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What In The World Is Reiki?

Posted by: Ronda Devereaux | October 30, 2014 | 4:44 pm



What in the world is reiki? Have you heard the word and didn’t know what it meant? Whenever you start on a new path, many things come along that you previously knew nothing about. How many times have you heard someone talk about something and you had no idea what they were talking about and you were afraid to ask? I find that when people start talking about holistic healing that this happens a lot. You will have people that are fairly versed in the subject ramble on forgetting that everyone in the room may not be as knowledgeable as they are (or have absolutely no idea what they are talking about). Well I have been there, done that, so I thought I would share a bit of what I have learned (or experienced) about Reiki.


The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So the word Reiki actually means “spiritually guided life force energy.”


Reiki is a system of healing and spiritual development that is popular worldwide. Reiki was founded in Japan over a century ago by a lifelong spiritual teacher named Mikao Usui. This technique is literally handed down from generation to generation. One of Mikao’s first generation students, Chujiro Hayashi was also a medical doctor. A Japanese American woman named Hawayo Takata went to his clinic for a health problem and was treated by Dr. Hayashi. Their eventual collaboration brought reiki to America in the 1930’s. Takata taught in the US and Canada until her death in 1980. Like genealogy, all of the current reiki practitioners are able to trace their lineage back to one of Dr Mikao’s original 20 practitioners. In America, this is usually Hawayo Takata.


I believe that everything is made of energy. Reiki is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. The engineer in me thinks in terms of electrical circuits, so I will often utilize electrical principles for examples. I think of the human body as a battery and the reiki practitioner as a literal jumper cable of energy. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Different energies are different frequencies – and just like vitamins your brilliant body will take what you need.


Going along with my electrical analogies, what happens when you have an ungrounded plug and you try to put it in the wall? You can get shocked. What happens when you disconnect a battery from its energy source – no more energizer bunny – it runs low on energy.


While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. There are 3 different degrees or levels of reiki attunement –


Degree 1 – focuses on the activation of energy through the palms of your hands


Degree 2 – fine tunes and amplifies your awareness which allows focus on deep rooted physical or emotional imbalances. Often whatever your intuitive strength – seeing, hearing , feeling or knowing will be amplified.


Degree 3 – or the master level is about teaching


During each level you are taught reiki symbols. That whole left brain of mine had a problem with this at first and then one day it occurred to me that before language, all we had were symbols. Utilizing these symbols shows your intention – intention to work on someone using reiki energy. A practitioner must be granted permission by the client and will utilize different hand positions on a client – often in direct correlation to the chakras. A treatment will feel different to each person. One might experience a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around them, another may see colors and feel their practitioners hand get very warm.


Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.


In my experience, many Reiki practitioners (including myself) will also have a toolbox of other energy modalities under their belt, so even though you go in for a Reiki session, your exact experience may be somewhat different with different practitioners.


When I was first learning reiki, I definitely had to learn to get out of my own way. My left brain was always analyzing and second guessing. I had several experiences that “assisted” my left brain into acceptance. When I first started practicing reiki, I used those closest to me – namely my 3 daughters. At the time, I had this huge Siamese named Levi – whenever I started working on one of my girls, Levi would show up and jump right in the middle of them (all 16 pounds of him) and start purring like a freight train. He just wanted me to put my hands on him. It was definitely reassuring to that logical left brain of mine.


If you are interested in finding a Reiki practitioner near you ask a friend or two. Usually someone in your circle will know a Reiki practitioner (or be one) and you just never knew it.

Article by: Ronda Devereaux

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