Reiki is a Japanese term.
靈 Rei means something mysterious, ethereal, sacred and the energy of the Heavens.
氣 Ki means the atmosphere or something subtle and the energy of the Earth.
Actually, the Japanese word Reiki is rather a combination of two Kanji (Chinese characters) of 靈 – Rei, and 氣 – Ki.
Kanji (hieroglyph) can take on different meanings depending upon what the other kanji it is combined with.
The Japanese dictionary defines 靈 Rei (24 strokes) as: «spirit or spiritual», the spiritual aspect of human being as contrasted to the physical; human spirit or soul; departed soul, ghost; the Universe; Divine, luminous, charismatic, mysterious; a supernatural (mythical) beast or being; the luminosity of God or Sage; a fairy, an elf; reverence, sacredness, or blessing; inconceivable spiritual ability; charismatic power; charisma, wonderful, a wonder; a rainmaker, a diviner, a person or being with spiritual or supernatural powers; a shaman; a goodness; good, excellent, efficacious.
The Japanese dictionary defines 氣 Ki (10 strokes) as: something unseen; atmosphere; air, breath, or steam, vital energy (universal or personal connected with the breath); spirit, mind, heart, nature, disposition, motivation, intention, feelings, ambience, mood; In the view of Zhu Xi and other Neo-Confucians, the material force constantly reproduced. Ki consists of breath with rice (rice in Japan is something used as a synonym for people).
So, simply put, the word (of 2 kanji 靈氣) ReiKi can possibly be defined as a sacred energy of the Universe (of the Heavens and the Earth) which infuses and sustains all life (Universal Life Force Energy). When this energy flows uninterrupted, there is balance and harmony within and around us and we experience a sense of well-being.
Usually we are not aware that we live in a world of energy (energy of the Universe that nourishes and maintains all living things) because we don’t see it, like the air, so we don’t pay attention and we take it for granted. But without air how long can we survive? Without the energy of the Universe we wouldn’t be here. Thanks to Reiki – the energy of the Universe – and the air, we are here alive, breathing.
As to another meaning, in Japanese Reiki is also a common noun which means a mysterious feeling people experience deep in the mountains or shrines and when they cannot find the words to describe such a subtle, transcendental, mystical sensation (feelings), they choose to say: “Oh, I feel Reiki.”
Since Reiki is a Japanese term and not a belief system (religion), it is open to be combined with any religions, and can be defined by you according to your personal spiritual or religious beliefs and views. You may find Reiki equal to the energy of: the Creator, the Source, One Great, Holy Spirit, Healing Love of Jesus, etc. What really matters is to let this energy uplift and cultivate your spirituality, help you to re-remember your true nature, see things as they truly are.
Gradually, with continued practice, Reiki can guide you to higher levels of mental clarity, harmonious physical and spiritual wholeness that opens up your true disposition: inner peace, unconditional love, wisdom and compassion for all life. That is to say that you become the embodiment of the infinite light and love you are, the harmony and peace you are, the gratefulness, compassion and loving kindness you are, which you manifest with your full essence.
Reiki refers to the inexhaustible energy of the Universe, which cannot be defined, measured or confined, so many people who use the term of Reiki are usually referring to a system of natural hands-on healing (Reiki Ryoho) by means of channeling the energy of the Universe. Practitioner’s hands are placed just above or lightly touch the body of the recipient, though the healing can also be done distantly without being physically present in one and the same place. This hands-on healing was founded by the Japanese man Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and evolved as a result of his experience, dedication to make it available for the good of humankind so that anyone may be blessed with this heavenly gift – the oneness of the spirit, soul, mind and body – and heaven-sent well-being may be realized in one’s life.
Usui’s “Reiki Ryoho” is a unique and original art of mind/body improvement which is based on the power of the universe; a person first becomes healthy and then the soundness of thought and the joys of life are enhanced. It is a two-folded practice: therapeutic (healing) practice and spiritual practice – the art of spiritual awaking (a path to self-realization). At its core Reiki is first and foremost a spiritual practice, meant for personal enhancement and personal enlightenment. This means that it is more than just to heal or cure physical problems, one does not have to be physically ill to experience all the benefits. In its essence Reiki treatments can help and work on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. It is THE ART TO IMPROVE MIND AND BODY (not body and then mind). Mind always comes first, before body.
There are many examples from different studies on the mind-matter interaction and the mind-body connection. We already know that human intention can have a direct effect on our physical material world in multiple ways. Studies within quantum physics also illustrate this fact. Human intention is able to actually collapse the quantum wave function.
Our thoughts and feelings influence the chemistry that regulates much of our health – how we feel – for better or worse, they have a direct effect on our biology and impact on our attitude/behavior – our choices of action which are very important especially now in these changing times because they constantly create or disrupt our peace, happiness, self-security and well-being. It is through deepening our mind/heart/spirit intelligence, coherence and connection that humanity will be able to shift from separation to cooperation resulting in higher solutions to our personal and global problems.
