What is Reiki?

What is Reiki?

The word Reiki is actually a combination of two Japanese words, originally derived from Middle Chinese: Rei means soul or life and Ki means energy. Collectively, its meaning is described as “life force energy” or “spiritually guided life energy” while some English authors have loosely defined it as “Universal Life Energy”. It is believed to be the energy which keeps all of us alive and is found everywhere around us.

Fundamentally, Reiki is a spiritual Japanese practice to relax and reduce stress which also stimulates and promotes healing from several ailments. It is administered by a Reiki Master by laying his hands on the recipient to trigger the natural healing progressions of his body and reinstate his physical as well as emotional welfare. The basic principle behind this practice is that if one’s life force energy is low, he is more likely to suffer from diseases and if it is high, he will be happy and healthy. Reiki was originally established by a Japanese Buddhist called Mikao Usui in 1922.

Reiki and Religion

Many people believe that Reiki is a religious matter, which is not true. Though Reiki is a spiritual process, yet it is neither a religion nor associated to any specific belief. The Reiki practitioners claim that it comes from God and people from all the religions can benefit from it. They also believe Reiki is not reliant on any belief or religion, and it works for everyone no matter if they believe in it or not.
Though Reiki does not enforce any particular belief, yet it recommends practicing some simple ethical ideals for maintaining peace and harmony. These principles are common in all the cultures and religions. They are known as Five Reiki Precepts and include hedonism and prohibition against murder, stealing, sexual transgression, and lying.

Three Degrees of Reiki

After Reiki gained popularity in Europe, its two main branches were acknowledged: Traditional Reiki or Traditional Japanese Reiki and Westernised Reiki. Reiki has three classes of degrees namely First Degree, Second Degree and Master Degree Reiki. At First Degree a practitioner can heal himself and others, at Second he can heal others remotely, which is called distant healing, through certain symbols and at Third he can attune and teach others.

What Does Science Say About Reiki?

Medical science has failed to produce any evidence regarding the effectiveness of Reiki. During 2008 a methodical review of randomised medical trials was conducted which finally established that “the evidence is insufficient to suggest that Reiki is an effective treatment for any condition.” Therefore, it is advised that Reiki should not be considered an alternate to any medical treatment. If you want to try it, only consider to compliment your proper medical action.

Reiki Healing

Since its inception, there has been a wide-ranging inquisitiveness about Reiki Healing. One can find several different declarations and claims regarding this healing process. However, the expansion and development in Reiki community has assisted to decipher the cloak of mystery which had surrounded Reiki, especially in the West. Therefore, many associated imprecisions are now peeled off layer by layer. Interestingly, some Reiki myths are still on the rise.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is actually a Japanese healing system and in its simplest form the practitioner places their hands on the recipient with intent to heal them, and to let the Reiki energy flow evenly.

Reiki healing is quite different from healing through the modern medical treatment. Reiki practitioners believe that Reiki healing is not just the removal of symptoms, but it is to regain unity with divine harmony and returning to a state of synchronisation with your “Higher Self”. The reason behind this is believed to be that Reiki balances the human energy fields, known as Auras, and energy centers, known as Chakras. This balance helps achieve spiritual, mental, emotional as well as physical relaxation besides boosting healing process.

Use of hand positions

There also exists a collection of hand positions conventionally taught which usually covers the recipient’s entire body when undergoing a healing session. However, it is not compulsory to follow these particular positions as they are purely taught as a starting point for a learner. Furthermore, if there is a specific affected area, the practitioner will focus on the affected area of the body as opposed to rest of the body.

Reiki Protocol

Some experts have correlated Reiki healing to traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic, as their basic concepts of healing are quite similar. The person opting for Reiki healing will be asked to lay down on a couch, bed or a massage table after taking off his shoes. Loose-fitting clothes and natural fabrics i.e. linen, wool, cotton etc. are advised. The person has to remove his jewellery before the session. Some Reiki practitioners create a soothing environment with the help of dim lights and slow music while others prefer quietness.

Reiki was done clandestinely in the past, so another question people usually ask that if it can actually cure major ailments then what was the point of keeping it secret. So the effectiveness of Reiki is still pretty much questionable. However, there are many people who claim they received great results from Reiki healing. Therefore, it is advisable to seek a qualified doctor’s advice before opting for Reiki.

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