Reiki comes from two Japanese words, “Rei” meaning “God’s Wisdom” or “Higher Power” and “Ki” meaning “life force energy.” The Japanese stress-reduction and healing therapy literally translates to “spiritually guided life force energy.”
How Reiki Works
Reiki is based on the idea that health comes from the Ki flowing through and around a person, rather than the condition of the physical body. Ki is the reason why the physical organs function in a healthy way, and when the flow if Ki is blocked or disrupted, it adversely affects the body, causing the illness.
Ki responds to a person’s thoughts and feelings, so positive thoughts help the Ki flow more freely through the body to contribute to improved health. Negative thoughts contribute to a poor flow of Ki to contribute to decreased health and vitality. Even Western medicine is starting to recognize the mind-body connection and the ability to improve/worsen health conditions. To understand how the mind-body connection works, you must understand that all the organs are connected to the nervous system via the nerves that transmit messages to and from the brain, therefore our mind is more than the brain itself.
Is Reiki Safe?
Yes, Reiki is a natural and safe way to heal the body. It’s spiritual healing practices can be used via a practitioner, but self-healing techniques are also available for those who cannot find a practitioner in their area.
Reiki has been shown to work well for virtually all maladies, and can be used in conjunction with other techniques, both medical and therapeutic, to promote recovery or relieve side effects.
How Do I Learn Reiki?
Anyone can learn Reiki for self-healing purposes, including children and the elderly, as age and health state don’t affect the ability to practice. No credentials or special background are required to get the necessary training. All it takes is about 10 hours of in person training from a Reiki practitioner. Typically, these classes are taught in groups, and a nominal fee is charged to cover the class. You don’t need any special knowledge of health care or bioenergy. You will only be able to learn from a qualified Reiki master, so if you know someone who practices, ask them who taught them. Research into their background to ensure they are credible enough to teach you.
Spiritual vs. Religious
Religion has spiritual components, and though Reiki is spiritual, there is no religion. You are not required to believe in anything specific to learn Reiki or to have it work for you. It will work whether you believe it in or not. The spiritual part of Reiki suggests everyone should live and act in ways that promote harmony with one another, a nearly culturally universal belief.
WIth Reiki’s self-healing techniques, you can practice the techniques on your own body to relieve a number of issues, including: pain relief, stress and anxiety, and a number of chronic health conditions. Knowing how to use Reiki on yourself ensures you’re never left alone feeling helpless and out of control again.