In this day and age, a lot of people have heard of Reiki but not a lot really knows what it is or sometimes, it sounds all too confusing. Don’t worry, we got you.
“Rei” means Universal or spiritually guided, and “Ki” is similar to prana or chi which means life force. Reiki then means Universal life force, and it is an energy healing modality that was rooted in Japan. It was founded by chance by Mikao Usui in March 1922 after fasting & meditating in Mount Kurama for 21 days. Long after that, he established Gakkai (Reiki Therapy Society) in Harajuku, Tokyo where he started offering Reiki therapy and teaching.
WE ARE ALIVE BECAUSE LIFE ENERGY IS FLOWING THROUGH US.
The balanced flow of this energy is the cause of our well-being. When this flow of energy is disrupted, the natural flow of energy becomes interfered which can cause energy blockage.
When receiving Reiki, the Rei assesses where the person has byoki (unhealthy Ki) and directs the flow of life energy there. In other words, Reiki can help break through these blockages.
A Reiki practitioner acts as an energetic channel for Reiki to flow through as she gently lays or hovers her hands over a receiver’s body. To be a Reiki practitioner, one goes through a ceremony of attunement, which is facilitated by a Reiki Master Teacher.
Other than the usual hands-on practice, Reiki can also be offered through distance, both for the self and others. What that means is that it can be practiced for someone who may not physically be with the practitioner, or it can be practiced for the distant self in a sense of sending Reiki energy to younger or future self.
A lot of people sometimes have a hard time grasping this idea, and the easiest way I can describe it is that Reiki energy doesn’t only flow in the way that our physical bodies do on this Earth. Instead, it can flow through time and space. As a Reiki Master Teacher, I always tell my students that alongside the traditions of Reiki teachings, Reiki is all about intentions.
In a research conducted by Natalie L. Dyer et al, she quoted “most biofield therapies involve an energetic exchange between practitioner and client, which can be draining for the practitioner. Reiki is different in that the practitioner simply allows the Reiki energy to flow passively through their hands and into the client.” As a practitioner, there is the intention of opening the self up and letting Reiki pass through you.
As a receiver, there is the intention to simply allow oneself to receive this energy. I always remind clients to refrain from setting expectations on how a treatment goes, and to allow Reiki to go where it needs to go. In this place of receiving, Reiki can teach us about detachment to what our ego is trying to cling on.
Dyer, N., et al. (2019) ‘A Large-Scale Effectiveness Trial of Reiki for Physical and Psychological Health’, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, pp. 1156-1162
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Nishina, M. (2017) Reiki and japan: a cultural view of western & japanese reiki. 2017-a edn. Scotts Valley, CA: CreateSpace.