What is Reiki?

Reiki is more than 5,000 years old and was founded by the Ling-Chi and Chinese Taoists, but was eventually lost through the millennia until it was rediscovered in Japan in the late 19th century by Dr. Usui. Usui went on a quest to learn how to heal the mind and body through touch as Jesus once did.

After studying the Buddhist sutras, chanting, and many, many years of meditation, the Universe bestowed Usui with Reiki symbols and the power to perform hands-on healing. He passed the sacred symbols to Dr. Hayashi who introduced Reiki to the West.

So, what does Reiki mean? Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is made up of two Japanese characters: Rei, meaning “Universal” or “Spiritual/God consciousness,” and Key which means “Chi” or “life force.” So Reiki is translated as “spiritually guided life force” or “God conscious life force.” Whatever you want to call it, essentially it’s the God consciousness that guides the life force.

There are four levels to Reiki. The first means receiving what’s called attunement, which is given by a Reiki Master, and then the learning the symbols.

Once attuned, the practitioner uses and focuses on the symbols, puts his or her hands on the person to be healed and then gets out of the way!

The Spirit/God consciousness flows through the top of the head, then to the hands and it’s eventually transferred to the other person. The Reiki practitioner doesn’t control the healing – they’re simply a vehicle for universal healing energy.

And now the part you’ve all been waiting for… the benefits! By using the symbols, a person can be healed emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. They can even heal others from great distances! Some other benefits include dispersing negative emotions and energy, minor to acute pain relief, mental and spiritual discomfort is realigned, and a balance of the entire being. It also leaves the healer and the healed in a state of deep, inner peace. There’s more to it than that. But this is an intro piece, after all!

If you’d like a little or a lot more healing in your life, you can find a practitioner in your area via the Web, local massage therapists or holistic magazines. And if you’re interested in learning more about Reiki, I would recommend Essential Reiki Teaching Manual by Diane Stein.

Wishing you all health, love, and healing in the New Year!

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  4. Heidi Kentwood

    Has anyone ever used this on pets? I’ve had a Reiki Master heal me from pelvic spasms and migraines. It really works!

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