What is Reiki? The International Center for Reiki Training A Brief Overview
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
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The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an "attunement" given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of "life force energy" to improve one's health and enhance the quality of life.
Its use is not dependent on one's intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.
While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.
While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. 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.
During a meditation several years after developing Reiki, Dr. Usui decided to add the Reiki Ideals to the practice of Reiki. The Ideals came in part from the five prinicples of the Meiji emperor of Japan whom Dr. Usui 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.
The secret art of inviting happiness The miraculous medicine of all diseases Just for today, do not anger Do not worry and be filled with gratitude Devote yourself to your work. Be kind to people. Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer. Pray these words to your heart and chant these words with your mouth Usui Reiki Treatment for the improvement of body and mind The founder , Usui Mikao
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a safe, gentle, non-invasive form of hands-on healing. Recipients report their experience of Reiki includes increased energy, reduction of pain, deep relaxation and a general feeling of well being. Reiki initiation attunes a practitioner to become a channel for the Reiki energy and is a powerful, life-changing experience for physical, mental and spiritual growth.
The Usui method of natural healing has evolved into many different channels or styles. Reiki, as taught by Hawayo Takata, involves three levels or degrees. As taught by Dr. Barbara Weber Ray, it involves many more levels or degrees. There are almost as many styles as there are Reiki Masters teaching today.
Traditional Usui Reiki involves three levels or degrees as created by Hawayo Takata. A practitioner is initiated by a series of attunements, which opens the flow of universal healing energy. The training includes the history, scientific evidence of Reiki energy, how to prepare to give a Reiki treatment, how to prepare a room for Reiki and the various techniques for performing Reiki treatments.
Level 1 Reiki connects the practitioner to the Reiki energy and teaches hands-on Reiki
Level II Reiki teaches the practitioner long distance or remote healing
Level III Reiki initiates the practitioner to become a Reiki Master
Each level has its own set of attunements and techniques for the type of Reiki to be practiced. Once a person has received these attunements, they are Reiki practitioners capable of channeling the Reiki energy. Reiki initiations are for life.
You will find a variety of fees and lengths of time for Reiki classes with different Reiki Masters. Some require a minimum fee while others require a fee of up to $10,000 for a Reiki Master Certificate.
Some Reiki Masters offer Level I, II and III in a single weekend. Most prefer to do each level separately because most Reiki students report that the attunements cause changes in all aspects of their lives to which the practitioner needs time to adjust. Because of this, most Reiki Mastes do not combine Level I, II, and III classes. They allow practitioners time to gain the benefits of each attunement.
There are many things to consider when choosing a Reiki Master to train with. If possible, experience a healing from a student of any Reiki Master you are considering. Evaluate how well they have transferred the skill of giving a Reiki treatment. Talk to the Reiki Master and listen to your intuition, and train with a Reiki Master you feel in harmony with.
I have heard of it, but not enough to know what it was really all about. I will check out the site when I have a bit more time. Maybe this afternoon. Just off hand, do you know of any Reiki schools in the area?