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Natural Awakenings South Central Pennsylvania

Reiki Nurtures Children’s Imaginations

Aug 29, 2021 12:16PM ● By Gisele M. Siebold

Rickie Meryl Freedman, founder of Reiki by Rickie ~ ReikiSpace & Learning Place, in Harrisburg, recognizes that children can learn reiki because they come to the learning process with open hearts. “Children understand reiki as a natural part of them, and this gentle energy guides them with self-confidence, inner peace and compassion,” she explains.


Since 2008, Freedman has been teaching reiki to children. Through her ReikiKids class, she has observed firsthand how children’s creativity and imagination are nurtured and developed. “Coming to the process with open hearts means that children feel their energy easily; they haven’t developed the filters, blocks and resistances that many adults developed through the course of their life experiences,” she explains.


To make learning fun, Freedman uses art, music and special activities. Children tune into their innate feelings of love and compassion. They practice self-reiki and share and receive reiki with other children, adults and animals. “Sharing reiki with children allows them to learn how to manage their energy so they can stay heart-centered and connected without ever taking on anyone else’s energy or become drained of their own,” she notes.


At the end of the workshop, children draw pictures of what their energy looks and feels like. According to Freedman, the drawings are amazing and include vivid energy colors, imaginative details and other surprises. From the children’s perspectives, reiki is a really good thing. It is fun, calming and makes them happy when they are upset.


“Reiki can help children deal with life’s challenging issues and struggles from a place of perspective and peace, which will help them find their place in the world, feeling connected and grounded. They learn to live reiki—living mindfulness, peace, compassion and gratitude—and, most of all, letting their inner lights shine to be their true selves in the world,” believes Freedman.


Reikiby Rickie ~ ReikiSpace & Learning Place is located at 2793 Old Post Rd., Ste. 10, in Harrisburg. For more information, call 717-599-2299, email [email protected] or visit