Reiki

Reiki founder Mikao Usui

Reiki founder Mikao Usui

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by either laying hands on the body or over the body and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”.

A treatment takes about an hour and treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s, dementia, back pain, sciatica, neck and shoulder pain, sports injuries, IBS, menopausal symptoms, headaches, arthritis and asthma.

It is also good for resolving childhood issues, low self-esteem and grief. It helps promote clearer thinking and better sleep.

Reiki works in conjunction with other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an “attunement” given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life.

Reiki attunement and healing symbols

Its use is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.

While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki.

While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures.

His five precepts are:

I give thanks for my many blessings

Just for today I will not worry

Just for today I will not anger

I do my work with appreciation

Be kind to people and every living thing.

 

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