The Gokai – 5 Reiki Principles

Mikao Usui believed that in order for anyone to practice Reiki and transfer healing energy to others, they must have first taken responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. He also realised the importance of a person’s participation in the healing process. To address this Usui developed five principles which he taught to his students as strategies to apply to life. These principles were:-

Just for today, do not be angry

Just for today, do not worry

Just for today, be grateful

Just for today, work hard

Just for today, be kind to all living things.

Mikao Usui


The 5 Reiki Principles in Japanese – the Gokai


Just for today, do not be angry.

Anger is when we respond to an event in an irrational because something happens differently to how you would like it to happen. It is a fight reaction that raises cortisol levels in the body and stimulates the production of adrenaline to ready the body to engage in combat.

When an event happens to trigger us, perhaps a friend is late for example, if we come from a cool, calm and completely present space then we are able to peacefully ride the circumstances, or if necessary feel passion to take strong and decisive action. However, if we resist an event and proclaim that it “shouldn’t have happened” we can become angry. Remaining angry after an event has happened can be a vastly destructive force, hurting ourselves and others.

Reiki helps us to become loving and accepting of life in all its variations and to know when it is appropriate to respond and when it is appropriate to let something go and move on.

Just for today, do not worry.

Worry is when we fear an outcome that we have little or no control over. Our most common forms of worry are our health, finances, career and loved ones.

This emotion is hugely draining on the body and can distract us from being fully in the present moment. Short levels of worry can be healthy in helping us to take precautions or pay more attention. However, when our thinking becomes pre-occupied with worrying thoughts it is best to take action to restore balance.

In order to deal with worry it is necessary to know that we all live in an uncertain world that carries a certain element of risk. If what you are worrying about cannot be acted upon, it is best to acknowledge the feeling and seek balance. Where your worrying thought can be acted on, use it to motivate you to begin the process of taking action. This may be creating a plan, seeking outside help or gathering more information so you can make an informed decision.

Just for today, be grateful.

Gratitude is one of human’s highest and most positive emotions. Being grateful for what we have, rather than focusing on what we do not, fills us with positivity and makes it more likely for us to draw more of the same towards us.

To be grateful is to see the wonder in all the gifts you have such as; friends, family, a functioning body, talents, skills and abilities, food to eat or a roof over your head.

To be ungrateful is to dissociate yourself with life and block good things coming to you. Ingratitude is the source of many serious health, social and psychological imbalances. It often goes hand in hand with a sense of entitlement and overly high expectations.

The ability to be grateful is an important muscle to exercise in order to retain a sense of balance. If we live in a state of gratitude, appreciating and giving thanks for the many blessings of life we can help transform negative attitudes and thoughts into positive ones.

There is always something to be grateful for.

Just for today, work hard.

Usui was very clear that in order to achieve anything in life, it requires a certain amount of diligence, commitment and effort. Commitment is the backbone of success and lasting improvement and is necessary in building a strong and harmonious relationship with ourselves and others.

Each task we do deserves our full attention, even if it is very mundane. Having a work ethic is necessary for us to make a contribution to our community and master the attributes we require to be successful. These attributes include being truthful and honest, self-motivated and willing to share our gifts with others.

Just for today, be kind to all living things.

Kindness is a choice. It involves the attributes of empathy, positivity, seeing the best in people and a willingness to be gentle and go easy on things, including ourselves. From this place of strength, yet softness, we are able to bring forth other attributes such as love and compassion.

Kindness is about loving and respecting ourselves and others. It is about keeping a soft and open heart, and treating others the way you would like to be treated yourself.


Put together, these Reiki Principles create a foundation for our personal spiritual growth. You are never done learning from the 5 Reiki Principles, there is always more to be explored with regards to letting go of anger, worry, gratitude, a good work ethic and kindness. Reiki will help you to reconnect to the purity of the energy that surrounds us.  Seeing as Reiki energy is complete, whole, balanced and harmonious – through exploring Reiki energy, we become complete, whole, balanced, harmonious and free from suffering.

Reiki Self treatment 2

This blog post forms part of the Reiki 21 Day Challenge – 21 days of self treatment, and meditation starting from 1st January 2018. Join in by following this event on Facebook, and taking part in a 21 day healing journey to bring more peace, love and harmony to yourself and the world around you.


