Literally translated from the Japanese, ‘Reiki’ (pronounced Ray-Key) means Universal Life Force Energy, that is, the energy that occupies and defines all things. You therefore simultaneously consist of this force, are defined by its form and are also powered by it. While other cultures have long accepted this idea, Western belief has been more reluctant to accept it. As science has developed it has been discovered that underlying all matter, in all forms, is energy. Reiki is a force of unlimited and abundant energy that acknowledges no conditions and, therefore, no limits. It is a force of light, positivity and growth and is available to anyone who acknowledges its existence.
Reiki is not a religion or creed, it is simply energy and everyone’s experience with it is different when giving or receiving it. My own belief is that although it can be learned from books from the library or off the Internet, it is far more beneficial to be taught – or receive it – by someone of experience from another Reiki teacher, who has also learned from another.
Reiki was originally part of ancient Tibetan Lotus Sutras and was re-discovered by Dr Mikao Usui, a Japanese Christian priest, at the end of the 19th century. His knowledge of the uses of this energy has been passed down from one practitioner to the next over generations.
The actual process of ‘giving Reiki’ requires the laying on – or not – of hands to another person’s body (fully clothed) where that person may feel heat, or a tingling sensation, or nothing at all. As a channel for this energy, I am used as a vessel for the force flowing through me, to you, using both intuition and a technique that allows me to focus on its application.
Reiki is an intelligent energy so it seeks out places it is needed, like a pill may target a certain area of the body, releasing blocks in the body’s natural flow of energy. As such, the possible applications of Reiki are infinite. While I cannot say exactly ‘how’ it works, through personal experience I have found it has got rid of headaches, helped me sleep better and given me an enormous sense of vitality. I have been practising this now for over a decade.
It is my belief that Reiki is safe and benign. To my knowledge, no one I have treated has suffered side effects or anything but improvement in their condition, be it a subtle energy boost or relief from pain. Reiki may also precipitate a healing crisis in which the symptoms actually, briefly, get worse before they get better as the body works to adjust itself naturally. The key for me is the intention that when I use Reiki it is solely for the benefit of others and myself.
If you are still finding all this hard to take in, perhaps suspend judgement until you have experienced it for yourself. I find the best way to learn more is simply to try it, without expectation, and see how you feel. After all, there’s nothing like first-hand experience!