What is Reiki?
Reiki is an ancient healing technique that has been part of the human experience since the beginning of time.
Over the millennia, it has been largely forgotten by people, but the ability to heal each other is still with us, has always been with us and will always be with us.
There are some correlations between Reiki and Christianity, as many believe that the Reiki method is much like the way Jesus healed. In fact, Jesus told us that what he can do, we also can do.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” – John 14:12
Reiki is very much our destiny as human beings. It is the work we are meant to do to aid ourselves, our friends and family, the world as a whole and even the very earth itself. Because of ego-centric power struggles, we have been led to believe that we are incapable of such things. That is simply not true. Reiki is the proof that we are all born healers.
Reiki in its current form was most recently “rediscovered” in Japan by Dr. Mikau Usui in the late 1800s. Dr. Usui’s school of Reiki is known as Usui Shiki Ryoho. The word “Reiki” is a combination of two Japanese words or ideas, “rei” meaning “spirit” and “ki” meaning “life force energy”. Reiki can also mean “universal energy”. In traditional Eastern healing, focusing on “ki” (also “qi”, “chi”, or “prana”) can bring the life force energy back into balance.
Reiki practitioners act as a channel for the Universal Life Force Energy which travels through them and into the person, animal, plant or even inanimate object on which they are working. Practitioners often use Reiki symbols to help them focus and channel the energy. Additionally, the use of Reiki music can help practitioners maintain focus as well as help the subject to relax. It is important to remember that as a Reiki practitioner, we are not giving our energy away nor are we taking any energy in from the subject. We are merely a conduit for the energy to focus and travel through. As we channel Reiki to help others, the Reiki that travels through us also heals us. So it is common to feel energized, not tired, when giving Reiki to another.
The practice of channelling energy into a subject is akin to giving a Reiki massage. Subjects are counseled to drink plenty of water to wash away toxins stirred up in the process, just as in traditional massage.
Reiki can do many things. It can cause miraculous cures, relieve pain, help with emotional an coping problems, and/or ease the transition of dying. Although Reiki can cause miraculous cures, it would be untrue to say that it will always do so. It is of most benefit when it is used on a regular basis.
The term “disease” is actually misused to indicate an illness. If you separate it with a hyphen, it reveals it’s truer meaning as “dis-ease”. It indicates the role that our mental health plays on our physical body. If you are not at ease with your lot in life, you are setting yourself up for illness.
Dis-ease applies to everything from, which is a broad subject in itself, to coping skills, daily routines, your self-image, what you put into your body and how positive you are about your health. Even accidental injury can be prevented with the right mindset.
Today’s fast paced, burning the candle at both ends world and way of life is a breeding ground for dis-ease. But not only humans are effected by this lifestyle – because when humans suffer, so do animals, plants, the earth and the universe itself. Our dis-ease, spreads dis-ease. We, and all that surrounds us, are in dire need of healing.
Now is the time for Reiki to be spread to heal our universal dis-ease.
How Does Reiki Work?
Reiki works through the use of Universal Life Force Energy. Universal Life Force Energy is what gives us life. It is what animates every living creature.
Universal Life Force Energy flows through the physical body via pathways called chakras, nadis and meridians. This same energy also flows around us in a field which is called the aura.
Universal Life Force Energy nourishes every cell and organ in the body and supports all vital functions.
When this energy flow is disrupted, it causes decreased function in the area where the disruption occurs. This causes dis-ease and distress to the organs and tissues of the physical body.
Universal Life Force Energy is responsive to our thoughts and feelings. This beautiful energy becomes disrupted when we consciously or unconsciously accept negative feelings or thoughts about ourselves. These negative aspects get attached to the energy field and slow or block the flow of Universal Life Force Energy. When this occurs, the vital function of the cells and organs of the physical body are greatly diminished.
Reiki healers are channels or conduits for Universal Life Force Energy. The energy flows through the healers to those in need do heal these disruptions and blockages of Universal Life Force Energy.
Reiki is the combination of Spirit and Universal Life Force Energy. Translated from Japanese, the word “Reiki” is a combination of two Japanese words or ideas, “rei” meaning “spirit” and “ki” meaning “life force energy”.
Reiki flows through the affected areas of the energy field and charges them with positive energy and raises the vibratory level where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached. Reiki causes the negative energy to break apart and disperse. Reiki’s energetic action heals the energy pathways by clearing them and allowing Universal Life Force Energy to flow in a natural and healthy way.
There are several ways to learn Reiki. Attend a Reiki Share to learn the basics of giving and receiving Reiki such as how to sense the energy field and how to clear and balance chakras. You may often find free classes on the basic Reiki hand positions, focusing techniques and how to access the energy.
To become a Certified Reiki Practitioner or receive a Reiki attunement, you should take a Reiki Certification class. Click here to find Reiki classes in the Nashville, TN area.