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Reiki FAQ

October 8, 2020 by  
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What is Reiki and how was it discovered?

“Rei” means universal” or spiritually guided and “Ki” is life force energy. Reiki is utilized in many spas, wellness centers, hospitals and health-care centers.

Reiki was discovered in 1922 by a Japanese man by the name of Mikao Usui. His quest to discover how people could perform hands-on healing led him to a retreat in Japan in which he meditated, fasted and prayed for 21 days. It was on the 21st day that Dr. Usui experienced an awakening and channeled information about Reiki.  Dr. Usui doesn’t claim to have created Reiki, but rather claims to have tapped into something that was already there. In the next five years of his life Dr. Usui taught Reiki to over 2,000 people.

Are there any prerequisites to learning Reiki and starting my Reiki journey with you?

It can be helpful to have experienced a Reiki session before attending my Reiki training but it isn’t required.

Is Reiki difficult to learn?

Reiki is a profound system of healing and yet it is so simple – that is the beauty of Reiki.  In Reiki, practitioners just place their hands on themselves or others and this universal life force energy begins to flow. We all have a natural instinct for tapping into spiritual healing. And in the practice of Reiki the practitioner isn’t trying to make anything happen, but in the process the recipient often experiences profound relaxation.

What are Reiki attunements?

The attunements are a special process that awakens students to Reiki energy and empowers the Reiki symbols taught in the corresponding level of Reiki.

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Is learning how to practice Reiki as powerful and effective on Zoom as it is in your in-person classes?

YES and YES!

The Universe prodded me into getting out of my comfort zone and to finally offering online training. It’s funny how the Universe does that, isn’t it?

I’ve taught over 175 in-person Reiki workshops over the last 22 years and have taught 5 online Zoom workshops in 2020. Learning from home provides a very focused and nurturing environment for the Reiki learning experience. I’ve perfectly adapted the Reiki practices from my in-person classes to my online classes. It took a lot of creativity and planning and testing to reimagine the experience and it works beautifully.

When the coronavirus hit in March of 2020 I had to cancel classes in Austin, TX,  Birmingham, MI,  Seattle, WA and Denver, CO. In April 2020 I taught a First Degree Reiki (Reiki I) training on Zoom (to get my feet wet) and the feedback was phenomenal. And now as ‘they’ say “the rest is history.”

I’m so in love with the new online format and love to see the shift in students over the weekend that I will continue offering classes online for the foreseeable future. I will offer in-person classes again, but it will be on a limited basis. If you wish to be on a notification list for in-person classes click here. But I’d say why put your life on hold, why wait. Learn more about my upcoming virtual Reiki trainings here.


How do I get the hands-on experience of giving a Reiki treatment in First Degree Reiki in your online Reiki training?

For the hands-on portion of the Reiki I training I demonstrate giving a Reiki treatment. And then I guide you in giving a hands-on Reiki treatment to someone at your home.

For the experiential portions of the other levels see two sections down where I talk about what is covered in the Reiki I, II, Master and Teacher training.

Note: If you don’t have someone you can work on at home that’s no problem. Instead of working on someone hands-on in-person you’ll be guided in giving an entire “hands-on” Reiki treatment remotely. This combines the power of a longer Reiki treatment with the power of long-distance Reiki.

Here is how several of my students practiced at home:

  • Karen worked with her “client” seated at her house.
  • LouAnn gave a treatment while her “client” relaxed on a yoga mat on the living room floor
  • Anna, Kristen and Courtney had their “clients” relax massage tables at their homes.
  • Kelly worked on her adorable puppy (see below)
  • Serena worked remotely on a friend of mine.
  • Jenny did remote/long-distance remote Reiki on a client.
  • Neil learned by pure observation.

Also, you’ll receive my audios (and links to videos) that will guide you step-by-step in your future Reiki sessions. It’s like having me in the room guiding you through giving a treatment.

How do the Reiki attunements work in an online class? 

First you get comfortable by either sitting on a comfortable chair, reclining on a sofa or even stretching out in savasana on a yoga mat. Then I’ll guide you into a deeply relaxing meditation to prepare you for your attunement. And then after the meditation gets you into a very deep space of relaxation the attunements begin. You’ll hear me say your name and then you’ll receive your attunement from me.

The cool thing about the Reiki attunement process is that for the whole time of the meditation/attunements there is a collective energetic shift happening.

