What is Reiki?
Reiki is a form of spiritual practice, used as a complementary therapy, proposed for the treatment of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual diseases. Mikao Usui developed Reiki in early 20th century Japan, where he said he received the ability of healing without energy depletion' after three weeks of fasting and meditating on Mount Kurama. Practitioners use a technique similar to the laying on of hands, which they say will channel "healing energy". Practitioners state that energy flows through their palms to bring about healing and that the method can be used for self-treatment as well as treatment of others.
Derivation of name
The name Reiki derives from the Japanese pronunciation of two Japanese characters that describe the energy itself: '霊 rei' (meaning 'universal' or 'spiritual') and 気 ki (Chinese qi, here meaning 'energy' or 'life force'). In English, the noun Reiki commonly refers to either the energy or the therapeutic method which uses the energy. It is also used as a verb and an adjective. Japanese speakers use the term as a generic "spiritual power" while the Usui Method of Reiki Healing is specifically Usui reiki shiki ryoho.
Reiki teachings state that there is a universal 'life force' energy, which can be accessed by practitioners to induce a healing effect. This form of energy is usually equated with the Chinese qi, although some practitioners differentiate it from other forms of qi such as that experienced in Qigong or that used by the Kahuna of Hawaii, stating, for example, that Reiki is a 'non-dualistic' or 'non-polar' energy. It is understood that anyone can gain access to this energy by means of an attunement process (a set of one or more initiations), carried out by a Reiki Master. 'Reiki Master' is the Western term for someone who has completed sufficient levels of training to perform these initiations and to teach Reiki. The title does not imply that a state of spiritual enlightenment has been reached.) It is generally understood that attunement is the only way to gain access to Reiki. The effect of the attunement is considered to be permanent.
Having been attuned, it is said that the energy will flow through the practitioner's hands, whenever the hands are placed on, or held near (within a few centimeters of), a potential recipient, who can be clothed. Some teachings stress the importance of the practitioner's intention or presence in this process, whilst others emphasize that the energy is drawn by injury, disease, or an imbalance of energy, in the recipient. In either case, the energy is understood to flow to the areas most in need and activate or enhance the natural healing processes in those places. Because of this, Reiki is described as an 'intelligent' form of energy, with diagnosis being unnecessary. Furthermore, it is said that Reiki can be used as a preventative medicine, as it will encourage healing before any noticeable symptoms have emerged. Another consequence of the simplicity of Reiki is that it can be taught to children.
Despite the fact that no diagnosis is needed, some teachings variously encourage the practitioner to use intuition, or a 'scanning' procedure, to determine which parts of the recipient's body are in need of Reiki. Some teachers state that if, on some level (perhaps unconsciously), the intended recipient does not wish to be healed, the energy will not flow. However, others claim that Reiki will always have a beneficial effect, regardless of the conscious and unconscious beliefs of the recipient.
Reiki is described as a holistic therapy which brings about healing on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. It is said that healing may occur in any or all of these domains in a single treatment, without any conscious direction needed by either the practitioner or the recipient. Furthermore, because the energy is understood to be triggering or enhancing natural healing processes, many teachers say that it is always safe to use Reiki, regardless of the condition of the recipient, and that it has no harmful side-effects. For the same reason, it is usually taught that Reiki can be used in combination with any other form of treatment, from either conventional or alternative medicine. However, some authors urge caution in cases where an on-going allopathic treatment is being used to compensate for a deficient bodily process, for example the use of insulin to treat diabetes: They suggest that greater monitoring is required when Reiki is introduced, as the natural processes are likely to improve in function and the dosage of the allopathic intervention might no longer be ideal.
The energy involved in a Reiki treatment is said to be 'from the Universe,' rather than the personal energy of the practitioner, and is therefore inexhaustible. (Some teachings say that the energy enters the practitioner through the crown chakra at the top of the head, before being emitted from the hands.) As a consequence, Reiki practitioners are taught that they can treat themselves with Reiki. Indeed, many teachers emphasize this self-treatment capability as being the primary benefit of Reiki. When treating others, it is reported that the practitioner is not depleted by giving the treatment, and even receives some benefit as a side-effect. Furthermore, it is stated that practitioners can use Reiki regardless of their own state of health.
It is also taught that Reiki can be used on other living organisms, including animals and plants. This is possible because the Reiki is understood to be enhancing the natural healing processes of the receiving organism, without any need of a conscious understanding or belief by that organism.
A second level of training, including another initiation, is said to equip the practitioner to perform Reiki treatments from a distance. This method, it is stated, involves the use of special symbols to form a temporary connection between the practitioner and the recipient, regardless of location, and then to send the Reiki energy. Techniques are also taught whereby Reiki can be sent to a specific point in time, either in the past or the future.
