The Benefits of Reiki Therapy
About Reiki Therapy
Reiki is a Japanese healing therapy that heals the body by reducing stress and promoting relaxation. The word "Reiki" is made up of two Japanese words.
- Rei - meaning "universal" or "higher power"
- Ki - meaning "life force energy"
So, it can be said that Reiki therapy is, in fact, the transfer of spiritually guided life force energy.
This transfer of energy is done by the "laying on" of the hands, and thus this therapy can also be called healing touch therapy. Reiki therapy channels this life force energy into the Chakras (the body's principal energy centers), through the hands.
Some Reiki practitioners, however, do not place their hands on the body of the clients but keep them some inches away from the body and let the energy flow.
Though Reiki has a spiritual connection, it is not a religion. It does not require faith for it to work.
Mikao Usui - The Founder Of Reiki
Branches Of Reiki & History Of Reiki
There are 2 main branches of Reiki.
- Traditional Japanese Reiki
- Western Reiki
The main difference between these 2 branches is that Western Reiki relies more on the systematic placement of hands while Traditional Japanese Reiki involves use of intuitive skills in knowing where to place the hands.
Reiki was developed by a Japanese named Mikao Usui in 1922. While undergoing a 21 day Buddhist training course, Isyu Guo, Mikao Usui is believed to have been endowed spiritual powers and knowledge by way of some mystical revelation. He called this Reiki.
One of Usui's students Chujiro Hayashi, developed his own system of Reiki, based on the original Usui Reiki but made simpler, both in teachings and techniques. He laid more emphasis on physical healing.
Hawayo Takata, a Japanese American was initiated into Reiki by Chujiro Hayashi and after she became a Reiki Master, she returned to Hawaii and set up various clinics teaching and treating people all over the United States. To her goes the credit of spreading Reiki in the West.
To make Reiki more understandable and agreeable to the Western world, Takata modified the Traditional Japanese Reiki and developed the Western Reiki.
The 7 chakras
Reiki is a simple technique to learn. In fact, Reiki is not taught in the traditional sense of the term as it is transferred from the teacher or master to the student by a process called "attunement". Attunement is a process of passing on a special ability that enables the student or learner to tap into the infinite life force energy of the Universe or Higher Power.
There are 3 levels or degrees in Reiki going from level 1 to 3. Each attunement leads to a higher level of healing.
Level I, or Shoden in Japanese
It is a one day class and is the foundation for all other levels of Reiki. Basic hand placement positions for self treatment and treating others are taught in this level.
A number of attunements are given to the students. The students are made to give self treatment and others in the class as well.
The attunement received is permanent. After completing level I, a Reiki practitioner can treat himself and others with Reiki.
Level II, or Okuden in Japanese
One has to apply for advancement to level II but the Reiki master has to be confident that the student is ready to move on to this level.
In level II Reiki, Reiki symbols are taught and their meaning explained. It is necessary to kniow how to draw them and know the power each one has.
The student also receives attunements which raise his power of healing. In this level, sending distance healing with the use of symbols is taught and after achieving level II one can send distance healing to friends, family even animals.
Some teachers suggest that there should be a 3 months' experience of treatment with Reiki after achieving level I. At the minimum, a student should have at least a 3 week experience of treating with Reiki, after reaching level I.
Level III / Master Level, or Shinpiden in Japanese
After completing this level a student achieves the Reiki Master status. This level empowers one to have the full Reiki energy at one's disposal. A Reiki Master can attune other people to Reiki as well as teach the 3 levels.
This level takes a much longer time to achieve which may be from a few months to over a year. After achieving this level Reiki becomes an integral part of one's life.
There are 2 types of Master Reiki.
- Master Teacher - One who teaches (attunes) Reiki and practices Reiki (treatswith Reiki) as well.
- Master Practitioner - One who only practices Reiki (treats with Reiki) but does not teach Reiki.
Reiki can heal the physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual aspect of a person. It can treat both acute and chronic disease. However, in case of terminal illness, Reiki treatment can give peace, relieve pain and offers a better quality of the remaining time.
Reiki improves inner harmony and balance and promotes a feeling of well being, reduces stress and enhances relaxation, makes immune system strong, increases energy levels, improves blood circulation, cleanses internal organs, speeds up recovery process after surgery or illness, aids in better sleep.
Reiki can be used to heal simple conditions like injuries, headaches, pains, colds and benefits in the more severe ones like addictions, asthma, AIDS, heart disease and cancer.
In conclusion, it can be said that Reiki therapy can safely be taken by anyone irrespective of age or health condition,a believer in this system or a non believer from any strata of society. It can also be taken along with any other treatments or medicines being taken.
No special equipment is needed to give or take Reiki therapy. No force or concentration is required on the part of the patient.
The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.
- "What is Reiki?" The International Center for Reiki Training, http://www.reiki.org/faq/whatisreiki.html
- Reiki and Energy Healing, http://www.7heaventherapies.com/5-reiki-and-energy-healing
- Paul, Nina L. Reiki for Dummies. Nov. 7, 2005.
- Mystic's Usui Reiki Complete Manual Levels I - IV, http://www.academia.edu/12016668/Mystics_Usui_Reiki_Complete_Manual_Levels_I_-_IV
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Reiki Hand Positions
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