Reiki Styles I Prefer

Where does one start? 

When I first started providing Reiki, there were  at least 6 different kinds of Reiki that I knew of.  There was Usui reiki, Shamanic, Jikiden,  Karuna, Tibetan, and Usui Holy Fire reiki. Now if you Google Reiki styles, you find many more kinds in the world.

What is the difference?  Good question.  I’m not completely versed in each of these.  But from looking at the surface, my thoughts are that each one has different symbols that may be used in the practice.  

And if you look at each one of these, I’d say you can see who made them up, by looking at the aspects of each one.

The Shamanic reiki uses certain Shamanic aspects included in the Reiki session.  The Jikiden reiki uses aspects from eastern culture.  And so forth.

There are Reiki forms that the practitioner will add other modalities to.

Such as a Reiki practitioner adding crystal healing with the Reiki. This is where they may place a crystal/stone that they view has healing properties on or near the client during Reiki.  Or a Reiki practitioner may add in energy operations.  

I’ll never forget the day I was vending with Reiki in the Prairie LLC at a spiritual show.  As I sat waiting for a client to show-up, I witnessed a group of lady vendors creating a huge ruckus! 

 The three of them had a client laying down with his face up.  As he laid there, one of the ladies acted like the head surgeon while the others were assisting.  She looked as if she was pulling long pieces of intestine out of the client.  Her arms made huge movements into the air, while her assistants were taking whatever she was pulling off.

It was interesting to watch, but at the same time, I felt a little repelled by it. 

Other Reiki forms may combine their Reiki with Sound healing.  For example, the Reiki practitioner may play the Tibetan Singing bowls after the Reiki session for some extra healing.

There are so many Reiki types.  It amazes me.  But at the same time, it really doesn’t.  If you think about it, there are as many Reiki styles as there are Reiki practitioners!  How do I figure?

Because each person is unique.  Each person brings their own personality to their Reiki practice.  And so, it doesn’t surprise  me to see new Reiki forms come about.  We may only be aware of the new Reiki styles that have been named differently.

I started my education in Reiki with Usui and possibly some Tibetan reiki added.  By accident, some say there are no accidents in life, I was taught a bit of Jikiden reiki for my master class.

As I provided Reiki to the public, I realized I wanted more than simply placing my hands on the client and providing the Reiki.  I wanted to be able to feel where the hot spots (discord) were in the client’s body.  And so, I taught myself how to feel for Byosen.  Byosen awareness is taught in Jikiden reiki.

What do I prefer as far as Reiki?  I like simple and straightforward.  But I also like to combine different aspects that I like from each Reiki style. I’m also one to only offer straight-up Reiki with no extra modalities added.  I feel straight Reiki is powerful enough to help someone. 

And so, I prefer my own brand of Usui reiki.

There are so many different kinds of Reiki.  And there are so many different Reiki practitioners out there.  If you’re looking to receive a Reiki session, my first thought would be for you to educate yourself on the different kinds of Reiki out in the world.  Next, visit with the Reiki practitioner before you decide to use his/her services.

Why would I visit with them beforehand?  Because as an energy reader, I have walked into Reiki/ spiritual stores that had the energy off the chart!   And I say this not in a good way.  

Then there are personalities that may clash with yours.  If the personality clashes with yours, it may not be the right practitioner for you to heal with.

Either way, the healing process may be hindered due to the energy of the store/office and/or the practitioner.  

Nowadays, Reiki is being offered in some hospitals in the USA. And this is great!  But I have found out that the hospital’s Reiki practitioners are only nurses.  I feel people have this thought that if the practitioner is a nurse or if the office is a hospital that they are “safe.”

A nurse is a person who has some formal education in helping a person in a medical environment,  private home, or public homes (nursing homes).

Notice I said a nurse is a person.  This means they too have personalities that may or may not clash with you, a Reiki client.

And again, the place where a Reiki session is being provided may also be healing or not so healing due to the energy in it.  

Hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, I have found them to have a lot of negative energy sitting in them.  Why?  Think about it, people who go to hospitals and clinics are typically sick.  They feel sad, angry, anxious, worried, depressed, in pain, and sick.  All these emotions are negative energies that can be picked up easily by anyone who is unaware.

Nursing homes have many elderly in them that are in pain, depressed, angry, sad, and worried.

But don’t get me wrong, if you’re in the hospital, clinic, or nursing home and are offered a Reiki session for support with your healing, then don’t be scared to have it.  But if your gut says, “no” then listen to your gut.

 I remember walking into a spiritual store/Reiki office years ago. I was met with strong energy that repulsed me. It felt like I was being hit in the face with a wall!  

I walked in anyways.  As I walked around the store, I could hear a Reiki session being done in the back room.  The Reiki room had walls, but no closed off ceiling.  And so, I could imagine the Reiki client could also hear the store’s noise as well.

The store had too much energy in it!

  A lot of the energy was due to having so many crystals, such as Selenite wands.  Selenite is a crystal/stone that has a strong energy emitting from it. 

As I walked around, I picked up on some heavy energy lurking around here and there.

I could smell incense odors, heavily hanging in the air. I felt like I had been pulled back into the ancient past for a second or two.  The feeling of heavy, low vibrations brought the thought of  Opium dens to my mind. 

All in all, I would not have wanted myself to receive a Reiki session or any other session there.

Even if you are not a conscious energy reader, your gut will let you know if the Reiki office/store/practitioner is someone you want to be around, let alone receive healing energy from.

What Reiki do I prefer?

I prefer Usui Reiki mixed with the aspects I like from other Reiki styles.

If you ask other Reiki practitioners or if you are a part of a Reiki community, you’ll find there are many Reiki practitioners who would laugh at me or look down at me for my thoughts here.  Why? 

Because many of them are purists.  In other words, many have the belief that the only Reiki that is worth any value is one that they view as being the pure form from the original creator of Reiki. 

But again, let me state that I believe there is no such thing as a pure form of Reiki.  Each Reiki practitioner will, and has changed the Reiki style when they started practicing it due to each person being unique and will have added their own energy-their own style to their Reiki practice.

So, what I’m saying is that the original Reiki practiced by Mikao Usui is not the exact same one as his apprentice used due to both being different individuals with different beliefs, thoughts, and styles.  They may have the same hand postures and symbols used, and but all in all, the Reiki style is going to be minutely different. Their hand postures looked the same to each other, but there would have been minute differences that neither one noticed.   Even in seeing the symbols in their minds or writing them out, there are minute differences.  And so with that said, each person in the Reiki lineage will have a different Reiki style, but still named Usui Reiki or Jikiden reiki.

I believe all forms/styles of Reiki, if provided to someone with an open heart, is healing and of value. 

In the end, you need to follow your gut to find the best Reiki and Reiki practitioner for you.

Here’s to a new year of opening our hearts and minds up to alternative healing practices such as Reiki for feeling our best.

***If something I've said here does not sit well with you, please follow your own intuition/gut on it.

By Cynthia Bergsbaken Reiki Master of Reiki in the Prairie LLC

January 5, 2022

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