What is Reiki?
Today I want to address the question that everyone has at some point, “what the heck is Reiki”? I didn’t understand the answer to that question right away, even with explanation. So if the explanation below doesn’t quite sink in, that’s okay and trust that it will at some point. Or experience Reiki first hand by receiving a Reiki session!
What (the heck) is Reiki?
Reiki is a system of energy healing. The word original Japanese “Reiki” can be broken down into two words: “rei” meaning universal and “ki”, which means life force energy. The translations are not exact, and the word universal can sometimes also be interpreted as connection to higher self or higher power. An alternate meaning for Reiki is that it is “spiritually guided life force energy.” The energy is transmitted by healers who have received training in Reiki, and the energy flows through their hands. Reiki can be done through a gentle laying-on-of-hands healing modality, but also can be done without even touching the client and instead working with their energy systems. Reiki can be done on yourself as a great method of self care, on your pets, family, loved ones, and clients if you are in a healing setting. A friend of mine named Eva compares Reiki to a battery charger. We all plug in our phones at night to recharge in order to function the next day. Reiki is a simple way of recharging the body energetically through transmitting the Reiki through the practitioner’s hands. We can all use a recharge!
Sometimes when defining something that isn’t tangible, it’s also helpful to look at what something is not. Reiki is not harmful in any way. It is not mind-control, and it is not religious. It is not massage therapy, and it is not just woo-woo, waving around of hands and chanting. There are scientific studies proving the validity of Reiki (see the article “Reiki Really Works”), and it as of 2008 was being used in over 800 hospitals or just over 15% of hospitals in the US (Rand).
The bottom line:
Reiki is a gentle energy healing modality that cannot cause harm, and ANYONE can learn Reiki. There is no previous experience required, simply an open mind and a willingness to learn and receive.
Reiki was the first step for me in a beautiful journey of healing, understanding the energy around me, and becoming more in tune with myself. It was such a gift, and I feel honored to share a little bit about it with you!
Are you ready to learn more? Check out the sources below, email me back with questions, or sign up for the September 15th Reiki level one class!
Lotus, Green. “Reiki Really Works.” Green Lotus, Green Lotus, 2011, www.uclahealth.org/rehab/workfiles/Urban%20Zen/Research%20Articles/Reiki_Really_Works-A_groundbreaking_Scientific_Study.pdf.
Rand, William Lee. “Reiki In Hospitals.” Reiki In Hospitals, Reiki.org, www.reiki.org/reikinews/reiki_in_hospitals.html.