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Reiki and Intiutive Healing Danielle Van de Velde

The role of Reiki in Intuitive Healing

Singapore is a fantastic city for meditation teachers and energy healers. In some aspects, the country is strongly regulated and conservative, which we all practically benefit from every single day – like clean, modern, precision public transport, hospitals and public spaces, super low crime rates and super high safety for example. Yet at the same time, it has an innovative and very progressive vibe in education and organisational cultures. Especially when it comes to wellness initiatives and, in particular, the acceptance of meditation training and energy healing modalities.

Perhaps it is because the collective understanding of meditation, natural medicine and healing has many of its ancient roots in Eastern frameworks. This knowledge, held over time, manifests in modern culture as acceptance and ease with inner practice and spiritual approaches like Reiki, intuitive guidance, naturopathy, traditional medicine, and meditation. And it’s growing. I have seen a marked increase, over the last few years, in interest and engagements with schools, organisations and industry bodies on the topics of meditation and healing.

Amongst my private client base are established psychologists, chronic pain specialists, international coaches, nutritionists, naturopaths, therapists and other energy healers. And many more of my students are referred by practitioners such as these. There is a much easier relationship here between science-based and spiritual/energetic healing systems, which is the zone that I love and that I am constantly fascinated by.

One group that is increasingly seeking regular Reiki is the savvy city-based executive. This is becoming a serious client group for me and I can definitely say that more and more successful people are adopting energy modalities like Reiki as integral aspects of their self-care – alongside their fitness, diet and mental wellbeing activities. During the months of isolation in Singapore, the client group that grew the most for remote sessions were home-based executives. 

The increased screen time, minimised movement, uncertain business outlook and changed team, leadership, and communication dynamics, are having a marked effect on people’s mental clarity, vitality and sense of direction. 

Reiki and Intiutive Healing Danielle Van de Velde

What I teach and offer in private sessions is a combination of Usui Reiki treatment and Intuitive Guidance. The combination of the two is key to sustained healing and expansion. 

In energy healing frameworks, when we experience physical illness or dissonance/blockage in our mental, emotional or energetic fields, it is our system messaging the requirement to change perspectives and take action to allow a movement into wholeness.

Sometimes we perceive this messaging internally or in the body, and other times we perceive it within our external reality as a repeated negative pattern in relationships, situations and events. Once the messaging has been received and the inner shift created, then the illness or dissonance is no longer required and the system realigns into wellness.

A major aspect of my work involves helping individuals read this messaging and expand their perspective to allow healing to occur. 

Reiki immediately alleviates the feelings of this dissonance or ‘messaging’, whether it presents in pain, anxiety, low mood, low vitality, etc. The intuitive guidance and suggested expanded perspectives, meditations, energy practice and rituals that come with the intuitive guidance and support materials, help generate a sustained shift internally, so the healing occurs fully. 

Over the years, I am more and more infrequently asked the question ‘what is Reiki?’. However, I find that some people still don’t have a clear understanding of what Reiki is, and how it works.

So, what is Reiki? 

In an unregulated industry flooded with semantics and varying understanding of the modality, this is how I explain it to clients. Reiki is a way to channel Vital Life Force into the system. It is lifeward, harmonising and works across all aspects of the physical, mental, emotional and energetic, depending on the area of greatest need in the client.

Reiki induces an immediate feeling of calm and relaxation. It is incredibly effective in easing mental tension, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue and stress, which manifests as bodily pain and tummy upsets (to name a few common complaints). 

Studies show a slowing and lengthening of brainwaves during a Reiki session, similar to the shift in brainwave activity in deep meditative states. This shift is felt and kicks-in almost immediately or within a few minutes of the session starting. In other words, Reiki plunges awareness into ‘the deep now’. The breath deepens and lengthens and clients will often spontaneously sigh and then their bodies soften and release.

They will often report that the feeling is like slipping into an ‘in between’ skimming state; a calm stillness between being awake and aware, yet so relaxed and at ease that they can’t or don’t want to move or overthink. Clients who are under the ‘pressure pump’ or experiencing a high-stress patch at work, will rapidly fall into a very deep sleep. I always suggest not to fight this, if this is the body’s response. A Reiki-induced nap is one of the most replenishing mini-naps available. It is widely accepted in Reiki schools that a one-hour Reiki session has the equivalent regenerative effects of a three-hour sleep. While I’m uncertain how this statistic is measured, I can certainly see effects that would validate it.

