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What are the health benefits of Reiki?

Updated on June 19, 2013

Reiki Master - Sara Gardner

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Reiki Healing

Reiki is a great way to heal yourself on all levels whether it's for easing a headache on the physical level or bearing anger or sadness on the emotional level or helping to give greater clarity on the mental level or helping us to connect to our greater sense of purpose on the spiritual level.

I live my life following the Reiki precepts and I meditate or self treat with Reiki most days not just because it gives me an enhanced connection to the Universe but it puts me in tune with my own body, making it easier to spot tensions or stresses before they become chronic.

The greatest aspect of Reiki is that anyone and everyone can do it and that empowers us to be responsible for our own healing. Responsibility for yourself is one of the first big steps that we all take on our healing journey and usually one of the hardest. If you've not heard of Reiki and want to know a little bit more then read on.

What is Reiki? A Safe, Natural, Hands On Therapy

Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) means Universal life force energy in Japanese. Ray being universal and Ki being life energy. You may also have heard life force energy called Chi (China) or Prana (India/Yoga). Reiki was developed by Mikao Usui, a professor of theology, from rediscovered ancient teaching Sanskrit and after many years of study, research and meditation. It was brought to the west in the early part of last century and is passed on by Reiki Master to student.

Everyone has the ability to make use of this Universal Life Force Energy and we are all subject to its flow whether we recognise it or not. Learning or using the Reiki way of healing is just a tool to assist us in making better use of our own innate healing abilities.

There is no belief system attached to Reiki. It can be practiced by any faith or by anyone with no faith.

The 3rd Eye Chakra balancing position
The 3rd Eye Chakra balancing position | Source

What Is A Treatment Session Like?

Reiki is a holistic complementary natural hands on healing system. Treatment involves energy being channelled through the practitioners hands, which are placed on the body in different positions. It is not necessary to remove any clothing.

The most important requirements are that the recipient desires the healing, has had the opportunity to ask any questions and feels comfortable with their surroundings. I recommend lying down on a treatment table with a warm covering wearing loose fitting clothes, some relaxing music and perhaps some candles.

If the recipient isn't comfortable with lying down then Reiki can be given in any position that is comfortable

A Reiki Treatment Session
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What Can I Expect From Reiki?

There are many different experiences during a treatment. Some people see bright lights, beautiful colours, feel very warm, feel cold, feel tingling or feel nothing at all! We are all different. A Reiki treatment is very relaxing and stress relieving.

As Reiki is a holistic healing system it treats the whole body rather than just the symptoms. The symptoms are usually the last manifestation of an energy block that was created some time before and the Reiki energy works to serve us best by reducing the pain but also by bringing our attention to the original block. This can be done by perhaps showing us life circumstances that mirror the original block and give us an opportunity to release the stuck emotions that caused the blockage in the first place.

Reiki works on all levels, physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. It always works for your highest good and will not bring you anything that you cannot deal with. It is both powerful and gentle. Reiki energy flows through the body like water gently cleansing little by little and yet powerful enough to remove the largest of objects if the flow is constant.

Reiki works in harmony with the body and promotes the body's natural ability to heal itself. It can reduce pain and inflammation.

Self realisation, self awareness, personal growth, spiritual growth, connection to your higher self or healing your inner child are all higher benefits from Reiki.

Reiki supports all forms of treatment both orthodox and complementary because Reiki energy can do no harm as it has no side effects and cannot be overdosed.

The Reiki Precepts
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What Are The Reiki Precepts?

The precepts are ways of incorporating the Reiki energy into our lives to maximise our use of and alignment with the Universal energy. They are as follows...


For today only:

• Do not anger

• Do not worry

• Be humble

• Be honest in your work

• Be compassionate to yourself and others

Everyone has different interpretations of the precepts, therefore I believe that the best approach is to meditate upon them and see what unfolds within yourself as your truth.

Do not anger and do not worry: Rather than being prescriptive advice about trying to bottle up real feelings being experienced, I believe the wisdom here is about living in the moment (For Today Only).

