Reiki The Rediscovered Healing Art

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness, that most frightens us. Nelson Mandela 1994 Inaugural Speech A Japanese system of natural healing called Reiki is based on channeling healing energy through the hands. This healing art was lost for centuries but was rediscovered by Dr Usui in the early 1900's in Japan. Reiki is a special kind of healing energy that has its own consciousness.

The practitioner does not guide Reiki energy. This healing energy guides itself by communicating with the clients higher self and goes naturally to where the client needs healing. When a practitioner of Reiki, is doing a healing they sometimes feel heat or cold or tingling in the hands when the hands pass over an area that needs to be healed. The Reiki energy will automatically go where the healing needs to be done. A Reiki Practitioner does not need to learn how to do Reiki as you would learn other healing techniques.

Reiki is simply passed on to the student through a Reiki Master. This is called an attunement. The Reiki master uses different symbols to pass on for different levels of Reiki. There are 3 levels of Reiki and the Master Level. It is a very simple and easy process. The student can immediately start giving Reiki treatments.

To start giving the treatments the Reiki Practitioner draws the symbols for what level they are at, in the palms of the hands to activate the healing energy. Your intentions alone can activate the energy itself to do a healing. The Practitioner is shown where to place the hands on the person to be healed.

Then the healing Begins. When you are healing with energy time and space are irrelevant. Therefore Reiki Healing can also be sent at a distance. This is called long distant healing. In 1938 Mrs Takata who was a student of Dr Usui brought Reiki to the western world.

After the second world war Mrs Takata was the only practicing Reiki Master in the world. She was the only teacher to be taught from and she was very rigid in her teaching trying to keep the tradition going. Some students became more concerned in keeping the tradition they ignored there own intuition and inner knowledge. In 1970 to become a master she would charge a fee of $10,000 dollars for the Master Level training.

This would discourage many would be teachers. She discouraged students to expand their many different levels of guidance. Her way would be the only way. Eventually Reiki lost some of it vitality for each teacher passed on a little less than the time before. As time went on and more teachers were trained the price to become a master went down. The nature of the Reiki energy began to heal its own expression.

Deeper aspects of healing began to surface. Reiki was found to heal deeper and deeper. Students were being allowed to branch off and listen to their own guidance and healing techniques. They began experimenting, adding knowledge and talking and exchanging information with others.

By doing this depth was added to their understanding and they developed their own style, improving the effectiveness of their own healing abilities. Because people have opened up Reiki has been able to evolve, develop and grow. Reiki heals and guides all those who practice it. To choose a teacher you want to pass the attunements on to you use your own guidance and be aware of what this persons energy feels like to you, Then decide. Copyright (c) 2008 Patsy Gagnon.

Patsy Gagnon is an inspirational writer, A wellness practitioner a Registered Certified Counseling Hypnotherapist, Usui Reiki Master, a channeler, and a healer. Connect with Patsy at

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