What is Reiki?

What then is Reiki?

WIlliam Lee Rand of the International Center for Reiki Training provides this overview of Reiki.

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...

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...  While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. 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, Mikao 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 Mikao 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 Five Principles of Reiki:

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 

While I do not have a formal Reiki practice, I am honored to be involved with Reiki in various venues  where I live.  I have been approved to provide Reiki for Hospice patients in residential settings.  I am always looking for other places where I can be of service.

I am also certified in Animal Reiki and provide Reiki as often as I can to a Animal Sanctuary and Hospice in the area.  I plan to make myself available to one or more shelters in the area.  Reiki for animals has been shown to be of great value in the recovery from illness, trauma and lack of socialization as well as easing the transition from this earth.  

My Reiki self-treatments are not only crucial for my continued growth in the practice of Reiki, they also contribute greatly to my own healing process.  

There are many places where you can look further into the process of learning more about Reiki and I encourage you to learn all you can about this wonderful method of energy healing.

I am a Certified Reiki Practitioner and find it to be one of the most fulfilling and meaningful aspects of my life.  Reiki is not a Religion or spiritual dogma, it is built around around certain principles and the awareness that Healing Energy is available to all.  Reiki Practitioners learn specific helpful techniques and receive certification from those who have achieved (through Study, attunement, and practice).  Although I learned Reiki many years ago, my practice fell into oblivion in the midst of the living of my complicated life. Coming back to Reiki, immediately confirmed for me that I had come home and found one of my spiritual families. 

copyright Carol L. Chambers 2015-2020

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