The Definition of Reiki
Reiki is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Force Energy and is a deep, powerful, healing and cleansing technique for the whole of the mind, body and spirit. Reiki is a safe, gentle and non-intrusive healing technique based upon the ancient art of “laying on of hands” in order to heal. It is the use of touch to convey warmth, serenity, love, caring and healing, through the channelling of energy to enhance a person’s own life force.
When experiencing pain or hurt, it is natural for a person to put their hands on the injured part of the body in order to subdue the pain and heal it. Mother’s caress or kiss their children’s wounds, people will touch a sick person to convey and transmit a feeling of comfort and care, and animals lick the area of pain or wounds as a form of comfort and healing.
This “laying on of hands” or touching to heal stems from the principle that every living being or creature has a life force. Reiki involves harnessing and channelling this energy to heal by using certain Reiki techniques. Reiki is not a religion. It is a special set of techniques based on ancient Tibetan healing methodologies that allows one to tap into an infinite and limitless source of life energy in order to heal.
What can Reiki Heal …
Reiki treats the whole person, body, mind, emotions and spirit.
Physically, Reiki can be complementary to medical, dental, or psychological treatment, helping to reduce negative side effects from chemotherapy, surgery or invasive procedures. It can shorten healing time, reduce or eliminate pain, and remove energy blockages that interfere with sleep, and therefore healing.
Reiki can also help those who are in good health to stay that way. It helps to keep stress at a minimum, enhances the immune system and just helps to stay in a state of well being.
Reiki promotes peace and a state of well being. It balances and harmonizes the entire system, and when the body is in balance, it can heal itself. It noticeably reduces stress which helps to create a more positive attitude. Most people experience deep relaxation which encourages healing on all levels. Being in a relaxed state allows the positive, healing energy to bring about well being.
Emotionally, A Reiki session can encourage one to let go of tension, fear, anxiety, or any other negative feeling. Reiki can help emotional trauma, or anyone going through a stressful situation. Reiki helps to clear and increase your life force energy and release any negative toxins, blockages or emotions. It has been called “A secret art of inviting happiness into your life.”
In addition to the physical health benefits of Reiki, consider the spiritual benefits: Reiki and Yoga are both excellent practices to purify and cleanse the energy pathways in your body; the meridians and chakras, as well as the aura. This makes Reiki particularly interesting and beneficial to people who are working on personal and/or spiritual growth, and who desire to achieve higher states of consciousness and purify their energy channels.
Reiki, by flowing universal life force energy through your body’s energy centres, helps to cleanse and revitalize your own physical body. As your body releases blockages, toxins and impurities, Reiki goes on to find, break up and release negative thought forms that have become attached to your aura, or to your chakras. This eases the way to releasing old patterns of thought and behaviour, learning to understand your inner self more deeply, release old karma, and achieve soul growth and evolution. For some, this moves quickly, and for others it happens over a longer course of sessions. Some of us have more stuff to clean up than others.
Reiki can never be used to cause harm because Reiki energy is guided by Divine Consciousness. And because Reiki is spiritually guided, the energy goes where it is needed most. Reiki can be used as a complementary technique for any medical treatment. Reiki is known to reduce side effects from surgery and speed the healing process, reduces negative effects from chemotherapy, reduces or alleviates pain, reduces tension and creates an overall feeling of well being. If one can reduce the tension and stress of an illness, whether it is mental, emotional or physical, one can create an environment conducive to healing. One cannot heal if one is in a constant state of tension and stress. With Reiki, the vibration is raised and illness cannot live in that environment.
I think it is necessary to address expectations here, specifically which ones are reasonable, and which are unreasonable:
Often, clients think that they will be completely healed after one Reiki session. While miracles and instant responses do occur, it is important to remember that we didn’t get into a state of imbalance overnight. It may take several or many sessions before health is restored to the physical body.