Reiki creates a dissipation of skittish thinking, an increase in mental clarity, and a circuit-breaker to stress and anxiety patterns. The system becomes better oxygenated and the brain shifts into coherence which allows both the logical and creative functions to work together. Often, solutions to problems or new approaches and ideas come to mind immediately after the session or within the following day or so.

Reiki and Intiutive Healing Danielle Van de Velde

Reiki also plays into relationships and interpersonal interactions in the office or home. A raised, feel-good vibe has a knock-on effect on those around you. Communication is improved and intuition is able to play a greater role in team, leadership and relational dynamics. 

Here are some of the common questions I am asked by people new to my sessions:

How long is an ideal session?

An ideal session of pure Reiki is around 60 minutes. There are traditionally 12 centres of the body that the practitioner will ‘treat’ and more seasoned practitioners may have developed others. Ideally, the treatment should be 5-10 minutes on each centre.  However, to suit a tight timeframe, 45 minutes provides a beautiful session, deep relaxation and replenishment, especially if the Reiki practitioner has a honed sense for which centres are drawing a greater flow.

Will I feel anything?

The experience of Reiki is different every session for everyone and varies widely amongst practitioners too. However, the straight answer is yes! This is an energy healing modality that interacts with the energy system of your mind/body/energy complex. You feel it and it is equally perceivable in distance or in-person sessions.

For my clients, Reiki is a palpable energy flow that is felt physically, mentally and emotionally. It is experienced in temperature and high heat, and it can feel cold between centres, especially if inflammation is present. Often, people will feel a subtle zipping electrical current that presents in different parts of the body, especially if there is a physical injury, tension or condition. If tension or low-vibe emotion has been held in the system for some time, the client’s body will sometimes spontaneously softly quiver or jerk in limbs, hands and feet and then settle. More visually-oriented people will perceive colours, visual patterns and movement in their inner vision.

Will I be spaced-out afterwards?

As Reiki alters the state of consciousness during the session, it is important to ground yourself before stepping back into day-to-day activities or the workplace. Clients usually feel invigorated and light after the session and will always feel an immediate lifting of mood and a release of pent-up emotions and thoughts. Sometimes, a large, long-held pattern emerges as the cause of the ‘messaging’ experienced by the client, like trauma, for example. Then, the client can feel the need to fold-in and rest and nourish their system for a day or so following the session. I always provide support materials and suggestions to do this. 

A good Reiki practitioner will close the session with the appropriate practices to ground and seal the client’s energy body. I always advise my clients to drink a lot of water for the rest of the day and eat something light, like nuts or a piece of fruit to activate the digestive tract and come fully back into their day. Reiki does stay within the system for one to two days after the session and people may be extra sensitive to stimulants and alcohol during that time.

Will you be intuitively reading me as well?

In my training and approach and the courses that I teach in Intuitive Healing, which includes traditional Usui Reiki training, permission to intuitively read another person’s energy system, is paramount. The client’s permission is key in allowing the intuitive reader access to the deeper intelligence of their system and to be open to what is revealed. And certainly, in my framework, intuitive reading is a sacred privilege and breaching that privilege by operating without someone’s permission is unethical. It does the whole industry a massive disservice and can only be self-serving. It also results energetically in the intuitive reader losing their ability to intuitively read.

I do have regular clients who book-in for just the energy component of the Reiki treatment, and this is all that I provide. However, the majority of my clients use the sessions for the combined effect of the energy flow and guidance. 

There are some instances, when I am giving Reiki without the read, when a flash of information will come through regarding the client when they haven’t asked for it. If it feels very important to relay I will simply offer what I have received. If it feels like a ‘random tune-in’, I will let it go and refocus on the flow of energy alone.

How often should I have Reiki?

You can’t overdose on Reiki! I think the best approach is to take a session or two from a practitioner who has been recommended to you, and just observe how it makes you feel and how long the effects last afterwards. Did it create any permanent shifts? Are there signals you can identify when your system could do with some Reiki?

I have clients that book-in weekly or monthly, and others, whenever they feel like a boost generally or to help them deal with a certain situation or symptom.

We live in a fantastic age where we can access such a wide array of wisdom and techniques to maximise our health and inner journey. Reiki is a beautiful, proven and effective approach to healing and the only way to fully understand its lifeward benefits and power, is to actually experience it. 

If you want to know more about the healing practice of Reiki, book a private session with me. If you’re a practitioner and would like to deepen your energy healing art with Reiki and Intuitive Reads, register for my Intuitive Healing Course.

If you have any questions about Reiki and Intuitive Healing, do get in touch. You can also visit my website to explore courses and useful content to guide you along your journey to healing, self-discovery and mindful living. 

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