“Wow, that was amazing! So what exactly is Reiki?”
That was a question that was posed to me from a new client after her first Reiki session. She had been profoundly moved from her Reiki treatment and wanted to know more about what she had just experienced.
So it’s my hope that this article will help to shed some light on what Reiki is. So below is answers to a lot of questions that I get about Reiki.
What is Reiki?
A quick and simple answer would be to say that, “Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is a Japanese holistic, light-touch energy based healing modality that helps to reduce stress, boost relaxation and promote healing. Reiki re-establishes a normal energy flow of ki (life force energy) throughout the system, which in turn can enhance and accelerate the body’s innate healing ability. It’s typically done by “laying on of the Reiki practioners hands” on different areas of the body. Through a series of hand positions either directly on or just above the body, this inteligent life-force energy flows through the Reiki practitioners and is guided to where the client needs it most.
A driving philosophy of the Reiki system is based around the idea that an unseen “intelligent life force energy” flows through us, is all around us and is what causes us to be alive.”
How does Reiki work?
Before we get into how Reiki works let’s briefly look at the word Reiki itself because it hides a secret in plain site.
Reiki is made up of two words – Rei and ki.
Rei can be translated as: A Universal, infinite Intelligence that guides the creation and function of the universe, a subtle wisdom the permeates and penetrates all of existence.
Ki can be translated as: The non-physical energy that animates and is within all living things. Ki is flowing in everything that is alive including plants, animals and humans.
With the above information in mind, Reiki can be defined as a non-physical healing energy made up of life force energy that is guided by the Higher Intelligence, or spiritually guided life force energy.
Reiki works on the premise that each and every one of us is a unique collection of energy and information. When we’re “healthy” this energy (ki) flows through us smoothly and we feel strong and confident. When discomfort and disease arises in the body this is usually due to a constriction of energy in those areas of our bodies. This constriction of energy can be due to injury, poor diet, or more commonly our thoughts and emotions.
The great value of Reiki is that because it is guided by the Higher Intelligence, it knows exactly where to go and how to respond to restrictions in the flow of Ki.
It can work directly in the unconscious parts of the mind/body which contain negative Ki-inhibiting thoughts and feelings and eliminate them. As Reiki flows through a sick or unhealthy area, it energizes, breaks up and washes away any negative thoughts or feelings lodged in the unconscious mind/body thus allowing a normal healthy flow of Ki to resume. As this happens, the unhealthy physical organs and tissues become properly nourished with Ki and begin functioning in a balanced healthy way thus replacing illness with health.
What is a typical Reiki session like?
That’s an interesting question. First off there’s no “typical” Reiki sessions. We’re unique and each and every one of us has very specific needs.
With that being said, most Reiki sessions have you as the client lying down on a massage table (fully clothed. The Reiki practitioner will then place their hands on or above key areas of the body. The practitioner’s hands remain in a stationary position, gently on or slightly above the body through several positions from head to toe. Some practitioners do not use the prescribed hand positions, preferring to use a more intuitive approach.
A Reiki session can either be:
- Specifically directed by you i.e. “I want to focus on relieving my stomach issues.“
- Non-directed by you (the practitioner lets the Reiki energy direct the course and flow of the session
Clients most often report feeling:
- Extremely calm and relaxed (during and afterwards)
- Heat, tingling or a pulsating sensation from the Reiki practitioners hands
A Brief History of Reiki
Mikao Usui was born on August 15, 1865 in Taniai, Japan. He was always a spiritual seeker and from a young age he practiced Kiko, which is an internal energy practice similar to Qi Gong or Chi Kung. Kiko consists of breathing exercises, meditation, and movement. It could be described as a ‘moving meditation’. In some traditions Kiko practitioners use their “Accumulated” Ki to help heal others. It is said that Mikao Usui often wished that there was a way to send healing energy to others without having the practitioner depleted of their own life force. He never would have guessed that years later his wish would be fulfilled when he embarked on a 21 day meditative journey.
He studied medicine, psychology, religion, and spiritual development. He was a member of a metaphysical group called Rei Jyutu Ka. Mikao Usui became secretary to Shinpei Goto (the head of the Health and Welfare Department who went on to become the Mayor of Tokyo).
In 1914, at the age of 49, Mikao Usui became a Buddhist Monk. In 1922, he went on a 21-day retreat of meditation, prayers, chanting and fasting at Mount Kurama in Kyoto, Japan. While standing under a waterfall, he did a meditation designed to open and purify the Crown Chakra. This caused him to have a spiritual awakening on the final day of his retreat. A powerful light entered the top of his head. His awareness was expanded and he realized a great power had entered him. He intuitively knew he could now heal others without depleting his own energy, as he had when he practiced Kiko. His greatest wish had been granted.
I’m interested – how can I book a Reiki session?
Sounds great! Click here to see the beautiful studio I practice out of and to pick the time and day that works best for you.
Can anyone learn Reiki?
Technically yes, anyone can learn Reiki. With that being said I find that the people who do the best learning Reiki are those that feel “called” to follow the healers path.
I would probably recommend Reiki Level 1 training to everyone. Reiki is so powerful and healing. So if you’re looking for a way to make MAJOR changes in your life I think Reiki Level 1 would serve you well.
For those who feel the calling of the “Healer Path” and what to help transform other people lives as well then I the full training will be a great blessing.
How can I learn Reiki?
Glad you asked! Here’s a listing of my upcoming Reiki training sessions.