What is Reiki?
Reiki (pronounced “ray-key”) is a form of healing, where a healer lays her hands on the parts of the body that are in pain or require healing. Energy (“ki”) comes through the healer’s hands into the parts of the body that lack energy. In Western reiki, there are fixed hand positions, usually starting with the head then moving down to the feet. With Japanese reiki, the treatment is given directly focused on the place where there is pain or discomfort. For example, people often carry a lot of stress in their shoulders and lower back, so the healing can start where the person carries the most stress. If you don’t have any particular pain and just want to have relaxation, then the session can start from the head and move down to the feet.
How it can help you?
Reiki gives relaxation and restoration of health. It also works as to prevent illnesses and keeps you healthy. If you are feeling tired, physically or mentally, it works as a great alternative to a massage. In some cases, it can help the recovery process after an operation and alleviate pain. There are hospices in North America that offer reiki to their patients to ease any pain and help them relax.
Reiki’s five principles
I think generally people associate reiki with hand healing. Reiki does involve healing by hand, and it is a simple technique too. But I think reiki’s Five Principles are what makes reiki unique and they are the real secret to the maintenance of our health (and happiness).
What are they? There are many English translations of the “Go-kai” (five principles), and here is one simple version.
Just for today:
- Don’t be angry
- Do not worry
- Be thankful
- Work hard
- Be kind to others
These principles can be applied to all aspects of our lives.
If you are always angry, worried or ungrateful, no matter how much you try to eat healthy and exercise, you probably won’t be able to achieve your optimum health, let alone maintain your health. Even if you receive reiki treatments regularly, if you didn’t have a positive attitude toward yourself and those around you, chances are that you won’t feel truly happy.
I believe that “working hard” has several meanings. It can mean doing your daily work wholeheartedly, giving it your full attention. It can also mean serving those you’re serving with respect and care.
“Being kind to others” may be easier said than done. I personally think that being kind to others is reciprocal. As in the “law of attraction”, kind people attract each other. So when you’re kind to others, others will be kind to you, and you’ll be surrounded by kind people.
Your mind controls your health
Needless to say, if you don’t have the right attitude towards becoming healthy and make the commitment to staying healthy, it won’t be easy to maintain your health. That’s why I think the five principle of reiki are the real secret to your health, and just as important (if not more) as attunements, symbols and healing sessions.