What is Reiki?
Reiki is a spiritual practice of healing. It is based on the idea of Universal Life force. Our bodies have Qi or Ki, which is the Universal life force that flows through our bodies. Our vital energy keeps us psychically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually in alignment within and without our self. Qi/Ki has to flow freely in our bodies and emanate outwards for us to be in a healthy state of being.
In Reiki, a Reiki Practitioner uses their hands to send and transmit the Universal life force to those people, places and things in need of Energy Balancing and Alignment to either regain or maintain a healthy state. It is similar to other healing practices such as the laying of hands and Paranic healing which uses the hands and Life force energy to heal others. Reiki is also used when a person’s Qi/Ki is low resulting in them feeling stress, tension and illness both mentally, physically and spiritually. When Qi/Ki is balanced and flows in a high optimum level one will be in a healthy, happy balanced state. This means one is healthy and happy physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually which is Reiki’s purpose.
Reiki is considered both an alternative medical practice as well as a spiritual healing practice. Through the practitioner’s hands, both healing energy and vibrations are passed to the recipient in order to facilitate balance and harmony in that person. It is done by removing any negative energy or blockages that would impede the healthy flow of Qi/Ki both internally and externally in the person receiving the Reiki treatment. When Reiki is given to a person, it treats the person’s bio field known as their aura as well as the physical body to return the person to a state of balance both inwards and outwards. When the receiver of a Reiki session is in a relaxed state this is when the mind and body allow the healing energy in to be realigned and returned to a healthy balanced state. Some people who undergo Reiki treatments notice a change after one session; others may need a series to feel a change in their state of being both mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally.
Reiki is considered a natural healing form. It generates the Universal Life Force a person already has within themselves to officiate healing and balance within and around the person. The Reiki practitioner does this by placing their hands either directly on or above the person receiving the healing session. This is done to facilitate the transfer of the healing universal energy from the Reiki practitioner to the one receiving the treatment. Reiki stimulates the receivers own healing energy so they can be healed while the Universal life force is being transferred to stimulate them.
How Reiki Works
Reiki is a spiritual practice of healing. It uses and heals the Universal Life Force within and around a person. This Universal Life Force which is energy is called Qi or Ki. Reiki uses the idea that in order for a person to be healthy and balanced a person has to have a free flow of Qi/Ki both within and around them. It is not a religion; it is a spiritual practice. Anyone can practice Reiki regardless of their religious orientation as long as they go through the learning process so they can pass it on properly and use it to heal others. This is done through what is called attunement. In attunement the Reiki master or teacher passes the knowledge and energy on to the student so they can use Reiki to first heal themselves and then others.
Reiki is a form of energy healing. The practitioner passes the Universal Life Force from their hands to the one receiving the Reiki in order to heal what needs to be in that person. Reiki does not use physical tools like other healing practices in its most pure form traditionally. Today people may add things like crystals to enhance the healing process but it is not essential in order to use Reiki. The Reiki practitioner is trained to called the Universal life force through various symbols, names of the symbols and hand gestures to stimulate the energy in order to use it to heal. Once energized the energy is transferred from the practitioner to the one receiving the healing treatment. The Reiki practitioner stimulates the recipients own life force in their bodies to help facilitate healing both internally and externally.
Reiki is used to balance a person’s energy physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. When one has a balance of all these elements which make up a being then they are in a healthy state where their own Life force is flowing freely and unimpeded. It is believed when the life force cannot flow freely then there are imbalances physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It is the blockages the create an unhealthy state of being and this when disease can occur physically, mentally, emotionally and or spiritually. If one is balanced and the energy is maintained at a healthy flow then one should also be healthy. Reiki is different from the idea of western medicine in that instead of just treating symptoms it sets out to treat the persons state of being.
The 5 Principles of Reiki
Reiki has five principles that it uses regardless of the type of Reiki one practices. These 5 principles are known as the Gokai or Reiki Principle Precepts. The 5 principles are ideas that serve as a foundation by which the Reiki Practitioner lives their life in accordance with the Universal Life force. The reason is that in order to promote peace and harmony and heal the planet ultimately one must apply these principles daily so they can open themselves up to the Universal Life Force that resides in their beings as well. Because there are many variations in the systems of Practice of Reiki the wording of the 5 principles may vary but their meanings are the same none the less. The 5 principles are keys that help build the foundation of the Spiritual Practice of Reiki.
