Reiki (pronounced Ray Key) is a combination of two Japanese words rei and kimeaning universal life energy.
Reiki is an ancient laying-on of hands healing technique that uses the life force energy to heal, balancing the subtle energies within our bodies. Reiki addresses physical, emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances.
After a twenty-one day retreat on Mount Kurama, involving meditation, fasting, and prayer in Japan, Dr. Mikao Usui gained the knowledge and spiritual power to "heal without energy depletion" and attune others to what is now called Reiki.
Reiki teachers and practitioners believe that Reiki is a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually guided life force energy. They access the universal 'life force' energy by picturing certain symbols to generate a healing effect. Believers claimed that they can gain access to this energy thru an attunement process taught by a Reiki Master. This process opens the crown, heart, and palm chakras and creates a special link between the student and the Reiki source.
Reiki is a therapy often described as palm healing or hands-on-body healing in which a practitioner places hands lightly on or over a patient's body to facilitate the patient's process of healing.
They believed in the concept that the energy is intelligent making diagnosis unnecessary and the energy that is coming from the Reiki master to the person to be treated boosts the natural healing processes. Some Reiki masters also perform healing even if the clients are far away.
In a Reiki session, the practitioner is seeking to transmit Universal Life Energy to the client. The intention is to create deep relaxation, to help speed healing, reduce pain, and decrease other symptoms you may be experiencing.
A number of teachers state that if the intended recipient does not wish to be healed, the energy will not flow.
Believers define Reiki as a holistic therapy, which brings about healing on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. It is said that healing may happen in any or all of these domains in just one treatment, without any conscious direction needed by either the practitioner or the recipient.
A complete Reiki session is offered to a fully clothed recipient who is lying on a treatment table or sitting comfortably supported in a chair. Most commonly, Reiki is offered through light, non-invasive touch with the practitioner's hands placed and held on a series of locations on the head and front and back of the torso.
Those receiving Reiki in a hospital, hospice, nursing home, or other healthcare settings may have a shorter session (15 or 20 minutes), while some private practitioners give 90 minute sessions. Most sessions are somewhere between.
Some practitioners use their intuition to guide them as to where treatment is needed while others use a fixed set of hand positions.
People often comment how comforting they find the experience of Reiki to be. An interesting study reported that recipients frequently feel that they are hovering in a threshold state of consciousness, simultaneously aware of their surroundings and deeply indrawn. Some people fall into a deep, sleeplike meditative state. Sometimes the experience of Reiki is dramatic, while for other people, the first session in particular may be uneventful, although they feel somehow better afterward. The most common experience is an almost immediate release of stress and a feeling of deep relaxation.
It is reported that the recipient often feels warmth or tingling in the area being treated, even when a non-touching approach is being used. A state of deep relaxation, combined with a general feeling of well being, is usually the most noticeable immediate effect of the treatment, although emotional releases can also occur. One may experience healing while others may not, it is always up to the individual and their faith in Reiki healing that makes each treatment a success..