Reiki caught my attention some time ago and was in the back of my mind for a while. I had the opportunity a couple of years ago to briefly try it here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and ever since I did I fell in love with it!
We not only have a physical body, but our human essence and being are also combined with a spiritual and energetic being.
When we get injured or we have an illness, an imbalance occurs in our body energy, manifesting later on in our physical one resulting in disease.
The disease occurs when fear, anger, pain and unresolved emotions or feelings do not allow our health energy to flow freely within our bodies.
But, what is Reiki and what does it have to do with your energy?
Reiki is a natural and simple technique, also considered Japanese alternative medicine, that consists in the healing of the physical, mental and spiritual body through direct connection with universal energy.
Reiki heals, harmonizes, and balances one’s body, mind, and soul, just as Feng Shui does it for your home, office, and spaces.
The word Reiki comes from Rei which means “universal” and ki is “life energy”
Energy is everywhere and in all things and we humans are drawn to this energy from the universe, which is abundant and infinite.
A brief history on Reiki
Reiki was rediscovered by a Japanese Christian Minister named Dr. Mikao Usui in the city of Kyoto, Japan in the 19th century. One day in 1822 after his service, two students approached him and asked him how Jesus did the miracles of healing and if he was also able to do it himself.
He intellectually understood the bible, however, he was unable to answer “yes” as he also did not understand how Jesus performed these miracles.
Dr. Usui left Japan and traveled to America as he started his journey to study ancient healing techniques at the University of Chicago, where he earned a Doctorate degree in Theology. He studied and searched the scriptures to uncover the secret on how Jesus and his disciples healed miraculously the sick, but he did not find any answers during his time in Chicago (USA).
After he returned to Japan, he continued to do research on this matter and realized that Buddha had performed the same types of miracles as Jesus: He too healed the sick and channeled the power of God and the power of the Universe.
Dr. Usui became a friend of the Abbot of a Zen Monastery. There, he studied the Sutras and the Buddhist Scriptures and discovered a formula that Buddha used for contacting a higher power.
After seven years of continuous research, Dr. Usui had the information he needed but still was unable to heal.
He went to Mount Koriyama to fast and meditate for 21 days and follow the formula that he uncovered in his studies in order to connect to the highest energy.
Before dawn on his 21st day of meditation and fasting, a bright light was coming towards him as a projectile. He started running but suddenly decided to accept his fate, even if it would result in his death.
The light struck him in the middle of his forehead between the eyes, known as the “third eye chakra” and lost consciousness for a long time. When he woke up he saw the colors of the rainbow with reiki symbols.
Dr. Mikao Usui received attunement and when he came down from Mount Koriyama he knew how to heal as Jesus and Buddha did.
Dr. Usui healed beggars and traveled all over Japan lecturing and healing others. He met Chujiro Hayashi, whom he trained to become Usui’s successor.
After Usui’s death in 1930, Chujiro trained, initiated and attuned 16 masters, men and women.
Mrs. Hawayo Takata, daughter of Japanese immigrants in Hawaii, traveled to Japan because of health issues. She was treated at Dr. Hayashi’s Reiki clinic and completely healed after four months. She wanted to learn Reiki and became a Master in 1938 prior to Dr. Hayashi’s death. Takata was the Reiki Master who taught it and spread Reiki techniques in the U.S and Canada.
By the 1990s, many have become Masters in Reiki and even new developments have developed in the West, all based in the original Usui system.
Therefore, nowadays there are different branches of Reiki channeled by masters, such as Usui Tibetan Reiki, Tera-Mei Reiki, Seichem Reiki, among others, depending on how the energies on earth change and how they recalibrate its frequencies.
Where can one find Reiki in modern days?
Reiki is quickly reaching the top hospitals in the world. In 2014, The Washington Post published that, “More than 60 U.S hospitals have adopted Reiki as part of patient services, according to a UCLA study, and Reiki education is offered at 800 hospitals”.
Some of the hospitals in The U.S that provide Reiki healing are: Massachusetts General Hospital, The John Hopkins Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, Hartford Hospital, Adamson Cancer Center, Winchester Hospital, Northwest Hospital, and Medical Center, and many more.
Australia, Canada, Europe, and some countries in Latin America have also incorporated the practice and service of Reiki healing into many clinics and hospitals.
Here in Southeast Asia and in Asia in general, Reiki is found commonly in retreats, courses, and clinics since it is a common practice.
How does a person do and practice Reiki?
A person who is a Reiki healer has the ability to do so once a Reiki Master performs an attunement opening an energetic portal to the universe. Therefore, the person becomes a channel of this life force.
Reiki Masters and healers lay hands on a person giving this powerful energy to those who need healing, recharge energy, cure diseases, or simply if they need help to get rid of stress. We healers channel these energies and it will go where it is needed the most.
Remember that the Universe is the most advanced technology that exists, therefore, it will know what to do and how to do Reiki for the person receiving it.
Reiki can be performed in person or remotely regardless of the distance that separates the Master and the person receiving the Reiki healing.