Reiki – An Overview
The word Reiki comes from two Japanese words – “Rei” and “Ki”
“Rei” – Spiritual Wisdom
The word “Rei” means universal – meaning that it is present everywhere. The word Rei, as it is used in Reiki, means supernatural knowledge or spiritual consciousness. This is the wisdom that comes from God/Creator/Great Spirit/Source. This is the God-Consciousness which is all knowing. It understands each person completely. It knows the cause of all problems and difficulties and knows what to do to heal them.
“Ki” – The Life Force
“Ki” means the same as “Chi” in Chinese, “Prana” in Sanskrit and “Ti” in Hawaiian. Ki is the life force. This is the non-physical energy in all living things. If your life force is low, or if there is a restriction in its flow, you will be more vulnerable to illness. When it is high and flowing freely, you are less likely to get sick. It is also the primary energy of our emotions, thoughts and spiritual life.
It is the God-consciousness called “Rei” that guides the life force called “Ki” in the healing art of Reiki.
In other words, Reiki can be explained as a spiritually guided life force energy.
Once an individual is attuned to Reiki through initiations, they are permanently linked without the need of conscious alteration of the mind – either through mediation, prayer or imaging. Simply placing one’s hands on oneself, or another person, allows the energy to flow through the individual. It fills the Reiki practitioner’s body first and then flows out through the practitioner’s hands into the individual who is receiving the healing.
Reiki is one of the few forms of healing that can be used to heal oneself.
Reiki does not conflict with other health-care, but enhances its results. It does not interfere with traditional medical treatment. It provides a source of restoring energy while one is ill, under medical treatment, or in recovery.
Reiki healing is a pure energy form and is neutral. It awaits the positive, productive empowerment by the healee. When combined with sincere desire by the healee, a total healing can occur. The healing energy works on all levels – emotional, spiritual, mental and physical, and the result of a session will be dependent on the person’s needs and readiness at that specific point in time.
The Reiki practitioner plays an instrumental part in the healing process, yet is is ultimately up to the healee to manifest harmony, balance and well-being in their life.
The Reiki practitioner is a channel and must not allow the “Ego-Will” to desire the healee well. The Reiki practitioner must be a clear vessel through which the healing energy flows. This allows the highest Soul purpose to be the outcome of the healing.
By following steps taught by a trained Reiki Master/Teacher, anyone is able to direct the “light energy” of Reiki and make a difference in their life and others’.
Here is another way of understanding Reiki, as written by Tzach, to the “Algonquin Nursing Home” residents” newspaper. Tzach works with the nursing home residents once a week and has done so for the past 3 years, in an ever rewarding and humbling journey of growth.
Here is an article that was written first by the Mattawa recorder about the Reiki at ‘Algonquin Nursing home”, and was later picked up and expended by “Long term care Magazine”.