Updated: Jun 21, 2020
What is Reiki and why would something like Reiki be important at a time like
Reiki is a Japanese technique that promotes healing and encourages stress reduction and relaxation. Rei - stands for universal and Ki - stands for life energy/life force. Combined Rei-ki is defined as universal life force. It is a combination of spiritual consciousness with life energy and in practice it becomes spiritually guided life energy healing. This healing has the ability to impact our physical body, emotions, mental, and spiritual states of being.
Reiki is not a religion, it is a practice. It is a practice that helps both the practitioner and the receiver. I have an interesting story because I learned Reiki and became a Reiki Master in private instruction with my two teachers who were Catholic nuns. Their ministry was healing and Reiki was a perfect addition to support the service they committed to in their order. I mention this because people are often surprised when I tell them. The point is that Reiki is for everyone and is not in conflict with any religious beliefs or practices. Reiki is a gift that all of us have access to if we choose the path. In fact, if we have strong religious or spiritual beliefs, the practice of Reiki enhances and deepens those beliefs. If we are not "religious" but are "spiritual" it likewise enhances and deepens our connections. It opens our pathways for living our fullest lives and gives us a means to care for others around us. Reiki energy guides itself with it's own wisdom - it is not the result of the practitioner. The practitioner is simply the conduit that the energy flows through for the highest good and intentions that are set. What sets Reiki apart from other healing practices is a process called the "Attunement" that is unique to Reiki. The "Attunement" is given to the practitioner by the Reiki Master whereby they become linked to the Reiki source. Their energy pathways are adjusted to allow the channeling of the Reiki energy for the rest of their lives.
People then wonder how Reiki actually works and what happens. Essentially we are all alive because we have life energy or Ki (Chi) flowing through us. When this energy is disrupted it causes blocks in the organs and tissues of the physical body and can cause physical illness. It is vitally important to note that when we have negative thoughts and feelings our Ki (Chi) is disrupted in a way that impacts not only our conscious and subconscious minds but also our organs and tissues. The disruptions can become blockages in the system and/or diminished flow of life energy. When a person receives a Reiki treatment, the Rei- part of Reiki, the universal consciousness, assesses where the blocks and diminished flow is in the person and sends the energy to the areas where it is most needed. Reiki charges the person with positive energy and raises the vibration of the person to encourage the negative energies to be released or melted away. The receiver often feels hot or cold sensations in their body as these negative energies are being addressed. Once the blockages are addressed and the life energy Ki (Chi) is able to flow freely, fully, and naturally, the physical body organs and tissues are able to hasten their healing process. This process is most easily described here for the body - but also applies to the Ki (Chi) that resonates with our emotional/mental/spiritual aspects.
During times stress and anxiety, during periods of physical illness or trauma, when looking for guidance, peace, or comfort, Reiki is always present and accessible once you become a practitioner. For the practitioner and the receiver, Reiki naturally and positively raises your natural vibrations to a more balanced and healthy state. Reiki helps your body and mind connect to the innate wisdom that is within. Reiki promotes living for our highest purpose and opens our personal world to receive, experience, see, and know.
So, at a time like today - during the Covid-19 Pandemic - Reiki is something each of us can turn to. If you or a loved one is feeling anxious, depressed, or afraid, Reiki can be a calming and supportive benefit. If you or a loved one are experiencing physical illness or trauma, Reiki can be a supportive benefit. If you or a loved one want to send healing energy to the universe and your community, Reiki can be used for that goal. If each and everyone of us take this pandemic as an opportunity to "awaken" and consider the path of Reiki to ease and support us in that process, we can help heal the massive strains that have become the current daily norms. This is true for the rest of our lives and not just this moment in time.
How does one go about receiving Reiki when businesses like Reiki healing practices are considered non-essential and are closed, or when social distancing would prevent the close contact of the practitioner and receiver? Traditional Usui Reiki practice uses special symbols to help call upon, enhance, and direct the flow of Reiki. Some, but not all, of these symbols include a power symbol to enhance the energy, an emotion symbol to direct the energy to the emotional body, and a "Distance" healing symbol that Level 2 and Master Reiki healers can use to send the energy through space and time. Yes, the energy can be sent without actually being with the person. As odd as that might seem, it is not. Energy is a vibration and a wavelength and we know that TV and radio and internet are all frequencies that travel from one place to another through space and time. Reiki can operate the same way and it is highly effective. The recommendation here is for someone interested in receiving Reiki healing during the pandemic to research practitioners who are offering "Distance" healing services.
For those interested in learning and becoming Reiki practitioners, we are moving into a new age of virtual learning and though there have been some Reiki masters who have been teaching on-line courses, most have historically occurred in person through a process of learning Level 1, Level 2, and Master level with the Reiki Master. As our world is changing so are many more of us that are Reiki Masters. I am currently in the process of developing my complete on-line course with all levels of practice. The course will be one where the student follows at their own pace through each level and there will be practice requirements to move to the next level. The "attunements" will be personally administered at the completion of each level and certificates of completion will be issued for each level.
I wrote this blog to hopefully inspire people to explore the benefits of Reiki during this unprecedented time in history. There are many on-line resources available. For anyone interested in getting more information about my upcoming on-line course or Reiki, please email me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org! you can also visit the website www.pilatesstatenisland.com.
The author's personal areas of expertise in promoting personal health and wellness are as a proponent and teacher of the works of Joseph Pilates, as a Reiki master healer, and as a natural gourmet chef. (www.pilatesstatenisland.com)