What is Reiki? Reiki is a healing method created by Mikao Usui in 1922 in Japan. But history and writings tell us that Reiki has been around since 320 BCE. The word Reiki comes from two Japanese words. “Rei” means “spiritual, divine and miraculous” while “Ki” comes from the word that means “life force or energy”. Reiki is a healing method that basically uses hand movements across the body to channel energy and balance the aura.

How Does Reiki Work

Reiki works by passing on energy from the Reiki practitioner to the client. It works by helping the client clear out blockages from his auric energy and help him balance his chi levels. Chi or Ki is the universal energy that flows in everything. We humans have chi in our bodies and imbalance in the chi causes us to get sick, feel pain, have mental anguish and so much more.

To do Reiki, a Reiki practitioner must put his or her hands on you in a specific way and channel in energy. He may or may not touch you. He can blow on your body. But for the most part, Reiki, in essence is the transference of energy.

Reiki energy though is not like regular energy such as electric energy. Reiki is the Divine Energy that fuels life. For those who can see aura or are clairvoyants, Reiki energy is seen as a form of energy that surrounds the body but comes from above. However, Reiki energy actually radiates from the core of one’s being.

When a person receives a Reiki treatment, he or she is made to lie down. However a person get Reiki healing even during a seating or standing stance. During a session, a client does not need to undress. The Reiki healer would than put his or her hands in certain positions or shapes on the clients, head, stomach, chest, back, hands or feet.

During the treatment, the client would feel an intense feeling of relaxation or calmness. He or she may also feel relief from pain or anxiety. Drowsiness or even falling asleep during a session is also common.

Having a Reiki treatment can work in conjunction with having a psychic reading. Because once the Reiki treatment is done, your aura is cleansed and it is easier for a psychic to give you a reading. The key here though is also finding a good psychic that can help you find real answers.

Side Effects of Reiki

Reiki is a cleansing form of healing. It is there to clear blockages and balance the chakras. Therefore, if one is full of auric blockages and toxins, one can experience headaches, stomach pains or tingling sensations after the first Reiki session. However many people feel an utter sense of calm in the following treatments.

Reiki is a non evasive treatment that does not induce pain on any part of the body and thus is basically harmless, even to babies or the elderly.

However, Reiki should never replace the medical treatments given by health care professonals but rather should be used in conjunction with them.

Many patients, who have withdrawn from scientific treatments switch to Reiki alone, but this is not what Reiki aims. The body heals much better when the body is in tune with healing and this is what Reiki stands for. One should continue seeking medical treatment from doctors even if Reiki is done.

Reiki can help your cells heal faster together with the treatments you are undergoing.

How to Practice Reiki

All around the world, many Reiki schools offer Reiki classes and trainings. There are basically three schools of Reiki available in the Western Style of Reiki. These are Usui Reiki Shiki Ryoho, Tibetan Reiki and Gendai Reiki Ho. The most popular among this is the Usui Reiki Shiki Ryoho or the practice which resembles the traditional Japanese method is the most commonly used form. Tibetan Reiki on the other hand combines learnings from both the Eastern and Western styles of Reiki.

Usui Reiki Shiki Ryoho and the Tibetan Reiki both have four levels of practice, level one, level two, advanced level and ultimately becoming a Reiki Master.

Beginning a Reiki practice requires time and devotion. The introductory lessons normally take place on weekends or scheduled times. Classes normally take about six to seven hours. During the first class. The Reiki teacher does the process of Attunement with the students.

Attunement is the process in which the Reiki teacher takes the hand of his student and passes on the Reiki energy. Only one attunement is needed in a lifetime but one can receive more. Succeeding attunements basically help refine the Reiki energy flowing with in the practioner.

Once the practitioner learns the hand gestures and movements and receives attunement, he or she can begin healing.

The Truth About Reiki

Many people in the medical field are divided about the concept of Reiki. Many contest it, but some support it. Academic institutions such as State University of New York a continuing course in Reiki. Another very popular place to learn it is the The International Center for Reiki Training.

On the other hand scientists, doctors and critics have criticized Reiki over the years. Many say that healings that come from Reiki are caused by the placebo effect.

On the other hand, energy studies have shown that positive energy even on plants and water causes positive effect. Plants exposed to negative talk around it withered while those who received “happy talk” grew well. This only shows that energy does affect growth.

Reiki healing is not a pseudoscience but rather a form of healing that cannot be fully explained by enough data due to the way chi works. It is well known that everything has energy and that we humans are made up of energy. When energy flows, there is movement, there is life and that is the core principle of Reiki.

Reiki is a healing method which generates positive energy and opens both the mind and body to health and happiness.

How Can Reiki Help?

Reiki is an amazing art of healing. It can be used not just for face to face sessions but also for distant ones. You can do Reiki healing at a distance. You can heal babies. You can send Reiki energy to war torn countries. Reiki can help send out positive, healing thoughts to anyone and everyone.

Reiki can even help the person who practices it. The Reiki practitioner can start healing sessions on him or herself.

Reiki aims to create a positive aura on all living things and help life flourish and grow.