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Reiki is a form of alternative medicine that was developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means 'God's Wisdom or the Higher Power' and Ki which is 'Life Force Energy'. Reiki is actually 'Spiritually guided Life Force Energy'.

Reiki is a technique that promotes holistic healing. It can be used on human beings, animals, plants, food, water, the Earth and so on. It is administered by 'laying on hands' and can also be practiced from a distance. It is based on the idea that an unseen 'Life Force Energy' flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's 'Life Force Energy' is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stressed. If it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being. Many have reported miraculous results.

An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense: It is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an 'attunement', which is an initiation given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of 'life force energy' to improve one's health and enhance the quality of life.

Its use is not dependent on one's intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.

While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Reiki is not a religion, yet it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures.

During a meditation several years after developing Reiki, Mikao Usui decided to add the Reiki Ideals/principles to the practice of Reiki. The Ideals came in part from the five principles of the Meiji emperor of Japan whom Mikao Usui admired. The Ideals were developed to add spiritual balano Usui Reiki. Their purpose is to help people realize that healing the spirit by consciously deciding to improve oneself is a necessary part of the Reiki healing experience. In order for the Reiki healing energies to have lasting results, the client must accept responsibility for her or his healing and take an active part in it. Therefore, the Usui system of Reiki is more than the use of the Reiki energy. It must also include an active commitment to improve oneself in order for it to be a complete system. The ideals are both guidelines for living a gracious life and virtues worthy of practice for their inherent value.

Reiki is the practice of channeling Universal Life Force Energy through the practitioner to the recipient and it works just as effectively from a distance. The beauty of Reiki is that I am not healing you; you are healing yourself by taking in as much energy as needed. Your mind, body and spirit know what's best for your highest good

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