Reiki is rapidly becoming a recognized and credible healing modality. Reiki practitioners can be found in many health care settings including hospitals, cancer treatment centers, hospice and integrated medicine clinics.
Reiki is a technique that is over 5000 years old and was re-discovered in Japan in the early 1900’s. The word Reiki means Universal Life Force Energy and is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.” Reiki is transferred by the hands and easy to use. Reiki is not a religion, has no dogma and there is no set beliefs one needs in order to practice Reiki.
The premise of reiki is that the energy flows through the practitioner’s hands whenever the hands are placed on, or held near a potential recipient. Reiki is often practiced in a relaxed office setting with the receiver being clothed and laying on a massage table. The practitioner places his/her hands in one or more of 12 basic hand positions. Practitioners may also use non-touching techniques where their hands are placed a few inches above the same areas in the body. As the receiver begins to relax, they may notice a deep sense of relaxation, a sense of warmth or tingling at the areas that are being worked on.
Reiki is taught in four levels, however, it is not taught in the way that other healing modalities are. The skill of reiki is transferred from the teacher (called the Reiki Master) to the student during an attunement process. This creates a special connection between the power of reiki and the student. Once you have an attunement, you will have reiki for the rest of your life. The first level teaches basic theories and hand positions. The second level the student learns techniques to enhance the strength and distance of the work they are doing as well as the sacred symbols. During the third level, the student becomes a reiki master. The first three levels are taught in weekend courses. However, the fourth level is taught over a period of time and, after the fourth level, the reiki master can teach other people reiki. According to Rita Yevzelman, local Reiki master and teacher, it is important to find out the training of the practitioner when you go to receive reiki. “Be sure to ask for a certificate and name of their teacher”. Make sure you work with someone who has adequate training and practice experience. Having a good rapport with your practitioner is also important.
You don’t have to be sick in order to receive reiki. Reiki has many great benefits for our body, mind and spirit and can be used for maintenance and overall well being.