Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is a spiritual healing technique and an energy healing technique; Spiritual healing connects one with Universal Consciousness bring Spiritual growth by healing core patterns/issues and helping one to remember the fullness of Who They Are. Energy healing bring relief of pain and symptoms in the mind, body and emotions.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 Divine Source. Reiki transcends all religious beliefs and is available to everyone who learns to focus the mind on their true purpose of incarnation.
Reiki is a natural system of energy healing this modality involves the transfer of energy from practitioner to patient to enhance the body’s natural ability to heal itself through the balancing of energy. It is the same energy, which brings forth all life in the universe and nourishes it. This system of energy healing originated in India, its over 3,000 years old. In the late 19th century Dr. Mikao Usui rediscovered the key which led to the recovery of a thousand-year-old tradition of healing. Reiki History
Rei means universal, Reiki is more accurately interpreted to mean supernatural knowledge or spiritual consciousness.
Ki The Life Force It is also called the vital life force or the universal life force.
Throughout various cultures across the world and time, it referred by many names as Chi, Ki, Prana, fohat, Orgone, Odic force, Bioenergetic plasma, Divine breath, Cosmic Pulse, Vital Fire and Vital force etc.
Reiki refers to a simple hands-on-healing technique, a kind of energy medicine. It is an interesting development in the context of healing. Universal life force or energy calms the mind and body. The energy is passed through the hands laid on the body in certain positions. This accelerates the healing process. Reiki is the fundamental nature of the existence, as energy is the fundamental nature of the universe. Our thoughts and emotions are all composed of energy at various frequencies. By getting the body and mind in touch with universal energy, Reiki can release the individual from bondage and allow him to experience health and freedom.
Reiki raises the life energy in the body. According to it, the body is actually energy vibrating at a certain frequency. Negative thoughts are experienced as uncomfortable vibrations. Such thoughts may turn into headaches, ulcers, or anger (blockages). Reiki exposes those thoughts to the much higher vibratory frequency of universal life force energy, which can then penetrate and dissolve any block.
Life force plays an important role in everything we do. This is the nonphysical energy that animates all living things. As long as something is alive, it has life force circulating through it and surrounding it; when it dies, the life force departs. If your life force is low, or if there is a restriction in its flow, you will be more vulnerable to illness. Very often we tend to short-circuit our own energy system as a result of some traumatic event, which has led to a shutdown or blockage in our physical, emotional, psychological or spiritual bands of energy. When it is high, and flowing freely, you are less likely to get sick. Energy healing is thus a process of promoting balance and harmony on all levels. This Ki is present all around us and can be accumulated and guided by the intension.
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through you. Reiki treatment impacts the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of human existence. Reiki can relieve pain and enhance healing of all diseases and illnesses.
One transcends the physical limitations, and true healing occurs and with true healing some amazing cures are produced as byproducts. Reiki is a simple, natural, and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use.
It is done by placing the hands on or near the recipient. The practitioner runs Reiki Energy while placing their hands on or over a series of locations on the recipients body. Advanced practitioners can also work remotely i.e. without physical contact.
The Power of the Universal Energy
This approach to healing is based on the view that a special energy moves through all living things – a life energy that is the creative impetus for the universe, for all matter, and for the moment to moment feelings of each human being. This energy moves in pulsating rhythms that make up the seasons, the stages of the life cycle, the developmental phases of growth, the tidal rhythms of breath, the drumbeat of the heart, and the vibratory dance of the smallest particles inside each cell. Seen in terms of energy, the body consists of:
- energy centers (chakras),
- energy pathways (meridians), and
- energy fields (auras)
Since Reiki is spiritually guided, it has its own intelligence. This explains why a Reiki practitioner need not possess any knowledge of medicine. Thus, even children can be attuned to first degree Reiki. The practitioner has only to place his/her hands on a person and Reiki does the healing.
The difference between life force energy and universal life force energy:
Life force energy is also called ‘ki’ in Japanese, ‘chi’ in Chinese and ‘prana’ in Sanskrit and other Indian languages. This is the non-physical energy that flows in every thing and ensures life. When the level of this life force energy is high a person they are healthy, strong and confident but a lowering of this energy level results in weakness and ill health. Upon death this life force energy or ‘prana’ leaves the body rendering it lifeless. This life force energy is present in everything.
