What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It can be used for self-healing or as an alternative medical treatment. Reiki is said to soothe both the body and mind.
Reiki is a holistic healing therapy that was developed over the course of more than two hundred years by Mikao Usui. Reiki can be used to heal many different types of ailments, such as emotional, physical and spiritual ailments. With long-term sessions, people may experience lasting relief from chronic pain, stress, depression, and anxiety.
What is the goal and how is it carried out?
The goal of reiki is to align the person's energy with his or her higher self in order to achieve complete balance. This process removes any blockages that are preventing this healthy flow of energy.
Reiki healing is done through the use of hands-on treatments, meaning that it does not require any needling or invasive techniques. It is also possible to deliver it by distance healing.
It can be delivered in person, by phone, or through the internet. Although it is a form of energy healing that originated in Japan it has spread worldwide. Practitioners believe that this energy may be channelled into people’s aura to promote self-healing from injury and disease. Reiki practitioners use their hands or sometimes their whole body to channel the life-giving energy to heal another person, either through physical contact or at a distance, even if they are not present at the time.
What does reiki mean?
The word "reiki" is made up of two words ‘’rei’’ meaning Gods wisdom or higher power and ‘’Ki’’ meaning life force energy. There for one could say it has an overall meaning of "universal life energy." Reiki masters are thought to have the ability to channel this universal energy and transmit their life force through their hands into other people and objects around them in order to heal them.
Symbols are used in reiki to invoke the desired energies. Symbols can be drawn on the body with a stick of incense, or they can be projected onto a person or an object.
When we create symbols with our hands in reiki sessions, it creates an energetic circuit which is then sent to the recipient for healing. Symbols are objects, characters, words, or pictures that represent something abstract. They are often created by drawing a shape in the air with our hands and represent spiritual ideas like peace and love.
The symbols in Reiki are not words. They are drawn images that represent universal life force energy. The symbols in reiki were developed by Mikao Usui, a Buddhist monk who believed that the symbols could help to heal others and themselves.
Cho Ku Rei is one of the most known reiki symbols, but the words Cho Ku Rei carry an interesting mix of meanings and beliefs, for example: it is a Japanese term meaning to write quickly. It was first identified by the author of the book "Writing with speed: how to be productive in less time" (2006), who noted that the velocity of writing increases with practice and can be increased even further through a series of mental routines.
Cho Ku Rei is not about how many words one writes every minute; rather, it focuses on how many finished words one writes in a specific time period.
Cho Ku Rei is also the Japanese belief that a person's spirit leaves their body when they sleep and wanders off to various places. It's believed that the spirit of someone who died will return to visit their home or may stay with family members.
Japan is one of the few countries in which it is still socially acceptable to wear white after a death. Cho Ku Rei, or "death attire," is seen as an extension of deep respect for the deceased.
This custom has its roots in ancient Japanese culture, and it came from the Buddhist tradition that encouraged individuals to wear white clothing after death. The Buddhist tradition started to spread throughout Japan, with people from different sects all following this trend. Eventually, it became a tradition that helped with mourning and grieving when a family member dies. Mourning rituals have been followed in Japan for centuries and Cho Ku Rei has been an important part of this ritual since its inception.
Cho Ku Rei, in Usui Reiki meaning "source of light," is a power symbol that has been used since the days when reiki was first brought to the West.
It is a systematic procedure with many steps, and it has been designed to bring about specific results. The practitioner can use it for self-development or for healing others in various situations.
Other symbols are:
Sei He Ki – The harmony symbol – for when you are in need of purification and need balance and harmony to be restored.
Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen – The distance symbol – it means having no present past or future and therefore transcends time and space.
Who can benefit from reiki?
Reiki can be beneficial for everyone who is willing to try and experience it. But does this mean that it is a good idea for every member of the family to get a session from a reiki healer?
Reiki practitioners believe that the benefits of reiki are not limited to their patients. As such, they recommend that any person in the family gets at least one session with them. This way, they can maintain their mental and physical health as well.
Whilst it may not be the choice of healing for everyone, it is for someone who wants to deeply heal. Its gentle, non-invasive and very relaxing.
Who can train in reiki?
It is a technique that has been passed down through generations. The power of Reiki comes from an energy field or life force, which people can tap into and direct with their thoughts.
Anyone can use reiki for beneficial purposes - it does not require any complex training to get started and anyone can learn how to do it themselves with guidance from someone who already knows how, such as a reiki master.
Reiki can be used by anyone who is willing to learn. It can provide a sense of peace and a feeling of being cared for.
Reiki is becoming increasingly popular in the workplace. There are companies that offer Reiki as an employee benefit in order to help their employees feel cared for.
So, if you are looking for a new healing modality, this one is worth exploring.
Disclaimer Note: It’s important to note though, that just because something is natural does not mean zero risk. While many natural therapies are very low risk there still may be complications, contraindications and contra-actions.
The internet is full of information on how you can cure yourself with natural remedies, therapies, fitness equipment and more, but we recommend that you seek out a Qualified Natural Practitioner, Reiki or Energy medicine expert and always consult a Doctor before trying any new things. Never stop taking any prescribed medication without speaking to your health practitioner first.