I truly believe when the student is ready, the teacher arrives. Also, at the right moment, vocations one might have never contemplated before in one’s journey, suddenly wake up. That is how Reiki came into my life. The day I was invited to participate in the level one certification course, I didn’t have a clear view of what I was getting into. But I immediately knew Reiki was for me.
Reiki is an energetic healing system, where Universal Energy is transmitted through the imposition of hands and other techniques. The word Reiki, of Japanese origin, is divided into two significant syllables:
Rei = Spirit, Universal Energy
Ki = Vital Force, Radiant Energy
In other words, Reiki means Universal Vital Energy. One of the questions that generally crosses the mind of those exposed to this subject for the first time is this: Is Reiki a religion or is it associated with a religion? The answer is no. This is one of the great advantages of this system and the main reason it captivated me immediately. Everybody can benefit from Reiki healing, no matter what creed they profess, or even if they do not have any religious belief at all. The Reiki healer becomes an instrument in the service of the light, through the manipulation or rather the concentration of that universal life energy, in benefit of the patient’s health. It is the patient who decides how to call the source of that universal energy, according to his or her belief system, be it God, Allah, etc., if the patient so wishes. Truth is, no matter what label is imposed onto it, the effect is the same, since what gives Reiki its strength to work is the positive intention of the Reiki healer towards the patient. Once the healer allows those energies to use her/him as a vehicle, the laws of the universe take control and act in all of their wisdom. Hence, it is very important for the Reiki healer to respect his/her patients’ beliefs, and to allow the energy to do its job.
Reiki is based in ancient wisdom that was once lost to oblivion. The system was rediscovered by Mikao Usui, Japanese doctor, and teacher who for ten years, completely dedicated his life to searching the answer to the following question: How did the great teachers such as Jesus Christ and Buddha, among others, were able to heal others through the imposition of hands? His search led him to deeply study the different religions and to travel to Buddhist monasteries in Japan until he found an ancient Sanskrit writing from Tibet. After 21 days of meditation and fasting, Usui received the answer he sought. That is how this ancestral knowledge is revived and as of today, it is practiced around the world, with excellent results. Even some traditional medicine hospitals have integrated Reiki as part of their therapy offerings since they recognize the positive impact on the patient’s recovery time.
You may be asking yourself, what are the uses and benefits of Reiki? One of the major benefits is, it not only works at a physical level, treating the different disharmonies in the body’s systems, but also acts upon the mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. At a mental level, Reiki helps us rid ourselves of negative models ingrained in our subconscious, many times themselves the source of the physical discomfort we are experiencing. At the emotional level, Reiki therapy facilitates healing of emotive problems and liberates us from repressed or stagnant emotions, restoring equilibrium, and liberating us from fears. At the spiritual level, Reiki elevates our consciousness and our vibrations, facilitating our reconnection with our Higher Self.
Therefore, Reiki is highly effective among many other uses, as a relaxation method, for pain management, for improving the immune system, recovering from illness or surgery, overcoming phobias, fears and vices, improving efficacy of traditional medicines and minimizing their side effects, cleaning the body of toxins, improving sexual performance, helping terminal patients to physically and spiritually prepare for the death process, and for treating conditions such as anxiety, stress, musculoskeletal disorders, tiredness, insomnia. In short, Reiki is effective in treating any physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual condition. It is important to note that Reiki has no negative side effects. Also, its positive effects are accumulative, and therefore, it is recommended to expose oneself to several treatments.
Another one of the major advantages of Reiki is, it cannot only be applied for healing people, but it is highly effective on animals and plants as well. Moreover, Reiki can be applied to situations, therefore allowing us to direct Reiki energy towards the healing of countries, conflicts, etc. In addition, Reiki therapy can be offered as distance healing, if necessary.
What can I expect when I expose myself to a Reiki therapy for the first time? Although it can be
practiced anywhere and in any position, generally the therapy takes place in a relaxed atmosphere, laying on a massage table, similar to what you would see on a spa or traditional massage practice. The Reiki practitioner may use, to her/his discretion, elements to assist the patient in the relaxation process, such as music, or aromatherapy. The healer will impose her hands on key energy points on your body, keeping them at each point as long as she deems necessary, according to the needs of each patient. If you prefer not to be touched directly, your Reiki therapist may apply the treatment keeping his hands at a short distance from the body, obtaining the same results. Also, assistive tools may be used in the process, such as quartz crystals, Tibetan singing bowls, chromotherapy (color therapy), among others, which, although may be of great benefit in the healing process, are certainly not indispensable at all: only Reiki energy and good will are.
A Reiki therapy session generally last between 30 to 90 minutes, and can have a cost of $45 to $100, approximately what you would pay for a traditional massage session, but with much greater and transcendental benefits. I would like to make clear the monetary exchange between therapist and patient must not always take place. While it is true some people offer Reiki as their means of providing for their material needs (which is perfectly fine and positive), there are Reiki practitioners who may offer therapy in exchange for other ways of remuneration, be it trading of professional services or goods, or simply for spiritual knowledge.
It is important pointing out that in the Reiki process, both patient and therapist are benefited. For the therapist, being initiated in this road represents a transcendental life change, where he will guide his behavior by the Reiki principles, in a constant search for spiritual development, at the service of others. Reiki will become a lifestyle for the practitioner, and an integral part of her day to day.
Remember as with anything under the sun, there are not so serious individuals who call themselves Reiki therapist, who do not have the knowledge or the right intentions. As with any other service, you would seek, investigate first about the therapist’s reputation, his training, and his results. Even though Reiki is not regulated by any agency or entity, several ramifications and schools exist, and your therapist should be certified by at least one of them, be it of Japanese or Tibetan origin. My advice is, in addition to your research onto your therapist’s lineage, listen to your intuition above anything else. If you do not feel comfortable with your therapist, find another one. However, do not judge Reiki results on only one session, since sometimes it takes a while to notice tangible results, and also, do not think the therapy did not have the desired effect if you feel sad afterward. Sometimes, sadness is part of the healing process. Use your good judgment, and listen to your inner voice.
I hope to have awakened your curiosity about Reiki, and your wish to experience the amazing benefits this practice has to offer. Whether you would like to receive a Reiki therapy, or to become a therapist, I invite you to open yourself to the infinite possibilities the universe offers for the improvement of your quality of life at all levels, and above all, for you to find yourself. In the words of Master Usui: “Look inside, enter the silence, and listen to your heart.”