What Is Reiki?

Reiki is a natural healing system that employs variable frequency energy. The energy is electromagnetic in nature and can work on any level: physical, emotional and spiritual. What we term today as Reiki was traditionally known as 'The Usui System of Natural Healing' or Usui-do (The Way Of Usui), developed by Mikao Usui in the 1900s. Today the method is used to encompass a whole range of energy healing systems.

Reiki is a Japanese term consisting of two words with varying interpretations:

  • Rei means spiritual or sacred, generally described as Universal or Spiritual energy; the highest spiritual consciousness
  • Ki means Energy

Ki is the non-physical energy that animates and flows in all living things. When a person's Ki is high, they feel strong, confident, and ready to enjoy life and take on its challenges. When it is low, they feel weak and are more likely to get sick. We receive Ki from the air we breathe, food, sunshine and sleep. It is also possible to enhance our Ki by using breathing exercises and meditation.

In other words Ki is the life-force that surrounds and inhabits all living things. Ki, as believed in many Eastern traditions, needs to flow freely throughout the body. In the case of an emotional trauma or a physical illness a blockage occurs. This disturbs the path of the energy through our bodies and we develop an illness. The healthier someone is the better their flow of Ki.

Ki is the life-force that surrounds and inhabits all living things

Reiki is non-intrusive hands-on healing that attends to the energy blockages in the body and restores it back to health, along with healing emotional traumas and balancing the mind-body-soul equilibrium. Reiki can be used on any condition whether physical, emotional, or spiritual.

How Does Reiki Work?

Reiki is drawn through the practitioner who acts as a conduit. The recipient's body draws the energy to the body parts that require it. Energy enters through the practitioner's crown chakra and passes through the upper chakras to the heart and solar plexus chakras and then through the arms and hands to the recipient.

Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charges them with positive energy. It raises the vibration level of the energy field in and around the physical body where negative thoughts and feelings are attached. This causes negative energy to break and fall away. In doing so, Reiki clears, straightens and heals energy pathways, thus allowing the life-force to flow in a healthy and natural way.

Reiki can be used either as a passive or an active form of healing.

Passive Healing

When used passively, the Reiki practitioner acts purely as a vessel for the energy, allowing the energy to be channeled with no input into the frequency or amplitude of, or with any effect over, the energy itself. The idea of this is to allow the body to heal slowly and balance the body over a period of time. This form of passive healing does not heal specific conditions. In this way it acts as a method of relaxation, it does not employ Reiki in the most effective of ways.

Active Healing

When used actively, the Reiki practitioner uses intention and visualization to direct the frequency and amplitude of, and effect over the energy in order to focus directly on the condition that requires healing. Reiki Symbols are used by the Reiki practitioner to empower the energy channeling, directing and concentrating the healing energy and colors in order to detect the needed energy frequency to heal a specific condition. It allows for a more effective healing of the condition because the immediate issues are addressed directly, whether they are emotional or physical. Once immediate issues are dealt with other problems can be taken care of.

The main difference between passive and active healing is that Passive Reiki healers channel the complete energy healing spectrum into every condition that they heal, whereas Active Reiki healers channel energy at specific frequencies. This means that all the energy an Active healer uses is working on the condition being healed as opposed to passive healing where only a small part of the energy being used works on the condition, the rest of the energy is then wasted on that particular condition. Reiki healing can be used to heal all ailments, however difficult and severe some may seem. The result may not always be what is desired but it is always what is needed.

The result may not always be what is desired but it is always what is needed.

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