Reiki is a Japanese discipline aiming to balance or restore balance to the universal energy that exists in all of us. This inner harmonization allows for a more dynamic state of mind, a better physical condition, and a long and healthy life.
This is what makes Reiki a wonderful method of spiritual healing!
What is Reiki?
Reiki philosophy refers to the Chinese tradition of Qi. It is the Japanese version. On this page, you will find many simple tips to synchronize or restore your life energy.
The upside of this therapeutic and spiritual method is that you can learn it and practice it on yourself or on other people.
Reiki can be compared to a laying on hands technique because, in order to rebalance your vital energy, prevent or help cure diseases, you need to lay or impose your hands on the body (or on a specific body part), whether it’s yours or someone else’s.
As such, Reiki is not a strange technique in that the practice of the laying on hands has been practiced in all major spiritual paths and many therapeutic disciplines and traditions.
In Christianity, the most famous example is that of Jesus Christ who healed through laying on hands. This spiritual and therapeutic mode of laying on hands can found in many cultures since the dawn of time. This is how healers, practitioners and other psychics still operate in the European countryside, among others, but also on every continent.
The Origins of Reiki
Reiki originated from a Japanese Buddhist monk called Mikao Usui (1865-1926) who supposedly converted to Christianity, although this is not certain.
He developed a comprehensive practice, both spiritual and medical, designed to harmonize your life energy with the energy of the universe that the Japanese call the Ki (Chi or Qi in Chinese).
In Reiki, “Rei” means “universal,” so Reiki can be translated as “universal energy” or “the flow of universal energy.”
For other traditions claiming to descend from Reiki, this word supposedly means “willpower” or “mind energy.”
It is said that Reiki is the modern form of a spiritual healing art whose origins are lost in the dawn of time. You can find it mentioned in Hindu manuscripts in India dating back more than 3000 years.
Mikao Usui is said to have found enlightenment with the revelation of Reiki in a Japanese Buddhist monastery. In there, he supposedly had an intense vision in which the principles, techniques, and secrets of the spiritual healing art he called Reiki were unveiled to him.
Originally, Reiki hence has its roots in Buddhism, which like many spiritual paths posits that there is supreme energy running through the universe.
This notion can be found in Hinduism with “prana”, in Christianity as the “divine light”, or as the “pneuma” of Ancient Greece.
What makes Reiki stand out is that it is not only a spiritual practice that lets you connect to the energy of the universe but also a therapeutic discipline.
It can help prevent and contribute to the healing of physical and psychological illnesses and ailments. On the upside, it is possible to use Reiki on yourself quite easily.
The Chakras and the Philosophy of Reiki
Reiki is deeply rooted in Buddhism but also in Eastern spirituality, which is based on balancing or rebalancing your internal energy through connection and harmonization with the ambient energy of the universe.
The main Reiki techniques focus on the seven chakras that are recognized in both Hindu and Buddhist therapeutic practices.
The seven chakras are seven energy centers also called vortexes. They are located along the spine from the genital area to the forehead where the most important chakra can be found, known as the third eye or eye of knowledge.
Chakras are traditionally considered to be the entry points of universal energy into the human body. They are like charging stations for energy. That is why they need to be balanced.
When the chakras are unbalanced, the body and mind enter a state of disharmony with the supreme energy that runs through the universe. The chakras then become open doors where both physical and psychological problems can break in.
This translates into illnesses, accidents, negative emotions, irritability, nervousness, anger, fears, anxieties, a drop-in vitality and so many other ailments that would take too long to list right now!
How Can You Use Reiki to Heal?
Before embarking on a Reiki career and practice, it would be good for you to try a Reiki session with a specialist, whether you suffer from a specific disease or not.
Indeed, Reiki might be an energy-based practice that helps to cure illnesses, but it can also prevent diseases and rebalance energies.
During a session, the practitioner obviously uses Reiki-specific hand-laying techniques but also powerful spiritual symbols that can help with meditation and therapeutic sounds.