Note: Fun side note. In 2017 I had a request from a NYC student to receive her Reiki teacher attunement. And that year I was only teaching in CO, TX and MI. At that point in time I hadn’t ever thought of doing an attunement long-distance. When she asked if it was possible I thought ‘well why not…since Reiki is done remotely the attunements would work that way, too.’  We set up an appointment and I did a one-on-one attunement with her. The attunement experience was remarkably palpable for both of us. It was super cool at the time. And in retrospect I’m super thankful I had that prior experience because it gave me the knowingness that that I could attune and teach Reiki classes online.



What is the difference between the Reiki I, II, Master and Teacher levels and what will I learn and practice in each level in your online training? 

  • To be effective a Reiki training has to be either in-person or a live interactive Zoom course. There is the Reiki I, Reiki II, Master and Teacher levels.  Each level of Reiki increases and refines the Reiki energy with additional attunements and Reiki symbols.
  • Briefly, in Reiki I you receive foundation knowledge and how to put Reiki into practice.  You learn and practice the hand positions for self-treatment and for the treatment of others. First Degree Reiki lays the foundation for all Reiki. Experiential components include self-Reiki, guided hands-on practice and the Reiki I attunement.
  • In Reiki II you learn the power symbol and the harmony and connection symbols. You also learn how to do long-distance Reiki and you get to practice remote Reiki in class. Experiential components include learning/drawing the symbols,  guided remote/long-distance Reiki practice and the Reiki II attunement.
  • In the Master level you receive the highest activation for practicing Reiki. You receive the Reiki Master Symbol and learn advanced Reiki techniques for release. Experiential components include practicing the advanced Reiki techniques and the Reiki Master attunement.
  • In the Reiki Teacher level you learn to give Reiki attunements and how to teach Reiki to others. You receive behind the scenes infomration on Reiki and get a 360 degree viewpoint on just how profound and transformative Reiki is. Experiential components include learning and practicing the Reiki attunements and receiving the Teacher attunement.
  • Learn more about the curriculum of each of the Reiki levels here

Are there any specific prerequisites to taking the different Reiki levels with you? 

There aren’t any prerequisites to enrolling in Reiki I/II.

To take the Master training with me requires having previously taken a live (in-person or Zoom) Reiki I/II training that was between 10-12 hours or more of classroom training.

To take my Teacher level requires enrolling in my Master level. I’d highly recommend re-taking Reiki I/II though as well.

If you have already taken Reiki I, II and Master and wish to take my Teacher training you can choose to either enroll in my Reiki I/II and Teacher classes or take the Reiki Master and Teacher classes or of course take the entire training. The pricing differential is only $100.

In the Reiki Teacher class how do I learn how to give an attunement?

It’s simple I’ll be demonstrating how to do the attunements and walking you through how to give an attunement live on the call! And you’ll be giving attunements to one another in class!

What types of Reiki treatments do I learn to give in your Reiki workshops?

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction, relaxation and energy balancing that supports the bodies ability of self-healing. In the practice of Reiki this spiritual energy is utilized for energy balancing via an in-person or long-distance treatment. In a Reiki workshop you a Reiki attunement which activates the energy of Reiki for the corresponding level of Reiki.

In a comprehensive Reiki training you learn Reiki self-treatments (the foundation of Reiki) and you learn to give Reiki to others. You learn to administer Reiki “hands-on,” “hand above the body,” and “long distance.” Within each modality of Reiki practice there are multiple ways Reiki can be given. In my workshops you’ll learn just how flexible Reiki practice can be.


What is the difference between Reiki schools? And how do I select a teacher?

Reiki has branched off into many directions, but Reiki is Reiki. The branches are of the same tree. I think the importance is finding a Reiki Teacher that one feels a connection to or resonance with. Click here to learn about my Reiki lineage.

The foundations of Reiki i.e. the symbols, the attunements, hands-on healing, distance healing are taught by every Reiki Teacher that offers a comprehensive training. Course content may vary slightly.

What if I have doubts about my Reiki abilities?

Reiki works even if you have doubts about your abilities and you feel like nothing or not much is happening. (When I first started practicing Reiki I had doubts about whether much of anything was happening, but my Reiki clients kept coming back because they loved it).

Who learns Reiki?

