You may have heard the term “Reiki” thrown around in the Spiritual healing space but don’t know what it is exactly or how it works. In this post I’m going to explain what Reiki is and the benefits you can get from it.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese energy healing technique. Practitioners use their hands to deliver healing energy to the recipient. They act as the vessel or conduit between the source of universal life force and the recipient. “Reiki clears, straightens and heals energetic pathways allowing life force energy to flow in a natural way,” according to the Reiki Healing Society.
The word “rei” translates to “universal” and “ki” means “life force energy.” It is pronounced “ray-key.” These types of forms of energy healing existed in Japan prior to being rediscovered and spread in the mid 1800s by Mikao Usui (or Usui Sensei). During Usui Sensei’s spiritual quest, he discovered this universal life force energy and its healing abilities.
Usui Sensei developed his healing system by experimenting and incorporating previous spiritual, religious and philosophical teachings gathered throughout his lifetime of travels. After creating “The Usui Reiki Treatment Method for Improvement of Body and Mind,” he moved to Tokyo. That is where he opened a Reiki clinic. He named his healing society “Usui Reiki Healing Method Society” and began treating people. He also taught around 2,000 students during his lifetime.
When is it used?
All living things possess life force energy and reiki assists in moving this energy throughout the body. Whenever our energy levels get blocked or become really low, it is when we become ill so it’s important to maintain a clear and vibrant energy flow in our bodies.
It is not a religion or affiliated with any religious belief. Everyone has the ability to receive this healing treatment especially since it is non invasive. There are no harmful side effects either. Since the energy is delivered through the hands of the practitioner to the recipient, touch is not even necessary to get healing results.
Some of the health benefits are:
- Relieves headaches and tension
- Improves digestive problems
- Speeds up healing post surgery or injury
- Promotes natural healing
- May improve insomnia
- Can help with fatigue, anxiety and depression
- Improves mindfulness
It is available at any time and can be used not only on people but on animals, plants, and food since everything contains energy. Reiki is not meant to replace medical or therapeutic treatments. It is simply a great addition to enhance healing. You can get a healing session when you are feeling pain or simply when you’re feeling low or “off.”
What to expect during a healing session
During a healing session, the practitioner should first get acquainted with you. This is when symptoms or issues are addressed so the practitioner knows which areas to focus on. You will then lie fully clothed on a massage table with your eyes closed, relaxing as much as possible. There is typically relaxing music playing in the background to enhance relaxation. Sometimes the practitioner might use crystals by placing them on certain parts of your body to enhance the energy in that area.
The practitioner will then scan your body using their hands and then continue the session by keeping their hands above a certain area sending healing energy. They may also lightly touch the area, with your permission. During your session, you might feel a tingling sensation or something similar to that. You may also see certain memories, colors or other visuals. This is a normal part of the healing.
After a session, you’ll most likely feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Sometimes people may feel tired and that’s normal too. Please make sure to drink lots of water afterwards to flush out stagnant energies and toxins. The healing doesn’t necessarily end at the table.
Reiki is such a simple yet beneficial alternative technique you can use during your healing journey. If you don’t feel ready to receive a healing treatment yet, you can begin by implementing the 5 Reiki principles in your life.
The 5 principles are the following:
- Just for today, I will not be angry
- Just for today, I will not worry
- Just for today, I will be grateful
- Just for today, I will do my work honestly
- Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing
I hope you learned something new today. I also hope this post sparked a curiosity for energy healings. This is only one of many alternative types of healing. I’ll be writing about more in future posts so keep an eye out for those. Everything is energy and Reiki is a great way to clear yours!
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