What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese word pronounced RAY KEY, which when translated from Japanese means Rei – Spiritual/Universal and Ki – Life Force Energy.


Mikao Usui, founder of the Usui Reiki Ryoho technique (1865 – 1926)

Developed into a healing practice in 1922 by a Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui, the underlying principle of Reiki is a spiritual awakening to the life force energy that exists everywhere, including within us and the cosmos around us.

One of the aspects that comes from practicing Reiki is to facilitate healing (to make whole) of ourselves. Reiki healing is a way of maximising the body’s own healing ability and can be directed either to a specific place or generally to the whole body to allow the return of physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

The art of Reiki is available to anyone and can be learnt by attending a course that teaches you about the practice of Reiki and how to share it with yourself and others.

Those that practice it find Reiki is an empowering and uplifting experience, whether practiced for yourself or used to benefit others.

It is important to note the Reiki practitioner is not passing on any of their own energy, but an unlimited amount of higher spiritual energy from an external source that can be accessed at any time anywhere.

Reiki is not a religion. There is no belief system or doctrine around Reiki and can work whether you believe in it or not.

SavedPicture-2014102511170.jpgReiki works on all levels from the physical to the higher spiritual vibrations. Reiki can help with physical, mental and spiritual issues ranging from poor health to a feeling of being disconnected. Because it works on the spiritual realm, it allows for an infinite experience of development and growth.

Reiki is a transformational tool and is beneficial in developing a connection to energy/source as a way of supporting personal development. By learning to tune in and sense energy and send healing energy, Reiki helps us to develop your self-awareness, compassion and feeling of connectedness to all things. This has a positive impact on our wellbeing and can promote greater harmony in the environment around us.


Reiki is for life. It is not necessary to receive further attunements to be effective, though a student may choose to as regular attunements keep the channel clear, deepen your connection to life force energy and reinvigorates your Reiki practice. (They are also nice to receive!)

Reiki Self treatment 2

This blog post forms part of the Reiki 21 Day Challenge – 21 days of self treatment, and meditation starting from 1st January 2018. Join in by following this event on Facebook, and taking part in a 21 day healing journey to bring more peace, love and harmony to yourself and the world around you.

Gassho Meditation

Gassho meditation is a meditation practice that Usui Sensei practiced as part of his personal meditation practice, twice a day. Gassho means “two hands coming together” and is the equivalent of the prayer position in western culture.

Gassho 2The purpose of meditation is to become your Self more fully so that you may drop attachments and let go of attachment and resistance. Through a regular meditation practice we are able to reconnect to source, have a more truthful relationship with our Self/soul and have a more truthful relationship with the planet and others. The benefits of this include allowing the body and mind to have a chance to rest and heal, resulting in a clearer and more peaceful mind, a more centred and relaxed body and more presence, love and connection to the current moment.

How to perform a Gassho meditation

When doing Gassho meditation find a quiet space and time to sit down comfortably. This might be first thing in the morning, after your morning chores such as the school run but before work, before lunch, after dinner or before bed.

Close your eyes gently and place your hands together in the prayer position about 10cms in front of your chest. Gently have your palms touching about level with your heart. When you are settled, bring your awareness to the point where the two middle fingers meet and allow that to be a gentle focal point. If you find your mind wanders, simply return your attention to where your middle fingers meet and bring yourself back.

It is recommended that you practice Gassho meditation for 20 minutes twice a day. If you find it difficult to hold your hands up for the whole time, it is permissible to let them rest in your lap, but continuing to keep your palms and fingers touching.

Reiki Self treatment 2 This blog post forms part of the Reiki 21 Day Challenge – 21 days of self treatment, and meditation starting from 1st January 2018. Join in by following this event on Facebook, and taking part in a 21 day healing journey to bring more peace, love and harmony to yourself and the world around you.


Introduction to Reiki


Autumn is a time to reap the harvest and go inwards

As we move through autumn, the time has come for warm coats, woolly hats and log fires to warm long winter evenings.

I have always found autumn to be a busy period for me, it’s like I bring in the harvest of the year’s efforts, and this year has been particularly fruitful.

