The Essentials of Reiki Healing
Reiki is a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). It is widely accepted in modern medical circles for its many physical and neurological health benefits. Reiki 101 - The Essentials of Reiki gives a basic understanding of this simple and ancient healing method, with a chapter by chapter outline detailed below.
What Is Reiki
Reiki (pronounced RAY-key) is a form of qi (pronounced CHEE) work, or energy work. The word Qi means life energy or vital force. As such, Reiki is a form of strengthening and enhancing your energy and spirit, by which physical, mental and spiritual healing takes place. A healer, or teacher, delivers positive healing energy through his or her hands, which either lightly touch or hover above your body.
Different Forms of Reiki
There are a number of different forms of reiki, which we can loosely describe as traditional Japanese and Western. The Japanese has a more intense focus on healing specific issues, compared with Western, which is useful for overall health and well-being.
Therefore, it is important to know the style and lineage of the reiki master you are receiving your attunement from. The lineage means the line of teachers that can be traced back all the way to the person who systematized reiki, Mikao Usui of Japan. He began his work in the late 1800s, using traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Tibetan techniques that had been used for more than 2,500 years. It is important to have a pure lineage in order to receive a true attunement.
The Health Benefits of Reiki
Reiki healing is extremely powerful. Practiced regularly, and incorporated into a healthy lifestyle which preaches Reiki principles, these are just a few of the benefits you can expect:
Healing Yourself Using Reiki
Reiki is a form of energy-based healing that focuses on the ki or chi (CHEE), our vital life force energy, to unblock it and balance it in order to restore the health of body, mind and spirit. Reiki uses different hand positions. The hands are hovered over the body, or laid on certain energy centers known as meridians and chakras in order to unblock the energy and let it flow once more, to restore balance and health.
If you’re interested in healing yourself with reiki, the first step is to find a qualified reiki master. They will give you a treatment and you can decide if it works well for you. If it does, you would start to study as a Level 1 practitioner. This means getting what is called an attunement from the reiki master, and then learning the set of hand positions used for healing yourself.
Once you know the hand positions, you can use them as part of a regular self-care schedule. The ideal schedule for healing is a 45-minute to 1-hour session a day for 3 days, followed by 18 days of rest until the treatment cycle begins again. This gives your body, mind and spirit the chance to change on the deepest levels after each treatment.
Each treatment has 3 sections, preparation, healing and concluding. There are various activities you can do in the first and last sections, such as meditation and energy work. The healing sessions might also vary, but generally take 3 forms.
Healing the Aura
Run your hands around the outline of your body as best you can reach, to strengthen the energy field that protects you from the outside world.
Balancing the Energy Centers
The chakras and meridians are the main energy centers of the body. The 7 chakras are located in a straight line from anus to the crown of the head and each have its own color and type of energy. The 14 primary meridians form a straight line near the center of your body, front and back. Each needs to be balanced for 3 to 10 seconds per treatment.
Each of the 14 primary meridians are connected to our major organs. If you’re having heart trouble you might focus on the meridian connected with your heart.
If you’ve been feeling out of balance in your life or suffering from chronic illness, it might be time to add reiki to your life and see what a difference it can make.
You should begin by receiving an initial Reiki attunement. This is where your learning and education both begin. You learn that there are 7 chakras (energy centers) throughout your body. Some Reiki practitioners believe in 12 or 14 meridians (energy centers) as opposed to chakras. If your energy flows improperly, you experience physical and mental problems and health conditions. Your Reiki healer can explain your chakras or meridians, your physical, mental and spiritual connections to each, and the appropriate Reiki hand positions to heal them.
The Pros and Cons of Reiki
The advantages of Reiki include:
A Typical Reiki Session
Most sessions run from 45 to 60 minutes. When first starting out, sessions will be given three days in a row, followed by an eighteen-day period of rest. Your treatment area should be clean, comfortable and distraction free. Wear loose clothing, removing all shoes, jewelry and eyeglasses. Take a shower or bath beforehand, cleaning yourself well. Assume a comfortable prone position, and remember the 5 main Reiki principles:
1 – Just for this day, I’ll let go of worry.
2 – Just for this day, I’ll let go of anger.
