Website design By BotEap.comIn Kyoto at the beginning of the 20th century … Website design By BotEap.comAround 100 years ago, a Japanese martial arts practitioner developed a spiritual system based on working with energy. His name was Usui Mikao and he believed that by cleansing the body with energy it was possible to feel more connected to life, more relaxed, less emotionally unbalanced and physically healthier. Website design By BotEap.comThe techniques he developed to do this included meditation and practical healing and became known as the Reiki system. Although it began as a personal self-development tool, it has grown into a method that can help others as well. Website design By BotEap.comThis article will discuss what constitutes the Reiki system, how energy works in the body, and what the resulting benefits are. Website design By BotEap.comThe Reiki system uses energy to promote healing in the body on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. The energy used can be translated from the Japanese word ‘Reiki’ to mean ‘Spiritual Energy’ or in the West it is more commonly called ‘Universal Energy’, the energy of everything. Website design By BotEap.comIt is a unique system, as it makes good health and balance possible both for oneself and for others. Therefore, not only treatments, but also courses are available for those interested in the system. Website design By BotEap.comDuring a Reiki treatment, the client remains fully clothed at all times. No private part of the body is touched and the hands are placed on or outside the body. Sex, age and condition are of no importance, as the client’s own body controls the process. During the treatment, the client’s body extracts the amount of energy it needs on a physical, mental, emotional or spiritual level. Website design By BotEap.comTraditionally, there are 3 levels of study within the Reiki system and they are all independent of each other. 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These are: Website design By BotEap.como Physical practice on oneself and / or others for the purpose of healing Website design By BotEap.como Spiritual and mental development using 5 precepts Website design By BotEap.como Techniques / Meditations to build inner energy in the practitioner. Website design By BotEap.como Four mantras and four symbols Website design By BotEap.como Attunements o Reiju (blessing performed by the teacher) Website design By BotEap.comPractitioners are taught to harness the energy around them, as well as to cultivate their own inner energy. Then they can enjoy a stronger natural connection with the universal flow of energy. Practical healing is also taught for oneself and others, as energy is channeled through the practitioner’s body, allowing it to be drawn in. Website design By BotEap.comTo understand the role that energy plays in this form of healing, it must be understood that everything has energy or ki, even a piece of paper or a plant, every element of the room, the building itself, the city, the countryside, the world, the universe and so on. Little by little, the understanding begins to understand that there is an unlimited amount of energy. This energy may appear invisible or elusive, but instead it is all-encompassing. It is this energy that makes not only humans function, but worlds as well. It is the fuel that powers humans and gives the ultimate structure and purpose to life. This is Reiki, spiritual energy. Website design By BotEap.comEvery now and then humans have a bit of dirt in the fuel line or a better way to explain it is perhaps by imagining a free flowing river. This beautiful river is like energy that flows easily through the body. Occasionally, a pebble, or even a rock, will fall into that river making the flow of the water a bit difficult. These pebbles are human concerns, fear, anger, and each pebble accumulates on top of the other. Soon there is only a trickle of water running in that river that was once beautiful and free flowing. And the same goes for energy in the human body. Physical pain may also be experienced at this point. By practicing Reiki, more energy is offered to the body and the body naturally draws on this resource and takes it where it is needed. This extra energy is like a flood that flows through our energetic rivers, eliminating and dissolving obstacles in its path. Website design By BotEap.comOne of the most wonderful aspects of working with Reiki is that it is safe. It cannot harm and has no dogma attached to it. This is the energy of everything and everything has its own natural flow. Reiki practice helps us remember our natural connection and gives us the faith to let go and reap the benefits of being in the natural flow of life. Website design By BotEap.comThe tangible benefits of Reiki are that it not only speeds up the physical healing process, it is also energy for the spirit. When the spirit is energized, the body responds positively in all other areas (emotional, mental and physical). Reiki allows the body to clear up on its own, leaving you lighter, healthier, and happier. Website design By BotEap.comIf you want to feel more balanced in life and are interested in a course, why not try a treatment first? Professional Reiki schools offer student clinics where you can try a treatment before booking a course.