What Is Reiki?
This is a common question and one that, in my opinion, there isn’t a right or wrong answer to.
I’m going to answer the question purely from my point of view and from my heart, based on my own experiences.
I am, of course, a novice at it’s practice, having only completed Reiki Level One early this year (2013). Yet I feel an affinity with this wondrous Source, like many others, and as an Enthusiast, I’d like to share my beliefs about it.
There are some who claim to be experts of reiki, which I disagree with – you can be a reiki practitioner with many years vast experience but you’ll never be an expert on reiki itself. Why? Reiki is not something that can be controlled. As a Reiki Master reiki masters you and you can’t second guess what it will do or how it will do it. For this reason it helps if you have a level of faith to practice it.
The Meaning of Reiki
As the Japanese word ‘reiki’ does not translate directly to English, it can loosely be translated as this –
Rei (Ray) = Universal , Spiritual Consciousness/Guidance, All Knowing, Soul – I take this to mean wisdom from your Higher Self (or God) e.g. knowing what the root cause of the issue is/knowing the real you…
and Ki (Key) = Breath, Life Force, Vital Radiant Energy – I take this to mean the invisible energy that powers our lives / our divinity (soul) and can heal us. Others refer to it as Life Source, Light Source, God, God’s Blessing, God’s Love, Universal Energy, Source Of All Manifestation.
It’s invisible to most, though with practice you do get a sense of it. Practitioners (and sometimes clients) can feel it, for some the effects are quite strong, like myself I can feel it ‘bubbling’ or ‘sticking’ at certain points in the healing, which some say can be an indication of a blockage in the persons energy system.
You see, if you think about it we are all made up of atoms and electrons, which vibrate and give off ‘energy’. This isn’t the science bit, by the way – I am a lover of science but this is not a scientific practice, rather, an ancient sacred practice instead. If you think about it, hands-on healing has existed in stories for many years. I imagine it’s what Witch Doctors and Shamans used to do to their tribes. So, if we are all giving off energy of some form, this means we have an energy field around us (aura), which can be affected by traumas and other such life events, leaving us feeling drained or ‘out of sorts’.
An example is: Think about when you’re happy and you meet someone who is sad – you’re energy has mixed with that persons and you now don’t feel as happy. You probably feel lethargic and have less energy. Right?
Reiki is the practice of connecting to Life Source and channeling it via set hand positions through the clients’ energy field to help everything heal.
The beauty of reiki is that it always works for the greater good and can never and will never harm anyone. It works on a deep level and can’t always be felt. Sometimes, if the person is not ready for necessary change, it will bury itself and come out when the person is ready – creating a shift in the persons’ belief system, personality or even life.
A lot of people consider it relaxing, but it depends on the session. For me, it knows I am all about spiritual growth and to do this I must face deep routed doubts and fear until they no longer block me – so this is what I get.
You can’t decide what you want it to to do and nor can the practitioner – reiki knows best.
The best way I can describe it to you all is to say that it is like pouring the real you back into you and bringing you back to your true life purpose/dharma. Once you do that you’ll be truly happy (not the artificial happy that many feel and is so easily effected) and as a consequence healthy. So this is why it is a holistic healer – it helps with mind, body and soul. It can be used on babies and children; all age groups and animals too. You can also reiki things and problems.
In a short space of time I have seen it create changes in people I have practiced on and of course, in myself.
I’ve had many strong experiences during reiki, including, my reiki attunements (which you must have in order to practice) – these were Out Of This World moments in my amazing life.
For now, I’ll leave you with the thought, that if we were all doing what we were put on this earth to do; all truly happy in the knowledge that we are on the right path; wouldn’t the world be a better place? I particularly think children are taken away from that these days and distracted by the material world around us. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we gave them back the gift of being at ease with themselves and their reason for being on this planet, instead of following the crowd and the adverts? We could do that with reiki.
Curious? Why not try it, be open to change and watch it work it’s miracle gift for you.