What is Reiki?

Reiki is a form of complementary health treatment. It is commonly referred to as “Reiki Healing”. It is also called “energy healing”. It began in Japan in the 1800’s and is applied by a practitioner who channels the Reiki energy through their body and out through their hands. It is the receiving and transfer of this energy that is the basis for Reiki healing. Reiki energy is administered by a practitioner, either by the placing of hands on areas of the body called chakras. Or by the placing of hands a few inches away from the body sensing what is known as the auric field.

Reiki is growing in popularity and is viewed by many as an alternative or compliment to mainstream medicine. Advocates of Reiki state that it can help with many conditions and emotional states of mind. Studies have shown that it can help reduce pain and is used in some hospitals throughout Europe and America. Reiki is available via private medical insurance in the U.K. and Europe and some people can learn Reiki this way too. How ever most that receive Reiki have to pay directly for the treatments they receive.

Reiki Meaning

In Japanese “Rei” means “Universal” and “KI” means “Life Force Energy”. Reiki was first discovered by Mikao Usui. Usui certainly spent time around Buddhist monks. However it is not fully known if he himself would have called himself a Buddhist monk. It is stated that Usui trained 2000 people Reiki.  In the 1940’s a lady by the name of Hawayo Takata was instrumental in bringing Reiki to the west. She was taught directly by Usui as he had wanted to specifically train women in the practice of Reiki.  Mrs Takata adapted the story of Usui’s life to make it more acceptable to the Americans (she made him a Christian and a graduate of a US

college!) This is because it was unlikely that the original story would have been accepted. It later arrived in Europe in the 1980’s.

Reiki is universal, meaning it is open to all. You can receive Reiki regardless of your faith or religion. To become a Reiki healer no prior training or educational experience is required for energy attuning process to take place.

Reiki Attuning

Reiki attuning takes place normally at the end of each Reiki training level. There are three levels and each one is a powerful spiritual process. A trained and experienced Reiki master will begin the attuning process introducing a new student to the gentle yet powerful Reiki energies. They will also introduce you to techniques initially to assist with self healing (Reiki 1) and later the healing of others ( Reiki 2 ). Training methods and approaches can vary but most students learn:-

  • the energy types around the body

  • how to administer Reiki healing energy

  • ethics surrounding clients

Some of the commonly taught techniques in Reiki include:-

  • grounding

  • energy clearing or disbursing

  • distant healing

  • protection against negative energies

  • amplifying of positive energy

  • energy scanning

  • auric field sweeping

  • intent with Reiki energy

  • crystals with Reiki

Reiki uses

People undergoing a Reiki treatment normally feel very relaxed afterwards with people often seeking healing when going through difficult times. It can help a person feel reconnected to themselves. This feeling of reconnection is often on energetic and emotional levels. Enhancing inner strength and balance giving a person more clarity and allowing them to cope with life more effectively.

Reiki can be beneficial in circumstances that are short term, but can also supports with chronic illnesses and conditions:-

  • cancer

  • heart disease

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • pain

  • depression

  • infertility

  • autism

  • fatigue

It also helps with life circumstances and scenarios here’s a few examples:-

  • supports during pregnancy

  • helps calm children

  • reassures animals

  • helps with end of life care

  • helps with life transitions or changes

How many sessions?

One session of Reiki may be sufficient, but the exact number of sessions should be discussed between you and your practitioner. It maybe that if you have long term emotional and spiritual challenges, a course of treatments may be required.

Receiving Reiki is very straight forward. A client remains clothed and lays on a couch or bed or sits on a chair. Reiki practitioners softly place hands on the bodies chakra areas (these are non-intrusive areas of or near the body). Sessions generally range from 30 – 60 minutes.

Reiki is a holistic therapy

Often a Reiki practitioner will be trained in other therapeutic disciplines. Whilst this is not necessary for Reiki to work. It does demonstrate the flexibility of Reiki healing and its benefits. Working with and clearing the bio energy field it is very good at clearing trapped or negative energy within the body and its systems. So often practitioners qualified in counselling, hypnotherapy or even massage integrate Reiki into their work to provide a more holistic approach for their clients.

The word “holistic” means holism. Whereby incorporating the whole is a more beneficial practice than sum of its individual parts.

Reiki and crystals

In recent years Reiki practitioners have started to integrate crystal healing with their work. Crystals can be programmed with Reiki energy and work by amplifying the healing qualities of Reiki. Equally Reiki can enhance the properties of crystal energy. Working harmoniously a Reiki practitioner that uses crystals, can more effectively focus on specific emotions or conditions matching the attributes of a specific crystal. It is important to note that a practitioner practicing with Reiki crystals should be trained in both Reiki and crystal healing.

Becoming a Reiki Master

Whilst a Reiki 3 level practitioner is acknowledged as a master. The term is used very loosely. Particularly here in the west. There isn’t really a definition of a true master. How ever it is undoubtedly a life times work. To be a true Reiki devotee living to the principles of Reiki and universal truth, is not an easy or quick task.

You can train others in the practice of Reiki after qualifying as a level 3 practitioner, but being open and considering the deeper and more complex dimensions of both therapy and healing work, is essential before the “goal” of being a Reiki master should be undertaken.

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