The Ancient Healing Art of Reiki

Transformative healing energy of Reiki

One way to improve overall health and wellness is Reiki. According to Dr. Oz, it may be the most powerful alternative healing tool available today. It is a form of spiritual healing, can release blocked energy and trauma from the body, release physical and emotional pain and create a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.

Reiki energy has been practiced in Tibet for hundreds, if not thousands of years and may go back all the way to the Buddha. It was rediscovered by the Japanese doctor, Mikao Usui in the 19th century and brought to the west (initially Hawaii) by Hawayo Takata in the 1930ies.

Some people say Reiki energy is the energy with which Buddha and Christ healed; others say that Reiki practitioners hold the space for a client, in which healing can occur; still others simply describe it as channeling divine or source energy.

The meaning of Reiki is usually translated as: REI = universal, KI = life force which flows through everything that is alive. The Japanese word ki is the same as the Chinese Ch’i which also means life force.  Through the practice of Reiki we are increasing the life force. In yoga, this energy corresponds to prana. In physical yoga practices we actively increase the life force, whereas in Reiki we passively receive it.

Reiki is a non-dual, universal, or soul energy. It can be practiced safely at any time and place. It works so well, because ultimately body, mind and soul are one. A physical symptom is usually the manifestation of an initially spiritual and, if not dealt with on this level, an emotional/mental unresolved issue. Louise Hay and others have written extensively about this phenomenon and linked the symptom of a disease to its mental/emotional roots. By releasing the spiritually blocked energy, the body can start healing again.

Often words cannot adequately express the healing power which can be accessed through Reiki. However I have seen the instant relief it has brought to myself and others. I believe that there is an energy field of pure potential, independent of what we name it. With Reiki, we can tap into this potential and restore the balance to our spirit, so it can support the self-healing power of the body. By reconnecting spirit to Spirit, we heal.

Reiki can be received in several ways. Most commonly, a Reiki practitioner channels the energy directly to the person who is present, typically relaxing fully clothed on a massage table. Another way to give Reiki is long distance. Like prayer, this energy is not limited by time or space. Anyone who has received the first attunement can give Reiki to himself. For long distance Reiki, the second attunement is necessary. What is really wonderful is that everybody can learn this technique, begin to self-heal or become a healer.

Reiki energy is transmitted through the hands of a practitioner. Giving Reiki is an intuitive process. Practitioners choose their hand placement according to their awareness and guidance. Yet it is very common to place the hands over the various chakras so they function better and are able to enhance the process of self-healing.

Here is my own experience with Reiki. Before I had my first session, I had been feeling extremely frazzled, tense, and exhausted. My world, or the relative security thereof, was ready to fall apart at any minute. I had no sense of continuity, did not feel I had any options nor was I able to plan my future. There was only a deep sense of impending loss and foreboding.

However, after the first Reiki session I received, I felt whole again. On the outside nothing had changed. Yet on the inside I suddenly felt okay.  It was as if suddenly there was some distance between my little world and the larger world and its workings around me. I felt at peace and reenergized in a way I had not experienced before, not even after a yoga practice.

One more word: Reiki is complementary to traditional medical practices and does not claim to replace them.  Yet, its power cannot be denied. Many of my clients are amazed how relaxed they feel or that some pain they had experienced for many years is gone or at least greatly diminished after as little as one session. Everybody’s experience is different.  No two sessions are alike, yet, as long as we are open to receive this energy, it is a wonderful, new journey.

Interested? Come to my presentation at Grapevine Yoga on February 17, 2013 at 3:00 –  4:30 pm, learn more about Reiki and experience a few minutes of its healing energy. The presentation is free, but I would appreciate a love offering to cover costs.

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