Reiki Texas supports healing through the practice of Reiki, public education in Reiki talks and written articles, and training workshops for first, second, and Master levels of the Usui System of Natural Healing Reiki.
What is Reiki and where did it come from?
Reiki (pronounced “RAY-kee”) is a world-wide practice that promotes relaxation and healing. This system was rediscovered in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui (1865-1926). Rei means universal energy and ki is personal energy. Reiki catalyzes the body’s natural ability to heal itself, bringing the universal energy through personal energy for the purpose of healing. Reiki is a safe, non-intrusive, non-invasive hands-on technique. The comfort that human touch can bring, coupled with a higher vibrational life-force energy, forms the basis for this integrative therapy. Reiki supports healing at multiple levels–body, mind, and spirit. Its goal is the highest level of healing. Reiki can do no harm.
World-wide Reiki teacher Penelope Jewell, who in 1988 became the first Usui System traditional teaching Master in New York State, explains this vibrational aspect of Reiki. “Reiki is a vibration that all of us have as a natural ability and Reiki (training) attunements ‘reawaken’ a person’s natural ability to heal themselves or another.” Reiki Masters train and “attune” all students as they advance in the levels, or degrees, of Reiki. Reiki teachings were formally introduced to the West in Hawaii in 1938 by Mrs. Hawayo Takata. Today, there are many branches of Reiki around the world, and some differ in their practice and teaching of Reiki.
How does Reiki work?
It is important to note here that Reiki “healing” is not synonymous with “curing,” though this may indeed result. With Reiki, there is the experience of an energy shift. It may be very subtle, even imperceptible, but the Reiki energy that enters the body raises the lower vibrations of the body’s cellular energies to a higher level. Reiki Master Jewell offers an example, “The thought is that by my ‘holding’ the vibration of Reiki, like a ‘tuning fork,’ the body/mind/spirit of the person receiving Reiki will ‘remember’ how to access that vibration for themselves – empowering people to heal themselves – awakening within them a power they already have.”
Reiki is recognized as coming from a “higher source” – you might call it God, the Divine, creator, higher power, or spirit. The attunements students receive during training class from a Reiki Master serve to open or “turn on” your ability to be a channel for Reiki energy. This ability and your intention enable you to use Reiki to support wellness in yourself and if you choose, in others. Reiki is available to everyone, no matter what age or illness, and is simple and easy to learn.
What is a Reiki treatment?
Reiki is a light, hands-on process that is safe, non-manipulative, non-intrusive and non-invasive. A Reiki treatment typically generates an overall feeling of relaxation and well-being for the recipients. They may experience a feeling of comforting warmth and often fall into a light sleep. Some recipients may experience little or no physical sensation at all during a Reiki session. In these cases benefits of the treatment are not diminished – they simply are not being perceived in a physical way.
In a typical Reiki session, a recipient lies on a table fully clothed and covered with a sheet or blanket. No diagnosis is necessary; there is no need for the recipient to share details of medical conditions. The practitioner’s hands are placed in a specified sequence of positions on the head, chest, and back for approximately five minutes each. A full Reiki session lasts about an hour and a half.
When receiving Reiki, recipients may be silent or choose to talk. I prefer to have questions and discussions held until after the treatment. During a reiki session I offer recipients their choice of soft background music, or no music at all. The focus of the session is on the comfort of the recipient—this time is just for them.
What are some practical applications for Reiki?
While Reiki does not replace professional medical and emotional care, it may be used as a complementary and supportive therapy to help balance body/mind/spirit. Reiki is termed an integrative therapy because it actually helps a person’s body utilize any medication much more effectively, especially for long term or chronic conditions.
For example, regular Reiki sessions have been proven to help the medications work much more effectively for high blood pressure, diabetes, or chronic pain from any source. Reiki therapy is available for cancer patients to assist them with relaxation in the course of traditional medical treatments at Texas’ renowned M.D. Anderson Hospital. Seattle Veteran’s Center offers Reiki training to veterans themselves, empowering them to assist in their own recovery. AIDS treatment centers, such as The Living Room in Cleveland, Ohio and The Globe Centre in London, England, have incorporated the use of Reiki as an integrative therapy and support tool.
For a list a many U.S. hospitals and clinics utilizing Reiki in their patient programs, go to www.reikiinhospitals.org