Reiki is commonly perceived to be (only) a form of spiritual healing. However Reiki
is more than this: Reiki is now also increasingly regarded as a belief and behaviour
approach towards personal fulfillment, whose principles and philosophy can explain
and achieve better life-balance and well-being; enable the furthering of self-development
and discovery, as well as being a remarkable healing and recovery treatment. Based
on very ancient Eastern teachings, Reiki methodology and history has given rise to
confusion, speculation and mystery, although in recent years, happily, the consistency
and detail of information about Reiki has progressively improved, to the point today
where Reiki is an accepted form of 'alternative therapy', available and practised
widely, including its recommendation and provision by many 'mainstream' hospitals
and clinics across the western world.
A Reiki treatment is given fully clothed. The Reiki recipients' privacy, modesty
and dignity are always respected. For enhanced relaxation, the recipient is usually
lying down, but could be sitting or even standing. There are seven classic positions
where generally the practitioner will place his/her hands on or over the recipient.
These positions equate to the seven main 'chakra' areas of the body, which feature
in various Eastern mind-and-body and spiritual concepts. See the chakra definitions
below. (The word is sometimes spelled 'chakra' - it means the same thing). However,
since a basic tenet of Reiki is that the Reiki (healing energy) will flow where the
Reiki 'needs to go', strict adherence to the chakra positions is not vital. Chakras
are certainly an aspect of Reiki treatment, but not an absolute rule.
Feelings experienced by the recipient during Reiki treatment vary between individuals,
and also from session to session. Treatments are typically very relaxing, and recipients
often fall into a lovely drifting state, or actually fall asleep. These states may
be accompanied by dreams, floating sensations, warmth, tingling or a general sense
of security and peace. Sometimes, if the healing is on a mental level, the recipient
may shed a few tears as the emotional pain is released. This will be followed by
calmness and later by a sense of increased energy as the body is freed from the weight
of the stored distress.
Sometimes the benefit from a Reiki treatment is obvious and at others little seems
to be happening. Trust and patience are needed. Healing may not always manifest in
the way the recipient wanted or expected. For example a 'patient' presenting with
an ear problem may simply leave the Reiki session with some vague idea about listening
to someone's complaints more sympathetically.
The position on the body of an ailment or complaint can be a good clue as to its
underlying mental and/or emotional cause. Addressing the cause is where healing begins.