My experience of Reiki

Reiki is not a religion but it is spiritual in its actions. The word 'Reiki' is usually translated in the West as meaning 'Universal Life Energy' or 'spiritually guided life force energy'. The Usui System of Natural Healing, known as Reiki Healing, was devised by Dr Mikao Usui in Japan in the late 20th century. This is described further in the History of Reiki.

Everything in the Universe is made up of energy, and as Reiki Healing works with the body's energy systems, it helps to bring about balance - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Anyone can benefit from Reiki by receiving a treatment from a qualified Reiki Practitioner. As the energy is Divinely guided, it always works for the highest good, even if the effects are not always as expected. For example, a physical problem may have its origin in an emotional imbalance. In this case, the Reiki energy will often bring the emotional cause to light, and this area may need to be worked through before physical healing can take place.  

A growing number of people are beginning to experience the benefits of a Reiki healing treatment, however there is more to Reiki for those who wish to learn how to use it for themselves. 

The ability to channel Reiki can only be passed on by a Reiki Master/Teacher by the process of an attunement. This is a simple but sacred ceremony during which the Reiki Master opens up the healing channels using the symbols given to Dr Usui, enabling the student to channel the energy directly for use on themselves or others. It is usual after an attunement for the student to complete a 21-day self-healing programme to disperse any energy blocks and to allow the healing of emotions which may arise due to the higher levels of energy in the body. The process of attunement creates a permanent link to the healing energy. In the West, there are usually three levels of Reiki teaching, known as Reiki I, Reiki II and Reiki Master. 

The first series of attunements, known as Reiki I, enables the student to access the energy for use on themselves and others. For many people this is all they need.

After working with the energy for some time, the second attunement, known as Reiki II, may be given. This increases the energy available and, with the use of symbols, enables the student to send the Reiki energy over time and distance. This is the minimum level required for anyone wishing to work as a Reiki Practitioner.   

The attunement to Reiki Master involves a great deal of spiritual commitment. Some Reiki schools split this level into two sections - Reiki Master and Reiki Master/Teacher, as not all people initiated at this level wish to become teachers. To become a Reiki Master doesn't mean that you suddenly have all the answers - it is the beginning of a new level of learning.

Reiki is a spiritual discipline. It encourages personal and spiritual awareness and growth, and helps to develop a more spiritual and meaningful way of life. The attunement to Reiki starts a process which continues throughout life: a process of slowly raising awareness of our life purpose, of what we are here to achieve and how we can achieve it. This is working on a very subtle level and many people who don't use Reiki regularly on themselves are unaware of it. But Reiki works as a catalyst for change, bringing to the surface those aspects of life that are blocking our spiritual progress.

Sometimes this can seem a challenging process, but it is always beneficial, as Reiki is Divinely guided and always works for our highest and greatest good. Reiki helps to bring forward in our lives what we need, but of course that is not necessarily always what we want. However, we still have a choice, as Reiki respects our right to free will.