“Every individual’s energy affects the collective field environment. The means each person’s emotions and intentions generate an energy that affects the field. A first step in diffusing societal stress in the global field is for each of us to take personal responsibility for our own energies. We can do this by increasing our personal coherence and raising our vibratory rate, which helps us become more conscious of the thoughts, feelings, and attitudes that we are feeding the field each day. We have a choice in every moment to take to heart the significance of intentionally managing our energies. This is the free will or local freedom that can create global cohesion” Dr. Deborah Rozman, the President and co-CEO of Quantum Intech, Inc. – the parent company of HeartMath LLC.
“The Universe is immaterial – mental and spiritual. Live, and enjoy.”
Richard Conn Henry Professor of Physics at the Johns Hopkins University (quote from scientific journal “Nature”).
• Deeply penetrating warmth is typical of Reiki energy.
• Reiki energy penetrates deep into the body for deep, soothing comfort and relaxation.
• Reiki energy is more like “Far Infrared Rays” discovered by NASA, the safest, most beneficial natural light wave…
• Far infrared rays are powerful detoxifier shown to destroy cancer and viral cells without harming the surrounding healthy cells.
Reiki can be given to:
These days Reiki is widely offered in the wellness sphere. As a form of alternative medicine or complementary therapy it is successfully used in medical centres, hospitals, hospices, wellness and spa centres all over the world, especially in North and South America, Canada, the UK, Mexico, Australia and Europe. It is commonly defined as energy healing or energy medicine that aims to restore and activate the natural flow of energy within the body, remove blocks.. it is similar to acupuncture or acupressure. Reiki is a therapy based on the biofield, or a type of energy field that “regulates everything from our cellular function to our nervous system” (so it works on the cellular level of tissue, muscle, organs and bones…)
Reiki brings forward the wisdom of the body itself or the bodily memory of healthy and harmonious functioning.
Reiki sessions can boost the wholesome recovery and help people become more balanced physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
By balancing and improving the flow of energy within and around the body, Reiki can:
• produce a profound estate of relaxation;
• alleviate depression, anxiety, sleep disorders;
• reduces all different types of stress, pain and other symptoms of illnesses;
• helps to cope with difficulties;
• speeds healing;
• increases immune system;
• improves overall wellbeing and provides a better quality of life to the individual.
Reiki treatment is a process that anyone can enjoy in the normal course of their life. It can be used alongside with other conventional or complementary treatment modalities including any type of massage, CranioSacral therapy, sound therapy, etc.
Conditions that Reiki has been used in to help treat include cancer – it increases the defense in oncology patients to reduce the adverse effects of chemotherapy; heart disease, anxiety, autism, fatigue syndromes, infertility, chronic pain, Cron’s disease, infertility, Parkinson’s disease, depression, digestive problems, neurodegenerative disorders…
Over more than 20 years ago, Reiki was brought into the operating rooms of some of America’s top surgeons, including Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Sheldon Marc Feldman.
Reiki is successfully used in hospital Emergency Rooms, Pre-Op, Operating Room, Post Op, Oncology, Cardiology (including heart surgery), Orthopedics, and Internal Medicine as it is observed that it helps individuals recover faster and has a very positive effect on the usual postoperative complications.
Dr. Sheldon Marc Feldman and Raven Keyes Medical Reiki International LLC have joined forces by working together to make it possible for a very important medical study to be conducted in order to prove the efficacy of using Reiki in the high-tech reality of modern medicine.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, people use Reiki for relaxation, stress reduction and symptom relief, in efforts to improve overall health and well-being.
A Reiki treatment may do the following:
• Bring about a peaceful, deep state of relaxation;
• Dissolve energy blockages and tension;
• Detoxify the body;
• Support the well-being of a person receiving traditional medical treatment that are debilitating (e.g., chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, kidney dialysis);
• Supply universal life force energy to the body;
• Stimulate the body’s immune system;
• Help to relieve pain;
• Stimulate tissue and bone healing after injury or surgery;
• Increase the vibrational frequency on physical, mental emotional and spiritual levels;
Reiki, which is used all over the world in places including hospitals and hospices, aids in healing by helping people become energetically balanced physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
One of many examples on the research study at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT showed that Reiki patients had: – Shorter stays in the hospital – Less bleeding during surgery – Need for less anesthesia – Used less pain medications.
1. Mayo Clinic has Reiki as one of the relaxation services:
2. Cleveland Clinic Lyndhurst Campus has Reiki as Wellness and Preventive Medicine (health-improving and prophylactic medicine):
http:// Integrative & Lifestyle Medicine
3. Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center as part of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, offers Reiki in the gastroenterology and hepatology departments:
4. Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania Reiki Therapy is available for any type of patient in the Department of Radiation Oncology:
5. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Lebanon. Reiki there is one of the Healing arts to complement cancer treatment:
6. Boston’s Children Hospital Reiki is integrative medicine:
7. Spaulding Rehab – Rehabilitative Medicine, Reiki as complementary medicine:
http:// Complementary medical Service
8. Brigham and Women’s Hospital has one of the largest hospital Reiki programs in the world, integrative recovery program:
http://Integrative Care Program
9. Dana Farber Cancer Institute
http://Dana Farber Cancer Institute
10. Duke Integrative Medicine
11. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
UK Largest Private Hospital Operators – BMI Healthcare Limited (54 hospitals and clinics throughout the UK), Reiki is a complementary medicine:
http:// Complementary Therapies