This month we welcome Heidi Rearden of ‘Heidi Reiki’ to our Guest Corner.
I first met Heidi on my initial stages of Bach flower training and I instantly felt the heartfelt love and warmth radiate from her as I sat next to her in class. I believe that it is no coincidence who you meet in life, and when you strike up a conversation with someone you really can learn so much about not only them, but yourself as well. In talking to Heidi I realised we were going down a similar path in many ways. We obviously shared a love for the Bach flower remedies and I was fascinated to learn that Heidi was a Reiki Master, at a point when I was midway into my own Reiki training. Heidi is also a practising Buddhist, which although I personally do not identify with any one religion (I like to combine the practices of many to form my own super faith!), I have to say that I have always been intrigued by Buddhism and in particular the healing power of chanting, the connection to nature and the infamous mantra of karma.
I really enjoyed meeting with Heidi for this month’s question and answer session. I always find it interesting, not to mention beneficial to my own practice, to learn about others interpretations of Reiki; how they learnt and indeed how they personally benefit from this amazing tool once it has been acquired.
In talking to Heidi over a cup of Jasmine tea, I soon learnt that we share very similar ideas of Reiki and both hold it dearly, believing that it is a great catalyst for change and a wonderful heartfelt technique that everyone can benefit from learning or receiving.
Talking to Heidi certainly made me fall back in love with Reiki in its purest form. Over the last year or so I have gone on a real journey with Reiki. At points I have even questioned if it’s ‘enough’ for me, due to feeling like it’s becoming so widely and diversely taught, and it seems in such fierce competition with other forms of healing, often not seeming to ‘measure up’ when compared to more shamanic or alchemic based forms of channelling. That said, I have evolved my Reiki style from what I was taught, to the point where I have even considered re-branding my services to something more along the lines of intuitive led or energy healing. Although evolving my style in line with my own personal healing journey has been right for me, I was reminded today just how beautiful Reiki is in its simplest of forms, and in turn that it really is ‘enough’ on its own. I respected Reiki so much more as a stand-alone treatment through a deep conversation with Heidi, as I was reminded of what drew me to Reiki and just how much I still use its unique practices for myself and others in everyday life.
Reiki really is a beautiful art. I credit my change in outlook, improvements in physical and mental health and the channel I am today to Reiki, as it really was an enabling power in my own life. I believe that Reiki has been a fundamental catalyst for my journey and indeed the foundations for all that I do. I have even been lucky enough to witness similar effects subtlety ripple through the lives of my clients, as they embark on their own journeys following treatments. I use it daily for myself; utilising it in times of needing self-treatments as well as times when I see anything from a distressed family member, a tied-up dog crying for its owner outside of a supermarket, protecting my car when it’s parked somewhere unfamiliar to comforting an upset stranger on the train. It is something I feel so very blessed to have learnt and in turn to be able to share with the world.
Without further ado, I hand you over to the lovely Heidi who this month talks about Reiki and energetic space clearing for your home. Thank you Heidi for your time, insights and this lovely addition to our guest corner.
Yours in love and light,
March Guest Corner
Q&A With Heidi Rearden
‘Reiki And Energetic Space Clearing’
What lead you to Reiki?
I was studying different types of healing, because I had been having a lot of bladder and kidney infections. My children were quite young at the time and my Daughter was also suffering from chronic kidney and bladder infections, so I was trying to find a holistic way of helping us all. As my children got older, I recognised they were getting more stressed with school and becoming affected by life and so I really wanted to be able to help them. My interests led me to a course, which was based on shamanic teaching, and Reiki was one of the little taster modules being covered as part of the course material. I loved it so much that I didn’t end up continuing with the course as I wanted to learn Reiki instead. I just found it an incredible energy. During the course we were paired off to practice Reiki, and this was before I was even attuned or knew much about Reiki itself, and when the lady sat up on the couch after I had given her effectively a Reiki treatment, she said she had never felt so loved in her life! And I just thought ‘oh my goodness, did I really just do that?’, it really was a very humbling experience and that was the start of my Reiki journey. I then went on to do Reiki level 1 and 2, and personally felt I needed to go on to do Reiki level 3 to gain more confidence and because I became really passionate about teaching it as well.
What does Reiki mean to you?
Reiki to me is an enabling and healing energy. I act as the conduit and as the channel for the energy to come through to me for the person who is receiving, and they can then use it for their best purpose.
