What is Reiki?

Reiki is pronounced Ray-Key.  The word Reiki is derived from two Japanese words - "rei," meaning "Universal Spirit," and "ki." Meaning "life force energy." The word Reiki, therefore, refers to a balanced cosmic and life force energy. Because of its qualities of universal energy, it seems to have a basic consciousness which, when used for healing, is able to provide exactly what is needed on all levels.

As a modern healing therapy it was initiated at the beginning of the 20th century by Dr. Mikao Usui (1865-1926),  a Japanese Christian educator in Kyoto, Japan, who rediscovered the root system in the mid-to-late 1800s.  It is possible to trace the origins of Reiki back to Buddhist, healing practices. Reiki was introduced to the Western world in the mid-1970s. Since then its use has spread dramatically worldwide.

The Five Precepts of Reiki:

  • Don't get angry today
  • Don't  be grievous
  • Express your thanks.
  • Be diligent in your business
  • Be kind to others

Reiki therapy utilizes spiritual and universal energy to assist the healing process.  Healing can occur on the physical, emotional, mental or spiritual levels.

Reiki practitioners channel energy in a particular pattern to heal and harmonize. In Reiki the healer places the hands above the recipient; however, it is the recipient that draws the energy as needed. Thus, in this case, the individual being healed takes an active part in the healing process as opposed to having a passive part in spiritual healing. The individual takes responsibility for his or her healing. The recipient identifies the needs and cater to them by drawing energy as needed. Unlike other healing therapies based on the premise of a human energy field, Reiki seeks to restore order to the body whose vital energy has become unbalanced.

Although there are a few positions in which the practitioner is in contact with the patient (such as cradling the head), most Reiki treatments do not involve actual touching. The practitioner holds his or her hands a few inches or farther away from the patient's body and manipulates the energy field from there.

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