Usui described REIKI as the “Universal Life Force” – the vital force that surrounds and sustains all living things. Through connecting directly to this force, the practitioner is able to provide energetic assistance to the individual for the purpose of healing. It is gentle yet powerful, a simple and natural healing system aimed at bringing the individual back into balance.
Over the last 60 years, science has made some remarkable discoveries concerning the energy field that permeates and surrounds the human body. These subtle energies not only appear to regulate the human organism but are also a reflection of it. The human organism always seeks to thrive and self correct, but often lacks sufficient energy to achieve this.
In making our way in todays world, dealing with the stresses and strains of life can often leave us feeling depleted, lacking vitality, stressed and out of balance. Long term neglect in balancing our lifestyles, whether it be diet, excercise, lack of sleep or even negative thought patterns can often lead to organic change.
Through the “hands on” application of Reiki, an acceleration of the body’s ability to heal itself physically is observed, reducing or eliminating pain as well as opening the mental, emotional and subtle energies of the Human Energy Field to address the causes of disease or imbalance.
On one level it can be likened to accessing and working with the meridians to stimulate the flow of Chi or Ki rather like accupuncture but without needles. From another perspective, it can be likened to stimulating the Energy Centres of the body to affect change. A simple analogy would be like trying to start a car with a flat battery – apply a set of jump leads and the engine starts to turn over.
To recognise an illness on a physical level leads the individual to pay attention to its source. Reiki introduces us to the necessity and ability to take responsibility for our own well being to achieve lasting healing, should we choose to do so.
This of course is a philosphical question that only each individual can answer for themselves, as each persons journey is unique.