WHAT IS REIKI ? (PRONOUNCED RAY – KEE)
Reiki can be described as a word, energy, and a holistic healing modality. It is not a religion. It does no harm.
As a word it can be broken down as Rei, meaning soul, spirit, and wisdom, divine, sacred or mysterious power. Then Ki refers to life force energy, cosmic or universal energy.
As energy, more specifically spiritual energy, or life force energy, it cannot be seen but its a vibrational frequency that is believed to flow throughout the human body and all living things since everything is energy. In regards to the human body it flows along the body’s meridians and outside of the body it flows around it in different layers.
As a healing modality, (introduced from Japan to the west by buddhist, Dr. Mikao Usui in the early twentieth century), it can add benefit to a healing process on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. It should not be regarded as a cure for medical conditions.The practice eventually spread to the western world and morphed into what is known as “Western Reiki” techniques.
Here are some informative facts about Reiki:
1.Western Reiki includes 5-7 main hand positions used by Reiki practitioners. These hand positions are used to affect the recipient’s “chakras” or “meridians,” locations of theoretical sacred energy reserves found throughout the body’s surface.
The practitioner poses his hands in the hand positions near where the body’s energies are regulated to promote wellness and healing.
2.The Reiki practitioner might place his hands lightly on the body at the chakra energy center. He might look at the chakra energy center or even gently massage the chakra location to transfer energy to the recipient. Light tapping near the meridians or the practitioner blowing out air from the mouth might also be part of a Reiki treatment.
3.Some Reiki practitioners do not touch the recipient. This is my preferred method, so the recipient can really evaluate what they are feeling without mistaking it for the sensation of my direct touch. Instead, they place their hands a few centimeters above the body’s surface to re-position the chakras’ energy.
4.The Reiki practitioner is attuned and is a allowing vessel, providing energy called, “Ki,” to flow through their palms. This is to balance the receiver’s body energies.
5.Although Reiki is an ancient practice, it isn’t openly supported by science. Research on Reiki has consistently come up with no real evidence of the “life force,” or ” Ki ” , or how it can impact the individual, positively or otherwise, except for the countless people who testify to their personal experiences and benefits they received from Reiki treatments. Every person will have a individualized ,personal experience, so it is important to have a open mind.