Tuesday, May 28, 2024
The online face of the Cottingham Times Magazine for Cottingham & District


Healing and harmony through the hands The meaning of Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is one of the most ancient healing methods…

By Keith Teale , in health & beauty , at December 4, 2007

Healing and harmony through the hands

The meaning of Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is one of the
most ancient healing methods known to mankind. It originated in Tibet and was
rediscovered in the nineteenth century by a Japanese monk named Dr Mikao Usui.
The tradition of Reiki is referred to in 2500-year old writings in Sanskrit,
the ancient Indian language. The Usui System of Natural Healing named after Dr
Usui has been passed down by Reiki Masters since that time and is today
practised worldwide.

As humans we have Universal Life Energy all around and
within us. The Japanese word rei-ki consists of two syllables: ‘rei’ which
describes the cosmic, universal aspect of the energy and ‘ki’ which means the
fundamental life force flowing and pulsating in ALL LIVING THINGS. This life
force energy is given to us at birth. We bring 
with us a certain amount of  ‘ki’ to life, and we use it up in the
business of ordinary daily living. We then have to create a daily supply of new
energy. When we are unable to make up for our energy consumption for a prolonged
period, we may become physically or emotionally ill. If our supply of life
force energy is very low and depleted, we suffer from physical, emotional and
mental exhaustion and tend to be much more irritable, bad-tempered, and
depressed than usual.

We find different words for this fundamental force in all
the different cultures and religions of the world. The Chinese know ‘ki’ as ‘chi’
Hindus say ‘prana’ and Christians call it ‘light and in our modern western
language, we use the words ‘bioenergy’ or ‘cosmic energy’. In German the words
which come close to the meaning of ‘ki’ are ‘Atem’ – breath and ‘leban’ – life.


What is Reiki

Reiki is a natural and simple healing method which allows
you to absorb more life force energy. The Reiki method vitalises your life
force and balances the energies in your body. This natural healing energy flows
in a powerful and concentrated form through the hands of the Reiki giver. The
laying on of the hands directs the healing energy into the body of the
receiver. The Reiki giver uses it as a channel to conduct the Universal Life
Energy. As a result, no personal energy is drawn or drained from the giver, who
is simultaneously charged and strengthened


What Does Reiki Do?

Reiki usually helps healing of all kinds and relieves
pains and acute symptoms very quickly. It also has a positive influence on
spiritual growth. After treatment, you may feel mentally much clearer about
things and experience deep insights into particular questions or problems you
are facing. Reiki can help you make the right changes and decisions in your
life, if that is what you need or want to achieve. Reiki affects people
differently, but it always acts wherever the receiver needs it most. Reiki
strengthens and harmonizes the immune system. We continually use up  life force energy without replacing it. Reiki
helps us to replenish and add to our energy and, in this way, helps to create a
healthy body. Reiki can release emotional blockages and negative feelings.
Reiki makes no diagnosis and is intended to be used as a complementary healing
method. There is so much more but space here is limited.