Can Reiki be used on Children? Should it be? How can it help? Why?
Yes, use Reiki on children! Children often love receiving Reiki energy. Pure life force is a great way to assist a child's development, especially during stressful family times, the start of the school year, and after developmental milestones. Sending Reiki during these times can offer the extra energy needed to rebound from life's challenges and move powerfully forward.
Studies have shown that people who receive Reiki are less stressed and are able to connect with a deep sense of peace. Couldn't you have used that when you were a teenager dealing your body, crushes, breakups, bullies, and seemingly impossible dreams? Or what about when you were a grade-schooler facing incomprehensible family dynamics and the widening world?
Generally, children have natural psychic defenses. They are energy masters! Have you ever seen a child begin shaking like a jellyfish just for fun, or making weird sounds again and again and... again?! They are breaking up old energy patterns. What about the kid that runs circles around the coffee table? That kid is raising energy.
Think of how difficult it can be for adults to release emotional wounds; we get caught up in intellectual arguments, pride, hurt, whereas kids just cry, shout, and seamlessly move on.
However, as children become adults, their intuitive use of this energy system is affected by brain development, culture, and ideological conditioning. Allowing children to experience Reiki before this happens not only gives them an immediate relief from stress but it also helps to reinforce those natural instincts. I've found that youth who are introduced to the idea of energy healing incorporate this into their world view. They are more likely to request energy healing when they sense an inner need, and they remain more sensitive to energy and how it is flowing in their everyday lives.
Lastly, don't forget how nurturing human touch can be! While some families are very physical and loving, many are challenged to find regular ways of expressing love and connection, especially as kids become teenagers seeking independence and autonomy. Reiki is an excellent way to nurture our youth and provide them with an understanding of what a loving, non-sexual, non-demanding, nurturing physical and energetic connection can feel like. As they grow into adulthood and create new lasting connections, this intuitive Reiki wisdom is a gift that keeps giving.
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