Universal life force energy, on the other hand is spiritually guided energy that comes from a ‘higher intelligence’ or higher source. It is available to the healer to apply where there are cases of disease mental, physical or emotional, caused by the depletion of life force energy. Being spiritually guided it has its own intelligence, starts healing at the root cause and compensates the depletion of life force energy. Reiki Master, William Rand says in an article on Reiki “It must be kept in mind that Reiki is not the same as simple life force energy as life force energy by itself can be influenced by the mind and because of this, can create benefit as well as create problems including ill health.” Universal life force energy, on the other hand, is spiritually guided and cannot be influenced by the mind. Because of its spiritual nature Reiki also acts as a guiding force in our lives and is available to help us in times of need. It acts for the highest good at all times.
What causes Pain?
Apart from the physical body, which is visible, each of us is surrounded by an energy body, which is called the aura.
This energy body (which consists of several layers, each layer of a certain color) acts as a natural protective shell around us and prevents negative energy from the outside entering our body. Blocks in this energy body or aura directly affect our mental and physical well being. These blocks cause weak points in the aura through which negative energy can enter. They also hamper the absorption of positive energy or life force energy. Diseases manifest in the aura before they attack the body. The state of the aura determines how healthy or unhealthy we are.
Blocks in the aura are caused by various factors. Unhealthy thought patterns, negative emotions, inactive and overindulgent lifestyle patterns, addictions and trauma cause blocks in the aura slowing down the flow of energy resulting in disease; physical, emotional or mental. This is because it is the life force energy or ‘ki’ that is responsible for the state of our health. Any depletion of life force energy causes organs to malfunction.
What remedies it?
When a teacher attunes you, Reiki, the spiritually guided life force energy’ starts healing at the root of the problem. The energy goes directly to the block causing the problem and starts clearing it so that ultimately the problem disappears. The amount of healing required depends on the intensity of the block. Deep set blocks, causing chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, etc, would naturally require sustained healing over long periods while headaches, sprains etc, would generally require short periods of healing.
How Reiki Works?
The entire physical world is surrounded and permeated by an energy field called Aura. The funnels that open from the physical body to the aura are called the chakras.For the healthy functioning of our body, mind and soul directly depends on the chakras. A healthy energy network is necessary for optimum health. When a master starts healing with Reiki all the chakras begin to get cleared of blocks. They also become balanced so that none of them are over active in relation to the others. In a Reiki class one will be taught to give Reiki at all the chakra positions by placing one’s hands on them. It is important for all the chakras to be healthy as they are all connected through energy meridians or ‘nadis’. The nadis are responsible for circulating energy in the body just as the circulatory system distributes blood.
With Reiki healing the problem starts getting solved at the root. Healing takes place at all levels; physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. This is why Reiki is called holistic. The word originates from the Greek ‘Holos’ which means ‘The whole’. For maximum benefit one should practice Reiki every day, covering all the chakras. It has to become a way of life. Reiki will flow through us and guide us in whatever we do. And since Reiki is always ‘on call’ all we have to do is to think of it for our life to be filled with this wonderful energy. Amazing changes take place in our attitudes and the way we view life. Things fall into perspective and we start being positive so that life gives us more to be positive about. We are able to deal with challenging situations without getting bogged down.
When to Reiki?
Generally people have a misconception that Reiki can be used for healing / curing physical problems only. It’s not true. Reiki is much beyond that. Reiki helps in healing relationships, just like in any relationships there are three entities; the two are the people while the third is the relation itself. When the relation gets ill between people we tend to give life force energy to it similar to what we give to an ill person.Healing can be facilitated by crystals, for example Rose Quartz bring marvelous results when used for healing the following; marital discord, sore love affairs, creating coordination among family members and attracting cooperation from colleagues and seniors in the office.
Reiki can also be sent to our past if someone had emotional trauma and is not been able to cope with it, and still is in grief or that situation has a negative effect on his personality that he developed phobias or fear because of which he is not able to deal with similar kinds of experiences or situations. We can send healing to the past as a result of which he can accept the reality of the situation, understand it, takes a lesson out of it and thereon moves ahead strongly in life (details covered in later series).
Similarly it can be sent to the future. Suppose one has the exam, interview or any other important event to deal with which requires confidence, enthusiasm, sharpness and spontaneity, etc…
Reiki can be used for healing any of the following:
- Cure diseases like asthma, allergies, acidity, blood pressure, diabetes, constipation, ulcer, gynecological problems, kidney, migraine, weight loss/gain, skin problems, etc…
- Psychological disorders like inferiority, fear, phobias, low self esteem, lack of confidence, depression, tension, stress, etc…
- Bad habits, past traumas, bad experiences, future ventures, relationship, financial matters, and much more.
