What is Reiki?
The word Reiki means free passage of Universal Life Force Energy. Reiki is a Japanese word, represented by the characters below. In the Chinese character system, Reiki is Leiki. Both Reiki and Leiki originate in Tibet. Pronounced Ray key. The symbol is Japanese “kanji” or character for the word “Reiki”.
The syllable rei in Japanese means spirit, ghost and soul. In Chinese, the syllable lei, means subtle influences, the force, ethereal and supernatural power. Rei can be interpreted as “free passage”.
The syllable Ki means life force energy (as in Aikido). In Chinese, life force energy is called chi, in India, prana. There are many names for life force energy; each culture has its own.
The History Of Reiki
Reiki, originating from the words, raku-kei, is the art and science of spiritual self-improvement.
Reiki originated in ancient Tibet thousands of years ago. The Reiki calligraphy, in Sanskrit, was used in meditation in Tibetan monasteries. Reiki symbols were painted upon large wall hangings in the monasteries and acted as the centre focus in the practices toward enlightenment by Tibetan holy men.
A Tibetan Lama would sit on a four-legged wooden stool in the centre of an oval earthenware container (to represent the etheric egg) filled with three inches of water.
The stool was made of wood with pure silver inlay going up a channel in each of the stools legs, connecting a silver plate inlay upon the stools’ seat. On the silver plate, inlaid in amethyst and rubies, was the Master Frequency Symbol. In front of the stool was a mirror of polished copper. Behind the stool hung a tapestry containing the Lamas’ prayer and the Reiki symbols.
The symbols were reflected in the copper wall, and meditated upon by the Lama as he sat on the stool. The Tibetan Lama concentrated on the Reiki symbols to implant them deep into his subconscious, thereby purifying the body/mind, raising consciousness, and increasing awareness.
How Does Reiki Work?
When you are attuned to Reiki energy, your channels are opened to Universal Life Energy. Reiki attunements are much like tuning a radio to get your desired station. The attunements you will receive tune you into Reiki energy so you can channel if for yourself or others at anytime, for the rest of your life. All of us have Universal Life Force Energy, essential for health and life. We all have some amount of healing energy coming from our hands. During Reiki attunement process, the Reiki symbols are used to permanently restructure aspects of your energy bodies to:
- Allow you access to a reservoir or Reiki energy set up by Reiki Masters of the past.
- Increase the flow of life force energy through your energy body for the benefit of yourself and others.
- Access a consciousness factor that connects to the symbols. Implant the symbols for the rest of your life.Reiki is taught at different levels: You start with First Degree and then after a while you move on to Second Degree. This can be seen as ‘practitioner’ level. We do not recommend that you take Reiki first and second degree over consecutive days because we believe that you need to have a chance to put Reiki into practice for a while.
You need to do some self-treatments, and you need to get your hands on some real people so that you feel comfortable with treating before you move on to the next level. You also need to give yourself a chance to get to grips with the new energy that you are now re-connected to and let everything settle down a bit before moving on. Most people nowadays go on to take Second Degree level and a few might decide to move on to Master-Ship.
When you become a Reiki Master, one of the things you learn is how to connect others to Reiki. To be able to pass on Reiki to others is a wonderful gift. And Master-Ship isn’t a final destination: it’s just the first step on an exciting journey! You can’t become a Master of anything by going on a two- day course, so real Mastery comes through dedication and practice.