People from all walks of life learn Reiki.  Some take Reiki just because they are drawn to it. Others learn Reiki because of their interest in energy work.  Others take Reiki for their own personal growth and/or to work on family and friends.  Also, many healing professionals take Reiki so that they can incorporate it into their work. I’v had people from across the gamut take Reiki: doctors, nurses, nuns, attorneys, massage therapists, teachers, artisans, engineers, students of life and so on.

Does Reiki require certain religious or spiritual beliefs?

It doesn’t. That is one of the beautiful things about Reiki!  Anyone from any background and from any belief system can practice Reiki. Students attending a Reiki class may consider themselves Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Spiritual (non- religious) or agnostic. You can maintain and in fact deepen your connection to your spiritual or religious practice.Reiki, while spiritual, doesn’t have any religious doctrine, nor any other beliefs one must adapt to learn or to practice. Reiki can be practiced whether the student is religious or not-religious.

Can Reiki be used in everyday life or is it just used in treatments?

Reiki is energy, so Reiki can positively affect anyone and anything.  We are a wellspring of energy, so we affect everyone and everything around us just by our presence.  Reiki is such a powerful and healing system!

  • Reiki can be used for peace and relaxation anytime.
  • It can be used before meditation, tai chi, yoga, prayer, sleep, etc.
  • It can be used to support healing. The bodies natural healing abilities are heightened when the sympathetic nervous system is activate i.e. when we relax.  Relaxation can help with headaches, injuries, burns, cramps, arthritis, and before and after surgery, etc.  It can and is being used in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiation at major hospitals.
  • Reiki can be used for protection of personal space, home, auto, etc.
  • It can be used before, during and after medical or dental visits.
  • Reiki can be done on animals and plants.
  • Reiki can also be applied to goals and situations
  • Reiki can be used in conjunction with affirmations.
  • We can also Reiki our food and drink.

What are some of the Reiki experiences you and your students have had?

Click here for Reiki Stories from my experiences and my students. You’ll also learn about experiences with Reiki by reading student testimonials.

What is the chakra cleanse?

The attunements in Reiki affect your whole being because they increase the amount of chi flowing into your physical and energetic body.  As a result of this influx of healing energy, an energetic cleanse is set into motion.  Some say that this is a 21-day cleanse, however in my experience it’s about 1-2 weeks.

The cleanse works by balancing and clearing the seven chakras through which Reiki flows.  Much like a river after a storm, everything flows faster and things get stirred up.  This release can result in a healing crisis or flu like symptoms for some and for others  . . . an influx of positive feelings.

How is Reiki Transmitted?

Reiki comes through the crown chakra, fills the practitioner and is transmitted through the hands.  Research in the book Vibrational Medicine has shown that during the process of hands-on healing, a brain wave synchronization effect often occurs between the practitioner and the recipient.  It appears that the practitioner and the recipient become aligned with the magnetic field of the earth and that light is emitted through the palms.

What does Reiki Feel Like?

Reiki is transmitted through very light contact, or above the body, or long-distance and is deeply relaxing. Many of my clients report that Reiki is more relaxing and centering than massage and almost dreamlike. I view Reiki almost as a meditation through the medium of touch and as a spa for the mind/body and soul. When we go into a state of deep relaxation we experience a sense of greater emotional well-being and physical well-being.

What can you expect in a Reiki Treatment?

A Reiki treatment is generally anywhere from 20 minutes to 90 minutes The typical treatment time for an in-person treatment is 60 minutes. And the stand long-distance Reiki treatment ranges from 20-60 minutes.

Click here for information on practicing Reiki during the time of COVID-19.

In-person Reiki Treatments are done while the client relaxes fully clothed on a massage table. Reiki can also be combined for licensed massage therapists with acupressure, massage and/or cranialsacral therapy.

Long-distance Reiki Treatments may be done at anytime or at a scheduled time. They may be offered entirely remotely or by phone, Zoom or Skype.

What are the benefits of Reiki?

Reiki is deeply restorative, empowering and balancing.  It reduces stress and facilitates healing and personal growth.  It has a positive effect – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  It is centering and increases intuition.

How Do We Gain and Lose Chi (life energy)?

