Reiki, pronounced “ray-kee” is a form of hands on healing that is translated as “spiritual energy,” and is moved through the hands of a trained practitioner to a patient. It is widely used for stress reduction, pain management, and spiritual alignment.
In 1922, a Japanese Buddhist named Dr. Mikao Usui developed this spiritual practice and passed his knowledge to attuned, licensed practitioners who use his healing technique in hospitals and treatment centers around the globe. It is also very good for everyday life, as I have seen from my work in some of those healing institutions.
As a practitioner, my primary use Reiki for its ability to regenerate the body and mind by healing through the spirit. This transference of energy is always positive, always healing and always flowing when the practitioner is engaged with his/her patient.
The more open minded you are, the more benefits you will attract. It is not that you need to be aware of Reiki when it is moving through you; it is more of an awareness of your own participation in the healing process. A “Reiki tune up,”, can offer relief from the daily stress we are empathetic to and help you feel more relaxed.
Though there are several attunement levels to attain to be licensed for Reiki practice, the Five Reiki Principles written by Dr. Mikao Usui have never changed and are used by practitioners the world over. They are good to remember because they offer us spiritual balance and that helps us mentally and spiritually. I actually have them taped to the mirror so I see them when I wake up, and when I prepare for bed.
The Five Reiki Principles by Dr. Mikao Usui
- Just for today, I will not be angry.
- Just for today, I will not worry.
- Just for today, I will be grateful.
- Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
- Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.
The best advice I can offer in finding someone to work with is to ask people you know for a personal referral. The second option would be to explore the Internet for licensed practitioners in your area. As with any professional you hire, it’s important to do your own interviewing and always check the legality of the license and the provider’s recommendations.
May your journey be a healthy one.
December 9, 2015