And now, as winter draws in, I start to find myself going inwards also – shedding the ‘doing’ of the year and starting to look more introspectively at who I am and where I am going?

For me, more than any time of the year, winter time is Reiki time. Perhaps why I have been kick started into offering more opportunities to train and share the benefits of Reiki to a wider audience? I hope you will join us and be part of the events below!

Try it for yourself!

I have two options for people to have a taster experience of Reiki.

On 4-7pm, Thurs 16th November, as part of the NHS Self Care Week, I will be offering free 30 minute taster sessions at Phoenix Total Wellness, Tunbridge Wells. These sessions are perfect for you or any of your friends and family that you would like to have an experience of Reiki to see if it helps with stress levels and increases wellbeing.


On Thurs 23rd November, again at Phoenix Total Wellness, I will be doing an evening talk on The Benefits of Reiki and how it can be part of a Self-Care programme. In it, I will be sharing a little about what Reiki is, some inspiring stories of how it has helped people and how my own practice has given me an experience of life beyond my wildest imagination. This event is suitable for those that might be interested in learning Reiki and how they can support themselves through self treatments and having a committed Reiki practice.

Spaces for both events are limited. To book please complete the booking form below and I will get in touch with a time slot and/or the full event details.

I look forwards to you joining us!

20170110 Becci Barbara Yeo Photography hr-30 (2)About Becci:

I am passionate about health and wellbeing, and I am particularly passionate about the benefits of  Reiki. I have learnt from my own experiences and the experiences of others, Reiki has a lot of potential to support us and be part of a positive Self-Care programme.

If  you are curious to see what Reiki has to offer or you would like to learn Reiki for yourself, then take part in the events above, get in touch to book a session or read this post to find out who Reiki is For.

Angela’s story – why I learnt Reiki


Everyone chooses to learn Reiki for different reasons. Here, one of my students shares why she was drawn to learn Reiki and the impact it has had on her.


“I had been reading a book on Reiki and felt drawn towards it. I had never had a Reiki session but I just knew it would be something that I would get a lot of benefit from.

I found Becci Godfrey on an on line search and arranged my first Reiki session with her, I also wanted to learn more about it and enquire about taking my level 1.

When I first met Becci, I found her to be a very warm caring person, and was able to relate well to her. We talked about what I was hoping Reiki could do for me and also how I felt I could help other people.

I was very nervous and my anxiety levels were sky high (which Becci picked up during Reiki) I really wasn’t sure what to expect. The session actually went by really quickly and I was surprised at how much heat I could feel through Becci’s hands.

When the session had finished, Becci said that my body felt really unbalanced and I was carrying a lot of stress-which I knew, but didn’t know what to do about it. I did feel a lot calmer and really tired afterwards. Becci gave me a lot of good advice on what to do for the rest of the day and how I may feel etc. She also recommended I have another session the following week.

When I got home, my energy levels were so high, I hadn’t felt like that for a long time and I achieved a lot that afternoon. I felt very balanced for the first time in years and couldn’t wait to go back for my next session.

I had 4 sessions in all and could totally feel the difference in my body. My anxiety levels dropped right down and I just felt very different. I was able to feel calmer about things and felt a peacefulness inside me.


Naomi and Angela receive their Level 1 certificates

Due to my positive experience I then went on to do my level 1. This was 2 days where I learnt all about the basics in Reiki and how to treat someone and how to self-treat which has been hugely beneficial to me. I did a 21 day cleansing programme where I used Reiki either on myself or other people every day and I ate and drank sensibly, plus used relaxation ideas to help myself too.

I am still practicing Reiki on friends and family and I’m looking forward to doing my level 2 as well, where I can develop my Reiki skills into helping other people so that they can feel the benefits and start to feel better about themselves too.

I will be keeping up with reiki sessions for myself as I find each time I go I feel so much better both physically and mentally.”



20170110 Becci Barbara Yeo Photography hr-30 (2)About Becci:

I am passionate about your health and wellbeing and Reiki and from my own experience and the experiences of others, Reiki has a lot of potential for delivering health and relaxation, particularly when other methods have failed.

