Channeling the universal life energy
Reiki is a form of faith healing developed by a Japanese Buddhist, Mikao Usui, in the early part of the 20th century. Pronounced "ray-key," this complementary therapy is known as a road to healing, and a system of divine enlightenment.
The word "reiki" in Japanese translates roughly as "universal life force energy." This explains why reiki can only be passed from master to apprentice, and why the theory behind this spiritual practice upholds that only a skilled reiki practitioner can absorb energy from the universe, and then channel it into a patient in order to improve their health and well-being. In this way it is much like touch therapy, with the reiki master acting as the conduit - removing bad energy and replacing it with good energy. This channeling of good energy will then encourage the patient to heal.
The actual channeling procedure involved in reiki works something like this: the reiki master holds their hands over the recipient's body - sometimes actually making contact with the body - and uses their spiritual expertise to administer the healing treatment. Some schools of reiki prescribe specific spots on the body for hand placement, while others believe that the hands of the reiki master should be used to detect the right place to administer treatment. This second school believes the practitioner should intuitively recognize places of imbalance in our bodies.
Reiki is administered in one of two ways - either via in person treatments or via distance healing.
- In-person - During an in-person reiki treatment the client will be asked to lie down on a massage table or mat. They remain fully clothed throughout the treatment, and the practitioner never makes contact with the patient's skin. The environment is totally relaxed, and candle light, soothing music and aromatherapy are used to put the client in a totally relaxed state. The reiki practitioner will transfer energy from their own hands to the client, by gently touching different areas on the client's body.
- Distance healing - the client is asked to set up a relaxing environment in their home, or place of their choice. The reiki practitioner will then transfer the energy from themselves to their patient - from a distance.
Many people that undergo reiki are struck by the intense feelings of warmth and comfort they feel during a session. Others claim to actually feel the waves of energy transfer from their practitioner into their bodies.