What is Reiki Therapy? A Quick Guide For Beginners

What is Reiki Therapy? A Quick Guide For Beginners

Reiki therapy is an alternative healing modality that was developed in 1922 by Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist.

It is relaxing and reduces stress, which in and of itself promotes healing. But there’s more. Practitioners use “laying on hands,” mantras and blessings to clear the energy in the body and increase the flow of life force energy in order to clear the mental and emotional pollutants that interfere with life force energy and cause problems.

If your life force energy is high and its flow through the body is free and unrestricted, life flows smoothly for you. If it is low, or if you suffer from energy blockages, you may suffer from physical and psychological problems and unwanted life situations.

Where Does Reiki Therapy Come From?

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The word Reiki comes from “Rei” meaning God’s wisdom or higher power, and “Ki” meaning life force energy. Combined, Reiki means “spiritually guided life force energy.”

Can you feel this energy when you’re having a Reiki treatment? Some people do, and some don’t.

If you’re very attuned to your body and the energy flowing through it, you will feel a warm glow or radiance. But, you may feel nothing at all and just go home feeling relaxed.

Reiki is a safe method of spiritual or energy healing. Virtually all illnesses and conditions can be cured or improved using Reiki and it’s a wonderful complement to western medical treatments because it has no side effects and promotes a happy, positive mindset which is essential to healing.

Mindset is critical. The pollutants that interfere with life force energy are emotions like anger, jealousy, feelings of unworthiness, depression, guilt, insecurity or resentment.

The body is more than just a physical object – it is a combination of the physical body and the thinking/spiritual being. Together, that makes up “you.” Reiki works holistically to allow the real you – without the physical and emotional pollutants – shine through.

How Does Reiki Work?

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Reiki stimulates energy (Reiki) to move in the body.

You already have energy in the body but it may be blocked and not flowing smoothly. During or after a treatment, you may feel the effects of energy being unblocked.

For a time, physical and psychological symptoms may worsen as the mind/body cleanses itself. This is normal and expected, so if it happens to you, just ride it out and know that the discomfort will pass and you’ll feel much better, soon. It’s important to support your body as best you can to help you move past the cleansing process.

Reiki does not direct the life force energy or manipulate it in any way – it is about clearing out the pollutants that prevent free energy flow.

Can anyone practice Reiki? Yes!

Interestingly, the ability to use Reiki is not “taught” but rather is transmitted from teacher to student in a class. The student undergoes an “attunement” that allows the student to feel and transmit life force energy. It is not a religious practice so anyone who desires can learn Reiki without any religious beliefs.

The practice of Reiki goes beyond healing physical ailments. The philosophy encourages living and acting in ways that promote harmony both with others and within oneself. Making the decision and commitment to improve yourself is an integral part of Reiki teachings.

Both the practitioner and the patient must accept responsibility for one’s own healing, and the Reiki teachings are useful guidelines for living a better life. Here is a small sample of what Reiki is all about:

Just for today, I will not anger.  Just for today, I will not worry.  Just for today, I will be grateful for all my blessings.  Just for today, I will work with honesty and integrity.  Just for today, I will be kind to all living beings.

– Mikao Usui

This is so wonderful because you aren’t agreeing to be perfect all the time – and you can do any of these for just one day… (and then another, and then another, but if you fail on one day, it’s okay, you can do better the next day).

Written by
Irina Yugay