Reiki is a form of energy healing. Its roots can be traced back to the 1920’s in Japan. Pronounced “ray-kee”, Reiki can be roughly translated to mean “Universal Life Force” where Rei means Universal and Ki is Life force. The assumption here is that there is a power above us that binds us. This life force is accessible to us, so that we can channel it and then use it for healing.
When you learn Reiki as a hobby, you will learn special symbols and hand positions that you will use for healing. At an advanced level, you will be attuned to Reiki by a master to enable you to heal yourself and others.
Reiki is a spiritual practice developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui that uses a technique commonly called palm healing as a form of complementary and alternative medicine and is sometimes classified as oriental medicine by some professional bodies. Through the use of this technique, practitioners believe that they are transferring healing energy in the form of ki through the palms.
Legend has it that Mikao Usui received a flash of enlightenment after he meditated and fasted for 21 days on Mount Kurama in Japan. And thus was Reiki born. It is reputed to have begun as a step towards spiritual development. However, today it is mainly viewed as a therapeutic method.
Reiki training has come a long way since Usui’s time and there are plenty of variations over the traditional Reiki. The basic practice still continues to be a hands on approach where the practitioner connects to the person who needs to be healed, and channels universal life energy into that person.
Let us look at an in-depth history of Reiki and how it evolved.
How Reiki works
Now that you have decided to learn Reiki as a hobby, let us look at how Reiki works. Reiki is quite a simple process where the practitioner tunes into the Reiki energy. Then she channels it and directs it to the person who needs to be healed. The Reiki healer does this by resting her hands on or above the person to be healed, letting the energy flow from her palms to the person. The exciting thing about Reiki is that you can also perform distant healing, which means you could “send” Reiki to someone half way across the world!
Whole Body Treatment
In a typical whole-body Reiki treatment, the Reiki practitioner instructs the recipient to lay down, usually on a massage table, and relax. Loose, comfortable clothing is usually worn during the treatment. The treatment proceeds with the practitioner placing the hands on the recipient in various positions. Many Western practitioners use a common fixed set of 12 hand positions, while others use their intuition to guide them as to where treatment is needed as is the practise in Traditional Japanese Reiki, sometimes starting the treatment with a "scan" of the recipient to find such areas.
Localised Reiki treatment involves the practitioner`s hands being held on or near a specific part of the body for a varying length of time. There is great variation in the duration of such treatments, though 20 minutes is typical.
Usui taught a technique called Joshin Kokyū-hō , which roughly translates as "the breathing method for cleansing the spirit," though literally translates as "Goddess Breath Method". Joshin Kokyū-hō is performed by sitting straight, with the back aligned, breathing in slowly through the nose.
The Principles Of Reiki
Reiki is basically a spiritual practice. Usui’s Reiki concentrated on self-development, based on the concept that one must be able to control one’s attitude and thoughts. A person must also be able to develop serenity through a tranquil mind and be compassionate. It is then that the ability to heal develops. To accelerate the process of developing the right spirit, there are five principles of Reiki, which are principles for life and living that enable the person to heal him as well as others. When you learn Reiki, you will be urged to repeat the five principles aloud every morning and evening.
• Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings
• Just for today, I will not worry
• Just for today, I will not be angry
• Just for today, I will do my work honestly
• Just for today, I will be kind to my neighbor and every living thing.
There are different versions of these, but they all convey the same thing – tranquility, compassion and kindness.
The Three Levels Of Reiki
When you decide to start your Reiki training, your Master will explain that there are three different levels of training. Level I, II and III and each one has a special significance.
Reiki Level I
At level I, you get the foundation of Reiki. Your Reiki master will initiate you into Reiki through a process called attunements. Attunements give you the ability to channel Reiki healing energy and heal others. You will get an insight into Reiki’s history and its founder, Mikao Usui. You will also learn hand positions used in healing yourself as well as others.
Reiki Level II
Level II follows Level I, and helps you become a Reiki practitioner. At this stage, you become even more aware of Reiki and understand the healing session. While Level I focused on physical healing, Level II includes spiritual and emotional healing. You will also become initiated into the practice of distance healing, where you can “send” Reiki to someone far away. This level involves the use of Reiki symbols. You will learn to draw these and use them when you channel your Reiki to someone. Each symbol is significant for healing certain things and sometimes used in combination. Your Master will urge you to practice as much as possible before you move on to Level III.
Reiki Level III
Level III is the final phase of training to become a Reiki Master. Here you learn advanced healing techniques and tips to become a Reiki Master. You will also learn how to teach Reiki to others. This is the level where the fourth Reiki symbol is introduced to you and you will also learn how to attune others to Reiki. Depending on who your Master is, you may learn extra symbols to use when you practice. This phase is sometimes divided into three parts, namely, the Master Healer, Master or Teacher and Grandmaster. The Master Healer is at the highest level of Reiki healing. The Master/Teacher teaches level I and II to others. The Grandmaster teaches all levels.
