What is Reiki?
Reiki is a word used to describe the Universal Life Force Energy that is within and around all things. “Rei” represents the universal, mysterious Divine Spirit and “ki” represents the life energy akin to “light” in Christianity, or “Chi” to practitioners of acupuncture, or “Prana” to those of the Yogic traditions.
Founded by Dr. Mikao Usui, a practitioner of Japanese Buddhism who also had a broad background in many religious teachings and philosophies. Reiki is considered to be a spiritual practiced used in complementary medicine, though it is not a religion. Since there is no specific dogma inherent in the practice of Reiki, all people, regardless of background or faith, can participate in Reiki therapy without worry of compromising their religious principles. The purpose of the Reiki treatment is to facilitate the highest good for the client, in the areas of their live where healing is needed most.
Reiki relaxes, rebalances and revitalizes while treating the person’s body, emotions and spirit as a whole. It is powerful, yet gentle and nurturing. It can speed up the healing process, assist in detoxification, release blockages in the energy field, awaken the healer within, help manifest goals, enhance creativity, heal relationships and assist in aligning one with their Divine purpose.
The Reiki system is comprised of techniques for transmitting energy to the client though the hands, eyes or chakras into the subtle energy system. Reiki restores energy balance and vitality by reliving the physical and emotional effects of unreleased stress. It gently and effectively opens blocked meridians and chakras and clears the energy bodies, leaving one feeling relaxed and at peace while promoting healing and health.
Reiki is not taught in the way other healing techniques are taught. It is transferred to the student by a Master teacher during an attunement process. This process opens the crown, heart and palm chakras which are energy centers in the body, and this creates a special link between the student, Master and Spirit source. The Reiki attunement is a powerful spiritual experience. The attunement energies are directed into the student by laying on of hands and breathing on the crown chakra. The attunement can also increase psychic sensitivity. Students often report experiences involving increased awareness. Once the student receives this energy they will have it for the rest of their life. It can never be lost.
What constitutes a healing session?
The client will lie on a massage table fully clothed. A body/aura scan will be done to determine which area(s) need more Reiki energy. During the scan, the practitioner will place their hands above the client’s body and run them slowly from head to feet. After the scan, there is a standard hand placement protocol to follow or the practitioner may go to areas intuitively. The session may last from 45 minutes to 90 minutes. An aura cleansing, which is similar to the opening scan, completes the session. A brief discussion of what was experienced during the session may follow. Fluids are given and the person is encouraged to continue drinking to help release toxins from the body. Meditation, affirmations, and self-reflection are suggested.
As we reach towards and receive Reiki, it begins to open our hearts and minds, drawing us towards our own center, our True Selves. The path of Reiki, like all paths of personal and spiritual growth, is a lifelong practice. We become perpetual students as we continually discover that all we truly need lies within. We each must make the choice, and at our own individual pace embark on this most exciting healing journey.
“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”