What is Reiki?
What is it anyone wants more than anything else on Earth? “A fast car, a big house, private schooling for my children, that is why I work so hard.” Think again. What is it YOU want? Health, happiness, wealth, love, someone to share with you?
Let me share a secret with you, what everyone really wants to know, in order to be their healthiest, happiest, wealthiest etc is to connect with who they are. To know themselves. The question is, how do we go about finding that. We are not born with a manual that can be perused when things go wrong, there is not a help button that you can press to search for the answers … so how do you find the solution to the question you asked as a child.
Born in Japan in 1865, Usui Mikao was a philosophy student, and had studied martial art, religious and other philosophy available to him at a time of big change. During this era, there was a massive search for inner connectedness, and Usui pulled together his research and started teaching what he felt was a great to help to everyone, regardless of any religious belief.
What happened during Usui’s teachings was reported as amazing. He was sharing lessons to help his students break down old bad habits, and help them develop new practices. He was helping them reach their own true nature and inner knowledge. What was most amazing from his teachings was that his students received healing from the sessions, not something that Usui had necessarily initially intended at all. The combination of helping his students reconnect to their spirituality and also blessing them (called a Reiju) brought about a very positive healing effect.
We all have the innate ability to heal and connect to our inner self. The problem is we tend to gradually lose this connection and forget it ever existed. This can lead to a wide array of health conditions and anxieties / sadness / etc that simply need not be. To learn Reiki (pronounced Ray Key), you need a Master to work with that you feel comfortable with, and although you will only need a few days training for each level, you need to be ready to make take the first step on your journey to discovering who you are, being ready to let go of old habits that do not serve your true self’s higher good.
This sounds a little harsh – but in reality – it is actually amazing and most empowering. A student starts their journey with their Master teaching them the meaning of the five precepts (or codes of conduct) and a blessing. Whilst you can explore the precepts on your own without the blessing, the blessing helps the journey and the inner healing process.
Your Reiki Master will also teach you exercises to help clear your Ki (Chi energy / life force energy). I shall share the first precept with you now; do not live by it yet for you need to truly understand it for it to help you, just let your subconscious mind consider it for a while:
“Do not anger”
We will delve deeper into Reiki next month ….