Reiki and Energy Healing – Where it comes from and how it works!
What is the history of Reiki?
The system of Reiki was founded in Japan in the early 1900′s by Mikao Usui and has been passed down from teacher to student since this time. It was introduced to the West in the mid 1900′s by Hawayo Takata who was born in Hawaii of Japanese descent. Reiki is most often translated as “universal life force energy” and is pronounced “Ray Key”. It is a combination of two Japanese words – Rei which means “Spirit” or “Universe” and Ki which is “life force energy”.
Rei (lit. Japanese – spiritual or sacred) - Mikao Usui described this energy as “light coming from the hand” and it is used to treat the individual on a spiritual or soul level.
Ki (lit. Japanese – energy) - Ki is usually used in the context of life force energy, which exists within all living things and surrounds all living things.
So whats the deal with energy healing and how does it work?
We are all made up of energy. When you break down what you are made up of you will find that:
- Your human tissue (body) is made up of cells.
- Your cells are made up of molecules
- These molecules are made up of atoms
- These atoms are made up of protons, neutrons and electrons
- These elements are made up of subatomic particles
When all of these are broken right down to the source you will find that you are made up of fast vibrating energy!
In many Eastern traditions it is well known that Ki (energy) needs to flow freely through the body in order for us to maintain a state of balance or homeostasis. When we develop an illness or injury, or when we experience any kind of stress or emotional trauma, the flow of energy is disrupted and can cause a blockage. This blockage can cause illness or add to our feelings of stress and inability to cope with life. The healthier we are the more Ki (life force energy) we have flowing through our body. Reiki helps to correct energetic imbalances and blockages within the body. It can be used directly on injuries, illnesses and areas storing emotional trauma. Reiki is a natural, vibrational, hands-on healing practice which utilises the presence of universal life force energy to support the body’s self healing ability. Using the energy our own bodies create, Reiki simply moves the energy to the areas of the body that require it the most.