What is Reiki?

What is Reiki?

To start, it’s what changed my life. Reiki made me who I am. I talk about it all the time, and heck, I find myself practicing Reiki in my dreams. But what actually is it?

You might have been told that it’s something to do with chakras and energy. And that’s half right.

On the surface, it’s most easily understood as a relaxation technique. During a Reiki treatment you’re able to relax enough (even if it doesn’t quite feel like it) that your consciousness shifts from survival mode to healing mode.

For the Reiki Master, Reiki is a responsibility, a calling.

For the client, it’s salvation.

Here’s a Reiki Definition. Reiki is an energy-healing technique, discovered by Miako Usui in Japan, that creates balanced movement and flow of energy within each of our chakras, healing emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual wounds.

Usui spent 21 days on Mt. Kurama, meditating and fasting. Usui was a successful businessman who wanted to know how to attain complete clarity and peace within himself, because as successful as he was, material gain didn’t bring him what he expected.

What came out of his 21-day retreat was the wisdom of the entire universe, which resulted in this healing modality.

In practice, Reiki is a healing technique where the Reiki practitioner realigns energy flows, by acting as a channel for energy to flow from all around us into the client, yielding more in-balanced energy movement through your system of chakras. While there are different versions of the practice today, Reiki creates a balanced flow of our qi (pronounced “chee,” it is the life-force energy behind everything) among our chakras, or energy centers, in our bodies.

 “Wait … what?”.

That may sound a bit complicated.

Let me back it up a little and explain.

Chakras and Energy

Time for a bold statement: Everything in life is energy that has manifested into physical form, including our own bodies.

Inside ourselves, we have 7 main chakras. Chakras are energy centers in our body, each influencing our lives in different ways. (Blog post about the 7 Chakra’s coming soon!)

These Chakras allow that life-force energy, qi, (Japanese kanji; ) to flow throughout our body. This energy allows our heart to beat, our brain to function, and our body to move.

This energy allows us to be.

But in the recipe of change, any type of change mind you, time is a main ingredient.

That which isn’t given time, cannot change.

As a result, over time, through our life experiences: the trauma; the heartache; the physical, mental and emotional pain; the beliefs we hold (that actually seek to limit us—more on that later); various burdens and fears—they begin to weigh on us like a heavy armor that we subconsciously built to protect ourselves.

This heavy armor—the accumulation of all these different stresses, events, and experiences—begins to hinder the flow of this energy, disconnecting us from the natural flow we human beings are born with.

Remember being a baby? Maybe a few moments here and there, but do you remember the day-to-day work of crying when you need something, sleeping when your body asks for it, observing and laughing at trees, and loving every gift you receive, even if it’s a paper clip?

One of the reasons human beings love babies is that babies have uninterrupted flows of this life-force energy. It’s pure, flowing energy. When they need to feel something, they feel it, unapologetically. They’re 100% okay with their emotions and because of that, they know how to love themselves and others unconditionally.

It’s not commonly talked about, but this life force inside of us is an important part of maintaining spiritual, emotional, mental, and even physical health.

Okay… so what? So what if my energy is out of wack?”

When Energy is Out of Wack

When our life energy is not flowing properly, a myriad of health problems can arise.

Have you ever had back pain that started off small, perhaps a long time ago (so long ago you maybe don’t even remember), but it naggingly got worse over time, and never seemed to go away?

When a certain chakra is out of balance, physical symptoms can occur, as well as emotional ones.

Back pain, stiffness, neck pain, joint pain, IBS and other stomach issues, depression, irritability, or even just a bum mood: these are all ways our bodies communicate to us that our energy is out of alignment, and proper energy flow is pertinent to our well-being in any area of our lives.

These symptoms arising is our soul’s way of telling us “Hey, I know you’re busy and all, but we need a little healing! If you don’t pay attention to me, you’re not going to be able to do any of those things!”

One of modern society’s major areas of improvement (particularly in western society) is listening to our souls. These days they’re drowned out by all the noise—physical and mental—and often get put on the back burner. Sometimes it gets put on the “To-Do” list that we know we’ll never get to.  

Enter Reiki

Now, one more time:

What is Reiki?

