Reiki is a healing technique in which practitioners channel
universal energy ('Rei' and 'Ki' being Japanese words for
'Universal' and 'Energy'), either through their hands, or
using distant healing techniques. There are now several different (trademarked) forms of Reiki,
but the overall concept of channelling Universal Energy
is common to all of them.
History of Reiki:
There are many stories about the origins of Reiki, some of which suggest that it is over 2,500 years old. There
are also detailed descriptions of the forms of
Reiki that have been used and in some cases also trademarked over the
last 40 years.
The reiki history included on this website
is a summary of the 'Traditional Story' that is usually
taught to participants of 'Reiki I' Courses. See the history
of reiki for more about Dr Usui's re-discovery of Reiki by Usui
and its use in the years that followed.
What are the 3 Levels of Usui Reiki ?
The three 'Levels', or 'Degrees' of Reiki are the three
traditional stages of learning to Channel Reiki energy.
It is not necessary to go through all three stages because
everyone who has received the Reiki I Attunements is then
able to channel Reiki energy, though many also go on to
the other levels.
- Reiki 1 is the
level at which one is encouraged to focus on self-healing.
This serves several purposes, such as enabling the person
to channel more energy to others as their own energy
field is optimised and getting the person used to the
sensations associated with the energies.
- Reiki 2 is the
level associated with channeling Reiki to other people,
animals and situations. Level 2 is also associated with
sending Distant Healing, as this is the stage at which
that skill is usually taught.
- Reiki 3 is often
referred to as 'Master Level'. This level is often divided
into two parts: 'Master Practitioner Level' , and 'Master
Teacher Level'. This is because receiving the Master
Level attunements enables people to attune others to
Reiki, hence becoming a teacher of this healing art.
However, performing attunements is a skill that requires
considerable practice and not all Reiki Masters choose
to teach, some preferring to concentrate only on providing
Reiki Healing Treatments.
What does a Reiki Treatment involve? :
The Reiki Practioner may begin by asking the client a series
of questions. This sometimes takes the form of a Medical
History, but in the case of other practitioners it may simply
be focussed around why the person is requesting the treatment
and what he/she would like it to achieve. This consultation
prior to the treatment is important because the exchange
of information enables the practitioner to set expectations
appropriately and to be sure that the client understands
what is will happen and what cannot be guarenteed.
Most people find Reiki treatments to be deeply relaxing.
Textbooks and other Sources of Reading:
There are many books about Reiki, some for the interested
general public and potential Reiki Clients ,
others for those intending to become Reiki Practitioners
either at Level 1, 2 or 3.
In addition, those seriously interested in finding out more
about healing by channeling energies are likely to appreciate
Barbara Ann Brennan's book about healing ,
Further Information about Reiki :
Introductory reiki courses are available from many local
colleges. For a personal introduction to this subject and
to meet like-minded people who have similar interests find
out what is available in your area.