what is reiki?

Mikao Usui
(15 August 1865 – 9 March 1926)

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is an ancient natural healing energy technique believed to have originated in Tibet, but rediscovered in Japan during the late 1800’s by the scholar Dr. Mikao Usui.

He believed that we all possess the capacity and ability to heal ourselves and others using healing energy, and so began his quest for knowledge and study of this ancient ability and his determination to seek out and represent adequate proof for his theory.

After many years of studying ancient texts and holy books and speaking to many learned  wise men and scholars, he still hadn’t  uncovered this  ancient  technique.

However, his belief was resolute and so he asked for enlightenment by God during meditations. One particular day, his wish was  granted to him on a Holy mountain and he was granted many sacred symbols and the ability to ‘tap into’ a long- forgotten healing source, which he then taught to many students.

Reiki energy is a beautiful natural Universal energy that works by being channelled through a practitioner and into the  receiver – which can be any living thing. It is wonderfully simplistic in how it works – the energy itself seems to possess its own consciousness and the receiver ‘draws’ it to them from the universe.

This healing energy actively encourages the body’s own internal healing process. Your body is a powerful healing being that possesses a true desire to fulfil its’ utmost potential. Reiki is amazing in its lack of complexity and anyone of any age can give and receive Reiki. 

The benefits of Reiki cover the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual aspects of ourselves, encouraging rebalance and stability within all these expressions of our being.

These include helping to:

Induce a state of deep relaxation

Relieve pain – physical and emotional

Accelerate natural healing

Aid in the detoxification process within the body

Calm the mind and body, restoring a feeling of peace

Dissolve energy blockages within the body

Rebalance the body’s energy systems

Improve health and well-being

Amplify energy levels

Assist in increasing motivation

Make us aware of particular life patterns we form

Enable necessary positive changes to be made in life

Many people working in a ‘hands on’ profession for example, massage, reflexology, chiropractics or care workers, find learning about Reiki and having attunements beneficial to their clients as the Reiki energy comes through when working, adding potential to the healing rate.

From a solely personal point of view, having practised Reiki for many years now, I truly believe that everything begins and ends with healing and positive growth. Whilst healing can perform wonderful instant results, it sets in place internal processes that may be slow to externalise, but are nonetheless very powerful and entirely individual. One persons’ experience of healing benefits may be completely different to another persons, with this simply reflecting our own uniqueness and personal knowledge. Reiki healing can be used to speed up any healing process resulting from an operation or injury, and assist in easing any emotional or mental shocks or traumas. – There really are no limits!

I would also like to mention that Reiki is not meant as a substitute for medical or psychological diagnosis and treatment.  I do not diagnose conditions or interfere with the treatment of a licensed medical professional.