So what is this thing called Reiki?

Reiki is an interesting name and many people I talk to about it, including my husband, like to make jokes. My husband would say, “so are you going to go outside and ‘Rake – I’ the leaves?” “Don’t forget to ‘Rake –I” the leaves in piles.” He jokes, but he has experienced the benefits as well, and fully endorses the use of Reiki in one’s tool shed of options.

All joking aside, I was very curious when I first learned about Reiki several years ago having never heard of the term before. Reiki is an ancient technique that promotes healing, relaxation and stress reduction. Its origins stem from traditional yang streams of Buddhist Chinese Qi Gong and Shintoism methods and were rediscovered in Japan, by Dr. Usui at the turn of the 19th century.


Reiki is an ancient technique that promotes healing, relaxation and stress reduction.


I was offered Reiki by my amazing and talented mother in law, Trula Daugherty, of awakeningspirityogareiki.com who had studied it in Colorado and became a Reiki Master. The first time I received it I was blown away. It was amazing. I felt heat radiate out of my mother in laws hands and a sense of relaxation and calmness along with energy flow ran over me. I felt soothing throughout my body as it helped to open up blockages and heal. Even after the treatment was over, I felt a sense of euphoria for several hours. It was like getting a full body massage without really being touched.

I know what you are thinking, “really Jessica, you felt heat radiate out of your mother in laws hands?” “And how can you feel the effects of a massage without being touched?” Yes, it is true so let me tell you how it is administered and hopefully it will start to make sense.

Reiki is broken down into two words, Rei stands for “higher power or god’s wisdom” and “chi” or “universal life force” which together represents “spiritual guided life force energy.” Reiki uses energy: vibrations, frequencies, and waves and through the “laying of hands” on the body in specific positions around Chakra’s and meridian points in the body, it promotes the movement of energy within the body. Energy moves around opening up consciousness and removing mental, physical, and emotional blockages in the body, mind, and soul.


Reiki uses energy: vibrations, frequencies, and waves and through the “laying of hands” on the body in specific positions around Chakra’s and meridian points in the body, it promotes the movement of energy within the body.


A practitioner who has been attuned to offer the technique can activate Reiki healing in the body. Because energy can never be destroyed, it can only be transformed. The goal of a Reiki treatment is to transform the potentially negative energy or blockages in one’s body and invigorate or stimulate the Chakra’s allowing the regular and positive flow of energy back in ones’ body.

Shortly following my first few Reiki treatments, I began to study Reiki and become attuned to offer it to others. Thus, I went down a path where I studied the first degree initiation, second-degree initiation, and finally third and fourth degree initiation to become attuned as a Reiki Master. I did this over a period of several years meanwhile offering Reiki to family and friends and using it on myself.

I am finally at a point in my life where I have the time and I am eager to offer Reiki to others. I have a Reiki, meditation, and shaman studio where I offer various sessions. If you are experiencing stress, anxiety, or any medical or physical ailments and would like to give Reiki a try, or another healing modality I offer, or simply want to help me ‘rake – I’ the leaves, please contact me at www.consciousmountaingirl.com or at consciousmountaingirl@gmail.com and stay tuned for workshops and retreats as well.

The average Reiki session lasts approximately one hour to 90 minutes. I can also customize a session for you depending on what you would like to work on.


The five principles of Reiki:

Just for today…

       Do not get angry

      Do not worry

      Be grateful

     Work hard

     Be kind to others


Blog post by Jessica Daugherty @ www.consciousmountaingirl.com