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History of Reiki

Reiki from Japan to
the West in 1937
and continued to
practice and teach
until her passing in

A Brief Overview

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress

reduction and relaxation that also promotes

It is administered by "laying on hands" and is

based on the idea that an unseen "life force
energy" flows through us and is what causes us
to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low,
then we are more likely to get sick or feel
stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of
being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese

words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or
the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force
energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually
guided life force energy.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of

spiritual healing and self-improvement that
everyone can use. It has been effective in
helping virtually every known illness and
malady and always creates a beneficial effect.
It also works in conjunction with all other
medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve
side effects and promote recovery.

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing

radiance that flows through and around you.
Reiki treats the whole person including body,
emotions, mind and spirit creating many
beneficial effects that include relaxation and
feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many
have reported miraculous results.

How Does Reiki Work?

We are alive because life force is flowing

through us. Life force flows within the physical
body though pathways called chakras,
meridians and nadis. It also flows around us in
a field of energy called the aura. Life force
nourishes the organs and cells of the body,
supporting them in their vital functions. When
this flow of life force is disrupted, it causes
diminished function in one or more of the
organs and tissues of the physical body.

Reiki heals by flowing through the affected

parts of the energy field and charging them
with positive energy. It raises the vibratory
level of the energy field in and around the
physical body where the negative thoughts
and feelings are attached. This causes the
negative energy to break apart and fall away.
In so doing, Reiki clears, straightens and
heals the energy pathways, thus allowing the
life force to flow in a healthy and natural way.

Can Anyone Learn Reiki?

The ability to learn Reiki is not dependent on

intellectual capacity, nor does one have to be able
to meditate. It does not take years of practice. It is
simply passed on from the teacher to the student.
As soon as this happens, one has and can do
Reiki. Because of this, it is easily learned by

Reiki is a pure form of healing not dependent on

individual talent or acquired ability. Because of this,
the personality of the healer is less likely to cloud
the significance of the experience. The feeling of
being connected directly to God's healing love and
protection is clearly apparent.

The Attunement

Reiki is not taught in the way other healing

techniques are taught. It is transferred to the
student by the Reiki Master during an
attunement process. This process opens the
crown, heart, and palm chakras and creates
a special link between the student and the
Reiki source.

Once you have received a Reiki attunement,

you will have Reiki for the remainder of your
life. It does not wear off and you can never
lose it. While one attunement is all you need
for each level to be attuned to that level,
Experimentation has found that additional
attunements of the same level add to the
value of that level. These benefits include
refinement of the Reiki energy one is
channeling, increased strength of the energy,
healing of personal problems, clarity of mind,
increased psychic sensitivity, and a raised
level of consciousness.

Preparing for an

In order to improve the results you receive

during the attunement, a process of purification
is recommended. This will allow the attunement
energies to work more efficiently and create
greater benefits for you. The following steps are
optional. Follow them if you feel guided to do
1. Refrain from eating meat, fowl or fish for three
days prior to the attunement. These foods often
contain drugs in the form of penicillin and female
hormones and toxins in the form of pesticides and
heavy metals that make your system sluggish and
throw it out of balance.

2. Consider a water or juice fast for one to three

days especially if you already are a vegetarian or
have experience with fasting.
3. Minimize your use of coffee and caffeine drinks
or stop completely. They create imbalances in the
nervous and endocrine systems. Use no caffeine
drinks on the day of the attunement.
4. Use no alcohol for at least three days prior to the
5. Minimize or stop using sweets. Eat no chocolate.

6. If you smoke, cut back, and smoke as little as

possible on the day of the attunement.
7. Meditate an hour a day for a least a week using a
style you are familiar with or simply spend this time
in silence.
8. Reduce or eliminate time watching TV, listening to
the radio, and reading newspapers.
9. Go for quiet walks, spend time with nature, and get
moderate exercise.
10. Give more attention to the subtle impressions and
sensations within and around; contemplate their

11. Release all anger, fear, jealousy, hate, worry,

etc. up to the light. Create a sacred space within
and around you.
12. By receiving an attunement you will become
part of a group of people who are using Reiki to
heal themselves, and each other, and who are
working together to heal the Earth. You will also
be receiving help from Reiki guides and other
spiritual beings who are also working towards
these goals. While Reiki is not a religion, you may
prepare your mind with intention work and pray in
a religious mode comfortable to you to prepare to
open to higher spiritual energies and experiences.