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What is Reiki?

Mikao Usui, a Buddhist Monk, rediscovered Reiki healing in 1922 on Mount Kurama in Japan after years of research, practice and meditation. Reiki healing is formally known as the Usui Method of Natural Healing. When using this method, the practitioner acts as a channel and passes Reiki onto the client. This is done primarily through the laying of hands on the client. However, touch is not necessary, indeed, practitioners can also treat clients distantly.

Reiki is the fundamental life force of the Universe, a conscious and intelligent energy that flows through and nourishes all life.

But what is this ‘energy’? Well, energy is all there is.

According to quantum physics, everything that exists in the universe is energy vibrating at different frequencies. All the ‘stuff’ we perceive as physical are nothing else than energy vibrating at lower frequencies.

What quantum physics also explains is that, to experience good health, the communication between every subatomic part of our body needs to be working perfectly. We get ill when communication, both at subatomic level and at the subconscious level (thoughts and emotions), breaks down. In other words, we experience illness when our energy waves are out of sync, when we are disconnected.

Reiki restores connection, it is a specific very high vibrational energy. Reiki can flow into and through everything including solid matter. This is the reason why it can work holistically on the whole person: body, mind, emotions, and aura.

During a treatment, this influx of high-frequency healing energy stimulates and accelerates the body innate ability to heal itself. Pain relief and physical healing can take place quickly and easily. Reiki acts to heal, harmonise and balance the whole self.

It is important to understand though, that healing is not the same as curing. For this reason, treatments might not act on the physical level first, but on the emotional or mental level. The client may need to let go of negative thoughts, concepts or attitudes first.

I would also add that, if the healing is to be permanent, each of us must take responsibility for healing the cause. Maybe change our lifestyle, diet, or career. However, Reiki supports this too, by increasing our self-awareness, it allows us to approach these changes in a calmer and more accepting state of mind.

Reiki as a complementary therapy can work alongside any treatment and is safe for people of all ages in any situation. This includes: newborns, pregnant mothers, surgical patients, the frail, and the elderly.

Here in U.K, Reiki practitioners work in hospitals supporting patients undergoing different treatments, including palliative care, and cancer treatments.

Click here for more information about Reiki used in medical settings.