Reiki (pronounced ray-kee) is a system of energy healing. It uses universal life force energy, that exists everywhere, and runs through all living things. It has been known through history by different names (chi, qi, ki, ti, prana, universal life force, biofield). This energy is channeled through the practitioner to the recipient. The recipient’s body then absorbs the energy (which it can use to promote relaxation and healing).
If the natural energy flow through the body is weakened or blocked it can manifest itself in stress and other physical symptoms. Reiki can increase and balance these energies, and has been known to help with many illnesses such as stress, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, and physical conditions. Reiki also promotes emotional healing, helping people release the emotional toll taken by feelings such as anger, fear, worry, sadness, guilt, etc. It helps replace them with a more calm and tranquil emotional state.
Many emotional or physical health problems or stresses can cause a disrupted energy flow throughout the body. These can be emotional trauma or physical injury. They can include emotional issues like negative self-defeating thoughts such as fear, worry, anxiety, negative self-talk, or unhealthy relationships. They can also include physical factors like toxic environments or unhealthy nutrition.
Our bodies need to be relaxed (stress free) to maintain their natural self-healing ability.
Reiki can promote healing of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues.
The potential benefits can include deep relaxation, stress relief, relief of anxiety, aids in the body’s self-healing, better sleeping patterns, reduced blood pressure, relief from pain, relief for acute (injuries) or chronic problems (I.e. asthma, headaches), flushing of toxins from the body, removal of energy blockages, reduction of the side effects of medically prescribed drug prescriptions, increased physical energy, raises the vibrational frequency of the body, aids in spiritual growth and awareness.
It is totally safe (it can not do any harm). It is very gentle, there is no massage or physical manipulation.
It requires no special skills or beliefs to learn, anyone can do it. It can be used for self-care as well as for treating others. You can give yourself a Reiki treatment.
It is NOT a religion. It is not in conflict with any other religion or belief system. It is merely a system for relaxation, stress relief, and healing. It is not an alternative to professional medical care or treatment, for serious illnesses.
Reiki can be used on anyone or anything, including people, animals, food, plants, water, etc.
The different levels of Reiki
First degree requires no prior knowledge, experience, ability, or belief system.
Each of the subsequent levels requires the previous level as a prerequisite.
The ability to channel Reiki energy can only be passed on by a Reiki Master (through an attunement to that level). The First Degree attunement creates a permanent connection to the energy (only one attunement is necessary for each degree). At the second degree you learn how to do Reiki sessions from a distance. At the Master/Teacher level you learn how to teach and to attune students to Reiki.