What is Reiki?
A Reiki Session Overview
A Reiki session is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on of hands”. It’s based on the idea that an “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. 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 Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So a Reiki session is actually the application of a “spiritually guided life force energy.”
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki sessions treat the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit. This creates many beneficial effects that include relaxation, feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement. Everyone can use. It’s been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady. It always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
Reiki is an amazingly simple technique to learn. The ability to use Reiki is taught interactively through some lecture but primarily, hands-on practice. This transformation is passed on during an “attunement” with a Reiki master. Attunement allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life.
Its use is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.
While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma. There is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all. It actually can work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.
Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony. These Ideals are nearly universal across all cultures.
During a meditation several years after developing Reiki, Mikao Usui decided to add the Reiki Ideals to the practice of Reiki. Ideals come, in part, from the five prinicples of the Meiji emperor of Japan whom Mikao Usui admired. These Ideals were developed to add spiritual balance to Usui Reiki.
The purpose of theses Ideals is to help people realize that healing the spirit by consciously deciding to improve oneself is a necessary part of the Reiki healing experience. In order for the Reiki healing energies to have lasting results, the client must accept responsibility for her or his healing and take an active part in it.
Therefore, the Usui system of Reiki is more than the use of the Reiki energy. It must also include an active commitment to improve oneself in order for it to be a complete system. The ideals are both guidelines for living a gracious life and virtues worthy of practice for their inherent value.