What Is Reiki?

Reiki is a healing tradition open to any belief system where the treatment can help the body emotionally or spiritually .

The healing tradition of Reiki was founded by Mikao Usui in the early 20th Century and has been taught and used in the UK since the late 1900’s. Reiki lineage is important and each teacher will have a lineage which depicts their line of training, unbroken, all the way back to Mikao Usui.

The word ‘Reiki’ (pronounced ‘Rey-Kee’) translates as “Universal life force energy”though a more accurate version is ‘Spiritual Energy’. Reiki treatment works to bring you into balance when this energy is interrupted or becomes unbalanced and is believed to reinforce the body’s natural ability to heal itself at all levels whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.

Reiki is a safe gentle, non-intrusive healing technique which uses spiritual energy to treat physical ailments without using pressure, manipulation or massage; however, it is much more than a physical therapy. It is a holistic system for balancing, healing and harmonising all aspects of the person – body, mind, emotions and spirit – and it can also be used to encourage personal and spiritual awareness and growth.

Reiki focuses on two key elements, Chakra and Aura.

The word Chakra derives from the Sanskrit word “Cakra” meaning wheel or disc, Chakras are spinning wheels of energy or light. The Sanskrit language is one of the indic languages of India and the language itself dates back to around 1500 BC or possibly earlier. The wokd Sanskrit when translated can mean complete, perfect or pulled together depending on the translation. The Chakras were first mentioned in ancient Hindu texts when it was suggested that it is possible to awaken these energies through medication.

Aura is the human energy field, which is made up of seven layers which project outwards from the human body at various distances. Each level is connected to the body by the skin. Each level is made up of a higher vibration frequency than that of the previous layer. Individuals who have psychic ability are able to see some or all of the layers of the aura. Some may be able to see a fine grayish, white or bluish mist others who may be especially gifted, may see all of the layers in detail.

The seven layers of the Aura relate to the emotional, spiritual and physical state or condition of the person. As a person is constantly feeling, interacting with and experiencing their environment, subtle changes within the auric field take place all of the time. When any damage is done within the subtle energy field by stress or negative thoughts and feelings the aura will become damaged and holes will appear. These holes will let in more negative energy until the physical body becomes affected resulting in disease (dis-ease) It is the aim of healers and crystals healers to repair the holes in the energy field and release any blockages, thereby restoring good health and natural balance to the individual. The energy field can be felt by moving our hands parallel to the body, in this way you will feel the etheric body. You may feel areas of built up energy which will need to be released and in some areas you may feel that the energy is fine or light. This may be an area where there is a hole in the aura.

Reiki treatments are given fully clothed in a quiet environment. You can find out more about the treatments at Pollyanna Reiki on my Treatments  page.

There are lots of places you can research Reiki including books and papers. Online resources are also available.