What is Reiki?

Reiki is a spiritual healing therapy with its roots in Japan. "Rei" means "universal", and "Ki" means "energy" (life force). This is often translated as "Universal Life Energy". It is commonly referred to as palm healing or hands-on healing.

Whilst Reiki healing has been around for thousands of years the "system" known today was developed by Mikao Usui in Japan in the early 20th century after three weeks of fasting and meditating on Mount Kurama. Energy flows through the hands, drawn from Universal energy to the recipient in such a way that the giver's energy is not depleted. The therapist keys into the universal energy, not necessarily their own individual energy. This universal energy is seen as intelligent and will heal the patient's energy field without an exact diagnosis. Treatment can be used on people, on yourself and on pets. The system often uses "attunement" where people are attuned, so they may also give this type of healing. Often symbols are used to help key into certain aspects of this healing art.

There are no special qualifications required to be a Reiki practitioner. One of the hallmarks of Reiki practice is its simplicity. It can be learned in about ten hours of in-person training, generally offered in group class formats, and doesn't require knowledge. 
Reiki healing in action

How does Reiki work?

Reiki can be carried out almost anywhere. The patient will sit in a relaxing and chair or lie on a table. There may or may not be music, depending on the patient’s preference.

The practitioner will place their hands lightly on or over specific areas of the body for between 2 and 5 minutes. If a specific injury needs healing, such as a burn, the hands may be held just above the wound. While the practitioner has their hands lightly on or over the body, the transfer of energy occurs. During this time, the practitioner’s hands may be warm and tingling. Each hand position is held until the practitioner senses that the energy has stopped flowing.

When the practitioner feels that the heat, or energy, in their hands has abated, they will remove their hands and may place them over a different area of the body.
Practising Reiki on yourself for self love healing

Benefits of Reiki

In its simplest form, Reiki can be just a couple of minutes or so of pure relaxation. The patient can simply clear their heads and release any tension and stress of the day. The energy transferred from the practitioner may just make the patient feel peaceful and relaxed.

The feeling of relaxation can help with insomnia. It may help you to sleep better. And it's not unusual for patients to fall asleep during a Reiki session.

Reiki balances your internal body levels to return to a near-natural state. This means that your breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, circulation, and other bodily systems will improve. This normal balance will allow your body to heal itself from within. This means Reiki does not necessarily heal any one particular problem but rather heals everything all over the body.

There is a lot to be said for being in a calm and relaxed state. You do not necessarily need to be treated by a practitioner but rather use this treatment as a self-care tool for yourself. It can help with -
  • Mental Clarity
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Creativity
  • Reduction of Joint Stiffness
  • Healing of Wounds
  • Detoxification of the Body
  • Clear Emotional Blockages
  • Reverse Negative Conditioning
  • Promote Positivity

Using Crystals and Smudge Sticks with Reiki Healing

Is Crystal Healing the Same as Reiki?

Crystal healing is not Reiki healing. However, it uses the same principle. Crystal healing is simply using gemstones to balance energies to become more attuned to the mind and body. Like Reiki healing, there is no evidence to show that it works other than thousands of people worldwide reporting positive healing benefits. Crystal healing can simply be wearing a piece of crystal jewellery to touch the skin or carrying a worry stone to hold in hand. It works well with an affirmation of intention to achieve a particular goal or simply for protection, for example, when travelling.

When crystal healing is combined with Reiki, it is like hitting the healing overdrive switch. Crystals have natural energy of their own. You don’t have to do anything to get a crystal to work other than place it near you. However, suppose you do add your intent and your energy. In that case, your crystals will work better because they’ll pick up your intention and magnify it. And if Reiki is the energy that is flowing through you, then your crystals will collect the Reiki, multiply its effect, and focus its objective.

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