For those practicing Reiki, professionally or personally, you may have come across friends, family members, or the general public asking you, "What is Reiki?" and may have found it difficult to explain what it is, especially when words become lost in translation.
Today, Reiki is becoming an accepted form of alternative therapy in the western world, finally catching up with alternative therapies like massage and acupuncture despite its Japanese origins dating back to the early 1900's.
The more people become open to complimentary therapies to remedy side effects from modern medical treatments, such as chemotherapy, or treat emotional issues, such as anxiety, it's really important to bring some logical sense when it comes to explaining this life changing, transformative therapeutic method.
The term Reiki consists of combined kanji, Chinese images or characters used to describe words and complex concepts like love and compassion. Kanji can have multiple meanings.
'Rei' means: spirit, soul, mood, atmosphere. "Ki' means energy. In essence Reiki on its own is translated as soul energy or spirit energy. Yet, that doesn't completely explain how Reiki works.
[This is intended to be educational for Reiki practitioners and to inform the general public.]
The full term for this healing art is Shin Shin Kaizen Usui Reiki Ryoho, meaning Usui Healing Method to Improve Body and Mind. However, once this spread across the U.S. it was shortened to just Reiki.
The founder of Reiki, Mikao Usui, discovered this treatment method after years of ascetic practices to gain enlightenment. It's a method that is practiced daily to improve the state of mind and body through meditation, hands on healing, self-healing, and mindfulness. It is important for a practitioner to heal oneself first psychologically because when a person is psychologically restored and spiritually healthy, physical health follows naturally - meaning more energy!
Reiki practitioners radiate ki (or energy) and light from all parts of their bodies, especially their eyes, mouth and hands. As a result, staring, blowing or rubbing a problem area works instantly for minor ailments such as acute pain, bruises, and cuts. Chronic problems will take time due to layers of build up; however, a single treatment will create positive effects. The more a person is willing to peel away these layers of build up the energy or light starts to come through and becomes easier for the body to restore itself into its natural state of balance. Reiki is mostly a physical treatment and is also effective in treating psychological problems, like trauma. A Reiki practitioner uses several hand positions and through touch activates the body's own natural healing process.
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