Why are boundaries important in Reiki?
Reiki attunement opens us to our deep intuition and energetic awareness, which can be powerful. While usually positive, these shifts in awareness can feel unfamiliar or unsettling for some people. Especially if we lack tools to help us ground ourselves in our own energy, practicing Reiki on clients can feel unstable. As I continue to teach Reiki, I hear more of this from students and other practitioners. I realize that it’s important for Reiki practitioners to have a collection of effective tools to support us when we are with clients so that we feel prepared and safe to be that open and sensitive. So, I now include these visualizations in my teaching as an added support for students and clients.
Energetic sensitive people or “empaths” can be overwhelmed after learning Reiki without these tools
For example, when I first started teaching Reiki, I had a student who was already very energetically sensitive and Reiki opened her even more. She felt unable to ground her own energy. Another person, upon learning Reiki, would see and feel things that led her to feel out of control. I’ve met a handful of people who, after learning Reiki, didn’t practice it because it opened them so much to their intuitive knowing and energy awareness that they just shut it down. If these practitioners had the grounding tools that I now offer in my classes, they would have felt empowered to hold a secure energetic boundary thus allowing them to witness what arose and still feel safe to continue to use Reiki and grow as a practitioner.
These tools are simple, valuable and important when learning Reiki
Since moving to Colorado in 2015, not only have I been learning more tools for my own toolbox as practitioner but also, now I incorporate these tools with Reiki clients and students in order to set and hold energetic boundaries. I am a graduate of the Intuitive Development and Self-healing program, with Stacia Synnestvedt at A Moms Space and I am currently in the graduate program. I am now teaching Reclaim Your Space and A Spiritual Perspective on Addiction, which also dive into these tools which I have learned to be invaluable when teaching Reiki. Using these simple tools, practitioners can ground themselves in their own space and not transfer energy between client and self. Practitioners can also use these grounding tools to set the space in a room in order to maintain a safe space for both practitioner and client.
Grounding exercises are simple, yet very helpful tools, which can be used as a daily practice and not only in the treatment room. The tools for grounding that I teach can be useful for setting energetic boundaries between you and your spouse or child, or in a room full of people in a class, these tools go hand-in-hand with Reiki for healing, energy awareness and presence.
Now, I bring these tools into my Reiki classes and share them with private clients as part of a Reiki session. In my classes, we practice using these tools and I teach them as part of learning Reiki.