Reiki as a spiritual healing system
Reiki is a spiritual healing system that has its origins in Japan.
It basically consists of a "laying on of hands" type movement whereby the Reiki practitioner uses his or her hands to travel along your body - without actually touching the skin. The hands appear to touch the skin, but rest a few centimetres above it. The philosophy behind this type of healing is that there is amongst us all an unseen life force or energy which flows through all of us. This life force or life force energy (call it what you will) is the very essence of what it means to be alive. The Japanese believe that we are at a low point in our health if our life force energy is low - this renders us to be more prone to sickness and getting tired quickly.
If on the other hand, our life force energy is at a high level - then we are full of beans, and buzzing around full of energy and in good health.
The actual word, "REIKI", itself consists of two Japanese words: REI which in effect means "God's wisdom or the Higher Power" and KI which is "life force energy". Therefore, by combining these two words we see that the word REIKI actually means a life force energy that is spiritually guided.
Although Reiki itself is spiritual in essence, it is not a way or life, not is it a religion. Reiki does not require that you believe in something before you can learn it and use it. Quite the opposite in fact.Reiki will "work" whether you believe it will or not.
So, what exactly does a Reiki treatment feel like?
A Reiki treatment will (or rather should) leave you feeling warm and glowing and re-energised. Sometimes, a Reiki treatment may leave you feeling as though you have just experienced an altered state of consciousness or had some sort of spiritual experience.
Because Reiki doesn't just treatment one local area - but rather the whole person, which is the body part and the mind, spirit and emotions, you are left feeling totally relaxed and with a sense of well being. It kind of gives you a "warm feeling all over".
Reiki has been used in all sorts of treatments for many medical afflictions. It has been used to heal most probably every known illeness such as insomnia, flu, broken bones, headaches etc. As well as being used on its own as a therapy, it also works alongside other therapies to promote a faster healing period and to provide relief from side effects.
Reiki is not "taught" as such but is passed, or transferred, to the student during a Reiki class. The Reiki master will pass on his ability during an "attunement" and in so doing will allow the student to tap into a limitless supply of life force energy. In this way, Reiki has been taught to thousands of people all around the world, with different backgrounds, walks of life, and cultures.
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