Reiki is one of the most widely known forms of energy healing. Energy Healing involves direct application of Chi for the purpose of strengthening the energy system. Chi is the term used for the underlying force the of which the Universe is made. Many cultures have talked about the physical universe being made of an underlying form of something, much as modern physics research is now coming to understand the Universe is made of energy which is subject to (or affected by) thought. Modern physics says this energy is affected by thought and the mystics also say this underlying form is affected by thought, going so far as to claim we create our own reality from our thinking and the thoughts we share between us each day.
Stop and reflect for a moment. Imagine the implications of the universe around us made from energy, which can be shaped and manipulated by thoughts. This is the implication of both Quantum Physics and ancient Metaphysics. Perhaps this theory makes some diseases easier to explain, especially those which have no apparent physical cause. Might this make miraculous cures easier to explain? For example there was research study done a couple years ago showing that prayer improves the health of those who are prayed for, the focus of intent in prayer sends thoughts out in the form of "I wish such-and-so to happen", so if the world is energy subject to the power of thought then prayers must work (depending on how clearly and carefully you hold and elaborate on the prayers or thoughts). This should be remembered while reading here about Reiki.
"Re" means "Universal" and it is a general term for spirit or unseen spiritual quality, which serves as channel for "Ki" or "Life Force Energy" (some call it God, Buddha, Chi, Qi, Prana, Love Energy, or similar). It relates to the superior, all-encompassing cosmic energy from which all other minor energies in the universe draw their power. Everything in the Universe is made up from energy particulars, which form the Omniscient, All-Knowing Blueprint for Creation. The Vital Living Energy Force comes in different manifestations of energy; one of these being the frequencies in which Reiki was developed.
Reiki is easily learned, simple to use, and beneficial for all. It is one of many forms of healing through the use of the natural forces, which were given the name Chi by ancient Chinese mystics. Since the word Reiki means Universal Life Force Energy, it (strictly speaking) refers to the energy and not the specific techniques taught by Reiki Masters.
Reiki is capable of healing anything because it works at very fundamental levels of reality. Even though the capability is there, this is not what always happens. The limits to Reiki seem to be in the recipient’s willingness to cast off old habits and patterns, accept change and accept healing. The level of reality where Reiki operates is the underlying energy structure of matter, as the physical matter we see around us is a solidified form of energy (Remember Einstein’s famous equation which says that each unit of mass is equivalent to a certain amount of energy). At the level where Reiki functions, anything can be changed because all is fluid like and is very malleable. Or so is the theory and so is the experience of Reiki practitioners. Emotional difficulties heal just as well as physical ones since emotional issues are more directly present in the energy structures.
When the flow of the "Life Force Energy" is disrupted, weakened or blocked, emotional or health problems occur. Imbalances can be caused from the many situations occurring in our lives, for example: emotional or physical trauma, injury, negative thoughts and feelings, including fear, worry, doubt, anger, anxiety, negative self-talk, toxicity, nutritional depletion, destructive lifestyle and relationships, neglect of self and lack of love for oneself or others, and any emotions that are not expressed in a healthy way.
Reiki is excellent for healing any physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues of any kind and it gives wonderful results. Other benefits include:
Creates deep relaxation and aids the body to release stress and tension.
Accelerate the body’s self-healing abilities.
Aid in better sleep.
Reduce blood pressure.
Can help with acute and chronic problems and aid in breaking addictions.
Help to relieve pain.
Removes energy blockages, adjusts the energy flow of the endocrine system bringing the body into balance and harmony.
Assists the body in cleaning itself from toxins.
Reduces some of the side effects of drugs and helps the body to recover from drug therapy after surgery and chemotherapy.
Supports the immune system.
Increases vitality and postpones the aging process.
Raises the vibrational frequency of the body.
Helps spiritual growth and emotional clearing.
When we are relaxed and stress-free, we are able to restore our natural ability to heal. Long-term practice of whole-body Reiki will restore the general condition of the body. It will open the energy channels and this will allow the body to deal properly and naturally with stress, built-up toxins and coping with anxiety and depression. When a person is in good health, regular therapy will increase the body’s built-in defenses. This will manifest itself as confidence and outward harmony in dealing with everyday events. The person will gain a positive outlook on life.
Reiki will also provide additional energy required to recover from illness. A Reiki healing session can induce an extremely comfortable state of being that can alter the client’s consciousness. Reiki is truly a complementary energy as it complements and enhances the health care the patient receives in hospital or from other health care providers. If used with other natural therapies (meditation, crystals, aroma therapy, Bach Flower remedies, homeopathy, etc.) Reiki will reinforce their effect.