What is Reiki?
Reiki is a system of healing with it's origins believed to be in Tibet several thousand years ago. Reiki was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui in Kyoto, Japan.
The word Reiki is made up of two Japanese words, "Rei" which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and "Ki" which is the "life force energy". Therefore "Reiki" is translated as "spiritually guided life force energy." This energy flows in and with and through us all. If this energy is low, or restricted in some way, then health (whether physical health, mental health, emotional and/or spiritual health) can be adversely affected. The impact of restrictions and diminished flow of this "life force energy" can lead to heightened stress levels and a higher susceptibility to sickness. When this energy is flowing freely and fully, we tend to experience a higher quality of life, both internally and externally.
Reiki is not religious. It has no dogma or doctrines. It is spiritual and universal by nature, and therefore is available and present for every being . Reiki does not have to be "believed" in to be effective. Reiki just IS. Reiki encourages one to live in harmony with ourselves, with others and with the Universe on all levels, in all ways. It promotes certain ideals such as gratitude, humility and service to the greatest good.
What happens during treatment?
Reiki is a very gentle, non invasive hands-on treatment, though can also be given with no direct
touch. Reiki treatment is received full clothed, though you may be asked to remove glasses,
watches, jewellery etc. You will either lie down, or sit, depending which is most comfortable and
appropriate for you.
Reiki treats the whole person, including the physical body, energetic body, emotions, mind and
People experience receiving Reiki differently, and there is no wrong or right way to feel. Everyone
is unique and each individual experience is absolutely valid. Some people feel strong sensation,
maybe heat or a buzzing type feel, others may feel nothing at all. Some people will fall into a
deep state of relaxation, others may feel emotions rising up. Reiki has a wisdom of it's own and
will work exactly as it is needed.
The Reiki therapist is very much the facilitator. They are the vessel through which this divine
energy is channelled to you and where you need it. Reiki is a very safe and effective treatment that can be used with people of all ages, from newborns right up to those in hospice or in transition. Reiki is often experienced as incredibly comforting and peaceful.
What happens after treatment?
After treatment you may feel relaxed and/or energised. You may feel grounded and centered. You may feel peaceful. You may feel emotional. You may feel thirsty. You may want certain foods. Listen to your body. Take a few moments to be quiet and to listen.
You may wish to take some time to be with your experience, and see if there is anything you wish to meditate on, write about, draw or express in some way. If you have anything come up later that you wish to share, then please feel free to use our Connection Space to share your insights and experiences in a safe and supportive place.
Traditional Reiki Ideals
The secret art of inviting happiness
The miraculous medicine of all diseases
Just for today, do not anger
Do not worry and be filled with gratitude
Devote yourself to your work. Be kind to people.
Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer.
Pray these words to your heart
and chant these words with your mouth
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