Based on the concept of universal life energy, Reiki is a form of hands-on healing that can help relieve stress, tension and lead to overall healing. It requires no special abilities–anyone can practice Reiki after a basic introduction to the concepts and an attunement that allows you to channel the necessary energy. Reiki is never used in a negative way–it is always guided by universal good.
What is Reiki?
Reiki literally means “universal energy.” Ki, the Japanese term for energy, is conceptually similar to the Chinese Chi, or the Indian concept of prana, familiar to those who have practiced yoga. Reiki as a healing system was introduced by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese man who developed the techniques practiced today after experiencing a profound revelation regarding how to make use of this powerful universal energy.
The ability to work with Reiki energy is passed from teacher to student with an attunement. This attunement opens channels in the body that allow the energy to pass easily from you to another person. Attunements are usually given in the course of a short workshop during which students learn about the history of Reiki and how it works. Reiki I and Reiki II workshops provide basic attunements and traditional ways of handling Reiki energy. Reiki III workshops provide the ability to perform attunements for others.
What Is a Reiki Session Like?
A Reiki session usually begins with the person receiving the treatment lying down on a massage table or a similar surface. One or more people who have been attuned will stand near the table and interact with the Reiki energy. This does not require direct contact. Reiki practitioners always ask for permission before touching a patient, and never touch inappropriately. If you are uncomfortable with being touched, Reiki can be “beamed” to you, and a Reiki treatment can even be provided from a distance by practitioners of Level II or III.
The experience of Reiki is different for each individual. To some, the movement of Reiki energy feels like heat. Others see it as colors, or an aura. As the treatment progresses, you will probably begin to feel peaceful and relaxed and drift into a meditative state, or even fall asleep. After the treatment, you will probably feel refreshed, much like you feel after a massage or after an intense yoga session.
Sometimes strong emotions are released during a Reiki session. This is normal, and nothing to worry about. A sensitive practitioner will help you manage your emotions and provide additional treatment to help them return to normal.
Overall, a Reiki treatment provides spiritual and even physical healing, helping balance your natural energy. Because Reiki always works toward universal good, the effects will always be positive and help you feel healed, rejuvenated, and at peace.