An Introduction to Reiki
If you have never experienced Reiki, the following is an explanation of what you might expect from a treatment. A Reiki treatment usually lasts between sixty and ninety minutes. The Reiki practitioner places his/her hands gently and passively on different locations on the body, usually beginning at the head. Each position is held for at least five minutes. Reiki is different from traditional massage because the person may remain fully clothed. Unlike massage, Reiki does not require any form of manipulation of tissue or muscles so the hands remain still. Reiki will even flow through a plaster cast.
It is common for the person being treated to experience sensations such as warmth or tingling flowing from the Reiki practitioner's hands. Most people report entering a very deep state of relaxation. Those familiar with meditation say they enter a deep meditative state. The mind calms, the breathing slows down, and a feeling of well-being and centredness and a better sense of perspective is attained.
By receiving a one-hour session of Reiki, one physiologically attains many of the benefits equivalent to three to four hours sleep, such as increased oxygen supply to the blood and cells. This clinical observation, combined with the meditative state, makes Reiki a most effective natural stress reliever.
Regular use of Reiki leads to an increase in general vitality and well-being and a sense of inner peace. It greatly accelerates and promotes the healing process and regeneration of tissue, and is capable of improving the quality of one's life to an amazing degree.
Reiki cannot be learned from a book or by instruction. It is one of the ancient mysteries of the world and the activation of Reiki in your hands occurs only through a process referred to as an `attunement' or `initiation' which is given by a Reiki Master.
An important difference between Reiki and other effective energy therapies is that, once it has been activated in your hands, you have it for life and you are able to treat yourself. Most other energy healing systems do not extend beyond the ability to treat others.
In many other natural energy healing systems the practitioner is limited by his/her own physical and spiritual development and is often in danger of depleting his/her own energy in the process of treating others. As you will soon understand, this difference is one of Reiki's primary benefits.
Reiki can be explained in many ways. It can be considered an energy science which makes sense from the perspective of some theories within the field of quantum physics. This is discussed in chapter two. It can also be seen as a state of manifesting consciousness, which is discussed in the second part of this book. Whatever the explanation, it is an ancient healing/harmonizing therapy rapidly becoming recognized among health practitioners as a safe and highly effective complementary therapy to all other forms of health care.
Since the 1970s, when Reiki first began to spread significantly in the Western World, clinical observation has enabled the establishment of a more scientific understanding of Reiki. Although many Masters still prefer to teach Reiki in the traditional manner, others are now adding to the traditional teachings the added insight provided by modern science. There are forces in the universe that have been around for many thousands of years such as anti-matter, curved space, subatomic energy, etc.. Now that such phenomena are being explained in scientific terms, we are beginning to have a deeper understanding of the implications of these discoveries in our daily lives.
As human beings, most of us require more than just spiritual catch words or blind faith before we can accept the validity of such techniques as Reiki. To many people it constitutes the use of an energy outside the normal realms of human experience and credibility.
There are those who have personal beliefs as to the origins and dynamics of Reiki and prefer to impart these impressions to their students. In the following chapters we hope to move outside the sphere of individual or personal belief systems. We will endeavor to present those scientific and philosophical properties that make Reiki what it is.