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Reiki: A Brief Overview
Reiki is an ancient Tibetan method of natural healing that was rediscovered by a Japanese physician and widely taught as a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. 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”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy”. It is administered by “laying on hands” and 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 stress, and if it’s high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Reiki provides an avenue to remove blockages and imbalances, and to facilitate health and personal growth. It is used to re-align and balance the chakras.
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body (physical), emotions (emotional), mind (mental) and spirit (spiritual) creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. It is a pure energy form that supports our natural ability to heal on all levels. Many have reported miraculous results.
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 malady 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. Reiki provides a source of restoring energy while one is ill, under treatment, or in recovery. Reiki energy has a mind of its own and goes where it is most needed.
An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an “attunement” 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. The Reiki process does not deplete the practitioner of energy, as they are a conduit rather than the source of the energy. In the Reiki healing process, the energy fills the practitioner’s body first, and then flows out through the practitioner’s hands into the recipient. 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 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. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it. While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Dr. 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.
Eugenia E. Karahalias, LCSW-R, CASAC, CCH, Reiki Master, Magnified Healing Practitioner and Teacher (516) 456-4490, and Louise Scalza, LMT, CIMI, Reiki Master (631) 332-1112
Reiki Circle every Monday night @ The Balance Health and Wellness Center 672 Wellwood Ave. Suite 1 Lindenhurst, NY 11757 631·Balance (225-2623). Begins @ 7PM cost $20.00. Bring a friend and receive $5.00 off.
Reiki Circle every Thursday night @ Fitness Incentives 157 Deer Park Ave. Babylon, Ny 11704 (631) 587-5766. Begins @ 7:30Pm cost $15.00.
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