We live in a time when bridges between orthodox and alternative medicine are being built, creating a truly humane and effective health care system. Today more and more people are seeking the council and treatment of alternative medical practitioners of acupuncture, colour therapies, massage therapies, herbalism, nutrition and many other traditional healing methods. Reiki is among these practices gaining credibility with both the public and medical professionals. Western society’s worldview is changing as science proves the wisdom and the efficacy of ancient healing methods. This trend will continue as more and more people seek creative ways of healing acute, chronic and intractable disorders.
What is Reiki?
Life force is inherent in all beings. It permeates everyone and everything. Reiki is simply transferring this healing life force energy through a Reiki channel to the receiver. It is an ancient healing method, which is easy to learn and provides enrichment for everyday life. Reiki not only promotes your physical well-being; it also has a positive effect on your emotional and spiritual equilibrium.
Usui Reiki Ryoho is the method (ryoho means method) of Reiki, which was taught by Dr Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki in Japan. He taught that Reiki is a spiritual, as well as an energy healing technique. It is through the spiritual aspect as we become one with universal consciousness that fundamental healing takes place, while the energy aspect of Reiki revolves around removing symptoms of mind and body disorders.
How does Reiki Work?
Reiki energy is emitted from the physical body of all beings. Learning Reiki brings your awareness to this energy flow and enables you to direct it. When the immune system is out of balance, whether it be for mental, emotional or physical reasons, the body becomes susceptible to illness. Through Reiki, the body’s natural ability to heal itself is reactivated and balance is gradually restored on all levels.
Reiki is outwardly very subtle and inwardly, deeply profound. It finds its way to hidden levels of consciousness where ill-health has its roots.
Dr Usui taught that the mind and body are one, and that if we could attain peace of mind, we would attain physical health.
What else can Reiki do for you?
Reiki raises your conscious awareness and advances self-growth. It brings about peace and harmony in personal relationships and helps you to forgive yourself and others. Reiki helps you realize your dreams and enable you to receive guidance from the Universe allowing you to fully live your life journey.
By transcending time and space Reiki can also remove karma and trauma. Reiki can be used for energising and purifying food and drinks, and for vitalising seeds and plants. It can be used with Feng Shui for space clearing in the home and workplace. Reiki is for self-protection, for problem solving in the home and work, for calming situations, and will bring about whatever is needed in a situation ~ the possibilities are endless. In short Reiki can be a way of life.
Reiki can be used to replenish vital energy, strengthen the immune system and to ward off disease.
As Reiki supports and compliments other medical and natural healing techniques, it can be used with other treatments. Reiki is a gift of the Universe, available to everyone. As you grow with Reiki, you will contribute healing and harmony to yourself, others and to the Earth.
What happens during a Reiki treatment?
A Reiki treatment session can last from 30 minutes to an hour. The recipient lays fully clothed on a massage table or seated in a chair. The Reiki practitioner’s hands are placed gently and for a few minutes on or over specific sites of the body, allowing the energy to restore balance to the whole system. There is no pressure applied, so it is ideal for all ages and conditions, including pregnancy and people recovering from surgery. A person needn’t be physically unwell to benefit from a Reiki treatment; it can be especially effective for any stress related problems, or just to energise the body.
What will you experience from Reiki?
A Reiki treatment is a wonderful experience. It brings about a sense of deep peace and calm, leaving a sense of well-being. Reiki can relieve pain and dissolve stress. Many people actually fall asleep during a Reiki treatment. Men, women and children of all ages and from all cultures enjoy it. Reiki is as appropriate for a stressed businessperson, as for an anxious parent, or a fractious child. It helps with all conditions ~ mental, physical and emotional. Reiki is healing energy in its purest sense, releasing negative emotional states and restoring natural balance to the ‘whole’ person.
Can anyone learn Reiki?
Reiki can be learned by anyone from three years old upwards. It is not an intellectual process it is experiential. Many young mothers are learning Reiki because they want to treat their children with natural methods where possible. An increasing number of men with stressful careers are turning to Reiki is a method of self-help.
Reiki is taught in three levels, known as Sho-Den, Oku-Den and Shinpi-Den.
This level is referred to as Second Degree Reiki, Reiki Level II, Reiki II, or “Oku Den” meaning a more thorough exploration of the Self – or “deeper knowledge”. It has an effect on the Etheric body and your intuition and abilities are greatly expanded. In this level, you are taught the first 3 Reiki symbols and their use, and you will receive another two Attunements. These Attunements are an initiation into the symbols of Reiki, and you learn how to use the three symbols for mental healing, and to send distant Reiki, (the transmission of energy to a recipient a distance away).
As the Attunements increase the vibrational frequency of the physical and etheric body’s, they also bring any negative energies and past patterning within to the surface to be released.
The symbols do not represent separate energies, but a specific method of focusing on the Reiki energy. These symbols are tools for focussing on an aspect of the Reiki energy for the good of the recipient.