What is Reiki?
The term Reiki (pronounced RAY KEY) is a Japanese word used to describe a system of healing originally known as Usui Shiki Ryoho, or The Usui Way, so titled by its founder Dr Mikao Usui.
REI: Japanese for God, Creator, or Spirit. The term used to describe the creative mind and the creative expression of God, 'all that is', the manifest and unmanifest. The awesomeness of being conscious in a human body and being able to look at space and marvel at the fact you are looking at the past right back to your origins, to 'the big bang'. Everything is 'Rei'; all that you see, smell, taste, touch, feel, and hear. Rei is creation and simultaneously you know within your heart that you are part of it; that goes some way to defining Rei.
KI: Japanese for Energy or Power. This is the term used to define life force energy, the vital force that fuels creation. Ki powers the motion of the Universe. It is the force that animates everything in and including the Universe. It is also known in other systems as Prana or Chi. Ki flows through Nadis or channels in our electromagnetic bodies supplying us quite literally with our life force energy. Using Aura photography it is quite possible to record Ki on film as the auric field which surrounds our body is an expression of Ki in motion.
It naturally follows then that Reiki is a system of Life Force Energy Healing.
Benefits of a Reiki Treatment
Some of the many beneficial effects of Reiki treatments can be:
* Balancing the energy levels
* Increasing awareness
* Healing the whole person, body, mind, and spirit
* Working on all levels of disease
* Releasing negative emotions
* Increasing confidence and creativity
What happens during a Reiki treatment?
Before any client contact, the healer will prepare themselves and the room where the treatment is to take place in order to make it as comfortable as possible for the client and facilitate a healing atmosphere. This will include the healer making certain preparations not involving the client, such as lighting candles and incense, saying prayers to prepare the space, playing soothing music, and generally meditating that the healing will be complete even before the healer and healed meet up.
It is then quite normal for the client and the Reiki healer to sit down together before any Reiki treatment is given and discuss any concerns or questions that the client may have. During this informal chat the Reiki healer will seek to address any issues and generally put the client at ease, likewise informing the client of what to expect during and after the Reiki treatment.
The client will then be encouraged to lie down on a treatment couch provided with a pillar to support the clients head and a blanket to wrap around the body. A glass of water will also be made handy. Following this, the client will be encouraged to close their eyes and to do nothing more than relax and enjoy the treatment.
The client will then be aware of the Reiki healer moving around them during the course of the treatment, and may even feel the healers hands being placed upon them at various stages. At no time are the healers hands placed on any intimate area of the clients body at all, in fact you may request that the healer doesn't make any physical contact with any area of the body as physical contact is not necessary in order to complete a Reiki treatment. A healer may intuitively feel that he or she may be drawn to a particular place on a clients body in which case they may lightly place their hands on that part of the body, but again if you do not wish this to happen then please inform the healer beforehand.
Whilst the healing is being transmitted to the client, the client may experience feelings of warmth or colour being given to them from the healers hands. The client may also detect more than one person in the room or the feeling of more than one pair of hands around them. This is very normal if the client is very intuitive as they are quite simply feeling the healers spirit or Angel guides as well as their own. They may also detect either a drop or increase in the room temperature whilst this is happening. This is nothing to worry about and is more proof that your healing is divinely guided. If the client does not detect these issues then again this doesn't mean that the healing is any less effective, but be assured that you are in fact receiving healing no matter what. The healer may also speak or make sounds during the healing. Again this is very normal and is usually information or vibration channelled to the healer to assist in the healing from the Reiki spirit guides.
Reiki healing is very powerful and as such it works on the physical, mental, emotional, and etheric bodies of the client. Reiki clears any blockages found present in these bodies and the client may therefore feel the need to express an emotion or mental state, ie laughter, sadness, anger, sleep etc, etc. This is very normal and by bringing these issues to the surface the healing is working. For example stored emotions of sadness may cause dis-ease which may fester into something more serious, by releasing these issues will heal them. The client may also visualise past life memories positive or negative which will remind the client in this life what their life purpose or blocks to their current life purpose may be. All these things and more may be experienced during a Reiki treatment.
At the end of the Reiki treatment, the healer will gently rouse or wake the client and encourage them in their own time to sit up and drink water. This process helps with the flow of Ki and is a way of inducing cleansing into the body. The client may then discuss any issues or experiences with the healer and detected during the treatment.
A typical treatment may last up to 1 1/2 hours from start to finish. If the client so decides then he/she may book another healing session in the near future or not. No pressure is given to facilitate this. A healer may recommend that a client sees them again in order to strengthen the healing already given, or just as a means of ensuring that the clients well-being is catered for in the future. The client may also wish to learn how to give Reiki themselves as a healer, in which case discuss this with the healer in order to find out how to be attuned to Reiki energy.
Whether you wish to heal others or be healed the number one rule to decide upon is "Do I chose to heal and give my permission for it to happen?".
How to obtain a Reiki treatment?
Reiki treatments can usually be found by reading Mind, Body and Spirit magazines classified sections, visiting a shop/salon specialising in healing or therapeutic practice, or contacting a reputable organisation such as The Reiki Association http://www.reikiassociation.org.uk/ and requesting a list of Reiki healers in your area (This latter will normally incur a small charge).
It is important to note that all reputable Reiki practitioners will hold a certificate qualifying them to act as Reiki healers and those accepting paying clients will have public liability insurance indemnifying them against third party risks.
Reiki Master Teachers will also hold certificates as proof of their training and right to teach Reiki. Please do not be afraid to ask to see certificates before accepting healing or teaching.You are very much encouraged to follow your intuition and seek that which you feel is right.
The Gokai are the 5 precepts, or principles that every Reiki healer must learn. These are the standards by which we aim to teach by example and to heal.
The westernised version
"Just for today I will not worry
Just for today I will not anger
Just for today I will honour my parents, teachers, and elders
Just for today I will earn my living honestly
Just for today I will show gratitude to everything in my life"
The Japanese Version
"Kyo daki wa (Just for today)
Ikaru na (Do not get angry)
Shin pai suna (Do not worry)
Ka sha shite (Be grateful)
Gyo o hage me (Work hard)
Hito ni shin setsu ni" (Be kind to others)