© September 2005 - David
L. Gleekel, CRMT
In Reiki I, students begin to sense that there
is energy present in people, plants, animals, and crystals
around them. The energy may feel like warmth, coolness, tingling,
or just magnetism.
As our senses develop, we begin to notice that
the energy we work with has a variety of feelings: it may
change from a usual warm flowing to a cold stillness or back
and forth or to something unrecognizable to us. We may also
occasionally feel shapes in the aura or notice that the energy
changes among the various levels of the aura.
What does this mean?
Clients may have a variety of problems for which
we are treating them. They could have a chronic condition
or blockage in the energy. They could have a recent injury,
such as a fall, scratch, broken limb, or sickness.
In the case of a long-term or chronic condition,
the energy would appear blocked. This might result in exactly
the opposite feeling in the chakra that immediately precedes
it. For example, if we are feeling the left side of the body
(in most cases), we might notice a surplus of energy at the
second chakra, but a blockage at the third chakra. This is
because the energy is flowing up the left side of the body.
The effect of the blockage at the third chakra causes a surplus
at the second as a damming effect develops. The chakras would
be reversed at the right side of the body as the energy moves
Now, the $10,000 question is what various temperatures
mean. A good way to find this out with you is to work with
another practitioner in tandem to test with a pendulum. When
you find a blockage on each other, notice the changes in temperature
at that location. This will let you know how that energy feels
for you. When you find a surplus as described above, notice
the same thing. In my working with the energies, I feel blockages
as warm and surpluses as cold, but this is different for everyone.
As you enter Reiki II or SSR I-II, you begin
to notice that you can use the Mental/Emotional symbol or
second Power Symbol for the areas of surplus and the Power
Symbol for areas of deficit. This allows you to focus the
energy and balance it across chakras.
I hope this helps those of you in Reiki
I (or contemplating taking Reiki I) get a better idea of how
we who practice do our energy sensing.