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What is Reiki?

Updated: Dec 6, 2023

Reiki is an energy-based approach to healing that promotes relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety, and promotes the healing of the body. Reiki originated in ancient Tibetan Buddhist teachings, and was rediscovered in the 1800s in Japan. There are several schools of Reiki that became established in Japan, but the most common was established by Mikao Usui, after a spiritual awakening,

Mikao Usui, or Sensei Usui, established the healing system of laying hands and daily practice of mindfulness and personal development he called Reiki. It has been passed down by his students generation by generation. Reiki is also based on the principles of focusing on the present and doing your best everyday. Sensei Usui felt that this was the key to happiness.

The principles are:

  1. Just for today I will let go of anger.

  2. Just for today I will let go of worry.

  3. Just for today I will count my blessings.

  4. Just for today I will do my work honestly.

  5. Just for today I will be kind to every living creature.

As a form of alternative therapy, in the category on energy work, it is based on the concept of channeling healing energy through a practitioner's hands to promote physical, emotional, and spiritual healing of the patient/recipient. It is also a form of self healing. Here's a simplified explanation of how it works:

  • Energy Flow: Practitioners believe that there's a universal life force energy that flows through all living things. In Reiki, this energy is called "ki" or "chi."

  • Practitioner's Role: A trained Reiki practitioner serves as a channel for this energy. They place their hands lightly on or near the recipient's body, intending to direct the energy to areas where it's needed.

  • Balancing Energy: The belief is that if a person's ki is blocked or imbalanced, it can lead to physical or emotional issues. Reiki aims to clear blockages and balance the energy, facilitating the body's natural ability to heal itself.

  • Relaxation and Healing: During a session, recipients often report feelings of deep relaxation, reduced stress, and often relief from physical discomfort. Reiki is considered a holistic approach to well-being.

Practitioners often use Reiki as a complementary therapy alongside conventional medical treatments to promote healing and encourage mindfulness.

There is scientific evidence for the efficacy of Reiki in mental health conditions, and in physical healing. Please see the articles below to learn more.

While Reiki does not propose to cure anything, it has documented health benefits that have been documented.

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