Some teachers, including Mikao Usui, teach that the Reiki energy can be channeled not just through the hands but in other ways, for example using the breath or vision. Such techniques depend on the focus and intention of the practitioner.
Practitioners of Reiki do not consider it to be a religion as it depends neither on belief, nor non-belief, in a deity. However, many find that Reiki can be used as the foundation of, or to augment, a spiritual practice, or for personal growth.
Whole body treatment
In a typical whole-body Reiki treatment, the practitioner asks the recipient to lie down, usually on a massage table, and relax. Loose, comfortable clothing is usually worn during the treatment. The practitioner might take a few moments to enter a calm or meditative state of mind and mentally prepare for the treatment, which is usually carried out without any unnecessary talking.
The treatment proceeds with the practitioner placing his hands on the recipient in various positions. However, some practitioners use a non-touching technique, where the hands are held a few centimeters away from the recipient's body, for some or all of the positions. The hands are usually kept still for 3 to 5 minutes before moving to the next position. Overall, the hand positions usually give a general coverage of the head, the front and back of the torso, the knees and feet. Between 12 and 20 positions are used, with the whole treatment lasting 45 to 90 minutes.
Some practitioners use a fixed set of hand positions. Others use their intuition to guide them as to where treatment is needed, sometimes starting the treatment with a 'scan' of the recipient to find such areas. The intuitive approach might also lead to individual positions being treated for much shorter or longer periods of time.
It is reported that the recipient often feels warmth or tingling in the area being treated, even when a non-touching approach is being used. A state of deep relaxation, combined with a general feeling of well-being, is usually the most noticeable immediate effect of the treatment, although emotional releases can also occur. As the Reiki treatment is said to be stimulating natural healing processes, instantaneous 'cures' of specific health problems are not usually observed. A series of three or more treatments, typically at intervals of 1 to 7 days, is usually recommended if a chronic condition is being addressed. Regular treatments, on an on-going basis, can be used with the aim of maintaining well-being. The interval between such treatments is typically in the range of 1 to 4 weeks, except in the case of self-treatment when a daily practice is common.
Localized Reiki treatments involve the practitioner's hands being held on or near a specific part of the body. Recent injuries are usually treated in this way, with the site of injury being targeted. There is great variation in the duration of such treatments, though 20 minutes might be typical.
Some practitioners use localized treatments for certain ailments, and some publications have tabulated appropriate hand positions. However, other practitioners prefer to use the whole body treatment for all chronic conditions, on the grounds that it has a more holistic effect. Another approach is to give a whole body treatment first, followed by a localized treatment.
Many practitioners use Reiki in an informal way, as part of social interaction with friends or family members. In this style of use, the practitioner places one or both hands on any part of the recipient: wherever feels appropriate and comfortable in the particular situation. Talking and all other aspects of social interaction continue as normal.
A Reiki practitioner can treat himself or herself with any of the methods described above. In this case, the practitioner is also the recipient.
A group treatment involves two or more Reiki practitioners treating the same recipient, simultaneously. This is said to have a significantly stronger effect than treatment from a single practitioner.
Groups of practitioners can come together to share Reiki. In these situations, each participant in turn acts as the recipient, with the rest of the group giving the treatment. The number of people involved is usually in the range 3 to 9. (Two practitioners can also meet to exchange Reiki treatments.) If there are more than 8 or 9 participants, then they split into two or more groups for practical reasons. The duration of treatment is such that the whole sharing takes one to two hours (between 10 and 30 minutes per recipient). Such a 'Reiki share' is often a social occasion, with the practitioners talking throughout.
Treatment of animals and plants
A pet dog receiving Reiki Animals and plants are usually treated for shorter periods than humans. The duration of treatment, and number of hand positions used, depends on factors such as the size of the recipient and the severity of the condition being addressed. In the absence of disease, some practitioners enjoy giving Reiki to animals or plants, as a loving interaction.
Many practitioners use Reiki as the basis of a spiritual practice, or to augment other spiritual practices. The cornerstone of Reiki spiritual practice is a daily one hour self-treatment, conducted in a meditative frame of mind. As well as maintaining physical, mental and emotional well-being, this practice is understood to induce spiritual growth, potentially leading to self-realization.
Many Reiki practitioners also undertake to observe the 5 Reiki Principles recommended by Mikao Usui.
