Reiki originates from Japan and focuses on the energy of the body. It is mainly sought as a means of relaxation and stress reduction and promotes healing of the mind, body and spirit.

The word reiki is derived from two Japanese words – ‘rei’ meaning universal wisdom or the higher power. ‘Ki’ defined asthe life force or energy living within and around us. If a person’s ‘ki’ or life force energy is low, they are more susceptibleto infections andstress related illnesses such as anxiety and depression.

The healing method of reiki is administered through a therapist’s gentle touch, or hovering of their hands slightly above therecipient’s body. Energy is channelled into the recipient, activating their bodies’ natural healing processes and ultimately restoring overall well-being.

A friend recommended reiki to me earlier this year when discussing holistic treatment options for my anxiety. She had received reiki during cancer treatment as a means relieving the side-effects of chemotherapy. With practically no prior knowledge or understanding of the process, I felt a bit sceptical, but I went ahead with my first treatment and the results for me were extraordinary.

Since then I have been driven to explorethemodality and commenced trainingto become a reiki practitioner. Through my training and personal experiences, I have discovered these five important truths about this often misunderstood healing technique:

Reiki can be taught to anyone

There are no pre-requisites required to learn reiki. Throughout my training I have met people of varying backgrounds, religion and intellect. While spiritual in nature, reiki is not a religion therefore you don’t need to believe in anything in order to learn and administer it.

Everyone’s experience with Reiki is different

Reiki acts at a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level, therefore each individuals encounter will vary substantially dependant on their needs and where the energy is needed most.

Reiki is safe

Reiki is non-evasive. It works with the body, not against it. It is not directed by the person channelling it, therefore it cannot cause harm. It does not leave you with side effects like antibiotics or medical treatments can. In fact, it works inharmony alongside modern medicine.

You don’t need to believe in Reiki for it to be effective

Reiki works towards what we need, not what we want. It is not based on a belief system. All you need is to give yourself permission to heal. If you are willing to work with the Reiki energy, it will work with you.

Reiki is a path to inner peace

Just like during meditation, reiki fosters quietening of the mind and relaxation of our bodies. Giving and receiving reiki encourages us to slow down, relax and be present in the moment. Reiki is deeply therapeutic and is one of the simplest ways to connect with ourselves both physically and emotionally.

The benefits I have received from giving and receiving reiki have been life-transforming. With regular practise it has helped ease my anxiety, improve my self-confidence, boost my creativity and lightened my overall mood. I recommend you try it, you just might like it!


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