If Angela’s story has inspired you and you are curious to see what Reiki has to offer or you would like to learn Reiki for yourself, then get in touch to book a session or read this post to find out who Reiki is For.

Who is Reiki for?

Young or young at heart, anyone can experience Reiki

Reiki is suitable for anyone. The young, the still young at heart, happy people, sad people, those that are well and those feeling below par.

You don’t need much of an excuse to experience Reiki as having all that the Universe can offer is your birthright! 

Most people come to support themselves through difficult times or let go of an old pattern. Some come for simple wellbeing. 

Those that learn Reiki for themselves find it helps them stay balanced and deal with life stress, help with sleeping and gives them a positive spiritual practice that enriches their life.

I like Reiki because it helps me to be who I am fully.

What’s your reason for doing Reiki?

What’s it like to have hands that heal?

‘Tis the Christmas season (Merry Christmas all!) and some chance for some down time! This means time with loved ones, friends and family and a lot more time to relax and go slow. I LOVE this time, when many are on a break and the country just seems to slow down a bit, go inwards and do repair work.

Merry Christmas everyone!

So in this resting, inwards time, it’s unsurprising that I find myself drawn to self treat and support my loved ones more. As they relax and unwind from a hectic year gone at full pace, I find that Reiki is a perfect way to supercharge their recovery, deal with things that couldn’t be deal with when the pressure was on, and set people up to be successful for the days, weeks, months, years ahead.

But what is it like to have ‘magic’ hands as some describe them. We aside from being ‘pretty awesome’,  here’s what I experience when I treat.


First off, I know straight away what a person feels like on the surface layers at least, when I meet them. I am very empathic, which means I quick connect into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of a person that is open and willing to share them. This instantly gives me a lot of data about where their challenges lie, what support they need and whether what I offer can provide anything of value.

Next, I’ll often find mySelf drawn to a particular place or area. This may appear to be unrelated to the issue they present with; I have long found to learn and trust my intuition as too many times to count, it has served me well.

Next, I power up my hands with the Reiki symbols before I start by scanning the energy of an area to see what I can feel and experience. With a physical condition I may choose to do this hands on as I find a person’s body can give me a vast amount of data about what is going on where. For example, I can often easily go straight to an area of discomfort or pain without even being told there is an issue through simple intuitive knowing. You learn to trust it in time. Just yesterday I was helping my husband with his back problem and intuitively knew we needed to work with the hip flexors and lower abdominal muscle first. It turned out that those too were sore, though he had not mentioned them. It was only when I had worked with them first would the Reiki/my guidance allow me to on and treat the most vulnerable bit near the spine. The whole thing was like peeling the layers of an onion, peeling back layer after layer of imbalances – all being guided by my hands that were acting like stethoscopes and able to listen to what was going on.

Conversely, if the problem is in the outer energetic layers then I will treat with my hands away from their body, sometimes clearing and sweeping away old and stagnant energy and constantly monitoring what I am noticing and feeling so I can adapt and change my strategy.

When treating, particularly when I am doing hands on work, my hands can get very warm. I notice this myself and sometimes my clients comment on it too. I take this to mean a sign that wholeness (healing) is happening, and to keep going till I get the feeling the treatment is done.

Don’t ask me how any of this works, I don’t know, I just know that something happens!

All over wellbeing

Finally, I may just place my hands on an area that is easy to get to, to give a general all over body sense of wellbeing. Not all Reiki is needed or requested to heal a particular condition or problem, some just love receiving Reiki because it tops them up, gives them lots of resources to cope with life with or it feels good. My cat Amy definitely falls in the later category! Despite being well and generally healthy, she’s been going for all the Reiki she can get! It is a lovely experience to give Reiki, so so long as I’ve the capability, I’ve been happy to oblige.

Amy, the cat, is loving receiving Reiki any time she can!

For me though, Reiki is a whole body experience with my hands both being the listening instrument (along with my energy field and my intuition), and one the main receptacles through which Reiki is given.

It’s absolutely joyous to notice and experience the changes that are going on underneath your hands, and the changes in the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of the person and/or animal after. Win -win!!

