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Common Questions about Reiki

"Each of us has the potential of being given a gift by the divine, which results in the body and soul becoming unified ... a great many people will experience the blessings of the divine ... Through it, the human being will first be made healthy, and then peace of mind and joy in life will be increased." 
~ Dr Mikao Usui

  1. What is Reiki?
  2. Where did Reiki originate?
  3. What are the benefits of Reiki?
  4. Is Reiki easy to learn?
  5. Can you tell me about the attunement process?
  6. What is the human energy field and the meaning of illness?
  7. How does Reiki Work?

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a natural, simple, safe, effective healing system that uses spiritually guided universal energy, the energy which permeates our entire universe and all living things. This energy is channeled through the hands of the practitioner into the body and aura of the receiver. It is an ancient healing system that has been used for thousands of years and was rediscovered by Dr Mikao Usui. Reiki is a Japanese term meaning universal energy, or spiritually guided universal energy, because it is the divine consciousness, the All-knowing that guides this life force. Because of this, Reiki can also be sent to someone who is not physically present, this is called distance healing. It can also be used on animals and plants. Reiki opens the mind and spirit to the causes of disease and pain and the necessity for taking responsibility for one's life. Reiki heals on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual to help return the body to its natural perfect state. It increases spiritual awareness and progress and is a means for each person to access the richness of his soul and discover his own great potential. Reiki is not a system of religious beliefs.

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Where did Reiki originate?

No one is absolutely certain of the origins Reiki. The traditional story of Reiki relates to Dr Mikao Usui, a Japanese man who in the late 1800's began a quest to re-discover a universal energy that could heal, irrespective of the mental and or physical state of the person applying it. This set him on a journey of many years. In a small monastery he found ancient Sanskrit writings from India (or Tibet). After a few more years of study, he felt that to go further required in-depth meditation. He fasted and meditated for 21 days at Mount Kuriyama and thus received the Reiki ability. Usui applied what he learned and developed what is now known as The Usui System of Natural Healing. He trained others in his methods and before he died, he named his successor, Dr Chujiro Hyashi who in turn named a woman of Japanese descent as his successor. Her name was Hawayo Takata and it is via her that the majority of people in the West now know about Reiki. Since then, Reiki has blossomed and some of the original Usui system has been adapted by some and changed by others. Today, there are at least thirty variations of the original Reiki system, all claiming to be the best: we are using the same energy, whatever you name it. Reiki is a simple system, and that is what makes it great.

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What are the benefits of Reiki?

Connect to the Internet if you can't see this image. Reiki works on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.

Connect to the Internet if you can't see this image. Strengthens the immune system.

Connect to the Internet if you can't see this image. Helps in relieving pain.

Connect to the Internet if you can't see this image. Aids in healing every known physical and mental illness.

benefits of reiki Works on the symptoms and their deeper cause.

Connect to the Internet if you can't see this image. Relieves stress and increases relaxation.

Connect to the Internet if you can't see this image. Balances and harmonizes the function of glands and organs.

Connect to the Internet if you can't see this image. Clears energy blockages and suppressed emotions.

Connect to the Internet if you can't see this image. Balances the chakras

Connect to the Internet if you can't see this image. Works well with traditional medicine and improves its results. 

Connect to the Internet if you can't see this image. Provides limitless benefits of spiritual growth and increases intuition.

Connect to the Internet if you can't see this image. The benefits of Reiki are not limited to healing! Reiki can be used on situations, to achieve goals, to overcome obstacles, its uses are endless!

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Is Reiki easy to learn?

Healing is a gift inherent in everyone, just like psychic ability and intuition. Reiki is the innate ability to channel healing energy through the hands; we are all born having this natural ability to heal ourselves, have you noticed how you immediately and unconsciously put your hand on a sore part of your body in order to bring relief to it ? However, this ability is very weak and unfocused and is awakened through the attunement process which instantly transforms this ability into a very effective and powerful force. Anyone can learn Reiki because it does not require any previous experience or special ability. Reiki is not taught like any other healing method, the only way to learn Reiki is to be attuned to it by a Reiki master. The attunement process is a spiritual ceremony in which the Reiki master transmits the Reiki ability and symbols to the student. The attunement process is performed purely on the spiritual body, so it does not matter whether the person is physically present or not, this applies also to distance healing.

