What is Reiki? – Zenquility
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What is Reiki?

The first question I often get when I say I practice Reiki at the Master level is “What is that?”  As someone who has practiced Reiki and alternative healing for over 10 years, I sometimes forget that not everyone is versed in the wonderful world of alternative healing.  So here is a little bit of an introduction.

Reiki (pronounced like “ray key”) has been around in various forms for thousands of years.  It is a Japanese healing technique using energy to heal both physically and mentally.  Reiki energy flows where it is needed in the client and creates the healing the client most needs.

The word Reiki is composed of two Japanese words, rei and ki.  Rei refers to a higher intelligence that guides the function of the Universe. Rei permeates everything and guides evolution of all creation.  Ki is the non-physical energy that flows through all living things.

So what does all this mean?  I believe it means that Reiki taps into the higher intelligence, or Universal Energy as I think of it, to provide energy to the affected physical and mental area to help promote healing and health.  This Universal Energy already exists within you, supporting the innate intelligence your cells have to know what it takes to be healthy and happy. This Universal Energy also exists everywhere else, and during Reiki we bring more of it into you, to tip the balance toward more health and happiness.

Reiki opens the meridians and chakras in our bodies – that is, the channels along which our energy travels and the centers in which that energy gathers – that have been blocked by unreleased stressed which accumulated recently or perhaps over many years. It leaves you feeling rested and peaceful – a state in which healing can more efficiently take effect.  It helps your energy, or “life force”, flow the way it should!

The style of Reiki that I use and teach is the style discovered by Dr. Mikao Usui in the mid 1800’s; it is called, appropriately, the Usui System of Reiki.   Researchers have found that there were at least four other styles of Reiki healing in Japan before Dr. Usui founded his system; however, Dr. Usui’s system is most prevalently used and taught.  Dr. Usui believed in teaching and spreading Reiki through the population and not just keeping it for himself.

One of the things I love about Dr. Usui’s system is that it allows you to treat yourself as well as others. It gives us a safe way of allowing the flow of the healing energy without the fear of taking on anyone else’s energy. It’s also very easy to learn.

Many practitioners place their hands directly on the client to offer Reiki; I prefer to work in the aura or energy field around the physical body.  I usually start at the head and work on the chakras and meridians in the energy field moving slowly to the feet.  Most of my clients report a feeling of heat coming from my hands and a calmness.  Some have even been known to become so relaxed that they catch a little nap while I’m working.

If you would like to know how to give more about Reiki to yourself or someone else, I will be teaching the Level I class in January.  If you are curious about what to expect when receiving in a session, please read one of my other articles, “What Will I Feel During a Reiki Session?” And of course, the best way to understand Reiki is to come in and try it.


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