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An Introduction to Reiki

as a Natural Way To Heal

with Nirmala Taryn Walker
Certified Reiki Master

In this course, you will receive teachings which will offer you a basic understanding of Reiki. It is especially for those who are considering taking Reiki training and serves to give you an idea of what is taught in Reiki Alchemy classes. The information will also be of value to anyone looking for a natural healing therapy to support a medical condition or challenging time in life.  


PART 1: What is Reiki?

PART 2: Benefits of Reiki

PART 3: Reiki History

PART 4: Reiki & the Chakras

PART 5: Conclusion

Additional Teachings:

PART 6: Safety Concerns

PART 7: Distant Reiki

Anchor 1
Benefits of Reiki

One of the most important things to understand about Reiki is that it is a balancing treatment.

Reiki activates the natural healing response of the body which encourages your entire system towards greater balance. Balance is crucial for well-being and this is why Reiki is helpful no matter what a person is going through. And it’s not just for those who are suffering, it's also an excellent preventative medicine for those who already feel balanced and want to stay this way.

As mentioned, Reiki has for many years been offered in a number of hospitals in the U.S.A. It has been used before, after and even during surgery as it speeds up recovery time and improves patient well-being. One of the major benefits of Reiki is its effectiveness in complementing conventional medical treatment. 

Reiki doesn't treat symptoms specifically. We always treat the whole person and consider the overall balancing effect to be sufficient in bringing about improvement in well-being.

Understanding yourself as a multi-dimensional being is something we dive into in great detail in all Reiki Alchemy Courses. Knowing a person as more than a physical body is fundamental to understanding the effectiveness of Reiki treatment.

Here are some conditions that respond well to Reiki due to its balancing effect:

  • Anxiety

  • Heart disease

  • Cancer

  • Depression

  • Chronic pain

  • Infertility

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Neurodegenerative disorders


  • Autism/developmental delays


  • Crohn’s Disease

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Emotional illness, including mild psychosis

  • Fatigue syndromes

  • End-of-life care and bereavement

The better way to benefit from Reiki is to learn it yourself. Reiki Level I training is all the Reiki training you'll ever need once you understand the importance of self practice. I encourage anyone who does not feel good in any way to take a Reiki I course and immediately begin experiencing the benefits of returning to balance. It will save you a lot of money in the long run to be able to treat yourself with Reiki and daily treatment would be highly unlikely otherwise.


~Look at yourself deeply. Look at all areas of your life, physical, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual. Where are you out of balance? How does this affect your daily life and relationships? Would it be worth committing to daily Reiki self-practice to help restore balance and feel better? 

~Do you know anyone who would benefit from receiving balancing treatments? Would they be open to receiving these through you if you knew how to present Reiki as a safe and effective healing therapy?

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese healing art which uses a sequence of gentle hand placements on the body to facilitate the rebalancing of the bio-energetic system to promote greater well-being.

Due to the possibility of learning Reiki oneself, it offers a lifetime of therapeutic benefits and can also be used as a path of self-inquiry through daily self-practice.

We use the word Reiki to refer to both the healing practice and the subtle energy that gives life to the universe. We turn to oriental philosophy to explore this further:

Eastern Wisdom on Reiki:

To the Japanese, the word Reiki, a common noun, simply means "the energy of the universe". Looking at the characters 'Rei' and 'ki' gives us a deeper understanding of the nature of this energy.


'Rei' is not easy to translate. It is like a combination of subtle, mysterious, transcendental, heavenly and sacred. It can mean universal, divine or spirit. It refers to the subtle consciousness that guides creation.


How does a seed know to grow into a tree? How did you grow from a few tiny cells into what you are now?! This mysterious intelligence exists everywhere and in everything, together with energy known as 'ki' in Japan.

'Ki' can be seen as the life energy that keeps everything alive. It's called 'chi' in China or 'prana' in India. Chi gong practitioners and yogis have been working with it for thousands of years.


Everything contains 'ki', including you. When your 'ki' is high you feel radiantly alive and quite the opposite when depleted or not flowing well. Disease arises in the body when 'ki' is blocked and stagnant. It is important to keep 'ki' moving as it nourishes the cells and organs and literally keeps us alive.

Understanding "Rei" together with "ki" tells us that we are not only working with energy, but also connecting with the subtle omnipresent force that acts upon energy and brings order and balance to the universe.


Reiki practice is about bringing our personal energy into greater harmony with universal energy, as essentially they are one and the same. As Socrates taught: "As within, so without". We can see ourselves as a microcosm of the macrocosm.

What exists in the universe exists in us. The self-healing energy of the universe is already within us. Reiki practice helps us to stay in resonance with the natural source of balance and healing.

What Science tells us about Reiki...

Science is not yet able to measure Reiki, yet many prestigious hospitals in the U.S.A offer Reiki programs to their patients and staff. While from a strictly scientific point of view, we're not sure what Reiki is and how it works, decades of incredible results have given doctors a reason to trust and use Reiki as a support system.


The subjective effects of Reiki treatment often occur alongside certain objectively measurable results, such as reduced heart rate and slower breathing.


Reiki has an almost immediate relaxation effect which allows the body to restore and rebalance itself. It's a natural healing mechanism, but it only activates when we're relaxed.

