What is Reiki?
The term “Reiki” comes from two Japanese words (‘Rei’ and ‘Ki’) which translate to “universal life force.” This universal life force is an energy found within all things—people, animals, plants, rocks, trees and even the earth itself. Someone trained in the use of Reiki channels that life force, allowing the recipient to receive the healing energy. Reiki was re-discovered in the mid 1800s by a Japanese born Buddhist monk, Dr Mikao Usui.
Reiki can thus be defined as a non-physical healing energy made up of life force energy that is guided by the Higher Intelligence. This is a functional definition as it closely parallels the experience of those who practice Reiki in that Reiki energy seems to have an intelligence of its own flowing where it is needed in the client and creating the healing conditions necessary for the individuals needs. It cannot be guided by the mind (ego); therefore, it is not limited by the experience or ability of the practitioner. Neither can it be misused as it always creates a healing effect.
How Does Reiki Work?
The source or cause of health comes from the Ki that flows through and around the individual rather than from the functional condition of the physical organs and tissues. It is Ki that animates the physical organs and tissues as it flows through them and is therefore responsible for creating a healthy condition. If the flow of Ki is disrupted, the physical organs and tissues will be adversely affected. Therefore, it is the disruption in the flow of Ki that is the main cause of illness.
This is in tune with the Vedic knowledge of our body chakras (7 main chakras). The chakras spin in a clockwise direction and are shaped like a spinning fan. Each chakra spins at its own frequency ensuring that the Ki (universal life force) is drawn into body to keep the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health of the body in balance.
Chakras are energy centers through which energy enters and leaves our bodies, both the physical body and the bodies of the aura. The chakras are found within each level of human aura—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, and so they affect every part of the being. When an individual is feels good, relaxed, and happy in the world then his/her chakras spin openly and evenly create a balanced aura that is well protected. However, when an individual feels depressed, anxious, stressed, ill, etc. then the chakras are depleted and his or her aura may also be affected. Over time this will affect the individual’s well being. A ‘block’ is a place where energy is trapped or constricted. In dealing with a block, one needs to get the energy moving which is what Reiki does. When energy flows through the whole body it creates harmony and releases disease. Reiki assists in bringing the chakras into alignment and balance and thus, results in chakra healing.
An important attribute of Ki is that it responds to one’s thoughts and feelings. Ki will flow more strongly or be weakened in its action depending on the quality of one’s thoughts and feelings. It is the negative thoughts and feelings that are the main cause of restriction in the flow of Ki. All negative or disharmonious thoughts or feelings will cause a disruption in the flow of Ki. Even Western medicine recognizes the role played by the mind in creating illness and some Western doctors state that as much as 98% of illness is caused directly or indirectly by the mind.
If used with other natural therapies (meditation, crystals, Aroma therapy, Homeopathy, Bach flower remedies, etc.) Reiki therapy will reinforce their effect.