Following on with the theme of one’s mental wellbeing from my last blog, let’s talk about another, little known treatment called Reiki.

Reiki is the energy that surrounds us all. It is the energy that helps us to grow and to flourish. The word Reiki is made up of two Japanese words: ‘Rei’, meaning Universal, and ‘Ki’, meaning Life Force Energy. There are many forms of energy with their own vibrational characteristics; known as Chi in China, Prana in India and Ki in Japan. You’ll also find many other names given to life force energy around the world, but all have basically the same meaning.

Usui Reiki Ryoho, or Reiki, as it is nowadays simply known as, has its roots in ancient Indian and Tibetan forms of healing. It was discovered in Japan in 1920 after Dr. Mikao Usui, a spiritual teacher, was inspired to develop this form of healing after many years of studying ancient Indian and Tibetan scriptures, meditation and research. It differs from other forms of healing that are used to harmonise the body and soul, in that the practitioner does not require years of meditation and practice for it to be effective. The practitioner is simply attuned to the ‘Reiki energy’. An analogy could be to think of ourselves as radios. Radio waves are all around but the radio is silent. The radio can be switched on and ‘tuned in’, at which point it then receives the radio waves and puts out the energy in the form of sound to the recipient. A trained person in the form of a Reiki Master can ‘tune in’ the student to Reiki. The student, once attuned, can  ‘switch themselves on’ and channel that energy to any recipient: another person, animals, plants and also inanimate objects such as rocks, crystals and water. By channelling Reiki to someone else, you allow their body to receive the energy it needs for healing to take place.

The Five Principles of Reiki

The philosophy of Reiki is rooted in five principles.   

Just for today:

Do not anger 

Do not worry 

Be grateful 

Work hard 

Be kind to others. 

Why do we need Reiki?

The purpose of Reiki is to promote good health. Research suggests it may help to reduce pain and anxiety, improve your mood and sense of wellbeing and help with depression The five principles of Reiki provide guidance for healing and balancing your energy. 

Applying the principles of Reiki to the everyday

Following the principles of Reiki is an effective way of realising and managing one’s emotions.

Do not anger

It’s normal to feel angry at times – but if that anger comes from within, we have to acknowledge it and release it in order to allow happiness in. 

Do not worry

Similarly, many of us worry over things that have not even happened. Worrying about future events produces negative emotions. Reiki is a way to encourage you to release this energy and live more in the now.

Be grateful

Be grateful for what you have. Actively expressing gratitude is one way to increase positive energy; consider journaling every day something that you are grateful for.

Work hard

Endeavour to work hard to achieve your goals. Be mindful of your experiences and of living in the moment.

Be kind to others

Being kind to others helps you to receive positive energy. At the same time, always remember to be kind to yourself as well this will help your spiritual health.

Living in these difficult times, it is not always easy to adhere to the five principles of Reiki. Receiving Reiki healing will help you to enhance your ‘self-help’ journey. Book a treatment now.

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