Set boundaries

Whilst a very easy thing to do (which is why I like it), Reiki does require some effort. I find it valuable to have good listening skills and actively seek on a daily basis to improve my ability to be present. The fact that it takes effort is something I honour and respect. This is important when around those that have not yet yet developed the being present/aware skill. This is because you may find yourself inundated with healing requests. Whilst this may be fun and boost your ego at first, if you give in and always put someone elses needs before your own you gift soon so becomes devalued and unappreciated, and you become drained. The best way to deal with this is to set clear boundaries on what you are and are not willing to do, and when you must stop to meet your own energy and healing requirements. It is important in such situations that you come first, and you share what is surplus to your requirements. It is never wise to be wrapped up in someone else’s needs, hoping that one day they’ll repay you.

Finally, a little word about animals. Highly perceptive beings, whether they know you or not, they will often come and ask for healing if they know you are capable. I find in these cases I decide what I am willing to share with them and organise something that is of mutual gain. Many Reiki healers will tell you that they are very drawn to treat areas of imbalance where it is clear that Reiki could help. However, it is important to remember we have no right to enter another’s space without their permission. Similarly, no being is allowed into our space without our permission.

We may be highly gifted people, but it is up to us how we work with it.

To find out more about Reiki Treatments or learning to give Reiki yourself go to the What to expect or Learn Reiki sections.

What Reiki isn’t

I fully understand that the concept of Reiki to some is entirely new and a bit strange! After all, no-one brought me up with the idea that everything is made of energy and that at will, I could shape, channel or direct energy – so when I learnt about this concept, I found it strange too.

It is therefore completely understandable that if people aren’t familiar and don’t understand what Reiki is, leaving them to have some misguided guided perceptions. Here are some of the most common and an explanation of why they’re not true:

1) Reiki is evil

A strong misconception to start with I grant you, but a prevalent one nonetheless. There are some myths out there that to engage in the practice of Reiki is to invite in dark forces or to align yourself with the devil. Whilst doing those two things may be possible (I wouldn’t know, I haven’t tried) Reiki is far from evil. A more palatable word to the western world instead of Reiki might be Universal Life Force Energy (the Japanese translation of the word Rei-Ki) or LOVE, because that is what the experience is. When I treat someone I get an experience of being deeply present and drawing down energy/love for the participants body to use as it sees fit. I cannot shape this energy at my will, I can only be a conduit of it.

Some religions have branded Reiki as evil, and I can only imagine that is because it conflicts with their belief system. Reiki doesn’t need belief to work, and for some, the universal life force energy is the same as God’s energy. In all my experience though, I’ve never found Reiki to have a bad side to it ever – only those that interpret it that way.


2) Reiki is a cure-all 

Never should the words Reiki and “cure” be used in the same sentence. Reiki does not cure – Reiki is a aid to learning, growing and healing. Reiki takes you on a journey that could help you to heal and become whole again (to have no hidden or resisted parts but your totality embraced in love – even your shadows), but Reiki does not cure.

People often want Reiki to cure them when they don’t want to confront their shadows and when they don’t want to have the consequences of not doing that either (i.e. illness, bad relationships).

Reiki knows that life is a) a series of experiences and b) the only influence we have over that is how we roll with those experiences. Do we resist, or do we go with the flow? If we resist, the experience sticks around until we get totality of what that experience is trying to show us. This is why you hear about people experiencing repeat failed relationships, persistent health challenges or stuck in jobs they hate – they do not yet realise they keep recreating the same pattern. If we go with the flow our resources, awareness and abilities expand. We become even more aligned with the present moment and even more in flow with what is around us. It does not guarantee us more money, creativity, or health, but it does give us a sense of growth and moving forwards, which is one of the 7 human needs.

In addition, sometimes it is not right for a person to loose their symptoms. It may be that a particular set of symptoms or life circumstances teaches that person set of skills that cannot be got any other way, or takes them in a direction they would not otherwise.  There is so little we know compared to the infinite knowledge of Reiki, so it is important to keep an open mind and be grateful for what we have. Learning to deal with life’s ups and downs is often the making of a person, so be aware how little we know on the conscious level and stay innocent.

