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There are many myths surrounding Reiki and Spiritual healing. Most if not all of which are untrue. Most of these myths and misconceptions have come about due to peoples fear of the unknown and scepticism as to the effectiveness of the healing. It may just be that they think it’s a lot of hocus pocus with no foundation whatsoever. It is my belief that Reiki and Spiritual healing have been a natural gift to the human race since the beginning of time, but with our so called progress we have forgotten these gifts and natural abilities and opted for the more material world and the progress of science and medicine. It is only a minority of people who are searching for that missing element in their lives, who sometimes stumble into spiritual healing and Reiki.

The medical profession as a whole, give very little credence to alternative medicine, believing that the only way forward is through pill popping. I’m not saying that you should abandon conventional medicine, far from it, as the skills of the healer are not at miracle status and certainly for the now will compliment not replace conventional medicine.

*So what is Reiki? Pronounced Ray Kee in the West and Lay Kee in Japan it is usually translated as ‘Universal Life Force Energy’ or God directed Life Force Energy’ or ‘Spiritual Energy’. The word is divided into two parts, Rei is translated as the ‘wisdom and knowledge of all the Universe’ or ‘atmosphere of the Divine’. The Higher Intelligence that guides the creation and functioning of the Universe. Wisdom that comes from God, the Universe, All that Is, the Source, the Creator. This being all knowing and understands the need and cause of all problems and difficulties and how to heal them. Ki is the life force energy that flows through every living thing, plant, animal, human and which is present in some form in everything around us, even in rocks and inanimate objects.*

So that explains the word itself, but how would I describe what Reiki is to those of you who don’t already know. Reiki in a non-invasive therapy using a hands on healing technique, that is safe and gentle. It can be used on either yourself or others, using spiritual energy to treat physical ailments, without the use of pressure, manipulation or massage. It is a holistic therapy which is used to harmonize and heal the mind, body and spirit. It can also help with spiritual awareness and growth.

Reiki as we understand it in the West was developed by Dr Mikao Usui a Buddhist priest who lived from 1865 to 1926.  After many years of study he found that he could access and use the healing energy and pass this ability onto other people. During the last few years of his life Usui developed Usui Reiki Ryoho which translated means Usui Spiritual Energy Healing Method, becoming widely know throughout the Western World, as Reiki.

*Taken from Reiki for Life by Penelope Quest


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