What is Reiki?
To many people, Reiki is a form of healing utilising the laying on of hands in order to heal people with physical, emotional, mental or spiritual problems. Whilst this is one aspect of Reiki, it is very incomplete. Reiki is not a therapy although many use it as such; Reiki is in fact a Japanese spiritual discipline. The Reiki system was given form by Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist lay preacher around 100 years ago. The aim of Reiki was spiritual advancement using practices designed to lead the follower onwards towards enlightenment. Use of the Reiki energies would allow the follower to perform healing on other people, plants animals etc. but this was originally always considered to be of secondary importance.
Reiki as a form of healing was put together by Chujiro Hayashi, one of Usui's students, who was a western trained medical doctor in the Japanese navy. Hayashi was a Christian and was not interested in the spiritual side of Reiki but wished to use the healing aspect of the Reiki practices to become a form of ‘first aid' for the navy to utilise. With Usui's blessing, they created a system which is very similar to the Reiki treatments which are available today.
Reiki treatments draw upon the unlimited reserves of universal life force energy and direct these to the energy body of a client in order to stimulate their immune system and the body's own repair systems. This in turn will help the health of the client to improve and tackle any problem for which they are seeking a cure. Reiki energy will help to remove blockages in the energy body, open energy channels and ensure a positive connection to the natural forces which are working all around us to keep us healthy. Reiki is particularly effective working on emotional problems and can help produce some very positive results when working with issues such as depression and guilt.
A connection with Reiki will produce life-changing shifts within a person's behaviour. It works very gently but in an unstoppable, positive way. The energy can often be likened to water which is soft enough to take the shape of any vessel into which it is poured and at the same time is hard enough to cut through mountains and form features such as Grand Canyon .
A Reiki session usually takes just over an hour and involves no removal of clothing. The client will usually relax on a treatment couch and gently unwind as the practitioner places hands on or near the client's body. The client will usually feel heat from the practitioner's hands and will often be pleasantly aware of energy movements through their body. A session will usually end with a significant feeling of general well being as well as an improvement in the client's complaint. The energy will continue to work for several hours/days following the treatment, continuing the beneficial results achieved.
Reiki cannot be learned from a book. The techniques are actually learned by use of the energy itself. In order to start this process a Reiki student needs to be attuned to the energy by an authentic Reiki master/teacher. This is a short and very pleasant ritual which usually takes place within a Reiki class. Reiki is taught at three levels; healer (for family and friends), practitioner (for use with the general public) and master/teacher (for further spiritual advancement, empowerment and the ability to attune others). The two-day workshops are the starting point of each level but the practice is actually learned by the work that the student does between the classes.
Reiki is much more than just a system of healing.