Medicines can beat infection, but for Reiki practitioners, this is a superficial and stopgap measure. Reiki, which comes from the Japanese words Rei (‘God’s Wisdom’) and Ki (‘life force energy’) is based on the belief that sickness and stress are a result of low life force energy.
But life force energy is all around us. By tapping into it, magnifying it, or transferring it to another person, we can improve our physical and emotional well-being. Many people who have undergone it report feeling the Ki flowing through them: warm, radiant, uplifting. Find out more about this amazing technique.
What is reiki?
Strictly speaking, Reiki is a system of natural healing that was developed by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese doctor. Since the term has now evolved to describe any natural healing practice, Dr. Usui’s system is often called ‘reiki ryoho’ to differentiate it from the others.
Reiki is, in a nutshell, about energy flow. A Reiki practitioner will place his hands on the patient, and through positive intentions and ‘attunement‘ they can activate or enhance healing. While Reiki masters are taught certain hand positions, many believe that the energy will flow where it is needed.
How does one become a Reiki master?
Reiki practitioners go through three degrees or levels of training. The first, called ‘Shoden’ or ‘Elementary Teachings’ explains the basic concepts and methods, including the positions that best activate the energy. The second degree or ‘Inner Teachings’ introduces symbols that magnify the energy transfer, allowing distance healing (meaning, the practitioner does not even have to be physically next to the patient in order to send Reiki energy). This may take years, even decades to master. The third degree or ‘Mystery Teachings’ introduces more symbols and enables the person to teach others the Reiki method.
Is reiki a religion?
Reiki is not a religion. It is, rather, a spiritual practice that is not defined or limited to any set of beliefs. In fact, its key principles of living in balance and promoting peace and harmony cuts across all denominations. For example, Dr. Usui often quoted from the ethical principles of Emperor Meiji: ‘the secret art of inviting happiness, the miraculous medicine for all diseases: do not be angry, do not worry, be grateful, work with diligence, and be kind to people. Every morning and evening, join your hands in meditation and pray with your heart. State in your mind and chant with your mouth.’
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