Reiki is a natural, simple, safe, effective healing system that uses
spiritually guided universal energy, the energy which permeates our entire
universe and all living things. This energy is channeled through the hands
of the practitioner into the body and aura of the receiver. It is an ancient
healing system that has been used for thousands of years and was
rediscovered by Dr Mikao Usui. Reiki is a Japanese term meaning universal
energy, or spiritually guided universal energy, because it is the divine
consciousness, the All-knowing that guides this life force. Because of this,
Reiki can also be sent to someone who is not physically present, this is
called distance healing. It can also be used on animals and plants. During a
Reiki session, the person receiving Reiki lies or sits, fully clothed,
while the practitioner places his hands lightly on or a few inches over the
person's head and body. Reiki opens the mind and spirit to the causes of
disease and pain and the necessity for taking responsibility for one's life.
Reiki heals on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual to help
return the body to its natural perfect state. It increases spiritual
awareness and progress and is a means for each person to access the richness
of his soul and discover his own great potential. Reiki is not a system of
History of Reiki
The traditional story of Reiki relates to Dr Mikao Usui, a Japanese person
who in the late 1800's began a quest to re-discover a universal energy that
could heal, irrespective of the mental and or physical state of the person
applying it. He fasted and meditated for 21 days at Mount Kuriyama and thus
received the Reiki ability. Usui applied what he learned and developed what
is now known as The Usui System of Natural Healing. He trained others in his
methods, one of them was Dr Chujiro Hayashi who in turn trained a woman
named Hawayo Takata and it is via her that the majority of people in the
West now know about Reiki. Since then, Reiki has blossomed, and some of the
original Usui system has been adapted by some and changed by others. Today,
there are at least thirty variations of the original Reiki system.
Reiki works on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.
Strengthens the immune system.
Helps in relieving pain.
in healing every known physical and mental illness.
Works on the symptoms and their deeper cause.
Relieves stress and increases relaxation.
Balances and harmonizes the function of glands and organs.
Clears energy blockages and suppressed emotions.
Balances the chakras.
Works well with traditional medicine and improves its results.
Provides limitless benefits of spiritual growth and increases intuition.
benefits of Reiki are not limited to healing! Reiki can be used on
to achieve goals, to overcome obstacles, its uses are endless!
Is It Easy To Learn?
Healing is a gift inherent in everyone, just like psychic ability and
intuition.The beauty of Reiki lies in its great simplicity. Even a child can
be initiated into Reiki. Reiki is the innate ability to channel healing
energy through the hands; we are all born having this natural ability to
heal ourselves, have you noticed how you immediately and unconsciously put
your hand on a sore part of your body in order to bring relief to it?
However, this ability is very weak and unfocused and is awakened through the
attunement process which instantly transforms this ability into a very
effective and powerful force. Anyone can learn Reiki because it does not
require any previous experience or special ability. Reiki is not taught like
any other healing method, the only way to learn Reiki is to be attuned to it
by a Reiki master. The attunement process is a spiritual ceremony in which
the Reiki master transmits the Reiki ability and symbols to the student. The
attunement process is performed purely on the spiritual body, so it does not
matter whether the person is physically present or not, this applies also to
The Attunement Process
The Reiki attunement connects us to the healing power each of us has within
ourselves. During and after the attunements many of the important energy
channels are thoroughly cleansed with the strong flow of pure Divine energy.
The attunement can start a detoxification process that affect the physical
body, the mind and the emotions. After being attuned, the person becomes an
open channel for the Reiki energy to flow through him as soon as he places
his hands lightly on himself or others and intend healing. Moreover, because
Reiki is channeled, his energy is never depleted but on the contrary, both
he and the receiver benefit from a Reiki session. The healer also never
takes on other people's symptoms and is always protected. There is no right
or wrong way to practice Reiki, the energy flows from the same source;
anyone who tells you it can be done wrong, or can harm, or "you have to know
what you're doing" is selling something, any method or technique that says
certain procedures must be followed has little understanding of the
processes involved. Distant attunements are as effective as regular
attunements, to claim otherwise is to set limits on the source of Reiki,
which is Divine. Reiki being spiritually guided universal energy is not
bound to earthly laws; universal law knows no time and no space. The
attunement is guided by the source, the Reiki master is only a channel and
is not the power behind the attunement, therefore he must not take credit
for it. Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki, was self attuned, and it was the
Reiki source that attuned him.
The Reiki levels
Traditionally, Reiki is divided into three levels or degrees, I, II and III
which is the Master level. Regarding the need to wait between levels, this
differs among Reiki masters and you will get conflicting answers. For many
people it is difficult to accept new possibilities beyond what is currently
accepted by the majority. The Universe provides a great variety of teaching
methods (in Reiki and every other aspect of personal development) and the
methods are vastly different depending on the individual needs and spiritual
path of the student, every person has his own individual needs and spiritual
path to follow. So I do not set a specific time elapse between levels, I
personally believe that it is not up to the master to determine what is in a
students best interests, but it should be left to the student to decide if
he is willing and ready to go further. I have had students attuned to all
levels at the same time. Each person will receive what he is ready to
receive and will 'grow into' his full potential with continuing practice.
How Does Reiki Work ?
"There is in all things... a hidden wholeness." Thomas Merton
You do not direct the Reiki energy because it is directly connected to the
source of our universe and has it own inherent divine intelligence . The
Reiki energy directs itself to the correct areas where there are blockages
and imbalances in the body's energy system. This is what makes Reiki so
simple yet so effective and this is why anyone can learn it. Reiki restores
energy balance and vitality by stimulating the body to heal and starting a
process of purification. It opens blocked energy channels and chakras, and
clears the energy bodies. Reiki cures both the exterior bodily symptoms and
the deeper root causes, to help return the body to its natural perfect
state. Thus the term Holistic healing, we are treating the whole person and
not just the physical symptoms. Reiki works on the physical, mental,
emotional and spiritual levels. In order to be whole beings, we need all
these aspects of ourselves living in harmony.