What is Reiki?
Reiki is a safe, gentle, natural, and simple hands-on healing technique that uses spiritual energy to reduce stress, increase relaxation, and promote healing. It is holistic in nature, balancing and healing the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Reiki can also be used to encourage personal and spiritual awareness, development, and growth.
The word Reiki (pronounced Ray Kee) is often translated as “universal life force energy” or “spiritual energy”. Reiki is made of two Japanese words Rei and Ki. Rei translates to “sacred”, “soul”, or “spirit”. It means the Higher Intelligence that guides the creation and functioning of the Universe; the wisdom that comes from God that is all-knowing, which understands the cause of all problems and difficulties and knows how to heal them.
Ki translates to "life force energy". Life force energy is present in every living thing.
A treatment takes about an hour and is usually carried out with the recipient lying comfortably on a massage table, covered with a soft blanket. There is no pressure, manipulation or massage. A treatment usually feels very relaxing, warm and peaceful as the energy flows through them. It is not uncommon to feel emotional as the Reiki brings to the surface old issues and patterns to be released. Some people feel highly energized after a treatment, while others feel sleepy.
Reiki is effective in helping a wide-variety of physical, mental, and emotional conditions. It also works well in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.
How Does Reiki Heal?
We are alive because life force is flowing through us. Life force flows within the physical body though pathways called chakras, meridians and nadis. It also flows around us in a field of energy called the aura. Life force nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their vital functions. When this flow of life force is disrupted, it causes diminished function in one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body.
The life force is responsive to thoughts and feelings. It becomes disrupted when we accept, either consciously or unconsciously, negative thoughts or feelings about ourselves. These negative thoughts and feelings attach themselves to the energy field and cause a disruption in the flow of life force. This diminishes the vital function of the organs and cells of the physical body.
Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached. This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away. In so doing, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way.
Reiki Can Never Cause Harm
Because Reiki is guided by the God-consciousness, it can never do harm. It always knows what a person needs and will adjust itself to create the effect that is appropriate for them. One never needs to worry about whether to give Reiki or not; it is always helpful. [source: www.reiki.org]