A life force energy called chi or ki flows into and out of us through energy centers (called chakras) and through pathways (called meridians). The chi, when flowing strongly, nourishes our whole being and we feel whole.  As human beings, we receive chi, lose chi and maintain chi in a number of subtle and tangible ways (food, exercise, sleep, breath, sunshine, relationships, daily events).  When our energy becomes diminished by stress, we start feeling down or just feel something is missing.  Reiki helps to raise our chi and thus makes us feel better on many levels.

How Does Energy-Work Influence our Frequency?

Everything is energy and everything has a frequency. When chi is strong and balanced we generally feel well and we have a normal or high frequency or vibration.  Notice the saying “that person has good (or bad vibes).” When we are in pain, ill, depressed or are not feeling well, the vibration/frequency of our bodies is lower. According to Bruce Tainio in the Reference Guide for Essential Oils the frequency of the healthy human body is 62-68 MHz.  Colds and the flu bring the body down to 57-58 MHz.  As the frequency decreases more serious illnesses can set in.  When we are down or ill or just not feeling optimum we literally need to re-charge.  Anything that contributes to a balanced or higher frequency helps create health and well-being.

How has Reiki has impacted me personally?

Reiki has reatly increased my intuition both within sessions and in my personal life. Reiki has affected my dream life as well increasing the clarity of some dreams and bringing me guidance. Reiki for me personally creates a deep sense of inner calm and contentment and a feeling that at the deepest level all is well. Utlizing the Reiki principles has also been a life changer.

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How does Reiki help with world healing?

One of the most impactful ways to change the world is through the rising of individual consciousness. Every time we meditate or practice Reiki we help generate a field of greater peace and coherence. 

Also, through long-distance Reiki we generate healing fields for the planet and for the world.

And at the same time we take action in daily life to help initiate change.

I started Lightworkers Ignite because of the ever present need of world healing.


There are different histories on Reiki, what authors accurately portray the history of Reiki and Usui?

William Rand and Frank Arjava Petter have both written numerous books on Reiki.  It was these two who diligently researched Reiki and have subsequently reported their findings about Reiki.  All books do however credit the discovery of Reiki to Dr. Usui in his 21-day retreat.

I’ve read about the Principles of Reiki, what are those?

Some sources state that the principles were created by Mikao Usui others state that they were created by the Emperor of Japan.  Either way, Mikao Usui was said to have recited these principles on a daily basis. There are various versions of the Reiki Principles. I believe that in life we need to choose expressions, principles and affirmations that resonate with us. Here are three different versions that incorporate the essence of the Reiki principles:

For today only
anger not, worry not.
Be grateful and humble.
Do your work with appreciation.
Be kind to all beings

Modern Reiki Principles:
Just for today, I will not worry
Just for today, I will not anger
Today, I will live honestly
Just for today, I will respect the oneness of all life
Just for today, I will be kind to everyone I meet
Just for today, I will show gratitude to all living things

Reiki Principles  in Affirmation Form
Today, I choose to live in the now and let go of worry.
Today, I choose to be free of anger and judgment
Today, I will live honestly and with integrity
I respect and honor the oneness of all life
I choose to be kind to everyone I meet and also kind to myself
I choose to feel and show gratitude to all living things

Another Version
Just for Today I choose to be FREE of Worry
Just for Today I choose to be FREE of Anger or Impatience.
Today I choose to be grateful.
Today I choose to be kind and compassionate toward all, including myself.
Today I choose to work and live in integrity.

What is the benefit I might experience from a single session of Reiki?

There is a New Study from Harvard University on Reiki Treatments being published in 2019.

This is from the Center for Reiki Research:

“It’s been a long time coming, but the Reiki study conducted at Harvard by members of the Center for Reiki Research (Dr. Natalie Trent, Dr. Ann Baldwin, and William Rand) in 2015 and 2016 has now been accepted for publication in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine! This is the largest prospective Reiki study to date and hopefully will lead to more research.

A total of 1411 Reiki sessions were conducted and included in the analysis. Statistically significant improvements were observed for all outcomes of psychological and physical health, including pain, drowsiness, tiredness, nausea, appetite, shortness of breath, anxiety, depression, mood, and overall wellbeing, with moderate to large effect.

The results from this large-scale multi-site effectiveness trial suggest that a single session of Reiki improves physical and psychological health.”

                                                      Center of Reiki Research


Should I use Reiki instead of consulting my medical Doctor?

