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Definition of Reiki Therapy at Blue Water Spa, Long Island

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Reiki is a holistic healing art form that originated in Japan and was brought to Westerners by Dr. Mikao Usui, who founded the Usui System of Reiki that is commonly practiced today. Reiki involves the channeling of energy by a qualified practitioner to a recipient for the purposes of stress reduction and healing.

History

In her book, "Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide," Pamela Miles points out that Reiki is a form of vibrational healing which began in early twentieth-century Japan by Mikao Usui. Usui, who lived from 1865 to 1926, is considered to be the father of Reiki. On a spiritual retreat in 1922, he experienced vibrational energy above his head and felt that this awakened his healing power. He channeled this power through laying on of the hands, first by using it on his friends and family. He then began the process of initiating other healers in Japan, and this practice gradually spread. One of his students, Dr. Hayashi, initiated Hawayo Takuta, who brought Reiki to the Western world in the 1930s.

Function

The function of a Reiki treatment is to heal energy blockages in the chakra system of the body. Chakras are subtle energy body centers. The chakras are often imagined to look like a spinning wheel, and are found in a meridian down the center of the body. According to the International Center for Reiki Training, Reiki heals people who have disruptions in these energy centers by helping the energy flow more freely.

Features

Reiki comes from two words: "rei" and "ki." According to the International Center for Reiki Training, "rei" is generally defined as "ghost" or "spirit," the higher power or energy in the universe, and "ki" as non-physical energy. Reiki, therefore, is thought to be an energy healing which is guided by the higher power in the universe. It is non-denominational energy, and you don't need to believe in any type of organized religion in order to practice or benefit from a Reiki treatment.
During a Reiki treatment, the client lays, fully clothed, on a table or other surface. The practitioner places her hands on strategic parts of the client's body, generally over the chakras. The practitioner acts as a medium through which ki flows, not directing the flow but acting as a channel for the energy.

Effects

The effects of a Reiki treatment can be powerful. It can vary from person to person, but according to the International Center for Reiki Training, it is generally relaxing, and can provide a release of tension or anxiety. Some people have visions or report out-of-body experiences. In her book, Pamela Miles reports that many people with serious illness have experienced dramatic improvements in their condition.

Expert Insight

Reiki Master Pamela Miles points out that Reiki does not attack disease but rather supports well-being by strengthening the body's ability to heal through better balance. Reiki may not always bring about a cure, but it can bring about a spiritual healing through restoring energy flow and providing a sense of well-being.

References

Article reviewed by Roman Tsivkin Last updated on: May 7, 2010




Finding time for Reiki and Meditation

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Reiki and Meditation
by Laurelle Shanti Gaia

Creating Time and Developing Focus

When teaching Reiki classes I often speak of “my Reiki meditations”.  This stirs questions and comments from many of the students.  Frequently students exclaim “I just can’t meditate”, “My mind is always wandering”, “I don’t have time to meditate”, “How do I use Reiki to help me learn to meditate”, “I’ve meditated for years, why do I need to use Reiki?”

It wasn’t until I began incorporating Reiki into my meditations that I began to feel like I was really accomplishing something.  I happen to be a Gemini with an Aquarius moon, talk about mental chatter! So if I can learn to meditate with the help of Reiki, I believe anyone can!

The purpose of meditation

First let’s consider the purpose of meditation and the forms it can take.  Meditation is the art of creating a quiet mind and listening to the sound of silence.  Where prayer is the act of talking with the Divine, meditation is the act of listening and truly hearing what God has to share with us. This can take place during special sacred moments that you set aside specifically for the purpose of meditation, or spontaneously. Activities when spontaneous meditations often occur are while brushing your teeth, in the shower, hiking, running, washing the dishes, mowing the lawn and yes, we have all had those auto-pilot moments while driving the car.   

Creating time

Now, what about that challenge of making time to meditate?  This is a challenge for nearly every person on the planet.  Multi-tasking is a way of life for so many people, and time seems to be moving faster every day.  So how does one make time? Simple… just DO it!  Our communion with the Divine through prayer and meditation is THE single most important thing we can do each day. NOTHING holds more urgency for the development of our day, the events in our life and the growth of our soul.  The most important relationship we have is our relationship with God. The quality of all our other relationships is influenced by our ability to commune with God as we would with a friend. 

The best way I have found to create time to meditate is by starting my day earlier, and the first thing I do is my prayer, meditation and distant Reiki practice.  Whatever the schedule of my household is at the time, I arise at least an hour before everyone else.  This is MY precious time.  These are sacred moments and they are just for me.  You deserve precious, sacred moments to commune with and develop a relationship, a friendship with God and with the healing love of the Reiki energy.

Creating Focus

Usui Sensei taught his students the first pillar of Reiki, the Gassho meditation.  Gassho means “two hands coming together”.  Dr. Usui taught his students to place their hands in the Gassho position every morning and evening.  Gassho teaches the art of quieting the mind and creating single pointed focus in meditation. One basically places their hands in prayer position, closes their eyes, and brings all their awareness to the tip of the fire (middle) finger.  When the mind wanders, gently press the fire fingers together and refocus. This technique is detailed in “Reiki the Healing Touch”.

I begin my daily sessions with Gassho, and then I offer prayers for myself, for others and the planet.  Next I send distant Reiki to all who have requested it.

A 21-Day Reiki Meditation Program

I have used the following 21-day program to learn more about Reiki, develop the ability to focus, to empower my prayers, goals and visions; and to receive answers.

