I knew, sooner or later, I would have to do a post about Reiki, because it is such a big part of my life.
The photograph is of an original print of the Reiki Precepts by which I try to live my life. My translation of the Precepts is:
Just for today, do not worry
Just for today, do not get angry
Just for today be thankful for your many blessings
Just for today, be honest in your dealings with people
Just for today, be kind to all living things
By thinking of these precepts daily my life has become calmer and happier. My aim is to pass on this wonderful healing to as many people as possible. I am a Reiki practitioner who believes wholeheartedly in the power of Reiki to help heal the mind, body and spirit.
What is Reiki?
Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is the name given to an ancient system of natural healing which was re-discovered in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui (d.1926). Dr. Usui was inspired to develop this healing system from ancient teachings after many years of study, research and meditation. He spent the rest of his life practising and teaching Reiki. Today, Reiki continues to be taught by Reiki Masters who have trained in the tradition passed down from Master to student.
There is no belief system attached to Reiki so anyone can receive or learn to give a Reiki treatment, the only prerequisite is the desire to be healed.
A Reiki Treatment
A Reiki treatment is a very relaxed affair. You may either lie on a couch or, if this is not possible, you can receive Reiki sitting in a chair. No clothing needs to be removed to have a Reiki treatment, the healing energy is able to pass through anything, even plaster casts! The practitioner places their hands either non-intrusively on the recipient in a sequence of positions covering the whole body, or may even give Reiki without actually touching the body at all. A full treatment will take between 1 - 1½ hours. A Reiki treatment is concerned with treating the whole person rather than specific symptoms. Reiki can be used to help heal at any level of being: physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. Reiki healing can be given anywhere, at any time, as no special equipment is needed. The practitioner is a channel which the energy is drawn through by the need or imbalance in the recipient. Neither person has to use any effort of will or concentration during this process.
Reiki can be used alongside any conventional medicine. Here are just some of the benefits that can be obtained from receiving Reiki:
· Promotes natural self-healing
· Balances the energies in the body
· Heals holistically
· Strengthens the immune system
· Relieves pain
· Relaxes and reduces stress
· Adapts to the natural needs of the receiver
The aim of Reiki is to restore the balance. To be ‘unbalanced’ is to be unwell. The Reiki energy tries to remove any blocks to achieving balance. It always works for what is good or best for the receiver. Reiki cannot be misused and can only do good. Reiki always comes in the quantity needed at that time and for the greatest good of the receiver. A Reiki receiver can ask for Reiki for something they specifically want it to work on, but it may be that the Reiki comes in response to the ‘need’ of the recipient rather than the ‘want’. Words used in an attempt to describe Reiki energy are love, compassion, nurture, support and peace.
At the very least a full Reiki treatment should give you an hour’s relaxation. Most people report feeling calm and totally relaxed in mind and body after a Reiki treatment. Reiki is an individual experience, no two people will experience the same feelings.
I found out about Reiki purely by accident whilst searching the web or information on something totally unrelated. What I read fuelled my imagination so much that I proceeded to find out as much as I could about it. I spent many hours reading information about what Reiki is and what it can do, before I decided to study Reiki and become attuned. I have completed both the Reiki 1 and Reiki 2 courses, which now qualifies me to practise Reiki professionally.
From the day I was attuned to Reiki 1 my whole outlook on life began to change. When you are attuned to Reiki you are given the five Reiki Precepts, which govern the way you think from thereon in. From day one I have found myself trying to live my life by the precepts as given by Dr. Usui.
Monday 12th March
It feels much better since the clips have been removed, not as tight. The muscles are definitely getting stronger - I can lift my leg a bit higher now!
Needless to say I have been giving my knee plenty of Reiki.