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All you need to know about Reiki

Updated: Sep 4, 2021

When we are in a true Reiki space, species differences melt away and profound interspecies connections are forged.

Reiki is a Japanese word meaning “universal life force”. It is one of a growing number of alternative health treatments gaining popularity in the West. According to the International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP), “Reiki is a subtle and effective form of energy healing using spiritually guided life force energy… practiced in every country of the world.” While often considered to be spiritual in nature, Reiki is not “affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice.”

What happens in a Reiki process? There is no hard and fast rule of carrying out Reiki. Most commonly, Reiki is offered through light, non-invasive touch with the practitioner's hands placed and held on a series of locations on the head and front and back of the torso. The placement of the hands should never be intrusive or inappropriate, nor there should be any pressure.

What one can expect to feel in a Reiki process? The experience of Reiki is subjective, changeable, and sometimes very subtle. People often experience heat in the practitioner’s hands, but sometimes the practitioner's hands feel refreshingly cool. One of the studies says recipients feel that they are hovering in a threshold state of consciousness, simultaneously aware of their surroundings and deeply in drawn. Some people fall into a deep, sleep like meditative state. Overall, you feel good about your mind, body, and soul. Who can learn Reiki? The short answer is – It can be learned by anyone. The only requirement is you should be interested in learning. The person’s age, sex or state of health does not matter. Children, as well as adults, can learn to practice Reiki, no special background or credentials are needed. Why would you want to learn Reiki? This is the most important section of this article. Everyone has his or her own reasons to start practicing Reiki. To began with most of the people want to heal themselves and they visit Reiki healers and once they start feeling the difference within them they want to share it with others. You may ask what it does at a very basic level. Daily Reiki self-care provides an opportunity to restore balance, reduce stress, and reconnect with an experience of wellness. Learning Reiki self-care can benefit people who are healthy and those with chronic health conditions, whether it's diabetes, asthma, cancer, epilepsy, fatigue syndromes, depression, or heart disease, to name just a few. They can practice Reiki on themselves every day to reduce stress and strengthen wellbeing and repeat the Reiki practice as often as they feel the need.


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