Reiki is a Japanese* energy healing treatment that works holistically; on the whole body, mind, and spirit. Not a system of religious beliefs, Reiki is simply a relaxing treatment whereas natural healing vibrations are transmitted through the hands of a Reiki practitioner to the body of the recipient.
It 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 purpose of a Reiki treatment is to relieve stress and pain, induce relaxation, release emotional blockages, accelerate natural healing, balance subtle body’s energies and support other medical modalities including traditional therapies. Therefore, the practice is popular among nurses.
I’ve heard about Reiki for the first time fifteen years ago. At that time I was very much into different massage techniques and alternative holistic therapies. I have completed my first Reiki level and the experience blew me away.
First Reiki level opens the energy channel and permits the student to channel Reiki mainly at the physical level, both for himself and for others. To open the channel every student had to go through the initiation or “attunement”.
The initiation connects the student’s energy system to Universal Energy. Energy blockages are released, balancing and harmonising the major energy centers known as chakras. The initiation opens the central energy channel leading from the crown of the head to the bottom of the spine. It connects the student to the Universal Energy permanently, allowing him to channel the energy whenever he wishes.
I came to the Reiki course with lots of curiosity and skepticism. It all sounded woo-woo and I even worried to be roped into some kind of cult. Our teacher talked about life force energy, hand positioning and everything that Reiki treatment involves. I was still in doubt, but I opened my heart to this holistic practice that was new to me.
The “attunement” happened at the end of the course and that was an amazing experience. I haven’t experienced anything like that before. I literally felt with my whole body the waves of energy that our teacher radiated and my body started buzzing like it was connected to an electric socket. But the most interesting was the vision that just appeared in my head. I saw myself as a six years old girl in the dress that I still remember. This little girl said something that made me burst into tears during the initiation. It was so vivid!
The First Reiki level mainly is for self-healing. You have to practice Reiki regularly to get more connected to the Source and be able to go for the next degree which is known as inner, hidden or deeper teachings.
I wasn’t very consistent with my practice and after some time I stopped practicing. Years later I felt that I had to come back to Reiki and start all over again. It seems like I was guided to come back. I’ve completed the second level and practicing Reiki now for myself and my family.
Initially, I have been drawn to learn Reiki as a healing practice, later it became the beginning of my spiritual path. However, the system of Reiki is far greater than a method for healing or spiritual awakening. It helps us to realise a Universal truth – as through each element we are guided out of duality and into Oneness.
In realising a state of Oneness we awake, heal and radiate love. We live from our truth, with purpose, shining brightly as we do so and helping others to do the same.
With much love
* Reiki has been around for thousands of years. Its current form was first developed in 1922 by a Japanese Buddhist called Mikao Usui, who reportedly taught 2,000 people the Reiki method during his lifetime. The practice spread to the U.S. through Hawaii in the 1940s, and then to Europe in the 1980s.