Reiki: An Introduction to Ancient Healing

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Reiki refers to a Japanese art of healing and reducing stress. This ancient technique is applied by “laying on hands.” The concept behind reiki healing is to utilize the life force energy, allowing the body to heal from within and restoring vigor. If a person’s life force is weak, it’ll lead to chronic diseases. If the life force is high, the individual remains healthy and happy.

The word Reiki is composed of two Japanese words. Rei means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki means “the life force.” Together, reiki means spiritually guiding the life force.

An Introduction to Natural Healing

As with most ancient healing technique, reiki is performed without using any tools or instruments. You only need your hands to heal a specific body part.

This healing method is based on the idea that the life force flows through the body. If a specific body part is damaged, the life force is blocked. By performing reiki healing, it improves well-being and even restores the body to full health. Reiki isn’t strictly used to heal the body, it’s also used to treat emotional or mental problems.

Reiki healing is easy to master. Once you learn the basics, you can use the technique to heal yourself and others. It also works in conjunction with other medical or therapeutic methods to promote better health and speed up recovery.

The Intention to Heal

Reiki is centered on self-healing. The simplest, most basic way to perform healing is to place your hand on the affected area. Placing your hand on areas you want to heal helps the reiki energy to flow freely. It’s important to let reiki flow at the beginning of a treatment.

Start by putting your hands into the classic “Namaste” position, bow gently with your hands at the heart. Close your eyes and ask for the reiki to flow through your body.

Then, raise your hand above your head. Keep the palms up. Visualize the life force energy flowing from the heavens and into you. Once you’re done visualizing, place your hand on the area you want to heal. Silently ask reiki to heal the area. This ritual is all about surrendering yourself to Reiki to guide you to heal yourself and others.

Performing Self-Healing

The most basic of self-healing hand position starts by overlapping the hands on top of the head. Put one hand on the forehead and the other at the back of the head, just above the base of the skull. Rest your hands on the eyes then, the ears. Put on hand on the upper chest then the other on the solar plexus. Put the hands on the hip area too.

Each time you place your hands on specific body parts, relax and maintain the position for at least two minutes. Repeat the positions until you’ve mastered the basics. Reiki healing is always watched over by the Divine. You have to trust your inner guidance in order to reap the health benefits of reiki.

Healing Others

Once you’ve mastered the positions for self-healing, you can move on to healing others. The positions remain the same. The life force will do all the healing for you. All you need to do is to trust your inner guidance and surrender yourself to the Divine for healing.


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