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Reiki is becoming more and more accepted as a form of healing, in spite of those who say it’s not real. That may leave you asking, “What is Reiki good for?” “What exactly is Reiki and how does it work?” Simply put, Reiki is a form of energy healing in which the practitioner places their hands above or gently on the body of the client to channel healing energy for the benefit of the client. Reiki can also be sent from a distance, which can be very beneficial for a client who is either too ill to leave their home or too far from a reputable Reiki practitioner.
This healing modality has probably been around for a very long time, but it was first given a name in 1922 by Japanese doctor Mikao Usui. His healing method became so successful that news of him spread all over Japan. He taught over 2000 students, enabling them to also teach, and eventually Reiki came to the United States.
How does it work?
We are all made up of energy. In our bodies, this energy flows through our chakras and meridians. We also have an energy field that surrounds our bodies, called an aura. When an event causes a disruption in our energy flow, it shows up in the body as fatigue, stress, depression, and illness. Events may be a traumatic experience, bad or harmful habits, or something as seemingly simple as negative thought patterns. Every thought and activity has an effect on your energy flow, whether they are positive or negative. Negative events need to be addressed and balanced to restore health.
Reiki works by creating energetic balance in the body that promotes relaxation and healing. A Reiki practitioner is attuned to the Universal Energy during training. Then, during a Reiki session, the practitioner becomes a conduit of that energy, sending it to the body of the client. This energy is intelligent and is able to go where it is needed for the good of the client, essentially aiding the client’s body to heal itself.
What is Reiki good for?
Reiki is good for creating balance and relaxation, and many people enjoy it just for that reason. In fact, a Reiki Master Teacher can teach anyone to give themselves Reiki. When you receive the level one training and attunement, you can—and should!—perform Reiki treatments on yourself every day to help maintain good health and balance. But Reiki is also good for much more.
Reiki is commonly used in major hospitals for treating cancer patients. Johns Hopkins Hospital offers Reiki to their patients. It’s been used in operating rooms, been used to treat chronic pain, depression, and a host of other conditions and concerns. If you can think of it, it can benefit from Reiki.
What Reiki Isn’t
Reiki isn’t a miracle cure. If you have a chronic condition, you won’t be cured with one Reiki session. You may not be cured after several sessions. What Reiki does is heal, which is not the same as a cure. Healing happens when your mind and body is balanced and at peace.
In the book Anatomy of the Spirit, Caroline Myss explains that a cure is when the physical progression of an illness is stopped or controlled. However, a cure does not remove the effect that the illness has caused on your energy field. If the stress of the illness remains in your energy field, the illness is likely to reoccur because the event of the illness has altered the flow of your energy. Myss explains that healing is “an active and internal process that includes investigating one’s attitudes, memories, and beliefs with the desire to release all negative patterns” that prevent a person’s emotional and spiritual recovery. This release is ultimately what results in true healing. And as you can imagine, this takes work.
When you experience a Reiki session, you may find that unexpected memories and feelings will surface. This may continue for several days after your session. Instead of brushing these aside, write them down and think about them. These may actually be the keys to the real source of your issue. Discuss these things with your Reiki practitioner or counselor for advice or how to release these things, and you will be on the road to healing. Deep seated issues will likely require multiple Reiki treatments.
Keep in mind, Reiki is a complimentary healing modality. It is not intended to replace medical care. A Reiki practitioner does not diagnose illness. But he or she may be able to help you find the source and heal from it.
If you are looking for someone to wave their magic wand and cure you, Reiki is not what you are looking for. If you are looking for a way to aid your body in healing itself and finding balance, Reiki may be exactly what you need.