A complementary therapy
Reiki is a complementary therapy and one of the many facets of alternative medicine available today. It is a method of natural healing which is centred upon universal life energy, the meaning of the Japanese word Reiki. The therapy was named after Dr Mikao Usui, a Japanese theologist, who rediscovered the art of healing using and by transferring this universal life energy. Following a prolonged period of meditation, Dr Usui acquired the ability of transferring Reiki energy. He was also able to help others to act as channels for this energy.
To benefit fully from the technique, it is preferable to be initiated into the Reiki energy. This is done by a Reiki master. A number of Reiki grand masters brought the practice to the West to allow many people to prepare themselves for self-discovery. Reiki is now used to heal, either the practitioner or others, in meditation and in conjunction with other therapies such as aromatherapy.
In many cases traditional Reiki, as generated by Dr Usui, forms the basis of Reiki do, an amplification of the technique which essentially translates into using Reiki as a way of life. This aspect of Reiki will be discussed more fully in due course.
Reiki energy is regarded as life energy at its most effective – with the maximum vibration. It is considered to have an almost divine quality and as such includes everything, in a world where problems and disorders are deemed to be due to the feeling of detachment from the world. There is no division of Reiki energy into positive and negative forms but when a person undergoes a session of therapy, they allow the energy to be taken into themselves with beneficial effects. Essentially, those receiving Reiki energy decide subconsciously just how much of the life energy is taken in.
Those who use Reiki regularly often find they are more joyful, lively and their own inbuilt energy is enhanced – almost as if their batteries had been fully charged! Existing conflicts within the person are broken down and there is a greater vitality, leading to relaxation and a stimulation of the body. As this improvement develops, the natural processes of renewal and removal of toxins are enhanced and rendered more effective, ultimately opening up more of the body to the life energy.
Body organs such as the skin, and protective systems such as the immune system are improved providing the individual is prepared regularly to undertake Reiki and in the first place to undergo and attunement or initiation into Reiki energy. The initiation is merely a means whereby the universal life energy is bestowed through the Reiki master. The master acts as a channel and a link with God to release the healing power.
An initiation is not absolutely essential but it allows the individual access to the universal life energy, which is used rather than their own life energy. Also, an initiation conveys a greater capacity for using Reiki energy, with no associated tiredness and further, it provides a protective mechanism against any negative manifestations.