WHAT IS REIKI?
Healing Art and Way of Being
Reiki is a Japanese healing method that promotes balance, personal growth, and quality of life.
Healing means bringing the mind, body, energy, and environment back into a state of balance and harmony, restoring the body's natural rhythm and equilibrium. A state of balance and harmony is what allows the body to heal itself.
The practice of Reiki helps the body/mind integration. Through a deep relaxation process, the practice brings peace, clarity, strength, and vitality. It nurtures our hearts by creating a deep sense of connection and harmony with ourselves, life, and the world around us. The system of Reiki does not involve any physical manipulation or the ingestion or application of any substances. The practice empowers us by reminding us of our essence, our inner light that is our authentic nature. It frees our minds brings us in touch with our full potential as human beings and guides us to live a more authentic, compassionate, and meaningful life. The more we practice Reiki, the more we feel naturally connected with ourselves, others, and the world, the easier we flow with life, living mindfully in balance and harmony. From that state of balance, we can also better support the healing of others and of the world around us. Reiki is essentially a way of being.
Physical - Mental - Emotional - Spiritual
- Reduces Stress, Anxiety, Depression, and Pain
- Eases Tension
- Improves Emotional Regulation
- Strengthens the Immune Systems, Increases Vitality
- Relieves Fatigue, Enhances Sleep and Rest
- Restores Balance, Improves Quality of Life
- Cultivates Kindness and Compassion
- Provides a Deeper Sense of Peace, Joy, and Confidence
- Calms and Clears the Mind
- Boosts Inspiration and Creativity
- Enhances Focus, Develops Mindfulness
- Supports Personal and Spiritual Growth
- Connects us to Life as a Whole
Mikao Usui, a Buddhist lay practitioner, and spiritual aspirant developed a healing method called "Shin-shin Kaizen Usui Reiki Ryoho" in 1922 in Japan. This translates from Japanese as the "Usui Healing Method for Improvement of Body & Mind", also known as "Reiki". Reiki was developed as an innovative healing system based on Japanese traditional spiritual practices as a way to restore wholeness and well-being. Self-practice and self-cultivation are the foundation of the practice of Reiki, with the understanding that as we heal ourselves, we can also support the healing of others and the world. Although the practice is rooted in Japanese traditions, it is founded on universal principles that are not attached to any faith, religion, and/or beliefs. The system of Reiki changed substantially when it came to the West, where it primarily became a therapeutic hands-on healing technique, adapting to Western cultures and norms. Today hundreds of different systems of Reiki are being practiced around the world.
HOW DOES REIKI WORK?
Reiki is a Japanese word made of two kanji "rei" (spiritual or universal) and "ki" (essence or life energy). Therefore, Reiki can be translated as "universal essence" or "spiritual energy". It is the power of the universe inherent in all livings things. Reiki is the essence of everything, a field of subtle vibrational waves (reiha) that pulsate around and within all creations including human beings. It penetrates everyone and every living thing. It is the force that animates us and makes us alive. It is the force that unites us. Experiencing Reiki is to experience life and our Self at its fullest. As such, Reiki points to our True-Self, our Inner Bright Light.
As of today, science does not yet know the mechanisms of action for Reiki treatment. However, there are theories about Reiki healing techniques. Reiki emanates naturally through the physical body. All living beings have Reiki, animals, plants, humans, and much more. Learning Reiki makes us aware of the web of life that vibrates as a constant flow within us and around us reminding us of our true nature and capacity to heal ourselves from within. As a hands-on practice, the healing process is naturally stimulated by "laying of hands" on/above the body. Once the body senses the vibrational flow of the Ki energy through the hands, its innate mechanisms to heal itself engage. A deep cleaning process is then activated that will enhance and restore a free flow of energy according to what is needed. By nature, the body is always trying to create a state of balance, and through this process, comes healing, wellness, and a sense of unity and harmony within ourselves and our life. The stronger the ki of the practitioner is, the deeper the healing.
WHAT IS THE SYSTEM OF REIKI?
The practice of hands-on healing is the most commonly known element of the system of Reiki, However traditionally, the system of Reiki is more comprehensive. It includes five main elements:
- Reiki Precepts
- Hands-on Healing
- Meditations and Techniques
- Symbols and Mantras
- Spiritual Blessing or Reiju
It is through regular personal daily practice that the effectiveness of Reiki increases over time and transforms our life.
REIKI IN HEALTHCARE
The hands-on-healing practice of Reiki is often offered as a complementary health approach to Western medicine, Chinese medicine, chiropractic, chemo, counseling, and other treatments. The National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has classified Reiki as a "bio-field therapy" based on its positive health effects and its therapeutic uses. More specifically, the practice has been found beneficial at maintaining physiological homeostasis through a subtle vibrational field without physical manipulation or the ingestion or application of any substances.
Introduced in the USA in 1938, the practice of Reiki has now become a common healing modal that is offered in the West to help people feel better. According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, which included a comprehensive survey on the use of complementary health approaches by Americans, more than 1.2 million adults have experienced an energy healing therapy, such as Reiki, in the previous year (NCCAM).
Reiki is presently being offered in over 800 institutions all over the United States in treatments for heartbreak, anxiety, OCD, grief, PMS, migraines, allergies, joint and muscle pain, diabetes, constipation, addiction recovery, insomnia, colds, asthma, heart conditions, and also cancer. Hospitals such as the California Pacific Medical Center, the Memorial Sloane Kettering Hospital and the Tucson Medical Center offers Reiki treatments to their patients. For more information, please visit the Reiki Research Abstracts.
For any questions about Reiki in hospitals, please feel free to contact Veronique. She worked as a Reiki volunteer at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital for a few years and would be more than happy to share her experience with Reiki, and how it helps in the hospital setting.
Reiki is fundamentally a self-practice healing lifestyle. Regular Reiki practice supports healthy and conscious living as well as personal growth and quality of life. Reiki is easy to learn; the level I provides the foundation to practice Reiki for oneself and for others. For more information, please feel free to contact us.
Many people are surprised to discover that distance healing is just as effective as hands-on healing. In fact, distance healing is not so much about distance but rather about becoming more deeply aware that we are all already energetically inter-connected through the web of life. And yes, recognizing this is not an intellectual exercise, it takes regular practice.
Disclaimer – Reiki treatments are not a substitute for medical diagnosis and treatment, and no medical claims are made regarding these treatments. People with medical conditions should consult their doctor.