What is Reiki?
Reiki is composed of two Japanese words; Rei and Ki. When we translate them from Japanese to English they mean ghostly vapour which gives some indication of what Reiki may be but we need to look at it in a more spiritual way in order to obtain a fuller meaning. Rei can be defined as a higher intelligence that guides the creation and functioning of the universe ranging from the unfolding of galaxies to the development of life. Another word for Rei is God and it has many other names depending upon the culture that has named it.
Ki is the non-physical energy that permeates all living things including people, animals and plants. Other ways of describing Ki are Chi from China or Prana from India for example. We receive Ki from the air we breathe, our food, sunshine and sleep. We can also develop our Ki if we practise meditation and breathing exercises. If our Ki is high we are full of energy and feel strong and confident. When it is low we feel weak and can become sick.
What causes ill-health?
The source or the cause of health comes from Ki which flows through us and also surrounds our physical body extending outwards by about 2-3 feet, known as our Aura. One important aspect of Ki is that it responds to our thoughts and feelings and the flow will respond by becoming either stronger or weaker in direct comparison to our thoughts. Negative thoughts and feelings are the main cause of a disruption in the flow of Ki. Even Western medicine recognises this and Western doctors state that a great deal of ill health is caused directly or indirectly by the mind. Another thing to consider is that the mind and body are connected. The nervous system extends throughout every organ and tissue of the body and so the mind exists here also. If we understand this then we can understand that where negative thoughts and feelings collect in the body, is where the Ki is restricted in its flow. The organs that exist in these locations are restricted in their functioning and if they are not eliminated quickly, then illness results.
What happens during a Reiki session?
During a Reiki session the practitioner connects with the client who is either physically present, or they can connect ‘remotely’ which means without the client being present. Usually a surrogate object is used in place of the client’s actual physical body and the bond is formed with this and the energy channelled via it. As Reiki is guided by a higher intelligence it knows exactly where to go and how to respond to restrictions in the flow of Ki. It can work directly in the unconscious parts of the mind/body which contain negative Ki -inhibiting thoughts and feelings and eliminate them. As Reiki flows through a sick or unhealthy area, it breaks up and washes away any negative thoughts or feelings lodged in the unconscious mind/body thus allowing a normal, healthy flow of Ki to resume. As this happens the unhealthy physical organs and tissues become properly nourished with Ki and begin functioning in a healthy and more balanced fashion thus replacing illness with health.
So, in summary, we can define Reiki as a non-physical healing energy that is made up of life-force energy and guided by a higher wisdom. When we provide a Reiki Treatment, we act as a channel through which this healing energy can flow. It cannot be guided by the mind and it’s not limited by the experience or the ability of the practitioner as it has an intelligence of its own and it will flow to where it is needed in the client in order to create the healing conditions necessary for the client to become well or regain balance.
What can I expect from my Distant Reiki healing session?
Reiki energy is not limited or restricted by time or space. This is why you do not need to be physically present with the healer in order to receive it. It is directed by the thought and intention of the practitioner, toward the client. The practitioner acts as a 'channel' through which the energy is transmitted. Using a surrogate object in place of the client's physical body the practitioner will work around the areas of the body receiving information corresponding to where there may be imbalances in the client's body. Reiki energy doesn't need to be told where to go or what to do but if the practitioner senses certain areas of the client's body are more out of balance than others they may spend longer channelling Reiki to these areas than others. At the same time as this is taking place the practitioner may receive 'messages' for the client. Sometimes these messages will relate to other things that the client can do to recover their health. For example; I frequently see plants and flowers that relate to remedies that can be purchased from stores and these remedies always correspond to any organ or system of the body that is affected. Other messages that may be received can be directly from Spirit and will normally relate to something that you are currently experiencing in your life that you are receiving divine help and guidance with.