So, what exactly is Reiki?
The word Reiki is two Japanese words. Rei “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power,” and Ki, “life force energy”. Reiki is “spiritually guided life force energy”. There is a non-physical energy within every living organism. For many thousands of years, we have known of this energy and have sought to develop ways to harness its power to heal and influence our lives.
The Japanese call this energy Ki. It is also known as Chi by the Chinese, Prana by a number of Asian cultures and the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost by most of the Western world. While not religious, it is practiced by people of all religious persuasions as well as those with no religious convictions. 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.
Reiki is becoming more widely accepted
Many hospitals have incorporated Reiki into their patient care plans before and after procedures, and have reported that while helping to promote healing with fewer complications, they also saw a decrease in the use of pain medication, a quicker recovery time, and shorter hospital stays.
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Even celebs are backing up Reiki. Dr. Mehmet Oz, renowned cardiovascular surgeon, author and host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” introduced millions of viewers to the natural healing practice of Reiki as part of a program on alternative and natural remedies. Dr. Oz included not only a segment featuring a demonstration by author Pamela Miles, but an emphatic recommendation to “try Reiki” as the #1 “Oz’s Order” at the show’s conclusion (read more about Dr. Oz’s alternative medicine treatment suggestions).
His wife, Lisa Oz is a Reiki Master Teacher and comments about its increasing popularity by saying,
“The next wave of medical advances will be when we come to recognize the body as an energetic system.”
Who’s who in this wave of self-care
Artists who make sure to have a Reiki Practitioner available during tours and recording include Shania Twain, Macy Gray, and Kellie Pickler. Multi-Platinum R&B singer, Erykah Badu, is such a fan of Reiki, that she became a Reiki Master. There’s even a long list of movie stars and other artists who have found excellent results with Reiki, including:
- Halle Berry
- Kate Bosworth
- Sandra Bullock
- Ellen DeGeneres
- Mel B
- Michael Flatley
- Sadie Frost
- Goldie Hawn
- Angelina Jolie
- Helen Hunt
- Nicole Kidman
- Gwyneth Paltrow
- Joely Richardson
- Sharon Stone
- Uma Thurman
- Naomi Watts
Reiki is not just becoming more popular in the medical and arts sectors. Athletes are also benefitting; Phil Nickelson and other professional athletes such as the Chicago White Sox, routinely seek sessions for the many benefits available through this calming, peaceful and balancing therapy.
In a New York Times article, Jerry Kelly, who is a two-time PGA Tour winner, shares his experience about the shoulder pain he was suffering from: “The two bones were rubbing against each other. I was going to have surgery the next week. I did five (Reiki) sessions that week, it was the best I felt on a golf course in over a year. When I went in for the pre-op for the surgery, there was a space between the bones of the AC joint and I didn’t need the surgery anymore.”
But, what is it – really
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us. It’s what it means to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. – ICRT
Understanding that every cell in your body has the DNA coding for perfect health, Reiki helps to replenish your vital energy, and strengthen the immune system from within. At the same time, it helps with both acute and chronic illnesses by reducing and relieving stress. I believe it is more medicine than mysticism as we get deeper into the relationship between mind, body and spirit.
People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said. They will always remember the way you made them feel. – Maya Angelou
My experience with Reiki
I’ve seen clients respond in miraculous ways. My father’s oncologist called it a miracle too, dad resolved his CML (a type of leukemia) after a single session. For more than 10 years we couldn’t bring his white blood cell count into normal range. And he’d been told the month prior, nothing else was working; to prepare for the inevitable. I have also seen clients receive the peace to pass well when it was their time.
As it’s become more widely accepted, I’ve been asked to speak at several hospitals. Specifically to share how this CAM can benefit both patients and staff self-care. If you haven’t tried Reiki yet, you really should.