How Reiki Works
Reiki is a simple and powerful system of healing that can transform
lives. Reiki works on the body, mind, and emotional and spiritual
levels. It releases blocked energy, promotes relaxation and reduces
stress. Reiki can enhance intuition, meditation and personal spiritual
evolution. Reiki is a system of energy healing.
Reiki is the Japanese word for universal life force energy. "Rei" means
universal and "ki" means vital force energy. Or in other words Rei
means "spirit", "essence", or "soul", and on a deeper level, "divine
intelligence". Ki means "vital life force energy" or "breath". This is
an energy that can nurture and heal body, mind, heart, and spirit. It
is a technique for stress release and relaxation that allows everyone
to tap into an unlimited supply of life force energy to improve one's
health and enhance the quality of life. It is a great source of healing
one's inner needs. Reiki is a way to spiritual growth. Reiki has its
own intelligence and flows exactly where it is needed. Reiki doesn't
use manipulation of the body in any way. It is not a form of massage.
We are all born
with Reiki. All living beings have it and the universe
is filled with it. It works on the mental, emotional and spiritual
levels as well. It also helps an individual to healthier states of mind
and heart: it even helps one reach out to connect with the greater
wholeness of life itself. Reiki is not a religion, as it holds no
creed. It has nothing to do with the calling up of ghosts or demons or
any kind of black magic or hypnosis. It is basically about using the
concentrated form of cosmic energy. We all are mere channels of energy.
Reiki acts on aura level, physical level and emotional level. It is a
system of healing. It is an independence of thoughts, beliefs, feelings
and faith. Being a universal force from the great divine spirit, it
belongs to all who seek and desire to learn the art of healing. By
practicing Reiki more and more you will find honesty about your actions
and your living style. Your touch will feel good to others too.
Effects of Reiki
Reiki can never do any kind of damage in any way. It is the most easy
and simple method of natural healing. The greatest benefit of Reiki is
self-treatment. Once a person has opened up to become a channel for
Reiki, means once he is attuned he or she need only the intention to do
Reiki and the energy is immediately drawn. It is an extremely effective
technique for total stress release and relaxation.
You can heal
yourself; family members and can treat anyone who asks.
Asking is important because it is a system based on the intention of
the receiver. He should express his intent to get Reiki treatment. For
infants and others who cannot ask for Reiki…. it is your responsibility
or will to heal them. Even you can heal pets, animals and plants. They
have universal life energy and Reiki works for them too.
The story of Reiki is a history that is passed on from teacher to
student. This is the history as others and I have heard that Reiki is
very ancient science hidden for thousands of years, which was
discovered by Dr. Usui in late 1880's. He was a Japanese Christian
educator who accepted the challenge from his university students by
undertaking the extensive study of the healing phenomena of history's
greatest spiritual teachers. Through travel, research and meditation he
found a healing system based on ancient Buddhist teachings written in
Sanskrit and so at the end of seven years he had found what he
sought-but not quite. He had uncovered the knowledge. He did not have
the power to heal. So he decided to go to a mountain and meditate.
one of the sacred mountains of Japan and meditated for 21
days. On the 21st day he became aware of a beam light from the heavens
that came shooting towards him. Although he was afraid, he did not move
but was struck by the light and knocked over. Then in rapid succession
he saw before him like bubbles of light the symbols that he had
discovered in his study, the key to the healing of Buddha and Jesus.
The symbols burned them into his memory. When the trance was over, he
no longer felt exhausted, stiff, or hungry as he had moments before on
the last day of his meditation.
He got up and
began to walk down the mountain .on his way he stubbed
his toe, tearing back the toenail. He jumped with pain and grabbed his
toe with his hand. In minutes the pain left, the bleeding stopped and
his toe was well on the way to healing. He spent rest of his life
practicing and teaching this method of natural healing.
indepth information, see The
History of Reiki
Principles of Reiki
These are the principles to live by which Reiki teaches for every
person practicing Reiki:
- Just for today, I will not worry
- Just for today, I will not get angry
- Just for today, I will do my work
- Just for today, I will show love and
respect for every
living and nonliving thing.
Level one of Reiki teaches and enables you to do hands-on healing with
the Reiki energy. You can do a lot of healing work for yourself and for
your friends and family members.
Level two is
about some very effective tools to add to your healing
work. The three symbols of Reiki are taught in level two. The second
level of Reiki allows you to send Reiki across distance and time.
is traditionally the training where one learns how to teach
Reiki and pass attunements. One is attuned to the master symbol. When
one is ready to teach Reiki …the person can take the master's training
and can learn how to teach and pass attunements. Nowadays Reiki is
growing and changing as it becomes more widespread in the world.
Attitude of Gratitude
Practitioners of Reiki should endevor to develop an attitude of
gratitude throughout their daily and spiritual lives. Such a simple,
daily, is to go through the following, alone or with those a particular
person lives with, as follows:
- (1) I thank myself (name) for being here.
- (2) I thank my parents (name) for being
in my life.
- (3) I thank my guru (name) for being in
- (4) I thank the Lord or (name) for always
being in my life.
- (5) I thank to the Reiki power inside and
around which has
given me the power to heal others and myself.
This not only makes Reiki energy more available for use, it is a very
pleasant outlook to have!