Reiki is an energy-healing technique that creates balanced movement and flow of energy within each of our chakras, healing emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual wounds.

So, What’s a Reiki Session Like?

Reiki sessions take place with the client lying down on a massage table. Then, as a Reiki Master, I do energy work above and around you.

The Reiki Master acts as a channel for the life-force energy to make a soul-to-soul connection with you. They’re a channel that allows the energy of unconditional love to work through you. Think of Life Force having one momentum, and the life force that is flowing through your chakras as another. The Reiki Master guides energy in and out, to make the momentum of energy inside of you match that, as much as possible, of the general life energy all around us.

During the session you may feel energy forces moving within your body, seemingly magnetic forces. You may get goosebumps. All are possibilities in the process of smoothing out blockages of energy within you.

You can hear all about Reiki, but at the end of the day, you’re not going to truly understand it until you experience it. When entering your first Reiki session, it’s hard to know what to expect. To calm your First Session Nerves (the first session always yields nerves!), I’ve created a Reiki session guide to help first timers understand what’s going on. These are based off what my clients experience! Without further ado, here’s Lauren’s 7 Things to Know!

Lauren’s 7 Things to Know: A First-Timers Guide!

  1. Think of Reiki as a massage experience without an actual massage.
  2. Reiki sessions all about comfort, so you’ll want to wear something you would lounge around the house in, like sweats.
  3. Reiki can be done anywhere or on anything. Most likely, you’ll be on a massage table, but it can be done on a couch, a Laz-Y-Boy recliner, a bed, a yoga mat, a chair (especially great for on-the-fly sessions, say at the office or something). If your practitioner is at least at a Reiki II level, they can even send Reiki to you from any distance! If you’re on a massage table though, you can expect to lay down and get comfy.
  4. Your Reiki practitioner will be doing energy work above and around you. Some may be guided to place their hands on you at certain Chakras, others will do the work completely hands-off. You’ll have your eyes closed, but if they were open, you would see us doing a bunch of weird hand movements over your body… it’s just how we are being intuitively guided to move the energy around!
  5. Throughout your session, you may feel energy being activated in different ways: as heat, vibrations, or emotions. What’s going on is old emotions that have blocked the energy are being broken up and cleared. However, the way to move beyond something is to feel it completely, so if during your session you feel the urge to cry, cry. If you feel you need to laugh, laugh. Feel angry? Get angry. Let it all out.
  6. Or you may just fall asleep and not feel anything at all. That’s okay, too! Each session is different.
  7. After your Reiki treatment you may discuss what came up with your Reiki practitioner. This helps validate what you experienced in your session and gives you insight on how to move beyond any problems you’re experiencing in your waking life.

But as I said before, the best way to understand it is to experience it for yourself, so if you’ve been feeling drawn to check it out, why not? You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.

If you are considering trying out Reiki, you’re going to want to make sure you choose the right Reiki practitioner for you.

How to Find the Right Reiki Practitioner For You

Well, now that you know what to expect from a Reiki session, you know it’s all about feeling comfortable. Here are some things to think about when choosing a reiki practitioner.

  1. Feel it out. Tune into the feeling you get when you inquire with a practitioner. Do they support your excitement of the experience, or are they short and feel a bit cold? Do they feel like they’re being standoffish? Since you want to be comfortable, go with your gut when it comes to first impressions. Don’t be afraid to inquire with several different Reiki professionals to see who feels like they’ll make you feel most at home.
  2. A Reiki practitioner should never put you in harm. If you are put into any situation that makes you feel unsafe during your session (ex: they tell you to take your clothes off or try to touch you inappropriately), you have the right to leave immediately.If they hint at anything along these lines prior to your session or make you feel uncomfortable in any way, inquire elsewhere.
  3. Check reviews or ask others you know who have experienced Reiki who they would recommend. My Reiki practitioner who became my spiritual teacher ever since my first session was found because my friend recommended her to me!
  4. Comfort is also about convenience. If you’re looking to get away for an escape from your everyday life, I’d recommend finding a practitioner who has their own location; however, if you have health issues and need to stay in your own home, some practitioners like myself are more than willing to bring the session to you. Plus your whole home gets to benefit from Reiki energy that way!

