What is Reiki?

   Reiki is a Japanese form of alternative healing called energy healing, where the practitioner connects to the universal source energy/ qi energy and acts as a

conduit of energy between the source and the client. The universal energy is transferred to the client through the palms of the practitioner, usually with a hand on body method or simply by holding the hands above the body. The client will lay down fully clothed, and the practitioner will start by doing a body energy scan using their hands, looking for areas in the body where the energy is imbalanced.

   In Eastern medicine, qi is the energy life force that flows through all of us, and the intent is always to balance qi in order to achieve optimal health. And, since energy is at the core of everything and everything is energetically connected to some degree, this form of healing can be conducted at a distance as well.

   This form of therapy is completely safe with no risk of side effects, however, some clients might experience a spiritual detox before getting better.

  The techniques used in energy healing practices all aim to engage the body’s own self-healing mechanisms to restore energetic balance and optimal health.

 

   The origins of Reiki are complex as it is a system that we can say it's both ancient and modern. We could say it is modern because it has only been developed in the last hundred years and ancient because its origins are found in a variety of ancient spirit-centered philosophies like Ayurveda, Buddhism and, Chinese philosophies.

   Reiki was developed in Japan by Mikao Usui who was a teacher at a Christian college in Tokyo and who after being asked by his students to explain the healing miracles of Jesus he embarked on a journey to find the answer to the question of healing. In search of the answer, he visited many Buddhist and Zen monasteries, traveled to the West and Tibet, and eventually found the information needed after learning Sanskrit and reading the sutras but still lacked the knowledge on how to activate this healing energy and use it himself.

   He found the missing knowledge after 21 days of fast and meditation on a mountain retreat where on the 21st day he had a vision of the Reiki symbols and was given all the information about each one.

He cured many people using this method of energy healing and in time it has become very popular.