Happily, the benefits of Reiki increase tenfold after several sessions. And as improvement continues, the benefits continue to increase, as well as the speed with which we are able to see results. As blockages are removed from the invisible, (emotional, mental, spiritual levels) the changes move more quickly on the visible levels.
Healing takes place on the different energy bodies and it takes a while for all the good, healing and positive energy in some to filter down into the physical body. And once improvement is evident, the negative energy that was removed must be replaced by the positive which usually means a lifestyle change in thinking, diet and/or situation.
Animals and any living being respond to Reiki, because everything responds to Love. Dogs, cats, birds, horses, any living thing responds to loving, healing touch. And as a spiritually guided energy, motivated by Love and Compassion, healing takes place on whatever level of being that is needed.
Reiki is being used in hospitals, Elder care, Hospice and in many other medically related fields. Insurance companies are starting to take a closer look at this incredible alternative therapy system because it is cutting down on patient recovery time, less pain and anxiety for the patient and fewer pain medications.
The Five Principles of Reiki
1. Just for today don’t get angry (be mindful of your anger, try to see where it is coming from).
2. Just for today, don’t worry (big waste of time and energy).
3. Just for today, be grateful.
4. Just for today work hard (to enjoy yourself).
5. Just for today be kind to yourself and others.
Namaste is a blessing, usually done with hands together in prayer position. It is quite often said at the end of a healing session. It means:
I honour the place in you in which the entire Universe dwells
I honour the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light and of peace
When you are in that place
And I am in that place in me
We are one
(I honour the Divine in you).
Symptoms after a healing session
After a healing session you will begin to detoxify and therefore may develop the following symptoms:
* Odorous or discoloured stools
* Increased urination
* Temporary skin rash
* A runny nose and cold / flu-like symptoms
These symptoms are caused by the release of toxins and this process should be supported rather than stopped. Drinking frequent glasses of pure water is recommended after healing, as well as taking time off to rest if possible.
After a Reiki Session
How you feel after a Reiki session is as individual as the person receiving Reiki. Reiki is a subtle, but very effective vibrational energy. If one feels bad after a session, there can be a number of reasons. Reiki is a positive, loving vibration. During a Reiki session, the negative, toxic vibrations of the individual whether they are of a physical, emotional, mental or spiritual nature will be stirred up, brought to the surface to be removed from the client’s system. It is a type of cleansing, and sometimes one will feel worse before she/he feels better. Reiki vibrates the negative energy out of the problem area. Reiki raises the person’s vibration; negative energy lowers one’s vibration. One may have symptoms that may lead to the root of the problem. You may ache; have a headache, stomach ache, which can indicate detoxification.
Healing comes in many ways. Most people have a sense of peace and well being after a Reiki session, some have symptoms of detoxification, others feel worse before they feel better. We are always looking for the miraculous and though it can occur, sometimes we miss what we are being shown.
When we ask for Reiki, we ask for help, healing and well being. And remember, we do not get in our not-so-well-being condition overnight. It may take several sessions to see improvement or notice a difference. Regardless of what one feels after a session, Reiki has been received on some level of being.
You need to take a few minutes to lay still absorbing the Reiki energy and let all that you have received settle into completion. This is a very important part of the process.
Most of the time a person will feel relaxed and uplifted by a Reiki treatment. However, sometimes as a person’s vibration goes up, toxins that have been stored in the liver and kidneys will be removed from the system. When this happens sometimes a person will have a headache or stomach ache or feel weak.
If this happens, it is a good idea to drink more water, eat lighter meals and get more rest. The body is cleansing as part of the healing process so this is a good sign.
Sometimes you may have an emotional release during or after a session. This may even happen weeks or months after your Reiki session. This loving, intelligent energy goes where it is needed whether it is on a mental, emotional, body level or spirit level. Since all are interrelated, all parts benefit.
When you get home, drink plenty of water. If you feel like resting or taking a nap, then do so. This is because after a Reiki session, some people begin to detoxify.
* Contributed by Tamra