Reiki is a spiritual healing art which originated from Japan. It is derived from two words, REI and KI. Rei meaning ‘universal life’ and Ki meaning ‘energy’. In this sense, Ki is the same as what yogis call Prana. It’s the universal life force energy that all living beings have. Therefore, Reiki is a subtle form of energy work using the prana that is inside each and every one of us, in all living things including plants and animals.
The Reiki system was discovered by a man named Mikao Usui in the early 20th century. It is his system that most modern day reiki practitioners use. Reiki practitioners or healers as some like to call it, act as a conductor of the pranic life force energy. They understand that every person has the innate ability to connect with their own healing energy, which can strengthen energy within themselves and within others. Reiki is not used as a means to heal oneself entirely of all diseases, but more used as a tool that can help ease tension and stress levels which can help support the body to create an environment for healing.
How does it heal?
Well, it is believed that a person’s prana or ki energy should always be strong and free flowing. Why? Because when this is true, when our energy is flowing strong, it means that a person’s body and mind are in a positive state of health. It is when the energy becomes weak that could lead to physical disease or emotional imbalance. This is also why yoga is another way of healing ourselves, through the act of yoga – we cultivate pranic energy that can keep our bodies and minds in a state of balance.
So how does reiki keep our energy strong and flowing?
An important thing to understand regarding Ki is that it responds highly to ones thoughts and feelings. Ki will flow more strongly or weakly depending on the quality of our thoughts. According to western medicine, 98% of illness is caused directly or indirectly by the mind. With this being said, the power of our thoughts not only exist in the mind, but throughout the whole body, even outside the body in our aura field. Therefore, if we are constantly thinking negative thoughts, the places where these negative thoughts and feelings collect, will have a constricted flow of Ki. The physical organs that exist in these locations of collected negativity, will start to restrict in their function. If the negativity persists and not eliminated quickly, illness can start to occur.
In a reiki session, the reiki energy goes to the area where it is most needed in the body. A session can either be hands on, where the healer applies a light touch to the body or hands off, where the hands are held slightly above the body. The session can also work with the chakras, where the healer will give energy above each chakra point in the body. The receiver may feel a warm or tingling sensation or even nothing but relaxation. Afterwards, you may feel lighter, relaxed and invigorated. You may also not feel anything at all if your mindset is in a skeptic place rather than in an accepting state. Just as the power of your thoughts can affect your body, the power of skeptical thoughts can prove null the healing abilities of a reiki session.
Whether you believe in the healing abilities of reiki or not, it is up to you if you want to try a reiki session. Some people find that it awakens a whole new world of energy and sensations and some may find that they don’t feel much of an affect at all. Whatever you believe, the session still should be beneficial as a tool for reducing stress. If you think this type of healing is for you, give it a try, keep an open mind and you may surprise yourself! Maybe you don’t blend well with the one healing? Find a healer that you connect and resonate with. Reiki is a tool that can be used and given by anyone. At the end of the day, remember to always keep a positive and open mind, whether you are a skeptic or a believer, a positive mind goes a long way!<3