Before you begin to learn what is Reiki, I would like to introduce to you a basic step that you can begin to practice immediately. It is an essential grouding technique, used by Reiki healers and taught to Reiki students during level one course. This grouding technique will connect you with the Earth's energy.
Reiki healing cannot be explained. It must be experienced.
Reiki is an ancient healing method that was re-discovered by a Japanese Buddhist and spiritualist, Dr. Mikao Usui at the end of 19th century. Dr. Usui was interested in how people were healed by touch and through his research, meditation, and profound personal experience, he found a 2500 year-old healing technique which he called Reiki.
For the following seven years, Dr. Usui treated many beggars. One day, he noticed that the same familiar faces kept returning to him. He asked them why didn't they change their lives. The answer was that it was easier to go on beginning. He then had a profound revelation, he realized that healing with Reiki was not enought, he also needed to teach people gratitude. He thought out 5 Reiki Principles and began teaching them. This was a beginning of his path of travelling across Japan and teaching Reiki.
There are many ways that Reiki today is practiced. In addition to the Reiki training (which in itself can vary), many practitioners develop their own ways of healing and add a variety of elements into the healing session. For example, practitioners may use or incorporate into the healing session some of the following:
While non-traditional, all of these ways are valid. It is our human nature to be creative and innovative.
If you have been practicing Reiki or learning Reiki for a while, you have noticed that there are some controversies and disagreements over teachings of Reiki. Some Reiki Masters disagree with certain methods of healing and teaching Reiki.
For example, some Reiki Masters regard Reiki Symbols as secret and only to be shared during Reiki initiation. Other Masters (and healers and teachers) hold, that the symbols should be shared for the highest good of humanity and they can be shared freely through media, printed or online.
I agree with sharing. Our society is changing and evolving and so is our consciousness. We need to be flexible, fluid, and open to change. Knowledge is to be shared and passed on. It is to be shared not only with those special ones, who can afford to have an initiation by a Reiki Master, but it is to be shared with anyone who is curious, interested and perhaps wants to help themselves or humanity.
I can understand the other point of view as well. One of the reasons that Reiki teachings have a certain protocol is for credibility. Practitioner credibility is a big challenge, especially in our society where energy healing is viewed with distrust and disbelief. Certain Masters hold that having established rules and protocol helps to maintain some sense of control over the discipline, giving it a certain level of credibility, understanding, and acceptance in the wider community.
As with everything, there are two sides of coin to any argument and you decide which one fits most with your belief system, your personal ethics, and values.
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