Reiki is a Japanese healing technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It was discovered by Mikao Usui in 1922 and is a very simple yet powerful technique that can be easily learned by anyone. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means Wisdom or the Higher Power and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy”.
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an attunement given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life. Its use is not dependent on a person’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.
Even though Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it. While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended the practice of certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are universal across all cultures.
How does Reiki work?
We are alive because Ki life force flows through the physical body though pathways called chakras, meridians and nadis. It also flows around us in a field of energy called the aura. Ki nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their vital functions. When this flow of Ki is disrupted, it causes diminished function in one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body. It is responsive to thoughts and feelings and becomes disrupted when we accept, either consciously or unconsciously, negative thoughts or feelings about ourselves. These negative thoughts and feelings attach themselves to the energy field and cause a disruption in the flow of Ki, diminishing the vital function of the organs and cells of the physical body causing pain or dis-ease.
Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached. This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away. In so doing, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way.
Reiki is guided by the God-consciousness and can never do harm. It always knows what a person needs and will adjust itself to create the effect that is appropriate for them. The practitioner does not direct the healing and does not decide what to work on, or what to heal, and they are not in danger of taking on the karma of the client.
Because it is a channelled healing, the Reiki practitioner’s energies are never depleted. In fact, the Reiki consciousness considers both practitioner and client to be in need of healing, so both receive treatment. Giving a treatment always increases energy and leaves a loving feeling of well being.