What Is Reiki?

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Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is an ancient Japanese energy healing technique that works within the spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional levels to assist individual persons with holistic health and healing based on their specific needs (e.g., stress reduction, relaxation, healing of pain or trauma). The word Reiki is derived from two Japanese words: Rei which means “higher power,” and Ki which represents “life force energy.” Therefore, Reiki translates to mean “universal ‘life force’ energy.” Reiki encompasses the understanding that the universe is composed of energy, and that all living things are moving and vibrant beings of energy. This is due to the fact that everything we can envision is made-up of energy, and according to Reiki healing practitioners, that energy moves in “rhythms that make up the seasons, the stages of the life cycle, the developmental phases of growth, the tidal rhythms of breath, the drumbeat of the heart, and the vibratory dance of the smallest particles inside each cell.” In turn, Reiki therapy is based upon the premise that energy moves through all living things.

Reiki  was popularized and “re-discovered” in 1922 by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Christian Minister/Monk, as a vibration healing technique that engages the body’s natural physical and energetic healing processes. Reiki therapy can be further described as a combination of the synthesis of modern quantum physics and ancient metaphysics. Additionally, even though Reiki has been practiced for hundreds of years, as Jesus Christ himself has been thought to be a Reiki healer, it is recently becoming widely recognized as a popular form of New Age treatment. Reiki is currently prevailing among many New Age spiritualists, and even used in a number of Western Medicine facilities (e.g., Cleveland Clinic, Children’s Hospital in Boston, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore). Reiki is a complementary therapy to conventional-traditional Western Medicine. Reiki healing practitioners believe that individuals should visit medical professionals, while using Reiki in combination with Western Medicine as an additive, not a replacement.

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Reiki , a physical-touch base system, utilizes a healing practitioner as the channel, a conduit, of energy that transfers and flows divine energy from a higher source―universal life force energy―through the palms of the healing practitioner’s hands (i.e., “laying of hands”) to the receiver’s body. Therefore, the sole source of the energy is derived from the universe, not the healing practitioner. This ancient method of “laying of hands,” transmits healing energy from one person to another through touch. Reiki uses energy-healing, also known as healing touch, to remove energy blockage, as well as create balance, harmony, and revitalization within the chakra (energy centers), meridians (energy pathways), and aura (light force energy fields) which are inside all of us. The reason this is valuable is that when life-energy is blocked, it needs to be freed, in order to heal the problems caused by that blockage (e.g., depression, anxiety, acute and chronic pain, stress). Consequentially, when the energy circulates freely through the body, people are balanced, as well as healthy and happy further forming a connection between the body, mind, and spirit. Reiki enhances the receiver’s aura and chakra, allowing the body to naturally discover health and balance with both speed and strength through utilization of increased energy frequency.

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