3 – Just for this day, I’ll give thanks for my many blessings.
4 – Just for this day, I’ll do my work honestly.
5 – Just for this day, I’ll be kind to my neighbors and all living beings.
The Five Spiritual Principles of Reiki
Reiki as a spiritual method of healing body, mind and spirit. There are 3 basic parts to a reiki treatment. The first is preparation, the second is the healing and the third is the conclusion.
For each of these parts, you can do a number of different activities during your 45-minute session. One of the most beneficial ways to prepare for a healing session is to recite the 5 Spiritual Principles of Reiki.
These are meant to be lived through our thoughts, words and deeds, not just recited out loud and then forgotten about. By living these principles, you will discover better health, less stress, and a greater sense of connection and harmony with the people around you.
The five principles of reiki are as follow:
Just for today, I will not be angry.
Anger is a very negative energy that harms the body and damages relationships with the people we care about most. Anger distorts energy and created blockages as well. Reiki can help unblock the energy, the ki or chi, to resort health and harmony.
Just for today, I will not worry.
Worry focuses on the future and creates a lot of stress and tension, which will also block energy and distort it. To combat worry, try to keep your energy balanced and spread throughout the body.
Just for today, I will be grateful.
Cultivating an attitude of gratitude stops you from getting angry or worried. Simple things like being thankful and practicing forgiveness boost your energy and open your heart chakra. This in turn brings greater love and harmony,
Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
We are all so distracted, it can be tough to put in a good day’s work. We are all busy, so sometimes we might be tempted to take shortcuts. Working well and being proud of that work creates all new positive energy. Helping others brings abundance to us.
Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.
When we are busy, it’s easy to neglect the people who are most important to us. It’s also easy to get angry when you’re under stress and say or do things you really don’t mean. Keeping a kind intention throughout the day will transform your aura and entire energy field, attracting more of what you wish for, love, harmony and bounty.
Practice these 5 principles every day and see what a difference they can make to your energy flow and balance.
The Reiki Hand Positions and Symbols
The Reiki hand positions relate to your 1) head, 2) body, 3) back and 4) legs and feet. They are referred to as a capital letter followed by a number.
The Reiki Symbols
The 3 Reiki symbols are explained, as well as their healing benefits. They are:
1 – The Power symbol (Choku Rei)
2 – The Mental/Emotional symbol (Sei He Ki)
3 – The Distance symbol (Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen)
What to Look for in a Reiki Master
You will need to choose between a Japanese versus a Western style of Reiki healing. The Japanese approach works better if you want to target a specific health issue. The Western style of Reiki generally enhances your life in many areas, rather than targeting a specific condition. When choosing a Reiki master, ask the following questions:
Reiki is a widely recognized alternative method for many mental and physical benefits of a properly charged life force energy. You can treat yourself or seek out a Reiki master, Reiki works on people and pets, and no drugs or medicines are involved.
What is a Reiki Attunement?
Many people new to reiki wonder, what is meant by a reiki psychic attunement? A reiki attunement is a ceremony intended to open the gateway to your inner healing abilities and psychic energy.
Some believers of reiki argue that an attunement helps clear you of the issues you are struggling with in relation to body, mind and spirit. Once these issues are cleansed, you will be more open to your own spiritual gifts, such as your intuition and ability to heal yourself through energy work. The energy work involves the ki, or chi, your vital life force energy.
If the ki is blocked, it leads to disease, or dis-ease. If it is unblocked and in balance, you will be healthy and pain-free. An attunement is the first step in studying Level 1 reiki and being able to heal yourself. You will receive the attunement from a reiki master, and learn the hand positions used to balance the energy.
The hand positions increase, balance and stimulate energy in the energy centers of the body, the 7 chakras and 14 primary meridians. Once you have received your attunement, you can treat yourself on a regular basis to maintain your health and overall well-being.
What Are You Tuning Into?
Some people believe an attunement is about gaining energy from outside themselves. In fact, it is simply a way of connecting with the energy and power within yourself that you already possess, but are probably not even aware of. Or, if you are aware of it, you don’t yet know how to harness it for health and healing. You won’t be able to read minds after an attunement, but you will certainly be able to read your energy and improve your health once you start giving yourself reiki treatments.