REIKI: What It Is, What It Does, Why Try It? Why Learn It?
There are almost as many forms of Reiki as there are practitioners today. Usui Reiki, which follows the lineage of Dr. Mikao Usui, and is today taught and to some extent regulated by the International Center for Reiki, is an ancient practice of stress relief and energy healing “remembered” (read channeled to) by Dr. Usui in the early 20th Century. The Reiki practitioner is attuned to certain sacred and secret symbols which permit the flow of “Reiki” or universal love energy from the God Consciousness through the practitioner to the client or patient. Reiki can be performed hands on or hands off and will be equally effective in either form.
The theory behind Reiki is that the God Consciousness or Universal love energy flowing through the practitioner to the patient has its own intelligence and, in conjunction with the unconscious “knowing” of the patient, works where and how it is needed to provide the relief sought. At its most minimal, a Reiki session will leave the client feeling relaxed and slightly euphoric. At its most potent, a Reiki session can relieve a client or patient of illness, pain whether physical, emotional or spiritual, or suffering, even of long standing.
Reiki is a loving and gentle way to achieve awareness of the source of one’s problems or maladies and to effectively transform those problems or maladies to happiness or health if the client or patient is truly willing to release any blocks to health or happiness.
In addition to practicing both Usui and Karuna Reiki (the latter is taught only under the auspices of the International Center for Reiki and could be likened to a Master master level) I teach Reiki and as much as I enjoy practicing, my passion for teaching this wonderful art of healing is even greater.
In teaching Reiki I have found it to be a wonderful vehicle to help students focus both themselves and their energy in a way that is palpable and constructive. One’s connection with Source cannot be denied when one feels the loving Reiki energy running through his body or out of her hands for the benefit of another experiencing pain or suffering. Indeed, I learned Reiki because I wanted to be a practitioner. I did not realize how much I would come to revere the teachings and the practice and how solemnly I would take my role as teacher and “Master”.
I cannot think of a soul who would not enjoy or benefit from a Reiki treatment or a person interested in doing energy work that would not benefit from learning Reiki. It is a wonderful and ancient art and practice and, as you can tell from my enthusiasm on the subject, something I heartily recommend for people of all ages. My only caveat would be to find a practitioner who is certified and, as you would with any professional, make sure they are bona fide and use your instincts as to whether they are a good fit with you.