I was looking for a free QiGong class when I saw an event listed at a nearby library:
Reiki is a Japanese technique for reducing stress and promotes healing. Wear comfortabe clothing.
I thought with my luck lately, I could use all the stress reduction and healing I could get. As a student of yoga and meditation, I am somewhat familiar with energy healing but not Reiki per se. So, I really didn’t know what to expect in a group session.
I arrived at the library meeting room with the other early birds. While we waited, our Reiki Instructor warned us about the dangers of consuming food a day after it is cooked, as well as processed food. Something about nighttime altering the subtle energy of food. Although, I agree about the processed food, today was the first time in months I bought soy ice cream! I was looking forward to a little treat and really wasn’t in the mood for a lecture.
After everyone arrived, we silenced our phones as the lights were lowered. We were told to sit with our spines straight in a comfortable position. It was important to not cross our arms or legs; as this would interfere with the flow of energy. Then we were asked to visualize a silvery-white cosmic energy a few feet above our heads. A ball of this energy was to enter our crown chakra- “Wait a minute! Chakra? I thought this was a Reiki session. Reiki is Japanese. I know chakras from yoga and Ayurveda. That’s Indian. Does Reiki use chakras too?”
Then I reminded myself that maybe it would be better to focus on the meditation. I was after stress reduction and healing. It didn’t really matter how I got it. So, I settled in and let her words guide my mind as she described this cosmic healing energy cleansing each chakra from root to crown. It was very relaxing. I also noticed that the cough from my allergies had abated during the meditation. Pretty cool!
After the session was over, I thanked our instructor. I also mentioned I was surprised when she started talking about chakras and didn’t realize they were part of Reiki. She said something like she does the Reiki and that was one of the forms she chooses to use. I took this to mean that Reiki is the healing energy and you can put it in any vehicle you want. She used a chakra meditation. Someone else might use sound and vibration for example. Apparently, there are numerous ways to transmit this energy. I am not sure. Perhaps, I can write a follow-up if I learn more about it after a future session. I do plan to go back.
I did find a QiGong class. So, I will let you know how that goes.