Reiki is an energy, a treatment, and a way of life. It was brought to us by Mikao Usui in Japan in the late nineteenth and early 20th century.
As an energy, Reiki means spirit energy or universal life force. It is unconditional healing that is all around us. When we allow it in, whether by ourselves or with the help of a trained Reiki practitioner, it helps us balance our body’s subtle energies. When our energy is more in balance, so are we. This helps our body to heal itself from within. Reiki is an intelligent energy and goes to wherever it is most needed. This may not be where we want it to go, but it is always for the Highest Good. Reiki can feel hot or cold, it can feel like a wave, like a current or vibration, or like a breeze. Sometimes we feel it and sometimes we do not, but it is always there for us.
Reiki as a treatment helps to release energy disruptions in our body. When our energy is disrupted, we experience emotional and physical symptoms, such as but not limited to the following:
Allergy-like reactions, asthma, and eczema
Fear or excessive worry
Cancer, heart attacks, and stroke
Anger and unease
Excessive guilt and shame
Stress and tension
When you have a Reiki treatment, the practitioner lays hands on you or in the aura above your body, and channels Reiki through to you. Channelling means that the energy comes through the healer and not from the healer. The healer is as such a conduit for the energy. During the treatment, most people are relaxed. Sometimes there is a little healing reaction, such as tears or discomfort, but this soon passes. If there is a tearful feeling, let it happen and do not hold back. Tears are just an energy disruption releasing from your body. Sometimes, there is giggling and laughter, and that is OK too. Some people feel nothing at all during a Reiki treatment, and that is OK as well. You do not have to feel the Reiki for it to work. Reiki often works in a very subtle way.
A Reiki treatment is unlike taking a tablet, such as a headache tablet, where you feel the effect within 15-30 minutes. However, it does sometimes work like that if that is the right thing for it to do at that moment in time. Trust that the treatment will help and attend the number of sessions recommended by your practitioner. As well as sessions in-person, you can enjoy Reiki over a distance. This is very useful if for example, you have flu or an infection that you may easily pass on. Lastly, you may be pleased to know that there are no contra-indications to Reiki, which means that it is suitable for everyone at any time.
Reiki as a way of life is true enlightenment that potentially lifts you up to the level of pure joy. When you learn Reiki, a good Reiki Master will teach you how to carry out the discipline of self-healing and meditation, and how to incorporate the five Reiki Principles into your life. You may also be given a Reiki principle as an affirmation to use if you attend a Reiki healing session. By living according to the Reiki principles and incorporating Reiki into your life, you can find a state of peaceful serenity and upliftment that is truly wonderful.