(Adapted from IARP.org)
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a spiritual healing art with its roots in Japanese origin. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually guided life force energy.
Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki Practitioners understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves and help others. It is believed that a person’s “ki” or energy should be strong and free flowing. When this is true a person’s body and mind is in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.
A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels – physical, mental, and spiritual. A session is pleasant and relaxing and is often utilized for one’s personal wellness.
Reiki is a complementary practice, meaning it works in partnership with mainstream medical practices and will not interfere with current medication or treatments.
Mikao Usui was born on August 15, 1865 in Japan where he studied medicine, psychology, religion and spiritual development. He became secretary to the head of the Health and Welfare Department who later went on to become the Mayor of Tokyo.
In 1914, at the age of 49, he decided to become a Buddhist Monk. In 1922, he went on a 21-day retreat of meditation, prayers, chanting and fasting at Mount Kurama in Kyoto, Japan. While standing under a waterfall, he did a meditation designed to open and purify the Crown Chakra. This caused him to have a spiritual awakening on the final day of his retreat. A powerful light entered the top of his head. His awareness was expanded and he realized a great power had entered him.
Mikao Usui moved, with his wife and children, to Tokyo in April 1922. On the basis of his lifelong spiritual journey and his more recent spiritual experience, he developed “The Usui System of Natural Healing”. He then started a healing society named “Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai”. Shortly afterward, he opened a clinic in Harajuku and began doing Reiki sessions and teaching classes.
On September 1, 1923, the great Kanto earthquake struck with a force of magnitude 8.3 and killed over 140,000 people, leaving thousands more injured and homeless. Dr. Usui and his students worked day and night, giving Reiki to help as many as they could. The Meiji Emperor honored Mikao Usui for his dedication and contribution to their country.
At the age of 60, in 1925, he opened a larger clinic in Nakano and then began traveling and lecturing until he crossed over from a massive stoke on March 9, 1926. In four short years, he taught over 2,000 students and trained 16 teachers. He wanted this simple technique to be available to all people worldwide.
Mikao Usui is buried at Saihoji Temple in Suginami-Ku, Tokyo. A large memorial stone was erected by his students, describing his life and work with Reiki.
Dr Mikao Usui believed that in order for anyone to practice Reiki and transfer healing energy to others, they must have first taken responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. He developed five principles which he taught to his students as strategies to apply to life. He defined these as:
Just for today, do not be angry
Just for today, do not worry
Just for today, be grateful
Just for today, work hard
Just for today, be kind to others.
Reiki has been known to help with:
- Reduction of pain in chronic conditions/illness
- Increasing clarity of thought/brain fog
- Trauma, caused by emotional and/or physical issues, grief, anxiety, depression
- Increasing energy levels
What to expect in a Reiki session
During a Reiki session, the client lays on a massage table, fully clothed, and covered with a cozy blanket. Depending on clients’ desire, music may or may not be used. Other sound healing instruments may be used, such as a gong, singing bowls, or drums.
The practitioner becomes a vessel for the Reiki energy. Reiki energy comes through the shoulders and out the hands to the client. The practitioner (with permission) places hands gently on clients’ body, allowing the energy to flow into the client. If permission is not granted for laying hands on, the practitioner will place hands just above the body. The practitioner will then slowly work from the head to the toes. Client may feel the energy as warmth, and will feel relaxed.
Reiki sessions usually take about one hour.
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