How do you incorporate Reiki into your own personal life?
I use Reiki everyday on myself through a self-treatment, usually in the morning and at night when I am going to bed. Or I will use it during the day if I feel I am lacking in energy somewhere. As much as I used to use it on my family directly, it tends to now be something I use for them indirectly; through emitting this light in my general being when I am around them and others.
What is distance Reiki?
To me, it’s sending the intention of Reiki to someone who isn’t present. So they can be anywhere in consciousness or in the world and they can receive Reiki as equally as someone who is sat next to you.
Is Reiki just for people?
Oh absolutely not! Reiki is for everything.
It may sound strange but I can do Reiki on furniture!
I offer a service whereby I go into a space or home to do an energetic space clearing and I actually use Reiki in that situation, as I will often get a feeling from a piece of furniture. Furniture can feel like it doesn’t belong within a home or space. Whether that be because it’s disliked or it doesn’t ‘go’ with the rest of the house, or perhaps it’s second hand or from acquired past relationships etc so it can then disturb the flow of energy in the home or space. I will give Reiki to the piece of furniture as the first option before looking at something more drastic like whether that item needs to be removed from the home at a later date.
What is energetic space clearing?
I offer energetic space clearing as a service of my business. It’s an element in Feng Shui which is used for helping a home or living space to be happier, healthier and a joyous place to be. For example situations such as bereavement, relationship breakdown, illness, or perhaps there are teenagers in the house that are going through anxious times, an energetic space clearing basically brings back the balance and the joy to the home. I also give Reiki sessions to everyone living in the space, either remotely or face to face, as it’s really important to have both together as we affect our environment just as much as our environment affects us.
What are the benefits of energetic space clearing?
The benefits are endless really. People have said to me they have experienced a real happiness in their homes and their lives, that it’s really helped them to go through and process deep trauma and hurt from situations such as relationships breaking down. They have been able to see things in a more positive light.
What would your advice be to anyone who doesn’t think Reiki ‘works’?
Try it! Reiki will work whether you believe in it or not. Whether or not you think it works, just try it and see what happens. My advice would always be to have 3 Reiki sessions as a minimum, as that’s when you really start to feel the processes of letting go and the deep healing that can take place.
Is Reiki affiliated to a particular religion?
Not at all. I personally feel that the history of Reiki is steeped in Buddhism. I am a Buddhist and have been practising for 32 years and I have found many similarities between the two. I also feel there are aspects of Reiki that are shamanistic from all over the world, and for me that’s why I believe Reiki is for everyone as it doesn’t identify as one religion or practice. It’s with everyone and for everyone. There are some types of Reiki that are Christian based, which is popular in America. But Reiki that is widely used today and that I practice is not affiliated to a particular religion.
What is your advice to anyone wishing to learn Reiki?
Find a teacher that you really connect with and resonate with, as it is a very personal decision. Call them up, speak to them, meet with them and don’t be afraid to meet with a few Reiki Masters before making your decision. In my experience, different teachers teach in a different way, so I think it’s really important that you find a teacher that you really resonate with and go with an open mind. You may wish to check a teacher’s lineage to Dr Usui, so that you know you are undertaking an accredited and traditional course, but not every teacher is happy to share this prior to signing up for a course.
Do you have any tips for how people reading this can use Reiki or energetic space clearing within their lives and homes?
FOR YOU: To me what is very key in Reiki is treasuring yourself and really looking after yourself, so that’s something we can all do. And many people feel they don’t do it enough. It’s learning to combat that negative voice and backchat in our heads that says ‘you’re not good enough’. By challenging that and learning to stop it, we really empower our bodies to heal and ourselves to be happy, balanced and joyous.
FOR YOUR HOME: Again, do things that make your home feel joyous. So light candles, play music, place flowers in view, decorate etc. This might sound strange, but part of Feng Shui is talking to your home. Saying how much gratitude you have to your home for keeping you warm and dry for example.
Heidi Rearden runs a business called ‘Heidi Reiki’ which you can find more details about through her website or by emailing
Heidi offers individual Reiki sessions and space clearing in homes and spaces in Bristol, Bath and London, with a willingness to travel accordingly. Heidi teaches Reiki levels 1, 2 and 3 in Bath, please visit her website for course dates
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