“Reiki” (ray – key) is a Japanese word meaning “universal life energy,” the energy found in all things. Usui Shiki Ryoh, or the Usui System of Reiki (or Natural) Healing, applies this energy through touch for the purpose of creating the connection with this universal life energy. When connected in a conscious way, an individual has the possibility of healing, awakening, and enlivening through this practice.
In her early diary Hawayo Takata, the woman who brought Usui Shiki Ryoho out of Japan to the US, stated, “This power is unfathomable, immeasurable, and being a universal life force, it is incomprehensible to man. Yet, every single living being is receiving its blessings daily, awake and asleep.”
What is Reiki supposed to do?
A treatment supports the whole person — physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
When a practitioner places his/her hands on an area of their own or another person’s clothed body, this universal life energy flows through the practitioner into the person receiving the treatment. This flow may be felt as any type of sensation—heat, cold, vibration, tingling, unusual heaviness, or sometimes as no sensation at all. A full treatment typically take about 75 minutes.
Important concepts of the practice:
- The practice is for one’s life or whatever time the practice suits and benefits the student. The teachings of the practice strengthen and deepen from daily and diligent practice of the student.
- Within the practice there are time and timing guidelines supporting the value of preparation for each step of studentship.
- Masters are recognized by their students and through this relationship the beginning teachings are passed on.
- The practice is a Japanese Healing Art through which a student can attain self-awareness, spiritual understanding, and daily experiences of healing.