I am very grateful, having been given the opportunity to share my thoughts on Reiki with you on this website. Reiki is a practice for which I am very passionate and for which I take very seriously. I have seen the good it does for my family and friends, as well as for me, and I look for ways to share that with others in my community.
What Is Reiki? (Pronounced Ray-Key)
Reiki is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is made up of two Japanese words, Rei, which is “God’s wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki, which is “life force energy”. So together they mean, “Spiritually guided life force energy”. It is administered by laying on hands or positioning hands just above the body, in a series of positions. Reiki is based on the premise that unseen life force energy flows through and around us. If our life force energy is low, then we are more apt to get sick or feel more stress and if our life force energy is high, then we are more apt to be happy and healthy.
Background of Reiki
Reiki was founded just north of Kyoto, Japan, by Dr. MakaoUsui in 1922, who was a Buddhist and had respect for all religions, including Christianity, which he had studied. Dr. Usui had Christian friends and actually lived with a Christian family at one point in his life. He intended Reiki to be a simple healing technique that anyone could use and have it not be tied to a religious practice. Because of this, there are no Buddhist practices in Reiki; in fact, Reiki is religiously neutral. Reiki energy comes from God, which is understood to be the one or Universal God.
What does Reiki do?
Reiki treats the entire being, including the body, mind, spirit, and emotions and it manifests many positive effects that include feelings of peace, relaxation, a sense of security and wellbeing. It is a simple, natural, safe method of healing and self-improvement. It also works in conjunction with other medical and therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and to promote recovery. It can never cause harm because it is guided by God-consciousness. Because the practitioner is not the one doing the healing, it is much easier for the ego to stay out of the way and to allow the presence of God to shine through.
How does Reiki work?
Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and by charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts or feelings are attached and causes the negative energy to break up and dissipate. The vital function of your organs and cells are diminished when there is disruption in your life force energy. Reiki clears, straightens, and heals the energy pathways, allowing God’s life force energy to flow in a positive way, increasing the functionality of your mind, body, and spirit.
The Receiver’s Responsibility
Dr. Usui included Ideals to the practice of Reiki to add spiritual balance. Their purpose is to help the receiver realize that healing the spirit by consciously improving oneself is a necessary part of the healing process. In order for the Reiki healing energies to be lasting, the receiver needs to take responsibility for his healing and take an active role in it. His Ideals include the following:
Just for today, do not worry.
Just for today, do not anger.
Honor your parents, teachers, and elders.
Earn your living honestly.
Show gratitude to everything.