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What is reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. 

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy." 

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results. 

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an "attunement" given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of "life force energy" to improve one's health and enhance the quality of life.

Its use is not dependent on one's intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.

While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.

While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures.

What Are The Benefits of Reiki

Physical Level

On a physical level, Reiki supports the body's natural ability to heal itself, helping to release blockages, toxins, and relieve pain. Getting in touch with natural healing energy, Reiki can also help you to make better choices in your nutrition, become more aware and in tune with your body, helping you to develop greater awareness of your body's needs.

Mental Level

On a mental level, Reiki energy can help you to witness your thoughts and negative patterns. Once you become aware of your thoughts, you have the power to change them. This is not about positive thinking, this is about learning about your thoughts and becoming aware of your thoughts, so you can consciously make a decision whether the thoughts are serving you or not.

Emotional Level

On an emotional level, Reiki can help you get in touch with the depths of your emotions and can help you to transform whatever energy you would like to transform. Reiki can help you cultivate more positive emotions, such as love, compassion, kindness, connection, sharing, intimacy and more.

Spiritual Level

On a spiritual level, Reiki can help you to love and accept yourself. To have self-compassion and compassion for others. It can help you to connect with the divine and help you to feel that you are a part of something larger. For me, Reiki is like coming home. I feel present, connected, loved, and I know that I am a part of this large thing called "the Universe".

Other benefits of Reiki: 

  • Universal force of life

  • Accessible to anyone

  • Reiki is empowering – the receiver does not feel helpless 

  • Safe touch is healing 

  • Complements western medicine 

  • The power and responsibility for healing lies within the individual – Reiki embraces this principle

  • Helpful in emergency situations 

  • Stress relief 

  • Pain reduction

  • Help with a healing process after surgery

  • Concentration and focus on your task 

  • Self care tool

  • Sleeping aid – self healing helps you to fall asleep easier 

  • Brings peace and serenity 

  • Reduces anxiety 

  • Helpful in palliative care

  • Helpful during labour and delivery 

  • Combined with psychotherapy helps the client to relieve stress and access unconscious material with more ease

  • Brings clarity of thought

  • Helpful for students studying for exams

  • Cooperation at meetings, encourages team spirit and the feeling of oneness

  • Useful for chakra balancing and chakra healing

  • Aura healing

  • Tool for self-development and transformation

  • Spiritual tool, helps to connect with the Divine

  • Helps to access deeper parts of ourselves

  • Chronic pain problems