It is an instinctive reaction for humans to cover pain with their hands. If we accidentally bang our shins our hands fly to the centre of pain even before we have thought about it – the same would be true for any other area of the body. Mothers know this well too. When you rub your child’s hurt away you are doing something very similar – somehow covering the area takes the pain away.
There may well be a hint here, to an innate but forgotten ability that all humans possess. Perhaps we are all born with the power to heal ourselves but our education, with it’s focus on external matters, has clouded our ability to clearly see within. Reiki may well be a bridge between the ancient traditions of healing and the modern day scientific model. Although officially formulated under 200 years ago, Reiki is based on a principle that may be as old as mankind itself.
All living things are infused with and exist in a sea of energy. Although this energy has traditionally gone by many different names – ki, chi, prana, soul, spirit – we often use the generic title Universal Energy. From the time we are conceived, this energy permeates our bodies. The disciplines that we teach all work with this same energy, reducing blockages and allowing it to flow freely.
Reiki healing sessions are simply a methodology for allowing Universal Energy to flow freely. When a practitioner is performing a healing session, they are effectively allowing Universal Energy to channel through their hands and into the patient. The ‘healer’ is nothing more than a conduit, it is the presence of the energy itself that facilitates the healing.
Although Reiki has traditionally been used as a healing system, it is also extremely effective as a way to help individuals increase awareness, insight, wisdom and personal growth. As well as working on persistent physical conditions, a Reiki session can also lead to greater contentment, relaxation, reduced fear and anxiety and lower level of stress. As with all our modalities, if the body is fully energised its ability to cope easily with life’s stresses is greatly elevated.
All of our healing modalities can be powerful ways of facilitating our connection to Universal Energy. Unfortunately though, much of the teaching of these activities has been dumbed-down to a level approaching the ridiculous. These once powerful and life affirming arts are little more than a somewhat ‘out-there’ hobby that we are encouraged to cram into our already busy day.
Because of its apparent simplicity to learn and achieve ‘Master’ status, Reiki is perhaps the most vulnerable to being ‘mis-sold’, so choose your practitioner carefully. Incidentally, we do not believe that there are ‘students’ and ‘masters’ of anything; simply ‘students’ and ‘master students’!
Once given an introduction it is possible for anyone to self-treat themselves with Reiki. This can form part of an immensely beneficial maintenance regime although many people take it further and use it to help family members and friends. As we have previously observed, there is a a benefit to all humanity when this knowledge is readily shared (did you read The Big Idea?).
The 5 Reiki Principles
Reiki has 5 Principles – guidance for living a balanced life. They are principles not ‘rules’ because it is recognised that we will often slip up on these and need to gently bring our focus back to them. There is perhaps a challenge for us all in here but why not try them for a few days and see how you feel?
- Just for today I will not worry
- Just for today I will not be angry
- Just for today I will do my work honestly
- Just for today I will give thanks for my many blessings
- Just for today I will be kind to my neighbour and every living thing
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