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Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also involves healing. Administered by the laying on of hands, it is based on the idea that an unseen life force energy (understood by the Chinese over 5,000 years ago) flows through us.
The practitioner uses his or her hands in the energy field of the client to facilitate healing. The client remains fully clothed and in a laying position. The practitioner usually moves his or her hands at a distance of a few inches from the body, although touching can be involved.
If one’s life force energy, or chi, is low, we are more likely to get sick or feel stress. If one’s life force energy, or chi, is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words.
Rei (pronounced ray) means God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power.
Ki (pronounced key) refers to life force energy.
As a result, Reiki is actually spiritually guided life force energy.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and overall self improvement.
“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. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.”
As a Level 2 Reiki Practitioner, I send long distance Reiki to those who make the request, claiming only to be a facilitator of the Universal Energy, meaning that it is up to the individual(s) in question to use these energies in order to heal themselves.
“In order for the Reiki healing energies to have lasting results, the client must accept responsibility for her or his healing and take an active part in it. Therefore, the Usui system of Reiki is more than the use of the Reiki energy. It must also include an active commitment to improve oneself in order for it to be a complete system. The ideals are both guidelines for living a gracious life and virtues worthy of practice for their inherent value.”