“The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore, the physician must start from nature with an open mind.” - Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus
The Path to Reiki People from all walks of life are drawn to Reiki for many different reasons. Many people come to Reiki after a personal recommendation from a friend who has already attended a workshop. They notice positive changes in their friend and decide to experience it for themselves. A large majority of people simply need healing and want to take responsibility and control of their own treatment and well-being. The most common factor seems to be that people are searching for hope and guidance. Often, people feel empty and are looking for a way of filling that void. Many students begin as skeptics, just curious to find out more about it, and leave as Reiki enthusiasts. The secret to getting the most from Reiki is to be open to Reiki. Instead of being negative and skeptical, let the joy of Reiki envelope you. Leave your fears and doubts behind and jump head first into a life-changing experience. Reiki draws you to itself. If you are attending this workshop on First Degree Reiki, then you are here for a reason. You need it and Reiki has called to you. Trust in the omniscient wisdom of Reiki. Remember, you will only need the First Degree attunement once in your life, so make it a celebration you will never forget.
The Initiation Ceremony In order to work with and become a channel for Reiki, you need to go through the First Degree Initiation Ceremony, which consists of one attunement. This attunement is done in private in the middle of the first day of the workshop. This process allows you to feel, sense, and experience the Reiki energy while we are practicing the techniques during the rest of the workshop.
Preparing for the Workshop Before attending the First Degree workshop, there are a few basic things you should do in preparation. These guidelines will enable you to get the most from the workshop and the Initiation Ceremony. Avoid taking alcohol or any other form of drug for at least forty-eight hours before the workshop. These substances slow and hinder the flow of Reiki throughout the body. Avoid eating sugary or processed foods or any other junk food for at least twenty-four hours. Be sure to consume plenty of fresh fruit, dark leafy greens, salad, and vegetables. The digestion of food takes more energy than any other bodily function. Highly processed foods take more time to digest and will steal vital energy from your body. Be sure to meditate each day for about a week before attending the workshop. This will help to focus your thoughts, expectations, and mind on becoming a Reiki channel for healing. It will also get you into a routine of sitting in silence and stillness every day as a life-long practice for health and vitality.
The Morning of the Workshop
Get up earlier than normal so you have plenty of time to prepare for the day ahead. You will then have time to relax and not become rushed or stressed.
Take a walk or practice Yoga to energize your system.
Avoid caffeinated tea or coffee. However, caffeine-free herbal tea is fine. Eat lightly. You will have more energy for the workshop.
Mentally prepare yourself with a short meditation. Give yourself plenty of time to reach the workshop. The stress of being late can upset your day and your enjoyment.
Come to the workshop with an open mind, body, and spirit. You will get out only what you put into the workshop.