WHAT IS REIKI?
Dr. Mikao Usui (The Grand Master of Reiki)
Reiki is a natural system of energy healing (or spiritual healing) performed by a practitioner laying the hands on or near a series of locations on the recipient, and running the Reiki Energy. This energy is the life force that permeates the universe. This energy flows through the practitioner, but it is not generated by the practitioner. This method is to help body and spirit with intuitive power. Reiki practitioners can also work remotely (at a distance). These remote techniques are usually taught at the second degree level.
IS REIKI A RELIGION?
No, it is not a religion. It is very spiritual in nature, but there is no belief system attached to it, nor is there any required in order to learn and use it.
USES FOR REIKI
Reiki can be used to alleviate or heal physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional suffering. This means that Reiki can heal. This is not a guarantee that a person will be relieved of any ailment with a single or with multiple Reiki treatments. In most cases, Reiki does enhance the effects of medical treatment when used along it. Reiki can do no harm and cannot be used for any harmful purpose. Reiki enhances the body’s natural ability to heal itself, and can increase the body’s stamina and vitality. Reiki treatments promote relaxation and reduce stress. Reiki will go wherever it is most needed in the body and aura. It helps to cleanse the body of energetic and physical toxins, and to harmonize and balance the total person.
Reiki will work whether you believe in it or not. Reiki does not use medical equipment nor crystals. Every creation of God has healing power, especially human beings, whom are created in God’s image. Reiki materializes the healing power that humans have. Practitioners of Reiki can also self-heal, and bring healing to all living creatures (plants, animals, insects, etc.).
WHO WAS DR. MIKAO USUI?
Dr. Mikao Usui was a Buddhist medical doctor in Japan. He was head of a Christian Boys’ School in Japan, and he did like Jesus’ philosophy. One day, some of the students asked him if he believed in the miracles which Jesus did, such as healing, etc. He answered “Yes.” They asked if he knew how Jesus had done this. “No,” he replied. With this, he resolved to find the way in which Jesus had healed. This immediately set him on a journey of many years.
Studying first at Christian schools in the US, for where else to learn of Jesus, but with no results. In the Christian schools, the method was not known.
It was suggested to him that he study Buddhist writings, since Buddha had also healed. This took more years of studying at a monastery in the Orient. Nowhere could he find the answers. In Japan he toured many temples asking for knowledge of how Buddha had healed. Each one the priests said they were more concerned with spiritual than physical well being. In one small monastery he found some ancient Sanskrit writings from India (or perhaps Tibet). After a few more years of study, he felt he had come to an understanding and that to go further required in depth meditation. He declared to the monks of this monastery his intention to fast and meditate for 21 days at a nearby mountain and that if he did not come back they should come and get his body. On the last day of the meditation Dr. Usui had a spectacular epiphany experience during which he was shown how to activate the energy and give the gift of Reiki, the healing by laying on of hands.
He then came down the mountain performing miraculous healings. After consulting with his mentor, he later set off into the world doing good works, teaching Reiki, and healing the sick with his newly-given gift, all the while learning many important lessons about human nature.
WHAT IS “REIKI ATTUNEMENT”?
This is when a Reiki Master or Teacher passes on the ability to channel the Reiki energy to a student of Reiki. This will also serve to balance the student’s body and spirit, and connect the student to the ability to run reiki energy by means of a direct transmission to your energy body (spirit).
An attunement is usually given during instruction of Reiki techniques. Reiki is usually taught in three levels as follows: Reiki I, Reiki II and Reiki III, with III being the Master level. In level one, the student is taught basic techniques for hands on treatment for self and others. In Level two, the student learns techniques for remote healing. Level three adds a spiritual or intuitive healing energy function. It also adds the ability to attune others to use Reiki themselves and the ability to become a teacher of reiki.
Any person can be attuned to Reiki. In order for anyone to personally connect with Reiki and use this energy system for themselves and for others they must receive an attunement (also called an initiation or empowerment). This is a transformation to the energy field (spirit). The attunement is permanent and remains always with you.
Reiki must be used regularly in order to continue the personal spiritual development that Reiki helps make possible. The person should have a sincere desire to help themselves and willingness to practice and use Reiki for the benefit of all life. It’s possible for many people to feel the attunement as it is done. It may feel as heat or waves of energy flowing into their body. They may also see light or even images, or hear music. Some may experience vivid dreams after attunements. Don’t worry if you do not have any of these experiences. Just know that you are receiving the energy.
It is highly recommended that you drink lots of water after an attunement. This will help to release any toxins from your body that the attunement has cleaned. This is part of your own healing process. Sometimes symptoms show up as physical or emotional release such as an excess of gas, diarrhea, or moodiness. This is called detoxification. Most people do not have any noticeable effects of this kind. A few people have reported a lot of emotional processing for up to 3 weeks or 21 days after an attunement.