Reiki (ray-key) is a natural healing technique
that uses the laying-on of hands. Reiki is thought to have originated thousands
of years ago in India from where it went to Tibet alongwith Buddism. But the knowledge
was kept a top secret by a few for various reasons. Reiki was rediscovered by Dr.
Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddist monk, in the 1800's. Usui wished to discover how
Budda healed the sick. During his ten year quest, he studied the teaching of Christ,
and the sacred literature of China, Japan, India, and Tibet. At the end of his quest,
Reiki came to him on the sacred mountain of Kuriyama in Japan.
What does Reiki means?
The word Reiki is made up of two
Japanese words - Rei and Ki. Rei means supernatural force or spiritual intelligence,
Ki means life energy. Therefore, reiki means "spiritually guided life force energy".
How does it work?
We are alive because life force
is flowing through us. Life force flows within the physical body though pathways
called chakras, meridians and nadis. It also flows around us in a field of energy
called the aura. Life force nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting
them in their vital functions. When this flow of life force is disrupted, it causes
diminished function in one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body.
The life force is responsive to thoughts and feelings. It 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 life force. This diminishes the vital
function of the organs and cells of the physical body.
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 dissolves and removes the negative energy. 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 an energy that comes directly from the highest spiritual source. It has
its own intelligence and knows exactly where to go and what to do. It is multi-dimensional
and will heal the cause of a problem on what level it may exist - body, mind, or
spirit. It does not have to be directed by the practitioner. It is a very simple
and powerful process that can be learned by anyone. Because it is a channeled healing,
the Reiki practitioners energies are never depleted. In fact, when giving a treatment,
the Reiki practitioner is healed as well and always experiences an increase in life
force energy. People that already do healing work report that their healing energies
increase by at least fifty percent after receiving Reiki Attunements.
What is a treatment like?
Reiki is given by the laying on
of hands. A standard treatment includes placing the hands on positions around the
head, shoulders, stomach, and feet. In addition, the practitioner may use other
positions for specific concerns the client may have. Each position is held for between
five and ten minutes and the entire treatment lasts between 45 minutes to an hour
and a half. A treatment is deeply relaxing and benefits both the client and the
Once you have been attuned to it,
reiki can also be used to treat yourself. Simply place your hands on yourself, Reiki
will flow into you and begin its healing work.
What can be treated?
Reiki is both powerful and gentle
and in its long history has aided in healing virtually every known illness and injury
including serious problems like cancer, heart disease, and AIDS as well as skin
problems, cuts, broken bones, headaches, colds, and the list goes on and on.............
Who can learn Reiki?
Reiki is not taught in the way
that other healing techniques are taught. It is transferred to the student by the
Reiki Master through an attunement process. Because of this, virtually anyone can
learn Reiki with no prior experience or ability necessary. The attunement process
opens the heart, crown, and palm chakras and creates a special link between the
student and the Reiki source. Then its use is explained and demonstrated. After
that, all that is necessary is for the practitioner to place his or her hands on
the client with the intention of healing and the Reiki energies will automatically
flow through the practitioner into the client. Because of this unique attunement
process, Reiki can easily be taught during a weekend class.
Is it a Religion?
While 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.
Reiki is very versatile and can
be used to heal or improve any human condition or difficulty. In addition to healing
yourself and others, it can also be used to protect from harm, help solve problems,
and achieve goals.