What is Reiki? Reiki Simplified

December 16th, 2009 by KiHealing1 Leave a reply »

I love Reiki. I love Reiki because I love simple. Reiki is a very simple healing modality yet at the same time it is very profound healing work.

Reiki is the name given to this system of natural healing for the body and mind, developed by Dr. Mikao Usui who lived in Japan during the the 19th century.  To read further about his story you can read about the history of Reiki at reiki.org.  Translating what Reiki means in English isn’t that easy. The meaning doesn’t really cross over, but the jist of it is this: Reiki is actually two Japanese words — Rei and then Ki.  The ‘Rei’ part can be described as something universal, invisible, and all knowing. The ‘Ki’ part can be described as the life force animating all things. It’s important to keep in mind that the words don’t translate exactly, and I don’t believe that they are meant to. Over the last 8 years that I have been practicing Reiki on others and on myself, I have come to accept that there is a reason for why the meaning tends to be vast and ambiguous. I’ve concluded that it’s meant to be that way in order to uniquely grow with each one us and to assist us to expand in our own due time. Among the many ways that Reiki is described, it is also  a path to personal development and spiritual growth.

Physics explains that energy exists in everything and that it’s everywhere. It is in the air we breathe, in the food we eat, in the light from the sun and the moon. Inanimate objects have energy too, just that they are lower frequencies of energy.

This same energy is the energy behind Reiki (Remember what rei-ki translates into? Universal- life force). This energy is the creative force behind all of life. It is that which nourishes and sustains natural life cycles such as cycles of birth, life and death of all living things. When we are connected with this energy through Reiki or through Prayer or Meditation or however we feel the connection, we feel less separate from other living beings and things. Rather than separate or isolated, we feel more whole within ourselves and within all of creation. We feel a greater sense of unity to all that surrounds us. We also start to feel supported, safe, and confident to be all that we are.
It is just fine to call this energy God or the Universal Life Force. What matters most to understand is that this energy is not just all around us, it is also within us. It can be hard to understand this or know this. This is a subtle energy. It exists within our bodies and minds and we can work with it to restore and heal ourselves. It also exists in the natural world — in plants, flowers, trees, rocks, minerals, and crystals.

For me, taking walks in nature has a very healing effect. Part of me doesn’t know how it actually happens, but I don’t need to know because I experience a shift in my subtle inner energies. If I feel pre-occupied or anxious there is hardly anything else more effective to calm me than a walk among trees or beside the ocean. After I emerge out of their natural care, I am new again. Any anxiety I may have felt has long gone. This healing effect happens each time. It always works. The energy that emanates from the trees, rocks, sun etc. has a corresponding effect on my body, my mind, and my spirit.

The energy that emanates from the nature is one and the same with the  Life Force Energy that runs through our bodies, through subtle energy pathways called meridians. When these pathways are blocked, out of balance, out of alingment because of stress for example, illness can take hold. Like other alternative/complimentary therapies, Reiki helps the body, mind, and spirit to rebalance itself and to unblock and realign our energy pathways .This promotes health and well being in us.

Reiki does not have any dogma or belief systems attached to it. It is practiced in almost every country in the world. Thankfully, its healing intelligence transcends religious, cultural, and political boundaries. It can fit practically into any lifestyle physically, mentally, and spiritually. It is truly universal and I love that.

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