What is Reiki?
Reiki, pronounced RAY-key, is a form of healing using the energy within the body. It has its origins in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which has been practiced for more than 5,000 years and is well-research as an effective meals of maintaining health and healing if there is any disease present.
Reiki is a relatively new form of TCM, developed in the late 1800s in Japan based on ancient methods first mastered in Tibet. Reiki is a form energy-based healing. The word rei means spirit, and ki means qi or chi (pronounced CHEE), out vital energy. Some people translate reiki as universal life force energy, that is, what makes us alive.
How can reiki help?
We have so many demands on us every day, it’s easy to start feeling run down and out of balance. Reiki can boost your energy and then move it throughout your body to where you need it so you can maintain optimal health. This may sound weird, until we consider that a pacemaker uses energy, specifically, energy pulses, to help people who have issues with their heart.
Reiki is used to generally support a healthy lifestyle, or specifically for the purpose of trying to deal with a particular health condition. Studies have shown that reiki offers multiple health benefits, including:
Pain relief, even from chronic pain
Lower blood pressure
Greater clarity of mind, and much more.
A union of body, mind and spirit
None of us are at our best when we’re sick. The same is true in reverse. When we’re stressed out, we can literally feel sick to our stomach. All of this can wear us down over time, affecting our spirit, that is, the essence of who we are as a person. If you feel as though you’re stuck in someone else’s life, it might be time to try reiki.
So, how do you get started? You can find a reiki practitioner to treat you. Tell them in general terms what you want to work on and they can help support your energies. If you want to learn how to treat yourself, you would study Level 1 reiki. In this case, you would need to go through a ceremony called an attunement, a special teaching by a reiki master.
Once you’ve had your attunement, you can use reiki for hands on healing, and see what a difference it can make to your life.