What is Reiki?

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A Brief Overview

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” 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 or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an “attunement” given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life.

Its use is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.

While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.

While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures. During a meditation several years after developing Reiki, Dr. Usui decided to add the Reiki Ideals to the practice of Reiki. The Ideals came in part from the five prinicples of the Meiji emperor of Japan whom Dr. Usui admired. The Ideals were developed to add spiritual balance to Usui Reiki. Their purpose is to help people realize that healing the spirit by consciously deciding to improve oneself is a necessary part of the Reiki healing experience. In order for the Reiki healing energies to have lasting results, the client must accept responsibility for her or his healing and take an active part in it. Therefore, the Usui system of Reiki is more than the use of the Reiki energy. It must also include an active commitment to improve oneself in order for it to be a complete system. The ideals are both guidelines for living a gracious life and virtues worthy of practice for their inherent value.

The secret art of inviting happiness
The miraculous medicine of all diseases
Just for today, do not anger
Do not worry and be filled with gratitude
Devote yourself to your work. Be kind to people.
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

This article originally appeared at AwakeningPeople.com, an inspiring source of information about spirituality and good health. 

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  • Nicola

    Using reiki opened my third eye the day after I became a reiki master I started to communicate with what I thought was my guide. It seems this entity was not my guide and after months of what seemed like happy and loving communication turned in to a very controlling entity making me do what it/they wanted me to do. I thought I was being tested. It turns out through research having had a break down and being bullied by these voices every day for months that reiki does bring on these dark entities. Calling in guides and praying too the universe/angels and such turns the prayee in to a holographic lighthouse attracting all kinds of dark entities. They can entrap you without you even realizing it as they scheme and pretend to be godly beings such as angels and ascended masters. This has happened to me. I am in the middle of my recovery and I am being helped by a practitioner of ‘Holographic kinetics’ which was founded by Steve Richards of Australia. He uses an ancient aboriginal healing modality which he has been fine tuning for many years and I can honestly say that if it had not been for (fortunately0 finding this healing technique I quite easily would have been carted off in a straight jacket or even done myself in by now!
    Using any form of spirituality needs to be done so with discernment, if you have managed to connect with your guide, don’t just happily accept that this being you are talking too is your guide! use discernment, ask them, are you a light being from the one and only creator? I was told to ask “Do you work for the demierge?” They have to answer you. A true light being will be happy to answer your questions gently. Since all of this has happened I have analysed every bit of my journey and now I question the reiki symbols?? When we do the reiki symbols in to our hands three times, what are we calling in?? good or bad? Maybe the reiki healing has been infiltrated like the masons! who knows? All I know is what has happened to me. You have to understand that I was 100% reiki. I gave up my job to do reiki as my living……..If there are other people out there that this has happened too I would love to hear your story.

  • What really is Reiki, not what may be achived but ‘Whát It is’.
    By placing symbols into selected Energy Centres in a particular sequence opens up a healing channel that will expand with use.
    When people understand this is what Usui did then we will be able to open all of self to the effects of Calmness.

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