The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means "Universal Life" and (Ki) which means "Energy", so it literally means "Universal Life Energy" (similar to Prana in Sanskrit).
Reiki is a spiritual, vibrational healing practice with its modern-day roots in Japanese origin. From a historical perspective, what is now known as Reiki has been utilized as a healing modality for thousands of years. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually guided life force energy.
Reiki is the life energy that flows throughout all living things. Everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves and Reiki practitioners help facilitate this process. It is believed that a person’s "ki" or energy should be strong and free flowing. When this is true, a person’s body and mind are in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.
A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels – physical, mental, and emotional. Reiki does not involve physical manipulation or the ingestion or application of any substances, but works with the subtle vibrational field that surrounds and penetrates the body. The removal of energetic blockages/imbalances in a person's energetic field lead to healing in the corresponding part of the physical body. This is achieved by removing blockages from the main energy centers of the body known as the chakras, which correspond to different locations in our physical bodies as well as aspects of our mental, emotional and spiritual selves.
"Reiki is love. Love is wholeness. Wholeness is balance. Balance is well being. Well being is freedom from disease." - Dr. Mikao Usui
What are Chakras?
The word Chakra in Sanskrit means vortex, spinning wheel or circle (open to the front and back). The chakras spin in a clockwise direction and are shaped like a spinning fan. Each chakra spins at its own frequency ensuring that the ki (universal life force) is drawn into the body to keep the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of a person in balance. The chakras also spin outward when releasing unwanted ki or when they are dealing with other people or situations.
Chakras are energy centers through which energy enters and leaves our bodies, both the physical body and the bodies of the aura. The chakras are found within each level of our aura – (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual), and they affect every part of our being. When we are feeling good, relaxed and happy in the world then our chakras are spinning openly and evenly creating a balanced aura that is well protected. However if we’re feeling depressed, anxious, stressed, etc. then the chakras will be depleted and our aura may be affected also. Over time this will affect a person’s well being and this is where Reiki would be very beneficial.
We now live in a world where the pace appears to be getting faster almost to the point where we are on the go 24/7, or feel that we should be. As we push ourselves forward in our lives, many of us are losing the balance and harmony. Instead of choosing to enjoy each day and being grateful for what we have, we worry about the past and the future and let the present pass us by. All this worry and stress in our daily lives affect our energy centers and they become blocked i.e. the energy does not flow freely through the chakras. We are in control of our energy flow – if we hold negative thoughts then our chakras become dirty with dense energy which means that this constricts the flow of energy through our chakras which leaves us feeling sluggish and unbalance or ‘out of sorts’.
A ‘block’ is a place where energy is trapped or constricted. In dealing with a block, you need to get the energy moving which is what Reiki does. When energy flows through the whole body, it creates harmony and releases dis-ease. Reiki assists to bring the chakras into alignment and balance.
No chakra works independently of the other chakras, they are all part of the whole energy system. Each chakra only works fully when the other chakras are also fully engaged. They are all part of a whole. Each chakra has a role in balancing some aspect of our life physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually. Many things can affect our chakras from our physical environment to our emotions to our mental dialogue. It’s essential for good health, to be aware of how balanced or unbalanced our chakras are.
The seven chakras are located throughout the body primarily next to hormonal glands. The first three chakras (lower chakras) are primarily concerned with physical and material issues, while the heart chakra upwards is primarily concerned with spiritual issues (upper chakras).