Think of how many people are completely stressed out every day. Reiki offers such a simple method to alleviate stress and it is widely believed that stress is the primary underlying cause of dis-ease.

In Reiki Level I we explore the relaxation effects of Reiki in more depth, particularly in regards to the response of the parasympathetic nervous system, an interesting topic which could be a course in itself.

While we can explore Reiki theory in great depth, the best understanding comes from experience, particularly when you learn Reiki self-practice and also through receiving Reiki treatments.


~try explaining Reiki to someone who has never heard of it and isn't familiar with Asian medical theory. Notice any challenges here and try different ways to explain it.

~observe something in the natural world around you. Ask yourself: What is keeping this alive? What is guiding this to grow?

What Is Reiki
Benefits Of Reiki


Reiki History

The Reiki that most of us practice today has been passed on through a lineage of practitioners originating with Mikao Usui in the early 1920s, though Reiki was already known and used as a healing therapy in Japan at the time Usui discovered it. The “word” Reiki was already used to describe universal life-force energy and can be found in a Japanese dictionary.

Usui received the knowledge of Reiki while fasting and meditating for 21 days on a mountain in Japan. He shared his discovery with others and developed a system of healing using Reiki which was also a spiritual path for those wishing for a method of self-inquiry.

In the later 1930s Reiki spread to the West through a Hawaiian born Japanese woman, Hawayo Takata and her teacher, Chujiro Hayashi. If it wasn't for them, Reiki might never have left Japan. She also made changes to the way Reiki is practiced and most westerners continue to practice this way today.

So if ever you receive Reiki treatment, think of how this amazing connection to healing continues to be passed down from healer to healer to you!

My students always love the story of the history of Reiki, especially when we study our lineage and see how close we are to Takata, who learnt Reiki from one of the first people Usui ever empowered to teach Reiki. What an honour to be a branch of this remarkable family tree! 

Reiki History
Reiki & the Chakras

The chakras and nadis form the basis of the traditional Yoga system and are important for attuning with beneficial universal frequencies. Mikao Usui did not base Reiki on any such inner system. One followed the 5 Principles of Reiki for spiritual development and Reiki self-practice was the foundation of self-inquiry and healing. His system was very simple.

Reiki Alchemy courses include basic and rare teachings on the chakras and the movement of energy in the human system as additional tools for self-inquiry. Chakra teachings complement Reiki practice very well and most students find it incredibly valuable to understand themselves and their bio-energetic system from this perspective.

What are The Chakras?

The chakras are wheel-like energetic structures that connect to a network of channels known as the nadis. There are 7 main chakras and thousands of nadis, each corresponding to specific body parts, organs, endocrine glands and even thought-processes. 

Each chakra gives a different "flavour" of consciousness. The aim of human life is to purify each chakra so as to reside in pure awareness.

In Reiki Level I we spend some time exploring our chakras and coming to understand our impurities and strengths on each level. In Reiki Level II, we learn practical techniques which assist in this purification process using Reiki.

Having a deeper awareness of our chakras helps us to stay in resonance with all that is beneficial and harmonious and to experience life with an expanded vision and greater clarity.


~Do you currently have any tools or techniques for working with specific qualities of your chakras? e.g. self-confidence, willpower, forgiveness. Are you seeing true lasting results from these methods?  Are you aware of your strengths and weaknesses on each chakra? Would you invest time in exploring your chakras more deeply to bring yourself into resonance with their corresponding beneficial frequencies?


As our journey through the basics of Reiki comes to an end, take a moment to reflect on what you've learnt. As we gain a deeper understanding, we also connect more deeply with the inherent mystery in Reiki. We can try our best to describe what Reiki is and how it works, but why it is there at all remains a beautiful mystery. If we let go of trying to solve the puzzle and instead allow ourselves to reside in this mystery, we receive unexpected blessings through this surrendering.

Reiki is not only a wonderful balancing treatment, it opens a door to a deeper connection to ourselves and all of life. By its nature, it helps us to heal the wounds of separation that prevent us from truly loving ourselves, others and all of existence.

Finding a teacher who is a good fit for you is very important. Here are some questions to ask a teacher when considering taking a course?

~Do you have a daily Reiki self-practice? ie. how much do you yourself actually value Reiki?

~Are you familiar with your lineage?

~Do you have knowledge of the changes that have been made to the Reiki theory and practice over the years throughout your lineage? ie. how much of the training is traditional and what has been added and why

~Are you available as a mentor following the course?

~How much do you charge? A very low price might indicate low confidence or lack of experience. This is a one-time investment with a lifetime of benefits. "You get what you pay for" and the fee for Reiki training should reflect its incredible value in today's world.

Having a good relationship with your Reiki teacher deeply enriches your Reiki path so it's worth taking time to find someone you feel a good resonance with.

If you or a loved one are suffering in any way for any reason please consider taking Reiki Level I training. As you've learnt in this course, there's no need to suffer. Reiki brings comfort, even when facing very serious health conditions. Reiki may not always be the cure, but it always offers support and helps you to feel better. If you already feel balanced please appreciate this and be smart enough to maintain this wonderful state. Reiki is so easy to learn.

Please share this free course with others. I would love to see at least one Reiki practitioner in each home!

Any questions? I'd love to hear from you

It brings great joy to my heart to share my passion for Reiki with you. Thank you for your participation and I wish you all the best on your journey with Reiki.

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