What is Reiki

What is Reiki?

Although energy work and reiki is considered quiet popular many people still don’t know what it is…It’s like describing the sun to someone who has only ever lived in a cave. Words just won’t do it but take them out to the sunshine and there you have it – they feel that warmth and glow for themselves!

The best way to understand it is through having your own experience of it. This is how you will come to know it and yourself.

In very simple terms, reiki supports your body to come into harmony and balance with itself. Balance means different things at different times. If you are tired, you’ll feel re-energised. If you are anxious, you’ll feel peaceful. If you feel stressed, you’ll feel calmer. If you feel out of sorts, you’ll feel more like yourself. If you feel overwhelmed, you’ll discover a sense of peace within. If you feel ungrounded, you’ll feel centered.

Reiki can offer you so much more when you are open to it. It can deepen your connection to your innate healing power, increase your vitality, support your nervous system and advance your spiritual growth.

The ability to heal is a natural as the ability to breathe, and through reiki, a practitioner essentially guides the person to bring healing and balance back into their awareness.

Reiki Treatment with The Thirsty Soul Dublin
Reiki Treatment with Roseleen McNally

Meaning of Reiki

Reiki is often described as a Japanese form of stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.

For me, reiki is an energy of self empowerment, that helps to bring the body on all levels into balance and help us to (re)connect with our true nature.

Reiki is defined as:

Rei – spiritual or sacred

Ki – primal life energy/force of the Universe

Reiki activates and facilitates the body’s innate healing abilities, reminding the body in a gentle and loving way how to heal itself on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.

Reiki is simply the ‘laying’ of hands (non-intrusively) on or slightly above the body and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick, feel stress or unable to cope with challenges, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

It is this flow of energy which facilitates the unique ability of the body to heal itself. However, the great thing about reiki is that you do not have to be ill to experience the benefits of it.



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The Reiki Precepts

The esoteric teachings to invite blessings
The spiritual medicine of having strayed from universal truth

Today only
Do not anger
Do not worry
Be grateful
Be true to your way and your true self
Show compassion to yourself and others

Perform gassho in the morning and evening
Embody this in your heart-mind
Chant with your mouth
Improve your heart-mind and body

Usui’s teachings to remember one’s True Self
The founder Mikao Usui