Reiki: An Alternative Healing Modality Axia College Expository Essays Reiki: An Alternative Healing Modality Reiki is a method of healing, with the power to harmonize the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of ourselves. Many cultures from Tibetans to Greeks possessed an understanding of the nature of spirit, energy, and matter and used the knowledge for healing. Dr. Usui rediscovered Reiki in the 19th century and became the founding father of this healing modality. There are three degrees or levels of Reiki teachings to become a Reiki healer starting from the beginning to master.
Reiki is used as an alternative medical treatment in conjunction to patient’s regular health care. Reiki’s energy healing technique is an excellent compliment to one’s regular health care since Reiki encompasses the whole person, spiritually, mentally, and physically. In all living things there is an ‘Energy Life Force’. The word Reiki, derived from the Japanese language and culture, when broken down (Rei) means spirit and (Ki) means spiritual consciousness, the non-physical energy that emanates from all living things. If ones energy (Life Force) is low or there is a restriction one is more vulnerable to illness.
When ones energy (Like Force) is high one is less likely to become sick. Reiki healers channel this energy (Life Force) that surrounds all things and use it to heal themselves and their patients. This energy that comes from all around us is what the practice of Reiki is all about. The history of Reiki begins with various ancient cultures 2500 years ago spreading to India, Greece, and Buddha monks who were aware of the energy of living things. Tibetans and Greeks both also had an understanding of the natures’ of spirit, energy and matter while practicing an earlier form of Reiki.
This earlier knowledge of the nature of energy was guarded and preserved through passing the knowledge from person to person. The founder of Reiki Dr. Mikao Usui, lived at the end of the 19th century was a principle and Christian priest of a minor university in Kyoto, Japan. One time, several of Dr. Usui students asked him if he accepted as true the healing miracles of Christ and if Dr. Usui was able to perform such a healing. Dr. Usui did not have an answer to this question which troubled him. Leaving his position at the university Dr. Usui started a search to examine the healing method of Christ.
During Dr. Usui questing for healing knowledge he learned the very old Sanskrit language and studied Buddhist scripts. In one of these ancient scripts Dr. Usui discovered signs and mantras which became the key to the Reiki healing system. Dr. Usui practiced and perfected the Reiki system in the slums of Kyoto for seven years. He found although he had healed the physical body its symptoms of disease, he had not taught a new way of living. This prompted Dr. Usui to set up the Reiki principles-slash- rules for life recognizing how important that the person needing healing have the desire to be healthy.
To continue his healing works Dr. Usui initiated a retired naval officer, Dr. Chijiro Hayashi, in the Reiki method. Dr. Usui before his death made Dr. Hayashi his successor in Reiki teaching him all he knew. Later Dr. Hayashi opened a private Reiki clinic in Tokyo practicing and improving the Reiki healing technique. Hawayo Takata, a youthful Japanese woman living in Hawaii suffered from numerous ailments, followed an inner calling to not have a needed operation but to seek healing in Japan. Arriving in Japan Takata heard of the Reiki clinic, spent several months there for treatment and was cured.
Takata was so taken with Reiki she became Hayashi’s student and stayed with him for a year practicing Reiki at the clinic on numerous patients then returning to Hawaii. In 1938, she was instructed by Dr. Hayashi and eventually became a master of the Usui Reiki system. In 1941 Dr. Hayashi died making Takata his successor. Before Dr. Hayashi’s death Takata opened a Reiki clinic in Hawaii and trained many students, some becoming master’s. When Takata died in 1980 she had initiated 22 Reiki master’s, among them her grand- daughter Phyllis Lei Furumoto.
Through Takata and the Reiki master’s she trained, the art of Reiki healing became known in the western world with several thousand Reiki master’s today. There are newly developed Reiki “branches” like; Karuna, Shamballa, and Mayan which also use the same Life Force energy for healing, but which may differ in the form and content of the teaching, the initiations rituals, and the symbols used. With Reiki there is a flow of energy (Life Force) from the healer to the patient. Reiki healers receive attunements or initiations that are taught by a Reiki master. From the attunement process the Reiki master opens the seven hakras of the student to heighten the new healer’s sensitivity to the Life Force energy. Chakras are believed to be the seven body centers’ that are the source of energy for psychic or spiritual power. Each student going through an attunement experience a spiritual, sacred, and confidential ritual which transforms an individuals potential for healing. A Reiki master uses symbols and mantras to create a higher vibration which accelerates the ability for channeling the Life Force energy. Student’s receiving attunements become empowered and have a heightened ability to assist in the healing process when channeling this energy.
Once the attunements have been received by the Reiki master to the student all a healer needs to do to connect with the healing Life Force energy is to place their hands on his or her self or on someone else. The energy automatically flows from healer to patient going where it is needed. There are three levels or degrees of Reiki. Level one, or the first degree, the beginning healer learns the history of Reiki, receives attunements for this level, is taught the basic hand positions for self, and the hand positions for giving to another.
The second degree involves instruction on absent, or distance healing, and receives additional attunements for that level. The third degree, the master level, prepares the healer to teach Reiki and involves several stages. During a healing session healer and patient are mutually healed as the Life Force energy channeled through the healer. Healing occurs on a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual level moving toward balance and harmony. Barnett & Chambers, 2000) In May 2004, NCCAM and National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released findings from the 2002 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) that questioned over 34,000 Americans about their health and illness-related experiences. This survey found that in the United States, 36% of adults are using some form of CAM. This survey reveled that deep breathing exercises, meditation, and progressive relaxation were the most commonly used mind- body therapies. In terms of energy medicine, 2,264 (1. 1%) of those interviewed had used energy healing therapy/Reiki at some point in time, and 1,080 (. %) had used this type of therapy in the previous 12 months. The 1997 National Health Expenditures Survey reported that the U. S. public spent an estimated $36 billion to $47 billion on CAM therapies in 1997. Of this amount, between $12 billion and $20 billion was paid out-of-pocket for the services of professional CAM health care providers. It is apparent that many people are seeking something that conventional medicine may not always be providing them (Nccam. nih. gov, 2004). Stress and anxiety from everyday life has an adverse affect on the body that can promote unhealthy conditions or worsen an existing illness or problem.
Reiki has historically been practiced as a form of self-care healing relieving tension, stress, anxiety, and depression to improve overall health and well-being. Reiki has been used by people with anxiety, chronic pain, HIV/AIDS, and other health conditions. Practicing Reiki on a person with a health condition helps the body relax and puts the body in a restful state that promotes healing through the energy exchanged during the Reiki session. Reiki creates deep relaxation and aids the body to release stress and tension by generating a domino effect which promotes and reduces related unhealthy symptoms that comes from tension and stress.
In researching Reiki I have discover how large the topic of Reiki really is and the more fascinated I have become with the healing technique that is Reiki. People do not need a special background to learn how to perform Reiki and are able to use this healing technique on themselves and others. Reiki’s energy healing technique is an excellent complement to one’s regular health care since Reiki encompasses the whole person spiritually, mentally, and physically. Although Reiki is a good health care alternative it can not stand alone but needs to compliment one’s primary health care. References Altmd. com (2008). The use of Reiki in healthcare.