Dr. UsuiThe history of Reiki begins with Mikao Usui, who was born in 1865 in Japan. During his lifetime, he practiced Tendai Buddhism and studied Japanese martial arts. He is also known to have studied history, medicine, and spiritual practices from other cultures, including Christianity.

In 1922 Mikao Usui went on a spiritual pilgrimage to Mt. Kurama, which is near Kyoto, Japan. He fasted and meditated for 21 days while on the mountain top. This was his own retreat from the world during which time he sought spiritual enlightenment. During this time of meditation and retreat Usui had a profound experience, during which he received enlightenment and the system of Reiki.

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy

The word Reiki (ray-key) is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”

While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.Reiki hands

As a healing energy, Reiki is considered to be positive (no harm can come from Reiki) and intelligent (the energy heals what is needed even if you don’t consciously know what you need.) The recipient draws the right amount of energy to just the place where it’s needed.

Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well being.

At the completion of each level, the students receive what is call an attunement. Attunements are a form of initiation that opens you to a higher vibration of energy and gives you the ability to channel Reiki energy. With each successive attunement, you receive a higher or finer level of energy.

There are three level of Reiki training:

Level 1 – This level starts your Reiki flow. You find out about Reiki history and how to
use Reiki to heal yourself.

Level II – At this level you find out how to use some of the Reiki symbols and send Reiki
long distance. After this degree, you can become a Reiki practitioner.

Level III – This level is frequently divided into two parts, with the first focusing on the
fourth Reiki symbol and learning Master’s level techniques.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an “attunement” given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life.

Reiki, like hypnosis, cannot replace your medical professional, but in many cases it can do things that medicine can’t and do them much more gently and positively.

Its use is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.

In order for the Reiki healing energies to have lasting results, the client must accept responsibility for her or his healing and take an active part in it. Therefore, the Usui system of Reiki is more than the use of the Reiki energy. It must also include an active commitment to improve oneself in order for it to be a complete system.

Dog receiving ReikiLet’s not forget our four-legged friends! Reiki is ideal because it is gentle and non-invasive. It causes no stress, discomfort or pain, while yielding powerful results. It supports the healing of emotional and behavioral issues, and of physical illnesses and injuries.

Pets are not only our closest companions and friends; they are also amazing spiritual teachers, because they possess such spiritual qualities – unconditional love, forgiveness, patience, etc. When we share our lives with dogs, our spiritual paths intertwine. We are (consciously or unconsciously) changed for the better.

For pets that are healthy, Reiki helps to maintain their health, enhances relaxation, and provides an emotional sense of peace and contentment. For pets that are ill, Reiki is a wonderful healing method, as well as a safe complement to all other forms of healing. For our dying pets, Reiki is a powerful yet gentle way to provide comfort, and relief from pain, anxiety and fear.

Pets respond intuitively to Reiki’s power, so give your pet the chance to experience the wonders of Reiki.

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