What is Reiki?
Reiki is simply the ‘laying’ of hands (non-intrusively) on or slightly above the body so the energy can flow through the practitioner as a channel and to another person. It is this flow of energy which facilitates the unique ability of the body to heal itself.
The client is laid on a plinth (massage table), fully clothed, eyes closed and listening to gentle soothing music which helps to produce a state of deep relaxation. As energy flows most people will feel warmth, heat, tingling, or other sensations, some fall asleep or they may feel nothing all at. Reiki is a healing experience that is unique for each client. The energy has an intelligence of its own, knowing where to go and what is needed for each client.
I love that reiki is so simple yet there are so many layers to it.
Meaning of Reiki
Reiki is a Japanese form of stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. For me, reiki is an energy of self empowerment.
Reiki Healing is based on three premises
- There is a universal life force energy that flows through all of life. It is the force that causes plants to grow, birds to fly,and each of us to take our next breath. There is no beginning or end to this energy; it is like an all emcompassing ocean within which all of creation exists.
- Universal Energy can be accessed in a powerful and intentional way for the purpose of healing
- The body is programmed to heal itself
Reiki activates and facilitates the body’s inate healing abilities, reminding the body in a gentle and loving way how to heal itself on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. [1. Reiki A Guide for the Practice Levels I and II – Marianne Streich]
Rei – means spiritual or sacred
Ki – represents that primal life energy/force of the Universe
Therefore reiki represents that spiritual source of the Universe. If our “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress. If it is high then we are more capable of being happy and healthy. However, the great thing about reiki is that you do not have to be ill to experience the benefits of it.
Argave Petter says that ‘In Usui’s day, the Japanese word Reiki meant soul energy. This soul or rather the soul energy is being re-activated during a reiki attunement and the one being attuned to Reiki remembers his original natures, his essential being.
Reiki is a complimentary therapy that can be used as an adjunct to conventional medical treatment.
The Reiki principles are a set of ‘rules to live by’ that was an important part of the system that Mikao Usui taught. There were as follows:
Just for today, live the attitude of gratitude.
Just for today, do not worry.
Just for today, do not anger.
Just for today, do my work honestly.
Just for today, show love and respect to every living thing
Dr Mikao Usui
The Principles are guidelines for Reiki Practitioners to use in their spiritual development. However, I think we could all benefit from reminding ourselves of the five principles. ‘Just for Today’ is used to remind us that we should focus on the NOW. It also reminds us that each morning we can start afresh with a clean slate, if we do not follow the principles 100 percent during a day we must not feel unsuccessful – but learn forgiveness towards oneself and our actions.
“Each of us has the potential of being given a gift by the divine, which results in the body and soul becoming unified … a great many people will experience the blessings of the divine … Through it, the human being will first be made healthy, and then peace of mind and joy in life will be increased.” – Dr Mikao Usui