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What is Reiki?

Have you heard about Reiki but haven’t a clue what it is or what it can do for you?

If this sounds like you, then you're in the right place!

In this blog, I’m going to delve into explaining all about Reiki, what it is, how it could possibly be a solution for you in your own life and what happens when you come for a session with me.

If you do have any questions or feel like anything is missing, please feel free to comment underneath - that way you can see others' comments and my responses to them.

An overview of Reiki

So to start off, we will go into a little bit of background. Reiki is an Energy Healing practice which comes from Japan. It was discovered by a man named Dr. Mikao Usui. Usui's intense spiritual practices culminated in a profound revelation which then led to the practice now commonly called Reiki. This realisation occurred to him around 1922.

While the realisation may have occurred around 100years ago to Dr. Usui, today we know that Energy healing is actually based on scientific facts. Nowadays Quantum physics is proving that everything is made of energy. Studies have shown that everything in this Universe is composed of molecules that are vibrating at various frequencies.

Our bodies also contain these molecules. They are constantly vibrating and radiating positive or negative ions, balanced or unbalanced and opened or closed frequencies. When our organs are misaligned energetically and radiating low-vibrational frequencies, it can materialize into physical ailments for each of us, such as pain, sickness and dis-ease (disorder in the body)

"Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it" -Albert Einstein

Our bodies have Energetic Systems- also known as Chakras

So as our bodies are composed of Energetic frequencies, we also have an Energetic system which contains numerous Spinning wheels which work like little vacuums pulling in and clearing out energy. These spinning wheels- also known as Chakras in Sanskrit are located in different parts of the energetic body and the body is contained within an energetic field called the Aura- which is about 2-3 feet thick.

So then what is Reiki?

In short- Rei stands for Universal or lifeforce and Ki stands for energy, so Reiki is Universal life force Energy.

When seeking a definition from a deeper explanation, Rei can be defined as the higher intelligence that guides the creation and functioning of the whole Universe. Rei is the subtle wisdom that permeates everything, both animate and inanimate. This subtle wisdom guides the evolution of all creation ranging from the unfolding of galaxies to the development of life on a human level. It is directing all of the changes around us and it is available to help us in times of need and to act as a source of guidance in our lives. Because of its infinite nature, it is all knowing. Rei can also be called God and has many other names depending on the culture that has named it.

Ki is the non physical energy that animates all living things when your Ki is high- You feel energised, confident, and ready to enjoy life and take on its challenges. When it is low, you will feel weak and are more likely to get sick. We receive Ki from the air we breathe and from the food we eat. You can also increase Ki in the body by doing breathing exercises and meditation.

Reiki can be defined as a non-physical healing energy, a life force energy that is guided by the Higher Intelligence. While practitioners channel and direct the energy through their hands, Reiki energy seems to have an intelligence of its own flowing where it is needed in the client and creating the healing conditions necessary for the individual's needs.

Reiki cannot be guided by the mind. Therefore the experience or ability of the practitioner does not limit it. Neither can it be misused, as it always creates a healing effect. The source or cause of health comes from the Ki that flows through and around the individual rather than from the functional condition of the physical organs and tissues. It is Ki that animates the physical organs and tissues as it flows through them and therefore is responsible for creating a healthy condition.

How do Blockages occur and develop illness?

If the flow of Ki is disrupted, the physical organs and tissues in that area will be adversely affected. Therefore, it is a disruption in the flow of Ki that is the main cause of illness. An important attribute of Ki is that it responds to one's thoughts and feelings. Ki will flow more strongly or be weakened in its action depending on the quality of one's thoughts and feelings.

It is our negative thoughts and feelings that are the main cause of restriction in the flow of Ki. All negative thoughts or feelings will cause a disruption in the flow of Ki. Western medicine recognises the role played by the mind in creating illness and some Western doctors state that as much as 98% of illness is caused directly or indirectly by the mind.

It must be understood that the mind exists not only in the brain, but also throughout the body. The nervous system extends to every organ and tissue in the body. And so the mind exists here also. It is also known that the mind even extends outside the body in a subtle energy field,(mentioned above) called the aura. Because of this it is more appropriate to call our mind a mind/body as they are so closely linked. Therefore our negative thoughts are not just in the brain, but also collected in various locations throughout the body and in the aura.

The places where the negative thoughts and feelings collect is where Ki is restricted in its flow. The physical organs that exist at these locations are restricted in their functioning. If the negative thoughts and feelings are not eliminated quickly, illness results. The negative thoughts and feelings that are lodged in the unconscious mind/body are the greatest problem as we are not aware of them and therefore we are greatly hampered in changing or eliminating them. Reiki knows exactly where to go and how to respond to restrictions in the flow of Ki. It can work directly in the unconscious parts of the mind /body which contain negative Ki inhibiting thoughts and feelings and eliminate them.