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The Benefits of Reiki, for Mind, Body and Soul

Updated on April 16, 2014

What is Reiki Healing and Where does it come from

Reiki is an ancient hands-on spiritual healing method used for self-healing or the healing of others, and it"s believed to have been used by Jesus Christ and also by Buddha. Reiki was re-discovered by Dr Mikao Usui, a Christian Priest in Japan, in the early 1900's. Reiki was taught around Japan by Dr Usui, but was then lost after the World War II bombings, as all of the Reiki clinics were destroyed. Luckily Reiki had made it's way to the West, and it is today finding it's way home to Japan. Reiki is Japanese, pronounced 'Ray-Ki', and translates as Universal Light Energy. It is believed that we are all born with Reiki, or Universal Light Energy, which is the energy that connects us to the univese, and to each other, and makes us whole. Reiki healing is used to heal the mind, body and spirit. Some of you may be thinking that it is all 'new age' or 'gobbledy-gook', and that's ok, everyone is entiltled to their opinion. But it is certainly not 'new-age', but a method that has been used for thousands of years, and has been proven to work time and time again, and alot of it is actualy based on science.

As we know, there is no solid matter on this earth, everything is vibrating energy, vibrating at different frequencies, this has been proven by scientists and physicists. The same is said about us human-beings, and every other living thing, we are made up of vibrating energy, and we are all vibrating at different frequencies. This energy is sometimes known as our soul, or spirit, and is sometimes seen as an aura of different colours around a person. The Universe, or Mother Nature, has an unlimited supply of energy, or Ki, and we are all connected to the universe and to each other when we are born. Through conditioning most of us lose the connection, and this will cause an individuals energy to vibrate at a lower frequency, which is related to negativity and disease.

If you have a Reiki treatment, you are not being healed by the Reiki Practitioner, but instead they are acting as a chanel or connection for you to the universal energy in order for your body, mind and spirit to heal itself. As we all know, the human body is an amazing machine, and has the ability to heal itself, such as cuts healing for example. I believe that we have the ability to give ourselves diseases and disorders, as much as we have the ability to heal ourselves, through negative and positive thinking, which causes us to vibrate at lower frequencies. Reiki helps to lift your vibration and helps to chanel the universal energy to where it is needed, whether it be your mind, body or soul. If you have heard of the Chakras, or Chakra balancing then this is what it is, re-balancing the energies of your body. Chakras are the seven energy points of the body and Reiki helps to balance them. It is the same kind of concept used for Tai Chi or most martial arts, that energies can be controlled and chanelled to where it is needed. This is what Reiki is.

What can Reiki be used for

Reiki can be used for general relaxation or for specific healing, and it can be used to heal emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. A complete Reiki treatment could take from 45 to 90 minutes, as the Reiki Therapist will go through a series of hand positions over the body for at least 4 minutes at a time, or longer if they feel it is needed. The Reiki will go to wherever it is most needed. Some people find that they can get emotional during a Reiki treatment and begin to cry, and this is perfectly normal as the Reiki is helping to unblock energy that needs to be released. This can be physically or emotionally. Using Reiki to heal a specific area of the body is also beneficial, and should normally take around 30 to 45 minutes. The Reiki Practitioner will concentrate on placing their hands around that specific areal to encourage healing. Reiki can be used to treat or encourage healing of anything, from headaches to backaches, from broken bones to wounds, from diseases to allergies and disorders. Sometimes though, if the patient is terminally-ill, it can be too late for the healing to work, but Reiki can still be used to make that persons life more comfortable until they pass.

A Reiki treatment is non-invasive and relaxing, all that is required of you is to relax, where loose clothing, and you need to lie down or sit down, and to be comfortable. You don't need to remove any clothing, and the Reiki Practitioner should go through everything with you first, to tell you what is going to happen and where they are going to place their hands, so you know what to expect and can relax as much as possible. Some Reiki Healers will play relaxing music to create a peaceful atmosphere. When the Reiki Practicioner starts to place their hands in different positions of the body, some people feel an intense heat from their hands, as if the therapist is holding a heat pad over that area of the body. This is certainly the experience that I have had using Reiki on other people, they say that my hands are really hot. Sometimes the energy can feel really cold, and sometimes people see colours while recieving a treatment. Some people don't feel anything at all. It doesn't matter if you feel anything or not, the Reiki is always working, it's just that some people are more able to feel or see the energy than others. But Reiki always works just the same! After the Reiki treatment some people feel tired and very relaxed, whereas others feel energised. It is a personal experience, and neither thing is right or wrong, both are perfectly normal.