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Can you tell me about the attunement process?

The Reiki attunement connects us to the healing power each of us has within ourselves. During and after the attunements many of the important energy channels are thoroughly cleansed with the strong flow of pure Divine energy. The attunement can start a detoxification process that affect the physical body, the mind and the emotions. After being attuned, the person becomes an open channel for the Reiki energy to flow through him as soon as he places his hands lightly on himself or others and intend healing. Moreover, because Reiki is channeled, his energy is never depleted but on the contrary, both he and the receiver benefit from a Reiki session. The healer also never takes on other people's symptoms and is always protected. There is no right or wrong way to practice Reiki, the energy flows from the same source; anyone who tells you it can be done wrong, or can harm, or "you have to know what you're doing" is selling something, any method or technique that says certain procedures must be followed has little understanding of the processes involved. Distant attunements are as effective as regular attunements, to claim otherwise is to set limits on the source of Reiki, which is Divine. Reiki being spiritually guided universal energy is not bound to earthly laws; universal law knows no time and no space. The attunement is guided by the source, the Reiki master is only a channel and is not the power behind the attunement, therefore he must not take credit for it. Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki, was self attuned, and it was the Reiki source that attuned him.

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What is the human energy field and the meaning of illness?

"If you want to heal the body, you must first heal the mind." ~ Plato

Throughout history, the idea of a universal energy field pervading all nature and every living thing, and which is the source of all life, has been held by spiritual traditions. This energy field, long been known to healers and mystics, is now verified by scientists. Scientists have verified that the human organism is not just a physical structure made of molecules, but also has a subtle energy system through which 'life force energy' flows. We are alive because of this life force energy.

This subtle energy system, called the aura is composed of energy 'bodies' which surround our physical body and permeates it. This has been scientifically proved by ' Kirlian photography', a special method which makes the aura visible. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines aura as: "1. a distinctive atmosphere surrounding a given source; 2. a luminous radiation." The appearance of the aura differs from person to person, depending on their physical, mental, and emotional states. The aura has energy channels, as well as energy centers called chakras, which allow the life force energy to circulate through the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies and assist us in processing our thoughts and emotions.

A person maintains a state of health and feeling of well-being if his life force is high and flowing freely, while on the other hand he becomes weak and ill when there are blockages in his energy channels. One thing that disrupts and weakens the flow of 'life force energy' is stress and this will be reflected in the aura. When a person experiences traumatic situations, fear, worry, doubt, anger, anxiety, etc. then blockages are created in the energy channels in the aura. So illness can be described as a result of negative thought patterns, deep seated hurts, angers and unresolved conflicts internalized over a period of time. Disease is what the word implies, dis-ease, the body is out of ease. Tensions in the body reflect tensions in the consciousness.

Medical research has determined that continual stress can block the body's natural ability to repair, regenerate and protect itself. Healing therefore, cannot be only on the physical level, a return to health requires much more than curing the physical symptoms. The deeper meaning of illnesses, the source of illnesses, which is on the mental and emotional level, must be searched for and dealt with in order to return to a state of health.

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How does Reiki work?

You do not direct the Reiki energy because it is directly connected to the source of our universe and has it own inherent divine intelligence . The Reiki energy directs itself to the correct areas where there are blockages and imbalances in the body's energy system. This is what makes Reiki so simple yet so effective and this is why anyone can learn it. Reiki restores energy balance and vitality by stimulating the body to heal and starting a process of purification. It opens blocked energy channels and chakras, and clears the energy bodies. Reiki cures both the exterior bodily symptoms and the deeper root causes, to help return the body to its natural perfect state. Thus the term Holistic healing, we are treating the whole person and not just the physical symptoms. Reiki works on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. In order to be whole beings, we need all these aspects of ourselves living in harmony. 

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