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What is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Reiki is administered by “laying on hands” and techniques such as this have been practiced for thousands of years. Reiki is a very simple yet powerful technique that has a very powerful outcome.

For more information, please read the FAQs below.

What are the benefits of Reiki?

Some advocates of Reiki therapy believe that it is beneficial for helping a person to heal on a spiritual, emotional and physical level, reports About.com. Old emotional scars are treated with Reiki. Additionally, emotional pain is released as stress and anxiety are relieved. Physical tension is reduced as energy blocks are removed and muscles are relaxed during Reiki therapy, explains Everyday Health. Reiki therapy may not completely resolve a painful condition, although it helps to relax a person and improves the ability to cope with pain.

Studies demonstrate the Reiki therapy decreases pain and anxiety in patients having colonoscopy and in female patients undergoing a hysterectomy procedure, according to Everyday Health. Additionally, Reiki has helped cancer patients to feel less tired and has contributed to reduced pain and anxiety. The same pain and anxiety relief benefits were noted along with additional anti-depressive effects in older adults treated with Reiki.
Reiki therapy produces almost no side effects and is considered effective, explains Everyday Health. As the therapy involves a very light or no touch, it is also beneficial for patients who are experiencing a high degree of pain or cannot be touched.


How Does Reiki Heal?

We are alive because life energy or Ki is flowing through us. Ki flows within the physical body through pathways called chakras, meridians, and nadis and can also be present and pass directly through the organs and tissues of the body. It also flows around us in a field of energy called the aura. The free and balanced flow of healthy Ki is the cause of well-being. It is Ki that animates the physical organs and tissues as it flows through them. Ki nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their vital functions. When the flow of healthy Ki is disrupted, it causes diminished functioning within one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body. Therefore, it is the disruption in the flow of healthy Ki that is the main cause of illness.

Ki is responsive to thoughts and feelings. When we have positive optimist thoughts we increase our flow of Ki and this causes us to feel better. However, when we have negative thoughts, our Ki is disrupted and diminished and we do not feel as good. When negative thoughts become lodged in the subconscious mind, they create a permanent disruption in the flow of healthy Ki. This happens when we either consciously or unconsciously accept negative thoughts or feelings about ourselves. These negative thoughts and feelings influence Ki and cause it to become unhealthy Ki. The unhealthy Ki then attaches itself to the organs and tissues of the body and also disrupts the flow of healthy Ki. The organs and tissues of the body can be affected depending on the location of the blockage. This diminishes the vital function of those organs and cells of the physical body and unless the blockage is released, a person could eventually become ill.

What Happens During a Reiki Session?

When a person receives a Reiki session, the Rei or spiritually conscious part of the energy assesses where the person has unhealthy Ki and then directs the healing energy, usually to the unhealthy Ki that is nearest the hands.

The Reiki energy then works with the negative thoughts and feelings that have created the unhealthy Ki and are blocking one’s flow of healthy Ki and replaces them with healthy thought and feelings thus releasing the unhealthy Ki. This can happen in a number of ways. By flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy, Reiki raises the vibratory level in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached. This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away.

In so doing, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing healthy Ki to flow in a natural way. Sometimes the entire field of blocking energy is lifted up to a higher level of consciousness where it is processed. Other times, it is melted away or burned up. When a block is released, sometimes a person will feel a cold sensation and when it is melted or burned up, a hot sensation. Once healthy Ki is flowing naturally, the physical organs and tissues are able to complete their healing process.

What Can Be Treated?

Reiki is both powerful and gentle. In its long history of use it has aided in helping to heal virtually every known illness and injury including life threatening problems like multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and cancer as well as skin problems, cuts, bruises, broken bones, headaches, colds, flu, sore throat, sunburn, fatigue, insomnia, and impotence. It is always beneficial and works to improve the effectiveness of all other types of therapy. A session feels like a wonderful, glowing radiance and has many benefits for both client and practitioner, including positive states of consciousness and spiritual experiences.

Does Reiki Work with Medical Care?

Reiki works in harmony with all other kinds of treatment including medical and psychological care. In fact, Reiki is offered as part of regular patient care in over 800 hospitals across the U.S. including being given in operating rooms and intensive care units.1 According to a series of interviews I did with nurses and other medical professionals who practice Reiki in hospitals, Reiki decreases recovery time from surgery, improved mental attitudes, and reduced unwanted side effects of medication including chemotherapy, radiation, and other medical procedures.2 A research study at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut indicates that Reiki improved patient sleep by 86 percent, reduced pain by 78 percent, reduced nausea by 80 percent, and reduced anxiety during pregnancy by 94 percent.3

Reiki has also been used in conjunction with psychotherapy to improve the healing of emotional trauma and other issues. Its psychological benefits can include improved memory and greater self-confidence. Use in psychology is usually done in a hands-off method, often from across the room. If clients have a physical or psychological condition and want to be treated with Reiki it is recommended that they do so under the supervision of an enlightened medical doctor, psychologist or other licensed health care professional.

1For a list of hospitals that offer Reiki sessions to their patients, that also includes a detailed description of their Reiki programs, see www.centerforreikiresearch.org, and click on Hospital list.
2William Lee Rand, “Reiki in Hospitals,” Reiki Newsletter (Winter 1997), precursor to Reiki News Magazine; see also www.centerforreikiresearch.org/Articles_ReikiInHosp.aspx.
3Hartford Hospital, Integrative Medicine, Outcomes. Measurements cited were obtained during the initial pilot phase of the study, December 1999-December 2000.

Is Reiki a Religion?

While Reiki is spiritual in nature in that it provides love and compassion to the client, it is not a religion. It has no dogma and does not conflict with religious belief. People who are followers of all the various religions have practiced Reiki and find that it enhances their religious experience.

Can Reiki cause Harm?

Since Reiki is guided by spiritual consciousness, it can never cause harm.

Do I personally heal people?

No, I don’t. It’s the Reiki energy that is doing the healing. I am just a human conduit. Reiki energy supply is unlimited, and it is guided by the highest Divine wisdom. How could you or anyone doubt that it wouldn’t work? The Reiki energy goes where it needs to thereby allowing healing the person receiving the Reiki. It’s divine intelligence.

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