Reiki (pronounced “ray-key”) is a Japanese word that means Universal Life Force Energy. Discovered and developed by Japanese businessman and scholar, Dr. Mikao Usui, Reiki is a natural system of healing that utilizes Universal Energy, the life force that is around and within all things. Our natural state of being is to be healthy in mind, body, and spirit. When we allow other people and situations to invade that state and we give up control of our reactions to negative influences, we invite stress and resulting illness to enter our being. Conversely, when we recognize and allow ourselves to let go of guilt and self-hatred, reaching an awareness of self-acceptance and self-love, we are able to release unease and illness in the body and mind. As Hippocrates said, "Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease." Unfortunately, few people today seem to enjoy physical well being. Health and healing have been and continue to be major topics of concern for all people. Money cannot provide it. We take our health for granted and don't truly appreciate it until after we lose it to stress or illness. The costs of poor health are high in dollars and in suffering. By practicing preventative health care, we can attain health and feel good every day of our lives. Reiki, the Usui System of Natural Healing, can be your assistant in this journey toward wellness. Reiki is based on the idea that everything is made entirely of energy: your body, the clothes you wear, the chair you sit in, the car you drive, and the home in which you live. Everything in our universe is made up of energy. Light is energy, our emotions are energy, our thoughts are energy, and even our physical bodies and the physical world surrounding us are energy. Our body is not only the physical body that we observe; we are made of energy and the physical body is the part of us that we can see. We are not a physical body that also has an energy field around and inside it; we are beings of energy. Besides the energy that we obtain through eating, drinking, and breathing, we also obtain energy through our energy fields. We are alive because the Universal Life Force energy is flowing through us. It nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their vital functions. When this flow of energy is disrupted, it causes diminished function in one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body. Dr. Usui learned how to use this natural energy that is all around us and within us for healing. Many people call this “conducting” Universal Energy because those attuned in Reiki simply act as conductors, allowing the Reiki energy to enter the body and direct it where healing is needed. Reiki flows through the affected parts of the energy field and charges them with positive energy, allowing the life energy to flow in a healthy and natural way. Reiki opens the mind and the spirit to the joys of balanced wellness. The Usui System of Reiki is a natural healing art that promotes the balance of energy, helps prevent disorders, and maintains a state of well-being regardless of age. It truly works on all levels: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. If a treatment is done that only works on one level, the healing is not complete. True healing must be done at all levels, and that is what Reiki does. If healing is only done on the physical level temporary results can be obtained, but the underlying cause is not treated. Reiki balances on all levels where our energy flows are blocked.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF REIKI? A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress and can support the body to facilitate healing on all levels: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. A session is pleasant and relaxing and is often utilized for one's own personal wellness and stress reduction, not just illness.
A 30 or 60 minute Reiki session may provide these benefits:
Reducing the pain and discomfort of ailments such as headaches, impaired circulation, and pain in any area of the body
Enhancing the immune system
Releasing stress and tension
Providing deep relaxation
Promoting health and well-being
Reiki energizes body and mind, enhances the immune system, and promotes the body's natural ability to heal and regenerate itself. It acts as a relaxation technique that works through the autonomic nervous system to lower the blood pressure and heart rate to relieve tension and anxiety. This relaxation may assist the abilities of the immune system to defend against bacteria and viruses. It may help stimulate the brain's production of endorphins that act to decrease the perception of pain and create a state of well being. Reiki works on the energetic level. Most healing methods work only on the physical level, but Reiki works on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. Our body is a complex system with different levels interacting with each other. If a treatment is done that only works on one level, the healing is not complete. True healing must be done at all levels and that is what Reiki does. If healing is only done on the physical level, temporary results can be obtained, but the underlying cause is not treated. Reiki balances on all levels where our energy flows are blocked. Reiki helps to release underlying thoughts and emotions that may have caused the disease, and it heals the physical symptoms of the disease.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN A REIKI SESSION? Similar to the Therapeutic Touch technique used by nurses in hospitals, the Reiki practitioner gently places his or her hands on the recipient's fully clothed body, allowing the energy to flow. It is a very pleasant and relaxing experience. The process of Reiki is thought of as “laying on of hands” and has elements based on the traditions of Asian medicine and martial arts that have given rise to acupuncture, Chi Gung, Tai Chi and similar practices, but no needles, pressure, or massage are used. There is no Dogma involved with Reiki. Being attuned to Reiki does not entail any conversion or adoption of spiritual beliefs or practices from any religion or particular set of beliefs. Reiki and other energy healing modes will harmonize with most spiritual belief systems that allow for the existence of energy work. Reiki energizes and heals the body. To date, the little scientific research that has been conducted with Reiki implies that its techniques bring about the relaxation response, in which stress levels decrease and immune responses increase. Because of these effects, it may speed wound healing time, lower blood pressure, and be effective as part of a regimen to manage pain. Reiki compliments other health care and medical treatments. It enhances massage techniques, chiropractic techniques, psychological therapies, acupressure, and other healing methods. Reiki speeds the healing process and can minimize the side effects of conventional medical treatments.
DOES REIKI INTERFERE WITH TREATMENTS PRESCRIBED BY MEDICAL DOCTORS AND OTHER HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS? No. Reiki seeks to balance the energy system in the body. Reiki does not replace conventional medical treatment. Rather, it complements and enhances and acts as a preventative health care method. Reiki is not massage, but it can benefit professions such as massage therapists, nurses, physical therapists, and anyone who has direct physical contact with people or animals. Reiki can do no harm. It is safe and gentle even for the very young, the very old, the frail, or infirm. It is compatible and supportive of all faiths and other healing techniques or methods.
WHO CAN LEARN TO CONDUCT REIKI? Anyone can learn to conduct Reiki. It is a very simple, easy, and natural process. No minimum age or education is necessary. Even children can do it. Reiki does not require faith. It is not a religion or a belief system. It is not a mental process. It requires no effort, concentration, hardship, or skill on the part of the practitioner. This ability can be acquired by energetic transmission from a Reiki teacher. These transmissions are called attunements because they tune in your ability to conduct the energy. One of the greatest benefits of Reiki is the possibility of self-treatment. Treating oneself also helps to release withheld emotions and energy blocks. Reiki is an effective means of creating balance in your own health and that of your family and friends. Reiki also opens the mind as well as the spirit to the causes of disease and pain, to the necessity for taking responsibility for one's life and to the joys of balanced wellness. The Usui System of Reiki is a natural healing art and science applied to promote energy balance, help prevent disorders, and maintain a state of well-being regardless of age.
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