– “Let my hands help you maintain your health!”
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese word meaning universal life force energy that flows through all living things. It is not a religion, but rather a gentle non-invasive healing energy which is channeled through the practitioner’s hands into the recipient. When our life force energy is low, our health and well-being is affected. Reiki works to help increase our life force energy and bring balance to our body, mind, and spirit which in turn aids in healing.
Although Reiki is not a new therapy, it is trending and becoming more popular in the health and wellness industry, as it is a great tool for helping you to relax and reduce stress. In the United States, it is used in many hospitals along with conventional medicine and is beginning to gain ground here in Canada. It is also commonly used in hospices and other medical facilities.
There are many ways to treat a person with Reiki, however, through the formal method the recipient, fully-clothed, lies down while the Practitioner holds their hands above the recipient’s body, allowing the flow of Reiki energy. In some regards, Reiki is similar to other forms of hands-on-healing. However, a Reiki Practitioner is given the ability to channel Reiki through a process of initiation known as an attunement which then allows the Practitioner to receive and transmit Reiki energy, as needed.
Reiki was founded in Japan in 1922 by Mikao Usui on the 21st day of a meditation and fast on Mount Kurama. On this day, it is said that he was given the ability to heal when a strong beam of Universal Energy entered him through the crown of his head. Following this, he developed his Reiki training method, Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, from the symbols and mantras he was shown on that day, and was able to pass this method on to several students. Before he passed away in 1926, Usui had used this healing energy to help many people in need and notably those affected during the Great Earthquake in the Kanto area. One of his students, Chujiro Hayashi furthered Usui’s method with a few more ideas and passed this on to 17 Reiki Masters, one of whom was Mrs. Hawaya Takata. Mrs. Takata practised Reiki in Hawaii, and was known for spreading the teachings of Reiki throughout the West by initiating 22 Reiki Masters.
What are the Benefits of Reiki?
Sometimes our emotions and thoughts become misdirected, and we experience a disconnect which makes us vulnerable. In this vulnerable state, our immune system is lowered and we are more susceptible to short term illnesses and if left unchecked, long term diseases.
Reiki works with the language of Universal energy and it aims to help and heal by clearing away any negative energies that may occur during this misdirected / vulnerable disconnected state. Its intention is to neutralize and dissipate such negativity, and it is often experienced as a positive response.
Reiki is becoming more recognized as a healing modality, and it is often being used alongside conventional medicine in hospitals throughout the United States. During a session, some people feel warmth, coolness, tingling, and some people feel absolutely nothing at all! But regardless, of what you may or may not feel, Reiki works. Following a session, many people feel more calm and relaxed.
Reiki may also:
- Help to heal a person’s spirit;
- Help to balance a person’s energies;
- Help to ground a person;
- Help to boost immunity;
- Help to clear toxins;
- Help to relieve pain;
- Help a person to focus and meditate;
- Help to relieve stress and anxiety;
- Help a person to relax;
- Help improve sleep;
- Help to promote natural self-healing;
- Help to enhance clarity and self-awareness
Reiki is not a substitute for conventional medicine and or treatments, but there has been success when it is used as a complementary therapy. Click on the following IARP link to read about areas of research with Reiki: Reiki Research.
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