Reiki is the name given to a healing technique devised by a man named Dr. Mikao Usui and was spread to the west in 1930s by a Japanese Hawaiian lady called Mrs Takata. The word Reiki itself means “Universal Life Force Energy” (from the Japanese Rei meaning “Universal” and Ki meaning “Life Force Energy.” Ki is also known as Chi in Chinese and Prana in Sanskrit. Ki surrounds and animates all life and is the main source of our thoughts, emotions and spiritual existence. Ki is the subtle energy that can be accumulated by the body and guided by the will.
Reiki is a hands-on or hands-off the body healing system that is very simple to use once the person has been attuned to the Reiki healing energy. Reiki energy can cause no harm since its existence is within us and the energy will always seek to heal and to balance the body. Reiki healing can be used by anyone attuned to the Reiki Energy and can be used to help bring healing to all living animal life. A practitioner has gone through a series of attunements that allows him/ her to heal using Reiki. Once a person is attuned to Reiki energy they can bring healing to themselves, others and all animals.
It is believed by Reiki healers that within the body there are energy pathways, and where many of these cross they form what are known as Chakras. The free flow of energy through the chakras are said to allow the body to be in good health.
It is thought by Reiki practitioners that the Reiki energy nourishes cells and organs helping them to perform their functions optimally. It is also thought that when Ki energy is unable to flow with ease or is blocked, the person may suffer from disease or illness. Reiki is said to flow to the location of the blockage and will then clear the pathway so that the energy can run freely with ease once again, allowing the body to function properly.
Reiki is said always to assist the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Reiki energy is thought to be drawn by the person receiving the treatment and not given by the Reiki Practitioner. Reiki is said to have its own intelligence and it is never left entirely to the Practitioner to decide where the energy is needed. The energy will flow where the patient needs the energy as the energy will always seek to restore balance and harmony to the body.
The practitioner can choose the length of time given to an area treated or to the placement of the hands during the treatment or to the length of time given to the entire treatment but that is the extent of the practitioner’s involvement in the directing of the energy.
Reiki is now used in major hospitals throughout Great Britain, and in hospitals in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, as well as a growing community of private practitioners throughout the world. Further information about Reiki can be found at The Reiki Council and The Reiki UK Association.
I have known Lynette Avis for many years and we are co-authors of Nourish the Flame Within- a guide to connecting to the human soul for Reiki, Martial Arts and Life. Lynette has had a Reiki practice for many years in Suffolk, UK, as part of The Living Energy.
When I arrived at the therapy rooms, I was led through the reception area into the treatment room, where we sat down and discussed Reiki and how it works. There was soft music playing and the warm colours of the walls and the beautiful pictures made for a very relaxing ambience. Lynette asked me to fill out a questionnaire, asking questions about general health, medication and habits. She asked me whether I was happy for her to do the healing session with hands on the body or whether I preferred her to do the session with hands off the body. Before I got on the couch, Lynette asked me to take my shoes and socks off. Once on the coach, fully clothed and covered by a blanket, I closed my eyes and waited for the magic to start!
I have never had a Reiki session before. I was surprised by what I felt. Little actually happened. I felt subtle sensations of flowing energy that ran along my body like running water and on some areas of my body I felt some warmth and sometimes heat, but more often than not I felt the relaxing effects of stillness, quiet and soft music, rare pleasure in my hectic life.
I was asked to lie on my back to begin the treatment. Lynette explained the procedure and the order that she would treat the body. She begun the treatment at my face and moved her hands over my face, then to the side of my face on my temples. She proceeded under the back of my head, then down to my throat, heart, solar plexus, stomach area, hips, knees and feet. When she finished treating my feet she asked me to roll over, onto my stomach. She then treated my back, starting at my shoulders, proceeding to my shoulder blades, small of the back and base of the spine. Lynette held each position for about 3 minutes.
The areas of warmth I felt on my body were on my right shoulder blade, a place where I often get muscle pain and on the left side of my stomach area where I sometimes experience discomfort and can be tender to the touch. Lynette explained that the warmth relates to my body drawing the Reiki Energy from her hands and using it to help heal itself. She explained that the energy can sometimes
As with all the therapies I have experienced so far in researching of this blog series, I found the Reiki session very relaxing and enjoyable,. I have learnt on this exploration of therapies that the body draws what it needs to heal itself. In light of this Reiki healing session I have become aware of areas of my body that require my attention for healing and maintaining health. The Reiki energy highlighted and brought those areas to my attention.
In response, I have begun to do one of the health meditations in Nourish the Flame Within more regularly than usual. By understanding that disease can often be a slow progression from wellness to illness, Reiki can be a way of self monitoring your health and being able to make small, regular efforts to maintaining well- being. The particular meditation from Nourish the Flame works in a similar way. It also helps me to become aware of where imbalances are in my body and gives me the means to do something about it. The meditation that I use is called “Relaxation Meditation” and can be found in the health section of Nourish the Flame Within.
The ease with which the Reiki session is given, it makes a lot of sense that some nurses are being trained and are choosing to be trained in using Reiki to complement their daily practice in hospitals throughout the world. If just being attuned to Reiki can offer potential healing at no risk to the patient, it makes good sense to be able to use such a subtle healing art. Once attuned to Reiki all that is required to heal is an intention to heal. After all, healing is one of the main focuses of nurses. During my conversations with complementary health practitioners, many of them have said that they have trained in Reiki as well as their other healing arts.
You can learn the first stage of the Reiki attunement process which is known as Reiki 1, and use Reiki on yourself, friends and family to maintain your health on a regular basis. Lynette has told me that she does this every day herself. You can take your Reiki development further onto the next three levels of Reiki training enabling you to heal others on a professional basis and to teach.
I would like to thank Lynette Avis for her time to explain Reiki to me, answer all my questions and offer me the free Reiki session on which I based this blog. You can contact Lynette for more information about Reiki and her services at The Living Energy.