Information on Reiki
Definition of Reiki
The word Reiki is generally accepted to mean “universal life energy”, and is often mistaken for a form of massage therapy. While Reiki can be performed in conjunction with massage, its true purpose is to direct healing energy to the seven chakras of the patient’s body. Unlike massage, Reiki doesn’t even necessarily require direct physical contact between the practitioner and patient. There is no manipulation of tissue or joints and the only contact, if any, will be a very light touch. The practitioner, instead of directly healing the patient, gives the patient energy to heal themselves. For this reason, Reiki is an excellent complimentary therapy, since it improves the effectiveness of other therapies.
History of Reiki
Reiki reportedly originated in Tibet thousands of years ago, but was rediscovered in 1922 by Mikao Usui through a process of meditation, fasting and prayer on Mount Kurama Kai. Born August 15, 1865 in the village of Taniai in Japan’s Gifu Prefecture, Usui founded the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai society to spread the teachings and practice of Reiki healing. Usui taught the practice to over 2000 students before his death in 1926, including Chujiro Hayashi, who devised a simplified Reiki method that became the basis for Western Reiki. Hawayo Takata, a Japanese American living in Hawaii, introduced Reiki to the western world, where it has steadily gained popularity as an alternative therapy, useful in the treatment of numerous medical conditions.
The Five Principles of Reiki
Mikao Usui instructed his students to live by five guiding principles that would aid them in improving not only the way they practiced Reiki, but the way they lived their lives as well. According to Usui:
The secret art of inviting happiness,
The miraculous medicine for all diseases.
At least for today:
Do not be angry,
Do not worry,
Work with diligence,
Be kind to people.
Every morning and evening, join your hands in meditation and pray with your heart.
State in your mind and chant with your mouth for improvement of mind and body.
Reiki practitioners still follow these principles today, and they are taught in every Reiki class regardless of skill level or location.
There are three different levels of Reiki mastery that are nearly universal in Western Reiki practice. The first level (Shoden) consists of a Reiki attunement, which gives the student the ability to harness and direct Reiki energy, while teaching the healing hands techniques necessary to pass the energy along to the patient. The second level (Okuden) focuses on the methods of sending Reiki energy over long distances for the purpose of healing. The third and final level of Reiki mastery (Shinpiden) prepares the Reiki practitioner to teach other students Reiki techniques and instill in them the power to use Reiki energy.
Benefits of Reiki
Reiki has been used to treat and alleviate symptoms of numerous conditions ranging from mild to severe. The removal of energy flow blockages and toxins in the body positively affects the functioning of every major internal system, resulting in noticeable improvements in stress reduction, mood, metabolism, energy, immune system function. Reiki is also effective in reducing side effects caused by chemotherapy, surgery, or drug therapies.
Is Reiki Safe?
Reiki is actually one of the few health treatments that has no contraindication for any medical condition and can be performed on anyone. It is important to note however, that Reiki should be used as a complementary therapy for serious medical conditions and not as a stand-alone treatment.