Reiki Is For Everybody
What Is Reiki?
Reiki (pronounced "Ray-Key") is a healing technique based on the principle that a practitioner 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. Reiki is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is generally administered by laying-on hands, and it was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui, at the beginning of the 20th Century. Reiki training promotes compassion and kindness, as well as gives people a way to help each other.
Reiki was developed by, Dr. Mikao Usui, at the beginning of the 20th Century. Dr. Usui was an advanced Buddhist practitioner from an ancient samurai family in Japan. While versions of Reiki energy practices existed at the time, Dr. Usui's version was inspired by an experience that he had during a twenty-one day fast and meditation wherein he was prepared to remain in mediation until he died.
Reminiscent of the moment of enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha, Dr. Usui received a direct connect to Reiki and realized that Reiki could be used by anyone. In fact, one of the most important features of Reiki practice is that you cannot do it wrong. The energy, being possessed of universal consciousness, does the work while the practitioner is merely the vehicle.
Reiki is based on the Japanese notion of "ki" or "chi" as it is known in China. Ki is the essential energy that puts objects into motion and animates living things. Ki flows through every living thing and the freedom with which it flows can have a particularly important impact on health. Stress and illness can prevent ki from moving through the human body along the natural pathways causing organs to lose functionality a impacting mental wellness as well.
By nature, all living things live in balance as ki flows through them. Anxiety, sickness and injury can interrupt this flow of ki, and yet, it is possible to restore it with the help of a Reiki practitioner. The words "rei" and "ki" have no direct English translations and it helps to be able to understand what the kanji (Japanese script) is depicting. "Rei" is the image of raindrops falling from heaven into three empty bodies or containers ultimately filling the healer. This shows a consciousness or blessing being delivered through three pathways into an intermediary who then delivers the consciousness or blessing to ordinary people.
The essential notion of "ki" is breath as in the divine breath that gives inanimate objects life. Hence, "ki" is considered "essential energy", the energy of life itself. Together, Reiki is transference of divine energy through the practitioner into the body of another to restore the essential energy of life.