Reiki is the Japanese word for Universal Life Force Energy. When the ‘Rei’ and ‘Ki’ are broken down into their two component parts, the Kanji (Japanese alphabet) definition for Rei is universal, transcendental spirit, mysterious power, essence. Ki is described as the vital life force energy, very similar to the Chi of Chinese acupuncture, Light to Christians, and Bioplasmic Energy to Russian researchers.
We all have Reiki energy (Universal Life Force Energy), for it is our birth right. What makes Reiki different from other healing methods, is the attunement (Also known as the initiation) process which the student experiences in the various levels of Reiki classes. Anyone can lay their hands on another person and help accelerate the healing process by transferring magnetic energy. A person who has been through the process of Reiki attunements however has experienced a very ancient technology for fine tuning the physical and etheric bodies to a higher vibratory level. In addition, certain of the energy centres, also known as chakras, are opened to enable the person to channel (And vibrate) higher amounts of Universal Life Force Energy.
Reiki is never sent, it is drawn through the channel. For example, If I lay my hands on you to do a treatment, you will draw appropriate amounts of energy to which ever areas of your body need it. I am never drained in the process, as I too am treated as I “Give” a treatment. The energy enters at my crown chakra and passes through the upper energy centres to my heart and solar plexus. The rest then passes through my arms and hands to your body. I am thus never drained in the process, as a certain amount of energy is stored in me. However, at the same time, you do not take on any of my “stuff” (negative energy or blocks) as the Reiki passes through a purified channel in my body, opened by the attunements.
One of the greatest benefits of Reiki is the possibility of self-treatment. Once a person is attuned, he or she need only have the intention to do Reiki on himself or herself or others and the energy is immediately drawn through.
Self-treatment is an extremely effective technique for total relaxation and stress release. It amplifies the life force energy in our body which then helps create balance in the physical and etheric bodies. Treating oneself also helps to release withheld emotions and energy blocks.
Reiki is not a religion, as it holds no creed or doctrine. Indeed, it is a very ancient science hidden for thousands of years, until Dr. Usi rediscovered this very old “technology” hidden in the Tibetan Sutras. Researchers at Stanford, using highly sensitive instruments, which measure the flow of energy forces entering the body, determined that Reiki energy enters the healer through the top of the head (or crown chakra) and exits through the hands. The energy force comes from a northerly direction, but from the south when below the equator. In addition, once the Reiki energy is activated, it seems to flow in a counterclockwise spiral motion, much like the double helix in DNA.
The amount of energy emanating from the hands definitely increases during the treatment. Dr. Bara Fischer, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, a well-known researcher who has developed an interpretations with Kirlian photography, tested the author before and during the sending of an absentee healing displayed a marked increase of radiation when compared with the photo taken before the treatment, which had displayed a definitively smaller range of emanations.
The evidence to date shows very clearly that there is indeed a plasmatic streaming – a release of energy through the bodily system – when blocks are released. All outcomes are different for every treatment, the healee being the determining factor in the net result. Each person draws in just the right amount of life force energy that he or she needs to release, activate, or transform the energy of the physical and etheric bodies. Reiki not only can affect change in the chemical structure of the body, by helping to regenerate organs and rebuild tissue and bone, it also helps creates balance on the mental level. Reiki is not a belief system, therefore no mental preparation or direction is needed to receive a treatment, only a desire to receive and accept the energy. On the other hand, from the standpoint of the practitioner, since it is not a belief system, once the intention is clear to start a treatment, it will always be activated when used as instructed.
Reiki is a wonderful tool to help one develop conscious awareness, the very key to enlightenment. As in most things in life, Reiki must be experienced to be appreciated. May your exploration of Reiki be a joyous one!!!
Types of Reiki
- Usui Reiki
- Jikiden Reiki
- Karuna Reiki
- Lightarian Reiki
- Sekehem or Seichim Reiki
- Rainbow Reiki
- Kundalini Reiki
History of Reiki
During the middle of the Meiji era in Japan, which covers the mid-1800’s, Dr. Mikao Usui was the Dean of a small Christian University in Kyoto. This was an exciting period in Japan’s history and many changes were occurring throughout the society. The Japanese had only recently reopened the their shores to the “barbarian” foreignersm and were quickly adopting all the technology of the industrial revolution. Railroads being built, and even the American baseball entered the scene. Along with the return of our diplomats, the Christian missionaries had also returned and spawned a new interest in the already eclectic Japanese (many Japanese celebrate Shinto weddings and are buried Buddhist ceremonies). Dr. Usui however, had adopted Christianity whole-heartedly, becoming a minister and then finally Dean of a Christian seminary.
One day, during a discussion with some of his students, Usui was asked if he believed literally in the Bible. When he replied that he did, his students reminded him of the instant healings of Christ. The students mentioned that in the Bible, Christ states “You will do as I have done, and even greater things. If this so,” they stated, “Why aren’t there many healers in the world today performing the same act as Christ? In addition, he tells the apostles to heal the sick and raise the dead. If this is true,” the students said “please teach us the methods.” Usui was stunned. In traditional Japanese style, he was bound by his honour as Dean, to be able to answer their questions. On that day Usui resigned his position, and determined to find the answers to this great mystery. As most of his teachers had been American missionaries, and America was predominantly a Christian country, he decided to begin his study at the University of Chicago in the theological seminary. After a long period of study, in which he did not find his answers, Usui resolved to continue his research elsewhere.
Dr. Usui realized that Buddha was known to have performed incredible healings, so he determined to return to Japan, and see if he could indeed find some “new” old information about more of the instantaneous types of physical healings. Even if all records of the how and wherefores of Christ’s healings had been lost, perhaps he might find information about Buddha’s healings in the Japanese Lotus Sutras. Upon his return Usui began an investigation of several Buddhist monasteries. Each time he approached the abbots of the various monasteries asking: “Do you have any records of Buddha’s healings of the body?”, he received a similar reply, that all focus was now placed on the healing of the Spirit. Usui was determined in his search, after many tries he came upon a Zen monastery, where for the first time he was encouraged to continue his search.
The old abbot agreed that it must be possible to heal the body, as Buddha had indeed done, but that for centuries all concentration had been focused on healing the Spirit. He stated that “Whatever was possible at one time, can be accomplished again. Perhaps you should stay here and continue your quest,” said the abbot. Usui was greatly inspired by abbot’s enthusiasm and began a long study of the Sutras in Japanese. When the results were not forthcoming, he began an in depth study of Chinese, and later covered as much of the Chinese Sutras as he could find. Once again, with little new information being revealed, Usui determined to study the Sutras of Tibet. To do this he required the knowledge of Sanskrit, the next study, which he gladly pursued. It is very likely that shortly after this time he made his trip to Northern India, to the Himalayas. During the last century, Tibetan scrolls were found that document the travels of St. Isa, which several scholars feel was actually Jesus. Whether Usui found the same scrolls, or perhaps some other ancient scrolls with the recordings of certain healings, is not known.