To celebrate Reiki Awareness Week in Australia, I wanted to bring you some information on what Reiki is and my first experience of Reiki.
Reiki is a form of energy healing that has been practised worldwide since the early 1900’s. It was first developed as a healing system in Japan, by Mikao Usui, and has been further developed over the years.
I enjoyed finding out the literal translation of Reiki.
Rei = “God’s Wisdom” or “the Higher Power”
Ki = “Life Force Energy”
Reiki is considered to be both a spiritual practice and a healing art, working on enhancing the body’s innate healing abilities. I like this as it relates to my underlining philosophy of using nature to promote self-healing. It’s the body’s own ability to heal that is being stimulated, much like when I use homeopathy or aromatherapy as a stimulant to support the body in what it aims to do best, which is to return to homeostasis, or balance.
My first experience with Reiki occurred on a whim. I was in London and had spare time so was wandering about some streets, wondering what I could do with my time. I walked into a wonderful feeling shop, lots of crystals, essential oils and the like giving a great experience. There was a Reiki Master working from this shop and he just happened to have a free one hour space – I quickly grabbed the opportunity to try something that I’d never experienced before.
The treatment room was soothing and relaxing. I was asked to take my shoes off and lie on the towel on the floor, to relax and close my eyes. Gentle music was playing in the background. This was a great beginning after wandering the busy streets of London.
From there, I felt an energy pass into my body, it was sometimes moving and sometimes it was stopped in a particular area, all the time, I could feel this amazing strong energy flowing freely from my big toe. This was it, for a period of one hour, I lay on a floor, listening to the music, noone touched me, nor did I move. It was exhilarating!
After the treatment, I discussed the bumpy energy flow in spots over my body. It was explained that the practitioner had not stopped and concentrated in any one particular area, it was my body that needed particular healing in those areas so the energy had remained over those spots until the healing had occurred and it could move on. The energy flow from my big toe was explained as the exit of the energy from my body once it had targeted what was required.
The experience is one that I have never forgotten, it occurred over 14 years ago. I was attuned to Reiki some years ago, and regularly practice self-healing with Reiki. A truly wonderful treatment that anyone can be attuned to and can utilise in their daily lives.
The purpose of Reiki, from the Reiki Australia website:
“The true purpose of the Reiki method is to correct the heart-mind, keep the body fit, and lead a happy life using the spiritual capabilities humans are endowed with since birth.”
Here is a great video on how we all practice Reiki on a daily basis, and have not maybe realised it previously
Enjoy learning more about Reiki and ask me about how it will complement your treatment plan.