What Is Reiki ?
Reiki is a form of hands on healing, with its origins dating back many thousands of years to the time before Christ and Buddha. The original name, and techniques of Reiki were lost due to the traditional method of passing knowledge from generation to generation by word of mouth. Exactly when this ancient art of healing disappeared is difficult to determine. However, we do know that it was rediscovered by a Japanese Scholar and monk name Dr Mikao Usui. It was in fact Dr Usui who fashioned the name REIKI.
Reiki is a two syllable Japanese word meaning universal life force. The proper Japanese pronunciation is RYE-KEY.
Rei means universal, omnipresent – present everywhere at the same time. Esoterically Rei means spiritual consciousness, the omniscient wisdom from God or the higher self.
Ki is the non physical vitality that gives life to all living things. Many cultures understand and recognise the importance of Ki energy and how it impacts our lives and well-being.
Ki energy can be activated for the purpose of healing. When you feel healthy and full of life, the flow of Ki energy in your body is high, everything seems easier to deal with and you have a higher resistance to illness and dis-ease.
However, when your Ki energy is low because you are under stress, feeling unhappy or tired you will be more susceptible to disease and sickness. Your attitude will be generally negative and you will find it difficult to deal with life’s challenges. Ki is the very essence of the soul; it leaves the body when a person dies.
Being a complementary therapy, Reiki works effectively alongside orthodox healthcare and natural remedies, expanding treatment options.
Note: Reiki is being used in various settings including private practice, complementary therapy centres, GP surgeries, hospitals, hospices, cancer support groups, post-operative recovery, drug rehabilitation, prisons, HIV/AIDS centres, and in the care of the elderly.