What is Reiki?
Reiki DefinitionReiki as defined by the Oxford English dictionary is:-“A healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being”.
Why Chose Reiki?
If you are feeling out of sorts, if you are recovering from illness, if you are constantly tired, suffering from stress or anxiety, don't know which way to turn, feeling lost, Reiki can help you find balance, relief, bring peace which in turn will help you feel positive, more able to cope, it will bring great and deep relaxation. Its a gentle loving healing.
Taken from the Reiki Federation page please see link at bottom
It is however, also widely accepted that reiki can be given and received equally effectively hands-off or via distant healing.
The Japanese word ‘Reiki’ literally translates as universal life force energy. This system of healing was developed by Mikao Usui in the early 20th century. It is a non-invasive complementary therapy that has been taught and used in the UK since the late 1900s, but Eastern medicine has for thousands of years worked with this energy, recognising its flow through all living things. Reiki supports orthodox medicine or can be used alone but is not a replacement for traditional medication or treatments. It is not based on any belief, faith or suggestion, yet, scientific research using quantum physics is starting to help us to understand how reiki may work to benefit the individual. It has been suggested that in years to come it may be known as energy medicine based on scientifically measurable energy emitted from the healer’s hands.
Reiki is given fully clothed in a quiet environment and is safe for adults, children, mothers–to–be, babies and animals.
Reiki practitioners will not diagnose
• When giving reiki, practitioners have been shown to emit electro-magnetic or bio-magnetic energy from their hands. The frequencies of the energy emitted vary from one moment to the next; but many appear to correspond to those that medical researchers have identified as being the optimum frequencies for stimulating the healing process in tissues, bones and other body parts so far investigated.
• The bio-magnetic energy (or field) flowing from a practitioner’s hands has been shown to induce current flows in the tissues and cells of individuals who are in close proximity but this pulsing energy is not produced by non-practitioners of energy healing techniques.
Two ways in which these pulsing magnetic fields may stimulate repair of bone and other tissues include:-
• A cascade of reactions takes place from the cell surface to the cytoplasm and on to the nucleus and genes, where selective effects on the DNA have been documented.
• A phenomenon called amplification, in which a single hormone molecule, neurotransmitter or photon of electromagnetic energy has been shown to trigger a cellular response; and in fact very tiny fields have been shown to produce the best effects, suggesting that living tissues are much more sensitive to external fields than previously considered possible.
NB: A bio-magnetic field can also be created by passing electric currents though living tissue as has been used for medical diagnoses and treatments for almost a century for example in ECG & MRI scanning.
Reiki is often referred to as an intelligent form of healing. It is suggested that this and similar energy therapies may be valuable in the prevention and remission of some serious diseases that are so costly in terms of human suffering and likely to be more expensive to health care in the future.
One theory is that energy healing works by opening up the communication channels that enable cells in the body to talk to each other, and opening up the terrain through which cells are able to migrate to places where they are needed to initiate repair or to fight diseases. Another is that these methods help to calm the person so their immune functions can operate smoothly.
Reiki is activated by intention and requires practitioners to calm their minds and thus open up their communication channels to understand where healing is most required on the body and for how long to caringly help the person or animal concerned.
Visualisation techniques can also be embodied as an element of reiki treatments at a professional practising level, which also creates measurable electrical and magnetic fields and so can enhance its effectiveness.
What Does Reiki Do?
Illness can be a time of great stress. Reiki can help us cope by encouraging relaxation and bringing balance to both mind and emotions.
Benefits reported by Clients/Patients of our Practitioner members include deep relaxation, promoting a calm, peaceful sense of well being on all levels.
Reiki encourages and supports positive personal choices, such as improving diet, taking more exercise, devoting time for rest or leisure activities, and may reduce the need for alcohol and tobacco.
Engendering greater inner harmony and balance, regular Reiki treatments promote a calmer response to life’s challenges.
Reiki’s gentle energy is easily adapted to most medical conditions and may be used safely by people of all ages, including the newborn, pregnant mothers, surgical patients, the frail and the elderly, in any situation.
Being complementary, Reiki works effectively alongside orthodox healthcare and natural remedies, expanding treatment options.
There are many different types of Reiki now recognised and used, here are a few taken from http://www.oneworldhealing.net/reiki-healing-2/different-types-of-reiki/
Karuna is a sanskrit word that is used in Buddhism and in Hinduism. It means “Compassion” or “The Universal Compassion of a Bodhisattva”. This system of healing was developed by William Lee Rand who is the founder and President of The International Center for Reiki Training. Karuna Reiki is used to alleviate the suffering of others through this compassion, by any means.
Rainbow Reiki was established sometime in the late 80’s early 90’s by Walter Lübeck. It is based on Usui’s teachings that Hawayo Takata brought over to Western Culture in 1937. Over the years, techniques such as karma clearing, chakra work, assistance with the Higher Self and the Inner Child have been developed.
This method of Reiki focuses on raising the healing energy through the root (1st) chakra, rather than through the crown chakra. Raising Kundilini is practiced through Yoga and when activated can clear blockages within the chakras. When Kundilini is raised it can give you greater peace, happiness and strength. The method of Kundalini Reiki was developed Ole Gabrielsen.
Shamanic Reiki - from https://healeyinstitute.org/2014/02/24/what-is-shamanic-reiki/
Shamanic Reiki invites you to open your heart and let your intuition guide you. Reiki flows more easily when ego is relaxed, and the same is true for shamanism; and shamanism is founded on the non-hierarchical view that all life, not just human life, has consciousness.
As with Reiki, the intelligence that infuses life empowers the shaman to transmute disease and harmonize imbalance. This includes the air we breathe and the winds that cleanse our planet; the waters we drink and that flow over the earth’s body; the fire from the sun that warms us and the fire of stars, volcanoes, deep recesses of the earth; the earth herself and plants, animals, rocks, minerals, and trees, as well as ancestral, human, and other spirits.
Reiki practitioners don’t do anything but channel or open access to energy. It’s the Reiki energy that does the work and indigenous shamans will tell you they simply channel or open access to spiritual energies to benefit others. The ability to heal comes from the elements and helping spirits. It’s not the shaman, but their spiritual connection that’s powerful. Shamanic practitioners are intermediaries, accessing the spirit world on behalf of others, themselves, future generations and the earth. We ask spirit to guide us and channel through us so we can accomplish the greatest good. “