What is Reiki? (The International Center for Reiki Training)
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Pronounced "Ray-Kee" and translated from Japanese as "universal energy", Reiki is a simple therapy which can help to calm and soothe, providing great comfort. It is based on the principle that "universal energy" is channeled through the therapist to the patient. Performed over clothing, either sitting or laying down, the therapist places hands on or just above your body. Simply relax and enjoy the feelings of warmth and relaxation.
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit, creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being. Many have reported miraculous results.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an "attunement" given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of "life force energy" to improve one's health and enhance the quality of life.
Its use is not dependent on one's intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.
While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.
While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommeded that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures. The purpose is to help people realize that healing the spirit by consciously deciding to improve oneself is a necessary part of the Reiki healing experience. For lasting results, the client must accept responsibility for his or her healing and take an active part in it. The ideals are both guidelines for living a gracious life and virtues worthy of practice for their inherent value.
Just for today...do not anger, do not worry..live an attitude of gratitude, do your work honestly and completely and respect all living things. Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer.