What is Reiki?
The word Reiki is represented by two Japanese kanji (ideograms used in the written language of Japan), Rei = spiritual wisdom, and Ki = Life energy.
The Flow of Life Energy
We are alive because life energy is flowing through us. More specifically, it flows within the physical body through pathways called chakras (Sanskrit for “spinning wheels of energy”), meridians and nadis. As well, energy flows around us in a field called the aura.
The free and balanced flow of healthy energy equates to well-being. It nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them vitally. When the flow of energy is disrupted, it causes diminished functionality within one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body. As a result, this disruption of healthy energy flow is the main cause of illness.
Life Energy and the Power of Optimism (or Negativity)
Energy is responsive to thoughts (which create feelings). When we have positive and optimistic thoughts, we increase our energy flow and as a result, feel better. Similarly, when we have negative thoughts, energy is disrupted and diminished leaving us feeling poorly.
When negative thoughts become ‘stuck’ in the subconscious mind, they create a permanent disruption in the flow of healthy energy. This unhealthy energy attaches itself to the organs and tissues of the body, creating further blockage. Unless this blockage is released, a person could eventually become ill.
How Can Reiki Help Me?
Because Reiki is guided by spiritual consciousness, it can never do harm. It is always helpful and safe. When a person receives Reiki, the spiritually conscious part of the energy finds where the person has unhealthy energy (or blockage) and then directs the healing energy. As a result, the body, spirit and soul become ‘unblocked’ or ‘unstuck’.
During and after a reiki session, you will let go (consciously or unconsciously) of all tension, anxiety, fear or other negative feelings. The goal is to encourage a healthy flow of energy until a state of peace and well-being is experienced.