Sometimes only one Reiki treatment will be needed, or sometimes a series are needed, depending on what it is that needs to be healed. Everyone is different, and everyone heals at different speeds. So if you don't heal overnight don't think that the Reiki isn't working, as it's not a miracle worker! It can sometimes take people a few days to see the effects of the Reiki treatment, as it begins to do its work. A Reiki Practitioner would never tell you to stop taking prescribed medication. Reiki can be used an alternative medicine alongside medication that you have been specifically prescribed.

I think the real beauty of Reiki is that you don't have to believe in a certain religion, or be religious, or even believe in it for it to work. You can be a skeptic and Reiki will still work. You can be Christian, Buddhist, an atheist, it doesn't matter, Reiki will still work. You can be black, white, male, female, young, old, Reiki will always work. Because Reiki is available to all of us, as it is what connects us all to the Universe and to each other. Reiki can even be used on plants, food and animals, horses especially love it. I've also had positive results using it on my cats! Although Reiki will always work, it does generally work better if it is asked for, as found out by Dr Usui himself, as the intention to be healed is there and the person recieving the treatment really wants it. This is why many Reiki Practitioners will ask for a payment in return, as it then gives the treatment worth, and the person paying wants to be healed.

Can anyone do Reiki

Reiki can also be used in the form of distant healing, meaning that the person in need of healing doesn't even have to be in the presence of the Reiki Practitioner. The Reiki Therapist does need to be fully attuned at Reiki 2 level though to be able to do distant healing.

As I've only done my Reiki 1 it just enables me to heal myself and to heal others. Reiki 2 enables you to use distant healing, and a more powerful Reiki, and Reiki 3 makes you a Reiki Master, enabling you to teach others. To be able to use Reiki then you have to be attuned by a Reiki master. A Reiki attunement is a process that opens up the chanels enabling Reiki to flow through you. It is not a difficult or scary process, just very much like having a Reiki treatment. I would encourage anyone to try having a Reiki treatment to begin with, as I've had nothing but positive results. You may be pleasantly surprised, and may even want to learn it yourself. If you do want to learn you may like to know that there are plenty of Reiki courses available, and Reiki can be learned by anyone, regardless of religious beliefs, race, gender or age. That is the beauty of Reiki is that is available and safe to use by anyone, and I would encourage everyone to give it a go!


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    • GJ56 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Hi, thanks for your comment, but I don't think this article damages the image of Reiki at all. Everything I have written here I was tought by my Reiki Master, who has practiced Reiki for many years and is from a good lineage. There are many different accounts of how Reiki came about, and this is one of them. Being as none of us were there it's impossible to say what the true history is, and who is right or wrong! And I do consider Reiki to be an ancient form of healing, as hands on energy healing has been reportedly used for centuries. I'm sorry if my views do not match yours, but this doesn't mean I am giving incorrect information!

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      Andrew J Cook 

      6 years ago

      Sorry but Mikao Usui was NOT Christian. He was a Shinto Lay Preacher.

      Also Reiki is not ancient. Energy healing may be, but Reiki is a very specific technique that was discovered and developed for the first time by Mikao Usui in the early 1920's.

      The only reason people think Christianity has anything to do with Reiki is because Ms Takata introduced Reiki to the U.S.A after the 2nd World War. Due to understandable prejudice against anything Japanese at the time, she 'adapted' the history of Reiki to suit American tastes.

      Also Reiki was not lost during the 2nd World War, many clinics and practices survived perfectly well.

      If any of you want to read up on a much more accurate history of Reiki then I suggest you search Amazon for Frank Arjava Petter. He has done extensive research in Japan over the last two decades and has a far better view of how things developed.

      Sorry to rant, but inaccuracies like this article only damage the image of Reiki and what it truly is.

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      michael ely 

      7 years ago from Scotland

      Hi GJ,I wouldn't say i was into it. More like i was curious. Well written stuff on it here,though.

      Cheers. Michael.

    • GJ56 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi Michael...thankyou : ) are you into Reiki too then? : )

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      michael ely 

      7 years ago from Scotland

      Hi GJ56. Good hub. I like this.


    • GJ56 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      I've been practicing it myself and have also had amazing reviews from friends and family, I would definitely encourage anyone to give it a go! Thanks for your comment : )

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Huh, I didn't know it was called Reiki, but I've heard some amazing first-hand accounts of it from friends and family. This was a good read! Thanks for sharing more about this fascinating practice.


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