Beginner’s Guide to Reiki

If you are curious about Reiki, you’ve landed in the right place. In this article, we’ll cover the basics of Reiki for beginners and how to get started on your Reiki Journey.

Reiki is a healing modality that uses channeled energy to heal.  Reiki can be done by a Reiki Practitioner, or you can give yourself Reiki with training.

If you are new to Reiki, is it better to get a Reiki session?  Or should you start learning Reiki right away?

Many healing modalities (medicine and acupuncture, for example), requires years of study and practice.  These healing modalities often require another practitioner for treatment.  You can’t practice medicine on yourself (and I’m a physician saying this).

Reiki can be done by someone else, or you can do it on yourself.  So how to get started?

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What Is Reiki?

Reiki is  a healing modality that channels energy into a receiver via a trained Reiki Healer.  The energy that is channeled is from a source that serves only the highest good.  The Reiki Practitioner channels energy from a higher source to the recipient.

Reiki Energy currently can’t be measured or quantified.  Researchers have attempted to quantify Reiki in the form of the Human Biofield.  Currently, it is difficult to place a direct measurement on Reiki Energy.

Reiki Healers use intention to channel healing energy.  The intention is to heal the client. 

I often explain Reiki as acupuncture without the needles.  Reiki can be applied directly to meridians and chakras.  Reiki can be used an any part of the body with direct touch or with hands off the body.

Healing beyond space and time

Healing beyond space and time.

Learn how Reiki goes beyond the limits of space and time to heal.

Reiki can be sent over distances.  This is one of the most power aspect of Reiki.  Reiki can be sent to any person, any place, and in any time.  Only your imagination limits who Reiki can be used. 

Distance Reiki can be sent across a room.  Distance Reiki can be sent to another room, like if you’re visiting a loved one in the hospital who is in isolation. 

Reiki is a healing practice, a spiritual practice, or a mindfulness practice. Practicing Reiki does not go against your religious practice in any way. You can combine Reiki with your other practices. If you already meditate, Reiki can be a form of meditation.

What Reiki Is Not

Reiki is not a religion.  It is considered to be a spiritual practice, but there is no doctrine or structured religion with the practice.  Because of this, Reiki is available to all people, including atheist.

Reiki is not a way to change or alter someone else’s behavior. Reiki can be used to bring blessings or ease a situation such as a difficult relationship.

Where did Reiki come from?

The origin story of Reiki starts in Japan, at the famous Mount Karuma. The first Reiki Practitioner, Dr. Mikao Usui, created Reiki after taking a spiritual pilgrimage to Mount Karuma, fasting for 21 days and becoming attuned to the healing energy of Reiki. Although Reiki started in Japan, it has been taught and practiced all over the world.

Does Reiki Work?

Yes and no.

I advise my clients and patients that I consider Reiki to be part of a spectrum of healing modalities that can definitely help to heal, but if it does not match the energy of the disease, it may not work quickly enough.

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Where Beginner’s Can Learn More about Reiki

If you are new to Reiki, there are some great online resources you can consider researching.  You can start learning about the various types Reiki.

Online Resources to Learn about Reiki

Art of Healing Podcast

The Art of Healing Podcast has several episodes on Reiki.  Check them out!

Art of Healing Podcast on Reiki

Can Reiki Replace Seeing a doctor?

No, it can’t replace an evaluation with a medical or psychological specialist. Reiki not a diagnostic tool, although it can give you insight.

Can Beginner’s Learn Reiki?

Reiki is a healing modality in which you can learn it yourself! While I love the idea of seeking a professional especially if you’re new to Reiki, no need to wait.

Reiki Training can be completed live, online, or on a self-paced course.  The training tends to be a healing in itself.  Reiki Training typically involves studying, reading, an attunement then practices.

Curious about Reiki Certification? Check out Healing Arts Reiki I and Reiki II.

Online Resources

Here are some of my favorite resources to learn about Reiki here.

Reiki Rays

This is one of my favorite websites, full of freebies and fantastic resources on Reiki. 


The IARP is mostly for professionals, but has fantastic articles for everyone to help you learn about Reiki.

Many Reiki Professionals list their practices with IARP at this link:

IARP Practice Locator

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