-A basic introduction to Reiki.
What is your complimentary practice? You are probably familiar with the Yin and Yang symbol. It represents balance and energy.
We get a lot of our Yang energy from our training; heart rate gets elevated and stress hormones increase. But how do you balance that out with some Yin energy? Both are requirements for us to lead a balanced spiritual lifestyle and have our bodies functioning in a healthy way as represented by the symbol.
You might practice yoga, massage or meditation to get your Yin energy but have you ever considered Reiki?
Reiki came into fruition in Japan in the 1900’s and was developed by a man named Mikao Usui. Reiki literally means ‘universal life force energy’ (Rei – universal Ki – life force energy)
It was on the back of a societal breakdown, that changes in the structure of cultural norms in Japan meant there was a fear of uncertainty that accompanied this radical change. It was no longer certain that Japanese farmers’ offspring would follow in the destiny their parents had mapped out for them (continuing the family trade) and they began to travel for business and education rather than pleasure. It was during this time of uncertainty that many Japanese people looked to religion to show them a way forward and help them cope with the feeling of isolation. It was Usui’s decision to create a system of spiritual development that would be accessible to all people that was not aligned with religion. Thus, the birth of Reiki.
Reiki is a hands-on or distance, spiritual healing practice/therapy that is non-invasive and used alone or in collaboration with other alternative healing modalities. Reiki sessions can last from 60 – 90 minutes depending on practitioner and does not require the removal of clothing. The practitioner uses energy channels and transfers this to the individual. The practitioner targets energy fields around the body, at times in alignment with your body chakras. Energy can decrease in certain areas of the body and the practitioner can aid in increasing the flow of energy and releasing any blocks.
It is thought that if the body energy is low then an individual is more likely to be unwell or distressed. There is research, albeit limited in comparison with other complimentary practices, that support the many benefits of Reiki. Keep in mind here that this practice is very individually experienced so quite subjective and there are many factors to consider. Certainly, there is a placebo effect to the therapy like many complementary modalities. Regardless, many people experience increased levels of relaxation, increased energy, decreased stress levels, decreased pain, decreased anxiety, mental clarity, improved immune function and it provides an avenue for you to connect with your body and mind on a deeper level.
Reiki does not claim cure illness or disease, moreover it promotes a balanced and optimal state of body so that healing can occur from within. The National Institutes of Health USA have trials in progress that are investigating the effects of Reiki on stress, fibromyalgia, AIDS, prostate cancer, painful neuropathy and cardiovascular risk factors. (https://www.reikiaustralia.com.au/?page_id=211)
Reiki can be used with essential oils, crystals, and can be chakra focused, but that conversation is for another blog.
It is important that you find a qualified Reiki practitioner who is open about the way they carry out their practice, as there are many diverse forms and branches of Reiki. Ensure you are comfortable
with the practice principals and have an intention on what you seek to gain from using Reiki as a spiritual healing modality.
The experience of Reiki is different for every individual so you are best to go in with an open mind and then discuss your experience following your sessions.
My personal experience with Reiki has been a very positive one. Once a sceptic but now a believer in the practice, I became a level 1 Reiki practitioner a couple of years ago. I practice on myself and have practiced on others and have found experiences to be nothing but positive. I have begun to tie in this practice with Yoga more recently.
Whatever mindful practice you choose to participate in, I hope that your intentions are being met.
–The Reiki Bible, Eleanor McKenzie – The definitive guide to the art of Reiki 2009