What is Reiki?
Reiki is one word that actually describes three different but interrelated subjects- Reiki, the energy, Reiki, the hands on healing system, and Reiki, the spiritual journey.
Reiki, the energy, refers to the universal life force energy that is present around and throughout all physical living things on this planet. It is spiritual and comes from a Source of Infinite Intelligence that is unlimited, whole, complete and perfect. Although it is invisible, it is available for all of us at all times. Other terms that describe this divine energy is Spirit, Ki, Chi, and Prana. Reiki is the absolute essence of all that is. It is the life and the love throughout everything. This universal life force energy runs through us, out from us into our lives, and back to Source. It is propelled by Divine love. The same energy that holds the planets in place and tells the flowers when to bloom is present in us.
Reiki, the hands on healing technique, is a safe, holistic, energy healing system that works with energy that is present in and around our physical bodies. It was discovered by Mikao Usui, in Japan in the 1920’s and brought to the West in 1937 by Hawayo Takata. This simple yet powerful healing technique is administered by a trained Reiki practitioner. The Reiki practitioner acts as a facilitator to bring this universal energy to the recipient. The practitioner offers Reiki through gentle touch on the body or hands held slightly off the body. As the energy flows, balance is created promoting a return to wholeness on all four levels of ones being- physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.The many benefits of receiving a Reki treatment include, enhanced relaxation, decrease in stress, anxiety, and depression, decrease in pain, improved mood, and an increase in mental clarity. Our bodies are always trying to find a way back to balance and wholeness. A Reiki treatment can stimulate the body's ability to heal itself thus promoting positive well being.
Reiki, the spiritual journey, is a lifelong practice and discipline which guides us to becoming one with the Universe. We are reminded that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. We are driven to uncover the layers that block our divine light and in turn open our minds to the infinite possibilities that exist within ourselves. It helps us to unlearn and relearn the spiritual truth that affirms that we are indeed part of the Universe and the Universe is a part of us. There is an absolute unity between man and the Universe. With the knowledge of no separation, one establishes a relationship with this life force energy and rediscovers one’s true nature. When you embody the System of Reiki, your life changes. You know that there is an Indwelling Presence within you. You feel the unity of spirit in all people and your life choices are directed by compassion for yourself and others. As a result your life becomes fuller and more meaningful. You begin to judge and react less allowing peace, love, joy and balance to guide your life. Reiki is not a religion nor is it affiliated with any religious practices. It is a daily spiritual practice that supports the integration of your soul with your personality allowing you to live your life as the highest and best for yourself and for all who coexist on this planet.