According to the International Center for Reiki Training, “Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.” It is a natural and safe method of spiritual healing that everyone can use to treat their mind, emotions, body and spirit. Some of the benefits include relaxation, feelings of peace, security and well-being.
Rei: God’s wisdom or a higher power
Ki: Life force energy
Rei+Ki: Spiritually guided life force energy
-International Center for Reiki Training
How does Reiki work?
According to the Hayashi Reiki Manual, the body accumulates toxins because of the wrong movement, wrong food or poor physical, emotional and mental habits. When the mind, body and environment work well together, the body eliminates these toxins. If the body cannot eliminate these toxins, the toxicity increases until there is an imbalance in the body which causes illness. Reiki is a way to detoxify the body and allow it to come back to its natural equilibrium.
Reiki practitioners use the boysen, “the frequency that is emitted from a tense, injured or ill body part” and the reaction given to incoming Reiki energy to determine the time needed for treatment and recovery. Then, he or she begins treatment, using a variety of hand positions to the body so the energy flows from the hand to the body.
The five levels of byosen are:
“1. Heat. This heat is above normal body temperature.
2. Strong heat. This heat makes your palms sweat.
3. Tingling. The tingling can be experienced as pins and needles, as a magnetic feeling or as your hands falling asleep.
4. Pulsation, cold. The pulsation can be strong or weak, slow or fast. When the place you touch feels cold, it is not the fault of your hands, but a sign of byosen level four.
5. Pain in the hand of the practitioner. This pain may be felt in the hand, in the fingers or in the back of the hand. It may move up your hand into the forearm, and may continue all the way up to your shoulder.”
How to get Reiki done
If Reiki seems like something you would like to try, there are two ways. The first is to take a class to learn how to use Reiki. Afterward, you can administer it to yourself any time you please. I got my first degree Reiki certification from a class taken at the University of Florida by Terry Rogers. I administer it to myself when I feel stress or tension. The second way is to go to a practitioner. In a previous blog post, I stated that one of Joy Lynch’s specialties was Reiki healing. If you put in a Google search, I’m sure you can find one near you.
How do you feel about Reiki?