What Is Reiki?
6th February 2010
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Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is a system of natural healing involving the laying on of hands and is thousands of years old.  It is believed to be based upon ancient symbolic buddhist energy practices with added shintoist influences. The ancient healing insights that influence Reiki are likely to have originally come from China, Tibet, Mongolia and India arriving in Japan about 860AD. According to my teaching similar systems of healing initiations may have links with Scandinavian, Druidic and African teachings. Native Americans and Tibeten healers use the same hand positions as we do in Reiki. Reiki was rediscovered in the late 1800’s by Mikao Usui.  The Usui System of Reiki is a very simple, but powerful, healing technique that is easily given and received by anybody and given to anything.  It can not only be given to people, but to animals, plants, food and in fact anything.
Reiki works on all levels, physical, spiritual, mental and emotional, recipients report sensations of deep heat, tingling or cold when receiving healing, but most people feel very deeply relaxed and at peace during healing and re-energised afterwards. A full Reiki treatment normally takes an hour, the recipient remains fully clothed during treatment and the practitioner may work with their hands on or above the physical body in the etheric aura/energy field of the recipient. Reiki always works for the person's highest good or benefit as Reiki healing balances the recipients energy field to achieve optimum well being. We all have our own energy field surrounding us and it is possible to see this with Kirlian photography.When the body and spirit are healthy our energy field is wide, but in illness our energy field (Aura) and energy centres, known as chakras become depleted or imbalanced, Reiki helps to restore energy and health and works well alongside conventional therapy.
For those who wish to learn how to heal themselves and others there are courses available from 1st Degree to Master Teacher level.I am a Master Teacher/Practitioner and I teach the  more traditional form of Reiki, known as Usui Shiki Ryoho, as this is what I presently feel more comfortable with.The Usui system of Reiki and the ability to heal is passed on by a Reiki Master who attunes the student using ancient symbols and mantras to open them as a channel for healing. There are four symbols, three of which are learned at second degree and one which is the Master symbol. 
The words ‘Rei’ and ‘Kei’ are from the Japanese language. A general interpretation of Reiki is: - 'Sacred blessings from the power of the infinite universe rain down upon us, responding to our prayers/ meditations /mantras/ invocations, nourishing the divine seed of life within us all.'

Reiki is different from other healing systems because of the attunement process, which tunes the healers body, both physical and etheric, to a higher vibration, thereby allowing a clear channel for the energy to flow.  Once attuned, it remains for life.
Reiki practitioners also practice self-healing, as in order to heal others, they themselves must be in optimum health.Anyone can learn how to heal with Reiki but they must receive attunements from a Reiki Master in order to be able to channel the healing energy and to learn how to protect and ground themselves.
I love teaching Reiki, it is so satisfying and fascinating, and I have seen so many of my students  progress to become professional healers and Master Teachers too. So the Reiki community grows and more and more people become aware of this very special healing energy which can be life changing for the individual. Whilst Reiki is not a religion it is a sacred practice and those attuned to Reiki work together to make the world a better and healthier place for everyone. For more information on The Wellbeing and April Skupien click here


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