What is Reiki?

The system of Reiki is a Japanese spiritual practice and a form of hands-on healing developed in the early 1900’s that by Mikao Usui that supports healing and personal development.

Reiki may be translated to English as meaning “Universal Life Force Energy”.
    Rei -Universal, Universal Mind, God, the Supreme Being, Divine Creator, All That Is, Jehovah, Krishna, Buddha, Great Spirit,…  (pronounced “Ray”)
    Ki -Life Force energy. (aka. Chi, Qi, Prana, …) (pronounced “Key”)

Reiki is gentle, non-invasive, extremely relaxing, and is an excellent method for stress reduction. Reiki treats not only the physical symptoms, but also addresses the cause(s) of the of the dis-stressing situation, and brings into balance the energetic bodies (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual)

Reiki connects without binding
Reiki stimulates without over exciting
Reiki separates without creating isolation
Reiki calms without causing rigidity
Reiki directs our attention to life, and the love in the heart
Reiki creates clarity without a lack of involvement
Reiki wakes us up and supports the development of all types of latent potentials
– from The Spirit of Reiki

The Reiki practitioner is able to access this energy via the Reiki attunements*, which in effect, switches on a person’s ability to transfer Reiki healing to one’s self and others.  The Reiki practitioner places his/her hands on chakras, meridians, areas local to organs and other body structures, transferring healing energy.

*Attunements are a transmission of energy which activate the ability to access and utilize Reiki. Attunement into Reiki is given by a Reiki teacher. A Reiki teacher is one who has been trained in and has practiced the precise methods for transferring this ability to others. Once the attunement is complete, the practitioner can utilize this healing energy in a variety of ways to restore the body, mind and emotions into a harmonious state.

The Four qualities of Reiki may be defined in the following way:

  1. The ability to perform Reiki comes from receiving an attunement, rather than developing the ability over time through the use of meditation or other exercises.
  2. All Reiki techniques are part of a lineage, meaning the technique has been passed from teacher to student through an attunement process, beginning with the one who first channeled the technique.
  3. Reiki does not require that one guide the energy with the mind, as it is guided by the higher power that knows what vibration or combination of vibrations to have and how to act.
  4. Reiki can do no harm.

If a healing technique has these four qualities it can be considered to be a Reiki technique.

So,… if you feel that you are using energy in helping yourself and others, you probably are, but if you have not received Reiki attunement(s)  from a Reiki teacher, you cannot claim to be “doing Reiki”.  This would be analogous to claiming to be a geologist because of an interest in geology and having read some books or articles on the subject, without going through the ‘attunement’ of studying with qualified teachers.

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