Reiki is a powerful and yet gentle healer. Many people find Reiki a deeply relaxing experience leaving them with a sense of improved wellbeing. Reiki is received fully clothed in a series of hand placements above or on the body that help direct the healing energy to where it is most needed. During a Reiki treatment the healee will be asked to lie on a couch or s/he will be seated while the healer holds their hands on or above them. Most practitioners use the standard hand positions and a full treatment will cover all important chakras of the body.
A Reiki Treatment
There is no pressure on the body; sometimes hands are held away from the body. The energy will flow to wherever it is required. It is sometimes felt as a warm or tingling sensation. Receiving Reiki is a profoundly relaxing and soothing experience. A study of Reiki in Alternative Therapies (Jan/Feb 2005) edition said that in 2002 there were over one million adults in the US who had experienced Reiki treatments. It is becoming increasingly popular in the UK. Reiki is easy to learn, simple to perform and it can benefit everyone.
People don’t need to be ill to receive Reiki. It can be a way of promoting healthiness and emotional and spiritual wellbeing. It has nothing to do with religion and can be practiced by all. Reiki can be used on family, friends and even animals and plants!
Universal Energy and Reiki
Everything in the Universe can be defined as an ‘expression of energy’. Some people believe there is only one single Universal Energy in all the Universe. Energy is life and life is energy. Universal energy fills and surrounds people; it is an intelligent energy, an expression of the universal consciousness. When the energy field is clear, a person will enjoy good health, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
When the energy is blocked by illness, negative thoughts and worry, the flow becomes weak, impure and unbalanced. If these blockages are not cleared they can manifest into physical illness and disease. The practice of Reiki helps correct defects in the energy field. The healer endeavours to restore the flow of energy back to its natural, strong state. This helps balance their client’s mind, body and spirit.
In February 1996, HRH Prince Charles proposed the Integrated Medicine Initiative so that orthodox and complimentary health care could work together within the NHS for the benefit of all. For this to happen, complementary therapies are required to develop National Occupational Standards to ensure high standards of practice and patient care. Complementary practitioners will be required to have nationally recognised qualifications. Although there is no single standard or organization within the Reiki community, practitioners do however have the chance to become a member of organisations and associations that seek to set up a nationwide network of practitioners and teachers who practice and teach responsibly.
The Reiki Association for instance is trying to get organisations together who are concerned about the regulation of Reiki practice. The hope is to draw up a code of ethics, a core curriculum for professional practice and the setting up of a regulatory body to hold a register of practitioners and teachers. The Reiki Regulatory Working Group (RRWG) currently comprises members of various Reiki organisations and as a group they are working towards these goals. The World Wide Reiki Organisation provides practitioners with information, useful sources and products relating to Reiki and other related practices. The UK Reiki Federation, established in 1999 provides networking and coordination links within the Reiki Community.