Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on Hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words; REI which means "God's Light Energy" and is directly translated as God or light. It is used to describe the whole of creation – Every cell, blade of grass stone, tree, animal, human, every planet and star. It could be interpreted of “All That Is,” both in thought and form. KI which is "life force energy" or the vital energy that is used to animate and give life to all creation. KI can normally be seen with the naked eye, and appears as dancing electrons of light that move rapidly around. There is an abundance of this energy in nature, and it is most clearly visible in mountainous areas, at the ocean's edge, or in dense forests. So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well being. Many have reported miraculous results.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady. It always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
Reiki is spiritual in nature but it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God or Source, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their own beliefs rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.
While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures. The following are the Five Reiki Principals:
"Just for today, do not anger
Do not worry
Be filled with gratitude
Devote yourself to your work
I was blessed to be attuned as a Reiki Practitioner in 2007. My experience with Reiki in both my personal experience and sharing it with others led me to become a Reiki Master/Teacher in September of 2009. It is a beautiful healing practice which I am now opening to ALL WOMEN. Sessions are being held at my home in Sandy. The first session is for donation ONLY so you can experience the wonderful healing power of Reiki energy for what you can afford. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Green, J. (2013). What is Reiki? In The Reiki healing bible: Transmit healing energy through your hands to achieve deep relaxation, inner peace and total well-being. New York: Chartwell Books.