Reiki (ray-key) is a Japanese technique for healing founded by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 1900’s.
“Rei” means universal. It more accurately means higher knowledge or spiritual consciousness. Essentially it is the wisdom that comes from God or the Higher Self that knows and understands the cause of all problems and how to solve or heal them.
“Ki” is the universal life force that animates all living things. It is what makes your heart beat, digestion work, blood flow through your veins and lungs’ breath. It is what tells the plants to sprout in the spring and the leaves to fall in the winter. Anything that is living has “Ki” (in Chinese this is referred to as “Chi”); plants, animals, humans and the universe itself.
When our energy is high we have a lot of “Ki” and we may think more clearly and are less likely to become ill. We may feel vibrant and creative and be motivated about our lives. When our energy is low, we are more vulnerable to physical, emotional and spiritual difficulties.
“Ki” is the non-physical energy that surrounds us. This energy is what is used by all healers. It can be accumulated and directed or channeled to others to promote healing.
Reiki healers use “Ki” but not all healers use Reiki. Reiki is a special kind of energy that can only be channeled by someone who has been attuned to it by a Master Reiki practitioner. Reiki energy is at a very high vibrational level and is a powerful energy. There are approximately 60,000 Reiki Masters in the USA today. Techniques like Reiki have been around for thousands of years.
A Reiki Practitioner places their hands on the client. The Reiki Practitioner will usually begin by centering themselves and ask that the Reiki energies begin to flow. The Practitioner will place their hands on various parts of the client’s body (head, shoulders, arms, torso, hips, legs and feet). There are approximately 12 different hand positions they may use. They will spend a few minutes (3-5 or so minutes) at these positions. The positions are in sync with the 7 major and 10 minor Chakra centers (energy vortexes in the body). The client is fully clothed.
Prior to a session, the client may think of an intention for the treatment. Most important for them is to feel comfortable, calm and relaxed. Reiki energy has an intelligence of its own and will go to where it is needed. Reiki energy can do no harm. It is always helpful.
Many people ask what they might experience from a session. It can vary from one person to the next. People have shared that they felt heat, cold sensation, vibration or tingling sensations or a release. The client may fall asleep, go into deep relaxation, cry, laugh or have a dream-like experience.
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Carley Mattimore would like to give credit to William Rand for some of the above information on Reiki that was adapted from his book, Reiki: The Healing Touch (First and Second Degree Manual) January 2005