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Reiki - Key to empowerment


April 21, 2007: Reiki, pronounced rei-kee, is the Japanese generic name for Universal Life Force energy. The kanji (Japanese alphabet) definition for Reiki is universal, transcendental spirit; the mysterious power, the essence.

Ki is the Life Force energy, akin to the chi of Chinese acupuncture, light to Christians, praana in Sanskrit, and bioplasmic energy to Russian researchers.

Reiki – an ancient science of healing that lay hidden in the Tibetan Sutras for thousands of years – was rediscovered and systematised by Dr Mikao Usui, a Christian monk of Japan, in mid-19th century. Reiki is a simple yet an extraordinarily potent tool to heal oneself and others as well as develop conscious awareness of that is the very key to enlightenment and empowerment.

Reiki helps you experience life as it truly happens and look at it fresh and new each day, without letting preconceived notions and old patterns to impede you. And, as with most things, Reiki must be experienced to be appreciated.

The beauty of Reiki – the practice of laying of hands – lies mostly in its simplicity. Almost anybody can perform it. The only tool one needs to treat are one’s two hands. Simply put, Reiki is an abundance of Divine Grace that is freely available to anyone open to receiving it.

A Reiki Master is not just a teacher. The Master must practise what he/she teaches; only then can the Master really heal himself /herself and others – since you can give only what you have.

How does Reiki heal?

The answer to this lies beyond the mere corporal and the palpable. Reiki practitioners believe that we are alive because Life Force is flowing through us – both within the physical body and also around us in a field of Energy called aura. This Life Force nourishes the body’s organs and cells and helps perform their vital functions.

A disruption of flow of life force results in a fall in the function of one or more of the organs. Negative thoughts, emotions and responses also block the flow of Life Force.

Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts and charging them with positive energy – causing the negative energy to break away. Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, allowing Life Force to flow in a healthy and natural manner. In the process, a Reiki treatment turns out to be a wonderful, glowing experience for both the healer and the healee.

Reiki affects each individual in a personal way. The primary focus of treatment will be on the painful or troublesome areas of the body as well as the endocrine system. The state of mind has to be very much reckoned with since the causal level of physical diseases rests with the mind.

At once gentle and powerful, Reiki helps in healing a variety of ills, including serious physical and mental conditions, cuts and bruises, fatigue, insomnia, impotence, poor memory, lack of confidence, as well as a host of psychosomatic and somatopsychic maladies.

Even as Reiki is essentially ‘spiritual’ in nature, it is not a religion or a system of belief. So no special mental preparation or direction is needed to receive treatment. You only need to have a desire to receive and accept the Universal Live Force Energy.

Be it self-treatment or treating others, once the initial intention of treatment has been completed and the hands placed on the body, Energy will be drawn of its own accord without any further intense focus on the part of the healer. In other words, once the intention to start a treatment is clear, and the due process set in motion, Reiki will be automatically activated.

In other words, Reiki has a mind of its own, as it were, and knows where exactly to go and what to do.

One of the greatest gains of Reiki is self-treatment. Besides getting cured of one’s physical and mental ills, self-treatment is a highly effective technique for total relaxation and stress release.

Like in the case of Praanic Healing, Reiki can be used for distant (absentee) healing, and has also found to work on mechanical devices that have broken down – such as a stopped wristwatch or a jammed lock.

What makes Reiki different from other ‘paranormal’ healing methods is the Attunement, or the Initiation – which is in fact the core of the Usui system of natural healing. Reiki is not taught in the manner other healing techniques are taught – it is transferred to the student by the Master during Initiation.

While anyone can lay one’s hands on another and help hasten the healing process by transferring magnetic energy, Initiation fine-tunes the physical and ‘etheric’ bodies, enabling opening of the energy centres, or the various chakra, and thus creating a special and permanent link between the student and the Reiki sources.

Initiation alone, however, is of little consequence – the fruits of Initiation must be nurtured throughout life just as Initiation itself is a blessing for a lifetime, according to Reiki experts.

There are three degrees of Reiki empowerment in Usui Shiki Ryoho (the Usui system of natural healing). Initiation at all three levels, which can be transmitted by a qualified and trained Master, are followed by a 21-day ‘cleansing period’ during which stored up emotions and memories are released, which is needed for further growth.

Initiation also acts as a powerful spiritual experience and can also enhance psychic sensitivity and, in some instances, lead to mystical experiences. The first-degree Initiation is intended mainly for opening up the physical body to accept (channel) greater quantities of Life Force Energy. The second-degree Initiation provides a quantum leap in Energy level, at least four times greater than the first degree. And, the third-degree Attunement is meant to initiate a Master – it activates the Master Symbol to make one enable others to empower themselves.

While other forms of therapy takes months or years of training for the practitioner, Reiki takes rather a short time to learn. However, to a person very attached to the intellect as a means of learning and is conditioned to the notion that learning takes time, Reiki can be disconcerting. In short, Reiki is a process of empowerment that often defies intellectual reasoning.

Reiki blends happily with a variety of therapies. The effects of allopathic, naturopathic, homoeopathic and ayurvedic treatments can be enhanced with Reiki.

The five principles of Reiki

Mikao Usui developed the five principles of Reiki based on the importance of a person’s participation in his own life healing process and on the belief that what you think is truly what you are.

The five principles of Reiki are:

* Just for today, I will live the attitude of gratitude
* Just for today, I will not worry
* Just for today, I will not anger
* Just for today. I will do my work honestly
* Just for today, I will show love and respect for every living being




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