A Q and A with a Reiki Practitioner: What Does it Offer?
By Jonatan Song
The modern life is filled with stress and anxiety. People often seek psychiatric therapy, but when therapists and drugs aren’t quite effective, it might be worth the chance to try Reiki.
For practitioners like Ivan Raffucci, Reiki combines therapy and passion.
Ivan was born in Puerto Rico and currently attends Loyola University Chicago.
He studies environmental science and works at the Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) on Loyola’s Lake Shore campus.
He first began his Reiki practices as part of his journey to “find true spiritual knowledge” at the age of 18. Ivan is 21 now and has already become a third degree practitioner, one degree below the master.
Since he started, Ivan has performed Reiki for 15 individuals and continues to take classes under the training of his master, Chris Allaun.
While Ivan is considered a Reiki practitioner, he does not enjoy the idea of compensation for his services. He believes that people should experience Reiki without the limitation of money.
He describes his discovery of Reiki as only a part of his overall spiritual journey because there are “many other experiences outside of Reiki” that have contributed to his spiritual growth.
Q: How would you describe Reiki?
A: It is an energy healing practice focused on providing an alternative medicine that can impact all aspects of your life. It requires a balance of energy in each individual area of the body.
What are the components of Reiki?
Reiki is all about balancing energy in the body. Reiki deals with sending energy into seven different chakras of the body. This gives the practitioner an energy reading or ‘diagnosis’ after which they recommend different things to overcome issues.
How extensive is the training?
I meet with my master periodically.
So has your learning experience been mostly independent?
When you are first learning Reiki it is centered on self-healing. The sessions are supplementary to individual practice.
Is there any one experience you found especially significant when performing Reiki?
The most profound experiences are when you are able to see deep underlying issues that perhaps the subject did not even realize. There are many deep components when you do Reiki and it opens up your ability to empathize with people.
What do you enjoy the most about Reiki?
I really like that it gives an opportunity to not only heal on an energy level, but to also help people at a therapeutic and humanized level. We come up with positive solutions and the experience extends past the session and carries out into their lives.
What goes through your mind when you practice Reiki?
It’s almost like a movie is playing through your head. You can see the person’s experiences play out in your mind. You’re not thinking about them, you’re experiencing them.
There can be self-conscious doubt about my ability but those doubts dissolve when the person validates what is happening. You can feel someone’s aura, it’s not only mental.
So what do you do to prepare for a session?
I meditate beforehand. The goal is to provide someone with the best experience possible. Also, setting the right environment is important. Depending on the person’s preferences, they have the option to have incense or music. They want to be relaxed. I also ask them if there is anything specific I should focus on.
How has Reiki affected your spiritual growth?
The powerful thing about Reiki is that it provides guidelines to approach one’s life with and incorporate into one’s experiences. Through developing certain skills, you get to deeper levels of enrichment which is especially fulfilling. The number one thing reiki has taught me is that everyone has an innate ability to achieve psychic capacities.
Are there any misconceptions about Reiki you would like to clarify?
It’s not a miracle practice. It deals more within the realm of a deeper psychological practice. There is also religious stigma attached to it and some people think Reiki is evil. But that’s just how religious groups see it. It doesn’t give their opinion any justification.
For those who are skeptical what would you say?
You can’t remove skepticism from people who are deeply skeptical. I don’t believe Reiki is the end all be all. I believe Reiki is available for everyone who is open to it. A lot of people think we sound crazy, but there is validation through experience.