No, Reiki is not a substitute for medical help. You should always seek medical advice first from a Doctor. Reiki can be used in conjunction with western/allopathic medicine.

Should I use Reiki instead of counseling?

No, Reiki is not a substitute for professional counseling through a counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist. You should always seek psychological well-being/treatment advice from a mental health care professional. Reiki can be used in conjunction with therapy. If you have any concerns about receiving Reiki talk to your counselor.

I’ve had numerous clients that concurrently work with a therapist and a Reiki practitioner.

Can Reiki help to facilitate emotional healing?

Nearly all of us have emotional healing that could take place that would better enrich our lives and make us feel more in touch and connected. Reiki helps us heal and release hidden issues. We may become emotional during or after a Reiki Treatment or Attunement.  Sometimes generalized emotions will rise to the surface without an attachment to a specific memory.

It is my personal belief that we don’t need to dig into, seek out or continue to play movies of our past traumas or pains.  We can always find more pain and I believe we activate and enliven the pain by analyzing it too much.  Science has shown that the brain doesn’t know the difference between something that is happening now and something that is being re-lived.  So if we watch re-runs of difficult events in our lives we are doing a disservice to our minds and bodies. If tears naturally come to the surface then that is different. There isn’t ever a seeking nor a facilitating of emotional release.

It seems that there is some division in the Reiki world, why is this?

Some teachers or schools of Reiki don’t acknowledge other teachers or schools of Reiki as real.  The ironic thing is that some Reiki organizations claim that Reiki is not real if it wasn’t learned from a lineage linking to Takata.  Takata was a wonderful Teacher of Reiki and we can thank her for bringing Reiki to the West, but she was never named as a President of Reiki as some books state Dr. Usui wrote that: “Reiki can never and will never belong to one person or one organization.  It is the spiritual heritage of all humanity.”

Are you a member of any Reiki organiztions that I might want to consider joining?

I’ve been a member of the International Association of Reiki Practitioners for countless years. You do not need to join the IARP but if you choose to practice professionally this adds extra credibility  (https://iarp.org).  Upon receiving your certificate of completion from me you can register with the IARP.  Membership is approximately $149 per year.  A $10 discount is available if you use Lisa’s registration code LG562.  Also the IARP does provide a variety of forms you can use in your practice.

Do I need to have insurance to practice Reiki?

If you wish to practice Reiki professionally you may also opt for liability insurance coverage. You can find links to insurance companies through the IARP.  If you see clients/practice out of your home you’ll need to get an additional rider to your homeowners insurance policy.

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6 Responses to “Reiki FAQ”
  1. Beth L. says:


    Thanks for being such a wealth of information. I had a question about applying the Reiki that you taught me to a situation that I would like to see have a positive outcome quickly and I wanted to make sure that was plausible. I was able to find the answer right here in this article!

    Thanks again for being such a great teacher and reference!

  2. Lisa Guyman says:

    Thanks Beth. I’m glad you found the answer you were looking for. Feel free to submit any questions that come up in the future regarding Reiki, meditation or life coaching, etc.

  3. Ingrid says:


    I have done Usui Reiki levels 1 and 2 years ago, but slipped out of practice. I want to begin using Reiki again, beginning on myself and possibly some difficult situations at work.

    I have two questions:

    When using Reiki on oneself, I was taught to begin and close with the appropriate symbols. If I fall asleep while giving Reiki to myself, should I close with the symbol when I wake up?

    I work as a teacher, with some traumatised children in my class. It might be confusing to them, to seek their permission to use Reiki. Is it alright to send Reiki to them, or to the classroom, without their express permission?

    Many thanks,

  4. Lisa Guyman says:

    While practicing Reiki it is OK if you fall asleep. There is no need to draw symbol to close when you wake up, however if that is what feels right it won’t hurt to draw the symbol then.

    When working with people that we cannot ask directly for permission we can have the intention that we are offering Reiki to them and it is their choice whether to receive it. There is a difference in “offering” Reiki and “sending” Reiki. I also believe Reiki in it’s essence is just positive energy so how can that ever be wrong. The key for me is that the energy is offered without an agenda or attachment to specific outcome, but instead for the highest good.

    Hope that helps! Namaste, Lisa

  5. Ingrid says:


    That answers my questions well.


  6. Pauline says:

    I love the way you answered the question regarding the division in the Reiki World!