What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese form of healing. Mysterious and inscrutible. The first part of the word "rei" means guided, and the second part "ki" refers to the life force, the equivalent of the Chinese qi or chi, that flows through the meridian channels.

Reiki is very much a form of spiritual healing rather than a therapy. In its purest form, Reiki is in fact much more than a method of healing - it is a profound spiritual path. Many people who have experienced the healing power they can draw from Reiki, go on to follow that path and study the art for themselves.

Trained practitioners of Reiki act as the spiritual channel for healing energy to flow into their client. Reiki practitioners don't claim to be able to heal and neither do they claim that their client will necessarily be healed. What they do say is that the client's body will choose whether to "draw" the healing energy and what to do with it, and may heal itself or not.

Interestingly, the Reiki practitioner does not need to know why the client is there or what they would like to gain from the process. They do not even need to know themselves and they can simply trust that their innermost "self" will accept and utilise the healing in the most beneficial way.

Natural Healing

Reiki is the name given to a system of natural healing which evolved from the experience and dedication of Dr. Mikao Usui, a Professor of Theology who lived in Japan in the last century. Dr Usui developed this healing system from ancient Buddhist teachings after many years of study, research and meditation. He spent the rest of his life practising and teaching Reiki. Today Reiki continues to be taught by Reiki Masters who have trained in the tradition passed down from Master to student.

There is no belief system attached to Reiki so anyone can receive or learn to give a Reiki treatment, the only prerequisite is the desire to be healed.

A Reiki Treatment

The method of receiving a Reiki treatment from a practitioner is a very simple process. The recipient simply lies on a couch and relaxes. If they are unable to lie down the treatment can be given in a sitting position, the main thing is for the recipient to be as comfortable as possible.

There is no need to remove any clothing as Reiki will pass through anything, even plaster casts. The practitioner gently places their hands non-intrusively in a sequence of positions which cover the whole body. The whole person is treated rather than specific symptoms. A full treatment usually takes 1 to 1½ hours with each position held for several minutes.

Which conditions can Reiki help?

It is possible to heal at any level of being: physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. Acute injuries can be helped to heal very quickly but more chronic illness takes longer. In some cases such as terminal illness, there is not enough time for the progress of the disease to be reversed. However, in such cases there is usually great benefit and enhancement of the quality of life giving a sense of peace and acceptance during the time remaining. Reiki healing can be given anywhere at any time as no special equipment is needed. The practitioner is a channel which the energy is drawn through by the need or imbalance in the recipient. Neither person has to use any effort of will or concentration during this process.

As running water smoothes the jagged edges of a rock until it is small enough to roll away, Reiki flows to the areas of need, soothing pain and supporting the body's natural ability to heal itself. Reiki supports all forms of treatment both orthodox and complementary.

Reiki Principles
Just for today do not worry
Just for today do not anger
Honour your teachers parents and elders
Earn your living honestly
Show gratitude to every living thing
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