Reiki is a spiritual healing art. It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. A reiki session usually takes an hour, some practitioners offer 1 1/2 hour sessions. The session is performed by a Reiki Practitioner (RP or RMT) using specific hand positions. During the reiki session, the client is fully clothed while comfortably reclining on a massage table or seated in a chair. It is stress-reducing and a very relaxing experience.
Reiki sessions or classes are a great investment in yourself
- A subtle and effective form of energy healing using spiritually guided life force energy
- Practiced in every country of the world
- Being used in many setting including hospitals, hospice, as well as in private practice and in self-care
- A wonderful complementary modality in a personal wellness or healing program
Reiki is not:
- Affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice
- New, it is thousands of years old (at least)
Defining qualities of Reiki:
- A practice of transmitting healing energy through the hands
- Passed on through the attunement process
- The energy is not guided by the practitioner, but the energy has it’s own innate wisdom to guide itself.
- Reiki energy is not based on belief, faith or suggestion.
A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress, and can help support the body to facilitate healing on all levels- physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. A session is pleasant and relaxing and is often utilized for one’s own personal wellness, not just illness.
Reiki classes are a great gift to give yourself. They can help you reach progressively greater levels of well-being. In class, you can learn how to use Reiki on yourself or to share it with others.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
|Table of contents|
The name Reiki comes from the Japanese words rei (cosmos/universe) and ki (energy/life energy, see chi or qi). From this, a verb may also be derived. Other common definitions are “universal life force energy” or “healing energy of the universe”.
Practitioners believe that they are able to direct Reiki energy, which flows from the universe through their bodies and from the palms of their hands, to specific parts of their own or others’ bodies, in order to facilitate healing. Many scientists dispute the effectiveness of Reiki, claiming that Reiki energy cannot be measured by any known observational technique. There is no conclusive scientific evidence of positive results from this form of therapy.
Reiki energy is believed to enter the initiate through his 7th (crown) chakra, fill his aura and flow through his hands into the body of the recipient. The Reiki energy is believed to have a form of intelligence, and “knows what to do”. Thus, if the recipient’s body needs it and is ready to heal, it may use the Reiki energy for healing. If the body does not feel that the energy is needed, it will not absorb the energy.
The treatment is traditionally done similarly to the laying on of hands. The patient is asked to lie down and relax. Then the practitioner opens his Reiki channel and applies his hands to various parts of the patient’s body. Patients report feeling various sensations: heat, cold, pressure and the like. This is attributed to Reiki energy filling the body and aura of the recipient and acting: filling up energy deficiencies, repairing and opening the energy channels (meridians), and dissolving the blocks of stale energy.
Reiki is an Eastern form of medicine that defines full health as total harmony of body, mind and spirit, so it is said that Reiki heals all mentioned parts of a human being. Proponents of Reiki claim that it can cure any affliction. In practice, however, it seems afflictions that are difficult for conventional medicine to treat are difficult for Reiki to treat. Conventional medicine is more suitable in emergencies, as Reiki often works rather subtly. However, the merit of Reiki is that it uses only energy – no medications with side effects are used. Moreover, it is believed that Reiki is especially good at restoring vitality and reducing stress.
Reiki was claimed to be rediscovered by a Japanese man named Mikao Usui. After long meditations and prayers, he claimed that he gained consecration of how to awaken and apply Reiki energy for healing. Believers in Reiki claim that access to this energy is limited for the majority of people. Mikao Usui claimed that he could enable his students to enlarge their access to the energy through certain initiations. The ‘flow’ of the energy after the enlarging of the access becomes a healing quality. It improves the function of the chakras by supplying them with energy.
It is said that Mikao Usui was actively pursuing the art of healing, and that before he developed Reiki method he studied Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, some internal martial arts like Qigong and even the Yoga of Healing. However, he reported that the awakening of Reiki and development of the set of accompanying techniques is something entirely different.
After developing the Reiki method, Usui went to the slums of Tokio to heal the beggars. However, after several years he learned that it is their mindset that keeps them ill even when they are healed time after time. So he engaged in philosophical studies that uncovered some texts of the Yellow Emperor. He then summarized it in five ethical principles:
- 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.
(See Traditional Chinese Medicine for an explanation of the origin of disease)
Mikao Usui had a rather mystical disposition towards Reiki and trained several disciples in this spirit. However, one of his disciples, the military doctor Mr. Chujiro Hayashi, represented a more rational approach. He simply stressed physical health and some codified behavior, such as a system of laying on hands in fixed positions. Usui preferred a more mystical means of diagnosing the patient’s problem.
