Origin of Reiki

Reiki history in change

The Reiki history as such is not changing but the information we have about Reiki and it's founder Dr Mikao Usui is constantly moving forward. Thanks to the work of Reiki Masters like Frank Arjava petter, William L. Rand and many others we today get a more complete and factual information about Reiki. The facts and new information about Reiki in Japan is also helping the understanding of Reiki, it's history and methods.

"Reiki" with many origins

Hands on healing has been around for many centuries and has been known in many cultures. When you read about Reiki in books or on the Internet you will find several different theories about where Reiki came from: the stars, Lemuria, Atlantis, Egypt, India, Tibet etc. What we do know for a fact is that Reiki was "rediscovered" in Japan by Dr Mikao Usui during the beginning of the 20th century. For us westerners there are 3 persons that play a vital role in the history of Reiki: Dr Mikao Usui, Dr Hayashi, and Mrs Hawayo Takata.

Reiki history in the western world

A couple of years ago we only had Mrs Takata's version of the Reiki story. This version is still widely taught although there seems to be many points in her story that cannot be verified. When Mrs Takata brought Reiki to the western world after Word War II I feel that it might have been possible that she had to modify and westernize the Reiki history to better suit the times. I will not relate Mrs Takata's version here but you can find many sites under "Resources"above with her version.

Reiki in Japan

It was for many years believed that the practice of Reiki had died out in Japan but now new information about Reiki in Japan is coming to light. The Japanese Reiki system is slightly different from the Reiki that is used in the west. Written and oral information is translated from Japanese as it becomes available, including Dr Usui's manual. There are now a few books available covering these new findings.

Dr Usui, Dr Hyashi, Mrs Takata

As mentioned above these 3 persons play a very vital role in the spreading of Reiki in the western world. You can read the history about Dr Usui, Dr Hayashiand Mrs Takataby clicking the respective links.

What is Reiki

Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a Japanese name consisting of 2 words Rei and Ki meaning spiritually guided life energy (commonly known as Universal Life Energy), an energy which animates us all and is found all around us.
Reiki is a form of spiritual healing using "universal life energy" channelled through the practitioner to the recipient.
Reiki helps to harmonize body, mind and spirit for yourself or anyone you want to help.

Reiki treatment

You relax, fully clothed, on a couch or seated while the healer holds his hands on or above you. A treatment can last an hour or longer depending on the treatment required. In the western world many practitioners use the standard hand positions and commonly a full treatment is given covering all the important organs of the body.
There is no pressure on the body making it ideal for treating all ages and conditions, sometimes hands are even held away from the body. The energy flows wherever it is required (spiritually guided) and can normally be felt as a warm sensation or tingling in the body. Receiving Reiki is a very relaxing and soothing experience!

Reiki is an effective healing method

Reiki can be used for many ailments like reducing stress, relieving pain, headaches, stomach upsets, back problems, asthma - respiratory problems, pMT, menstrual problems, sinus, anxiety and many more. You can find treatment suggestions for specific problems under the button "How to use Reiki". (please observe that Reiki should never be used instead of medical treatment, it should be used as a compliment and a way to become and remain healthy.)

There is no belief system attached to Reiki so anyone can receive a Reiki treatment or a Reiki attunement. As in any healing the first step towards a healthier life is a desire to be healed.

Reiki - a powerful and gentle healer

  • promotes natural self-healing

  • Balances the energies in the body

  • Balances the organs and glands

  • Strengthens the immune system

  • Treats symptoms and causes of illness

  • Relieves pain

  • Clears toxins

  • Adapts to the natural needs of the receiver

  • Enhances personal awareness

  • Relaxes and reduces stress

  • promotes creativity

  • Releases blocked and suppressed feelings

  • Aids meditation and positive thinking

  • Heals holistically

Reiki is easy to learn

Anyone can "learn" Reiki. The word learn is not quite right as most of us cannot just read about Reiki and then do it. The ability to use Reiki is normally given via an attunement or initiation. There are 3 levels of Reiki: Reiki 1 and 2 and the Master level. Once attuned Reiki is easy to use and your ability to use Reiki will never leave you!

Reiki will enrich your life and give you happiness and health on all levels.

Read what the founder of Reiki Dr Mikao Usui said about Reiki. Also find out how easy it is to become attuned to Reiki

How can it help

Reiki healing can help with anything. You do not have to be ill to enjoy the experience of a reiki treatment. Because it is a channel for the flow of life energy, using reiki on a regular basis can enhance your life by creating a better balance within. This is followed eventually by deeper wisdom and stronger intuition. In other words it helps you to listen to your own body more closely and recognise its needs. I have known peoples lives change completely after being introduced to the reiki energy.

Reiki does not claim to cure all illnesses and certainly not terminal illness, but it can create a sense of peace and acceptance and give an enhancement to the quality of life remaining.

It should never be used in place of medical care, for instance if you are dependant on medical care to survive. However it can be used as part of the recovery programme, for example after an operation.

physical injuries can be helped to heal more quickly, as can chronic conditions. Although this will take longer quality of life does improve during the process.

By creating a mental feeling of peace and relaxation the body begins to reverse the process of negative thought patterns to one of a more positive state of mind, therefore gradually returning to a state of well- being.

Reiki supports all forms of treatment, both orthodox and complimentary.

Giving a treatment

This section will cover the Reiki hand positionsin general and how to use them for specific ailments. You will also find information about 3 important elements affected by Reiki healing: The main Chakras, The Auraand The Meridians.

Fixed set of hand positions contra intuitive positions

Traditionally many Reiki practitioners give the whole body treatment covering all the handpositions. This method gives a very good overall healing effect and can be recommended if in doubt about the cause of the problem to be treated. Since the Reiki energy is spiritually guided it will in the end go where it is needed. Many practitioners have found that by being guided by their intuition they can reach even better results. personally I have always found that this is the case. By combining knowledge from different Eastern medical systems I have created a simple guide to which Reiki positions, in my opinion, that can be used to reach the best effect for different ailments. Under "Reiki hand positions"in the menu to your right you can find pictures and a description on how the system is built (if you know the traditional hand positions you don't have to learn anything new!). Under the button "Reiki treatments" you will find the hand positions I recommend for over 60 different ailments.

The usual form of treatment is to lie on a couch (or sit if this is not comfortable). It is not necessary to remove any clothing other than coat and shoes for your own comfort. The treatment lasts around an hour and during that time the recipient will normally fall into a sleepy meditative state whereon a deep sense of relaxation will ensue.

It is difficult to describe what to expect from a reiki treatment because each person will experience something individual to themselves depending on what issue needs to be healed the most at that time. Most physical ailments stem from an emotional root therefore the energy is directed to the area of the body that is blocked. This is done by the practioner transmitting energy through their hands into the energy field of the recipient by a series of non-invasive, hands-on positions around the body. It is usual to feel a warmth and often tingling sensation. Some people see colours quite strongly as different colours are used for healing (This relates to the chakra system).

The more open you are to receive reiki healing the more you will receive and benefit from it. A few days prior to a treatment it is a good idea to detox yourself somewhat by cutting down on caffeine, alcohol, sugars and any other form of stimulants. This automatically calms the body down and reduces stress levels. You should also drink plenty of fresh water both before and after a treatment for about 48 hours as this helps to flush away any toxins that have been disturbed.

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