Reiki

I am a Reiki Master Teacher, and I offer distant and local Reiki sessions. The cost per hour-long session is $60. Please contact me at Jennifer at dragonflyenergyhealing dot com to make an appointment.  My energy healing sessions are Reiki based yet also a composite of the various healing modalities I have studied.  We will carefully discuss your goals and needs and ask for spiritual direction as part of the process.

To help you become more familiar with energy healing, I will summarize Reiki here:

Reiki is the ancient Japanese art of using universal energy to heal the body.  The Reiki practitioner uses ancient symbols and becomes a conduit for the Reiki energy to pass through her/his hands to the body of the recipient.   A typical Reiki session lasts about an hour, and the practitioner places her hands on certain areas of the body for three to five minutes at a time.  The hand placement is fairly standard.  The recipient remains clothed, and the session is generally relaxing and rejuvenating.  Reiki provides stress relief, pain relief, and typically it is calming emotionally and mentally.  shutterstock_lily with dragonfly and beeWhile Reiki often has healing effects for physical problems, one could also think of Reiki as preventative medicine in that the energy helps the body balance and heal at a deeper level – before any physical manifestations have come through. If you study the chakras, you could think of Reiki as working with the violet light of the seventh chakra as a healing hue. Of course, a Reiki session deals with all of the chakras and typically works to keep energy moving and un-stuck.

One of the neatest benefits of a Reiki session, in my opinion, and one that is not always talked about, is that during the session, as it is meditative and altered in terms of energy flow, the receiver often has great insights that come in many forms. For example, one might feel specific emotions, see certain images (as if in a dream or daydream), think of certain phrases, ponder significant memories that arise, feel sensations of heat, cold, tingling, etc., or have any other experience the represents the subconscious coming through as guidance. It is as if the calm space that the session creates allows the recipient to bypass our typical, logical thought processes and pay attention to our wise and powerful intuitive subconscious. It is very similar to dreaming, but in a conscious state. These insights are typically symbolic, in an archetypal way, and they should make sense to the recipient as guidance from his/her deepest self.

shutterstock_19454326_violetmoonMy experience with Reiki and other forms of energy healing has been powerful and life-changing; it has made me believe in an unseen world that I’ve always known to exist but that modern science and western thought processes marginalize and discount.  We are so very logical, and we rely on our five senses to a degree that we discount anything that cannot be seen, heard, smelled, tasted or touched.   Thank goodness for signs, visions, unseen voices, and all of the other consistent “paranormal” experiences that occur throughout the western world – we might have pushed the unseen out the door altogether by now!

It is here to stay, however, because it does exist, and something like Reiki is a comforting reminder that there is more than meets the eye in our day-to-day world and that human intention and focus has great power and mystery to it.   I don’t doubt that other species and life forms have the same access to this sort of energy, and perhaps they use it more regularly than people, but the fact that we use it at all is heartening in this day and age.

You can find much information about Reiki and its history on the internet, though I have to say because it has been passed through word of mouth and from teacher to teacher, many places will differ from each other and many people will make grand promises in terms of what they can teach you and in what short amount of time.

I feel lucky that I have had a traditional Reiki teacher in Mary Mooney, who lives in Raleigh, NC,  and who studied Reiki with two master teachers who both studied with Mrs. Takata, the woman credited for bringing Reiki to the west.   Mary Mooney was able to distill the teachings of her two teachers to see where they jibed and where they may have differed (they rarely differed), and thus I feel that I was given the teachings as closely as possible to what Mrs. Takata herself taught.

In order for you to understand what Reiki is and how it has come to be so popular in the United States and all over the world, I feel that I should start with the three most central figures in the history, Dr. Usui, Dr. Hayashi, and Mrs. Takata.   As Mrs. Takata was the Reiki Master who was practicing in the later 1900’s, we know her story the best.  And, actually, it is from her that we get much of our information about Dr. Usui and Dr. Hayashi.  I will try to give you the most condensed version of Mrs. Takata’s story that I can, and I will be drawing from my coursework with Mary Mooney, the book by Helen Haberly, one of Mrs. Takata’s students, called Reiki: Hawayo Takata’s story, and the book by Fran Brown, another student of Takata’s, called Living Reiki: Takata’s Teachings.   Both Helen Haberly and Fran Brown were esteemed students of Takata’s.  Mrs. Takata asked Haberly to write her life story in 1980, the year that she passed away, and Fran Brown’s book is a compilation of stories as told by Mrs. Takata to her many students.

For 35 years, Hawayo Takata was the only Reiki Master teaching in the United States.  Before she died she realized that she needed to pass the energy and the wisdom along, so, in the last decade of her life, she taught others.  Twenty-two students became Reiki Masters.

I will summarize the story of Hawayo Takata as well as her explanation of Dr. Usui’s journey to finding Reiki in the subpage links above. Additionally, you may find my answers in the following interview helpful to your understanding:
https://dragonflyhealing.wordpress.com/2009/05/29/what-is-reiki-an-interview/

** Notes on my Reiki lineage:

My Reiki teacher was Mary Mooney, and her teachers were Virginia Samdahl, John Jewel, and Karen Cameron (her Master teacher). I have the lineages for both Virginia Samdahl and Karen Cameron, though I have not been able to track John Jewel’s path back. Thus, you can track back my lineage, from Mary Mooney, a couple of ways to Dr. Usui. If you notice, Virginia Samdahl was a Reiki Master initiated by Mrs. Takata, the woman who brought Reiki to the west, and thus her teaching was as close as you can get to Mrs. Takata’s original teaching. Though many contemporary teachers add to and make minor changes to the Reiki techniques, Mary Mooney emphasized, in our classes, the need to stay true to the traditional teachings, and for that I am grateful.

Here are the lineages:

Dr. Mikao Usui
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Dr. Chujiro Hayashi
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Mrs. Hawayo Takata
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Iris Ishikuro
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Arthur Robertson
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Rev. Karen Cameron
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Rev. Mary Mooney
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Jennifer Moore
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Dr. Mikao Usui
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Dr. Chujiro Hayashi
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Mrs. Hawayo Takata
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Virginia Samdahl
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Mary Mooney
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Jennifer Moore

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