History of Reiki
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an "attunement" given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of "life force energy" to improve one's health and enhance the quality of life.
Its use is not dependent on one's intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.
While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.
While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures
The Basics of Reiki
Increasingly, people are turning to alternative holistic methods for dealing with the stress and pressures of daily life. Even doctors are recognizing that it will take more than a few pills and surgeries to treat diseases like hypertension and blocked arteries. They realize that changes in lifestyle will be required to supplement medical treatment, for it to really work.
In keeping with this new trend, Reiki has shot into the limelight in recent years. Reiki is based on the premise that energy is the fundamental nature of existence and that the human body, its thoughts and emotions, can all be expressed in terms of energy oscillating at different frequencies. Dense vibrations indicate discomfort and disease. Freer vibrations are a sign of health, beauty, satisfaction and well being. Thus, Reiki can be said to be a form of energy medicine, which uses a simple hands-on healing technique.
The concept of Reiki originated in India, but it was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui in Japan in the late 19th century. Dr. Usui was a Shingon Buddhist priest and a physician. He read about an ancient healing art in an 1100 year old Buddhist Manuscript and made a brief synthesis of the essence of this seven level Tartaric teaching as Reiki. Dr. Usui shared his knowledge and experience with many people, but the subtler aspects were only taught to 19 close students.
The healing process
According to Dr. Usui, Reiki is the Universal Life Force Energy that heals by calming the mind and raising a person?s life force. This Universal Life Force Energy is the underlying basis for everything. As a result of our identification with our bodies and the five senses, our perception is limited and we cannot seem to go beyond the physical. Reiki helps us to become more open and aware and re-establishes the connection with the Universal Life Force Energy.
Negative thoughts, emotions, and judgments like rage, anger, grief, resentment, etc.get stored in the body in the form of a physical and/or emotional block. This disturbs the natural frequencies of the energy flow in the body, which in turn, can be manifested as headaches, stomachaches, ulcers, rheumatoid arthritis, or even tumors?.
According to the Reiki technique, all the blockages in the body?s energy flow can be removed by the simple laying on of hands in certain positions over the entire body. The laying on of hands brings the body in touch with the higher vibratory frequency of the Universal Life Force Energy, which penetrates into the body and dissolves the blocks.
What is Reiki? Reiki is a simple, natural and safe process for self-healing on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Anyone can learn to tap into this higher energy of unlimited, Divine Intelligence and unleash their inherent ability to facilitate Reiki energy.
Who Can Reiki Help?
Reiki appeals to all people, crossing over the illusory boundaries of race, religion and nationality because it recognizes the oneness of all living beings and our interconnection through our One Source?the One Heart.
What is a Reiki Session Like? Reiki facilitators channel higher-dimensional, spiritually-guided Life Force Energy. This is the unconditionally loving energy that has given birth to us all and that unites us all.
Reiki offers the receiver an invitation to heal. As the energy of the Reiki facilitator heightens during the healing session and they place their hands just over the receiver's body or lightly touching it, the receiver perceives the energy on a deep soul level and very naturally matches it through a process of harmonic resonance. This can feel like a soothing warmth in the body or a slight tingling, or a combination of the two as energy moves throughout the body, although it is not necessary to actually feel the energy for it to be effective.
Nurturing the Self We all know the Earth journey can be challenging, so it's important to remember to nurture and honor ourselves every step of the way. Patience is the key--we can learn to accept and be in compassionate understanding of every aspect of ourselves, especially the parts we don't prefer. All dis-ease, whether it be physical, mental, emotional or spiritual, or any combination thereof are the very parts of ourselves that are calling out for love and transformation. All energy seeks resolution and balance. We can love ourselves into spiritual awakening and physical wellness in the same way that the Creator loved us into being. Reiki is Love.?
WHAT IS REIKI?
Reiki (ray-key) is an energy healing art introduced by Sensei Mikao Usui in the late 1800's.
The word 'Reiki' is made up of 2 Japanese kanji:
Rei - Universal Spiritual Consciousness
Ki - Life Force Energy. Also known as 'Chi' in Chinese or 'Prana' in Sanskrit.
In short, Reiki accesses the Universal Life Force Energy needed to promote healing in all living things. The ultimate goal of the Reiki path is to reach enlightenment. It surpasses other healing arts as the processes on the Reiki path includes self discovery, promoting self awareness, self empowerment, good health, a sound mind and body. One progresses in spiritual growth to discover one's true purpose in life.
This energy is so versatile it can be used to send healing energies through space and time i.e. distant healing and karma healing.
