What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese method of energy healing that utilizes the body’s natural ‘Ki’, or energy, to restore it to a natural state of balance, and calmness. The word ‘Rei’ means ‘a higher power’ and ‘Ki’ is our ‘Life Force energy’.   The system of Reiki was developed in the early 1900s by a Japanese man called Mikao Usui based on his personal experiences of working with the universal life force energy.  The concepts and principles of Reiki are fairly similar to other Eastern-derived forms of energy healing such as Qi Gong and tai Chi.  When we are stressed, or are experiencing anxiety, the energy in our bodies, or in this case, the ‘Ki’ in our bodies can over-accumulate, become weak and ultimately, result in imbalance, causing physical illness or emotional imbalance. Using Reiki to relieve this trapped and weak energy will ultimately result in a calm, happy state of mind which in turn leads to a healthy, physical body.

Reiki also helps patients who are recuperating from surgery or have to cope with chronic illnesses such as cancer, arthritis, diabetes and heart-related illnesses to name a few. Reiki helps the patient to balance the stresses and emotional turmoil imposed upon them by these diseases and also to alleviate the side effects from the medicine and drugs the patient has taken as a result of their disease. It is as such that Reiki is effectively used as a complement therapy in many cancer wards and hospitals in many countries all over the world.

Reiki is a spiritual healing that is natural and safe to use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It is complimentary to conventional medicine to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

As in the use of other energy healing modalities, to have lasting results, the client must accept responsibility for her or his healing and take an active part in it. Therefore, the Usui system of Reiki is more than the use of the Reiki energy on oneself or client. It also includes an active commitment to improve oneself in order for it to be complete.

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