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What is Reiki Energy Healing?

What is Reiki Energy Healing page update 01-15-2022

Reiki Energy Healing

Reiki is an effective energy healing technique. It’s a great way to simply feel better. It strikes a deep chord of health and healing within people when they experience it.

The goal of Reiki is to support the natural innate life force of a person. By doing so, a person's overall health is positively impacted. It’s holistic and supports the health of a person’s body, mind, heart, and spirit.  A trained practitioner uses Reiki energy healing technique to transmit universal life energy, also called ch'i or ki, to the receiver or client.

Reiki is one energy healing technique that can be used in a variety of ways. The method involves the practitioner placing their hands in specific positions generally slightly above a person’s physical body.  Universal life energy is then transmitted to the body's subtle energy system which impacts the person’s body.  Like all energy healing methods, it can also be done from a distance.  

So what is Reiki energy healing?  Reiki is said to support the innate healing ability of the body which, in turn, supports the overall health and wellbeing of the person.  People find that it is an extra integrative technique that complements their health care providers medical recommendations. It is used as a beneficial adjunct in support of a wide variety of health conditions, acute or chronic.  It is used for relaxation, pain and stress reduction, nervousness, side effects of medical treatments and people going through transitions.  It is also used for individuals who are dying, their families and caregivers, to help with hospice and bereavement.

It is an excellent self care technique. It has become very popular over the last thirty+ years because it empowers a person in self-care and self-compassion with the intention to feel better. In fact, historically, Reiki was originally a form of personal self care.  Due to its health benefits, it has also grown into being used by trained practitioners in a variety of settings to help others.

What is Reiki Energy Healing’s History in brief

This hands-on-healing practice originated in Japan. Written records date back to the mid-1800's to Mikao Usui.  Mr. Usui was a Christian minister and a principal at the Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.  He rediscovered Reiki and shared it with approximately 18 students who became known as Reiki Masters.  One of them, Chujiro Hayashi, became the recognized successor upon Mr. Usui's death.  He later trained Hawayo Takata, the Reiki Master who brought it to the US.  She became Mr. Hayashi's successor and trained 22 Reiki Masters from 1970 to 1980.  Since then many people have become trained Reiki Masters and impart the teaching, training and attunements required to do this work.

This form of Reiki energy healing is called traditional Reiki or Usui Reiki.  There are many new styles of Reiki that have arisen since then.

What is Reiki Energy Healing Training like?

Becoming a Reiki practitioner requires instruction, training and receiving attunements in person from a Reiki Master.  A Reiki Master is an experienced practitioner who has received training, all attunements and is authorized to teach and mentor.

What is Reiki Energy Healing’s Organization?

As of this writing, there is no governing or certifying organization for Reiki practitioners.  Ethical practice for Reiki practitioners follow Dr. Makao Usui’s words:

Ethical Principles of Reiki by Dr. Mikao Usui

"Just for today do not worry.
Just for today do not anger.
Honor your parents, teachers and elders.
Earn your living honestly.
Show gratitude to everything."

Reiki is pronounced "Ray Key" and is a combination of two Japanese words that mean universal life energy.

Reiki is an approved biofield therapy/mind-body intervention by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a division of the National Institute of Health (NIH). 

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