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What is Reiki

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Reiki is an energy-based healing and self-development system that originated in Japan. A trained Reiki practitioner channels naturally occurring external electromagnetic energy into a client in order to initiate a healing response, either on a physical, emotional or spiritual level. Reiki can be used on chronic illnesses and injuries, minor ailments, emotional traumas, stress, depression, anxiety and other physical and emotional problems. A Reiki treatment is very relaxing and often clients experience pleasant sensations such as heat, tingling and seeing colours, an indication that the energy is travelling through the body. A Reiki course is very simple to learn and enables anyone to become a Reiki practitioner and channel energy for healing purposes. It is also a journey of self-discovery and helps to awaken the individual's intuition.


What we call Reiki today was originally referred to as the 'Usui System of Natural Healing,' or 'Usui- do' (The Way of Usui) named after the founder of Reiki, Mikao Usui, a Samurai, who discovered Reiki while undertaking a spiritual retreat on Mount Kurama in Japan. Today the term is used to encompass a whole range of energy healing systems, some of which bear no relation to Mikao Usui's teachings whatsoever. In our practice and teaching of Reiki we stick as closely as possible to the original teachings to maintain the integrity of the system of Reiki.

The word 'Reiki' is a Japanese term consisting of two words 'rei' and ki'.

 

Rei (lit. Japanese - spiritual or sacred) - Mikao Usui described this energy as "light coming from the hand" and it is used to treat the individual on a spiritual or soul level. Students taking a level 1 Reiki training course learn how to use this energy. It is essentially a high frequency energy.


Ki (lit. Japanese - energy) - Ki is usually used in the context of life force energy, which exists within all living things and surrounds all living things. This energy is the other component of Reiki, with 'Ki' having a lower frequency range and being used to work on a physical and emotional level, as these energies are denser. Students taking a level 2 Reiki course learn how to use these lower frequency energies. 

In many Eastern traditions Ki needs to flow freely through the body in order for us to maintain a state of balance or homeostasis. When we develop an illness or injury, or when we experience any kind of stress of emotional trauma, the flow of Ki is disrupted. If we develop an energetic blockage the flow of our Ki is disrupted and this can actually cause illness. The healthier we are the more Ki we have flowing through our body. Reiki helps to correct energetic imbalances and blockages within the body. It can be used directly on injuries, illnesses and areas storing emotional trauma.

Reiki is also a spiritual path for those who seek to explore this aspect of Reiki. Mikao Usui believed that Reiki was a path to enlightenment, that anyone could achieve by self-healing with Reiki on a daily basis. Many individuals choose to take a Reiki course because it is effective, so simple to learn and in a two-day course you can become a Reiki practitioner and use Reiki for yourself daily without relying on someone else to treat you. The ability to channel energy is achieved through Denju (lit. initiation), also referred to as attunements, passed on to the student by a trained Reiki teacher. Attunements offer a direct connection to external universal energy, awaken the individual's intuition and any latent spiritual gifts and proffer the ability to heal using Reiki. 

 
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