Although they sound simple enough for one to actually live one’s life by the 5 principles is hard at times. This is mainly because the world we live in as a whole does not reinforce the 5 principles and many of the actions in the world actually negate them. It is however found by those who do attempt to incorporate the 5 principles daily that the more they live them the more harmonious their lives become within themselves and then as a reflection to the rest of the world. These 5 principles are put into action as the Reiki’s practitioner’s mind set.
Each one of the 5 principles starts with the word or has “Today” in it. This is because one of the ideas is that one has to focus on the moment to live in it and it is the current moment that dictates the future.
Also by living the principle in the moment it allows you to forgive yourself and those that did not in the previous moment. It also allows you to adjust that behavior so you go into the next moment living that principle.
Here are the original words that the 5 principles were translated into. These are Usui’s (the man who spread Reiki and the 5 principles throughout the world) original words that set the base as the 5 principles:
The secret art of inviting happiness
The miraculous medicine of all diseases
Just for today, do not anger
Do not worry and be filed with gratitude
Devote yourself to your work. Be kind to people
Today you can find the five principles that read like this:
Just for today I will not be angry
Just for today I will not worry
Just for today I will be grateful
Just for today I do my work honestly
Just for today I will be kind to every living thing
There are of course variations to these 5 basic ideas but you will find that the majority have the words “Just” and “Today” because the idea of living from moment to moment is the foundation of the philosophy that it is founded on.
The Three Levels of Reiki Training
Traditional Japanese Reiki was founded in the late 1880s and systematized by Mikao Usui based on his own studies and experiences with healing. In his lifetime, he passed on his teachings to more than 2,000 students. This is important to note because in order to start on the path to healing with Reiki, you need to receive what is called an attunement from a qualified Reiki master.
There are 3 levels of Reiki, 1, 2 and Master. There are levels of Master in certain forms of Reiki, but each level will give you a general idea of the amount of study and skill involved. Level 1 is for beginners. Once you receive your attunement, you can start to travel on this path. You will learn about the energy centers of the body such as the meridians and chakras (energy centers in the body) and be able to do your own hands on healing in the comfort of your own home.
If you become really interested in the studies and wish to help others, you might then decide to study Level 2 Reiki. In this case you will learn how to work with others in person, and from a distance as well. You can help people and even pets with this effective healing modality.
If you really love helping others, you might then choose to deepen and expand your studies, and undertake to become a Reiki master.
Reiki isn’t just a destination, it’s a journey of body, mind and spirit as you attempt to heal all three. The best way to start is to go for several treatments and see how you feel after them. If they’ve made a significant difference to your energy levels and outlook on life, ask your practitioner if they are a master, or can recommend one.
Ask about their lineage and why they became a Reiki master. If you like what you hear, you can get an attunement from them and follow this fascinating new path to healing.
What is a Reiki Attunement?
Many people new to Reiki wonder, what is meant by a Reiki psychic attunement? A Reiki attunement is a ceremony intended to open the gateway to your inner healing abilities and psychic energy.
Some believers of Reiki argue that an attunement helps clear you of the issues you are struggling with in relation to body, mind and spirit. Once these issues are cleansed, you will be more open to your own spiritual gifts, such as your intuition and ability to heal yourself through energy work. The energy work involves the ki, or chi, your vital life force energy.
If the ki is blocked, it leads to disease, or dis-ease. If it is unblocked and in balance, you will be healthy and pain-free. An attunement is the first step in studying Level 1 Reiki and being able to heal yourself. You will receive the attunement from a Reiki master, and learn the hand positions used to balance the energy.
The hand positions increase, balance and stimulate energy in the energy centers of the body, the 7 chakras and 14 primary meridians. Once you have received your attunement, you can treat yourself on a regular basis to maintain your health and overall well-being.
Different forms of Reiki
There are a number of different forms of Reiki, which we can loosely describe as traditional Japanese and Western. The Japanese has a more intense focus on healing specific issues, compared to Western, which is useful for overall health and well-being.
Therefore, it is important to know the style and lineage of the Reiki master you are receiving your attunement from. The lineage means the line of teachers that can be traced back all the way to the person who systematized Reiki, Mikao Usui of Japan. He began his work in the late 1800s, using traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Tibetan techniques that had been used for more than 2,500 years. It is important to have a pure lineage in order to receive a true attunement.
What are you tuning into?
Some people believe an attunement is about gaining energy from outside themselves. In fact, it is simply a way of connecting with the energy and power within yourself that you already possess, but are probably not even aware of. Or, if you are aware of it, you don’t yet know how to harness it for health and healing.
You won’t be able to read minds after an attunement, but you will certainly be able to read your energy and improve your health once you start giving yourself Reiki treatments.