What is Reiki?

Worldwide known simply as Reiki the Usui System of Natural Healing (Usui Shiki Ryoho) is a form of healing and spiritual awakening.

The Art of Reiki was first received and developed 100 years ago by the Japanese Mikao Usui and it was passed on through several grandmasters up to now through specific initiation rites, teachings and defined forms of practice.

The story of Reiki in the West began in 1937 with Hawayo Takata Sensei. She lived in Hawaii and dedicated her life to this Art of healing. At her death in 1980 she had initiated 22 Masters in Usui Shiki Ryoho.

The story of Reiki is a kind of sign post. For those who follow this path, they will experience the energy of this guided life force. It is a life commitment, a privilege to deeply reflect on.

Reiki is a word of Japanese origin. It is written in Kanji. The upper part refers to the spiritual aspect, the lower part refers to the energy, the life force. "Ki" ("Chi" in Chinese, "Gi" in Korean) refers to the breath connected to the vital energy. Therefore it can be translated as 'universal or spiritually guided life force' and it reconciles energy, mind and soul. The Usui System is a way of working with Reiki for the healing of self and others. The Healing aspect means regaining harmony and reaching wholeness. Therefore Usui Shiki Ryoho addresses the whole person as such, and that is: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Although Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion.  It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki.  In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not.

According to the Eastern medical theory we are a mind-body-spirit unity. Therefore it is necessary to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others.  Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures.

The usually practice for a Reiki session is for the client to lie down on a treatment table on their back. They are fully clothed. The Reiki Practitioner will then place their hands on the client's body in a series of positions beginning at the head.

A session that last ten minutes can sometimes be just as effective as an hour.

Reiki treatments can be done also with the client sitting or standing. Reiki can also be done remotedly with the Reiki Practitioner transmitting Reiki over a distance.

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