Reiki (pronounced Ray Key) is a holistic therapy that brings about healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.
Reiki teachings state that all living beings have vital energy. That vital energy is well known in martial arts and Japanese, Chinese and Indian medicines. It is the Ki for the Japanese, Chi for the Chinese, Prana for the Hindus, the Light for Christians, and the bio-energy for scientists. They also state that there is an inexhaustible, universal “life force” spiritual energy (“Rei”) surrounding us. Reiki is a technique that transfers the universal energy (“Rei”) to a living being to balance and strengthen the recipient’s own vital energy (“Ki”). That energy flows through the practitioner’s hands whenever the hands are placed on or held near a recipient. It then merges with the Ki.
Witness the existence of life energy, have a look at this Reiki Experiment on rice!
Reiki addresses physical, emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances. It has several effects: it brings about deep relaxation, destroys energy blockages, detoxifies the system, provides new vitality in the form of healing universal life energy, and increases the vibrational frequency of the body.
Japanese professor Mikao Usui (1865-1926) based Reiki on established Oriental medicine (Tao) and ancient Buddhist (Tibetan) healing practices. He was sent at an early age to a Buddhist monastery that gave foundation to his interest in healing. He became a respected and learned Buddhist teacher and spent many years searching for a way of connecting to the energy for healing purposes.
The result is a system that uses symbols, has a set of affirmations and employs hand positions set over important points on the body known by various healing systems as main acupuncture points and Chakras.
What’s important to know about Reiki:
- Reiki is non-sectarian and does not impose any dogma. It accepts all spiritual paths and practices as equal. Any Reiki giver who adds any other belief in their practice or teaching and state it is part of Usui Reiki is not aligned with the tradition and ethics of Reiki.
- In Reiki, the healing energy is transmitted through the giver’s hands. It comes through the healer, not from the healer.
- Reiki goes through clothes, plaster casts, bandage, etc
- Reiki is not a technique: the energy works with the intent of the healer.
- Reiki protects both healer and recipient. It seldom drains the healer’s own energies. It is also safe and non-intrusive.
- Reiki works with the intent of the receiver, allowing healing to occur at the level that the receiver is comfortable with. It will also direct itself to where healing is most needed. The receiver’s energy system guides the Reiki energy. There may arise occasions when the recipient does not seem to have benefited from the energy. Do not take this personally – some people will consciously or unconsciously block the energy from working. Respect their free will and act accordingly.
- Intuitive healing occurs with practice. However, always remember that you are simply a conduit for the energy. Do not allow your ego to interfere with the process.
- With chronic illnesses and acute pain, the healing process may be slow. If the condition is a long-standing one, a cure may be needed not only on the physical level.
- Reiki can be combined with other forms of healing, both conventional and alternative. It has been known to reduce the side effects of drug medication and chemotherapy. However, Reiki cannot and should not be offered as an alternative to conventional medicine.
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This is a lovely explanation. Thank you (gassho!)