Defining and Channeling Reiki Energy

Updated on August 22, 2018
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Holley Hyler is a freelance writer and has been published in Adelaide, Buck Off Magazine, Rebelle Society, and The Urban Howl.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is an energy healing modality that originated in Japan. It is used for stress reduction and promotes healing at a holistic level.

Reiki (pronounced "RAY KEE"), is a Japanese word meaning "universal life-force energy." It operates on the premise that we are alive because we have Ki, or life force, running through us. Ki is highly responsive to our emotions and thoughts. When our feelings and thoughts are negative, Ki is disrupted, and we may not feel as good as when we are having a more positive experience. Over time, as negative thoughts and emotions are continually experienced, our Ki can become unhealthy. This can have an effect on our vital organs and cells in the physical body.

A Reiki session can help restore healthy Ki and work with the thoughts and feelings that caused a disruption. Please note that this can happen over time, or with more than one session. Everyone responds to Reiki differently. Some changes will be gradual, while some may be evident immediately after a session.

The Gassho (prayer) hand position, seen above, is used during a Reiki attunement - a process through which a Reiki Master gives the student access to Reiki energy.
The Gassho (prayer) hand position, seen above, is used during a Reiki attunement - a process through which a Reiki Master gives the student access to Reiki energy. | Source

Who Developed Reiki?

Dr. Mikao Usui is credited with discovering Reiki in 1922. This occurred as he was fasting and meditating at Mt. Kurama in Japan in order to discover a spiritual state that, once achieved, would provide an understanding of one's life purpose. On the twenty-first day of his fasting, he received Reiki energy and was able to heal himself of an injury he acquired on the mountain. He dedicated the rest of his life to teaching Reiki so that many others could benefit from this healing energy.

Many think of Usui as the Founder of Reiki, but prior to Usui developing his own style of Reiki, evidence shows that there were at least four other styles of Reiki that were being practiced in Japan.

Of course, the the ability to use Reiki is not based upon intellect or knowing all the details of how it came to be, but you may occasionally run across people who are vehement about getting all the facts straight! There may be some who disagree about the history of Reiki. Do not be discouraged. If you intend to use Reiki on yourself or others, all that is required is that you attend a class and receive an attunement from a Master.

Remember that Reiki is not a substitute for care by a PCP (or any other medical care provider recommended to you)!
Remember that Reiki is not a substitute for care by a PCP (or any other medical care provider recommended to you)! | Source

What Can Reiki Heal?

It is important to remember that Reiki works at a holistic level, and the energy flows where it is most needed. This means that it may work at a spiritual, emotional, or mental level before it works at the physical level. Reiki can support and accelerate your body's ability to heal, relieve pain, and help the body rid itself of toxins. As I stated earlier, everyone responds differently to Reiki energy. Some may notice a rapid improvement, while others will experience changes more gradually, or may feel as though the Reiki is having no effect at all. Personally, I always feel the energy when a practitioner is working on me (I feel it as a slight buzzing along my spine), but that is because I am highly sensitive to energy. Others who are not as sensitive or new to Reiki treatments may have a different experience, or feel nothing.

It is ideal for every Reiki practitioner to know where the major organs of the body are located and the symptoms of common illnesses, as well as severe symptoms that could indicate heart attack, stroke, or blood clots. There is a comprehensive list of these and other signs of common illnesses in The Reiki Manual by Penelope Quest and Kathy Roberts. In the case of severe symptoms, the practitioner may choose not to carry out a Reiki session on the client and instead refer them to a medical doctor.

In short, Reiki is not a substitution for care provided by a person trained in medicine. Reiki energy is extremely beneficial when used in tandem with medical care. I am fortunate to say that I do not have any major physical problems, but I do struggle with depression and anxiety. Reiki has been helping me gradually with both of these. I have noticed old, harmful thought patterns clearing, but it is an ongoing process. I conduct self-healing or go to Reiki sessions and shares in addition to taking medication prescribed by my doctor.

Reiki Infographic

This is an infographic that I made to clear up misconceptions about Reiki. Please feel free to share it! Credit is appreciated, but optional.
This is an infographic that I made to clear up misconceptions about Reiki. Please feel free to share it! Credit is appreciated, but optional. | Source

How Can I Learn Reiki?

Reiki classes are offered all over the world. Check with your local metaphysical store, as this was how I found my Reiki teachers. Make sure that you choose a teacher that you resonate and have rapport with. There are also classes offered online, but I would recommend at least receiving an attunement in-person, because that is an amazing experience and well worth the money. There are different levels of Reiki that one can take. So far, I have received Reiki I, II, and III. You learn different symbols at each level. They are online, but they are sacred and I chose not to look at them until I took the classes.

The most wonderful part about being able to access Reiki energy is that you can use it on yourself. I have used it on myself for a variety of things - from stomachache to heartache! I always notice an improvement or an increased sense of peace after using Reiki on myself.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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