By Jamie McCormack
The simple answer: Reiki is a form of energy healing that is channeled by an attuned practitioner with hands placed on, or above, the body.
Almost every day someone asks what Reiki is and I am convinced my description adjusts itself to the individual asking the question. That’s not to say Reiki doesn’t have a clear form or function, it just means this energy is so intelligent it channels itself where it is needed most, including how it is described. In conversation I feel distinctly Reiki represents itself as a do-no-harm healing modality, which it is, that restores health, be it spiritual, emotional or physical, in words that make sense to the questioner.
In The Spirit of Reiki, William Lee Rand offers four criteria to describe Reiki for those in search of understanding:
- The ability to perform Reiki comes from receiving an attunement rather than developing the ability over time through the use of meditation or other exercises.
- All Reiki techniques are part of a lineage, meaning the technique has been passed from teacher to student through an attunement process, starting with the one who first channeled the technique.
- Reiki does not require that one guides the energy with the mind, as it is guided by the higher power that knows what vibration or what combination of vibrations to have and how to act.
- Reiki can do no harm.
It’s true a Buddhist monk, Dr. Mikao Usui, discovered Reiki over in the early 1900’s in Japan as he traveled in pursuit of knowledge and understanding of many things, including medicine and spiritual development. The historical reference of Usui’s journey is well documented in The Spirit of Reiki co-written by Walter Lubeck, Frank Arjava Petter and William Lee Rand.
Practitioners use six or more symbols to channel healing energies. A trained Reiki practitioner has been given an attunement for each symbol by their teacher. These symbols may be drawn on paper, in the air above the recipient or visualized by the practitioner for the healing of symptoms associated with dis-ease, emotional or spiritual turmoil and physical pain.
Traditionally a hands-on healing modality, Reiki can also be performed without actually touching the person who is the recipient of this healing energy. Distance healing is quite common among Reiki practitioners and may be channeled to anyone around the world for most any issue requiring healing. I know, you have a million questions about how distance healing works, all I can tell you is those who receive Reiki across the Universe, if you will, report a reduction in symptoms of insomnia, pain or discomfort and often experience a general feeling of well-being.
Reiki provides a host of benefits to the receiver: Stress reduction, pain relief and healing of long-standing health conditions, emotional distress, including grief. If you would like to learn more about Reiki we encourage you to reach out with questions when you visit our studio or email firstname.lastname@example.org.