The intention of Reiki can be summed up in one quote:

“Create a life that feels good on the inside, not one that just looks good on the outside.” (Author Unknown)

If you want to learn more about what I offer, check out my own Reiki services.

Godspeed, my friend!


reiki near baltimore, york, towson, and timonium

Lauren is a Reiki energy healer near Baltimore, York, Timonium, and Towson areas. If you’re looking for Reiki near Baltimore or Reiki near York, PA, give her a chat! Her mobile Reiki business means you don’t have to waste time driving to get to your appointment. Instead she comes to you, and you and your home both get the benefits of this powerful energy healing treatment at a time and place that’s convenient for you! Interested in setting up a Reiki treatment? Contact Lauren here.

Spiritual Healing and Being a Decision Maker

Spiritual Healing

Spiritual healing comes in many forms, one of which is Reiki. However, your path to spiritual balance is a lifestyle: it is something you live. Life can be seen as a series of decisions. But how do we make one? And why does it help?

The other day I was at Panera Bread right in the middle of the lunch rush.

Before I knew it, I was shuffled to the front of the line, still lost on what I was supposed to be ordering for myself. But by that point I had committed, and the line was way too long to go stand off to the side for a hot second, so I had to order.

I trusted that I wanted a Pick 2, but I wasn’t sure the Bacon Tomato Grilled Cheese was going to pair well with the Ten Vegetable Soup, or that I wanted to go against my body and consume a heaping plate of dairy, gluten, and meat. But I heard those two choices fly out of my mouth anyway and just went with it.

The cashier followed up with, “Would you like an apple, bread, or chips as your side?” Something I was clearly also not ready for.

“Chips. No—wait! An apple. Yeah, an apple.”

Sound familiar?


Life is full of these moments. Moments where we are confronted with choices.

But making the right one is often an annoyance.

We get trapped in this analysis paralysis, where it would be better to make any decision than to continue thinking about it. Because it doesn’t really even matter, right?

When we get down to it, the decision to get the vegetable soup is just that—a decision.

But no matter if the decision is related to what you’re going to do for the rest of your life or what you’re going to eat for lunch, no one decision has more or less power than another. (Only our egos try to tell us otherwise.)

That means your smallest decisions rule your reality just as much as your biggest ones, and you can really take advantage of that.

So what’s the trick to making decisions, then, and why should we start taking those small ones more seriously?

Making the Right Decision

First off, don’t feel guilty about making the wrong decision. Guilt and fear are useless emotions, and they actually pull us further away from ever being able to make the right decisions.

At the end of the day, it’s all just practice.

Inside of ourselves, we all feel forces pulling us both to things and away from things – that ‘this is right’ feeling. That’s our intuition.

For me, it’s a solid and confident feeling in my chest. But this was something I had to develop overtime, and I actually had to make a lot of wrong decisions to build trust with that feeling.

Trust breeds confidence, but it takes time.

So how do we breed self-trust?

Baby steps. Being a decision-maker is in the details: choosing pizza over spaghetti, watching 2 episodes of Bob’s Burgers instead of one, going to bed early.

Maybe once in a while we’ll make the wrong choice. But choosing the wrong decision strengthens our intuition if we look at the “consequences” as an experiment and not a life-threatening situation.

If we pay attention to these little experiments, we’ll notice we have a whole portfolio of which feelings we followed, which ones we ignored, what worked for us, and what didn’t.

This is one way we can manifest our personal intuitive skills and our ability to listen to them, and when we’re tuned into our intuition, being a decision maker is a no-brainer (pun totally intended).

Being able to ‘hear’ our intuition is similar to strengthening a muscle. We must make decision after decision, allowing ourselves to freely experience the outcomes without attachment to what is “right” or “wrong,” and interact with this subtle feeling in our heart, our gut, or wherever else it shows up for us.

The more we tune into those signs our bodies send us, the stronger they become. But this strength is developed only through the continual interaction with this feeling.

The big picture: It’s this same strength that carries us along our spiritual journey.

In the moment: It’s a single, individual decision that adds a small, yet significant, amount of self-trust, creating strength.