They use this therapeutic arsenal (symbols, therapeutic sounds and the laying on hands) to bring our body back in harmony with the energy running through the universe.
Everything mostly happens through energy channeling, but which does not necessarily require actual contact. Hands usually remain above the painful area or sweep over a wider zone around that area.
Before you actually practice yourself, you’ll have to train yourself in Reiki techniques, but it only takes a few weeks.
Any motivated person can learn Reiki, as long as they are open to alternative medicine and spirituality.
How to Unlock Your Chakras with Reiki
You might not realize it, but every day many internal and external causes put your chakras at risk and are potential causes of imbalance and blockages for them.
The dangers are both psychological and physical. This means that your chakras are constantly trying to maintain their balance to protect our body and mind. So, your chakras are in a state of unstable balance!
However, even if this role of guardian of our body and mind is their responsibility, you can also influence their functioning.
Depending on your living conditions, state of mind, hygiene, physical activity, and the nature of your thoughts… you can indeed contribute in the harmonization of your chakras and, in doing so, take an active part in your overall evolution.
Indeed, even if you think you’re going to call on a Reiki practitioner or initiate yourself, or even if you don’t practice Reiki for now, you can already help to restore harmony to your chakras by following these next instructions. This will be the best way to get ready for your next Reiki session and facilitate the rebalancing of your chakras during that session.
Whether it’s the nature of your thoughts, the food you eat, the people you meet or the emotions you express: all these factors and many more can disrupt your chakras.
Indeed, chakras react to your negative emotions and to all external stimuli very quickly as they are extremely sensitive to the slightest variations in your state of mind or body functions.
Thus, merely cultivating positive thoughts and emotions can go a long way to harmonizing your chakras while negative emotions are great disruptors of their proper behavior.
How to Develop and Use Your Intuition According to Reiki
Using your intuition will allow you to no longer depend on your conditioning and make quick, fair and effective decisions. Moreover, the decisions that your intuition will dictate will often seem surprising or even contradictory to those you would have made based on your usual logical and cold reasoning.
Do not be surprised and dare to apply the ideas that will come to mind because they will come from your unconscious mind, where your true nature can be found, the one most likely to inspire you the most suited decisions to the solve your problems and fulfill your dearest desires.
Indeed, the advantage of intuition is that, when it is active, as soon as you start looking for a way out of one of your worries, you will immediately receive a clear and precise answer telling you what you need to do to solve it.
Likewise, you will instantly know how to get out of a difficult situation or what to do to achieve a goal or grant one of your wishes.
The most important effect of developing your intuition will be to restore your chakras to harmonious functioning according to Reiki and get you ready in the best possible way for your Future Reiki sessions, whether relying on a Reiki practitioner or the ones you’ll do yourself if you decide to train in the use of Reiki.
The Triple Reiki Technique: The Secret Behind its Efficiency
Reiki is generally described as a laying on hands technique used to activate, unlock, or reactivate your inner energy note, or Ki, through Reiki.
This special technique called meditative touch consists in passing your hands over – or making a slight contact – the painful area or part of the body where a lack of circulation of Ki was detected, or near the chakra that does not work correctly.
The name usually given to this really special Reiki laying on hands is meditative touch, because it actually combines three personal development techniques: laying on hands, relaxation, and meditation.
In general, the practice of meditative touch involves a phase of relaxation followed by meditation and laying on hands!
Most of the time, the Reiki practitioner is responsible for triggering this phenomenon. They first cause these states of relaxation and meditation within themselves.
Then, this mental state is spontaneously shared or is induced by the Reiki practitioner into their consultant. You also have the option to trigger these three states at home if you train yourself in Reiki.
Remember that simply training yourself in Reiki does not allow you and does not give you the ability to relieve other people’s ailments, only your own.
It is always advisable, if you wish to help others through the use of Reiki as a spiritual healing technique, to first follow the training to that regard with an official Reiki institute entitled to do it.
We will now describe what happens during a Reiki session, in theory at least.