- It works at healing relationships, between people or objects; wherever there is disparity and imbalance, the energy will reinstate order and stability.
- The energy can be used to heal and balance anything in the past or the present.
- Reiki can be sent to any situation that will occur in the future, to ensure the best results possible (to be balanced and harmonious).
- Reiki brings healing to situations that you may not yet be aware of. When an area in your life is healed, the altered energy will bring change to all other areas of your life.
Benefits of Reiki?
Reiki Healing benefits a person on many planes. Miracles are not unusual. Usually Reiki healing can:
- Support the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
- Clear the body of toxins thus encouraging natural cleansing.
- Promote healing by balancing the chakras.
- Support and enhances other healing systems and reduces side effects.
- Provide complete relaxation.
- Relieve pain.
- Increase creativity.
- Establish mental equilibrium and emotional balance.
- Bring about spiritual upliftment.
- Reiki changes and heals every area of life that needs healing. The healing takes place as a result of the energy raising the vibrations of a being/object closer to that of the original or ideal design.
- It assists in manifesting goals and desires.
- This is not just a state of mind, but brings real benefits.
- Once attuned to Reiki the energy is constantly available to the healer. With Reiki we can heal ourselves, our family and anybody or any thing in need of healing. In the process of healing we are never drained of our own energy. This is ensured by the attunement given by the Reiki master.
The Human Aura
Aura is a bio-plasmic layer that surrounds the human body and every organism and object in the Universe. It is just like when electricity is passed through the wire and forms the electromagnetic field around it, similarly when life force energy enters the body; it forms a electromagnetic field (Human Energy Field-HEF) around it, that is called Aura. The Human Energy Field as a collection of electro – magnetic energies of varying densities that permeate through and emit or exit from the physical body of a living person. These particles of energy are suspended around the healthy human body in an oval shaped field. This “auric egg” emits out from the body approximately 2-3 feet (1 metre on average) on all sides. It extends above the head and below the feet into the ground.It is also called the protective layer or the shield of the body. Aura can be differentiated into two forms: Color and Size.
It is a reflection of the body’s spirit energy. It reflects our health, mental activity and emotional state. It also shows disease – often long before the onset of symptoms. When you are stressed, traumatized by accidents or abuse, or scared, your aura can become thinned, with dark spots or holes, which can cause emotional or physical distress or illness. Healing and strengthening your aura can revitalize your mind, body, and spirit. A healthy aura extends further out from your body, indicating that you have powerful and plentiful energy.
The aura is a storehouse of all that we are. It contains the essence of who we are. Which is why, very often, we feel comfortable in the presence of some people who may be total strangers. Similarly from others we receive negative vibrations leaving us uncomfortable. Often the presence of a truly spiritual person brings about a sense of calm and peace to hundreds of people in the vicinity. That is because the aura of that person contains the essence of his spirituality and inherent goodness and is said to stretch over a large area. Negative emotions and thought patterns create blocks in the aura.
Apart from the aura our energy body also consists of chakras and nadis [energy channels].The chakras are swirling, funnel shaped vortexes that open out from our physical body into the aura. These constantly rotating funnels are the energy processors of our body. They draw in energy from the outside into our body. There are innumerable chakras in our body of which a large majority are small ones. We will concern ourselves with only the seven main chakras.
The seven main chakras correspond to the endocrine or glandular system in our body. Each chakra is in charge of supplying energy to a particular gland, which in turn is in charge of a particular set of organs. Besides this physical aspect each chakra is also responsible for specific emotional and mental aspects.
Just as blocks are created in the aura they are also created in the chakras. These blocks cause the chakras to slow down their rotation or become overactive which interferes with the amount of energy being supplied to the body so that the glands and the corresponding organs are adversely affected. This also has a negative effect on our mental-emotional health, creating diseases, which are psychosomatic in nature.
When Reiki energy is given to the chakras at specific positions in the body, blocks are cleared off, so that the chakras rotate at the ideal speed and provide optimum energy to the organs ensuring physical and mental-emotional well being.
There are many pragmatic ways of balancing chakras to enhance chakra awareness and general well being.