Reiki is an ancient art of healing by touch. The word is Japanese, Rei meaning universal and Ki meaning energy or life force. Reiki is a way of channeling this energy to address not only physical disorders but also to open the mind to the causes of disease and pain.
Reiki is not a religion, as it holds no creed or doctrine. Its use of the energy can be traced back for thousands of years, spanning many diverse cultures and ancient civilisations. It was reintroduced in its present form, Reiki, in the late 19th century after many years of dedicated research by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Christian educator.
Reiki flows through every living thing, since it is our life force. However, what makes this system of healing different, from others, are the attunements (also called initiations) which the student experiences in the various levels of Reiki classes. The Reiki attunements are a very ancient process for fine tuning the physical and etheric bodies to a higher vibratory level and opening a purified channel in the body for the energy to pass through. Once this channel has been opened, it will remain open for the rest of the person’s life and will be achieved simply through intent.
Reiki is not sent to the healer; it is drawn through the body of the channeler, from universal energy. The energy moves through the purified channel within the healer, firstly transmuting any negative energy or blocks within the healer, thus ensuring that they never pass any of their personal energy field onto the recipient. As a consequence the channeler is never drained when giving healing, because they too are treated in the process of giving another a treatment. This also means that the more we use the energy the more we assist our own healing process. One of the greatest benefits of Reiki is the ability to heal ourselves.
Research carried out on Reiki (at Stanford, USA), using highly sensitive technology that can measure energy flows into the body, has determined that Reiki energy moves into the body through the top of the head and exits through the palms of the hands. Once the energy has been activated, it seems to flow in a counterclockwise spiral motion, much like the double helix in DNA. Also a release of energy through the bodily system could be detected when blocks were released. That the energy moves in a spiral motion is supported by the findings of physicists and is in line with the teachings of many great spiritual masters.
In a Reiki treatment the practitioner places his or her hands in a number of positions over the client’s body, thereby acting as a channel or conductor for Reiki energy. The energy then begins to move in and through the client’s system, naturally directing itself to the source of any imbalance. Consequently, the outcome of each Reiki treatment is different, since it is determined not by the practitioner but by the system of the person receiving the treatment. Each person draws in just the right amount of energy that he or she needs, or can be receptive to, at that point, to bring about the necessary changes.
As Reiki begins to move in and heal our whole system, it begins to move us into the next step in our evolution. It starts to work on and break through our limiting beliefs and attitudes thus increasing our ability to take responsibility for our lives and well being. Reiki is a powerful tool for both physical healing and for expanding our conscious understanding of life and the nature of reality. Since the only difference between us and an enlightened person is the way we view reality, our world, you may begin to understand the potential of working with Reiki.
Attunements are the very core or the Usui method of natural healing; they are what makes this system unique from other forms of healing. As we have already pointed out, universal life force energy flows through every living thing. However, through a series of initiations, a Reiki master will transmit this energy in an amplified state to the student, thus opening a channel within them through which the energy can flow in its purest form. The attunements are very precise and can only be transmitted by a Reiki master, who has been trained to carry them out. The levels of degree have, in fact, been designed around the attunements and, an individual’s ability to take on the energy amplification received in the initiation.
The attunements will affect each person very differently, for two reasons. Firstly, your vibratory level at the time you received the attunements, and secondly, the direction or intent you set for the energy received during them. Following the attunements, both your vibratory level and the manifestation of your intent, will continue to increase simply by using the energy regularly.
In Reiki 1 training you receive four attunements. These attunements are focused mainly on opening up the physical body so that it can accept (channel) greater quantities of life force energy. The first three attunements are necessary to open the channel in the body gently and to reaffirm the student’s commitment to the process. The final attunement completes the process by sealing the channel open, so that you can maintain your accelerated ability to channel the energy for the rest of your life. Once you have been attuned to Reiki energy you can never lose it. Even if you do not use it for several years, the moment you decide to use the energy it will be there for you.
In the main Reiki training is meant to be experiential and each student will be encouraged to really get a feel for the energy moving into and flowing through the body. Students will, however, be taught the general principles of Reiki and familiarised with its history and roots. On a practical level you will also be taught how to give a treatment, firstly on yourself and, secondly, to other people. This part of the course assists the integration of the energy and gives you the tools to become a Reiki practitioner.
For the first four weeks after Reiki Training you will be encouraged to give yourself an hourly treatment each day. This process is important for two reasons, firstly, to continue the integration of Reiki energy into your body and secondly, during the first three or four weeks following your attunements your body will be adjusting to the energy and releasing any dense energy that is no longer serving you. The daily treatments assist you to move through this process with more ease.