A Japanese Tendai Buddhist named Mikao Usui is understood to have discovered Reiki in 1922 after a twenty-one day retreat on Mount Kurama, involving meditation, fasting, and prayer. Usui claimed that by mystical revelation he had gained the knowledge and spiritual power to apply and attune others to what is called Reiki. Many years earlier, as a young monk, Usui had studied kiko (the Japanese equivalent of Qigong), and practiced a healing method based on that discipline. Usui said that the awakening of Reiki and the development of his techniques was something entirely different.
In April of 1922, Usui moved to Tokyo and founded the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai (Usui Reiki Healing Society), an organization which exists to this day.
Usui was an admirer of the literary works of Emperor Meiji, and, in the process of developing his Reiki system, summarized some of the Meiji Emperor's works into a set of ethical principles, which later became, and to this day are known as, the Reiki Principles. Most Reiki teachers and practitioners aim to abide by these five principles, one translation of which is:
"The secret method of inviting good fortune.
The marvelous medicine for all sickness
Just for today;
Do not be angry
Do not be worried
Work hard (on yourself)
Be kind to others.
Every morning and every night, sit in the Gassho (hands held palm-to-palm [literal translation]) position and speak these words out loud in your heart.
Reiki has been gaining some popularity worldwide within hospitals.
Many independent teachers combine Reiki with other techniques, such as working with crystals, color therapy, spirit guides or visualization. Such methods are sometimes included as part of a Reiki course. As defined by Wikipedia
REIKI SYMBOLS, THEY MEANING AND METHODS OF ACTIVATION
The Japanese Character of Reiki
In Second and Master level of Reiki you will have access to the Special Sacred Reiki Symbols and words. These are handed down from Master to Master and are used for attuning other initiates into your Reiki Linage. But more importantly they can be used for healing and protection.
Reiki Symbols are means of focusing your attention in order to connect with "specific" healing frequencies.
Using different symbols will boost up the Reiki energy.
CHO KU RAY
Alias: "The Power Symbol"
Meaning: "God and Man Coming Together" or "I have the key"
The primary use of this Symbol is to increase Reiki power. It draws Energy from around you and it focuses it where you want to.
Make the sign over the client (or yourself) and say (silently) the words Cho Ku Rei 3 times.
It is the all-purpose symbol. It can be used for anything, anywhere;
* For on the spot treatments
* To cleans negative energies
* Spiritual protection
* On food, water, medicine, herbs
* In sick rooms and hospitals
* To aid manifestation
* To empower other Reiki Symbols
* To seal energies after the treatment, etc.
If you wish to use the symbol to bring Energy to yourself, reverse it.
SEI HEI KI
Alias: The Mental/Emotional Symbol
Meaning: God and Man Coming Together or Key to the Universe
It is used primary for mental/emotional healing and calming the mind. It is very good for:
* Psychic protection
* In meditations to activate Kundalini
* To balance the right and left brain
* Aid for removing addictions
* For healing past traumas
* Clears emotional blockages and aligns the upper chakras.
* Remove negative energies and bad vibrations
Sei He Ki restores emotional balance and harmony.
HON SHA ZE SHO NEN
Alias: The Distance Symbol
Meaning: The God ( The Buddha, the Christ,..) in Me Greets the God in You to Promote Enlightenment and Peace
This is the Distant Healing Symbol and it is used to send Reiki over distance and time (past, present, future), to anyone and anything.
It is also drawn when sending a distant attunement.
Alias: The Balanicg Factor
It is a balancing/unblocking Symbol.
* Grounds and balances energy
* Helps to unblock the energy chakra centers allowing the energy to flow
* If signed over pain helps to reduce it or dissipate it.
THE REIKI MASTER SYMBOL
DAI KO MYO
Alias: The Master Symbol
It is the most powerful symbol in the Reiki group. It can be used only by Reiki Masters.
This symbol is used to heal the soul. Since it deals with the soul and our spiritual self it heals disease and illness from the original source in the aura/energy fields.
It helps to provide enlightenment and peace. It also allows to become more intuitive and psychic.
With practice this symbol brings profound life changes.
METHODS FOR SYMBOL ACTIVATION
They can be activated in any of the following ways:
* By drawing them with your palm centre
* BY drawing them with your finger
* By visualizing them
* By drawing them with your third eye
* By spelling the symbol's name three times.
You can use whatever method you wish, but don't forget that it's the intent that counts.
Where to apply them during a healing?
First place the symbol(s) on your own hands/palms and then redraw or visualize the same symbols on:
* The clients crown chakra
* The areas to be treated (if known)
* The clients hands/palms
If you can not recall a Reiki symbol, use the "alias", because both have the same energy.
With practice the symbols will become less relevant and the focus will change to the "intent" of the specific energies required.
The Above is from Reiki For Holistic Health
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