What is Reiki?
Reiki is a natural, simple, safe, effective healing system that uses guided universal energy, the energy which permeates our entire universe and all living things. This energy is channeled through the hands of the practitioner into the body and aura of the receiver. It is an ancient healing system that has been used for thousands of years and was rediscovered by Dr Mikao Usui. Reiki is a Japanese term meaning universal energy, or spiritually guided universal energy, because it is the divine consciousness, the All-knowing that guides this life force. Because of this, Reiki can also be sent to someone who is not physically present, this is called distance healing. It can also be used on animals and plants. During a Reiki session, the person receiving Reiki lies or sits, fully clothed, while the practitioner places her hands lightly on or a few inches over the person’s head and body. Reiki opens the mind and spirit to the causes of distress and pain. Reiki heals on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual to help return the body to its natural perfect state. It increases spiritual awareness and progress and is a means for each person to access the richness of her soul and discover her own great potential. Alexandra works with all, including hospice patients, one’s recovering from eating disorders, cancer patients, horses, moms and babies, and children. She does home visits and long distance healing too!
Once a person is attuned to the Reiki life force through initiations and training, he or she is permanently linked to the healing life force available to all. Through placement of hand positions on oneself or another person, the life force energy flows from the practitioner’s hands into the individual who is receiving the healing. The practitioner is a clear vessel through which the healing energy flows.
How Reiki is Practiced
Reiki can be experienced in person or long distance. The Reiki energy flows through the practitioner into the healee. When in person, Alexandra places her hands on or above the client. Alexandra becomes very warm and feels the energy of Reiki moving through her. Often the clients will feel in a state of extreme bliss, peace, or joy. Other times people will release emotions through tears. Over long distance Alexandra thinks about the client and her body becomes warm, the energy flows through her, and the client receives the energy in that moment. Long distance can be a very powerful healing modality.
Benefits of Reiki
Benefits of Reiki include relaxation, enhanced immune system, improved breathing and circulation, improved digestion, detoxification, clearer sinuses, elevated mood, cellular regeneration, and diminished pain. Clients report feeling relaxed yet energized. Inflammation and muscle tension are often diminished. Headaches, jaw pain, mild colds, cuts, and acute illnesses often resolve. Clients dealing with chronic illnesses report an improvement in their overall well-being. People report feeling balanced and more in-tune with their life purpose. Others report greater clarity regarding a life decision. Many report a greater sense of peace and self-love.
Reiki does not conflict with other health-care modalities but enhances its results. It speeds the healing process, provides regeneration of the cells, and supports people in their own healing abilities. When Reiki healing is combined with sincere desire and initiative of the healee to make healthy life transformations, real change can occur. Alexandra works from her heart and provides a safe, gentle space for Reiki healing.
History of Reiki
In the 1800s Dr. Usui, of Japan, had a deep burning desire. He wanted to know how to perform ancient healing techniques found in theology texts. He did a seven year intellectual research. He went to the University of Chicago and received a degree in theology, he did not find the answers of ancient healing. Then, he traveled throughout Japan interviewing different people of knowledge, he still did not find the answers of physical healing. He then joined a Zen monastery. In the ancient Sanskrit texts, he finds ancient symbols and rites of empowerment. He found the knowledge and keys, but not the energetic power of healing.
He consulted with the abbot about how to proceed with his search for the power of healing and together they made a plan. He traveled up to a mountaintop and fasted. He gathered twenty-one rocks to mark his time and vowed not to return without an answer- the power to heal. On the twenty-first day he saw light, colors, and symbols. He had fear before empowerment; he fainted. After awaking, he realized this is the energy transmission of the universe- which he had been seeking. He attained his answer: the energy to heal.
After his transmission, he traveled down the mountain and witnessed four miracles. First, he had eaten no food for three weeks, and yet had full strength to walk down the mountain. Second, he healed his injured toe. Third, he healed an innkeeper’s daughter’s toothache, and fourth, he ate a full meal after a twenty-one day fast with no difficulty. He wanted a plan of action that would best use this power for the benefit of all.
He consulted with the abbot, and began to treat the beggars in exchange for food. He evaluated the results: the beggars become healthy, but did not contribute to society. Dr. Usui then realized that physical healing by itself is not sufficient. He refined his actions; he taught the principles of living and gave treatments to those who gave in return. He gave lectures on the principles of healing and living. From that day on, he traveled around Japan treating and teaching.
Then, he passed on his empowerment and he initiated others into Reiki. Dr. Usui initiated Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, who opened a healing clinic in Japan. Dr. Hayashi initiated Hawayo Takato, a native of Hawaii, who brought Reiki to the mainland. Dr. Jensen (initiated by Usui) and a monk named Sagi (initiated by Hayashi) brought a slightly different from of Reiki to this country.
Today, Reiki is a powerful healing modality used in America, Japan, China, Israel, Europe, and other countries.