BENEFITS OF REIKI
Reiki heals on a holistic level i.e. physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Reiki is not a religion but works on the subconscious level to reach one's inner spirit. This may lead to 'SATORI' - a 'realisation' as one merges with the Spiritual Universal Life Force.
This moment of truth, of awakening helps one to just 'Be Reiki'.
Reiki is commonly used to complement conventional medicine and other therapies.
It can be used to ease stress-related illnesses, provide pain relief for acute & chronic conditions (e.g. arthritis, rheumatism, and migraines), and offer comfort and peace in times of trouble or emotional problems (e.g. depression, anxiety), resulting in clarity of mind
HOW DOES REIKI WORK?
It is a gentle, non-invasive method involving the laying of hands over the body's energy centers.
Reiki has been described as an intelligent energy, traveling to any source that needs healing. This energy is channeled by a practitioner who has been attuned to Reiki by a Reiki Master.
It is believed that Reiki is channeled from the universe through the crown, flowing down the head and shoulders, along the arms and transmitted through the practitioner's hands into the recipient. This healing process replenishes energy depleted areas, stimulating the body's natural ability to heal itself and balancing the mind, body & spirit. This is also called holistic healing.
When one 'taps' into this energy, one is consciously aware of the Universal Life Force, which is naturally present in, and around us.
WHAT TO EXPECT
You will be fully clothed, sitting down or lying down (whichever position that is most comfortable for you).
As you relax to gentle & soothing music in the background (optional), Reiki will flow from your crown to all the body energy centers, healing and rejuvenating the body.
Sensations experienced have been described as: tingling, warm or cold, pulsating, vivid colors, throbbing, relaxing, comforting, a sense of inner peace or you might feel nothing at all!
Any discomfort experienced is temporary and is the body's way of re-adjusting and re-aligning to this beautiful energy. One way of releasing negative emotions is by acknowledging and accepting them. This could result in an emotional release of sadness, anger, crying.
Physical release could result in spontaneous movements of the body, return of sensation on previously numb areas, pain relief, release of toxins in body sweat, heat emitted as energy is felt around the body.
Spiritual release could result in an insight to present problems, developing spiritual awareness of one's purpose in one's life in relation to others and all around you, seeing and accepting life's pains as blessings and developing virtues to become a better person. Creating a positive influence and a healing energy field in your world and the world around you.
WHAT IS AN ATTUNEMENT?
An attunement is a simple ceremony performed by a Reiki teacher or 'Master' on an initiate to bond with the Universal Life Energy.
Once attuned, this enables one to give Reiki for self healing and healing of others.
This bonding is for life and is activated when one intends to heal. Reiki works on pure intent and because of its spiritual nature healing occurs on the physical, emotional and spiritual level.
To walk on the Reiki path is to embrace life fully with unconditional love, compassion and mercy, to oneself and all living things around that breathe and live Reiki.
Reiki is safe and will never do harm but will only improve your life for the better. One can never overdose on Reiki as only the 'right' amount of Reiki energies will be transmitted to allow and promote the healing process. A practitioner is guided by the Reiki energies so there is no room for the human ego to claim that he or she is responsible for the final outcome of the healing process.
Reiki has no belief systems so anyone can receive or learn Reiki.
(The original principles / affirmations)
The secret method of inviting blessings.
The spiritual medicine of many illnesses.
For today only,
do not anger,
do not worry,
Do your work (meditation) with appreciation.
Be kind to ALL people.
In the morning and at night,
with hands held in prayer,
think this in your mind,
chant this with your mouth.
The Usui Reiki method is to change your mind and body for the better.
Reiki should not be used as a replacement or substitute for medical treatment. Information given should not be used to diagnose medical treatments and conditions or claim to cure illnesses. If you have a serious ailment, you should consult your doctor and continue with any prescribed medication.
1. Asana aims to bring forth awareness of Reiki and Seichim reiki as complementary healing therapies so that all that share in these healing arts will be able to unite to generate healing on a global scale through peace, love and compassion.
2. Asana recognizes that when one or many gather together, where there is true and pure intent to reach out and comfort another, the universal energies of Reiki and Seichim flows.
3. Asana acknowledges that these universal energies flow through space and time so distance is irrelevant when performing distant treatments and distant attunements.
4. Asana's vision is one of a time to come when energy healing arts will be common practice in a family and community setting, creating harmonious relationships in societies and countries throughout the world.
5. Asana will not deliver empty promises of cures and miracles but will endeavor to be compassionate and respectful to the needs of all that seek healing and aims to create awareness and acceptance of one's spiritual self.