The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an “attunement” given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life.

Its use is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.

While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.

While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures.

This is what it might say in answer to the question…What is is and how does it work?

A technical classification would be “…Japanese healing technique based on the principle that a Reiki therapist channels energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s own body to restore physical and emotional well-being.” It’s a natural method of self-healing and self-improvement that is suitable for everyone. Reiki treats the whole person – body, mind, emotions, and spirit allowing all the benefits of relaxation, peace, security and wellness. Reiki strives to balance the seven Chakras; the energy centers in your body, through which all the energies of the body flows.

Your experience of a Reiki treatment will vary as with all things, every person is different. the free flow of Reiki energy should enable you to let go of anxiety, fears, tension, and many other negative feelings, thereby creating a feeling of peace and well-being as energy and radiance flows through you and surrounds you. Once the treatment is finished, you should feel refreshed, with less anxiety, relief and with a more balanced outlook.

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