Just for today I will
|Let go of Anger|
|Let go of Worry|
|Count my Many Blessings|
|Do my work Honestly|
|Be kind to every Living Creature|
Reiki is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Force Energy. In Chinese this energy is called Chi as in Tai Chi. The origin of Reiki can be traced back to ancient Tibet, thousands of years ago. This technique was re-discovered in the mid 1800s by Dr. Mikao Usui of Japan and brought to the U.S. by Mrs. Hawayo Takata of Hawaii in 1930s.
Reiki is a non-invasive technique. There is no manipulation of muscles; there is no need to remove clothing. Healing can be done on one spot where tension or pain is concentrated or on the entire body to balance and energize the complete system. For a full treatment, the practitioner merely places his or her hands on specific areas on both sides of the body. Most will feel the hands of the practitioner get warm or even cool depending on what is needed. As in therapeutic touch, Reiki healing helps to balance the energy surrounding the body but in addition Reiki helps to balance the energy within the body and supply it with additional life force energy as needed. The life force energy supplied is not the practitioner’s. The practitioner acts as a conduit bringing the energy in from its Source. As with electricity, the wires and overhead lines are bringing electricity to where it is needed. The practitioner would be considered the wires and overhead lines to bring in the Life Force Energy the body needs. Because the practitioner is not using his or her own energy, Reiki can be used for self-healing as well as healing others.
Reiki does not take the place of medical help when illness warrants it but Reiki helps to enhance and complement regular medical services. Reiki is one part of an integrated healing or wellness program.
In times of stress or illness, Reiki can speed healing, lessen the side effects of surgery and even the side effects of chemotherapy. Reiki can help strenghten the immune system, reduce pain and stress, relax muscles and help loosen joints.
Reiki is just one of the techniques gaining wider acceptance both with the general public and the medical establishment. Some hospitals are incorporating Reiki into their roster of patient services, often with their own Reiki-trained physicians, nurses and support staff. Clinical Trials are now underway sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine investigating the use of Reiki as an approach to improve well-being for patients with advanced AIDS and in another study to determine if Reiki will improve glycemic control and cardiac autonomic function in diabetic patients with painful neuropathy.