What is Reiki?
REIKI is a natural healing technique which uses a gentle laying on of hands. The word REIKI is composed of two Japanese syllables, REI (meaning universal) and KI (meaning energy).
This means then that a person performing REIKI, while applying a very light touch, is channeling universal life force energy to the person receiving the REIKI energy. REIKI is a very powerful, yet gentle energy which has been known to help virtually every known illness of the mind, body and spirit. It is deeply relaxing and creates a sense of well being. It is usually experienced as a profound feeling of warmth and comfort, often putting the recipient to sleep.
REIKI is not a massage. The practitioner's touch is very gentle with the hands remaining in a set position for several moments. The person receiving the treatment remains fully clothed. The treatment is safe and non-invasive and, in fact, REIKI cannot do harm. The person giving the treatment is not really "giving" the treatment but is rather serving as a channel for the energy to flow out of the hands into the recipient's body.
REIKI does not replace traditional medicine but adds another piece to the treatment process. In fact, many medical facilities and physicians are now referring patients for this beautiful complementary treatment.
The History of Reiki
Dr. Mikao Usui of Japan is believed to have founded REIKI in the early 1900's. He taught the method of giving REIKI initiations (attunements) to others, the hand positions to use and four Japanese REIKI picture symbols, each having a different purpose. His teachings found their way to the USA and have become widely practiced here since the 1970's. This school of REIKI teaching is called the USUI Tradition and is the most widely used REIKI practice worldwide.
Three Levels of Reiki Instruction
REIKI classes are conducted on three levels.
- REIKI Level One - students are attuned to the energy, learn the history and hand positions of REIKI. This level is sufficient to use to help self and others in daily life. REIKI One practitioners can choose to proceed to Level Two.
- REIKI Level Two - students learn to send REIKI long distance to others and to events, all with informed consent. REIKI Two practitioners can choose to proceed to Level Three (Master Level)
- REIKI Level Three (Master Level) - students become REIKI Masters so they are eligible to attune others and teach REIKI classes. REIKI teachers and classes are prevalent in all areas, including colleges, universities, medical facilities and adult education programs.
Information obtained from Reiki Rays of Hope for Caregivers booklet