Making Decisions Spreads Positivity

Soon our own trust becomes our own power.

People are drawn to people who have confidence. That’s the same confidence that is bred by trust and the same trust that is bred by dancing with the ‘this is right’ feeling inside each and every one of us. (That includes you, too.)

This is how we make things happen for us, instead of to us. See, the more decisions we make, the more people let us make decisions. They naturally look at us as a leader, and we’ll be able to get everything we ask for.

It is this that spawns the great thinker of yester-year like Voltaire to speak such wisdom as “With great power comes great responsibility” (1829).

Spiritual Healing

Power attracts followers. Power that is bred through the continual interaction with one’s intuition; the same intuition that we practice ‘hearing’ through making decision after decision and listening to ourselves.

And the cool part is, we don’t even have to have it figured out—we don’t have to know what’s on the other side of our decision. We’ll just trust it’s the right one, because we trust ourselves.

It gets easier.

The Power of You.

You are the most knowledgeable person about yourself.  It’s easy to want to follow others, and too often we follow those sources outside of ourselves. But if we want to find and live our pure joy, the only person we should turn to is ourselves.

We have a perspective unique to ourselves, made with ourselves in mind.

If we seek pure joy, we must not be led. Rather we need to go inside ourselves to find the decisions that bring us the most joy. What is right for one person is not right for another—no two people can have the same experience.

That means someone else’s decisions come from a perspective completely irrelevant to your own experience and will not serve you.

Full Circle: The Spiritual Journey

Developing this trust, strengthening this decision-making muscle, finding it within ourselves to make a decision: these are some of the many proverbial steps in our spiritual journey.

Spiritual Healing

A spiritual journey is path of healing; one can say that spiritual healing and a spiritual journey are one in the same. They are a lifestyle, a mantra, a set of intentions, and a list of personal accomplishments. In some sense they are however you define them: that is the power of you.

However, this journey happens within you, but you are not alone—it takes a village. Many of us have a journey that brings us wisdom to take to the rest of the world. What I seek to share is something that was shared with me: Reiki.

Reiki is a Japanese energy healing technique that allows your mind and body to relax deeply so your mind is able to shift from survival mode to healing mode. That’s where you gain confidence, clarity, and answers to questions and circumstances that have been draining your personal power without your permission.

It’s the same thing that transformed my life from a depressed and anxiety-ridden one to a peaceful, confident one. I am living the life of my dreams because of Reiki, and I have been called to help others do the same.

If you are curious, want to know more, or just want to share your experiences with me, please post a comment, send an email, or sign up for a session here.


Seek answers from within, strengthen your intuition (i.e. your decision-making muscle), and learn that it’s okay to trust yourself. It’s all just practice.

And if you ever find yourself confronting failure, I have written about how I approach overcoming it, here, and I encourage reading it!

The power to effortlessly change your life is in plain sight.

Take advantage of it.

Baby steps!


reiki near baltimore, york, towson, and timonium

Lauren is a Reiki energy healer near Baltimore, York, Timonium, and Towson areas. If you’re looking for Reiki near Baltimore or Reiki near York, PA, give her a chat! Her mobile Reiki business means you don’t have to waste time driving to get to your appointment. Instead she comes to you, and you and your home both get the benefits of this powerful energy healing treatment at a time and place that’s convenient for you! Interested in setting up a Reiki treatment? Contact Lauren here.

How To Deal With And Overcome Failure

When you’re experiencing failure in your life after having put in effort to be happier, to have a better relationship, or to make your business dream a reality, it’s paralyzing. You put in work, and the results tell you it didn’t pay off. Why continue? What’s next?

The couch sounds good. So does some ice cream and potato chips. And maybe a side of depression with that, too.

Can you relate? If so, this post offers you a very practical tactic to overcome these feelings of failure so you can rewrite your story, refreshed, happy, and renewed.


Why failure happens when you’re trying your hardest

We all seem to be used to pressing on, especially in the face of heartache. We’re convinced that if we just do more or go harder it’s going to work itself eventually… we’re just not enough at the moment, and we just have to keep going.

