Reiki - In Depth
Reiki is the sharing of universal life force with yourself and your world. Everyone's experience with Reiki is unique. Reiki can be thought of as both a healing modality and a way of life. Embracing Reiki will change your life!
The word Reiki refers to cosmic life energy. Reiki is a natural and powerful, yet safe and gentle hands-on healing art that accelerates the body's self-healing abilities (immune system) and works on the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual levels of “dis-ease”. In its simplest form, the Reiki practitioner places their hands on the recipient with the intent of bringing healing and wills Reiki energy to flow. The energy is radiated or broadcast through the Reiki practitioner's hands to the client. The client’s body then unconsciously moves the healing energy to wherever it is going to be most beneficial to them.
Reiki Is Not...
Reiki is not a substitute for traditional medical treatment – although it can enhance the effects of other types of treatments. It is not massage even though it can give a profound feeling of relaxation. Reiki is not a religion or belief system – although it can help with personal or spiritual growth and as a spiritual practice in compliments any faith. Mikao Usui, who is credited with discovering Reiki, said once in an interview, “Reiki is an original method based on intuitive power in the universe. By this power, body gets healthy and enhances happiness of life and peaceful mind.” By this he meant that Reiki is a form of energy healing which draws upon life’s universal energy. It works whether one believes in it or not – all that the recipient needs is a desire to be better. It even works if the recipient is unconscious. It works on plants and animals. The key to making Reiki work is the “intent” of the practitioner. The practitioner’s intentions must be true to the task at hand – which is to want to help.
Treatments vs. Attunements
Treatments refer to the act of giving Reiki energy to a person. In a treatment the Reiki practitioner places their hands on the clients at key points thought to facilitate the conduction of Reiki energy. In a treatment, the practitioner acts as a conduit with the intent that Reiki energy will flow through them and not from them. The client then draws the Reiki energy through the practitioner. Since the client draws only the amount of energy needed, the practitioner does not have to, nor can they, “regulate” the energy flow. The practitioner is nothing more than an antenna for the energy. Reiki can be given to Adults, Children, Animals, and Plants. People generally like receiving Reiki and report that it is a relaxing and stress relieving process. A normal treatment takes about 45 minutes to an hour to do. With children and animals it generally goes much faster as they tend to be more receptive to Reiki... they are also much less likely to sit still for an hour.
Attunements are common to all forms of Reiki regardless of lineage. In Japan attunements are referred to as transformations. Attunements are not an initiation. They are a ceremonious process of expanding the meridians, aura or energetic body of the student by intending that the energy of the Reiki Symbols infuses itself into the student. Attunements empower people to use Reiki on themselves and others and facilitate a connection to the Reiki source. An attunement increases one’s ability to sense and conduct energy. Although attunements are normally only given to students of Reiki, a special type of attunement, a healing attunement, is sometimes used to open up the Reiki channels in a client prior to a Reiki session. In all cases, ONLY someone trained as a Reiki Master can give an attunement.
In the west as well as in Japan, Reiki is taught in levels, and through a series of attunements. In the west, there are typically four levels that are used: 1st Degree (practitioner), 2nd Degree and 3rd Degree (Advanced Practitioner) and the Master/Teacher.