Because I’ve mentioned Reiki here, and figured there might be a few folks who follow that might want to know more, I thought I’d share this article I recently posted in the new Reiki blog I set up:
First, let’s be clear of what we’re talking about. The word Reiki is actually a conflation of two Japanese words: “rei” sometimes translated as universal (though I think “spirit” is probably a closer fit) and “ki” meaning energy. The concept of ki is similar to qi (pronounced “chee”) in Chinese medicine or prana in Ayurveda. Reiki the energy has always been, and always will be, present around us and permeates our Universe.
The history of using Reiki for healing:
The practice of using Reiki energy as a healing modality was created by the Japanese long ago. No one is really sure when or who may have started the practice of using energy to heal in Japan. But the Usui method was created by Mikao Usui (1865-1926) who studied medicine, psychology, religion, and divination as a young man.
It is said that in early 1922 Usui was intent on finding his purpose in life and believed that he needed to isolate himself and fast for a long period of time in order to be enlightened of his true purpose. So he spent 3 weeks high on a mountain fasting and meditating. On the 21st day he was laid unconscious by a sudden burst of energy entering his head. When he awoke, he had found his enlightened state and felt more energized than ever before even though he’d been weak from fasting.
Overjoyed and wanting to share his story, he headed toward home but on his way down the mountain he stubbed his toe. When he cradled his injured foot in his hands, a healing energy began to flow from his palms into his toe and in a short while it felt better. He was elated that he’d been given such a gift! Soon after he began using his new gift of healing to help family and friends … the beginnings of a system of healing he eventually called the “Usui Reiki Ryoho” (Usui Reiki Healing Method).
He found that he could use this healing energy to “attune” others and eventually taught the tradition and methods he developed to a number of students who became grandmasters of Usui Reiki Ryoho. After World War II the practice of Reiki was Westernized a bit (presumably to make it more palatable to Americans) and around 1980 began to be more widespread in the US. Today there are a number of different Reiki methods being taught. Some have their roots in Usui’s methods but many do not and very few are true to the original Usui Reiki Ryoho.
OK … so what is it?
I think most people are at least familiar with the theory behind the practice of acupuncture, and the practice of Reiki as a healing modality is similar. The energy (ki) present within an individual should be strong and flow freely. When your energy is flowing properly, the body and mind are in a positive state of health. But when your energy becomes weak or blocked it can lead to physical and/or emotional imbalance. When visiting an acupuncturist, s/he determines where the energy blockages exist and place the needles at very specific points to break the blockage up and reinstate the flow of energy within the body.
The main difference is that there are no needles or other tools needed with Reiki (a big bonus in my opinion!). The practitioner has been trained to feel the client’s energy directly and clear any blockages without needing to touch the client. In fact, Reiki can be done without even being in the same room … a distance session works just as well as an office visit.
Reiki is sometimes referred to as “intelligent energy”. In addition to clearing and balancing a body’s energy field, it can be used to add healing energy directly to an injury or help resolve emotional issues or situations that may be causing stress to an individual, group, or animal. And because it always works toward the best outcome (some use the term “highest good”) for the individual and any of their situations, there is always a benefit from a Reiki session.
The process during each session is soothing and relaxing … as with other energetic healing modalities, one just sits or lies in a quiet room allowing the practitioner to work with their energy, clearing the pathways in the energetic body to promote the optimum flow of energy. This supports the physical body in its efforts to heal itself.
Why should someone have Reiki sessions?
Reiki is a wonderful non-invasive means to help your body heal itself. Scientists and medical professionals may argue whether or not our bodies have the ability to self-heal, but I think the placebo effect is a direct illustration that we can and do heal ourselves.
And while the direct effects of energetic healing modalities may not be measurable, that doesn’t speak to whether or not they actually work. I know from personal experience that energetic methods can help us heal.
So just what can Reiki do for us?
- Reiki energy clears and balances the energy in our bodies enabling our systems to function more efficiently
- Reiki aids in the reduction of stress and removal of negative energies helping the mind and body to work at their peak capacity
- Reiki can help with chronic pain management by providing healing energy directly to the affected area(s)
- Reiki energy also aids us on a spiritual level, providing healing energy to situations that we need assistance with
Reiki is compatible with all other healing modalities. When used in combination with Reiki, some healing methods can even be more effective. Reiki is excellent to use before and after surgery as a means to reduce the effects of energetic trauma and maximize the healing potential of your body.
There is no “down side” to Reiki …the benefits go beyond what I’ve mentioned here and keeping those energetic pathways clear certainly can’t hurt.
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