Reiki means ‘Universal Life Force Energy’.
Reiki, meaning ‘universal life energy’, was founded in Japan by Dr Mikao Usui in the late 19th century. It works on the principle that energy, also known as ‘ki’ or ‘chi’, flows through the body via energy centres called ‘chakras’. A balanced flow of energy is said to provide a sense of well-being and spiritual renewal. It’s like a river flowing if you block its path it will be unbalanced by removing the blockage the river can flow freely again.
Those who practise Reiki are said to draw upon universal healing energy, which is then transferred to the client through visualisation and by gently placing their hands on our just above the body.
Reiki is taught by Reiki masters/teachers, who have trained in the tradition and passed it on, in person, from master to student. Students go through a process of initiation or ‘attunement’ to the Reiki energy. They are then able to treat themselves and others, not only from a personal and emotional perspective, but also as an aid to individual development and spiritual growth.
What to expect?
Reiki is a non-invasive therapy. Your practitioner will use energy flow from their hands to rebalance each of your energy centres. You will remain fully clothed, lying on a massage couch or sitting in a chair. The practitioner will either place their hands on or above your body, using their intuition to guide energy flow. Your whole body may be treated or just specific parts, depending on where imbalances are thought to lie. Reiki may also be used remotely, with the recipient’s consent.
Benefits of Reiki
Reiki is often described as a very relaxing and peaceful treatment, which helps to restore a sense of balance and well-being within the mind and body.
Due to the very gentle nature of this treatment, it is often used to support those receiving conventional medical care in hospitals, hospices or at home.
Reiki should not be used in place of conventional medical care. Always consult a GP or other health professional for medical attention and advice.
The Five Reiki Principles
(BY DR.MIKAO USUI)
1 – Just for today, I will not be angry.
Anger at others or oneself or at the whole world, creates serious blockages in one’s energy. It is the most complex inner enemy. Reiki is an excellent tool to remove anger blockages which have accumulated in the body over years, but it cannot remove the residue of current anger which occurs daily. Letting go of anger brings Peace into the Mind.
2 – Just for today, I will not worry.
While anger deals with past and present events, worry deals with future ones. Although worry is not always a negative phenomenon, endless worries may fill one’s head, and each one bores a small hole in one’s body and soul. While anger requires a focused Reiki treatment to remove obstacles, worry requires the energy to be spread throughout the entire body. Letting go of worry, brings healing into the Body.
3 – Just for today, I will be grateful.
Be grateful from your heart inward. Inner intention is the important element in this principle. Simple things as thanks, forgiveness, smiling, good words, gratitude can improve others life and make them happy. Being thankful brings Joy into the Spirit.
4 – Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
Support yourself and your family respectably, without harming others. Earn a respectable living, live a life of honour. Working honestly brings Abundance into the Soul.
5 – Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.
Honour your parents, honour your teachers, honour your elders. Being Kind brings Love into the world.