Reiki, pronounced (“ray-key”), is a laying-on of hands, natural-healing technique thought to be thousands of years old. Originating in Tibet, the practice was rediscovered in Japan in the late 1800s by Dr. Mikao Usui, and then brought to the US in 1937 by Hawayo Takata. It is a very simple yet powerful healing art that can be used on yourself as well as others and can easily be learned by anyone. Practitioners channel universal life force in a particular pattern to bring forth healing and harmony.
Reiki is sometimes hard to explain because it is so simple and delicate. Yet it provides such a deep and powerful healing on all levels — spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical — that it transcends intellectual understanding.
The word Reiki is derived from two Japanese words — “rei,” meaning “Universal Spirit,” and “ki,” meaning “life-force energy.” The word Reiki, therefore, refers to a balanced cosmic and life-force energy. Because of its qualities of universal energy, Reiki seems to have a basic consciousness which, when used for healing, is able to provide exactly what is needed on all levels. Reiki treatments work by dissolving or eliminating toxic energy and substances from many levels of one’s being, whether it is physical, emotional, mental, or beyond. Reiki helps to create a harmonious environment within one’s being so true healing can take place.
Reiki sessions are balancing
Anyone can use Reiki to strengthen well-being, and it can be especially useful for people with pain, anxiety, insomnia, depression, fatigue syndromes, or other chronic illness, as well as for those undergoing surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or treatment for addictions.
After receiving a Reiki session, it’s not uncommon for the recipient to say, “I feel like myself again.” Reiki creates an opportunity for patients to restore inner harmony and a sense of connection with their inner selves that might seem lost during the whirlwind of the illness.
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 recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures.
During a meditation several years after developing Reiki, Dr. Mikao Usui decided to add the Reiki Ideals to the practice of Reiki. The Ideals came in part from the “Five Principles” of the Meiji emperor of Japan, whom Dr. Usui admired. The Ideals were developed to add spiritual balance to Reiki. Their purpose is to help people realize that healing the spirit by consciously deciding to improve oneself is a necessary part of the Reiki healing experience.
Uplift your thinking with the 5 Reiki principles:
The Five Reiki Principles
BY DR. MIKAO USUI
I – Just for today, I will not be angry.
II – Just for today, I will not worry.
III – Just for today, I will be grateful.
IV – Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
V – Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.
Experience Reiki & find out more about this wonderful way to bring healing to self, family, friends, and community. Breathe. Unwind. Be You.
Lupe Guthrie, Reiki Master