Friday, March 02, 2007

A brief introduction to Reiki

Reiki is a powerful, non-invasive system of healing which was discovered in 1914 by Mikao Usui on the holy mountain of Kurama in Kyoto, Japan.

Usui Reiki, commonly referred to as Reiki, is spiritually guided life force energy which is channelled by the practitioner from their High Self. Reiki energy usually enters through the practitioner’s crown chakra and passes through the upper chakras to their heart and solar plexus chakras and is then passed through the arms and hands to the recipient.

Reiki releases energy blockages at their root and allows healing and integration on all levels from the physical body, through the mental and emotional bodies to the spiritual body. It can help the body recognise and release old patterns and habits at a cellular level.

Usui Reiki, and Karuna Reiki ® in particular, which evolved out of the original Usui system, both allow these unhealthy patterns, known as somatic memories, to be released and replaced with new healthy ones.

Reiki treats the whole person and creates many beneficial effects including relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being. Many have reported miraculous results from receiving the loving energy that is Reiki. Occasionally people might not seem to feel much at all but Reiki is working nonetheless and positive results occur.

It may, however, take several sessions to obtain lasting relief from symptoms, especially if there is a long-standing disease or imbalance. Many changes may have to take place before the root cause is reached and the symptoms completely disappear. Reiki does not suppress symptoms the way many drugs do, so it can seem slower.

It is also important to remember that although Reiki facilitates healing, it does not do the healing. Ultimately, the Reiki energy assists by giving information to the body’s systems and allows healing to take place from within the person. As the adage goes, “The doctor dresses the wound, and God heals it.” The same is true for Reiki.