The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki (or Qi or Chi in Chinese as in TaiChi and Qigong) which is "life force energy". Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."
What is it?
It is an energy healing method founded by Mikao Usui in Japan in the beginning of 20th century. The roots of Reiki however are deep and go back to ancient Tibetan Buddhism. It is a profoundly simple yet powerful way to treat one's energy field in the gentlest way through the use of laying on of hands .
The practitioner is seen as a bamboo, becoming a vessel for the universal energy to flow through and then directs it to the person through the palms of her hands. I have found in this higher level of working with the energy field, that the combination of Reiki with aromatherapy and the use of crystals is assisting the effect of the treatment greatly. Having always been sensitive to the vibrations of essential oils and crystals I explore the synergy as I use them during my Reiki treatments.
Is it for me?
Reiki is for everyone and is absolutely not invasive. As a practitioner I tune in to becoming a vessel for the universal energy and place my hands either on or slightly above various areas of the body related to the chakras or energy centers. Using meditation and keeping a strong connection with the Earth, I allow the energy to flow and go where it is needed.
Reiki works on the energy body therefore affecting the emotional as well as the mental and physical and is known for benefiting all sorts of emotional issues, release of stress and anxiety, and receive qualities of serenity, new vitality and joy. Above all Reiki offers a way to reconnect with the peace inside oneself, to heal in body, emotions, mind and spirit. There is no limit to what the universal energy can achieve. Reiki is a way to reconnect with the source which in turn rebalances and nurtures us in all levels.
To become a Reiki practitioner and Master one has to receive the Reiki I, II and III attunements. But to be able to practice, one indeed must be committed to keeping their energy clear and grounded. In the Reiki tradition we find guidance on how to work with ourselves every day through the following principles :
Just for today, I shall let go of anger, I shall be in peace.
Just for today, I shall let go of worry, I shall trust.
Just for today I will do my work honestly.
Just for today, I shall accept all my blessings.
Just for today I will respect and honor every living being.