Kids and Reiki

Early in my Reiki studies, I inquired of one of my teachers about how this modality could help my moody (then) tween. This esteemed Reiki Master, for whom I hold tremendous regard, expressed hesitance toward attuning children to Reiki. Her belief was Reiki attunements, opening one energetically, exposes kids to unnecessary vulnerability. I didn’t press the issue then, but remain curious as I contemplate developing a Reiki program for kids in my area.

Surely a child would similarly benefit from self-Reiki the way adults do. I’ve thought about this in relation to my own healing journey, like when Reiki energy has helped to calm my anxiety in a tough work situation. The self-realization and sense of balance many of us love about Reiki can’t be good only for adults.

My own kids have benefited from many a Reiki treatment. They have their preferences on what music we will play, the pillow arrangement, and the length of treatments they request. And our post-session discussions about their Reiki experiences have been beautiful and affirmative. They haven’t been attuned to treat themselves; but I’m very interested in teaching them and other kids this wonderful modality.

I’ve heard stories in various circles about the benefits of Reiki for kids, like a young girl with a very ill mother who comforted herself by placing her own hands on her belly. Or the teenager who was able to become more aware of her disruptive behavior at school and home while she was dealing with peer issues. As a non-invasive and safe modality, it’s no surprise that many kids learn and love to use Reiki in their daily lives.

Reading books and studying programs designed to educate kids about the basics of our subtle energy bodies has me jazzed about the prospects. It is often said that kids learn to speak foreign languages and to play musical instruments more efficiently than adults. And the openness of kids makes them acutely more apt to embrace the healing energy of Reiki. And let’s face it; the benefits often associated with Reiki could make the world for many teens (and their parents) a much calmer and more peaceful place.


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