WHAT IS REIKI?
Healing Art and Way of Being
Reiki is a Japanese healing system that promotes balance, personal growth and quality of life.
Healing means bringing mind, body, spirit and environment back into balance and harmony, restoring the body's natural rhythm and equilibrium. A state of balance and harmony is what allows the body to self-heal.
The practice of Reiki strengthens the mind/body connection. Through a deep relaxation process, it brings peace, clarity and vitality. It opens our heart by creating a deep sense of connection and harmony with 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 by reminding us of our light, our authentic nature, who we truly are as a full human being, and by guiding 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
- Promotes Deep Relaxation and Well-Being
- Improves Emotional Regulation
- Strengthens the Immune Systems, Increases Vitality
- Improves Sleep, Enhances 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 "Usui Reiki Ryoho" in 1922 in Japan. Usui Reiki Ryoho translates from Japanese as the "Usui Healing Method for Improvement of Body & Mind", also known as "Reiki". Reiki was traditionally developed as a spiritual system focusing on healing the self to achieve a state of wholeness. It was primarily a daily self-practice with the understanding that as we heal ourselves, we can also support the healing of others. Although the practice is rooted in Shinto and Buddhism, it is founded on universal principles that are not attached to any faith, religion and/or beliefs. The system changed substantially when it came to the West, where it became primarily a therapeutic hands-on energy healing technique, adapting to the 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 consciousness) and "Ki" (essence or life force energy). Therefore, Reiki can be translated as "spiritual essence" or "spiritual energy". Reiki is the essence of everything, a field of subtle vibrational waves that pulsate around and within all human beings. It penetrates everyone and every living thing. It is the force that animates us and makes us alive. Experiencing Reiki is to experience life at its fullest.
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 energy field 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 healing practice, the energy is 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 clearing 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.
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
- Initiation or Reiju
It is through regular personal daily practice that the effectiveness of Reiki increases overtime 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, chemeo, 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 its patients. For more information, please visit the Reiki Research Abstracts.
For any questions about Reiki in hospitals, please feel free to contact us. Some of us at the Moonstone Sanctuary have worked as a Reiki volunteer at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and would be more than happy to share our experiences 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 distant healing is just as effective as hands-on healing. The practice of Reiki allows healing to not only happen across space but also across time, allowing multi-generational and multi-dimensional healing. The subtle energy can affect you, a loved one, a group, a situation or an event. Distant healing can be done at any time and received from anywhere if the recipient is opened to it. Distant healing can provide support on a continuous basis to someone over a period of time.
Note: Reiki is not to be used as a substitute for medical care. Reiki can be complementary to any professional medical/psychological care. Always check with your physician before starting Reiki.