May 112010
 

Reiki is a spiritual technique used for enhancing the mind and freeing it up from the stress and anxiety that accumulates through everyday life. It was developed almost a century ago in Japan, and is based largely around the hands as a point of applying the healing techniques. Reiki also involves the idea of Chi (or Qi), our “spiritual energy”, which according to the general theory is the energy that flows through the body and gives it life. Reiki aims at improving the body’s natural flow of Chi, which can be easily interrupted by various factors – and this must, of course, be prevented at all cost.

Before going any further, it should be noted that Reiki is not a religion of any form – it’s simply a study for improving your well-being, but it does not require you to significantly change your lifestyle or alter your views in any major way. That’s an important point to make, as many people seem to be under the wrong impression that Reiki requires much more dedication from them than it does in reality. On the other hand, Reiki does teach you several important principles, which, if followed, will ultimately help you to live your life in the best and most fulfilling way possible.

Those file principles are known as the Five Reiki Precepts, and are as follows: do not be angry; do not worry; be grateful; work for diligence; be kind to people. As you can see, all of these can be applied to a regular person’s lifestyle without them having to sacrifice anything – in fact, you can easily see how following those five principles can improve your life as a whole. They all work towards bringing harmony in your spirit – and this, in turn, calms your body and strengthens it.

Reiki works largely based on the interaction between a patient and the practitioner applying the healing – every session, the practitioner “scans” the student’s body to find problematic spots and applies Reiki healing to them. It’s crucial that the process happens in person, and this is a requirement by many Reiki-related organizations. On a related note, there are various Reiki courses available online, where you can be taught to practice it by yourself – but you should remember that to have the fullest effect from the healing, you need to look for the services of an actual Reiki healer in person.

You should be prepared to perform the process at least once a week, and it can take anywhere from half an hour to 90 minutes – so make sure you plan accordingly. It’s best if you can arrange to get it done at the same time every week, so if your plans allow for that, definitely do go for it – it will allow your body to adjust to the healing procedures much faster, and you should notice a much better improvement for shorter periods of time.

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