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Reiki

What Is It?
How Does It Work?
What Happens During Treatment?
What Is It Used For?
Side Effects/Cautions
Recommended Books


What Is It?
Reiki is an ancient healing system which involves the transfer of health-giving energy (ki) from the practitioner (master) to the patient to restore emotional and spiritual balance and allow the body to heal itself. The name reiki is a Japanese term, “rei” meaning universal essence, and “ki” meaning vital life-force energy. Ki is equivalent to qi in traditional Chinese medicine. Reiki masters learn how to channel energy through their hands via a series of “attunements” to the reiki energy.

Reiki is thought to be derived from the healing systems developed by Tibetan monks thousands of years ago. The term reiki, however, wasn’t used until the late 1800s when a Japanese scholar, Mikao Usui, who had studied in Tibet, developed a system of healing using the energy in his hands. Reiki was introduced to the West by a Japanese-American woman, Hawayo Takata, who trained in Japan as a grand master under one of Usui’s students, Dr Shuriyo Hayashi.

How Does It Work?
Reiki practitioners believe that illness is caused by blockages in the flow of vital life-force energy or ki. Reiki masters who are “attuned” to this energy are able to transmit it through their hands into the person being treated, removing these blockages and allowing healing to occur. Reiki practitioners do not diagnose illness and claim that the healing energy automatically goes where it is needed.

Some researchers suggest that reiki induces a deep state of relaxation which triggers the release of the body’s natural painkilling chemicals.

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What Happens During Treatment?
During you initial visit you reiki practitioner will ask about your health and your reasons for seeking treatment. You will lie fully clothed on a padded table and the practitioner will place his/her hands on or near your body at various positions, including the head, abdomen, feet and back. The hands are held still for four or five minutes (up to 20 minutes if a blockage is detected) before moving them to a new position. Most people who have experienced a reiki session feel a warmth or tingling from the practitioner’s hands as the energy is channelled through them. The practitioner does not use her/his own energy, and many practitioners feel more energised themselves after a reiki session.

A reiki session will usually last for 60-90 minutes. Length of treatment will vary depending on the problem.

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What Is It Used For?
Reiki can help relieve chronic pain caused by illnesses such as arthritis and multiple sclerosis, and may help with emotional problems such as depression and anxiety. It may also promote a more rapid recovery from surgery or burns. Reiki has also been effective for reducing stress in people suffering from cancer or AIDs.

Side Effects/Cautions
Reiki should not be seen as a replacement for conventional medical care, but as a complementary therapy to other conventional or alternative treatments.

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Recommended Books

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Reiki The Ultimate Guide Learn Sacred Symbols & Attunements plus Reiki Secrets You Should Know
Steve Murray

This guide makes Reiki knowledge accessible to everyone! Nothing like it on the market.
If you desire to heal yourself with Reiki or become a Healer, this Ultimate Guide is for you and:
• The many many thousands of students who have received Reiki Attunements from Steve Murray's VHS, DVD programs and in person and now are ready to teach and give attunements.
• Individuals who have experienced Reiki Attunements and healing
• People who wish to learn about Reiki before receiving Reiki Healing
• Reiki Healers and Non-Reiki Healers who desire more knowledge
Guide Includes: 150 photos & Illustrations with symbols, hand positions and easy Step-by–Step directions showing how to give Attunements.
You will also learn:
• The four Sacred Reiki Symbols, including the Master Symbol and how to activate and use them
• How to Beam and Scan with Reiki
• How to perform Reiki Psychic Surgery
• How to remove Psychic Debris
• How to contact spirits & departed love ones with Reiki
• Why there are variations in Reiki Symbols & Attunements
• Why there should not be any Reiki Secrets
Plus: Healing with Reiki; What attunements are; How to prepare for attunements; What to expect after attunements; How to protect & balance yourself; The Antahkarana Symbol-Psychic Debris defined; Chakras and Reiki; Why intent is so important… and much more Reiki Guidance you should know.

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Reiki: The Healing Touch
William Lee Rand

Reiki, a technique for stress reduction that also promotes healing, allows everyone to tap into an unlimited supply of "life energy." Reiki was discovered by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist, early in the 20th Century. Reiki is easy to learn. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds. A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through you and surrounds you. It creates many beneficial effects including relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well being. Many have reported miraculous results. Hospitals and doctors' offices are beginning to include it as part of their therapy, and this new edition describes several successful approaches now being used to integrate Reiki into patient care.
This revised and expanded edition includes important new information on the theory and practice of Reiki, including the Japanese Reiki Techniques taught by Dr. Usui as well as the Hayashi healing guide.
This book is a must for anyone wanting the latest information on Reiki. Its referenced history of Reiki contains the most detailed and verifiable information currently available. Written with inspiration, clarity and vitality, it captures the essence of Reiki and is an excellent introduction to the subject as well as a user-friendly manual for the experienced practitioner.

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Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art
Diane Stein

Reiki is the ancient system of laying on of hands derived from Tibetan Buddhism. Transmitted by attunements from healer to healer, Reiki techniques have been demystified by Diane Stein, a Reiki master in practice since 1988. The author discusses the three degrees of Reiki and her experiences as a master teacher.

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The Reiki Sourcebook
Bronwen & Frans Stiene

If you teach Reiki, are a Reiki practitioner or are just plain interested in Reiki itself, then this book will take your knowledge of Reiki to a whole new level!
The Reiki Sourcebook is the ultimate in up-to-date information on everything Reiki. It is unbiased and clears up a lot of the conflicting stories you often hear about Reiki.
My favourite part of the book is the section on Western and Japanese techniques. There is so much detailed information in this book that I know I will have it by my side constantly so I can easily refer to it.
If you are a teacher of Reiki then you simply must have this book in order to share the best information possible with your students! If you are a Reiki practitioner this book will expand your knowledge and help you to understand this wonderful system of healing and where it came from and where it is today. If you are not yet attuned to Reiki but are thinking of becoming involved then this book will answer any questions you may have about the the what's, why's and how's of Reiki. - Maureen Oliver

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