What is Reiki, exactly? The Reiki system of healing uses universal life force energy. Reiki originated in Japan, although one of the two branches is called Western Reiki, which is commonly practiced in the US. Both forms include the same basic features, such as being safe (no one can do any harm with the Reiki energy), intelligent (the energy knows where to go and what to do to help you), natural (no other tools or instruments are needed besides the Reiki practitioner, who channels the Reiki energy through his hands), and gentle (the practitioner places her hands softly on the body or just above the body. Practitioners don’t use massage or manipulation). Other great benefits of Reiki are the facts that it’s easy to learn, is teachable in three classes, and the knowledge of how to channel Reiki last for life.
1. Connection with the Universe
Reiki connects you to universal energy, thereby allowing you access to healing for yourself whenever you might need it. Plus, being plugged into the Universe means you can balance your body, mind and spirit by spending some time each day devoted to self-healing.
2. Connection to Your Spirituality
Reiki brings you closer to your Higher Self, which is an essential part of anyone’s spirituality. The perks of being more in tune with your High Self include being more intuitive, helping you make better decisions and giving an overall feeling of wholeness, as if a missing piece of your life’s puzzle has fallen into place.
Happier people live longer. It’s a fact. Lowering the stress in your life is essential to keeping illnesses and ailments at bay from your body. Reiki is an excellent tool to keeping your heart and mind calm, and connected to an inner peace that will be an asset in troubled times. You will gain a sense of real self-purpose and inner clarity that may have eluded you previously.
4. Rejuvenation of the Body
We put natural wear and tear on our bodies on a daily basis, whether through exercise or simply walking around the office. Between that and the toxins in our environment, our bodies are in desperate need of healing. Self-healing on a physical level helps prevent sickness, whether it’s one you’ve already had or one that you may have, and aids our injuries in healing fully. There is a plethora of ailments that Reiki helps soothe, from mild back pain to even cancer, according to Reiki experts.
5. Direction for Your Life
Once again, you are more plugged into the Unvierse through the practice of Reiki. Therefore, you will be much closer to finding your true purpose and calling through learning Reiki, as you become reconnected with the Divine in your life. Let your mind be opened up through practicing Reiki, thus freeing up yourself and your spirit.
6. Giving Back
Ever felt like helping people, but you were totally unsure of how to go about this? Reiki extends to more than yourself in its healing. This is a gift that many would count as invaluable in their lives. Imagine helping people be free of injuries that have plagued them for years, or giving them a sense of inner peace! Giving back like this is truly its own reward.
Reiki has the potential to turn your whole life around for the better if you self-heal every day and listen to your intuition. Life becomes a whole lot more clear, and you begin to understand what’s actually important in your life, and what is excess and unnecessary. Even things in your life like your relationships come into focus. Who is actually your friend? Who is just there for an easy ride? You’ll find out quickly when you start trying something "weird" like Reiki!
8. Emotional Healing
We all carry some kind of emotional trauma in our lives. No one’s life has been perfect. While we all accept that, we don’t all realize that we also carry the energy from these wounds that may be affecting us entirely, in our bodies, our hearts, and our spiritualities. Reiki can free us from these energies by helping us develop ourselves, and by lifting away the energy attached to the hardships of our past. Once this has been achieved, you are finally free to be yourself.
Reiki can change the way you deal with life and people in a way that is much healthier for you. It might not happen in a conscious manner, but it’ll quickly become apparent that when someone tries to take advantage of you, for example, you will push back, defend yourself, and demand more respect. Reiki helps you love yourself, so that you can learn to love others and ask others to love you, as well.
10. "The Art of Inviting Happiness"
The founder of Reiki, Dr. Mikao Usui, described Reiki as the "art of inviting happiness." Doesn’t that sound like something everyone could use in their lives? Often, people don’t know what happiness actually is, and seek material gains or the next promotion. But having a really, truly happy life goes far beyond that. Happiness comes from a profound understanding of the Universe and knowing your place there, which is exactly what Reiki sets out to do.