- Alternative & Natural Medicine
REIKI REALLY WORKS
What is it all about?
A short guide to Reiki.
Reiki is a Japanese word meaning 'spiritual energy' or 'universal life-force energy'. It was discovered around 100 years ago by Dr. Mikao Usui (pictured). It is a gentle yet powerful therapeutic energy which is channelled through the practitioners hands into the person receiving the treatment. It is different from electricity or chemical energy or other type of physical energy. It is believed that Reiki brings the body and emotions into balance thus supporting the bodies natural ability to heal itself. Reiki requires no particular faith. When seen clairvoyantly, Reiki energy seems to come down from above and to enter the top of the practitioners head through the crown chakra and then flow through the body and out from the palms of the hands. It appears to flow this way because of our perspective. The true source of Reiki energy is within ourselves. This does not mean that we use our personal energy when we do Reiki, but that the energy is coming from a higher part of ourselves that is connected to an infinite supply of healing energy.
What to Expect
Receiving Reiki is a gentle,soothing experience (some people fall asleep during a treatment). A session usually lasts between 45 and 90 minutes depending on the problem. During the treatment you will lie comfortably on a padded couch. You will not need to remove any clothing apart from jewellery, spectacles and shoes. The Practitioner will place their hands lightly on different areas of your body. Should you find this invasive, the healing can be carried out with the hands a few centimetres above your body. Chronic conditions may need repeat treatments.
Distance healing is also possible if you cannot get to a Practitioner. No-one really knows how or why this works but it undoubtedly does. A good therapist will arrange to send the Reiki at a time convenient to you because sometimes a strange sensation can be felt which might distract you if you were operating machinery or in a corporate meeting.
Are there any side effects?
There have been no reported cases of long-term negative effects from Reiki. Some people have observed what at first appears to be a negative effect. When the body is undergoing a healing process, there can be a short term healing crisis which can cause some discomfort in the form of colds, flu-like symptoms or upset stomachs. People with a great deal of accumulated stress or emotional blocks can feel everything coming up at first with treatments as their body starts to process the effects of the Reiki.
Occasionally the Reiki can cause a complete upheaval with your life and what at first seems as though it is the last thing you want or need (a relationship breakup or similar) is in fact the very thing that will be therapeutic and beneficial to your well-being. Reiki will only ever do what is for the highest and greatest good of the recipient.
Reiki is not recommended for broken bones, acute pain or any condition requiring immediate medical attention. It is a complementary therapy and as such is not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical treatment.
COULD I BECOME A REIKI PRACTITIONER?
The simple answer is yes; with training and the correct attunements by a qualified Reiki Master. Attunements are a simple ceremony carried out by your Reiki Master to open your crown chakra and allow the Reiki to flow. There are many websites offering instant distant attunement to level 3 Reiki. I am sure that you may well be attuned but you will not be sufficiently trained to go out and practice yet. To become fully trained takes certainly several months and ideally several years of study and tuition from a Reiki Master/Teacher. Personally it took me three years to become a Reiki Master Practitioner. I have also received Reiki on many occasions and have always found it to be therapeutic for every condition I have had. Sometimes the results have been unexpected but have always turned out to be the best possible outcome.
Are there any books I can read?
One of the best one's I have found is Penelope Quest's Reiki For Life and also Self Healing with Reiki by the same author.
Another Kind of Healing - Author Peter Geekie
- Thought for the day - Wednesday (Healing)
We all have the power to relieve suffering and heal using the power of our mind and body. We need no medical knowledge but never use this in place of conventional treatment - just use to help.
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