What is Reiki?
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy”. Reiki is a complementary therapy that is a method of natural healing. It is centred upon universal life energy. This therapy is named after a Japanese theologist called Mikao Usui who discovered the art of healing by using and transferring this universal life energy. Mikao Usui acquired the ability to transfer reiki energy following a prolonged period of meditation and was also able to help other people act as channels for this energy.
Reiki is used for healing and is used for self-realization. It is also used frequently for stress management which some people might classify as part of healing. Reiki is excellent as a form of both personal and spiritual development.
The Five Precepts used in Reiki are:
- Just for today I let go of anger
- Just for today I let go of worry
- Just for today I work hard on myself
- Just for today I am humble and filled with gratitude
- Just for today I am kind to myself and all living things
In Reiki I, the student learns to use the Reiki and to heal using hands on healing for themselves and others. Scanning, or Byosen, is not usually taught, but I use it. The student receives four Attunements.
In Reiki II, the student learns three Reiki symbols and learns distant healing for those not physically present. The student receives one Attunement.
Reiki III is the Master/Teacher’s degree. The student receives one Attunement and two symbols are taught. The Attunements for Reiki I, Reiki II, and Reiki III (Master) are also taught. A Master is someone who knows the Reiki system, and has been trained to teach and Attune others to Reiki.
Benefits of Reiki
There are many benefits to learning and practicing Reiki. At its most simple level, Reiki is an effective way to bring mind, body and spirit into unison. Reiki helps to increase the body’s ability to heal itself. It seems to bring about a balance in the body’s organs and re-establish harmony in the system. Reiki helps balance the energy in the body, and loosens up blocked energy. Reiki can enhance all other forms of healing. It can relieve pain. Reiki can also help to relieve ailments such as headaches, stress, anxiety, fear, colds & flu, et al. People receiving Reiki usually perceive it to be a warm, relaxing, and pleasant experience.
In order to learn Reiki, a Reiki Master must do an Attunement. The Attunement can either be hands-on or over a distance. This opens you up to the Reiki energy and connects you forever to the Divine Reiki Source. Attunements are done at all three levels of Reiki. The Attunement is permanent and will not be lost or taken away, even if you don’t practice Reiki for “X” amount of days or years.
Anyone can learn this ancient healing art. Anyone can receive this form of healing. It can help heal people, animals, and the earth. It doesn’t go against any religion or spiritual practice.