What is Reiki?

Reiki is an energy healing technique. It is based on the idea that an unseen life force energy flows through living beings and causes us to be alive. This includes humans, animals and plants.

The Reiki Practitioner acts as a conduit for universal energy. When offering the Reiki energy, the Practitioner channels energy to remove energy blockages and to restore balance to the body.

When the energy flow is balanced, the human body feels more relaxed and the body’s natural healing abilities are optimized. If energy is running low, we are more likely to get sick or feel stress.

How is Reiki given?

Reiki is offered in two ways: “laying on hands” or “hands off”.

In the traditional “laying on hands”, the practitioner uses a series of PG-13 hand positions on key energy points in the body. Also known as chakras, these energy points are key to circulating energy throughout the physical body.

The most recent “hands off” method finds practitioners offering the Reiki energy from key points above the chakra points.

Since Reiki works with energy, both the laying on hands and hands off methods are equally effective. It is the recipient’s preference that guides the practitioner’s offering. Some recipients enjoy the physical touch when receiving the energy, while others prefer to only feel the flow of energy.

What does Reiki feel like?

When receiving this energy healing technique, the feeling can be very subtle or very obvious. Each recipient’s experience is unique.

Some people won’t feel a thing. They may even take a nap.

Some people feel changes to their energy. This includes temperature changes, the sensation of energy travelling through the body, or total relaxation. Some people experience colours or visuals.

Conscious or not, the universal energy is flowing during a Reiki treatment. It treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit. The after effects includes deep relaxation, and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.

Where did Reiki come from?

Reiki is a healing technique developed by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui in the early 20th century.

During a 21-day meditation on Mount Kurama, Sensei Usui envisioned the energy healing technique he called Reiki. Scholars believe he incorporated knowledge about healing from other spiritual and physical systems, like Chinese Medicine, Kiko, and Chi Gong.

Now, Reiki is practiced around the world.

What does the word Reiki mean?

The word “Reiki” is made of two Japanese words: Rei and Ki.
Rei means “the Higher Power”. This is the wisdom that permeates all life – ranging from the unfolding of galaxies to the development of living beings.

Ki means “life force energy”. This is the energy that animates all living things, including humans, animals and plants. (Fun fact: Ki is the “Chi” in Chinese Medicine)

Combined the two words mean “spiritually guided life force energy.”

The 5 Reiki Precepts

The Five Reiki Principles are guidelines that everyone can live by, to promote a healthy, loving way of living. As Reiki practitioners, these principles guide guide us on our daily paths and allow us to embody Reiki energy.

The secret art of inviting happiness
The miraculous medicine of all diseases
1. Just for today, do not anger
2. Do not worry and be filled with gratitude
3. Devote yourself to your work
4. Be kind to people
5. Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer.

Pray these words to your heart and chant these words with your mouth
Usui Reiki Treatment for the improvement of body and mind
The founder , Usui Mikao

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