Reiki: The Energy Healing System

Believe it or not, the body is much more than just a collection of functioning parts.  Your body and organs have their own energy field, which is in a constant state of change.  Which is why Reiki is an effective way of healing.  Reiki, also known as palm healing is a natural treatment involving the transfer of energy from the practitioner to the patient and provides a way to balance your ever changing energy fields .

The name “Reiki”  (pronounced ‘rey-key’)  literally means universal life force energy and is an alternative healing method which was started by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist in the very early 20th century.  Dr. Mikao learned that Reiki’s healing energy could be used as a healing tool at any moment, any time, any where for on the spot stress relief, pain relief or just a quick refill of energy.

Reiki healing is based on the belief that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us  is what keeps us alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are likely to get sick or feel stress and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. The healing process  brought on by this belief is that thoughts have the power to direct energy and can heal by raising the vibrations of the being or object to be healed through that of the practitioner. It involves the touch of hands which allows the flow of energy from the patient by way of the Reiki practitioner.  It is very powerful, yet extremely gentle energy that can be easily transferred from you to others just by willing it.  When you combine a sincere desire with someone who is willing to accept, Reiki can energize on an emotional and spiritual level of consciousness, which is how it is said to be effective. In other words it’s a type of spiritual healing that uses the power of the mind to influence the body. Its often used in conjunction with medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

Some of the other benefits of Reiki often sited are include-

  • It accelerates the body’s self healing abilities.
  • Assists the body in cleaning itself from toxins.
  • Helps you get restful sleep.
  • It will reduce your blood pressure.
  • It removes energy blockages, adjusts the energy flow of the endocrine system bringing the body into a perfect balance.
  • Reiki also raises your bodies vibration frequency.
  • Helps spiritual growth and emotional clearing.
  • Helps reduce pain.
  • It supports your immune system.
  • Creates deep relaxation and aids the body to release stress and tension.

Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but to become a practitioner one needs to learn to tap into their own supply of life force energy through a series of attunements. During a Reiki attunement process, the Master guides them through their higher vibrations of energy and by selecting a series of symbols which best represent the important points located along a person`s energy field which ultimately enables recipients to access the healing energy on their own—and in turn, help others to access it too.

There is no area of life that Reiki will not change and effect.  This holistic therapy has the ability to bring about healing on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.  Reiki classes are taught all over the country and in many parts of the world.  If you are interested in learning Reiki, check out the Self-Awareness and Transformation Center in New Jersey or learn more at

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Published August 28, 2010


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