The Healing Touch
What is Reiki?
Pronounced "ray-key", it is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing. It is a very simple, but very powerful healing art discovered by Mikao Usui in 1922.
Reiki breaks down into the two words Rei, which can translate as "universal", and Ki (same as "chi" in Chinese) which translates as "life force energy". So Reiki is often translated as "Universal Life Force Energy".
A Reiki practitioner acts as a facilitator to bring healing Universal Life Force Energy down from heaven, through their own crown chakra, and out through their hands into the client's body. The practitioner places their hands on different places on or above the client's body, directing the flow of energy. Ultimately the client's body decides what to do with the energy infusion.
Thus the pratictioner becomes a conduit and funnels a channel of healing energy into the clients body for energetic healing and balancing. Its like someone giving you a bunch of money and you decide how to best spend it.
The healing is done directly at the energetic level, but it can indirectly effect the emotional and physical levels. Reiki practitioners do no directly treat physical symptoms, though physical symptoms can be clues the practitioner uses to determine where energy balancing might be needed. When energy is more balanced, healing follows on emotional and physical levels.
Reiki practitioners work closely with the chakra system.
Who was Mikao Usui?
Many ancient cultures across the world have used some form of Universal Life Force Energy for healing purposes. Mikao Usui is the founder of what our modern society calls Reiki. He was born in 1865 in Japan, but also lived and studied in Europe, America, and China. He was an avid student and dedicated himself to anything that would bring him greater enlightenment, including medicine, psychology and religion. Eventually he directed his attention toward discovering the purpose of life.
His desire was so great that one of his teachers suggested he try a more severe practice in order to achieve the enlightenment he sought. And so in February of 1922, he went to Mt. Kurama, a sacred Japanese mountain, and prepared to fast and meditate on the mountain until he obtained enlightenment or died, thereby attaining enlightenment on the other side.
He became weaker day by day, until on the 21st day when he was close to death, a powerful light suddenly entered through the top of his head and he felt as if he had been struck by lightning and he fell unconscious. Then as the sun rose, he awoke and realized that he was now filled with energy and vitality that he had never experienced before. What he sought had been given to him.
He went running down the mountain to tell his master what had happened and on his way down he tripped and stubbed his toe on rock. Then as anyone would do he placed his hands over his painful toe and was surprised to feel healing energy flowing from his hands into his toe. The pain was gone and the toe was healed. He now knew that he had been given more than enlightenment, but a method of healing as well He now knew that this was his life's purpose: to learn this method of healing and teach it to others.
He moved to Tokyo where he opened a clinic an began teaching students. He said,"It is much better to give this power widely to a lot of people in the world and enjoy it among them than to keep it exclusively". People came from near and far seeking healing and the clinic was often overflowing with a long line outside.
In September, 1923 there was a devastating earthquake and fire in Tokyo and the injured and sick were everywhere. Mikao Usui went around the city everyday for many days lovingly facilitating healing and saving many from death. Needless to say, his reputation and demand for his services greatly increased after this and he build a new center just outside of Tokyo and began traveling all over Japan.
Upon his death, his students erected a memorial stone in Tokyo, Japan. It was written by Juzaburo Ushida who succedded Usui as the president of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai (Usui Reiki Healing Method Society). Part of the inscription says, "Usui-Sensei's natural character was gentle and prudent, and he did not keep up appearances. He body was big and sturdy, and his face was always beaming with a smile." (as translated to English by Tetsuyuki Ono)
It is also written on the memorial stone that Usui followed the 5 admonitions which were the last instructions of the Emperor Meiji which roughly translated are:
Just for Today...
Don't get angry
...Just for Today
These basic principles help us live in happiness and encourage us to just take one day at a time.
What is a Session like?
During a session the client will lie fully clothed on a massage table, or sit in a chair if laying down is not comfortable. The practitioner will then scan the client looking for energy disturbances. Then hand placements will be used on or above the clients body according to the clients needs, allowing Universal Life Force Energy to flow into the client's body. It is very relaxing and gentle music may be played or essential oils diffused during the session according to the client's preference.
Messages from the clients angels and guides are often received during the session and will be passed along.
Why are there different styles of Reiki?
As the basic Reiki principles were passed from teacher to student, different methods and styles began to emerge. There are no limits to the possibilities of Reiki and it is meant to be developed. As Reiki master teachers developed different methods and teaching styles, they named their style of Reiki to differentiate them. Angela is trained in Usui/Holy Fire Reiki which was developed by Reiki Master Willian Lee Rand who learned from 5 separate Reiki Masters both in America and in Japan.
Usui/Holy Fire Reiki is a combination of Usui/Takata and Holy Fire Reiki methods, Mrs. Takata being the Japanese, Hawaiian woman who introduced Reiki to America. Holy Fire Reiki is a style of Reiki that guides the student through the process of directly opening up to Universal Life Force Energy themselves instead of having a Reiki Master open it for them. This style is believed to be more powerful, personal, and beneficial for the student and creates strong practitioners.
Angela is a certified Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Master and a Holy Fire III Karuna Reiki Master.