Reiki (ray-key) is an ancient natural healing technique involving the laying of hands onto or near the body in order to channel universal energy into the recipient. It is a popular misconception that Reiki is a form of massage. Reiki can help relieve stress and promote relaxation, improve health and enhance quality of life. The Reiki energy can be defined as “spiritually guided life force energy”.
Since ancient times, the knowledge that life force energy flows through all living things and enhances quality of health has been part of the wisdom of many cultures. The existence of this “life force energy” has been proven by a scientific process called Kirlian photography. Kirlian photography is a technique that allows the etheric energy patterns around living things (Auras) to be photographed. It is the scientific evidence that Aura’s exist. It is believed that Reiki is the healing method that Buddha used and taught to his Tibetan Buddhist Monk Disciples. However the healing method was gradually lost over time until a man named Mikao Usui dedicated his life to re-discovering it in the 1800’s. The Usui system of Reiki is a very simple but powerful healing technique that is easily given, and received, by anyone. The actual words “Rei” and “Ki” are thought to originate from ‘Raku-Kei” of the Japanese language. Raku is vertical energy flow. Ki is horizontal energy flow.
The Reiki energy is usually felt as heat or sensation that comes from the channel’s (healer’s) hands. It is gentle yet stimulates the body to cure itself at the cause of the problem, promoting a holistic balancing of mind, body and spirit. Reiki re-activates the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Life force flows within the physical body, within the spiritual body (the Chakras) and it also flows around our body in a field of energy called the Aura. It flows all around us in our surroundings and out into the universe. This life force energy flows through the organs and cells of the body and supports their proper functioning. When this flow of energy is disrupted, it causes imbalances and lessens function in some organs and tissues. This life force energy is also responsive to thoughts and emotions. It becomes disrupted when we take on negative thoughts or feelings.
Reiki heals by allowing the universal loving energy to flow through the affected parts of our body and Aura and fill them with positive energy and create harmony and balance to all levels – mind, body and spirit. It raises the vibratory level of energy in us where the negative thoughts and feelings have caused any disharmony or dis-ease. This causes the negative energy to fall away and dissipate. Reiki energy clears and heals the chakras and promotes energy flow in us so that our life force energy flows in a healthy way. It reinforces the client’s ability to become focused and in-tune again. Reiki also supports and enhances other medical treatments and can be used in conjunction with other modalities.
Reiki energy has intelligence – it adjusts itself to create the effect that is just the right amount and appropriate for each individual. Reiki is guided by the universal loving energy around us, so it can never do harm. It will never cause you headache, pain or discomfort of any type. Reiki always works for your highest will and good and heals and aligns your physical, emotional and spiritual bodies.
Reiki is a gentle yet powerful way to access your own spirituality and your purpose in life. It restores that feeling of being at one with yourself, humankind and the planet. It accelerates the body’s ability to heal physical ailments and opens the mind and spirit to the underlying reasons of disease, pain, discomfort and blockages which might have caused the problem in the first place.
Copyright Brigit Goldworthy 2011