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What Is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
We are beings of energy:
To understand how Reiki, or any other form of energetic healing for that matter, works, you must first understand that we live in a universe that is made up entirely of energy. Einstein, one of the greatest thinkers in the history of our planet even put this principal into one of the most widely known mathematical equations; E=mc2(Energy=mass times the speed of light squared) Everything in this universe is energy. Our thoughts are energy, our emotions are energy, even our physical bodies and all physical matter is just a dense form of energy.
Now that we understand that we are beings of energy, we must realize that there is much more to us than just our physical bodies. Most of us have heard of the "aura", also known as the EMF(Electro Magnetic Field) or Biofield, the energy field which surrounds the body and all matter. Most people, however, assume that the field radiates out from and is created by the body or object the field is surrounding, when in fact the opposite is true. It is the energy field that gives rise to the physical object, be it a chair or a person. It is the field which creates us and is this field that stores the bulk of who we are. Our thoughts, emotions, our past, the very essence of who we are resides in this field, or more accurately in these fields, for there is more than one. Just as the physical body has different layers that perform different functions so has the Biofield.
We must also understand that the field not only creates us but it is this field that sustains us through our existence. It is through this field that we get the majority of the life force energy that we need to survive and stay healthy. Most people believe that we get the energy we need to survive from what we eat, drink, and breathe. Actually these provide us with only a fraction of the energy we need to survive. In fact in today's world it would be more correct to say we survive in spite of what we eat, drink, and breathe! The vast majority is attained from the sea of energy in which we live and filtered down through the various layers of the energy system before finally reaching the physical body. People can, and have, survived for weeks without eating, days without water, and minutes without air, but if we are cut off from the flow of life force energy into us, even for a second, we cease to exist.
What happens during a treatment?
In a standard treatment Reiki energy flows from the practitioners hands into the client. The client is usually laying on a massage table but treatments can also be given while the client is seated or even standing. The client remains fully clothed. The practitioner places her/his hands on or near the clients body in a series of hand positions. These include positions around the head and shoulders, the stomach, and feet. Other, more specific positions may be used based on the clients needs. Each position is held for three to ten minutes depending on how much Reiki the client needs at each position. The whole treatment usually lasts between 45 and 90 minutes.
How can Reiki help you?
• Aids better sleep
• Helps boost the immune system
• Increases energy levels
• Builds self-confidence
• Reduces stress
• Helps in the grieving process
• Benefits chronic and acute medical conditions
• Improve physical health
• Encourages deep relaxation
• Helps overcome anxiety/panic attacks
Reasons People Have Reiki Treatments
• Depression or anxiety
• To accelerate healing after surgery
• To accelerate healing with orthopedic injuries
• For pain relief
• To pamper oneself
• As a method of preventative care
• Gives comfort in times of bereavement
• Long term illness eg. arthritis, asthma and backpain
• To help during times of major change
Principles of Reiki:
Enhance your life by following these simplistic principles.
1: Just for today, I will not be angry
2: Just for today, I will not worry
3: Just for today, I will be grateful
4: Just for today, I will do my work honestly
5: Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing