History of Reiki
Reiki is believed to have begun in Tibet several thousand years ago. Seers in the Orient studied energies and developed a system of sounds and symbols for universal healing energies. Various healing systems, which crossed many different cultures, emerged from this single root system. Unfortunately, the original source itself was forgotten.
Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Christian educator in Kyoto, Japan, rediscovered the root system in the mid- to late 1800s. He began an extensive study of the healing phenomena of history's greatest spiritual leaders. He also studied ancient sutras (Buddhist teachings written in Sanskrit). He discovered ancient sounds and symbols that are linked directly to the human body and nervous system which activate the universal life energy for healing.
Usui then underwent a metaphysical experience and became empowered to use these sounds and symbols to heal. He called this form of healing Reiki and taught it throughout Japan until his death around 1893.The tradition was passed through several grandmasters of Reiki such as Dr. Chujiro Hyashi, Hawayo Takata, and Phyllis Lei Furumoto.
The Usui System of Natural Healing balances and strengthens the body's energy, promoting its ability to heal itself. Reiki was introduced to the Western world in the mid-1970s. Since then its use has spread dramatically worldwide.
How does Reiki work?
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese word representing universal life energy, the energy which is all around us. It is derived from rei, meaning "free passage" or "transcendental spirit" and ki, meaning "vital life force energy" or " universal life energy".
Reiki involves the transfer of energy from practitioner to patient to enhance the body's natural ability to heal itself through the balancing of energy. Reiki utilizes specific techniques for restoring and balancing the natural life force energy within the body. It is a holistic, natural, hands-on energy healing system that touches on all levels: body, mind, and spirit. Reiki helps us to raise our own energy and as this happens we allow life force to flow through us giving us a sense of well-being.
Our journey in the physical world involves us in many challenges that often bruise us physically, emotionally and mentally. Such imbalances show up in our energy field, we may only be aware of a fraction of these but all will impede our energy system, Reiki can help to clear these "bruises". Reiki is very good for detecting weaknesses in the body. It works like a flood of energy moving blocks, increasing circulation on both a subtle and physical level.
On a physical level, Reiki clears toxic waste accumulated in the body, while emotionally it will allow hidden or suppressed feelings such as vulnerability, irritability and sadness to surface. It is part of a purification process leaving the person lighter and balanced.
Reiki is beneficial for everyone including children and pregnant women, animals and plants. There are no contraindications.
- reduces muscular tension
- lifts headaches
- eases pain
- balances energies
- clears toxins
- relieves fatigue
- promotes refreshing sleep
- strengthens natural self-healing
- promotes calm and well-being
- aids meditation
- relieves stress
- encourages emotional release.
What to expect during a session:
Reiki is normally given as hands on treatment, but your energy field, known as the aura can also be worked upon. You will be asked to take off your shoes and relax. Reiki is a non-intrusive form of therapy, during which you may experience many different and wide ranging sensations, such as heat, tingling and the experience of colour. The session will last approximately one hour. We do not diagnose.
Article written by Angela Hardy - Milford Haven
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