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.
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