What is Reiki?

What is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced Ree-Kii) is a very ancient healing method that was mentioned in the ancient Sanskrit Sutras more than 2,500 years ago, and was used in the 19th century by Dr. Ing. Mikao Usui, a Buddhist monk from Japan, was rediscovered. Since then, the Usui system of Reiki is also spoken.

The word “Reiki” is a Japanese word meaning “universal life energy”. Reiki is a very old, natural relaxation method, which leads to the harmonization of the energy balance. Reiki is a method of laying on of hands to strengthen and regenerate body, mind and soul. Reiki is also a spiritual path to oneself. It is a simple and effective way of transmitting that energy. It is called the force that nourishes and sustains our body. By laying on the hands of Reiki initiates an energy flow comes about, which can be perceived as heat, tingling or even as pulsation (but not necessarily).

The term “Reiki” consists of the two characters “Rei” and “Ki”. The “Ki” is known as the corresponding term “Chi” or “Qi” from the teachings of Tai Chi or Qi Gong. In other cultures, it also emerges as a prana, orgone, breath, etc.

“Rei” means soul, innermost, all-embracing.

“Ki” means inner essence, eg the sum of all characteristics of a person. At the same time it also describes the energetic radiation of a being, of something existing, its “life energy”. If both syllables are connected together, the term “spiritual essence”, “comprehensive energy”, “universal life energy” or “holistic energy” is simplified.

The term “Reiki” is often used both for the energy itself, and for a method taught by Mikao Usui to deal with this energy. Reiki does not include a special belief or religion. The Reiki giver, no personal power is withdrawn. It is merely a channel for the energy that adapts to the needs of the recipient. The Reiki receiver gets only as much pure energy as he needs.

Reiki is a subtle, intelligent energy, the essence of all life. Reiki is all energy that is led by God (a higher power – whatever you call it). Since Reiki is not guided by the will of the Reiki giver, an abuse or manipulation of this energy is excluded.

Those who have learned Reiki become the channel for this energy and pass it on to those to be treated through certain techniques. Here, the subtle energy fields of the body are recharged and the immune defense and self-healing powers are decisively activated.

The basis for this effect is the already mentioned universal life energy. What is meant here is that primordial power through which creation itself was first made possible and which henceforth works and lives in all things. It is no unknown size and mentioned in almost all religions and cultures. Christians call it the light, for the Hindus it is prana and the Chinese call it chi. But even modern terms such as bioplasm or bioenergy hereby mean the same thing.

Whether Prana, Chi, Ki, light or in photosynthesis (biology) – everywhere we find the idea of ​​life energy.

In the East, the idea of ​​the action of the life energy, also in the sciences is strongly anchored. For example, acupuncture is designed to activate and balance the flow of invisible energy through targeted needle pricks.

In Tai-Chi, the energy is deliberately awakened and expressed through movement. Yoga is also dedicated to the activation and strengthening of one’s own life energy.

In the West, the notion that tangible matter ultimately consists of energy is still relatively new. The quantum physics that emerged only at the beginning of this century states that all matter consists of atoms, which in turn consist of invisible, energy units (the quarks).

We may never fully understand what the energy of life is, because life is greater than we are. By the way, you do not have to “believe” in Reiki for it to work.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a system that allows anyone who wants to receive and transmit energy in an intensive way

  • Reiki is learnable by everyone
  • Reiki respects the free will of the recipient
  • Reiki supports self-healing processes
  • Reiki is a helpful tool for personal development
  • Reiki is always there for you – once you’ve learned it, you can use it until the end of your days
  • Reiki is a holistic system that takes into account body, mind and soul – at the same time it can easily be integrated into many other application methods

What Reiki is not

  • Reiki is not a miracle drug that puts somebody in the seventh heaven of spirituality
  • Reiki is not a matter of faith, therefore does not require any dogmatic dedication, or that you have to “blindly” follow a guru
  • Reiki is not hypnosis or psychotherapy
  • Reiki is not a substitute for the doctor
  • (In case of health problems please always consult your doctor first!)

Reiki “works” for people of all ages as well as animals and plants. While people can basically assume that the “placebo effect” can play a role, probably animals and plants have never heard of Reiki, nor “believe” it. Nevertheless, the effects of several Reiki treatments are also clearly visible in them. The same applies to babies (who are very receptive to Reiki) or to people who are in a coma.

Not the belief in Reiki is crucial, but that one is open to it.

“It’s the lot of people that the truth has none, they have all but distributed it.”

Quote: Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi

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