙂

  2. I have actually had 2 clients discuss Reiki with me over the last year or so, and both of them swear by it. I have always viewed holistic lifestyle as just people who are averse to medicine. However, even for those of us who will medicate when necessary, there are some holistic approaches out there that can actually prevent a lot of health issues before they start. Thank you for sharing this!

    1. Thanks Oliver for leaving a comment and sharing your thoughts.

      Reiki is certainly a wonderful healing modality to actually prevent and heal many ailments.

      I certainly have seen it happen on others and on myself. 🙂

  3. I believe in healing powers. I had never heard of Reiki though. I believe that we all have the natural power to heal, but it sounds as if becoming a Reiki master takes things to another level.

    Have you been practicing Reiki, and if so, how long? What has been your experience thus far?

    1. Thank you for your comment and questions.

      Yes, you are right we all have innate healing powers even animals but we are spmetimes not aware of it or just do ignore it.

      Yes, it does take awhile to become a Reiki Master nothing will be achieved in a short period of time but everyone can do and learn it, also kids.

      I am with Reiki now for 22 years and my experience with this healing modality is amazing. I have seen people healing from conditions as well personal issues. Every healing, however, is individual and this is an amazzing fact as well.


  4. Hey Sylvia,
    I’ve heard good things about Reiki and I’d really like to learn more oh how I too can manipulate energy to cure myself. I think its amazing how you can detect blocked energies, is there any way for beginners to feel that too on their first try?

    Interesting read, thank you for taking the time to write this but I think the link to your “Store for My Services” is broken though, I can’t seem to click on it.

    1. Thanks, Riaz for your comment and for letting me know about the technical issue, I will fix that.

      Back to your question if a beginner can detect blocked energies. In Reiki level 1 you will be instructed in how you can do this. Although, it will take some time to trust your senses but it is achievable.

      Some people have already a natural ability to do it but, as I stated before, it is possible for anyone to learn it and with practice become good at it as well. 🙂

  5. Hi Sylvia,thank you for this great article and explaining what is Reiki and how it is re-discovered. I have heard about Reiki many times but didn’t really understand what is it about. I didn’t know that with Reiki you can heal animals and plants too. It looks like a very powerful healing tool. Could you please tell me how long it takes to become Reiki level 1, Reiki level 2 and Reiki level 3?

    1. Hi Tamara,

      Thank you for the time to leave a comment and for your interest about learning Reiki.

      First, I have to warn you NOT using any “Online” offered Reiki course, Reiki has to be experienced one-on-one with a qualified Reiki Teacher.

      Some Reiki Teachers doing it the “old” way by teaching one Reiki level at the time. Between each Reiki level there should be at least 3-6 month. Again, it depends on the Reiki teacher, some even will wait for a year before allowing a Reiki student to get to the next level.

      However, nowadays it is common that Reiki 1&2 are being taught together in a 3 days course.

      Here is a good website where you can find where is Reiki taught near where you live.


      Hope that helps. 🙂


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