What Is Reiki?
Reiki practitioners channel energy in a particular pattern to heal and harmonize. Unlike other healing therapies based on the premise of a human energy field, Reiki seeks to restore order to the body whose vital energy has become unbalanced.
Reiki energy has several basic effects: it brings about deep relaxation, destroys energy blockages, detoxifies the system, provides new vitality in the form of healing universal life energy, and increases the vibrational frequency of the body.
The laying of hands is used in Reiki therapy also as in spiritual healing. There is a difference though. In spiritual healing, a person with a strong energy field places his or her hands above a particular part of the recipient's body in order to release energy into it. So, here the healer is the one who is sending out the energy. In Reiki, however, the healer places the hands above the recipient; however, it is the recipient that draws the energy as needed. Thus, in this case, the individual being healed takes an active part in the healing process as opposed to having a passive part in spiritual healing. The individual takes responsibility for his or her healing. The recipient identifies the needs and caters to them by drawing energy as needed.
Although there are a few positions in which the practitioner is in contact with the patient (such as cradling the head), most Reiki treatments do not involve actual touching. The practitioner holds his or her hands a few inches or farther away from the patient's body and manipulates the energy field from there.
Brief History of Reiki
Reiki is believed to have begun in Tibet several thousand years ago. Seers in the Orient studied energies and developed a system of sounds and symbols for universal healing energies. Various healing systems, which crossed many different cultures, emerged from this single root system. Unfortunately, the original source itself was forgotten.
Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Christian educator in Kyoto, Japan, rediscovered the root system in the mid- to late 1800s. He began an extensive twenty-one-year study of the healing phenomena of history's greatest spiritual leaders. He also studied ancient sutras (Buddhist teachings written in Sanskrit). He discovered ancient sounds and symbols that are linked directly to the human body and nervous system which activate the universal life energy for healing.
Usui then underwent a metaphysical experience and became empowered to use these sounds and symbols to heal. He called this form of healing Reiki and taught it throughout Japan until his death around 1893.
The tradition was passed through several grandmasters of reiki such as Dr. Chujiro Hyashi, Hawayo Takata, and Phyllis Lei Furumoto.
There are many forms of reiki being practiced now. The two principal ones are: "the Usui System of Natural Healing" and "the Radiance Technique."
The Usui System of Natural Healing balances and strengthens the body's energy, promoting its ability to heal itself.
Reiki is useful in treating serious illnesses as well as others. Examples are: sports injuries, cuts, burns, internal diseases, emotional disorders, and stress-related illnesses.
Reiki was introduced to the Western world in the mid-1970s. Since then its use has spread dramatically worldwide.
The Benefits of Reiki are numerous and can include the following:-
* Creates deep relaxation
* Reduces stress and anxiety
* Helps with depression
* Strengthens and supports the immune system
* Balances the energies within the body
* Releases emotional blockages
* Releases toxins
* Helps to relieve pain
* Relieves headaches including migraines
* Relieves conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism
* Promotes healing for all acute illness or injury
* Promotes healing for all chronic illness e.g. asthma/eczema
* Assists in the recovery process from illness or injury
* Helps with insomnia, thereby aiding better sleep
* Reduces blood pressure
* Increases vitality
* Promotes a feeling of general well-being
* Promotes a more positive outlook
* Enhances clarity of thought
* Improves self belief and inner confidence
* Encourages and supports personal growth and development
* Able to deal with everyday life so much better
* Reduces the need for alcohol and drugs
* Helps with addictions
* Raises the vibration within the body
Overall, Reiki induces a feeling of total calm and relaxation. From this perspective, thoughts can become more positive and health can improve beyond measure.