Reiki is a Japanese technique of relaxation that allows the body to heal on all levels. It is most often done by "laying on of hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through each of us and is what causes us to be alive. If someone's "life energy" is low, then we are more likely to be sick or feel stressed. If it is high, then we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
Reiki is made up of two Japanese words: Rei which translated means "God's wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life energy force" (spelled Chi or Qi in Chinese). Therefore, it is translated as "spiritually guided life force energy." While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it has no dogma and there is nothing you must believe in order to receive Reiki.
Reiki is believed to have been rediscovered by Mikao Usui, a Japanese Christian educator in Kyoto Japan. He spent years studying the healing phenomena of history's greatest healers. He discovered ancient sounds and symbols that are linked directly to the universal life energy for healing. After his own empowerment, he taught Reiki until his death around 1893.
Reiki can be defined as a non-physical healing energy made up of life force energy that is guided by a Higher Power, or as spiritually guided life force energy. It cannot be controlled by the mind nor can it be misused because it always creates a healing affect.
Reiki is a natural method of energy balancing for the purpose of healing. It is holistic, treating the body, mind and spirit. Reiki has been known to lessen recovery time from illness, as well as release blocks in the energy field, allowing the prevention of dis-ease and the releasing of holding patterns that tend to make someone "stuck" or stagnant. It compliments all forms of treatment, conventional or alternative, but is not a substitute for medical treatment or psychological diagnosis or treatment.
During a Reiki session, the practitioner or healer places the hands either directly on the patient or above them. It is the patient who draws the energy as needed. The practitioner helps the patient to heal themselves spiritually, mentally, emotionally or physically by acting as the vessel for the energy to flow. The Ki, or energy knows exactly where to go to help the patient heal. The body is constantly striving to be in balance or harmony and Reiki gently stimulates the energy to create harmony where there is dysfunction.
Sessions are offered for 60 – 90 minutes but can vary as necessary. Most people experience relaxation and peace during and after a session. Some patients feel peace and calm, while others feel heat and warmth, rocking or pulsations. Other patients experience the release of negative energy through pain or crying. Although not necessarily comfortable, it is healing and a part of the journey to create balance. Each person will experience their own individual reaction, leading them to what is necessary for healing and spiritual awakening.
Healing occurs on so many levels with Reiki. Many situations in our daily lives cause imbalances to occur: emotional or physical trauma, injury, negative thoughts and feelings, including fear, worry, doubt, anger, anxiety, toxicity, relationships, destructive lifestyles, and neglect of self and lack of love.
When we are relaxed, stress-free, pain-free, we can work toward becoming balanced, and therefore better able to heal. Because Reiki is experienced differently for each person, the benefits are also varied. The ultimate goal is for you to experience the healing on a level that is most beneficial for you and tailored to your specific needs.