What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Force Energy. Rei describes the universal aspect of the energy and Ki is the energy which flows in and around all living things. We are all born with Reiki in us for it is the power of life itself.
Reiki students are taught that the whole universe is constantly in motion, or vibrating and that this energy appears to have a consciousness of its own. The density of an object is determined by the speed at which it is vibrating at a sub-atomic level. Everything in nature, from a fleeting thought or emotion, to the hardest piece of diamond are frequencies of vibration. This also applies to our physical body. Each organ vibrates at its own frequency.
Reiki is based on natural laws of the universe. When we are in perfect physical, mental and emotional health we are vibrating in harmony with the universe. The natural law of cause and effect means that anything which affects our system will have a vibration rate of its own and will therefore impact on the frequency at which we vibrate. We can be strengthened or weakened depending on the stimulus. Work and home environment, geographical conditions (climate, altitude, ecology etc.) interactions with others, diet and inherited tendencies etc. will all have a vibratory effect on us. Everything has an effect upon us and we in turn affect the whole universe with our own vibration.
Our thoughts and emotions also vibrate at their own frequencies. Positive thoughts and emotions such as faith, hope, love and happiness speed up the vibrations within our system. They have a relaxing and harmonising influence, providing good vitality, natural immunity and increased recuperative power. Negative emotions such as fear, worry and anger have the effect of slowing down our rate of vibration, restricting the flow of life force or Reiki through our systems, reducing vitality. This results in the accumulation of toxins within the cells of the body, reducing the flow of life force even further. If the downward spiral is not halted we eventually suffer with serious health problems.
Our subconscious thoughts also resonate vibrations, which is why we can be affected by holding on to feelings arising from events in the past. These vibrations affect our present life even if we are not consciously aware of it.
Can Reiki Help Me?
Reiki is said to help all forms of illness or ill-being by boosting energy at every level, supporting and accelerating the body’s natural ability to heal itself. It complements the effectiveness of most forms of medication and treatment. It is a completely safe, natural method of healing which does not depend on a belief system i.e. Reiki is not a religion or dogma. Reiki can provide what we are all ultimately seeking - health and happiness.
What Happens during a Reiki Treatment?Reiki sessions are done fully clothed on either a chair or a massage couch. When the healer's hands are rested upon or just above another person with the intent to heal, Reiki automatically starts flowing.
With the healer's hands placed on a Reiki position, the receiver may feel sensations of hot or cold, trembling, magnetism, electricity or tingling.
A Reiki healing session begins at the head, working through all the chakras and major body organs, down to the soles of the feet. usually a session will last between 45 and 90 minutes, after which the receiver should drink a glass of water.
The effects of the treatment may last from up to a few hours to many days.
Conditions that can be helped by Reiki
The following is a list of only some of the conditions for which there are complementary Reiki treatments: insomnia, inflammation of the windpipe, asthma, gastritis, high blood pressure, inflammation of membranes in the heart, wounds, inflammation of the lymph nodes, broken bones, nettle rash and morning sickness.
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Reiki used in conjunction with counselling and psychotherapy has proved to be effective in helping people deal with relationship difficulties, depression, phobias, obsessions, severe anxiety and stress, affliction, long standing mental, emotional and psychological difficulties and