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The origin of Reiki goes back thousands of years and is referred to in the spiritual ancient history of Japan.  Reiki is Japanese for the ‘Universal Life Force Energy’, which is a natural approach to your Health and Wellbeing.  It is the energy that sustains all life and matter, the infinite source of all life.  A Japanese scholar Dr Mikao Usui rediscovered it in the late 1800’s.  He responded to a challenge from students to undertake an extensive study of hands-on healing.

The Ability to Heal Ourselves.  The human body is a series of complex systems that range from the physical, to the emotional and mental, through to the spiritual.  Reiki is a gentle and nurturing energy that sustains our body’s ability to heal on all levels.  Reiki energy activates the intelligence within you to heal, and once activated, the body’s accelerated healing process begins – at the touch of a hand.

Five Precepts of Reiki

Turn anger into peace
Turn worry into clarity
A statement of honesty
A statement of honour
An attitude of gratitude

Experience the Magic.  Reiki is experienced in a variety of ways ranging from Heat / Warmth, Cold / Cool Sensation, tingles, pulsation and vibration coming from the hands. During a treatment the hands are placed on the body in a specific manner designed for optimum healing.  Treatments can relieve pain of injury, illness and dis-ease quite rapidly depending upon specific problem and the length of its existence.

The Nature of Being

When we receive our Reiki attunements, the Master opens up a gateway through which we are able to access the universal life force. This enables us to heal ourselves (and others) and to begin the process of integrating our mind, body, spirit and emotions to become whole again. Once the healing process is underway, many Reiki students experience a reawakening of consciousness, as they are able – albeit fleetingly at first – to connect with the Divine and glimpse their own true nature.

Reiki with Other Therapies

Reiki can be used in combination with any complementary therapy that works by rebalancing the body’s energy system, from acupuncture, homeopathy, reflexology and aromatherapy to chiropractic, the Bowen Technique, the Alexander Technique, Indian head massage and Emotional Therapy.

Reiki is also the perfect complement to conventional medical treatment. I have taught Reiki to many doctors, who mostly learn it for their own stress management as they feel it is inappropriate to take on the role of hands-on healer. Yet many doctors recommend their patients either receive Reiki treatments or, preferably, to learn Reiki themselves. In this way, the patient becomes less dependent on drug therapy and starts to take responsibility for their own health.

Learning Reiki Yourself

The first step in learning Reiki yourself is to take Reiki First Degree – a two-day workshop in which you gain access to the universal energy that heals. On this course you undergo the four Reiki attunements., which are given by the Reiki Master to make it possible for you to access universal energy. You are taught how to apply a full body treatment to another person and you also experience a treatment yourself. You learn the importance of the finishing-off technique and other ways of grounding the Reiki recipient. Other integral parts of Reiki First Degree include learning how to do a self-treatment and how to heal babies, children and animals. It is not necessary to take any further training if you simply wish to practise on yourself, your family and your friends. The unique beauty of Reiki is that once you have learned it you can treat yourself whenever and wherever the need arises. The best time to practise self-treatment is in bed at night to help to release the tensions of the day and to promote good sleep; or first thing in the morning to begin the day calm, clear-headed and energized. Some people find it helps them to relax if they give themselves Reiki when they return home from work. Reiki can be practised wherever you are – whether on the bus, in the park or even in the office.

Reiki Second Degree

Reiki Second Degree consists of a two-day course during which the student receives one further attunement. Three of the sacred symbols and mantras from Dr Usui are revealed, which act as keys to connect with subtle levels of consciousness and unlock the doorway to understanding the various forms of unseen energy. By directing the student’s mind with intent, each symbol awakens a different power. The first one makes a bridge between us and a person who is absent. The second connects with their inherent mental and emotional disposition and the third sets the energy in motion. Instruction is given on how to activate these for distance-healing, in depth mental/emotional healing and the balance of situations and relationships. Anyone wishing to practise Reiki professionally must learn Reiki Second Degree. It is usually recommended that students leave a gap of six months to a year between Reiki First Degree and Reiki Second Degree, so that they can consolidate their learning and practice.

Many people live away from their family or friends. In this case, it is invaluable to learn Reiki Second Degree as it gives them the tools to be able to harness the universal energy, to direct it to whoever needs it and to activate it for complete physical, mental and emotional healing, no matter how far away the person may be. Recipients of distance-healing often report that they felt the healing at the exact time it was activated. Children and animals may also be successfully treated at a distance, perhaps when they are asleep. In this way, they can receive the full benefit of Reiki without becoming bored wit the process. However, touch is always my preference because when both parties are present a conscious connection is made from the link between the giver and the recipient.

The information above is from the book ‘Live Better – Reiki Exercises for healing and balance’ by Sandi Leir-Shuffrey