What the heck is Reiki? Good question! Like Yoga, there seems to be a lot of variation on the definition and practices of Reiki. It can be a spiritual practice, or simple a therapy said to aid in healing emotional or mental problems. Practitioners channel healing energy to people by the "laying on of hands." The word Reiki comes from two Chinese characters meaning "spiritual energy" or "life force". The basic ideea is that there is a healing energy or force in the universe that we all have access to. Reiki practioners are trained in ways to accesss that force and deliver it to the benefit of others. Reiki was supposedly created by a Japanese TendaiBuddhist named Mikao Usui in 1922 after a twenty-one day retreat on Mount KuramaMany Reiki teachers and practitioners aim to abide by these five principles:
"The secret method of inviting good fortune.
The marvelous medicine for all sickness
Just for today:
Do not be angry
Do not be worried
Work hard (on improving yourself)
Be kind to others."
Who can argue with that? Let's all try to abide by these principles - just for today!
A lot of Reiki practitioners mistakenly pass around this false info that Reiki comes from ancient Tibet and has been around for thousands of years or something. Certainly, something similar to Reiki may have existed in various forms throughout the ages, but modern Reiki as we know it comes from Mikao Usui.
to know the benefits of energy work requires experiencing the shift or change personally. For those who choose not to honor the benefits of healthy touch just haven't experienced it. Yet. Seeing is believing and feelings validate personal truths.
Knowing where Reiki comes from (Recently defined - Japan 1922) is a conversation. Experiencing healing touch, without touching is what intrigues and inspires those of us who use the energy, share the energy and honor the subtle energies of our world and beyond.