Reiki is an energy system from Japan. Sensei Mikao Usui, in 1914, was attuned to this energy while meditating on Mount Kuriyama. In 1920 Usui established a clinic and began teaching Reiki to others. There is a lot of information regarding the history of how Reiki came into being. I suggest that you search the web for additional information, visit Links & Resources and read various books to gain a better understanding of what Reiki is, as each person has a unique and wonderful way of describing Reiki. I will be expanding my page in the future to have a more complete account of the history of Reiki. I have found a great resource at The International Center for Reiki Training.
Is Reiki a Religion or a Cult?
No. It is an energy system that uses the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Reiki is easily understood by several religious views as it is a universal healing energy that accepts all religious views. Should you find anyone trying to exert control over you or others by using Reiki, run – don’t walk away from them.
Does Reiki Hurt?
No. Reiki does no harm. Most people find it to be intensely relaxing and calming. Reiki is an energy that the body uses. The individual’s body, higher being, guardian, angel, higher mind, aura or any other expression in your understanding, decides how much of the energy to accept and how it is to be used.
What is a Reiki Session?
In addition to knowing more about Reiki itself, people often wonder what a session consists of. While some of the details will vary from practitioner to practitioner, the overall session will be very similar.Reiki sessions are done fully clothed, unless when practiced as part of a massage treatment. The individual is asked to sit or lie on a surface provided, most often a massage table. The Reiki practitioner will then lay their hands in a series of positions on the individual’s body. None of these positions will touch the genital area, on any sex. Additionally, most practitioners will ask, well before the session has begun, what areas of the body are not to be touched. Some individuals even request no touch whatsoever and request the distance from the body that the practitioner’s hands are allowed. These limits are to be respected and followed without question by the practitioner. Music and incense, essential oils or scented candles may be used to help establish a calm, sacred space. At the end of the session the individual will be given time to ground and return to a more awake state, as receiving Reiki is very calming.
“To drink a Cup of Tea requires 3 things be present.
A Cup, Brewed Tea, and a Person to drink the Tea.
The Cup is the vessel that the Tea is poured into and that holds the Tea, but it is not the Tea.
The Tea is the Tea, it is not the Cup.
Only the Person can decide to pick up the Cup with the Brewed Tea and drink it.
The Cup can’t decide for the Person and the Tea can’t decide for the Person.
The Person has to want to drink the Tea to be refreshed by it.
The Reiki energy is the Tea and only the Person can decide to partake of the Tea
and be nourished and healed by it.
A Reiki Practitioner is only the Cup that carries the Tea to the Person.”