What is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese word representing universal life energy. It is derived from rei, meaning “universal spirit” and ki, meaning “life force energy”. Reiki is a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) method of energy healing in which the practitioner allows universal life energy, what we like to call pure source energy, to flow through them and direct that energy to the client. It is a holistic form of healing and energy balancing affecting the physical, spiritual, and emotional levels of ailments which bring relaxation and accelerated healing while balancing and clearing the individual's energetic field. There are many different types of Reiki, at Sacred Light Reiki we teach both Usui Reiki and Karuna Reiki®

What is universal life force energy?

Universal life force is referred by many cultures: Ki by Japanese, Chi by Chinese, and Prana by Middle Eastern cultures for example. Reiki involves the transfer of universal life energy through the practitioner to the client in order to enhance the body's natural ability to heal itself through the balancing of energy.

Is Reiki a religion?

No. Reiki complements all belief systems and other alternative and traditional healing/energy practices including Western medicine.

How does Reiki work?

Reiki practitioners allow universal life energy to flow using a particular set of hand patterns and intuition. It is the recipient that draws the energy to them as needed. Reiki helps to restore balance to the body whose vital energy has become unbalanced or impeded. A Reiki energy treatment removes energy blockages, brings deep relaxation, detoxifies the body, and increases the bodies’ ability to heal itself.

What can I expect during a treatment?

You will comfortably lay or sit down while the practitioner holds their hands over your body in your energetic field or, if you approve, with a very light touch. You will be guided to close your eyes and go within to relax. The practitioner will then allow Reiki to flow through them and direct it to you. Whether you feel any of the energy movement depends on your own level of intuitiveness and awareness. At the very least you should walk away from a treatment with a sense of deep relaxation and calmness.

Who can practice Reiki?

Reiki is open to anyone who feels called to be a healer and has a desire to practice energy work on others or even just themselves. Usui Reiki is a great tool to introduce people into the fields of energy work and holistic practice.

Do I have to take all the classes?

No. You only take classes as long as you want to. Usui Reiki level one is perfect if your only desire is to treat for your own physical ailments. Level two adds emotional healing and distance healing to your tool box. Level three, master teacher class, gives you knowledge to treat even more issues and to become a Usui Reiki Master Teacher. If you complete all the Usui Reiki classes you can then choose to learn Karuna Reiki® where you learn symbols and techniques to treat specific issues. Browse through our Usui Reiki and Karuna Reiki® pages for more information.

What is a Reiki attunement?

All Reiki traditions include an attunement, which is simply an energetic alignment to universal energy done by a Reiki Master. Some attunements are complex, some are simple, but they are all an energetic exchange where the Master uses the Reiki symbols to finalize the alignment of the student to the universal life force energy around us. This is typically done with the student in a meditative state while the Master holds their hands above, or gently on, the student.

Who founded Sacred Light Reiki?

Sacred Light Reiki is the results of a many years long endeavor sparked by Krista Erickson's curiosity and her Reiki Master Teacher Francisco E. Alvarez's willingness to put up with her. They are both Usui and Karuna Reiki® Master Teachers as well as licensed Practitioners of Religious Science through the Emerson Theological Institute. Krista is also a certified Holistic Health Coach and has completed a 3 year apprenticeship in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition of cross-cultural shamanism. Francisco is a traditional Curandero who has always loved the purity of classical teachings and is passionate about keeping the core of healing traditions alive from all cultures.