I’ve heard of different types of Reiki. Which Reiki method is best?

Q: I’ve heard of different types of Reiki. Which Reiki method is best?

A: Although opinions differ on the subject, the down and dirty is that it’s the same energy – Life Force Energy – that is being directed by different methods. Some Reiki methods have hand positions and symbols. Some may include crystals or toning. But all of these techniques are used to direct the same energy. All of the techniques of different Reiki methods are ways of expressing INTENTION, which directs the energy toward a specific goal. These goals might include healing the cause of an illness, releasing anxiety, relieving pain, or attracting abundance. There are endless ways that Reiki can be incorporated into one’s life.

The method is the best if it is the best for the practitioner who is using it. Claiming that the method that you practice is the best overall is like saying that spaghetti is the best food overall because it’s your favorite.

We are all individual, and so some methods of Reiki will work best with some people’s unique energetic abilities. Some people like structure, and so Usui Reiki may be the best fit for them. Others want to focus on the intention and have the freedom to be direct the energy without the need for specific hand positions. Those people might prefer Kundalini Reiki. There are many hundreds of variations on Reiki that one could learn. So how do you choose?

When choosing a Reiki method, I suggest:

1) Find the most knowledgeable teacher who can guide you to the method that fits your unique way of experiencing energy. Choose a teacher who has learned more than one method of Reiki, and recognizes that there isn’t any one method that is “the right way.”

2) Learn how you are sensitive to energy. Have a Reiki treatment and recognize how it feels to you. The way you feel the energy could be visual, tangible physically, or some other way. That way you feel it is called your clair. Research Reiki methods that work well with your particular clair.

3) Recognize the way you like to learn. Do you feel more comfortable with structure? Do you prefer simplicity? Do you like to work with certain angels or light beings? Do you gravitate toward working with color or sound? There are Reiki methods which incorporate techniques that support these natural ways of sensing and guiding energy. Since they are all, at the very heart, ways of expressing intention, what makes a method best is what works best for the person using it.

To learn more about Reiki or how to find out which method might be best for you, visit ReikiAwakening.com or email me.

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About Reiki Awakening

Alice Langholt is a parent, author and teacher with Master level training in several Reiki modalities. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Reiki Awakening Academy School of Intuitive Development (ReikiAwakeningAcademy.com). Alice is the author of the new Reiki resource, Practical Reiki TM: for balance, well-being, and vibrant health. A guide to a simple, revolutionary energy healing method, which won second place for Best Reiki Book in the 2012 About.com Reader’s Choice Awards. Alice maintains a local Reiki practice as an Associate at Insight Learning and Wellness Center in the Cleveland, Ohio area. In addition, she has authored eBooks in Distance Healing and Energetic Protection, as well as specific curricula in Reiki for Parents, Reiki for Nurses and Caregivers (approved by the Ohio Board of Nurses for continuing education units), and more. Alice spent a year volunteering at The Cleveland Clinic offering Reiki to patients and staff, and is a Group Leader with The Distance Healing Network (the-dhn.com). She will teach Practical Reiki in Lily Dale, NY (August 2013), and gives workshops at holistic expos around the US. Alice is rated the #1 most influential person on Twitter under the category Reiki by wefollow.com. Her husband, Evan, and their four kids know and use Reiki. As a teacher, Alice believes that close guidance and mentoring are essential elements for learning energy healing. She provides this support to each student, getting to know each and assist him or her in growing intuition and becoming confident practitioners. Receive Reiki, order pendulums, energy charged stones, and more by visiting Alice at ReikiAwakening.com.
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2 Responses to I’ve heard of different types of Reiki. Which Reiki method is best?

  1. Good article. I’d agree that there is no one method of Reiki that is superior to another. I think, though, that it’s worth noting that Usui Reiki is the original system that most of the others build off of, and, for that reason, it’s usually a good idea to start with Usui Reiki.

    Master/ Teacher of Usui, Angelic, and Karuna reiki;
    certified in Japanese Reiki, Run Valdyr (formerly known as Runic Reiki) and Magnified Healing

    • Thank you Catherine, for submitting your comment, and for reading. I actually disagree about the necessity of learning Usui Reiki first, although I do think it can be useful to learn it at some point. I have taught Practical Reiki (Kundalini Reiki) to those new to Reiki and some who have practiced Usui Reiki for 20 years or more. There are advantages to both sides. One new to Reiki learns Practical Reiki as if learning to ride a bike without training wheels. It can be done, and it’s a more “organic” way because you learn to balance yourself. Comparing this to Reiki means that you learn to feel the energy first, without the extra things to remember such as hand positions and symbols. Once feeling the energy, if one goes on to learn these parts of Usui Reiki, one can more readily understand what they are really for – to sense the nuances of the energy as it’s being received, rather than thinking one is “putting” the energy in each location.

      For those who learn Usui Reiki first, Practical Reiki is very good to add because it frees the practitioner, strengthens the flow of energy, and gives options of going straight to intention or using the hand positions/ symbols if desired.

      Thank you for adding to the discussion, and for sharing this sacred work.
      Blessings, Alice

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