Shiki Ryoho Reiki
What is Reiki?
Reiki (pronounced Ray-Kee) is an alternative healing art that
stands alone or works compatibly with other forms of treatment. It
involves the channeling of life force energy through the practitioner's
hands, usually at the recipient's chakra points, and is a wonderful way to
reduce stress and support the body's natural ability to heal itself.
The word comes from two Japanese kanji: KI,
life energy, and REI, the higher spiritual
consciousness that guides it. So Reiki is actually spiritually guided
life force energy.
One common misconception is that Reiki is a form of massage. Although
a massage-type table is often used, the resemblance ends there. Reiki
works on the level of energy so there is no tissue manipulation involved.
Many massage therapists employ Reiki, however, and it is a wonderful adjunct
to other modalities as well.
We are multi-leveled beings, and Reiki reaches us on all levels -- physical,
emotional, mental, spiritual. Blockages of our life force energy can
cause conditions of imbalance we recognize as sickness. Reiki unties
our energy knots, smoothes our rough spots, invites peace and encourages us
to behave harmoniously with one another. Using Reiki daily has
effected profound changes in my emotional state, my worldview, and my
ability to handle the stress of a musician's lifestyle! And it feels,
to me, to be something beneficial and positive that I can offer the world --
in the same way that I hope my music serves to heal, uplift, and open.
How Does It Work?
The ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is
transferred to the student during "attunements" received during Reiki
Reiki involves the transference of healing energy into the body by a gentle
laying on of hands. This is usually effected at the chakra points, but
can be directed to any area where there is discomfort, injury or energy
blockage. The practitioner acts as a channel for this energy.
While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion, nor is it
dependent on one's beliefs or background.
A recipient may feel subtle sensations as the energy flows, or an emotional
release, or a deep sense of peace. It will be different at different
times. The healing energy flows regardless of how, or whether, one
perceives it on a conscious level. Many report accelerated healing of
injuries, a sense of serenity and focus, and a gentler attitude towards
life. Because it encourages spiritual equilibrium, over time it can
also direct one toward a more holistic lifestyle. Reiki can do no
harm; it is a purely beneficial and benevolent energy.
Reiki can be sent at a distance and through time. Plants and animals
love it. Multiple sessions are effective for addressing negative
habits or emotional states, such as smoking, eating disorders, and
Many hospitals are now employing Reiki practitioners for pre- and
post-operative treatments, finding that it decreases recovery time.
The Five Ideals
Dr. 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. Reiki
practitioners hold these as part of their "mission statement."
Dr. Usui adopted these ideals from the five principles of the Meiji emperor
of Japan, whom he admired. The ideals were developed to add spiritual
balance to Usui Reiki. Their purpose is to help people realize that healing
the spirit by consciously deciding to improve oneself is a necessary part of
the Reiki healing experience. In order for the Reiki healing energies to
have lasting results, the client must accept responsibility for her or his
healing and take an active part in it. Therefore, the Usui system of Reiki
is more than the use of the Reiki energy. It must also include an active
commitment to improve oneself in order for it to be a complete system. The
ideals are both guidelines for living a gracious life, and virtues worthy of
practice for their inherent value.
Animals love Reiki, too!
Dr. Mikao Usui