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Reiki is a Japanese healing method, thought to date back to the 1800’s. The evidence for this is blurred though, due to its supposed loss in World War II. It is claimed that at this time the art nearly vanished. Reiki is a Japanese word that means ‘universal life force energy’ and is a method of channelling energy to another person with the purpose of healing.

The origins of this Japanese healing method are thought to come from a Dr. Mikao Usui. Dr. Usui had asked some Buddhist monks for the secret to physical healing. As they said they were only interested in spiritual healing, he decided to find out for himself. After fasting for twenty-one days, the symbols of an ancient text that he had been studying made sense. He returned from his fasting and performed four miracles using these Reiki symbols.

He spent the next seven years healing beggars in Tokyo, and this is where he met Dr. Chujiro Hayashi. They travelled together teaching and healing. When Dr. Usui died he passed on his leadership to Dr. Hayashi. In turn he passed on the leadership to a woman Mrs. Hawayo Takata, who had been healed by Dr. Hayashi prior to his death at the outbreak of World War II.

The ethical principles of Reiki are not to worry, not to get angry, to honour your parents, teachers and elders, to earn your living honestly, and to show gratitude to everything.

This Japanese healing method works by the practitioner placing his/her hands on the recipient’s body, usually starting at the head and working down. Each session lasts between an hour and an hour and a half. Remote healing can also take place, whereby the practitioner visualizes an object being a symbol of the recipient. The symbol helps the conscious mind to channel the energy. The traditional hand positions are only a guideline, with each practitioner developing their own. Basic positions include covering the eyes, ears or neck with the palms of the hand, or clasping the knee and the ankle with either hand.

The benefits of Reiki include an increase in general vitality and a promotion of the healing process. Many people all over the world have felt the benefits of the Reiki method of healing.