A Look At Reiki
DEFINITION OF REIKI
Reiki is a hands-on healing technique with its roots in ancient Tibet. Reiki activates the body’s own natural healing mechanisms by opening blockages in the energetic system promoting healing, balance and wholeness for body, mind, emotions and spirit. In addition to healing, Reiki also relieves stress and aids in relaxation.
HISTORY OF USUI REIKI
Dr. Mikao Usui, born in Japan in 1865 and died in 1926, rediscovered Reiki. Dr. Usui studied ancient texts seeking a way to heal the physical body and found a formula for doing so in the sutras. He received his initiation to Reiki during a meditation. Dr. Usui taught Dr. Chujiro Hayashi and Dr. Hayashi taught Mrs. Hawayo Takata. Mrs. Takata is credited with bringing Reiki to the Western World.
USUI REIKI TREATMENT
Reiki is performed by a practitioner who has been attuned by a Reiki Master to any of the three levels of Reiki. The practitioner’s hands are placed on or above the body at or near the body’s major energy centers called chakras. These energy centers correspond with the body’s major endocrine glands. Typically a Reiki treatment feels like a warm glow and after a session some have reported they felt like they had a full body massage even though no massage techniques are involved. Occasionally a person receiving a treatment may experience some initial discomfort. This happens because the body has released stored toxins. After a short period of time, the person feels better. Whatever is experienced during and after the sessions is exactly what the person needs at that particular time. Reiki always promotes the person’s highest good.
DEFINITION OF KARUNA REIKI®
Karuna is a Sanskrit word meaning compassionate action. Karuna Reiki® combines compassionate action with wisdom and this increases the strength of the healing energy of Reiki.
HISTORY OF KARUNA REIKI®
The Karuna Reiki® system was developed by William Lee Rand and other healers at The International Center for Reiki Training. Some of the symbols used in Karuna Reiki® are the same as those used by other systems, however, the attunements and the intention are different. Because of this, the energies connected with Karuna Reiki® are unique to Karuna Reiki®. Karuna Reiki® is registered by the ICRT (International Center for Reiki Training).
KARUNA REIKI® TREATMENT
A Karuna Reiki® treatment is performed by a practitioner who has been a practicing Reiki Master for at least six months and has also received the necessary attunements for Karuna Reiki®. A Karuna Reiki® session is very similar to a Usui Reiki session with the practitioner’s hands placed on or above the body corresponding with the body’s major energy centers (chakras) or the major endocrine glands. Chanting or toning may also be used during a Karuna Reiki® treatment.