Reiki, a practice that has its origins in Tibet, will restore your body’s energies to make it possible to cure a disease, illness or a feeling of being ill. Everything rests in the energy transmitted through contact with the practitioner, through the imposition of hands, and the person being treated. Following the teachings of a Reiki master, you get to do good to yourself, while doing good to others.
Reiki had taken off in Japan, thanks to Mikao Usui in the late nineteenth century, but it has Tibetan origins of over two thousand years. Dr. Usui gave birth to the modern concept of Reiki known as Usui Shiki Ryoho, which means “Usui System of Natural Healing.” Upon the death of Mikao Usui, Dr. Hayashi Chujiro, one of his disciples, perpetuated in Japan, the traditions attached to Reiki as taught by his master.
Reiki came to us, thanks to the imprudence of Hawayo Takata, a young American of Japanese ancestry living in Hawaii. A woman, who had various health problems and suffered from depression, had appealed to Dr. Hayashi in 1953 to avoid an operation. After being completely healed by the approach of Reiki, she decided to train as a Reiki master.
Her perseverance and tenacity overcame all taboos favoring men in teaching Reiki. Having fought to get a place in this misogynist environment, she finally introduced Reiki to the United States towards the end of her life. She had trained twenty teachers. Today, several hundred teachers conduct their Reiki teaching worldwide.
An Energy Approach
The etymology of the Japanese word Reiki means: rei means universal life energy, and ki means the vital energy within us. This natural approach is characterized by harmonizing energy through the laying on of hands, to catalyze the energy of universal love. This extremely beneficial and positive energy is present in us and around us. It is a vital force that is forever unwavering.
Reiki is transmitted by a practitioner by placing his hands on or above the body of the sick or suffering. The practitioner has no power or special gift, he is merely channeling the universal energy to restore imbalances and remove pollutants stored in the body of the person.
In Reiki, the person becomes merely a channel, a transmission device or an intermediary between the universal energy source and the person itself. This is done by placing hands on different parts of the body that need care, or energy points (chakras) and major joints. The beneficial energy, with a divine consciousness, will go where it needs to help in the healing.
By stabilizing and balancing energies throughout the body, Reiki can help stop the diseases that occur in an individual. A disease is the result of an energy that was blocked. Healing energy in Reiki flows through the body, and will be housed in areas where the need arises and can help unblock stagnant energy that is suppressed there and creates the disease or illness.
When energy does not pass, the disease can settle for good. The imposition of hands and by making the energy available, it can help release the good energy, and re-circulate the fait and even cure the diseased organ.
It goes without saying that Reiki does not replace a medical diagnosis. It only cares about the body’s vital energy. It is especially complementary to any treatment in traditional medicine or drugs, and can often speed up the healing process. Reiki may well apply to animals, plants, situations and many other things.
Everyone has the innate ability to transmit energy and can develop it. To learn Reiki reinforces this practice. Some people are naturally aware that their hands are warmer than others and that when they affix a person; it gives a feeling of well-being. Often, a simple headache, or tension, may disappear.
For personal growth
For all those who wish to acquire some notions of Reiki, or even become masters Reiki, courses that are classified into three or four levels (according to the lineage of master teachers) are offered.
Reiki 1: This course spreads over a period of 10 to 12 hours, covers four initiation energy rituals to be able to treat yourself or treat others.
Reiki 2: An eight-hour course includes two initiation rituals with added energy symbols, making it possible to intensify the treatment and process remotely. It also teaches a variation of the technique called emotional and mental Reiki.
Reiki 3: This course includes eight hours of an initiation ritual with energy education at the first symbol of the master and technical harmonization.
Master Level: Master level education varies according to the master teacher and may have a duration of two days to several months. This level allows the teaching of Reiki.
More Popular than Ever
For several years, more and more research has been carried out worldwide on Reiki. Even some hospitals not only use Reiki to help people relax, but also to prepare patients during an operation. More and more doctors are beginning to become aware and open to the alternative practice.