3) Reiki is an alternative to conventional medical care 

No and no on this one, on two accounts. 1) You would never choose Reiki instead of speaking to your health practitioner, as the two are quite different things. A health practitioner is trained to diagnose, Reiki healers are not. Health practitioners are also trained to give appropriate medication, which Reiki healers are not! One does not replace the other. These are two quite separate approaches, both equally valid and both born from the essence of love. Knowing the benefits and likely outcomes from each one will help you make an informed decision on which is right for you at the time, whilst being responsible for your Self. 2) On the second account, I personally have never seen Reiki as alternative. Currently the word alternative is used to distinguish it from conventional medicine but let’s be honest, hands on healing and Reiki was around well before our relationship with drug-based medicine to restore health. If I must distinguish it, I would label it traditional, but in reality, I would prefer to see all approaches integrated in a holistic approach of mind, body and soul. A combined approach is often great in many circumstances, as it allows for the best of both worlds.

4) Reiki is a relaxation technique 

gassho-2I share this one because I think calling Reiki purely a relaxation technique sells it a little short. Whilst for some Reiki is deeply relaxing, that isn’t the experience for everyone and it does so much more. The purpose of Reiki is to draw in Universal Life Force Energy to restore harmony and balance either to yourself of others. Your various physical, mental and spiritual energetic bodies may use this energy in a myriad of different ways. For some this energy will be used for wound repair or healing of broken bones, whilst for others this may be used to fuel the courage to face our demons or say goodbye to deceased loved ones. What I love about Reiki healing is how clever that Universal Energy is. The healer does very little except to be the conduit for this energy, sending it where and for as long as they sense they must.

In addition, the actual resonance of the energy we draw down is dependent on the person we are treating and what their requirements are to bring them into balance. This means even the most novice of healers can bring about change so long as they allow the energy to flow through. An experiment on the frequencies emitted from a Reiki healers hands showed that broken bones drew down a different frequency to soft tissue issues. It is this deep intelligence that is beyond the intellect of the human mind that makes Reiki so applicable to many scenarios and so easy to get a good outcome.

5) Reiki is only for illness

Reiki is well known for illness and emotional problems, but it is not the only time it can be used. As mentioned before, Reiki is a deepening of awareness and presence – and this deepening can be applied to all sorts of scenarios. This could be an exam or important meeting, your day so you get the most out of it, food so it is as healthy nourishing and vibrant as it can be, plants, pets and animals to aid their wellbeing, your home to clear out any negative energy or technology to reduce its impact on you. The possibilities are endless – something we talk about out when you learn Level one.

6) Some forms of Reiki are more powerful than others

Reiki as a form of healing and spiritual enlightenment has been around for a while (since 1992), and now appears across the globe as many types – western/Usui, Angelic and Seichem to mention  few. Whilst there is one form that is known as the directly taught form – Jikiden, Reiki is Reiki. Each different form of teaching is simply using different approaches to the same end game. If looking to learn or experience Reiki, pick the one that resonates with you with a person that resonates with you as this will be more influential than the technique.

7) Reiki is an easy experience and a way of avoiding reality

This Reiki most definitely is not! Reiki makes you far more aware and open to reality and thus it gives you the journey it gives you! A Reiki experience is a deepening of awareness and connection to what already is, helping you to confront the things you must to move forwards. Yes, many people experience Reiki as a lovely calming experience, but for those that is serves, it is important to know that Reiki will also likely result in stress being released from the body.  This might be in the form of feeling coolness, heat, tingling, pulsations, experiencing memories, feeling emotional, needing to address a situation, interesting dreams or feeling different to usual.

These experiences are a great indication that the energy is doing its work and shifts are being made. Getting support through a transition period like this is critical, just as you would expect to handle life differently if you were living through a house regeneration project. Some disruption is to be expected, but if you persist with a plan, then ultimately a good outcome is to be expected too. I always think that Reiki takes you closer to the truth – so perhaps if you’re not yet ready to handle that, stay away from Reiki till you are!


When done correctly, Reiki is a fun and enjoyable experience. There is nothing wrong with saying a person or approach doesn’t work for you if it doesn’t – this is your journey and it is important you take responsibility for that. For many though, that have taken that journey, I am confident that all would say “go for it!” – there is much to be gained.

wpid-dsc_0005.jpgReiki Mark Cross, is run and led by Teacher and Master Practitioner, Becci Godfrey. Situated in the beautiful Sussex countryside, people come to let go of their stress, activate their healing abilities within and become the person they were destined to be.