There is no point worrying about the past as it has gone and the future doesn't exist yet or at least it can be changed therefore the only moment that is really happening is now. There may be many things in the world that could cause us to worry or be angry but we will only add to the negative energy surrounding events if we get angry about them too.

Our energy follows our mind....would we really want to use all our energy into the negative aspects of our life? Do we really choose to make them grow?When we concentrate and focus on the positive aspects we let the light inside us grow. You can't banish darkness by concentrating on it but you can banish it by turning on a light.

I'm not saying that anyone should bottle up their anger and pretend that they are never angry.....that is the root of many long standing energy blockages. Anger expressed in a positive way is a very powerful energy.

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Be Humble to me talks about being aware of our limitations as physical beings. If we follow our true path and live our life purposefully then everything in our lives is naturally set in Divine Order. When I give a healing my skill as a Reiki master comes in putting aside my own thoughts, ego and intentions because I could not possibly know what is the best for the person concerned. In fact I can't know everything that is happening that will affect my own life therefore to try and control it appears arrogant. There is only one presence that can be all knowing and omni present and the Reiki energy will follow that path if we step aside and allow it.

Be Honest In Your Work talks to me about being truthful with yourself about everything, to be Pure in Intent . Sometimes we think we are being honest but we have lost the ability to be in tune with ourselves and to really know our Essential Nature because we have gathered so many wounds and defences during our lifetime. To be honest in all we do is to take responsibility for all that we do because it's when we take responsibility that we have control over what is happening to us. We always have choices in every situation but we don't always know them all or which is the appropriate one until we begin to know who we truly are.

To be compassionate to yourself and others is about seeing and understanding the place of pain that others and yourself are coming from when we do something that is considered 'bad'. This is not about allowing somebody to walk all over you because that isn't being compassionate to yourself but it's about allowing us to see the truth and pain behind our "enemies" hatred so that eventually we don't see "enemies" anymore, instead we see a wounded person reacting from fear. Armed with that knowledge of insight we can choose another way of reacting other than just hitting back and with that the whole world changes.

So you can see how Reiki has many applications in our normal everyday lives, right from treating headaches through to blessing food to enhance its vitality and onwards into world peace and harmony.

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      Peter Geekie 4 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear saragardner,

      Thank you for a fascinating and well written article about Reiki.

      Reiki is a powerful tool overcoming race, colour, creed and distance.

      My wife is a Reiki Master also and keeps me well despite serious ailments. I have also seen her work with animals which is true evidence of its power as animals cannot be fooled and have no expectation.

      I acquired some healing ability from my "wicked witch" grandmother in Devon and use hands-on to relieve the affected area (mostly my wife's migraine) . She says my hands become very hot and I visualise the particular disorder succumbing to my touch. I guess this is similar to Reiki although I don't think my wife agrees.

      Thank you again for bringing this powerful healing ability to your readers.

      Voted up, useful and beautiful.

      Kind regards Peter

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      Sara Gardner 4 years ago from Finland

      Thank you Peter, I believe that the natural healing ability that we all have uses the same Universal energy as Reiki does but it can feel different as we all have our own unique "flavour" or vibration of energy dependent on many aspects of who we are.

      Love your "wicked witch" grandmother comment, I'm sure that a lot of the locals here think I'm just the witch that lives in the forest!

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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      This is an interesting hub, SaraGardner. My husband and I are both Reiki Masters. We don't actually place our hands on anyone outside the immediate family, choosing instead to keep our hands suspended slightly above their body. The effect is still the same, and they can feel heat radiating from our hands.

      It is nice to see you take the time to explain aspects of Reiki. I think lots of people could benefit from a visit to a Reiki practitioner. Learning about it is a first step. Voted up.

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      Sara Gardner 4 years ago from Finland

      Thank you LongTimeMother! You're quite right that the effects of reiki are the same even if you don't put your hands on the body. I choose to as it enhances the feeling of safety and human connection which helps my customers to relax more and thereby the reiki energy can go deeper/further.

      Thank you again for taking the time to look at my hubs.

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