Reiki means Universal Life Force Energy. We are made of energy, and science has recently proven this fact. The smallest matter that has been measured to date is simply vibrating energy. The body consists of several major and minor energetic pathways (or meridians) which connect each organ and permit the flow of energy throughout the body. These energy pathways have been known for years by various ancient Chinese practitioners. Acupuncture, for example, is a method of releasing blocked energy by inserting fine needles in the body’s meridians to stimulate specific energy points.
Reiki and acupuncture have similar objectives, though the techniques are completely different. In Reiki, the practitioner will use either a hands-on approach or hands off (depending on the practitioner). The client will remain in a relaxed position for the duration of the session while the Reiki Master helps to realign the body’s energy through non-moving touch. Reiki practitioners often have a gift of sense, long distance reiki either through the ability to feel energy, or see energy (or both). There are many benefits to Reiki such as increased vitality, increased relaxation and focus, decrease in stress and anxiety, decreased pain, and speeding up healing/recovery time. Everyone experiences Reiki differently, which is one of the reasons it is so unique and special.
One of the most important things to remember about Reiki, is the aspect of self-responsibility. No practitioner in the world can heal a person who is not willing to heal themselves. The client must take responsibility for their own health and wellness if they wish to see the full benefits that Reiki can bring into their life. It is also important to remember that Reiki affects both the mind and body (as they are interconnected). Habitual patterns or imbalances in our mind will affect our day to day life, as well as our physical body. Reiki will address both the physical and mental energy levels, but it is up to the client to make corresponding changes in their life. The body and mind can be realigned through Reiki, but if the same problem that created the imbalance persists, then the benefits of Reiki will only be temporary.
I like to recommend to my clients that they have a supportive person in their life to talk to while they are going through energy sessions. Mental issues may arise because they need to be dealt with in order to change, so it’s always good to have someone who will listen and be supportive in your life.