stands for spirit and Ki stands for energy.
When put together it means life force healing energy. Reiki
originated in India 5000 years ago, and shortly after it spread
to Tibet. It wasn’t until Dr. Usui of Japan rediscovered
it in the early 19th century that Reiki found its way into
the modern world. Dr. Usui taught Reiki to many students,
one of who was Mrs. Takata of Hawaii, who eventually brought
it to the U.S.
practitioner/healer is in essence a channel for the healing
energy. The way Reiki works is that the healing energy flows
through the practitioner’s hands and fills the client’s
body with positive energy, thus pushing out any negative blocks
that may be responsible for any physical, mental or emotional
condition. Sometimes disease starts in one’s spiritual
body and Reiki will in effect cleanse the aura
and potentially rid the patient of an impending illness. Reiki
works on all levels, not just the physical. The energy is
subtle, but powerful.
has been gaining popularity in the traditional medical field
over the past few years. More and more RN’s are using
it on their patients and many studies have been done that
show improvement in most medical conditions when Reiki is
used along with prescription medicine or other therapies.
The website, reikimedresearch.com posts data from cases ranging
from the treatment of arthritis to fibromyalgia to migraines
to cancer. Reiki healing doesn’t always result in complete
recovery, but the studies show that the conditions do improve.
For most medical conditions, several Reiki treatments are
required to cure or improve the condition. Sometimes only
one session is necessary, for instance, one of my clients
had a small rash on her hand from an allergy to latex gloves.
After only 10 minutes of doing Reiki on the rash, it disappeared.
treatments are usually performed on a massage table and take
about an hour to complete. The patient lies on the table,
fully clothed and the practitioner places their hands on them
in a specific sequence. Some people feel heat coming from
the practitioner’s hands (most common), other times
they feel cold from the practitioners’ hands or they
feel a breeze on their feet or other part of their body. Every
treatment is unique to the individual. A good practitioner
also follows their intuition and feels for energy blocks and
may hold a position longer or place their hands in a customized
sequence. Most practitioners do healings on themselves which
helps them to keep the Reiki they send strong, keeps them
clear as a channel and increases their intuition.
After a person receives a Reiki healing they usually feel
relaxed, calm and rejuvenated. Among many of the benefits
one can receive through a Reiki treatment, some include: reduction
of stress, the balance and harmony of the body’s energy,
strengthening of the immune system, relief from allergies,
arthritis and chronic disorders, promotion of personal awareness,
clearing toxins, enhancing meditative states, promoting relaxation,
clearing blockages and suppressed emotions, balancing
etc. Reiki is an intelligent energy which goes to the greatest
need of the patient.
Dr. Usui used the following words of wisdom as a principle
of Reiki: “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 every living thing.”