Reiki is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Force energy. It is an ancient Japanese hands-on healing modality based on the transference of vital energy. Applying Reiki is as simple as placing the hands on oneself or another, transferring 'KI' to the recipient. Anyone can learn this healing art. All that is required is a desire to learn and the attunment (initiation) from a qualified Reiki instructor. Attunment into Reiki is a step, as this allows the alignment with the Reiki frequency. With this alignment our energy merges with the Reiki energy and we become a conduit or channel, much like a radio being tuned to a station. With this opening the person has the energy available and it can then be applied for the healing effects to numerous situations.
Reiki is applied via the hands. The practioner simply places their hands on the corresponding chakras, meridians and organs, tranferring healing to the recipient. The result is a deeply relaxing experience for both the healer and the person receiving. No movement is required when giving a treatment as it is a passive form of energy work. It is also not necessary to remove clothing or to fix the mind in deep focus to achieve it's healing effects. Some of the immediate benefits from a session are reduced stress levels, inner peace, and deep rest.
Reiki incorporates a number of practical healing techniques, which are easy and effective in their application and methodology.
Reiki is an excellent
tequnique for stress management, as well as being a complimentary treatment
to western Allopathic Medicine. The transference of Reiki healing actually
increases the bodies natural ability to heal itself. Energy is the foundation
of all life, so it makes sense that if we have more energy constantly
available to us, we gradually enhance our health and personal well being.
Although the word Reiki comes from Japanese - Ki meaning energy and rei meaning universal - the healing techniques that are said to eminate from the life energy it draws from are common to many ancient cultures - Tibetan, Chinese, Roman, Egyptian, Greek, Indian to name a few.
In ancient cultures knowledge of, or mastery of, Reiki - or it's linguistic equivilents - was limited to priests or spiritual leaders, who passed it on to disciples by word of mouth and/or by cryptic language or symbols.
Awareness of this mystical/spiritual knowledge might have been lost but for rediscovery last century in ancient Sanskrit manuscripts by Dr. Mikao Usui. Questing as a Christian to try and learn more about Jesus' healing powers, which he subsequently practised on the ill and oppressed in Kyoto.
Exponents of Reiki hold that "Reiki Masters" - who have made themselves an open "channel" for Reiki - can apply the life energies that pervade all living things to individuals who are ill.
Hawayo Takata (1900 - 1980), a woman whose illness healed following Reiki therapy in Japan in 1935, is resposible for teaching Reiki masters now living in North America.
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