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
Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". 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 wellbeing. 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 and always creates a
beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical
or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
An amazingly simple technique to learn, the
ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is
transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed
on during an "attunement" given by a Reiki master and 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.
Reiki is spiritual in nature, 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, 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.
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.