What is Reiki?
“Reiki is a form of hands on healing, with its origins in India and the East dating back many
thousands of years to the time before Christ and Buddha. The original name, disciplines
and techniques of Reiki were lost due to the traditional method of passing knowledge from
generation to generation by word of mouth. Exactly when this ancient art of healing
disappeared is difficult to determine. However, we do know that it was rediscovered by a
Japanese Scholar and monk name Dr Mikao Usui. It was in fact Dr Usui who fashioned the
Reiki is a two syllable Japanese word meaning universal life force. Although the proper
Japanese pronunciation is RYE-KEY, it has been westernized to RAY-KEY.
Rei means universal, omnipresent – present everywhere at the same time. Esoterically Rei
means spiritual consciousness, the omniscient wisdom from God or the higher self.
Ki is the non physical vitality that gives life to all living things. Many cultures understand and
recognise the importance of Ki energy and how it impacts our lives and well-being.
Ki energy can be activated for the purpose of healing. When you feel healthy and full of
enthusiasm, the flow of Ki energy in your body is high and unencumbered. Life seems
easier to deal with and you have a higher resistance to illness and disease.
However, when your Ki energy is low because maybe you are under stress or feeling
unhappy and tired you will be more susceptible to disease and sickness. Your attitude will
be generally negative and you will find it difficult to deal with life’s challenges. Ki is the very
essence of the soul; it leaves the body when a person dies.
Reiki is holistic; it works on the body mind and spirit by stimulating a person’s own natural
healing abilities. The blocked emotional and physical elements that lead to illness and
disease are cleared. Reiki is neither positive nor negative; it is in fact the highest and most
profound vibration of life. Divine in origin, it allows us all to become one with all things alive
in our world. Reiki is pure unconditional love and joy bringing all who experience and
embrace it principles together in harmony.
When the mind body and spirit are in harmony the biological intelligence that governs the
body’s resources and allows it to heal itself and function correctly are intensified. Reiki is
the key that unlocks the body’s optimum capabilities. There are seven main energy centers
in the body that control the flow of the universal life force. They are called the Chakras.
Each chakra is responsible for supplying energy to specific parts of the body. When they
are blocked or clogged the body becomes sick and the flow of energy is diluted.
A full Reiki treatment reopens the chakras and re-balances the flow of the universal life
force around the body. A person will normally need four full treatments on four consecutive
days to boost the flow of Reiki energy. This will stimulate the body’s immune system and
natural healing abilities. Normally the body will begin by cleansing itself of toxins. As the
poisons are removed, the body becomes re-balanced and the healing process can begin.”
Reiki Level 1 Manuel
Much of the time Reiki is performed in-person but long-distance Reiki works as well as in-person Reiki because everything is energy. I will perform a traditional treatment as if you were lying on my table.