Since ancient times many cultures understood that an unseen energy (Life Force or Chi) flows through all living things and is connected directly to quality of health. The existence of this Life force has been verified by scientific experiments and medical doctors are considering the role it plays in the functioning of the immune system and the healing process.
Reiki is one of the more widely known forms of energy healing. Energy Healing involves the direct application of Chi for the purpose of strengthening the client’s energy system (aura).
Dr Mikao Usui, a Japanese educator in Japan discovered ancient sounds and symbols linked directly to the human body and nervous system. When these were used in session, they activated the universal life energy for healing. The Usui system evolved and Reiki was introduced to the West in the 1970s.
The Ethical Principle of Reiki by Dr. Usui is:
Just for today, do not worry.
Just for today, do not anger.
Honor your parents, teachers, and elders.
Earn your living honestly.
Show gratitude to everything.
Reiki is a complementary therapy in which a trained practitioner places their hands on or above specific body areas and transfers what is called “universal life energy” to the patient. The energy provides the strength, harmony and balance necessary to alleviate health disturbances.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through you and surrounds you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit and creates many beneficial effects including relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
We are alive because our Life force flows through us. Life force flows within our physical body though pathways called charkas and meridians. It also flows around us in a field of energy called our aura. Our life force nourishes our organs and cells and supports 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.
Our life force is responsive to our 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 our energy field and cause disruption in the flow of our life force. This diminishes the vital function of our organs and cells of our physical body.
A Reiki healing is very simply performed. The practitioner places their hands upon the person to be healed with the intent for healing to occur, and then the energy begins flowing. Reiki energy is smart, and the energy knows where to go, and what to do once it gets there. The energy manages its own flow to and within the recipient. It draws through the healer exactly that amount of energy which the recipient needs. All this happens without direct conscious intervention by the healer.
The healer’s job is to get out of the way, to keep the healing space open, and to watch and listen for signs of what to do next and where to move the hands.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Reiki is a system of universality and can be used by everyone.
Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibration 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.
The Reiki System of Natural Healing balances and strengthens the body’s energy and promotes its ability to heal itself. Reiki is useful in serious illnesses as well as stress related illnesses, sports injuries, cuts, burns, internal diseases, emotional disorders, etc. Reiki is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that allows everyone to tap into an unlimited supply of “Life force energy” to improve health and enhance the quality of life.
Reiki is capable of healing anything because it works at very fundamental levels of reality.
Note: Even though the capability is there, this is not what always happens. The limits to Reiki seem to be in the recipient’s willingness to cast off old habits and patterns, to accept change and to accept healing. This happens more easily with the self-aware patient who is willing to take responsibility for their health.