More About Reiki
The word itself, Reiki, is created by the combination of two Japanese words:
Rei, which means, “The Light,” and Ki, which means, “Energy.”
This beautiful combination of light and energy is practiced through a “hands on,” technique,
based on the belief that each one of us has inside an unseen life force energy.
Our life force energy flows through us and causes us to be alive.
Imagine the electrical wiring throughout a house. The house is our body, and the electrical wiring
is our life force energy. We will respond differently to low life force energy and high life force energy.
If our life force energy is low, we can experience stress, depression, get sick more easily, and generally not feel, or behave at our optimum level. If our life force energy is high, we’re more capable of feeling happy, healthy, and in alignment with our joy and purpose.
This Japanese technique has beneficial effects for virtually every known illness and malady. It can be used as a simple, safe method of spiritual healing on its own, or in conjunction with all other medical and therapeutic techniques. Reiki can promote recovery and natural healing.
The History of Reiki
Reiki dates back to 1922, when scholar and Japanese Zen Buddhist Mikao Usui developed the practice. In creating what we now know as Reiki, Mikao based his healing techniques on several different methods and philosophies drawn from traditional Asian healing methods; many found in Tibetan Buddhist texts. Eventually, he went on to form a Reiki organization and began training others in the techniques he had discovered.
The philosophy of Reiki is rooted in five principles, developed to help balance and heal your Reiki energy when used as a guide for everyday life.
Just for today, I will be grateful.
Just for today, I will not worry.
Just for today, I will be patient.
Just for today, I will be honest in my approach to life.
Just for today, I will be kind to myself and every living thing.
Recognition in Medicine
More than 800 hospitals nationwide offer Reiki in areas where the body can use some additional healing and support, like pre-op, in the operating room, post-op,
and in oncology, cardiology, orthopedics, and internal medicine.
Some of the medical centers utilizing Reiki in their treatment plans include:
The Mayo Clinic,
Dana Farber Cancer Institute,
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and
The Children’s Hospital in Boston.
While Reiki alone is not a substitute for any type of medical treatment, it compliments and supports all types of medical and therapeutic treatments, increasing their efficacy and offering additional healing beyond the realm of what the traditional treatments can offer.
The Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston has one of the largest Reiki volunteer programs in the country, bringing Reiki to patients who need it the most and adding healing to traditional treatment plans that can use support. They quote,
“Our data, based on feedback from patients, family members, and staff members
who received Reiki sessions, as well as outside research, show that
Reiki promotes relaxation, relieves stress and anxiety, reduces pain and
fatigue, and improves overall quality of life.”
For even more gentle assurance and feedback from hospitals offering Reiki for healing, the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic include the following in their list of Reiki treatment benefits:
Supports the wellbeing of the client who is receiving medical treatments
Helps to relieve pain
Stimulates tissue and bone healing after injury or surgery
Stimulates the body’s immune system
Initiates the feeling of security, peace, and wellness
Brings a peaceful, deep relaxation
And promotes natural self-healing
Many of my clients begin with an understanding that Reiki is a “healing process.” I would like to help you be completely at ease before you even book your first session.
I will help you understand how Reiki is practiced, its safety, and medical use. And rest assured, I am available to answer any questions that may not be answered here before
your very first session.