Similarly, if you’ve never eaten pistachio ice cream, no matter how accurately I describe the impressions you can feel when eating this flavor (you can take another flavor if you don’t like pistachio) until you’ve tasted it yourself, you won’t be able to properly imagine how it tastes!
Similarly, if you want to know exactly what happens during a Reiki session, it is obviously better to experience one live.
What Is Happening During a Reiki Session?
In fact, during a Reiki session, the person who receives it does nothing. The practitioner first enters a meditative state. This also triggers a state of meditation and relaxation within the patient.
In traditional Reiki, it is said that the person undergoing the session enters into a state of meditative relaxation by resonance.
Once in this state of meditative relaxation, the person often notices that their mind calms down and is no longer drawn into the flow of their thoughts like a twig over water.
People also notice that their physical pain disappears, or is relieved at least, and feel a state of inner peace and well-being settle in!
Follow the guide!
Meditative touch is a triple technique that involves meditation, relaxation and the laying on hands. This is why it’s effective.
In short, during a session, you will first go through a relaxation phase, then through a meditation phase. Finally, the practitioner or you will move on to the third phase called meditative touch.
To understand the importance of all these phases, follow the guide!
Depending on which Reiki school you are listening to, you will certainly find some differences in the procedure and the initiation of the different phases, but in general, the sessions include the following three phases in succession:
- The relaxation phase
- The meditation phase
- The laying on hands phase
In some practices, the relaxation and meditation phases may be simultaneous, but this does not change the following detailed explanations. Indeed, relaxation mostly focuses on the body while meditation focuses on the mind, but both aim to relax the two main elements of your being: the body and the mind.
It should be noted that the benefits of meditation and relaxation on the body and mind have been proven by many scientific studies that you will easily find if you look for them on the Internet.
Why anyone could use laying on hands
The principle of healing through laying on hands is actually very simple. We all possess powerful inner life energy that not only allows us to keep our metabolism in good working order but also has a healing power for the body and mind.
This notion is hardly accepted or even massively rejected in the West, while it is considered obvious in many philosophies, medicines and spiritual practices in Asia.
This state of mind is so natural for Asian people that it stands at the core of many of their spiritual and therapeutic practices.
This philosophy explains the rise of Chinese medicine and life disciplines with a spiritual but also therapeutic dimension such as Tai Chi, yoga, shiatsu… and Reiki!
An experienced Reiki practitioner is thus able to activate their inner energy and channel it into their hands to use this energy to heal the body and mind.
What Makes Reiki Stand Out?
What makes Reiki stand out, and makes it very effective in many cases, is the combined (simultaneous or consecutive depending on the schools of Reiki) use of relaxation, meditation, and touch.
The practitioner puts their patient, which can be themselves, into a state of relaxation that they trigger using special techniques.
They do not require an exceptional gift or extrasensory abilities but can be learned with training in many places around the world, even in Western countries.
Reiki allows you to trigger and combine the use of relaxation and meditation through touch
This special touch through laying on hands around or on the sick part of the body causes an identical state of relaxation and meditation within the patient, conducive to the healing of psychological and physical problems. It is a practice that is effective with lasting effects.
Trust your body
We still have a long way to go before we know all the wonderful properties of the body and that our body is not just a pile of flesh, bones, muscles, and fluids.
Our body has its own intelligence different from your mind, usually, the only thing recognized as the seat of thoughts and intelligence.
Thanks to this intelligence, our body regulates its functions in its own way and organizes the relationships between the various tissues, organs, cells, and the cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, and nervous systems…
Our body ensures the proper functioning of automatic functions like the various systems above, but it also has the ability to heal itself and protect itself from any kind of stress.
Reiki meditative touch is based on this principle and is, therefore, one of the best psychotherapeutic ways to help it accomplish its mission properly for the greater good of our body and mind!
Reiki thus contributes to the instinctive need for reliance between the body and mind that can guarantee your health and vitality while allowing anyone to look within for the inner resources that can help them grow and live the life they truly wish to live.