Whenever you start on a new path, many things come along that you previously knew nothing about. How many times have you heard someone talk about something and you had no idea what they were talking about and you were too self conscious to ask? I find that when people start talking about holistic healing that this happens a lot. You will have people that are fairly versed in the subject ramble on forgetting that everyone in the room may not be as knowledgable as they are (or have absolutely no idea what they are talking about). Well I have been there, done that, so I thought I would share a bit of what I have learned (or experienced). Today, I want to talk about Reiki.
Reiki is a system of healing and spiritual development that is popular worldwide. Founded in Japan over a century ago, Reiki is a technique used for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”
A treatment feels different to each person. One might experience a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around them, another may see colors and feel their practitioners hand glow with warmth. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures.
In my experience, many Reiki practitioners (including myself) will also have a toolbox of other energy modalities under their belt, so even though you go in for a Reiki session, your exact experience may be somewhat different with different practitioners. If you are interested in finding a Reiki practitioner near you ask a friend or two. Usually someone in your circle will know a Reiki practitioner (or be one) and you just never knew it.
There isn’t “one” governing body for reiki practitioners, although there are several websites where you can find a Utah practitioner – but no one site lists everyone. www.reiki.org lists quite a few Utah practitioners. If you are interested in classes, I also found Healing Light Reiki Training Center in Lindon, UT. There is a meetup group in Salt Lake called – Salt Lake Community Reiki Circle if you are interested in finding out more, or just want to experience a little of this beautiful healing energy. Once you find someone, I also say to go with your gut. If you find a practitioner but don’t feel comfortable with them, look elsewhere (just like you would with a medical doctor or massage therapist).