Reiki is a form of energy healing that can be used to calm, balance and revitalise. It originated from the teachings of Dr. Mikao Usui who was a Japanese Buddhist, and it’s often used to reduce stress and to help energy levels. Reiki comprises two words- ‘Rei’, meaning ‘Spiritual, Supernatural, Higher Intelligence, Higher Power, or God’s Wisdom’, and ‘Ki’ meaning ‘life force energy. So Reiki is viewed as non-religious, and is described by the International Centre for Reiki Training as ‘spiritually focussed life force energy’.
Universal Life Force Energy flows through and within us and is the essence of our life energy. It’s suggested that when we feel stressed, low or ill, we have very low life force energy. When we are happy, vibrant and healthy our life force energy is high.
The practice of Reiki is the laying on of hands on the client’s body in order to enhance and encourage the client’s own physical, emotional and spiritual healing and can also be given via distance healing. Though scientific evidence is lacking, a number of medical practitioners view Reiki as being able to enhance well-being, though it is not to be a replacement for traditional medical support.
A Reiki treatment usually lasts between 30-90 minutes and normally requires the client to lay on a massage couch fully clothed, though some clients can remain seated, and distance healing does not require the client to be present. At the start of the session the Reiki practitioner will scan the client’s body to locate where energy may be sluggish, and will then begin channelling Reiki through the laying on of their hands and placing them in different positions on the body. Reiki will go where it needs to go, so even though the practitioner may be laying their hands on a particular area, Reiki will go to where it’s needed whether that’s physical, emotional. spiritual, or mental/thinking aspects of the person.
Some clients feel an energy or heat coming from the Reiki practitioner’s hands. Others comment after the session that they experienced seeing colours or images in their mind’s eye, or that they felt tingling and warm sensations in their body.
Reiki is gentle, non-invasive and enables the promotion of relaxation and wellbeing, so although science has yet to prove in clinical trials that there is any evidence to support Reiki, it does not harm either. So my advice is to use your discernment and be open minded to trying Reiki if it appeals to you.
As a Reiki teacher and Master I do see the benefits of Reiki and the clients who have experienced Reiki with me have felt considerably calmer, more centered, peaceful and have a greater sense of clarity. It’s a beautiful and calming experience and it’s something that is deeply relaxing, and is such a contrast to the time we spend running around with work, family, hobbies and other commitments.
So if you feel drawn to Reiki as an energy healing modality, or you simply would like to experience a sense of wellbeing and trying out something a little different to relax and de-stress, why not give Reiki a go?
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Please leave comments below, especially if you’ve experienced Reiki. What did you think about it as a treatment? Did the experience of Reiki surprise you, and if so, in what way? What advice would you give to other people who may be thinking about trying Reiki for the first time?