Types of Reiki
There are many traditions or types of Reiki currently in use:
- Traditional usui Reiki - the Usui method
of natural healing
has evolved into many different channels and styles. He re-discovered
and taught Reiki to a number of people, including Dr. Hayashi, who
taught, among others, Hawayo K. Takata, the first woman to become a
Reiki master. There are specific periods of time to wait between the
- Non-traditional Usui Reiki- This form of
Reiki, uses some
new symbols, as well as the traditional ones, and does not depend as
much on lineage. The teaching done on the web by Reiki masters is open
to newer ways of using Reiki, both in person, and distantly.
- Usui/Tibetan Reiki- It is that kind of
Reiki system that
uses several additional symbols beyond the Usui system.some Reiki
masters tends to refer to any Reiki tradition, which is not traditional
Usui Reiki this way.
- Usui/Tibetan Kwan Yin Reiki- it is a
system which includes
a focus on Kwan Yin, the Chinese goddess as a spirit guide, known in
Tibet as Tara, Having roots in India as well. There are meditative
practices as well as Usui/Tibetan symbols and procedures.
- Karuna Reiki- In karuna Reiki there are
symbols and procedures, which are used. It is taught to those at Reiki
master in two levels. It is considered to be a higher level of energy
than Usui Reiki.
- Karuna Ki- karuna ki is a Reiki like
energy system for
healing which uses most of the karuna Reiki Symbols and energy.
- Prema Reiki- Prema Reiki is a Reiki
system, which uses most
of the symbols of Karuna Reiki along with additional symbols. It is
primarily to Reiki masters.
- Lightarian Reiki- A Reiki system recently
1997.it consists of 6 additional levels of mastery beyond Usui Reiki
master and Karuna Reiki master. Symbols are not used and intent is
- Vajra Reiki- A Reiki system from Japan,
now thriving in
Indonesia, as johrei Reiki .it is a fiery, hard, balanced, grounded
energy with additional symbols added to those of traditional Usui
- Seichim Reiki- A Reiki system developed
symbols and procedures. The tradition includes multiple levels and
symbols, and personal growth work.
This is not a
complete description of
all Reiki types and traditions and it is based on my personal interest
Distant healing is sending healing to someone whom you cannot touch.
Basically there are three ways of distant healing.
visualization. Second is imagining yourself as other person.
Third is our own thigh as other person, but visualization is the best.
Linking up thoughts from the healer to the patient while the healer is
in a meditative stage and the patient is perhaps sitting quietly. The
person who is getting the Reiki may feel warmth, a tingling or nothing
at all at that time. Healing will take place even if the patient feels
nothing. Along with your own body you can give Reiki to another two
When you are
learning for the first time how to send distant Reiki
healing to someone, you will be taught the Hon-Sha-Ze-Sho-Nen the
Distant Healing Symbol. You will eventually memorise it - or if
necessary initially you can draw the symbol on a piece of paper in
front of you, that can also work fine too. This symbol cuts through
time and space and is the way that Reiki can be sent over any distance
and to any time past or present. Using this symbol starts all distant
healings. The other two symbols, the cho-ku-rei and the sei-hei-ki are
used too; whichever one you feel is necessary when sending the Reiki,
or both, if that feels right to you. There are probably as many
different methods as there are people doing it. You can hold a
photograph of the person and Reiki it you can write the name and
location of the person on a piece of paper and Reiki it between your
hands, you can send Reiki simply by visualizing the person, either
imagining laying your hands on them, or 'seeing' the Reiki going to
You can send
Reiki to many different people at the same time, either by
writing them all down on a list or by visualizing them all together as
Reiki is drawn into them all.
Aura is an energy field that surrounds the physical body.
an Aura and has already seen or experienced the auric
fields of others. It encircles each of us as the sun's rays encircle
the sun or the halo that surrounds the moon. The human aura is a
dynamic matrix that includes the physical, emotional, and
mental-spiritual aspects of self. The aura is the self as energy. Every
one of us is different, and our hidden selves are expressed through the
aura. As the aura becomes balanced, the spiritual level becomes more
evident. Through aura we construct our relationship to our destiny,
karma, and inner life. It reflects our beliefs, concepts, and
attitudes. The Aura is an energy field that surrounds all living
The Aura is
weakened by poor diet, stress, alcohol, drugs, tobacco,
negative habits, and lack of exercise, fresh air and rest.
flexible - they are changing all the time in size, colors and
patterns. Auric field is unique to each individual. Color can be
constructive and destructive. It can reflect the positive and negative
attitude. It also provides a key to personality, maturity, moods and
health of the person. It also reflects physical and spiritual aspects.
It takes a great deal of practice and experience to interpret the
colors seen within aura. Each color has its general characteristics but
each shade of that color changes that characteristic a little.
- The first symbol of Reiki is called the
The purpose of this symbol is to bring down the energy into your heart
chakra and open the mind so that Reiki can operate beyond time and
space. It acts as a bridge for energy to flow. For absent healing this
symbol is used always.
- The second symbol of Reiki, which is
"Mental/Emotional" symbol is used to remove the blockages.it, can be
used in both distance and hands-on healing to calm the recipient and
establishes their harmony. It breaks through our blockage and patterns
on the aura level, emotional and physical level also.
- The third symbol of Reiki, which is
called the "power
symbol", is used for amplification of energy. It is used in hands- on
or distance healing to focus the energy and further intensify the block
For further discussion of the symbols click
History, please see here
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