Coaching With Reiki
Reiki is an ancient healing art that comes to us through Dr. Mikao Usui. Dr. Usui was born in Japan in 1864, and died at the age of 62 in 1926. His student Chujiro Hayashi appears to have developed the class structure for teaching Reiki, dividing it into three levels. Hayashi, in turn, taught Reiki to Hawayo Takata who opened her own clinic in Hawaii. She has been given credit for bringing Reiki to the world by teacking it in Canada, Europe and the United States. All in all, Takata taught the Master Level to 22 students.
Reiki is a Japanese term. A literal translation for Rei is “the natural spirit, the holy or the gift” and Ki is translated as vital energy or feeling. The translation that has developed over time is “The Universal Life Force or “spiritually guided life energy”.
When I coach with Reiki, I combine the ancient healing art with the transformational tool of coaching. Reiki, used by itself, reduces stress, supports relaxation, and reinstates balance. It also heightens the ability for one being to connect with another in the deepest of ways. Coaching is a collaborative partnership with clients to create positive change in their lives so that they might pursue their priorities in life with purpose and meaningful intention.
Reiki has a gentle energy and power and is an ideal complement to coaching. Combining Reiki with coaching makes it easier for clients to draw upon the wisdom of the body to remove limiting beliefs that get in their way and negativity so that they might open their minds to the possibilities and bring their goals to fruition. Every experience of coaching with Reiki is unique as each session is customized to meet the individual needs of the client. Some common benefits that may be seen include:
- stress reduction
- greater clarity and sense of purpose
- acceptance and appreciation of present circumstances
- new insights and awareness
- greater clarity and commitment around next steps
How Is Reiki Different?
There are many healing techniques being taught today. When I googled the term “energy healing techniques” over 400,000 sites came up. There you will find Healing Touch, Quantum Healing, Chakra Healing, EFT, Theraputic Touch, Qi Gong, etc.
In my mind, the primary difference is that Reiki asks that you turn the healing over to Spirit. It is the Universal Life Force or life energy of the person you are giving Reiki to that decides whether any healing takes place or not. The practitioner is not in charge, and has nothing to do with the healing.
Most of the other teachings have specific doctrines and rules that must be followed. Reiki does not seem to have any rules. The practitioner relies upon their intuition to know what to do, how long to do it, and if the Reiki session is in-person with touch, where to place your hands. Many of the other techniques do not involve touch, even though the word is included in their name. For most practitioners, it is the physical touch of another which brings true healing. Babies, children and adults crave to be touched. We all eventually “fail to thrive” without it.
Coaching with Reiki draws upon the intuition of the coach, knowing what questions to ask, and encouraging greater insight and awareness of the client’s own perspective. Whether Reiki is practiced in person with touch, or over distance while in-person or over the telephone, the energy passing between the coach and the client is moving with intention as they interact with each other. Reiki allows that energy to flow with the least hindrances, and coaching helps the client to recognize and act upon their own personal involvement in their success.
Georgia Feiste, President of Collaborative Transitions Coaching, Inc., located in Lincoln, NE, is a personal growth and leadership coach, writer, and workshop facilitator. She is also a Usui Reiki Master and EFT practitioner. Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life. You can also find Georgia on her website, Collaborative Transitions, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Georgia may also be reached at (402) 304-1902 if you wish to schedule a 30 minute complementary consultation.