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Reiki – why bother?

In a fast paced world, it seems almost everyone is pressurised for time. Deadlines, commitments, jobs, bills, expectations- just to keep pace with the life we have can feel like enough to do, let alone embark on a new journey of exploring our potential within.

So why, when everyone is so pressured for time, would we bother to ‘add in’ the practice of Reiki?

I believe I have the answer.

Eat sleep work repeatThere comes a time in your life, when you sense there is something more. You feel like your current ideas of the world are perhaps not enough, there is more to life than:


eat, sleep, work and repeat

Perhaps you are not happy in your job or your marriage, or perhaps you are experiencing a health condition, or a loved one is. Historically you might have turned to retail therapy, drink, drugs, excessive exercise – except that just feels like it wouldn’t cut it anymore. Or perhaps it never did, you just always knew there was a better way, though you never knew what that was.

This is the beginning. This is when you are beginning to be open to something that is beyond what you can see; something that can only be sensed, felt, intuitively heard. You may notice there are strange synchronicities going on in your life; you might find yourself extra sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of others or you may find yourself frustrated by the lack of support out there.

Reiki is the Universal energy that pervades us all. It’s the energy that everything is made from, from the chair we sit on, to the organs in our bodies to our thoughts, feelings and emotions. It is the energy we create our dreams from, we experience the feelings of love and connection through and we give to others when we comfort, console or celebrate and endorse. We are energetic beings, and Reiki is the word given to the energy that is in and around us all.

So the reason I bother with Reiki is because I wanted to be at one and a friend of the energy that I was surrounded with, rather than victim to a force I was unaware of and had no influence over.

The question inspired me to reach out to my friends, and ask them, what benefits they had got from either training in or experiencing Reiki. Here are some of the answers they gave:

  • A greater awareness of my energy and of the energy around me
  • To replenish dwindling energy, to balance my energy, to give me calm, to help with certain pains, knees, chest etc
  • A course of reiki treatments cured my anxiety which had been causing shortness of breath for months!
  • Helps with insomnia not to mention feeling better than a massage!
  • Feel so relaxed while either giving Reiki or receiving it and can never give or receive enough it just recharges my batteries
  • Better sleep
  • Healing of burns and cuts
  • Reduces stress
  • Reduces pain
  • Quicker recovery from illness and injury
  • A more holistic perspective on life
  • A deeper understanding on the way we are, which helps with staying well and handling the stress of life.

I loved their answers.

I’ve seen people experience dramatic changes as a result of reconnecting to the energy they are made from, whilst for others it is a deepening of their connection to Self -an experience that many describe as deeply relaxing.

So why do I recommend people bother with Reiki? Because you owe it to your Self to put your needs before others. We’re all born with an inbuilt ability to heal, be intuitively driven and life a life full of purpose and passion. Reiki for me has been the vehicle to get there and a source of continuing personal development. Could it be yours?

wpid-dsc_0005.jpgReiki Mark Cross, is run and led by Teacher and Master Practitioner, Becci Godfrey. Situated in the beautiful Sussex countryside, people come to let go of their stress, activate their healing abilities within and become the person they were destined to be.

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I have been playing with the idea of INNOCENCE today.

By that I mean not knowing (or thinking I know) how things are going to turn out, letting go of my pre-occupation with the next moment and fully experiencing this moment in all its deep and diverse richness.

Innocence requires you to go really slowly because there is so much to take in.

Innocence also spreads your attention far and wide, which activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is where all healing takes place from.

Innocence doesn’t mean you drop a wisdom, it just means you don’t know what is going to happen next, which means you open yourself up to the possibility of it being anything.

   Being judgemental isn’t innocent.
   Worrying isn’t innocent.
   Labelling people isn’t innocent.

   Being open and receptive is innocent.
   Seek first to understand and then be understood (Covey) is being innocent.
   Forgiveness is innocent.

So for today, I’m going to play out not knowing is going to happen and being innocent, because I bet whatever does is grander and more exciting than anything I could have imagined.