A healing technique that originated in Japan, Reiki is now a world renowned alternative healing practice that works on the principle of ‘touch therapy’. Besides healing and calming, it can be very useful in reducing stress and promoting relaxation. The word Reiki is a compound of two Japanese words – Rei, which means ‘divine wisdom’ or a ‘higher power’, while Ki is the ‘life force energy’. Taken together it means a life force energy that is spiritually guided. Hence, Reiki is based on the idea that we all possess a life force energy that flows through us and keeps us alive and kicking. When this energy runs low, we experience stress, which manifests itself in different forms like sickness, anger, depressions etc. If the same life force is running high, we are more likely to feel happy and healthy.

Essentially a touch therapy, it is done by a Reiki practitioner, who uses his hands for the same. However, today the concepts of distance Reiki and group Reiki are fast gaining momentum, at least amongst people who follow and believe in the technique. It is a form of holistic healing treatment, and treats not only the body but also the mind, emotions and spirit, making the person relaxed, calm, secure and happy. It is a safe, simple and natural method of spiritual healing that anyone can use on anyone, and one can even learn to use it on oneself. It has proved to heal almost every kind of malady, and can safely be used along with other forms of medical treatments.

Reiki does not depend on any belief system. It is important, though not mandatory, for the person receiving it to be grateful and accepting, to believe that something good will follow, and then, it is believed among the Reiki community that Reiki truly benefits the receiver. The person who is being given the healing feels a wonderful radiance flowing through and around his/her body. There are people who have reported miraculous recovery from long-standing illnesses and terminal diseases thanks to Reiki.

A very simple technique to learn, it is taught by trained Reiki Masters. It is not taught but actually transferred to the students during a learning session. It is during what is called as an ‘attunement’ session that the technique is passed on from the master to the student. The student can then tap into a virtually unlimited supply of the ‘life force energy’ to improve health and well-being. No special ability, like intellectual capacity or spiritual development, is required in order to learn this healing technique; it is easily available to everyone and has been taught to thousands of people from different eras and backgrounds.

Though Reiki is not a religion, it does have its set of thumb-rules to live by in order to promote healing and harmony both with your inner self and with others. The founder of this system of natural healing, Dr Mikao Usui, recommended some simple ethical values, which need to be followed. These ethics are not religious in nature and are universal across all cultures in the world.

The following ethics, or commandments, need to be chanted every morning and evening so that the technique will be helpful:

  • Don’t get angry today
  • Don’t be grievous
  • Express your gratitude
  • Be diligent in your dealings
  • Be kind to others

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