Days 1-7 – Begin by creating an intention or a question. Draw the Usui power symbol in front of your body and with your hands, move the energy into your solar plexus.  Breathe deeply, imagining that you are breathing in the essence of the symbol.  As you exhale allow the energy to permeate every cell of your body, and expand out into your emotional body, your mental body, all the way into your spiritual body.  State your intention or ask your question. Sit quietly with this energy for 5-15 minutes.  If your mind wanders, simply invoke the name of the power symbol three times and visualize it.  When you finish, acknowledge that you are holding the full light of the Reiki energy and it will be with you through your day. Write notes about your experience in a journal. Include any thoughts, words, images or feelings that came to you. Do this even if there seems to be no logic to it.  Often Reiki and the Divine speak to us in symbols, or with pieces of a puzzle that will come together later by reflecting back on your journal.

Days 8-14 – Begin by creating an intention or a question. Draw the Usui mental and emotional symbol in front of your body and with your hands, move the energy into your heart.  Breathe deeply, imagining that you are breathing in the essence of the symbol.  As you exhale allow the energy to permeate every cell of your body, and expand out into your emotional body, your mental body, all the way into your spiritual body.  Imagine any unhealthy mental or emotional patterns being rewoven into healthy thought, feeling and response patterns. State your intention or ask your question. Sit quietly with this energy for 5-15 minutes.  If your mind wanders, simply invoke the name of the mental emotional symbol three times and visualize it.  When you finish, acknowledge that you are holding the full love of the Reiki energy and it will be with you through your day. Write notes about your experience in a journal.

Days 15-21 - Begin by creating an intention or a question.Draw the Usui distant healing symbol in front of your body and with your hands, move the energy into your entire body beginning by moving the energy from the crown and down through your feet.  Breathe deeply, imagining that you are breathing in the essence of the symbol.  As you exhale allow the energy to permeate every cell of your body, and expand out into your energy field.State your intention or ask your question.

Take a moment to imagine or visualize the symbol taking the form of a bridge of light.  This bridge reaches through time and through space.  Allow the bridge of light to carry Reiki energy back in time as it permeates all levels of your consciousness and the multiple dimensions of your being. 

Next allow the energy to flow forward in time creating harmonious energy in your future.  Now bring the energy into the present moment.  Sit quietly with this energy for 5-15 minutes.  If your mind wanders, simply invoke the name of the distant symbol three times and visualize it.  When you finish, acknowledge that you are holding the timeless healing power of the Reiki energy and it will be with you through your day. Write notes about your experience in a journal.

This 21 day program is designed for those who are attuned to level two Reiki.  Level I practitioners could modify it using level I energy instead of the symbols. It is possible to also extend the program for another 21 days by replacing the symbols with the three Reiki Master symbols, or with the Karuna symbols of your choice.

I hope you find these suggestions helpful, and that you are willing to explore the importance of creating special time to deepen your relationship with the Divine and the love of the Reiki energy.

In the Light of the Creator . . .
                                We See Only Love

Laurelle is Editor of "Reiki News", and Director of the Teacher Licensing Program for the ICRT and author of “The Book On Karuna Reiki”. Contact Laurelle by email Laurelle@ReikiClasses.com or visit her website at www.ReikiClasses.com

 





Things to know about Reiki

  
  
  
  
  
  
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10 Things to Know About Reiki

 

1.  It is an energy based modalityRei translates to universal or intelligent, and ki is energy.  It is believed that the life force energy that flows through the practitioner to the client automatically reaches areas that are in need of clearing, balancing or energizing. 

 

2.  Reiki helps on multiple levelsReceiving a reiki treatment may be beneficial for the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.  It is often used in conjunction with conventional treatments to speed healing and alleviate pain.  It may help individuals to process mental and emotional tensions, and for many it is a spiritually elevating experience.

 

3People report it is stress relieving.  Individuals often say that after a reiki session, they come away with a greater sense of clarity, and feeling more relaxed, peaceful, and centered.

 

4.  It does no harm.  Reiki is a gentle modality that can be of benefit to anyone regardless of age or health condition.

5.  A session involves laying-on of hands.  In a typical session, the client is fully clothed, and the practitioner places her hands on or over specific areas of the body that correspond to energy centers and pathways.  The energy flows effortlessly to where it is needed.

6.  Reiki is being integrated into the hospital setting.    As it’s therapeutic benefits become more recognized, Reiki is being incorporated into traditional healing practices.  For example, Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and  New York Presbyterian Hospital offer reiki as a complementary treatment for certain cancer patients.  The well known cardiologist, Dr. Mehmet Oz, who directs the  Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital, has stated that he has incorporated reiki into the operating room.

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7.  Anyone can learn ReikiReiki is easy to learn.  It is not necessary to be of any particular religion, spiritual affiliation, or educational level.  All that is required is the pure intention to be of help to oneself and others.

 

8Reiki is a Japanese healing artThis healing technique was discovered in Japan in1922 by Mikao Usui, who reported receiving the energy of Reiki while on a spiritual retreat. The developed technique was bought to the United States in the late 1930’s, and individuals have been learning how to engage this healing modality ever since.

 

9Reiki can be directed across long distancesEnergy is not constrained by time and space; therefore reiki’s healing energy can be effectively transmitted via the intention of the focused practitioner to the recipient regardless of the distance between them.

 

 

 

10Even non-people enjoy reiki.  Reiki energy is valuable not only for people, but animals as well.  Dogs and cats often will be drawn to where reiki is taking place, and even plants can benefit from this positive healing energy. 

 

 

Please feel free to ask your questions:

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