What Is Reiki? - Helen Leathers, Transformational Women's Coach, Trainer, Speaker

what is reiki?For every person who has experienced Reiki there are many who have no idea what it is. Even those who have had a Reiki treatment are often hard pushed to explain it if asked, ‘What Is Reiki?’

Reiki is a Japanese term meaning Universal Life Force Energy. But is used as a term to describe a specific school or system of learning healing.

What Is Reiki Healing?

The practice of Reiki is fundamentally a form of hands on/off healing.

Depending on the practitioner you see, some will work just above the body (in the aura), some will have physical contact (although never in the bikini area), and some will do a mixture of the two. You can always request hands-off if you feel more comfortable.

Is Reiki Different To Other Forms Of Healing?

Personally I don’t think so. I have had lots of ‘healing’ over the years from those trained by the NFSH (National Federation of Spiritual Healers), from Reiki practitioners, from natural (never had any formal training) healers, and more. It all feels like the same stuff to me. It might be taught differently. Some healers may have a more conscious awareness and control, have been practising longer, or have a greater ability to channel larger amounts of energy. But I believe it’s all the same energy, coming from the same place.

I believe healing is about tapping into this universal pool of invisible energy that runs through everything and channelling it to help other re-balance and re-energise themselves.

I believe healing energy to be the same as pure unconditional love.

The Technical Side Of Reiki

I say this very tongue in cheek, as it really isn’t technical. And it actually doesn’t matter how it works, or whether the healer or recipient understand how it works, or not. Plus, of course, no-one really knows how it works do they?

I believe universal energy is always running through us, to a greater or lesser degree. But when someone gives healing, whether they call it Reiki or something else, they can consciously channel it to another with awareness, and help the recipient to re-balance and re-energise their own flow of energy and connection to the universal energy.

The theory is that we can pull universal energy in through our crown chakra and channel it out through the smaller chakras in our palms (and for some, the soles of the feet – although I find this happens more as someone progresses with their learning and practice of healing, especially Reiki, and isn’t always instant).

Another way that I believe it to work is that when we are attuned to, or aligned with universal energy, and work with it on a regular basis, this affects and changes our own energy vibration. We become brighter, more balanced, more whole, and generally healthier on all levels; mentally, emotionally, in our bodies, and spiritually. When we are near people who need to improve their own energy levels, our frequency, or vibration encourages theirs to alter to a more positive one. We bring them up to speed so to speak.

This may sound weird, but it’s based on something called ‘sympathetic resonance’. For example, if you have two¬†violins and you were to play one string on the first, eventually the same string on the next would begin to vibrate also. It is as though the energetic or sound waves (ripples if you like) created from the first reach and affect the second.

I’m sure you know someone who, when you spend time with them, you ‘catch’ their enthusiasm, or possibly someone who brings you down? I believe this to be a similar phenomenon.

Ultimately Reiki is pure life force energy, pure unconditional love. It runs through us all. We are a part of it, and it is a part of us. When we can consciously connect and work with it we can change our own vibrations, and our own lives, and we can help others to do the same.

I have always thought of Reiki as ‘A Ray of Light, and The Key To Life.’