This wouldn’t have borne any severe consequences if he hadn’t initiated and trained to mastery Mrs. Havayo Takata, who brought Reiki to the USA. The States proved to be very fertile ground, as Mrs. Takata applied the American spirit of enterprise to Japanese tradition. Now, Reiki is nearly extinct in Japan, but flourishing in the USA. New paths were developed out of the Reiki core that fused it with Christianity, shamanism, channeling and so forth. Also, new symbols were added. However, some people argue that these changes were for the good, because Reiki was already a complete system, and in particular, some symbols are completely alien to the Reiki tradition and possibly even harmful.
The method developed by Mikao Usui spread over the world, and now it is possible to attend a Reiki course almost anywhere. To achieve a complete education in Reiki Usui Shiki Ryoho (Takata’s line), 3 courses are necessary: the 1st degree course, the 2nd degree course and the master course.
In the 1st degree Reiki course, it is taught how to work with Reiki energy. The ‘channel’ through which Reiki energy passes to the 7th chakra has to be widened through an initiation by the teacher, to let the Reiki energy be strong enough to heal. Students learn the manner in which to place their hands on the body of the recipient to be most successful in the healing process.
In the 2nd degree Reiki course, techniques of mental healing are taught, enabling healers to treat even deeply ingrained problems like fears, depression, addictions and the like. It is also taught how to direct the energy to a certain point in time, to a specific person or place or a specific issue. The ‘issue’ can be something like a particular health problem of an individual, or it can be a more abstract or general issue such as world peace. This is made possible through three symbols taught at the second initiation. The ‘channel’ is thereby opened even more.
In the master course, students learn how to teach Reiki courses, and they become masters of Reiki through the 3rd initiation, which broadens the channel with the master symbol.
It is up to students how many courses they want to attend. The courses are sequential, so it is not possible to attend e.g. the master course after finishing only the 1st course.
While there is no chain of command and no vow of obedience, and practitioners practice as they desire, some practitioners have the notion of forming Reiki communities that may extend to other healers. This notion probably started as masters began to organize Reiki circles for joint healing and honing their skills. However, a real upsurge of Reiki communities began with the advent of the Internet and discussion forums. Global initiatives have been introduced (like healing the planet or global peace fostering) and a great deal of online services (like training and healing) have been commenced.
Some scientists hold that, because researchers have been unable to demonstrate the existence of Reiki energy with any certainty, it cannot be described as an effective or worthwhile medical practice. Proponents of Reiki claim that they can detect and manipulate this energy, but some scientists claim that if a physical or medical phenomenon has any reliable real-world effects, it should be measurable and observable in rigorously structured studies. Since few scientists feel that Reiki’s effects have been demonstrated to any significant degree, most argue that the sensations practitioners of Reiki claim to feel are psychological or the results of practitioners deceiving themselves with magical thinking.
There are also some circles that actively oppose Reiki – generally for the same reasons that any form of alternative medicine might be opposed. For example, many mainstream doctors, academics, and consumer advocates find it disturbing and potentially dangerous that patients with serious diseases like cancer are choosing reiki ‘shamans’ over trained doctors. While it is understandable for patients to seek non-mainstream remedies when conventional options seem ineffective or untrustworthy, many doctors say that Reiki, like many other forms of alternative medicine, is simply exploiting the fear and hope of people with serious illnesses while offering no real help. Reiki practitioners argue that Reiki is a reliable and effective treatment which is being unfairly dismissed by conservative Western scientific researchers, presenting a few cases of actual disease remission as evidence.
There are various religious groups opposing Reiki. They condemn Reiki as promoting satanic or pagan practices. Once such group is the Unification Church, which cautions its adherents to avoid Reiki on the grounds that Reiki involves channeling the energy of evil spirits. The Roman Catholic Church generally refrains from accusations of Satanism in recent times, but it is common for Catholic thinkers to find Reiki suspicious at best, and some individuals and groups (like Dominicans) actively advise believers against it. Some even go as far as to call Reiki a sect, which is unfair as there is no real structure, guru or chain of command in the Reiki community. The many Christian practioners of Reiki commonly hold that the source of power that is chanelled through them is divine, possibly from the Holy Spirit.
- Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine on “Reiki”
- Secrets of Reiki and Reijutsu in multilingual (Some Untold Facts and Links, Pro & Con)
- The Reiki energy accelerates the body’s natural healing ability and often confers insights into the cause of the problem. On a physical level it can effect change in the chemical structure of the body by helping to rebalance organs and rebuild tissue, reduce pain and inflammation.
Whichever level the energy is working on it can confer a deep state of relaxation and a sense of nurturing and peace.