Reiki finds its origin in Japan. It is healing art that was drawn from Buddhist, Shinto, and Taoist traditions, and synthesized into a palatable system, by a Japanese spiritual leader named Mikao Usui.
The term “REI” in this context means “from the higher spiritual realms”, and “KI” means “vital life force and/or energy.” Thus Reiki means the principle of life force energy from the higher spiritual realms.
In Reiki, the healing energy, or dynamic, is allowed to flow into the practitioner, and then the practitioner acts as a vehicle through which this energy can be passed onto another individual via the hands.
Reiki treatment restores balance and harmony to the person and their body, bringing about a greater sense of wholeness and relaxation. Reiki treatment occurs with the client fully-clothed, as Reiki can transcend materials of many kinds. The treatment itself generally feels very relaxing, thereby providing the client with a meditative state of awareness, which can assist in the body’s healing process.
Reiki practitioners do not “heal” the person receiving Reiki, but provide an additional emphasis of “life energy” that assists in an individuals healing process. Thus, the healing, so to speak, is derived from the “Universal life forces” that flow through the practitioners. Practitioners of this healing art don’t get drained of their own sources of “life energy”, but are actually replenished during the process. Additionally, since the practitioner acts as a vehicle in which the energy flows in, through, and then out; there is no chance of practitioners taking on the dysfunction and pain of other persons.
How is Reiki learned?
The art of Reiki is transmitted from “Master” to “student” through a specific and exact set of energetic processes, which facilitate a subtle, yet powerful transformative effect.
The aspect of instruction, regarding how to “do” Reiki, is also handled by the “Master Teacher.” Students are provided with background, techniques, and then actual hands-on practice under the guidance of a qualified “Master.” This is the traditional format under which one learns Reiki. Almost anyone has the ability to learn Reiki, but how adept one is certainly will vary from person to person, as with any other pursuit in life.
Finding a Practitioner
Practitioners and Teachers are both growing into a new level of maturity, and anyone seeking either treatment and/or training in Reiki would be well advised to focus on those who have established such criteria for their organization and their practitioners. All consumers need to use a normal level of discretion by taking the time to ask pertinent questions regarding such items as: length of training and involvement with Reiki, degree of training, length of time in practice, professional affiliation, and experience in assisting in particular disorders.
Although Reiki has its basis in specific “spiritual disciplines”, it is – not a religion or belief system. Reiki is the energy that is life itself. One does not have to believe in Reiki for it to actually work, only to desire healing and wellness. The spiritual/philosophical aspects of Reiki blend easily with any other belief systems that an individual may hold for him or her self. This is evident by the variety of Reiki practitioners and Masters, throughout the world.