How To Learn Reiki
Reiki is best learned from a Reiki Master who can train and attune you in the traditions and techniques of Reiki energy healing. Once you start learning Reiki, you have to practice healing yourself as well as others to become proficient.
Reiki training classes are common. It is a good idea to talk to your friends to find out if they know any Reiki practitioners in your area. These masters offer classes. Your local community college may offer level I Reiki. In fact, Reiki is so popular today that your college may have a non-credit course.
Some Reiki masters offer weekend classes. There are online and distance learning programs. No matter who teaches you, most Reiki training classes have a similar pattern. The first level usually attunes you to Reiki energy, gives you an overview of Reiki history and the techniques you need for self-healing and healing others. But the best way to be a Reiki channel or healer is to receive attunement from a Reiki master.
To further enhance your knowledge, check out home study courses and online manuals that give you affordable training. Take the time to identify a good master who fits your style of learning. It is important to find someone who has a good reputation and is well-organized, so that you can expect good follow-up guidance and help. Get to know the costs and time involved before you decide. Costs vary from Master to Master.
Some Frequently Asked Questions About Reiki
Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about Reiki:
When Can I Start Healing Others?
Right from the moment you receive your attunement. Ensure that you are grounded and drink a glass of water before you start.
What Should I Think About During Self Healing?
You should focus on something specific or chant the appropriate mantra. Visualize a halo of energy in the chakra you are healing in the related color. For instance, when you are healing the throat chakra, think about a blue sun emanating energy in the center of your throat.
Is There A Specific Time For Healing Each Chakra?
You will experience energy signals when you heal. The energy flows through you and when it abates, you can move to the next chakra. This should take approximately two to three minutes. Some chakras may involve more energy than others.
Should I Consider The 21 Days From The Next Day Of The Class Or The Day Of The Class?
In case you practiced full body self healing once more at home, you can count the day of the class as day one. If not, from the next day.
Is It Okay To Do Reiki During Periods?
Yes. There are no restrictions.
How Much Time Does It Take For Reiki To Cure People With Diseases?
Reiki works by starting at the root of any problem. If this is superficial, healing may be faster. If not, it could take a long time. Improvements will be visible in a gradual manner in the form of emotional stability, less stress, etc. Healing also depends on the willingness of the person to heal and the depth of the problem.
What If I Don’t Feel Any Energy When I Heal? Should I Undergo Attunement Again?
If you practice daily, you need not re-attune yourself. Initially, when you start learning Reiki your energy may be more. Over time, this reduces. It is important to practice on a daily basis.
Can Reiki Work For Bad Intentions?
As Reiki is a balancing energy it works on helping a person progress and brings balance to their lives.
Is It Okay To Use Reiki On People Under Medication?
Yes. Reiki is non-invasive and works with other systems like Ayurveda, Yoga, Aromatherapy, meditation, Allopath, etc.
What If I Don’t Believe In Reiki?
Reiki works whether you believe or not. You will be surprised to see the results.
Does Reiki Help People Who Are Victims Of Black Magic?
Reiki can protect against negative energy and this includes black magic and harmful spirits.
What Can Reiki Heal?
Reiki energy healing balances and relieves suffering. It enables you develop a positive mindset and relieves stress. It dissolves the problem gradually. As a Reiki channel 1, you heal through touch. As a Reiki channel 2, you can heal through time and space and send Reiki to someone who is geographically far away. Reiki is useful to improve health, emotional stress, trouble with relationships, etc.
When you practice Reiki healing, it is very rewarding to see the results. You need to practice compassion for the people you treat. Many people give Reiki for free. You need to know about Reiki healing, cleansing and grounding to practice successfully.
• Reiki cleansing involves change, detoxification and regrouping of energies. This process extends to 21 days.
• Reiki healing techniques are holistic and use the universal life force energy to heal.
• Reiki grounding assumes that Reiki can do no harm. Instead, it cures.
Practicing Reiki can be very fulfilling when you do it regularly. Here are some tips that will enhance your practice:
• If you see someone looking dejected or upset, draw the empowerment symbol on them and repeat the mantra thrice. This is a blessing for them.
• To sleep at night, give yourself Reiki with one hand on your forehead and one hand on your stomach.
• Do self Reiki by sitting with your eyes closed for two minutes and keeping your mind blank.
• Energize yourself with one hand on your forehead and one hand on your stomach.
• Use the second symbol to find something you have lost. It works.
• Use the empowerment symbol to get something you want, like a seat in a crowded theater, etc.
• Bless your food by drawing the empowerment symbol and say the mantra thrice.
• Reiki can speed up recovery from cold or flu. Place your hands on your forehead to clear sinuses, over your eyes to lose the puffy look and neck to relieve throat pain.
• The second symbol can boost your immune system when you activate it.
• Test your intuition when you go shopping for fruits and vegetables. Choose the ones whose energy touches you.
Reiki enriches your life in many ways, whether you choose it as a hobby or as a profession. It is exciting to make a huge difference. It also cultivates the power of positive thinking, bringing you to terms with who you are and your reactions to others. It helps you appreciate life. Go ahead and enjoy your journey with Reiki.