THE UNIVERSAL LIFE FORCE
What is Reiki ?
Reiki is a Japanese term that was made by the conjunction of two other words: REI, which we can translate in our language as Universal Life Force, Divine, Spiritual realm or as I prefer to call it, The Unconditional Love that Surrounds Us, and KI, a concept that is common in cultures worldwide, that we could translate as Energy, Breath of Life or Universal Consciousness. The last one is my personal favourite.
So, linking all together, we could understand the meaning of Reiki as the Transmission of the Loving Universal Life Force into an individual, channelled through the therapist's hands in an energy-like form, to assist the body achieve its natural balance by aligning and nourishing its energy fields.
What can Reiki do for me and what to expect during a session ?
This gentle, yet powerful energy healing technique, gives us the opportunity to calm and relax body, mind and soul to aid our body's natural healing processes as well as to restore physical and emotional well-being.
Regular Reiki treatments can bring about a calmer and more peaceful state of being, in which a person is better able to cope with everyday challenges. This mental balance also enhances learning, memory, mental clarity and sleep quality. Reiki is great to alleviate mood swings, fear and frustration, as well as to offer relief during emotional distress and sorrow.
On the physical level, Reiki helps to relieve pain from migraine, arthritis, sciatica, etc. It also helps with symptoms of asthma, chronic fatigue and menopause.
Reiki speeds up recovery from surgery or long-term illness.
A session is usually performed with the patient comfortably lying down, fully clothed and with closed eyes to reduce distractions and induce relaxation. Music will be played in the background and some aromatic incense will subtly accompany. I will place my hands in specific positions, either hands-on or hands-off, on the patient's body depending on what is required or the patients preferences.
In most cases, I accompany Reiki sessions with Crystal Therapy, which is the use of appropriate and specific attuned crystals and gems, as this enhances the energy being transmitted and gives the patient extra support in their healing process.
A bit of history and the importance of the Reiki lineage
Every ancient culture in the world developed some kind of energy healing method. Either it was carried by shamans in Mongolia and Siberia, monks in Nepal and India or Wise Elders in the Native Americas, to name a few, we can still find the powerful teachings of the ancestors living within the actual communities.
Reiki, as a therapy and healing method, was created in Japan by Mikao Usui Sensei, Buddhism practitioner and descendant of a samurai lineage in the early 1920's.
He was an inspired and avid student with a thirst of knowledge and his education involved the traditional teachings of Tendai Buddhism, Human Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Spirituality and Mysticism.
We honor Usui Sensei for his work and development of Reiki for the highest purpose of healing for his community and the world, but it is also known and accepted that other forms of Reiki or Energy Healing already existed in Japan since thousands of years ago.
The Reiki Lineage is the line of energy connecting the practitioner to Usui Sensei. As many modalities of Reiki have developed in time, it is somehow important to keep a record of the 'Reiki family tree' for everybody to know who your masters have been.
My Reiki training comes from the Usui Shiki Ryoho lineage and my masters have been:
Mikao Usui Sensei ► Chujiro Hayashi ► Ms. Hawayo Takata ► Phyllis Lie Furomoto ► Dr. Paula Horan ► Karl Everding ► Barbara Szepan ► Pravin Patel ► K.P. Khatri ► Swami Ramesh C. Shukla
I received my first Reiki attunement in Lima, Peru by May-Lis Valakivi at CIHOPERU center, completing the 1st and 2nd Degree of Reiki.
I travelled to India and completed the Reiki Master training with Master Swami Shukla during the beautiful monsoon season in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.