Or we’re going to bury ourselves in work or video games or alcohol so we forget about it. And the truth is these are sneaky pleasures.

They feel good, feel rewarding, so we think they’re helping us, or they’re making us happy, or they’re actually healing us.

But we have to take a wholistic approach to this; we have to look at the bigger picture. If one part of our system stops working, it’s all affected. In other words, as Kyle Cease quoted in one of his workshops, “If you pee in one part of the pool, you pee in all of the pool.”

When things don’t work out, it’s not the world telling you you’re not enough. It’s simply time to bring up your shit and deal with it.

See, patterns occur in our lifetime because we have unprocessed emotions. When we dismiss our past hurt, embarrassment, shame, or heartache, we’re going to keep experiencing it until we feel it fully. Only then can we release it and fill that void.

I’ve been in this situation many more times than my ego is comfortable with.

One particular time I invested an uncomfortable amount of money into one of my businesses only to see zero return for it. And then I was left with so much embarrassment and doubt in myself, so much anger and resentment towards the people and situations that didn’t work out, and so many questions, but no answers.

I just shut down.

At the surface, I wanted to blame everyone and everything, but I knew I could only look to myself, and I knew I couldn’t blame myself because that was going to keep me stuck. So instead, I took an unorthodox approach.


How to purge angry emotions after failing

My background as a reiki practitioner, priestess, and spiritual-minded person told me that there was something more to this. I wasn’t sure that the situation was going to turn around, but I needed to overcome this failure emotionally if I ever wanted things to turn around.

When I wanted to be against myself more than anything, I had to be on my side, but it tore my heart up too much to do that, so instead, I envisioned myself as two separate people: my victim self and my bully self.

This allowed me to fully feel and process the pain of being the victim and fully feel and process the anger of being the bully.

I let the bully spit angry words at me, the victim, and I felt the pain fully, not running away from it or trying to push it down.Once she let all her hateful words out and felt better, the victim in me had a chance to practice using her own voice.

In my mind, I switched from one role to the other and said to the bully, “I need you to be on my side. I need you to give me space to try, and to fail, and to learn. That’s the only way we’re going to get where we want to go. I need you to be patient.”

Seeing that I, the bully, had been depleted of the rage inside of me, I was able to hear those words from myself clearly. “I need you to be on my side.”

And I apologized to myself.

What I got out of this practice

When I was finished I realized I was able to express and process all emotions instead of figuring out which one I should listen to. That often was the exact reason I held onto my emotions… I didn’t actually know how to let them go.

I empowered the voice of the victim inside of me that needed to be heard, and that strengthened my voice in all areas of my life as well. I overcame this role, too.

And perhaps most importantly, I was able to get on the same page with myself and finally accept where I was, lovingly.

Afterwards, I was able to get clear on what direction I should have been heading in, one that was much more fulfilling and worthy of growth. I trusted the process, and things started flowing. I just had to get out of my own way.

Remember this when you doubt yourself:

Life is not about winning or failing. You’ve worked REALLY hard to become the person you are at this moment. You’ve showed up for yourself time and time again, and while people around you may have supported you in some ways, no one else could actually do the work except you. Your bully owes credit to you for this.

Your body is doing the best it can. Your brain is doing the best it can. Your soul is supporting your human-ness, holding space for you, and loving you at every little turn. And you can’t change that beautiful truth.

If you felt guided to try this out, please share what you were able to overcome from it by leaving a comment below. I genuinely want to hear from you and help you through your process.

Baby steps!

P.S. Having someone to help you relax and get some clarity while you’re going through this is not only helpful but necessary. We’re not meant to go through anything alone. If you’re looking for a spiritual mentor, I’m available to help.

reiki near baltimore, york, towson, and timonium

Lauren is a Reiki energy healer near Baltimore, York, Timonium, and Towson areas. If you’re looking for Reiki near Baltimore or Reiki near York, PA, give her a chat! Her mobile Reiki business means you don’t have to waste time driving to get to your appointment. Instead she comes to you, and you and your home both get the benefits of this powerful energy healing treatment at a time and place that’s convenient for you! Interested in setting up a Reiki treatment? Contact Lauren here.