Before I start, listen to Reiki Master Pamela Miles on how to find a credible Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide. This is important, because I maintain that credible Reiki is simple, silent, and still - no bells, whistles, crystals, or other accoutrements necessary! httpv://youtu.be/E3HAt7j1NYo
Now, many people associate Reiki with ayurveda, angels, chakras, and all kinds of other healing modalities that are not Reiki. Reiki is actually quiet, simple, and profound. You sit down or lay down on a table fully clothed. I tend to lay my hands on people, but when I work on people in hospitals with MRSA and other contagious pathogens I keep my hands off and hovering. For 45 minutes the person receiving the Reiki gets to relax, be silent, and notice how they feel as the treatment progresses. This is important as Reiki works in that relaxation, that noticing, that moment of rest where my client just lets the Reiki do its work.
As Miles says,
Reiki practice is enough in that it is holistic and complete, engaging the receiver in self-healing at every level. Since Reiki treatment is balancing and gentle, and allows the receiver’s system to respond as it is able, Reiki practice on its own is inherently safe.
Adding healing modalities to make a Reiki treatment stronger doesn’t make sense, because the receiver’s system is already doing all that it can. Practicing Reiki only in any given healing session enables the system to find its center and heal at its own pace, strengthening itself organically from within.
Why gild the lily?
Now, this does NOT mean that we do not go to the doctor, the acupuncturist, or the chakra healer. I simply mean that when you are giving Reiki, keep it clear and simple so that one, you do not impose your belief system and intentions on your clients; two, you allow your clients to know what benefits they are receiving from a Reiki treatment; and three, you allow the other treatments to do their jobs in their own way.