I was introduced to Reiki in the early 1990's in Portland, Maine, but did not become Attuned until January 1997. I adore Usui Reiki! It is widely available to anyone, anywhere. Usui Reiki is a practice of self-healing, and the more a practitioner uses Reiki on him- or herself, the more attuned to this healing energy he or she becomes.
Usui Reiki is the original Reiki energy, but there have been many other forms of Reiki created and discovered in the last 50 or so years. This blog mostly refers to Usui Reiki, as that is the traditional Reiki practice I was taught and attuned in.
The results of receiving a Reiki treatment are enhanced health and well-being. Human beings are energetic bodies, and receiving a Reiki treatment balances and soothes chaotic energy systems. A person who treats himself and others feels a renewed sense of well-being and energy. Reiki can also be projected across time and space, as energy never ceases to exist.
Distance healing can be as effective as hands on healing, but can be performed from long distances. Reiki energy knows no boundaries and transcends time and space freely. Reiki goes where Reiki is needed, so the premise of laying hands in particular positions is moot. Although Reiki Master teachers, such as myself, will teach hand positions to students, a responsible Reiki Master teacher will also let her students know that Intuition plays a key role in hand placement.
There are five spiritual precepts for daily living that were handed down from Mikao Usui as part of the oral tradition of Reiki. These precepts are as follows:
Just for today, do not worry.
Just for today, do not anger.
Honor your parents, teachers, and elders.
Earn your living honestly.
Show gratitude to every living thing.
These precepts are simplistic and if everyone tries to live by them, the world will become a more peaceful place to live. I use Reiki in the course of my days at work, while working with patients, and sometimes with colleagues. I try to treat myself to Reiki on a daily basis, as well, especially in recent months. I was always encouraged to treat myself daily (by my Reiki Master teacher) but at times I'm a slow learner!
More about Reiki and its healing properties and energy in upcoming posts!
Namaste, my friends ...