What is Reiki? My own personal story.
Twelve years ago I began suffering from extreme itching of my arms. To make a long story short, I went to several Doctors from Family practitioners, dermatologists(several of these), and rheumatologists. I was given every cream and pill known to help heal me. I also had several biopsies which showed nothing besides the effects of my vigorous scratching. This deep seated intense itch caused me to lose many hours of sleep not to mention the loss of my mind.
One night, my husband called me to watch a news broadcast on the T.V. They were talking about Reiki. At this point in my life I would have tried anything to help! I did some research and tried to find a Reiki practitioner in my area. That is when I found out that the International Center for Reiki Training was not too far of a drive for me. I decided I wanted to take my first class of Reiki.
Reiki is a Japanese art of deep relaxation that promotes healing of the body, mind, and spirit. “Rei” means spiritually guided, and “Ki” is the life force energy., so Reiki is “Spiritually guided Life Force Energy“. This energy is called “Ki” in Japanese, “Chi” in Chinese, or “Prana” in Sanskrit. It is the same energy that the Martial Arts use. All Energy healers use this energy. Energy enters and circulates through our bodies through chakras and meridians. When we are at ease, all of our energy pathways are working properly. When they are not, Dis-ease occurs. Reiki works to restore these blocked energy areas.
￼ While the patient stays fully clothed and in a relaxed position, the reiki practitioner place their hands on or near the body. A treatment is extremely relaxing. The practitioners hands will usually feel very warm. Treatments can last anywhere from a few minutes up to and past an hour. Any amount of Reiki will help to heal the client and there are no harmful side effects. The energy passes through the Reiki practitioner and into the client. Both client and practitioner benefit with each healing session.
As my itching went away, I became more intrigued with Reiki and continued taking classes. I am now a Reiki Master and I practice daily. I have clients that sometimes see me weekly, monthly, or just when they are feeling stressed. I have given many short treatments to co-workers, friends, and strangers. I was a staff nurse in an ICU for many years and with the patient or families permission, I also gave Reiki. I noticed it worked very well to relax these people, reduce their anxiety, and sometimes eliminated their pain completely.(This was very helpful to patients in the recovery room right after surgery). Everyone seemed to benefit from Reiki in one way or another.
I could go on forever on this topic as Reiki amazes me everyday and has changed my life in more ways than one! (But I won’t at this time). A lot of hospitals now offer complementary therapies and can incorporate it into the plan of care if the patient chooses. The Western Hemisphere is now just learning what the Eastern Hemisphere has known for centuries. Most people, like myself, will try alternative healing methods only as a last ditch effort. If we can start to incorporate the complimentary forms of healing that are available to us, our body, mind, and spirit will heal much more quickly.
Love and Reiki Blessings to All.