WHAT IS REIKI?
Reiki is an ancient healing modality that promotes stress reduction and relaxation, and balances the body's energy centers. It is not massage, but rather an effective form of energy work that subtly manipulates universal life energy that flows through all living things. There is no risk of harm, and only positive energy is transferred. Reiki is practiced in many hospitals, medical settings and private practices all around the world. Reiki has scientific and spiritual components to it and is totally non-denominational. You can practice any religion (or none) and still benefit from Reiki.
BENEFITS OF REIKI:
Boosts your immune system.
Relieves emotional and physical pain.
Fosters natural self-healing.
Balances energy and chakras.
Strengthens intuition and spiritual growth.
Compliments other treatments of conventional medicine.
First, a description of Energy: everything in our Universe is made up of energy, and all energy vibrates at different frequencies. It’s science. Even solid objects are made up of vibrational energy fields at the quantum level - including us. We are beings that are made up of different energy levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, and each of these levels has a vibrational frequency which combine to create our overall vibration of being. When our vibration is low, we feel sad, angry, tired, and can become ill. When our vibration is higher, we feel more relaxed, peaceful and healthy. We are able to handle the things life throws at us a little bit easier.
Energy healing has been around since ancient times. Reiki is one form of energy healing which was discovered and developed in Japan by a man named Dr. Mikao Usui, and was brought to the west by a woman named Hawayo Takata where it evolved further.
"Rei" means "universal life" and "Ki" means "vital energy." Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. It is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing by balancing the body's energy centers. When your body is in a completely relaxed state, it provides the optimal conditions for healing. We have seven main energy centers (called Chakras) in our bodies that are responsible for our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. It’s more evident in times of extreme stress that these are all connected. Stress from work, grief, finances, home life, social situations, heartbreaks, disappointments, environment factors like pollution and the kinds of foods we eat all have an effect on us and throw our energy centers off balance and create illness. Grief, in particular, takes a significant toll on a person mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, so it makes sense that Reiki is not only beneficial for everyone, but ideal for the grieving person.
An attuned Reiki Practitioner is able to use the flow of Reiki energy to beneficially manipulate the energy within their client to facilitate healing. Reiki is an intelligent energy and knows where to go to provide the most benefits. A practitioner uses specific hand positions to direct universal energy from a client's head to their toes. Everyone's experience varies slightly, but some of the most common sensations are peacefulness, tingling, heat, and lightness. Reiki is not a massage - in fact, some practitioners don't physically touch their clients. Hovering their hands inches away from their client's body has just as much of an effect as touching them because they are still within the client's auric energy field. Reiki can be given from a great distance. Distance Reiki is also a part of my practice, however I prefer to work on clients in person because I feel that they get the most benefit from the sacred space I've created that, in my opinion, can help facilitate optimal healing.
In our hectic world, it’s important to get back to basics. Being able to sit in quiet with yourself and your thoughts/feelings. It’s not easy to do. Most of us are so over-scheduled and have so little downtime that we don’t give ourselves that opportunity. Many of us purposely keep ourselves so busy that we don’t allow for this time to happen because sitting with our own thoughts/feelings can be uncomfortable. However, it’s in this quiet and relaxed state that our bodies are able to heal. Our minds heal. We resolve inner conflict. When we are in a state of relaxation during a Reiki/meditation session, we are allowing ourselves to heal as a whole.
The Principles of Reiki:
“Just for today…
I will not be angry,
I will not worry,
I will be grateful,
I will do my work honestly,
I will be kind to every living thing.”
Words to live by...